Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Samantha's Christmas Dress

Samantha is ready for Christmas!

I am changing the dolls into their Christmas dresses, one by one.

Not all of my modern dolls have a Christmas dress, but most of the historicals do. All but Josefina and Laura, in fact.


Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day. It's such a fun day to celebrate! Happy St. Nicholas Day!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Memories

I have had some family members die this year who were very dear to me.

Luckily, I have some physical reminders of them that have always been special to me.

My great-aunt Ella Mae decorated this cradle for me. I believe that her son, who traveled a lot for work, bought the cradle at an Amish community. 
Ella Mae decorated the cradle with lace and ribbon and made a satin cushion that fit inside.

I know that she never had enough money to buy as many craft supplies as she wanted, so this is a very precious symbol of love.



My great-uncle Sidney fought in the army in WWII. He earned a Purple Heart.
He was also a deeply sweet man who fashioned this wooden carousel horse for me, and even painted it my favorite color.

These tokens of love have a special place in my collection and in my heart!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Jinjia Mixed Goods Celebrates!

Jinjia Mixed Goods is offering a free paper craft every day from now until December 25!

What a great way to celebrate!

They are being posted every five days, to be more manageable.

Check it out here!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Amelia wears the Warm Winter Accessories

Amelia wanted a shot at wearing the Warm Winter Accessories.


She is so warm and cozy! She approves!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hearts for Hearts Hanging Out

Here is some eye candy of  three of my Hearts for Hearts dolls. They are so pretty!

 Consuelo

Shola 

Rahel


Group picture!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Felicity's New Outfit

The final outfit that I got at during the American Girl sale is Felicity's new meet outfit.

I have mixed feelings about it.

First of all, it is gorgeous. Oh, it is so gorgeous. I love it. I love the fabric and the color combination.


I have also been told that the bum roll is more historically accurate to her time period, so that is a plus.

I need to make a bum roll to go with the dress, but here you can see how there is fabric in the back of the dress to accommodate a bum roll.

And here is a rear view of the dress.


On the other hand, I am not sure what this dress is supposed to be in Felicity's wardrobe.
It's a fancy dress. Super fancy.
Wear it to the governor's ball fancy.

So is this supposed to be an everyday dress or a replacement for Felicity's ball gown?

I really liked it when AG made everyday historical clothing or even work clothing.
Felicity's rose dress that she originally came with looked like an every day dress. This does not.

I am sad that it is one piece. I am sure that this is cheaper to make and easier on the mothers of girls.
However, I loved that Felicity's ball gown came in two pieces and how that was historically accurate.

Thirdly, I wish that Felicity came with at least a shift under her gown and that you did not not have to buy that separately. That's just sad.

.....

On another note, this is not my Felicity in this picture. This is Astrid, my American Girl doll 61.

My Felicity is a chubby first run Pleasant Company doll from 1992. There is no way this dress could fit her. It was skin tight on Astrid.

I am thinking that Astrid can step in for Nan every now and then in this dress. I should take some pictures of the two of them together.

Still, this dress is so lovely that I had to buy it knowing that it would not fit my Felicity. That is some good design.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Melody's Christmas Outfit

In Melody's books, she is given this dress and the coat by her grandparents for her birthday on New Year's Eve.

However, American Girl calls this Melody's Christmas Outfit, so that is the title I am going with.


It comes with the dress, tights, shoes and headband.

I have had this outfit as long as I have had Melody, but somehow I never took pictures of it before.

The headband is basically a gold ribbon, but it looks nice in her hair.


The tights are basic tights.

The shoes are black flats with velvet bows. They do not match the dress at all. Come on, AG.

The dress is very pretty. However, the dress feels like plastic. I have said this about more than one outfit lately, but it is truer of this dress than of any other American Girl outfit. It feels like plastic tablecloth fabric, yet itchy.

I feel so sorry for Melody for having to wear a dress this uncomfortable!

Also, the sleeves are tight and limit her arm movement.

However, she looks flawless.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Addy's Sunday Best

I recently got Addy's Sunday Best dress!


It is a very pretty dress. The purple color looks great on Addy.

It's actually a very simple dress compared to either version of her school outfit.



The dress has a square neckline, puff sleeves, ribbon trim around the skirt and voila!

One reason I wanted this dress is because I was given Addy's Special Edition mini, which also wears this dress.

And of course Addy is spoiled as regards her wardrobe!

She is very happy with this dress!


I took several different pictures of Addy at different times of the day, and it is interesting to see how they vary.

It's hard to get good lighting for pictures once winter begins.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Maryellen's Poodle Skirt

Another purchase in the recent American Girl doll clothes sale was Maryellen's poodle skirt.

This is not my favorite outfit of hers. I mainly wanted the saddle shoes. It made a lot more sense to buy an outfit just for the shoes when it cost $15 instead of $36.


Anneliese is my stand-in for Maryellen because she also has strawberry blonde hair and hazel eyes.

 It's a pretty outfit and it comes with a lot of pieces. It includes the blouse, skirt, scarf, socks and saddle shoes.

The shoes were very tight on Anneliese and pushed her socks up. I had to straighten the socks after putting the shoes on.

Anneliese's hair is too short to tie the scarf around a ponytail, and it is too small to tie it around her head.

When I tried putting the scarf around her neck, it looked as if she had no neck.


Here, by way of comparison, is Violet wearing the poodle skirt outfit I made.




I like mine better. Obviously, my applique looks a lot worse, because I was ten when I made this poodle skirt. But I like the colors better and it has sentimental value.


Now I have two poodle skirts, the girls can go to the sock hop together!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Double-Bow Dress

Ellie is modelling the Double-Bow Dress from American Girl.

I bought this dress at MCM this summer. I think it is really cute. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Warm Winter Accessories

I bought the Warm Winter Accessories during a recent American Girl sale.

Astrid is happy to model them for us!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Peek at Nisha!

I am sooo busy, it's not funny at all.

However, here is a peek at Nisha in her box. Her box is so pretty!

I hadn't seen it before and I think it is lovely.

 Here is the front view.

 A rather unsuccessful close up.

The back of the box!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Girl for All Time Bex Update

A Girl for All Time's Bex is adorable. I am excited to be able to share her final look:


The blue used on her shorts is brighter than the prototype we saw during the indiegogo campaign.

The reason for this is that this blue is meant to be more stain proof.

I liked the darker blue, but stain proof clothing is very important with high quality dolls!

Bex is very cute!

I did not order her during the indiegogo campaign because I got Elinor. I don't bond with dolls if I get more than one at a time.

However, Bex is so cute that I do hope to get her some day.

Here is a small image of the prototype with the darker blue, FYI.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Headless Horseman

What do you do with a headless male BJD body?

If you are me, you create the Headless Horseman!


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!

Yippee!

Links:

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.

Addy's Christmas Dress

Addy is ready for Christmas!