Sunday, September 19, 2021

More Doll Pictures

 Here are a few more doll pictures. 

I am trying to post for Doll of Color Month most days, if not all days. I rarely have Internet access to post on Sundays currently.

Meritaten and Angelica hanging out with their dolls. there's nothing like doll friends!

I have been meaning to take a picture of Samantha's lemonade pitcher for years, ever since I found it at MCM. I used a drop of food coloring to make it look like it contains pink lemonade!

Samantha isn't a doll of color so I probably won't post this picture on IG until October.

Kanani is so beautiful this dress.

I love this T-shirt. It's so perfect for Doll of Color Month!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Exploring Wisconsin History

 I love the Wisconsin Historical Society. They have such great historical sites to visit.

I recently visited both Old World Wisconsin and Circus World, and I brought dolls to take pictures.

I took my new Kaya to Circus World. I have decided to name her Caitlin. She is probably going to get a new wig, as this one is very choppy.

Caitlin with an antique circus wagon.

Caitlin with a circus wagon wheel.

Caitlin looking at circus wagons.

I am still thinking of a personality and name for my Just Like Me 80.

Yes, sometimes I am really bad at this.

So I took her to Old World Wisconsin, thinking that we need to spend some time together to get to know each other.

She is so beautiful... and I still don't know her name.
Is there an easier way to keep glasses on an AG doll?
These kept falling off.

I thought Danielle had this problem because of her hearing aids. Now I think it must be all AG dolls that have this problem.

Anyway, I got some really good pictures, as well as loads of outtakes, so I wanted to share!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

More Doll of Color Month Pictures

 Here are a few more pictures that I have taken this month.

My Asian and Pacific Islander dolls


I didn't realize that Josefina's notebook has writing in it, in both Spanish and English. It's so special!
I really should have looked at it more closely before now.

I can't decide which picture of Josefina at her loom I like better. I wish I could have taken this picture inside, though. That would have made better sense.

They are all such pretty girls. I am loving these pictures.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Blind Bag Mystery Hobby Codes

Here are the codes for the Blind Bag Mystery Hobby packs currently available from American Girl.

I don't live close enough to a store to be able to shop in person. I have used the codes before to check what was in the bag before opening. You can't return them once they have been opened.

I think the code is the last letter printed underneath the barcode. Well, printed is the wrong word. They are sort of punched in and can be hard to read.

A- camera set

B- binoculars

C- painting

D- compass

E- plant

F- Frisbee

G- pencil case

H- measuring tape

I- tablet

J- notebook

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Elsa Disney Bound

 I haven't forgotten the series of Disney bound princess doll clothes that I was making!

Here's Elsa!

It's kind of funny that I made the Elsa dress in summer, and others, like Ariel and Moana, in winter.

I want to take pictures of the Ariel and Moana dresses on the beach, but the weather hasn't been coperating yet.

I need to do more group pictures of teh Disney bounds, too. Maybe after Doll of Color Month is over.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

A New Look for Miranda!

 I tried a new wig on Miranda. This was not intended to be her final look.

I just wanted to see her without a damaged wig.

This is a Chrissa wig.

It looks really good on her!

I am considering a different wig as her permanent one.

You can read the post about when I first found Miranda here.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Caroline's Hair

 I did a boil perm on Caroline!

I found these curlers at Goodwill for $2, so I was excited to improve Caroline's curls.

She looks so much better She still has some flyaway hairs, but her hair is set in recognizable curls.

This was so fast and easy, and such and improvement! I am really happy.

Now here's a picture of what she looked like in process.

Don't look if you don't want to see a headless doll.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Doll of Color Month

 It's Doll of Color Month on Instagram! 

It's always fun to see diverse dolls being celebrated.

I have taken a few pictures to post so far: 

My Native American Girls

My African American Girls

These are the dolls that I got from the thrift store in the last year! Yes, Felicity is not a doll of color, but I thought as a group, they fit the theme of "diversity."

Beautiful Addy

I look forward to seeing everyone's #docmonth posts!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Thrift Store Fun!

 On Thursday, I found, not one, but two American girl dolls at the thrift store.

One was American Girl # 26, and the  other was Kaya with a hair cut.

This post includes a picture of a doll head without its body.

Monday, August 23, 2021

A New T-shirt

 I also made a T-shirt out of my old shirt.

This is what the original shirt looked like, actually. It was just a long sleeved T-shirt, but dressy enough to wear to work.

I used the Trendy T-shirt pattern by Liberty Jane

I just drafted a longer sleeve pattern by adding the length of the sleeve from the Suzy M Studio Boatneck Raglan dress.

I got a really good series of pictures of Mara wearing this shirt. It was like she was a real model posing for me.

I feel like it's a whole mood.

I think I might have just enough of this shirt left to make one more doll shirt. I think this time I will use short sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves to change it up a bit.

I think this is a cute shirt, it was easy to make, and someone will definitely wear it come fall.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Red, White and Blue Skirt

 This skirt took me less than five minutes to make.

That's because all I had to do was add a seam.

So, obviously, I didn't make it from scratch.

It was actually originally a skirt for a baby. I found it on clearance for $1.

I just had to add a seam to narrow the waist by about four inches, and voila, a new doll skirt.

I think it's a fun look.

The red elastic at the waist is wider than I would have chosen for an AG doll, but it really works.

It would have been a lot more work to make something like this from scratch, and the material would have cost more, too.

I don't make a big thing about dressing my dolls for the Fourth of July, but one of them will be wearing this next year!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Felicity T-Shirt

 I used the 35th anniversary designs in the Create Your Own T-shirt maker to make this Felicity T-shirt.

I absolutely love it and I have about six more designs that I want to make with the 35th anniversary designs.

It looks so cute on Joss!

If you made a shirt as a tribute to one of the historical dolls, would you put it on the doll in question, or as a different doll?

I think it would be weird for Felicity to wear a T-shirt, because she's solely historical, and weirder for her to wear a shirt with her face on it.

So Joss got to wear it, because I think Joss would be a big Felicity fan. They are both impulsive girls who love the outdoors.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Pattern Review: Suzy M Studio Boat Neck Raglan

 Another outfit that I made from my old shirt!

This one is from the pattern Suzy M Studio Boatneck Raglan. The pattern is available on Etsy.

The pattern has more variations available than I realized before I printed it out!

The variations include long, 3/4 and short sleeves, as well as Asymmetrical, Sharkbite, Above the knee or High-low dress.

I think the Asymmetrical dress might be my favorite, actually. 

Because I was trying to get as many outfits as I could from my shirt, I used the Above the knee dress pattern.

I made the skirt a bit longer than the pattern calls for, so it actually hits Jess at the knee.

I used the long sleeves because dolls never have enough long sleeved clothes. 

I  also felt that these colors are great for fall clothes.

This dress is a more sophisticated look for an older doll, maybe a teenage doll.

I usually consider my dolls to be ten years old, but what the hey, I was in the mood for this pattern.

This was very easy to make, and I definitely would be open to trying other variations from this pattern someday!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Rebecca's Spa Day

 Well, Rebecca was one of the AG dolls that I was never going to buy. I'm just not a big Josefina face mold fan.

I was re-reading Frances Hodgeson Burnett's A Little Princess a few years ago, and I thought about customizing Sara's doll Emily. And Rebecca is pretty close to the book version of Emily. I don't remember what she looks like in the movies, I always prefer the books.

So I decided if I could find a really cheap Rebecca, I would have a go at customizing her.

I found this Rebecca for $30. She was naked, I already had this dress because I loved it so much.

She needed some attention.

I did not take any before pictures. It was late, and I was eager to get started.

I sprayed her hair with braid spray, brushed it out curl by curl, and finger curled it. This made a huge improvement!

I used magic eraser to clean all the marks off her face. She had a lot of little pink marker marks.

I then used non-acetone nail polish to remove the nail polish on her fingers and toes.

She still has pink marker in two places. There is pink marker on her ears, which is hidden by pierces ears. And she has pink marker on her fingernails, which was under the fingernail polish.

I am pretty sure that this is the same pink marker that was on her face, but because it's in a crevice, I haven't had luck removing it with the magic eraser. I also wonder if somehow being under the nail polish sort of sealed it on.

I might try using benzoyl peroxide on them, but these don't actually bother me much.

Overall, she has cleaned up very nicely so far. I want to eye swap her with light blue eyes to make her Emily. Emily is described as having blue-grey eyes, so I decided light blue will be closest.

I just need to find the courage to try this!

The only reason I am considering it is because Josefina molds are the easiest ones to eye swap. Jess molds are the hardest to eye swap.

We will see what happens.

A Little Princess was published in 1905, so Emily's wardrobe would be closest to Samantha's. I am thinking of still giving her some of Rebecca's dresses, like the one she is wearing.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Pattern Review: Bonjour Teaspoon Taylor Regatta Dress

 My mom wanted to use this old shirt of mine as a rag to wax the car.

I had to rescue it. I love the colors on it. I also have a fond memory of holding my co-worker's baby while wearing it, and the baby was was mesmerized by the shirt and kept patting it.

I was worried that the print would be too big for dolls, but actually it looks great. It has larger designs and smaller designs o it, which I think helps.

This pattern is the Bonjour Teaspoon Taylor Regatta dress.

The skirt uses a lot of fabric, so this dress used up a lot of my shirt.

This was easy to sew, but I think it's a rather sophisticated look. I also think it works for several ages, whether your dolls are younger or teenagers.

I am really pleased with this pattern, and would be up for making it again in a different fabric. It's rated as an easy pattern, and I concur with that.

Knits are not always easy to sew, but I find that sewing knits that are re-purposed from human clothes work better than sewing knits that are bought from a fabric store. They seem stiffer. I also think it helps to use larger stitches with knits.

I got several pieces of doll clothes out of this shirt, you will be seeing the other ones.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

MCM 2021 Update

 The sale this year looks really complicated.

I might not be able to get a ticket this year, but I will try.

I think some people might be put off just by the number of hoops they would need to jump through.

Important American Girl Benefit Sale Update
We're eagerly preparing for the 2021 American Girl Benefit Sale. As a reminder, this year the sale is online. Pickup is in person—no shipping.
As we stated in previous updates, inventory is significantly limited this year. Doll prices and item limits are being announced BEFORE tickets go on sale this year to help you make the most informed decision about entering the ticket lottery.
*Updates to the Ticket Allocation Process*
To ensure that tickets are distributed as fairly as possible, we're implementing a new system with TWO lotteries, one to offer winners a chance to buy a ticket and another (just like in years past) to assign shopping times to ticket holders.
Ticketing timeline and process
* August 25–26: Ticket purchasing lottery sign-up opens. A form will be sent out by email and posted to the AGBS website and Facebook page. Fill out the form (at no charge) to enter in the lottery to be able to buy one AGBS ticket. The entry form will open by 11 am (CST) on 8/25 and close at 11:59 pm on 8/26. The time of day you fill out the form WILL NOT affect your chances of receiving a ticket. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted.
* Aug 27–30: Tickets on sale to lottery winners. Every person who enters the ticket lottery will be notified by email on 8/27 if the lottery selected them to buy a ticket or not. Those eligible to buy a ticket will have until 8/30, 11:59 pm (CST) to follow the included link and pay for their ticket. A ticket costs $12 and you may only buy ONE ticket per email/household. All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be given.
(Note: Only tickets sold to those individuals selected by the lottery as eligible purchasers will be honored. Anyone not selected in the lottery who uses the link to buy a ticket will have their order refunded minus a $4 per-ticket handling fee and may not be eligible for future sales. Let's keep this fair.)
* Sept 1: Shopping times assigned by lottery. Shopping times will be randomly assigned to all purchased tickets. Results will be sent by email to all ticket holders.
* Sept 1–8: Ticket transfer window. If you discover that you cannot use your benefit sale ticket, or if you purchased a ticket on behalf of someone else, you may reassign your ticket to another person using our MyAGBS website. This process will be similar to last year. Please note that it is against our policy for tickets to be resold for more than their original purchase price and that all trades are done at your own risk.
* Sep 13–Sep 24: Shopify site account verification window. Every email address associated with a ticket MUST have an online account verified with our Shopify website BEFORE the benefit sale. If your account is not verified you will NOT be able to shop during the benefit sale. All ticket holders will be sent instructions as to how to verify their account and must do so by 11:59 pm on 9/24.
* Saturday, Sep 25, American Girl Benefit Sale online shopping. Further info on shopping procedures will be provided in future updates.
* Saturdays & Sundays, October 9-24, in-person pickup at our new warehouse in Middleton, Wis. After the sale, every shopper will have the opportunity to select from available pickup times. You will also have the option to designate a proxy to pick up your order for you. Further info on pickup procedures will be provided in future updates.
*Doll & Accessory Limits and Doll Prices*
Purchase limits: a total of THREE dolls and TWO accessories per ticket holder.
Dolls include all 18" dolls, Create Your Own, Bitty Babies, and Bitty Baby gift boxes. Each ticket holder may only buy THREE dolls total. For example, you could get two Truly Me dolls and one Create-Your-Own doll for a total of three, OR you could get one Truly Me, one Create-Your-Own, and one Girl of the Year doll for a total of three, etc.
Accessories include furniture, pets, clothing, and other miscellaneous items and will be individually priced. Each ticket holder may only buy TWO accessories total.
Doll prices will be:
* $60 for Truly Me dolls
* $120 for Create-Your-Own dolls
* $70 for Character Dolls (historical dolls, Girl of the Year dolls, contemporary characters)
* $40 for Bitty Baby
* $60 Bitty Baby Gift Set
As in previous benefit sales, we cannot guarantee the selection that will be available when you shop. Individual items will sell out throughout the day, sometimes very quickly.
A more extensive list of items and prices will be announced the Thursday before the sale. As with previous benefit sales we cannot confirm the presence of any specific item before the sale.
We are setting these limits so that every ticket holder can be sure of having the opportunity to buy up to the posted limits. Since the ability to purchase a ticket is not guaranteed and the limits are low this year, we advise against planning a trip to the sale that involves traveling a long distance.
*Bonus Book Buy*
As with last year, please know that items are NOT reserved in your cart until you check out. Items may sell out while you are still shopping and will disappear from your cart. You will want to shop as efficiently as possible.
As we know that this doesn't leave much opportunity for browsing our extensive collection of American Girl books, we will be offering a special Bonus Book Buy after the main sale has concluded. All ticketholders will be able to log back in again and shop for books. (Tip: American Girl books make for a great donation to your local Free Little Library, school, or community center.)
Exact times and log-in details for the Bonus Book Buy will be sent out to ticketholders before the sale.
Thank You!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Ruby Red Siblies Sydney

 I bought Ruby Red Siblies doll Sydney.

I have been looking at the Ruby Red Fashion dolls for a while now, but they are so expensive!

At half the price, the Siblies are easier to justify.

Hanna  is my favorite Ruby Red Fashion friend, so I got Sydney.

I am definitely going to change her name. 

I have a great-uncle Sidney who fought in WWII, so I don't really like it as a girl's name.

The doll is posed in the box to show off her joint, but it looks very uncomfortable to me.

The Siblies are twelve inches tall. However their heads are bigger than Barbies, and their bodies are sturdier.

They may be only half an inch taller, but they feel like a bigger doll than Barbie.

I took her outside to show off her posing!

This may look like a simple pose, but it's so lifelike.

She can wave!
She can sit!
She can party! (and stand!)
She can look!

Okay, you get the idea. The Siblies can do a lot of posing!
They don't have wrist or ankle joints.
The one drawback in posing is that the knees do not stay fully bent unless you hold them down.

They are really pretty dolls, and I like the clothes they come in.

I think that they are easier to play with and more affordable than BJDs, and much more poseable than AG dolls.

I really like the Siblies!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Two Consuelos

 Here's a comparison of my two Hearts for Hearts Consuelo dolls.

The one on the left with the purple eyes was a recent thrift store find. The one on the right I bought new in box from Toys R Us when the line was being discontinued for the first time.

The thrift store one cleaned up nicely. Her hair brushed out and is gorgeous. Her eyes, obviously, are still purple. I was not able to get all the scuffs off her face with Magic Eraser. If I ever buy fine-grain sandpaper, I will try that.

It's really interesting because they were both made by the same company that first produced these dolls. The thrift store doll would have been one of the first ones made by this company, and the Toys R Us doll one of the last.

I feel like there are subtle differences in the face paint. Combined with the difference in eye color, it gives them different personalities in their faces. 

I am not ruling out that I may customize thrift store Consuelo, but right now I enjoy both of the dolls as they are.

Friday, July 9, 2021

A Busy Summer

 July is always a challenging month for me to take doll pictures and post n the blog, due to visiting family members.

All the same, summer is going by way too fast for me.

The only doll thing that I have done lately is make three more Fourth of July dresses from the Liberty Jane Peplum Top pattern.

I didn't take any new pictures, because they were identical to ones I already made and shared on here. Plus, I was in a hurry to get them mailed before the holiday.

These were for the granddaughter of my mom's friend, and I just wanted her to have some Fourth of July dresses. She has an 18 inch Madame Alexander doll named Mary that she is devoted to. I am a sucker for little girls who love their dolls.

I hope to have more doll content to share in August, if not sooner!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Mattel Toy Store

Apparently, on May 28, there was an altercation at the Mattel Toy Store in Middleton between staff and a customer who didn't want to honor the purchase limits on AG items. 

It was bad enough that Loss Prevention staff were called in to escort the customer out of the store, and all of the AG items were pulled immediately. They aren't sure if they will be able to sell American Girl at the Toy Store anymore, due to this incident.  

I am shocked and saddened to hear about this. I went to the store on June 26, and they did not have any American Girl merchandise there.

I always enjoyed my visits there, and I am sad that my rare visits there to look for AG stuff will be pointless if they continue not to stock AG products. It was always a fun thing to do, since I never knew what they would have there.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Kit's Photography

 I love Kit's camera. It has the kind of detail that made me fall in love with AG.

I love that it folds up and opens, although I am always afraid it will break.

I keep forgetting how to open it between uses. The little silver tab pulls out, and it looks like it's just molded on. Confusing.

I want to take more pictures of Kit with her camera.

So I was really pleased to take this picture of Kit photographing Kaya's beaver!

It uses two doll props in a believable scenario.

I can imagine Kit being excited to photograph a beaver for the newspaper, can't you?

This is also one of my favorite outfits for Kit. Blue is my favorite color, and it's just so cute!

Friday, June 25, 2021

MCM 2021 News


Announcing the
2021 American Girl Benefit Sale

Tickets on sale: Wednesday, August 25
Online sale: Saturday, September 25
Curbside pickup: October (no shipping)

We're eagerly preparing for our 34th American Girl Benefit Sale.
Like last year, the pandemic continues to affect our planning: though public health is improving, we need to keep the sale online for another year.
The other major factor in planning is inventory: In 2020 we completely sold out of dolls. Since the last sale, we’ve received many high-quality dolls and will continue to receive and prepare more but we do not anticipate having as much inventory as in recent years. For those wanting to participate this year, that will likely translate into fewer tickets available to shop and lower limits on items.
American Girl has continued to be a tremendous partner and is doing everything possible to support the sale and our work. We are forever grateful for their generosity.

How the 2021 American Girl Benefit Sale will work

  • A limited number of tickets will be sold on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • Ticketholders will shop ONLINE ONLY on Saturday, September 25, 2021 Shopping times will be assigned to ticket holders based on a random lottery, as in years past
  • Shoppers will collect their purchases using CURBSIDE PICKUP from our new warehouse location in Middleton, Wisconsin. Pickup appointments will be scheduled for weekends in October, starting on October 9 and concluding on October 24. No shipping will be offered
As ever, our goal is to allow as many families to be able to shop for great American Girl products while raising money for the museum and the other charities the American Girl Fund for Children supports. With the inventory as it stands now, tickets, limits, and discounts may be more restricted than last year; however much can change in a few short months. 

Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for your patronage and your patience!

So here's my two cents-
It doesn't sound like the best sale this year. Limited tickets, limited inventory, limited discounts, and no chance to pick your merchandise out in person.
It's not going to be accessible to many people with in person pick up only.
I live close enough to do this. But I am wondering if ticket numbers are so limited, if I will even manage to get a ticket. I am not an early morning person with my work schedule.
I am glad there is a sale this year, I just wish it was better news.

Kaya Love

 I just love Kaya, you guys. She is an exquisitely beautiful doll with such a sweet, thoughtful expression.

This beaver was kind of a weird addition to her collection. I mean, a beaver is not a pet, so it's hard to get a natural looking picture of Kaya with the beaver, I think.

It's also not my favorite AG animal of all time, although I admit I am not a huge fan of the AG animals in general. It just has a weird feeling to its fur. I don't have sensory issues, but I would think this would bother someone who has them. Since I sew, I just pay a lot of attention to how materials feel in your hand. I think it's part of das Ding an sich, and I apologize for dragging Kant into a doll blog.

I am happy with this picture of Kaya spaying on the beaver from behind a tree. I think it's a realistic scenario. How else can I work the beaver into a picture? I am thinking about it.

I really love dolls with their dolls. I try to get the dolls belonging to the AG dolls when possible. I still need Clara for Samantha and Amelia Earhart for Kit.

However, Kaya has her doll now, and they are so cute together! Such a pretty picture.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Formal Festive Outfit

 I really liked the Formal Festive Outfit when it arrived, and I meant to buy it directly from AG.

However, I put it off too long, and was sad to see it had been taken off the website.

I was so lucky to find it at the Mattel Toy Store!

I just thought it had a lot of potential, and not just for boy dolls.

Ellie got to wear it first, but she and Mara will be sharing it, and other girls might get a turn too.

The bow tie is a separate piece. I like the plaid they used, it looks very classic.

The suspenders button to the pants in the front. They are sewn on in the back. This limits the mix and match potential of the pants, unless you tucked the suspenders inside. On the other hand, this makes it hard to lose them.

The shoes are okay. I have definitely seen worse shoes from AG, and I have seen better shoes. I am annoyed by shoes that have the soles stick out beyond the side of the shoes, like these do. Maryellen's saddle shoes do this as well. The shoes do have mix and match potential.

This could also be used as a music recital outfit.

I am really happy to have this outfit, and Ellie and Mara are too!

More Doll Pictures

 Here are a few more doll pictures.  I am trying to post for Doll of Color Month most days, if not all days. I rarely have Internet access t...