Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Sewing!

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One of the things I love most about summer is that we are able to carve out some more time for doll projects! Zoey and I have been having some fun lately working on some sewing projects for the dolls. For this project, a mini skirt, we used a pattern from the book Sew in Style by Erin Hentzel (Zoey got this book for Christmas last year). We are both very new to sewing so we needed something very simple for our first project...this was perfect!


Sew in Style by Erin Hentzel

One of the things that I love about this book is that she rates all the projects from easiest to hardest and she's very thorough with descriptions, photos, directions and also includes a glossary of sewing terms that you should become familiar with...all in a way that isn't overwhelming for a beginner!

Here are some shots of our doll skirt...

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(Please don't mind the sparkly looking backdrop on our basement wall...we recently had a birthday party here and just haven't taken it down yet!)

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We had a little hiccup along the way with the velcro...accidentally sewed one strip on the wrong side of the fabric, but we got to figure out how to use our seam ripper so that's good!

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Here is Zoey's doll, Zoe, modeling her new summer mini skirt with one of American Girl's tee's...doesn't she look ready for a fun day downtown with friends?

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Monday, June 13, 2016

A GIVEAWAY from Doll Shoe Lane!

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*Edited with the WINNER in the comments!!!*

I am so excited to share a giveaway with our AG Doll Play fans and readers! Awhile back now, Noah from Doll Shoe Lane contacted me asking if we would be interested in featuring a review and/or a giveaway on our blog and I checked out his store and quickly got back to him with a YES! Well, with the end of the school year craziness and then with my daughter attending a week of dance camp right away, things got busy and here I am finally posting our review and giveaway on the doll blog!

I have to say, Zoey and I were both impressed with how fast the shipping was, and the presentation itself once the shoes arrived was top notch.

The shoes came wrapped in plastic with a business card and then there was also included the materials needed (instructions too!) to create your own shoe box!!! This is such a great added touch since it adds to the experience of "play" for the dolls. They can go shopping, give shoes as a gift, have a gift to open, etc. Such a great bonus!!

Here is a picture of the un-folded box with tissue paper and instructions on how to fold your box:

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It was pretty easy, Zoey was able to do it no problem but for those that may be craft inept (no shame here!!) they even provide a website you can go to to view picture step-by-step instructions!

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Here is a picture of the business card for Doll Shoe Lane that's included...

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Eeek!! We LOVE our froggie slippers!! They are so adorable and unique, our dolls adore them! They tell us they are comfy too. The stitching detail is truly amazing and the care taken while creating these is apparent for sure. So sweet. It's always fun to have something for the dolls that's different than what everyone else has...this fits the bill in that department!

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So, on to the fun part...the giveaway!

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Our doll Claire here has one pair of Doll Shoe Lane shoes to give away to one lucky AG Doll Play reader. We are giving away this beautiful rainbow pair of shoes...

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To enter the giveaway please do the following:

  • Share here in the comments section (of this blog post) one of your favorite pairs of shoes or slippers by checking out the Doll Shoe Lane Etsy Shop.
  • Share a link to this blog post on your Facebook page or blog (if you have one...don't worry if you're not on FB or if you don't blog, you will still be entered with your comment!)
  • Make sure if you are on Facebook that you already "Like" AG Doll Play
  • and Make sure you "Like" Doll Shoe Lane on Facebook as well. Introduce yourself and share that AG Doll Play sent you and that you are so excited for the doll shoe giveaway!
That's it!  Pretty easy to be entered into the drawing. A random winner will be chosen from all those individuals that do the above and will be announced here on Monday, June 20th.  

Please note that this contest is open to US residents only...thank you for understanding. AS ALWAYS, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION TO ENTER INTO THIS GIVEAWAY!!

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Sharing a couple more photos of Claire showing off her brand new froggie slippers...she loves them!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Some Great finds for Lea's Bahia Berry Stand!

We have added a few things to Lea's Bahia Berry Stand that I made last week!  (If you haven't started making yours yet, just go for it.  It is so easy if you follow the tutorial from American Girl Ideas. If I had had to buy all the paint and foam core, I would guess this has a cost of about $15 to make.)

I found this tin at Michael's for under $2! Just what we needed to hold cold beverages.  I used the ice from the OG ice cream truck and the bottles of sparking juice are from a retired AG fiesta set. 

The tin might be a little small, but it works.

While at Michael's we also found a tube of fruit.  I used the 40% off coupon so they were only $6. I love the textures and variety!  This set came with an assortment of fruits and veggies- my favorite is the artichoke! 

The doll can even hold the fruit!

But, the best find was this back drop I found from Walmart.com for $18 with free site to store pick up.  Unfortunately, they are no longer available on the site.  Perhaps they will return.  They are available HERE from the manufacturer.I have also seen these backdrops on ZULILY HERE.  If you try Zulily, type FunDeco in their search and you can follow FunDeco to receive an email when they return.



The backdrop has 4 scenes.  It is meant to be standing so you can play with all 4 at once, but it can easily be used flat or just in one corner.  I used the winter scene with the AG winter scene and they are exactly the same height and work well together.

And our favorite addition to the Bahia Berry stand-  LEA!!!!  Here is a quick shot of Lea with the girls visiting the beach.  Lea arrived yesterday!!  YAY! Gracie used some gift cards from Christmas to buy the sale package which included Lea, her mix and match swim suit sets and her beach accessories for $150 including shipping!  What a steal!  This is the first time we've welcomed a GOY doll so early in the year and I think we are going to enjoy having her all year and collecting for her throughout the year.. Gracie dressed Lea in Isabelle's clothes and I think they work for her! In fact I like these colors on her better than her meet dress- although she is not dressed for the beach! More pics of Lea to come.  I can do some comparisons of her and other dolls if you have any requests be sure to add them in the comments below.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

An Amazing Little Camera- For Lea?

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Doll Sized Harry Potter Books!


I don't know how I didn't know these printables were available since my daughter LOVES anything and everything Harry Potter! The free printables for all the books in the series are available from American Girl Ideas and are already perfectly sized for your dolls. I printed them out and using my craft knife I cut some pieces of foam to make up the insides of the books. I can't wait to show my daughter when she comes home from school! So awesome, thanks American Girl Ideas!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday


Happy Thursday everyone! Sharing an old photo and blog post from January of 2013! It's amazing how fast three years goes by and here we are still loving our American Girl dolls and crafting with them/for them.  :) This photo is of Amanda, Gracie and Lily's dolls getting ready for Valentine's Day by crafting some special Valentines for their friends. To read the complete blog post and see the additional photos click here

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day with your dolls? If so, how do you celebrate? Now that our daughters are a bit older and busier with school and extra-curricular activities it's harder to carve out the time to do these sorts of things...which means we start to think about it earlier so we can plan ahead! We kind of have a tradition of having a little gathering for special treats and crafting for Valentines Day with the girls and their dolls. The dolls exchange Valentines as well as the girls! It's so fun!

Now off to plan what out Valentines will look like this year!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Some Valentine's Day Inspired Etsy Finds



Sharing some fun Valentine finds on Etsy today! Photos are all from the individual Etsy listings and all items are linked to the specific shop where you can find the item...and other items that are super adorable finds for your dolls as well! My personal favorite is posted above. I love aqua and red together and the love bird pattern on the dress is so sweet and I've never seen that pattern before, love it!

I also adore this little apron set pictured below...it would be so fun to wear while baking some special treats for Valentine's Day don't you think?



We also like these simple outfits and love that you can choose your own color combo...



This girl and doll skirt set would be fun!



And I love this set especially...I could see our doll Bella wearing this since her style is fun and funky!



It's fun to look forward to another holiday now that Christmas and New Years is over. We need something to help us get through this bitter cold month here anyways! 

Thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sharing an Informational Article on the History of American Girl

Image Credit, Dolls in Pleasant Company Catalog Chloe Effron

I shared this story on our AG Doll Play Facebook page but thought it was one that I didn't want to lose track of as it's filled with really great information and history when it comes to the company itself and the original mission of Pleasant Rowland. Really a thoughtful piece that was put together by Mental Floss writer and Executive Editor, Erin McCarthy...and even though it was posted last year, it's all still relevant. 

I hope you enjoy reading through it as much as we did! Enjoy!


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A Close-Up of the Accessories from Maryellen's Diner


When we were thinking about getting Maryellen's Diner from American Girl I searched the web for anything and everything I could find for all the details about it, including pictures of the individual accessories that came with it. I love to do my research! Where we live, it's hard to watch videos as our internet package is on a data plan and anything that we watch eats up our monthly data package (this is due to living in the Northwoods!) so I was looking for static pictures and couldn't find any other than those on the AG website, and I like "real" photos as I feel they represent the pieces more authentically. Which led me to the creation of this post. Obviously, you can see that we opted to go ahead and get the diner and we are so glad that we did!! This is our biggest AG purchase and we were able to go ahead with it due to our having some gift cards to use to help bring down the cost.

As I shared, we LOVE the diner...the only thing that we would have changed would be adding a few necessities when it came to the accessories! A couple of things we found to be missing were: a blank order pad, salt and pepper shakers, coffee pot, coffee mugs, syrup for the pancakes, silverware (how are they going to eat those pancakes?), a "real" phone (instead of the sticker one!), and a napkin dispenser for the table would have been nice too.

Here is what DID come with the diner...

The hamburgers are fun since they come apart (you can grill the patties on the grill and then assemble) and it was a nice touch that the top bun has a little notched area for the tomatoes to sit in to help the burger stay together. The burgers are pretty huge though...they take up most of the plate!


We LOVE the bell and that it really dings! The best accessory in our opinion!


We are happy with the food...


We love the paper trays that come with the set...will be so fun to serve up an order of fries using these!


The ketchup and mustard bottles will be handy to have too.


The four guest checks are nice, but again, it would have been nice to have an order pad for our dolls to place their own orders.



To round out our accessories for the diner I went ahead and purchased the Cute as a Pie Kitchen Playset from Our Generation (Target brand) mostly for the salt and pepper shakers, sugar shaker, syrup dispenser, coffee pot and coffee cups. I put the rest of the items in our doll kitchen.


Just those items alone really rounded out our diner accessories!


We are having so much fun with the diner! We love that it can be folded up, moved around easily and rearranged with ease. The dolls have rated the diner      

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