Grandma Gets Real – Instagram

Throwback Thursday! It’s the groovy 1970s. Which of these retro treasures do you remember? Maybe you had them, saw them in stores, or dreamed of owning them?
Barbie’s Friend Ship
Barbie’s Country Camper
Barbie’s Dream Boat
Barbie’s Beauty Center
Barbie’s Pool Party
Share your favorite Barbie memories from the disco decade in the comments below! #BarbieThroughTheYears #70sNostalgia #barbiecollector #barbiecollection #70stoys
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When magazine window shopping gets real.
I flipped through for miniature luxuries, but they decided to jump off the page. Now my tiny bedroom floor looks like a Hermès showroom!
@shrunkmagazine #hermesbox #minithings #miniatures @hermes #tinythings #tinythingsmakemehappy
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Summer vacation plans? 🌞✈️ For us, it’s all about the grandkids! #FamilyTime
Throwback to our Vegas reunion a couple years ago. Check out Grandma Barbie and me twinning with our Hawaiian tropics! 👵🏻👙 (Hers might be a Mini Brand by Zuru Toys.) 😎
What about you? Any exciting trips on the horizon? Share your plans below! 👇 #dollstagram #barbiephotography #grandmabarbie #barbiecollector @zuru.toys @mini_brands_official @hawaiiantropic
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Nostalgia alert! 🧸 Who remembers Sylvanian Families or Calico Critters? Fun fact: Epoch Toys introduced Sylvanian Families in 1985. In 1993, they were rebranded as Calico Critters for the U.S. market. These adorable critters are still hugely popular in Japan!I stumbled upon these mini cuties at a doll show. They fit perfectly in my 1:6 scale miniature nursery! 😍#SylvanianFamilies #CalicoCritters #MiniatureLove #ToyCollector #japanesetoys #nostalgictoys ...

💦 Do you do this? I’m clumsy and seem to spill everything, in my real life and mini. 💦 Working with miniatures can be an exercise in frustration. These tiny figures, while charming, seem to have a mischievous habit of toppling over at the slightest breath or tremor. Just when you’ve painstakingly arranged a scene, an errant elbow or an ill-timed sneeze can send them tumbling like dominoes. Worse still, their diminutive size makes them prone to disappearing into the carpet or rolling under furniture.
Do you have the same problems with your tiny things?
This is my 1/6 scale tiny kitchen that I use for my Barbie photos.
The mason jar with flowers is from Magnolia Minis @magnolia.minis
Tiny Food is @officialminiverse
#minithings #tinykitchen #miniatureworld #workingminiatures #tinythings #tinythings
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Video vs. Photos: What’s Your Preference?
While social media has pushed short videos lately, there seems to be a renewed appreciation for photos. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
💡 Spotlight on my latest miniature nursery:
• Designed by my talented granddaughter Zara @pinkpetitestudio
• Features handmade wainscoting and William Morris wallpaper
• Adorable framed watercolor animals by Zara’s sister Ever
• Showcases a hyper-realistic teeny tiny baby doll from Sheila Mrofka @sheilamrofkababies
• Includes miniature treasures from various artisans:
- Working lamp and Sullivan family toys from @sherrisdollshow
- Alphabet blocks (Little House at the Priory) @littlehouseatthepriory
- Fruit puzzle (@magnolia.minis Minis)
- Elephant and giraffe puzzle, baby swing (@geniesminihouseshops )
This 1:6 scale diorama (20x30 inches) is perfect for my “Barbie size” dollhouse photography. Crafted with foam core board, it’s a miniature wonderland!
#WilliamMorrisWallpaper #OneSixthScale #Miniatures #MiniatureWorld #Dollstagram #MiniThings #tinythings #siliconebabydolls ”​​​​​​​​
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Did you have Tupperware in your house growing up? Tupperware Magnet 🧲 & keychain 🔑 Nostalgia: A Blast from the Past! 🎉
• Popular party favors at Tupperware parties from the 1960s-1980s
• Given as free gifts to hostesses and attendees
• Came in various shapes, often miniatures of popular Tupperware products
• Bright colors and durable plastic, characteristic of the Tupperware brand
• Became collectible items, with vintage pieces now sought after
• Represented the social aspect of Tupperware’s marketing strategy
These magnets weren’t just practical - they were a symbol of the era’s home parties and women’s social gatherings. Today, they’re cherished memorabilia for many.
I usually find them at garage sales and swap meets. Both are great places to shop for minis for my 1/6th scale Barbie size world. #VintageTupperware #RetroKitchen
👵🏻💖 My name is Tonya aka GrandmaGetsReal. I started on social media six years ago photographing Barbies. Then, I began to collect 1/6 scale realistic miniatures for their Playscale dioramas. I filled their room-boxes with tiny things, mini foods, and and other Barbie size things.
#tupperware @tupperwareusca @tupperwareglobal @mxtupperware #tupperwareusa #minithings
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Have you seen the 2014 miWorld mall? It’s the real world made mini! 🏙️✨miWorld is a line of toys by Jakks Pacific that shrinks big stores into adorable miniatures. It’s like a real mall, only tiny! This is the Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery starter set. While the diorama is too small for my 1/6th scale world, many accessories are perfect for Barbie!Other miWorld mini mall shops include:• Claire’s• Sweet Factory• Dairy Queen• Skechers• AMC Theatre• Mrs. Fields Cookies• Build-A-Bear... and more!
👵🏻💖 Welcome to Grandma’s miniature world! I’m Tonya, a former teenage fashion model turned miniature enthusiast. For the past six years, I’ve been sharing my passion for dolls, miniatures, and nostalgia. My 1/6 scale dioramas have captured the hearts of over 1.5 million followers and even caught the attention of the Kelly Clarkson Show and People Magazine!Join me in this tiny world of big imagination! #grandmagetsreal #miWorld #miniatures “​ #miniatureworld #minithings
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I’m going to Jack-in-the-Box. What’s your order? Cruising through Jack in the Box drive-thru! My go-to order: Sourdough Jack, Two Tacos, Seasoned Curly Fries, and a Strawberry Shake. Yum! Anyone remember the days of actually ordering from a Jack-in-the-Box clown speaker? That iconic smiling face and the crackly intercom... Talk about nostalgia! What’s your favorite Jack in the Box memory or menu item? @jackinthebox @mini_brands_official @zuru.toys #jackinthebox #minibrands #MiniFoodie #foodieminibrands ...

Thank you @Mattel and @Barbie for sending us this free gift. 🎁 What could be better than a mini BarbieLand set? My granddaughters @pinkpetitestudio and I were so excited to open this box. I think the mini dog might be our favorite. Which is yours?
#MiniBarbieLand
#DreamInMini #barbie #barbiecollector #barbiecollection #minibarbie
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🧽🫧My husband likes to hand wash the dishes, and I stick everything in the dishwasher. Are you team hand-wash or dishwasher?🫧🧽
This adorable set is by Re-Ment @re_ment_official
*This Re-Ment Miniature is from Japan. The older sets are quite collectible and pricey these days. They are often used as Dollhouse Miniatures. Many Barbie and other doll photographers on social media use them in their 1/6 scale dollstagram dioramas. They are perfect in a Barbie size tiny kitchen. #tinyfood #minifood #tinykitchen #rement #rementjapan.
👵🏻💖 My name is Tonya aka GrandmaGetsReal. I started on social media six years ago photographing dolls. Then, I began to collect 1/6 scale realistic miniatures for their Playscale dioramas. I filled their room-boxes with tiny things, mini foods, and other Barbie size things. #miniatures #miniatureworld.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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🍕Do you ever get pizza delivered? Some of the largest chains in the US include: Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s. Do you have a favorite?
If you’re outside the US, is there something that’s popular where you’re at? 🍕
These miniature foods are all from Zuru Toys Foodie Mini Brands. @mini_brands_official #minibrands #minifood #minifoodie #pizzahutdelivery #tinyfood
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Does she look familiar? My daughter and I are sorting through all the old cases in my attic that I have purchased at garage sales and swap meets. We are finding all kinds of treasures. 1975 Tuesday Taylor - “Change her hair from dark to light... Just turn the top of Tuesday Taylor’s head, and watch her go from a stunning brunette to a smashing blonde and back again!” #tuesdaytaylor #vintagetoys #70stoys #fashiondolls #fashiondollcollector ...

🌞 How hot is it at your house today? It’s pretty nice here in Orange County California today at 83 - and a perfect day for 🍋 lemonade. Who doesn’t love lemonade in the summertime? The miniature lemons are from a Miniverse set. The ice trays are from an old re-ment smoothie set. The lemonade containers are from @me_and_house shop on Aliexpress The Domino sugar is from an old Barbie set. It all fits perfectly in my 1/6 scale tiny kitchen. #tinykitchen #minifood #minithings #rementjapan #grandmagetsreal ...

How does your country celebrate a national holiday?
As today is July 4th, many people across the United States are celebrating Independence Day. Typical celebrations often include: Barbecues and picnics with family and friends 🍗🍖Attending parades in local communities 🇺🇸Displaying American flags 🇺🇸 Watching fireworks displays in the evening 🧨🎇🎆Participating in outdoor activities like sports or beach outings ⚾️🏈⚽️ 🏖️🌊☀️Attending concerts or local festivals🎶🎸🎹Wearing red, white, and blue clothing🇺🇸 ….. 👵🏻💖 Step into Grandma’s miniature world, where warm memories linger in the air. I’m Tonya, also known as #grandmagetsreal. In the 70s, I followed Barbie’s tiny footsteps as a Teenage Fashion Model, only to trade it all for the white picket fence lifestyle. Six years ago, I ventured into social media, capturing moments with Barbies and my grandchildren. Soon, I delved into collecting 1/6 scale realistic miniatures for their Playscale dioramas, filling room-boxes with tiny wonders, miniature foods, and nostalgic bits. With over 1.6 million followers, I share my passion for dolls, miniatures, and the beauty of nostalgia. You might have caught my creations on the Kelly Clarkson Show or in People Magazine. 🌟#rementjapan #rementcollection #july4thcelebration #miniatureworld #minifood #dollstagram
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What’s your favorite pie? 🥧 Even in mini, I’ll take the slice of pecan. Yum! 😋 Unboxing RE-MENT MINIATURES BREAD AND BUTTER #8- Mary Jane’s Fruit Pie and Tarts. This set includes an all-american cherry pie, pecan and lemon meringue pie slices, and a fruit tart. These adorable miniature food pieces fit perfectly in my 1/6 scale Barbie size tiny kitchen. #rement #rementjapan #rementcollection #minifood #miniatureworld ...

Happy 75th Birthday 🎂 to my hubby.
Ron’s Mini Me is the Happy Family Grandpa doll made by Mattel / Barbie in 2003.
The cute yellow cake is from @officialminiverse
The tiny charcuterie board was made by @geniesminihouseshops
The miniature s’mores platter is from @buffaloandbubblegum #minifood #barbiephotography #barbiephotography #happyfamilybarbie #barbiecollector #dollstagram
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What’s your go-to Otter Pop flavor? Drop it in the comments and let’s settle the ultimate freezer pop debate!
Actually, the biggest debate is what we should call these. Are they Freezer Pops or Otter Pops? What did you call them?
Beat the heat with the coolest treat on the street! 🍧❄️ Who else remembers the joy of grabbing an Otter Pop from the freezer on a scorching summer day? These icy tubes of fruity goodness are more than just a snack - they’re a childhood classic that never gets old. Whether you’re team Little Orphan Orange or Sir Isaac Lime, there’s a flavor for every freezer pop fanatic. So grab a handful, snip off the top, and let’s toast to the simple pleasure of brain freeze and colorful tongues. These miniatures were created by the very talented @magnolia.minis #OtterPops #SummerTreats #ThrowbackSnacks​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ #freezerpops #popsicles #minifood
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Does anyone else in your family like dolls? My granddaughters - Zara and Ever - @pinkpetitestudio are as crazy about dolls as I am. We had so much fun at the Yummiland booth at @vidcon making our own lip gloss and Zara even won a doll!! MGA Entertainment #dollcollector #dollcollection #yummiland #mgaentertainment ...

Unboxing / Close up look 🌡️🌶️
Do you use Sriracha sauce? Drop a 🌶️ in the comments if you’re team Sriracha!
🔥 Sriracha lovers, unite! 🌶️
Just scored these limited edition Miniverse Sriracha Wings at VidCon! 🎉 These spicy bites will be dropping as TikTok exclusives soon, so keep your eyes peeled! 👀
Fun fact: Did you know Sriracha sauce originated in Thailand? This beloved hot sauce is named after the coastal city of Si Racha and has become a global sensation with its perfect blend of chili peppers, garlic, and tangy-sweet kick. 🇹🇭
Whether you’re drizzling it on everything or using it for an extra flavor boost, Sriracha is a staple for heat seekers everywhere. 🌡️
#SrirachaWings #Miniverse #VidCon #TikTokExclusive #SpicyFood @officialminiverse @huyfongfoods
@vidcon #srirachasauce #minifood #minifoods @mgaentertainment
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Happy Miniature Monday! 🎵 Time to boogie with this tiny tune machine! 📻✨ Can you dance the Macarena? 💃🏼🕺🏽
This is a vintage Acme magnet Boom Box. Remember those? #acmemagnets #vintagemagnets #minithings #barbiesize
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Do you use Sriracha sauce? Drop a 🌶️ in the comments if you’re team Sriracha!
🔥 Sriracha lovers, unite! 🌶️
Just scored these limited edition Miniverse Sriracha Wings at VidCon! 🎉 These spicy bites will be dropping as TikTok exclusives soon, so keep your eyes peeled! 👀
Fun fact: Did you know Sriracha sauce originated in Thailand? This beloved hot sauce is named after the coastal city of Si Racha and has become a global sensation with its perfect blend of chili peppers, garlic, and tangy-sweet kick. 🇹🇭
Whether you’re drizzling it on everything or using it for an extra flavor boost, Sriracha is a staple for heat seekers everywhere. 🌡️
#SrirachaWings #Miniverse #VidCon #TikTokExclusive #SpicyFood @officialminiverse @huyfongfoods
@vidcon #srirachasauce #minifood #minifoods
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Which is the cutest? My dolls don’t drink 🚱- but I need the olives. 🫒 🫒🫒🫒 😂😂😂
🍹 Tiny drinks, big excitement! 🎉
Introducing the new Miniverse Happy Hour collection - adorable miniature cocktails that pack a punch of cuteness!
These delights are perfect for: Dollhouse bars and Miniature displays. #miniverse #makeitmini #miniversehappyhour #tinythings @officialminiverse @mgaentertainment
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If you could shrink any food to adorable size, what would you pick? 🤔
Tiny treats alert! 🍔🍕🍣 @officialminiverse is dropping new mini food replicas with upgraded resin. Spotted these cuties at @vidcon today!
Which mini morsel is your fave? Drop a 🧡 in the comments!
#minifood #VidCon #miniatureworld #miniverse #makeitmini
👵🏻💖 Step into Grandma’s miniature world, where warm memories linger in the air. I’m Tonya, also known as #grandmagetsreal. In the 70s, I followed Barbie’s tiny footsteps as a Teenage Fashion Model, only to trade it all for the white picket fence lifestyle. Six years ago, I ventured into social media, capturing moments with Barbies and my grandchildren. Soon, I delved into collecting 1/6 scale realistic miniatures for their Playscale dioramas, filling room-boxes with tiny wonders, miniature foods, and nostalgic bits. With over 1.6 million followers, I share my passion for dolls, miniatures, and the beauty of nostalgia. You might have caught my creations on the Kelly Clarkson Show or in People Magazine. 🌟
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