Thursday, March 23, 2017

Frann Doll Visits Build-A-Bear At Oakview Mall

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!

For a while now I've wanted to do some doll photos at the mall... I finally realized it wasn't likely to happen unless I just scheduled it in instead of thinking it was just going to happen by some magic or something. So the other day, I made plans to go by the mall on my way home from work. I was happy that when the planned day arrived, it was sunny and pretty outside so there'd be good light even. Hip-hip-hooray!

So here is Frann Doll ready to get out of the Jeep and go into the pretty Oakview Mall. If you read my last post you may notice she is wearing same outfit here that she did in that posting. I pulled out a change of clothes for her to bring with me that morning before I left for work but apparently forgot to put them in my bag. Oy! So Franny had to wear the same outfit twice. Rats. Oh well... She didn't seem to mind all that much. She was just excited to see the mall and get a bite to eat!

Frann went to the food court and looked around... She decided that Burger King was the best place to have lunch. 

Frann got a burger and fries from Burger King. Then she noticed the Smoothie Shoppe and decided to get one of those instead of a regular soda from BK. YummO!

Frann took her time eating lunch... She loves 'people watching' and the mall is a great place for that! So many different people all going about their shopping. Real people are so much more interesting that TV, right? 

French Fries from BK are so delish!! 

What a nice place for lunch.

When she was done eating, it was time to go shopping...

First she needed to find a kiosk with a map so she could find the store she wanted to go to in this huge labyrinth of a mall! 

Such a pretty place and what great light coming in the enormous sun light!

Before she found a kiosk, Frann happened upon an art display! What great luck! She stood and admired the beautiful original art for a few minutes before going on.

"I really like this blue etching piece with the white frame"

Did I mention the mall is huge? After walking a while and realizing she'd taken a wrong turn and gone down the wrong hallway, Frann decided to take a moment to rest on a bench in front of Sears.

Finally, Frann found the shoppe she had come to the mall for! Build-A-Bear Workshop!! 

As I've mentioned in prior postings  about them, Build-A-Bear clothes are some of the few you can walk into a store and have a huge selection of clothes that fit 18inch dolls. Mind you, only the t-shirts work just as they come and those have to be 'large oversized t-shirts' but it's still fun to be able to go in and pick out a t-shirt or two right off the rack out of the huge selection they carry. As I mentioned in the prior posts, with just a small alteration here or there the clothes can fit just right but not everyone likes to sew. 

Frann was amazed by the selection.... She only took photos by a few of the 'walls of clothes' but there was so many cute things!!

Just about every motif you can imagine or super hero you admire or sports team you are a fan of had a t-shirt or other clothes item to represent it. How to choose just a couple?!

When Frann saw the Star Wars clothes she knew she'd have to come back another time to buy a gift for Vito Doll because he absolutely loves Star Wars and has done since he was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper. Yes... Christmas shopping must happen here. 

Naturally there was a huge display of Disney Princess themed clothes... They seemed to think of everything! Frann picked out two tshirts after much thought as to which two she liked best.

On her way out of the mall, she decided to stop and 'people watch' again... It might be a while before she makes it back and so she wanted to squeeze every drop of enjoyment out of it while she was there!

All too soon it was time to go home for dinner..! Here she is waving goodbye to Oakview! 

As we were leaving the mall, Frann noticed the Applebee's... She said "I have heard of that place, I will have to visit there sometime too..." Sounds reasonable to me! 

As we headed out we noticed that we'd need to gas up the car... So we filled up the gas tank and headed home! 

What a fun day at the mall!!
Hope this finds you having a fantastic day too!
Better run!
Till next time.


  1. Oh My God! I like to go window shopping a lot. Walking around the shops is sort of my exercise to me. Haha. Thank you so much for taking Frann Doll out to the mall. I really know how brave you are to take a doll as an adult with you. I don't care any outfits to wear. As I told you, I have four same skirts. I always wear the same skirts in winter as I have four. Happy to see your side.

    1. It was so much fun! I am going to do many more adventures with Frann Doll! It's one of my favorite things! Love you friend! Chat soon! <3

  2. Heather, did any people at the mall notice Frann? LOL. I loved the pictures. Your mall looks very nice. how many stores does it have? The one close to me has 450 stores! Most of them are phone or shoe stores. It used to be a much better mall in the 1980's however it does have two $ stores, and it does actually have a Build a Bear store which I LOVE.

    1. A few people did notice me posing Frann and taking photos... Mostly they just smiled and had a puzzled look maybe but I think some people get a kick out of seeing a grown woman playing with her doll at the mall. Hahaha. I get more and more bold as I go honestly. Only time I am self conscious is when my kids are with me and they get embarrased. LOL I am planning all manner of excursions with Frann (and guest I think because I want to start taking more dolls out) this summer! The zoo, museums! The light will be good and there are so many great places to go! :) Rambling... Oh, and I was honestly not sure how many shops there were at the mall so I googled it and there are 85. Here's a linky to the mall in case you're curious what there is there: