Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Our Generation Accessory Sets

I recently went on a very long car trip, and I had a Target gift card. Therefore, I was checking Targets in three different states for the elusive Our Generation Take a Letter accessory set.

(I would have been happy to find the Reel Cool set as well. Or the Retro Records. I didn't find those either.)

(One set I was happy not to find? Life Science. It grosses me out. But I am glad that it exists, because I know lots of people who like it.)

It's so hard to find the accessory set you want! Target and Our Generation, please take note. When you stock 20 bongo accessory sets, people cannot find the sets they want and you lose out on sales.

I did find some very cool sets, although I did not find the one I wanted.

All of these were at a different Target. There is not a magical Target out there with all the accessory sets. Alas.

I will do actual reviews when I open the sets and the weather is nice enough to me to take decent pictures of them.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Auf Wiedersehen, Patience?

Robert Tonner has announced that all of his non-movie lines are being retired.

You can read the announcement here.

This means that we are saying good-bye to a lot of different dolls, including Ellowyne and Patience.



I was so glad to see Patience back from retirement, and doubly sad to see her go again.

She is a really special doll, with her moving eyes and poseability.

The only problem I had with Patience was that all the dolls had the same face mold, and all of them were Caucasian. In fact, I sold my Through the Woods Patience, above, because she looked just like Dorothy, whom I still have. I think the line would have sold more dolls if there had been dolls of different ethnicity.

Patience is already gone from the Wilde Imagination website.

It's a good thing that I can celebrate the return of the Hearts for Hearts dolls!


Friday, January 27, 2017

The One Lovely Blog Award


Thank you to Sewbeading  for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! 

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog
Write a post about this award
Share 7 facts about you, yourself, and you
Nominate at most 15 people
Tell them the good news!


1. I have a guinea pig named Elinor Roosevelt III. 
2. The spelling of her first name is intentional.


3. I speak fluent German.
4. I earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.
5. I minored in art history.
6. I like to canoe and spend most of my summer canoeing.
7. I love libraries. 



My nominees for the award are: Keiko and CompanyJinjia Mixed GoodsSabine the Greatand Isn't She Dovely.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hearts for Hearts Dolls Return!

Hopefully you have noticed if you are interested that the Hearts for Hearts dolls are back!

They were discontinued for a while, but now they are being made by a new company.

Consuelo, Nahji, Shola and Tipi

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MCM 2017

So, this is looking WAY too far ahead, but the dates for the Madison Children's Museum benefit sale have been announced. It will be July 22-23!

Ticket request forms become available Feb 2, and you can start mailing them in May 3.

Their website is here.

I hope to go again this year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Patterns for Kirsten Larson

Kirsten is one of the three original American Girl dolls. However, she's been retired for a while, and doesn't seem to get much love in the pattern department.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet Melody!

I finally opened Melody! I bought her around the same time as Ellie, but I waited  to open her.

If I get too many new dolls at once, I don't bond with them.



Part of the incentive for opening her when I did was weather that allowed me to take her outside and take pictures of her!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Palisades Muppet Packaging

It's been a while since I posted about Palisades Muppets action figures. I thought I would share with you some of the new in box Muppets that I have. 

I didn't open these immediately, and saved the box opening for a rainy day when I need an emotional boost.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Vintage Doll- Bouncin' Baby

Bouncin' Babies were (was?) a doll line in the 80s and early 90s. 

I am going to date myself here, but I got this doll in 1991.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vintage Doll- Walking Bride Doll

This is one of my mom's childhood dolls. She is from the 1950s. I have no idea what company made her. There are no markings on her body which would tell.


My grandmother made her dress, thus resulting in her name "the walking bride doll." She doesn't have a proper name and never has!

When you move her legs, her head turns from side to side. Her arms are connected with a rubber band, and can also be moved up and down.


I have always thought she was the most beautiful doll. Not because she is blonde, because it was hard to find dolls that WERE not blonde when I was growing up. I just adore her face.

Her eyes look blue or green, depending on the lighting. They are sleep eyes.

She is about ten inches high.

I am glad that this doll is still around to enjoy today. My grandmother was a talented seamstress and I enjoy the doll clothes that she made.
I have always wished that she had been able to teach me sewing. Her Parkinson's was too advanced by the time that I was old enough to start sewing. Still, I have been able to teach myself and I am beginning to catch up to her in skill!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Doll Musings

I just retrieved some of my dolls from a closet at my parent's house. To be specific, my First Arrival Felicity, Kit, and my Hearts for Hearts dolls. There will be lots of pictures to come!

It just struck me, how much more peaceful I felt when I had them in my arms. Mind you, I was worried up until that moment because I couldn't find them.

But they really, really mean something to me and I feel so much better with the dolls in my life.

My mother is a minimalist and I feel bad that I am not, that I need my dolls. And I am a grown woman.

There are so many people who look down on dolls as a hobby, you know? It's not something you share a lot, unless you are very confident in yourself. I share on this blog, but I don't share my dolls much in Real Life.

Still, it doesn't hurt anyone, it makes me happy, and I am not going to change anything soon.

The gang is definitely here to stay!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our Generation Displays at Target

I have been checking out a lot of Targets lately, looking at the Our Generation selection.

One Target had twenty of the bongo drum accessory sets, another had no small accessory sets at all, but lots of the larger items. 

That Target had some really lovely glass case displays of Our Generation dolls.

 These displays are so lovely, I am sure that they will help sell dolls! It's like the American Girl stores on a smaller scale.

 I just wish that Targets would actually stock a better selection of items! I want that typewriter!



 They didn't have any of this tent, even though it was on display. It's been on my maybe list for a long time.

They had approximately twenty of this doll on clearance. I think this was an ill-advised attempt to cash in on the Frozen craze.
Her face mold looked especially weird to me.
I will keep looking for the elusive but yearned-after typewriter!

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8190

This swimsuit is made from Simplicity 8190, one of the official American Girl patterns from Simplicity.