Sunday, October 15, 2017

Meeting Kathleen Ernst

Yesterday, I got to meet Kathleen Ernst!

She is the author of the Caroline Abbott series, as well as the Chloe Ellefson mysteries for adults.

I like both of her series!

Here is a link to her author website.

She had a book signing at Old World Wisconsin, and I was so lucky to get to go.

Guys, she is so nice.

We went to the book signing first, then put the books in the dry car because it was raining and went to Old World Wisconsin. When we got back, she recognized us and asked us about our visit.

She even let me take a picture:

It was a great experience! I am so glad I got to go!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Return of Tipi and Laurice!

I just noticed that you can now buy Hearts for Hearts dolls Tipi and Laurice on Amazon!

New dolls, that is, not the price-gouged ones from the original release.

I am so happy that Tipi and Laurice are available for purchase again!



Laurice on amazon

Tipi on amazon

Also, Rahel is now showing up on the Target website here.

Last I checked, the Hearts for Hearts dolls were available at Target stores but not online, and now Rahel at least is online.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dollhouse Designs patterns return!

I am happy to report that Dollhouse Designs is back!

I actually have not tried any patterns from this pattern designer, but I greatly admire them and am happy that that they are again available.

I will need to update the links for her patterns in my pattern anthologies.

You can now find her on etsy at the shop LaJolieMode

or on craftsy at Dollhouse Designs American Girl Fashions.

I love her 1930s Sleuth Dress, and the 1850s Pioneer Victorian Dress Bonnet, and the Winter Princess Nordic Nightgown.

Oh, and the 1850s Promenade Dress looks great too!

As winter comes, I will be doing more sewing, so this is exciting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Laura at Old World Wisconsin

I tool Laura to Old World Wisconsin. I took so many pictures that I probably will do two or more posts.

Old World Wisconsin is run by the Wisconsin Historical Society, and it is amazing. There are historic buildings spread out over a huge site, and you can learn about them and about living in the past from interpreters in historic garb.

Katheen Ernst, who wrote the Caroline Abbot books, wrote a mystery series for adults, many of which are set at Old World Wisconsin. The first book in the series is Old World Murder.

 Here is Laura at a church in Old world Wisconsin.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ballerina Barbie

This is, sort of, one of my favorite childhood Barbies.

An interesting thing about this Barbie is that her eyes are half blue, half purple.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bad Doll Dress Purchase

My mom and I were driving in Illinois about ten years ago, and we stopped in Aurora, Illinois. 

Aurora is the home and Raggedy Ann and Andy. I am not really a Raggedy An fan, but why not.

We visited several shops, and one shop had these Amish inspired doll dresses.

It was only $10. I was not actively collecting at the time, but it was there, and I was impressed by the price tag.

I think I was thinking that maybe Kirsten could wear all or part of it.

Also, my mom sort of supported me getting it, which is opposite of her usual policy, so I got it.

Reader, I regret this.

This is the first time I have put it on a doll. It's been collecting dust for ten years.

It does not fit at all. The sleeves and skirt are too long, and the waist is too wide.

There is a huge gap of fabric on the bonnet that is not sewed shut at all.

But I am also older and more mature, and I now think it is icky to have doll clothes that are based on someone's religion.

Sooo, I have no idea what I am going to do with this monstrosity, but you won't be seeing it featured here ever again, unless it's to make a point.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Miscellaneous Melody

I am working on getting Melody's hair in the perfect flip. She came with flip on one side, and the other side was flatter.

Thanks, BeauCouer!

I have heard that using a clean, dry toothbrush on her hair can also help you achieve the perfect flip.

The curlers are very helpful, but I could not get them to stay on on their own. I used bobby pins to help them stay in place.

Hopefully soon I will be taking pictures of Melody with the perfect flip!

In the mean time, here is a comparison of the elephant I made for Melody from a Wren*Feathers pattern with the elephant from Melody's Bedroom Accessories.

The elephants are about the same size.

The store bought one is much better stuffed, and I think overall probably cuter.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dog Meet Doll World

I am getting very brazen about getting doll pictures out and about in the real world.

A library near me was offering carriage rides drawn by dogs for children, as part of the summer reading program.

I asked if Anne and Stella could pose with the dog and its carriage!

Cute, huh?

I think they are a little sad that they didn't really get to go for a ride.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lea's Celebration Dress

I bought Lea's Celebration Dress at MCM.

Stella is the first to get to wear it.

 I honestly love this dress. The best way for AG to get me to but anything is to put embroidery on it. I am a sucker for real embroidery.

This is a really intricate pattern, and the colors play together beautifully.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Starfish dress again

I decided to put the starfish dress on #59 while she is here. #59 most closely resembles Dot, who was the book character that inspired the dress.

It looks good on her!

I don't know WHY the JLY meet dresses are so unflattering that the dolls look immediately better if you put them in something else. It's a universal rule that cannot help Mattel to sell the dolls.

Seriously, I like the newest meet dress better, but I think AG needs to work on their meet dress designs.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AG Create Your Own Doll

American Girl's new custom line, Create Your Own, just launched today.

Despite having no announcement about the launch day, the website is so busy that I cannot get it to load.

Every single face mold and skin color is already either low inventory or back ordered, according to friends who CAN get it to load..

American Girl did SUCH a bad job of planning this.

I am actually amused.

I guess this means the line is already a screaming success!

Edited to add:

I can finally get into the website, and I am having fun designing doll clothes.

It's entertaining, but for the most part, I have more options by sewing my own doll clothes.

Then I started designing dolls.

This is so much fun, but without a big plan, there isn't anything that I am ready to order at the moment.

Lottie Doll Wildlife Photographer Mia

A new doll was brought to my attention today!

I have heard of the Lottie dolls, but this one really captured my attention- Wildlife Photographer Mia!

I love this doll for so many reasons.

She is a VERY cute doll of color. Yay for doll diversity!

She is a wildlife photographer- and I cab spend hours in a canoe chasing around a heron to get that perfect picture.

And most importantly, she has cochlear implants!

I have been educating people in my life about cochlear implants lately..

As it turns out, I qualify for cochlear implants. I have reasons not to want to get them, but I approve of anything that helps educate people on this subject.

I think this is great for kids with cochlear implants, and it is a great tool to educate kids or adults who do not have them!

I am very excited about this little doll!

I have not heard of any other doll with cochlear implants.

American Girl dolls have optional hearing aids, but it is not the same thing.

This is great!

You can read more about Mia at Confessions of a Doll Collector's Daughter.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Meet Stella

AT MCM, I got a Just Like You 62. I did not have a name for her in advance.

To my surprise, I was able to pick out a name very quickly. 

Meet Stella!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Nanea Face Mold Comparisons

This is another post using the photos from Nicolel at American Girl Playthings.

She is so kind!

She made these great side-by-side comparison of Nanea's face mold with the other face molds that she owns.

I think it is very fascinating.

 Here is a group picture of all the dolls with different face molds together. They are so cute!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nanea in Molly's and Emily's Clothing

Nanea Mitchell is now available to purchase for American Girl rewards members who are Gold or Berry level members!

I am not, and therefore I do not have a Nanea on the way.

(I am also not ready to make another doll purchase so soon after MCM.)

But Nanea pictures are beginning to be seen on the Internet!

User Nicolel at American Girl Playthings took some really lovely pictures of Nanea wearing clothes from the collections of Molly McIntire and Emily Bennett.

Nanea looks so cute!

I especially love how Nanea's hair is lovingly re-styled in each picture.

I contacted Nicolel and asked if I could re-post her pictures for those who are not AGP members.

She very kindly said yes!

I love Peter Pan collars, and this dress looks so adorable on Nanea.

 I think this is my favorite! Nanea definitely needs a swimsuit.

She is SO cute. She is rocking the color and the pig tails.

She also looks great in Molly's birthday dress.

 She is heart-meltingly adorable as a tap dancer!

 I have always loved Emily's meet dress, but it is SO gorgeous on Nanea.
A must-have!

In my collection, Molly's Christmas dress belongs to Anne, because I had a similar Christmas dress in 1992. Mine was in black velvet with a gold sash.

However, Anne might have to start sharing with Nanea- or I may have to re-create that dress in black velvet in doll size.

These pictures are soooo amazing and they make me so much more excited about Nanea!

Many thanks to Nicolel for sharing!

Mini Melody in Indiana

Mini Melody just went on a trip to Indiana and visited the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

This building is called Olmsted Hall. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.

Melody also saw this very cool house on campus. It is the Peters-Margedant house, designed by Wesley Peters and built in 1935. 

It is important because it is the first house built in the Usonian style.

You can read  more about it here.

The pictures of Melody with this house did not turn out well, so you have to see it without her smiling face in front.

This fountain is a memorial to the basketball team of the University of Evansville.

In 1977, almost all the members of the basketball team died in a plane crash. Several days later, the last surviving member of the team died in a car crash. It is a sad story, but a lovely fountain.

Melody enjoyed her trip to Indiana!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hearts for Hearts Target availability

This is not really big news, but it is exciting to me.

Hearts for Hearts just announced on their Facebook page that Target is going to carry Hearts for Hearts dolls again!

This is great news because it means you can pick one up in person!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Just Like Me 59

I get to play with a Just Like me 59 for a couple of days! She is a cutie! She is not staying with me permanently.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Anne's Adventure

Anne went along with me to MCM, although she stayed in the car during the sale.

She got to see some of Madison. She thinks it is a pretty city, and she is right. She is, however, lucky that she doesn't have to do the driving.

Here she is in front of the capitol building.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Create Your Own American Girl

It's no longer just a rumor- American Girl is creating a line of customizable dolls!

It's been a complaint from fans for a long time, that most people seem to think that American Girl allows you to design your own dolls.

This has not been true- until now!

We don't know for sure when the line will be released. There are lots of rumors that it is being delayed due to website issues.

But it really is happening!

There is a page for the dolls on the official American Girl website now.

There is even a video, with somewhat badly designed mock ups of the possible dolls!

It is time to get excited!

Lissie and Lily has an amazing break down of the available options for the custom dolls!

I do not have a doll design in mind, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing the dolls that others create.

It is very exciting that you can now get a medium skinned Jess mold! There are so many pretty Kanani customs out there.

The price seems fair to me, too.

I am definitely excited for the release of this line!

Monday, July 24, 2017

MCM Meet Up!

After I left MCM, I met up with two more doll friends from the Internet. After meeting Neth for the first time, that makes three of my Internet friends that I got to see!

I met up with two members of American Girl Collectors, Elewys and Marycontraria.

We had a good time talking.

Well, I did get lost on foot at one point, but they came and rescued me! Yay for friends with a better sense of direction than me!

If it hadn't been for cell phones, they might have never seen me again. Yay for modern technology!

Here is Anne hanging out with Marycontraria's dolls.

Frances is the Kaya doll, Nora is the cute custom doll with short brown hair, and the Camille doll is Nora's younger sister.

They look like they are having as much fun as I did!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More MCM comments

I found out today that the MCM benefit sale had arranged for alternate parking elsewhere in the business park where the warehouse is. Shoppers were expected to park there and take the shuttle to the warehouse.

I would have LOVED to do this, but alas, they did not share that information in a way that actually reached me.

The information was in an e-mail sent out the day before the sale, and I read it the day after the sale.

I did not see any signs informing people of this parking opportunity.


The items that I bought were:

JLY 62

Lea's Celebration Dress

mini Special Edition Kaya

Melody's Peplum Dress

Melody's Bedtime Accessories

Samantha's Lemonade Pitcher

I will be writing more detailed posts on all of these items.

I read that at some point, they started selling Melody's Bedtime Accessories without the radio.

I opened mine up, and it does have the radio! Yay!

I have also been told that the Costco food court was really crowded later on in the day, so I was lucky that I was the only one ordering food when I was there.

That Costco is apparently really popular and needs more parking, though.

Overall, I think I was really lucky to have the experience that I did at MCM.

I am crossing my fingers that my luck holds next year!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MCM Sale 2017

Today, as you may be aware, was the Madison Children's Museum Benefit sale! And that means dolls!

I was very lucky to get to go.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I am going to MCM this weekend, so the last thing I need to do is buy a new doll online.

Reader, that is exactly what I did.

Georgie of Northbound Dolls posted this American Girl doll #15 that had been mislabeled as Josefina on etsy.

She looks like she is in really gorgeous condition.

I originally considered getting #15 as Anne instead of #6, back when American Girls of Today had just been released. I have retained a soft spot for her.

And this doll was under a hundred dollars, and comes with Josefina's loom! Squee!

My collection is growing more than I ever planned, but how could I say no to her?

I can't wait for her to get here!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Felicity's Wardrobe: Felicity's Summer Outfit

Well, it's summer, and sure enough Felicity has changed into her summer dress. She says it is quite warm enough in this dress without wearing winter clothes, thank you very much.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Getting Ready for MCM

MCM is in two weeks. If this is your first time, I am sure, you are wondering what to expect.
These tips are based on my experience last year.

1. Money. Obviously you need money to pay for your new dolls and/or doll accessories! The MCM benefit sale accepts a variety of payments, but make sure you have at least some cash. You may need to pay for parking, and if you want to buy anything from the vendors outside, they may accept cash only.

2. Practice parallel parking. I jest, a little, but it is really hard to find parking. There was a small field/ side yard that was set aside for official free parking last year, and it did not have anywhere near enough park spaces. I was lucky and found a parallel parking place for free, but you may need to give in and pay for a parking spot, which is around $5.

3. Punctuality. I recommend coming early, as you may likely need time to search for a parking space. That being said, last time I had to wait after my official entrance time for my group to be let in.

4. Wardrobe. Wear comfortable shoes, that you can stand and walk in.

5. Bags and water. The volunteers sell both huge bags which hold lots of dolls, and bottles of water. However, if you bring your own, you have more money for dolls!

6. Weather. Check the weather forecast. Be prepared with sunscreen or umbrellas, or both. You will probably be exposed to the elements to some degree while waiting to get in. A hat might be a good idea as well.

7. Planning. If you want to be totally spontaneous in your purchases, that's up to you, but I recommend at least looking at what is available and the prices ahead of time. If I hadn't checked the list, I would not have known they were selling the Santa dress, as it took me three time to find where it was being sold. Be aware of how many of each item you are allowed to buy, or else you will waste volunteers' times and face disappointment.

8. Noise. If you are noise sensitive, bring ear plugs. It's really loud.

9. Books. Bring something to do when you are stuck in line. Preferably small and lightweight, because carrying lots of doll boxes is onerous. When I was in line waiting to be let in last year, my cell phone did not get any reception, so that is something to keep in mind. I did get reception again once I was in the warehouse. I read a book while waiting in line, an Agatha Christie to be specific. It was one more thing to carry, but it was worth it to me. I put it at the bottom of my giant bag once I was out of the line.

10. Food. This one is just me being a practical Girl Scout, but I brought a packed lunch in a cooler, which I kept in the car and ate really fast once I was done shopping. The speed was due to all the people circling around in cars, looking for a parking place. I felt guilty about taking one once I was done shopping.

You can read about the experience I had at MCM last year here, and Nethilia's here.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

AG Trading Cards: Meet Felicity

Felicity glares at Jiggy Nye as she clings to Penny's back.

Jiggy Nye was furious when she saw Felicity riding Penny.

Later, Father said to Felicity, "It is never wrong to try to earn something you love. Indeed, 'tis only wrong not to try. You hoped for something and you put ____ behind your hopes."

What words complete his sentence?

1. good money

2. dreams and schemes

3. hard work

Answer: 3

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AG Trading Cards: Meet Molly

Molly practices dance moves with Susan and Linda while wearing a hula skirt.

The back of the card says:

Molly's mother helped the girls make Halloween costumes. She showed them how to make hula skirts from newspaper and green crepe paper.

When they went trick or treating, the girls got apples, doughnuts, molasses kisses, peanuts, popcorn balls, and their favorite treat. What was their favorite treat? To find out, change each letter to the one that comes after it in the alphabet:

Snnsrhd Qnkk Onor

Answer: Tootsie Roll Pops

This is maybe my favorite part of Molly's story. In second grade, I insisted on copying her costume for Halloween, even though it was much too cold for it!

Meeting Kathleen Ernst

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