Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My American Girl Doll Collection 2018

This year, I decided that I would love to share my doll collections with you guys as it's gotten quite large during the past 4 years that I've been collecting.

Today I wanted to feature my American Girl gals because I've gotten a whole bunch during these past few years and I don't think I ever featured them all here on the blog.

To be honest, I didn't originally intend to collect AG dolls due to their price point and size and I was only planning to focus on 12 inch dolls such as Monster High, Ever After High, and Barbie.

But then, I got sucked into the vortex called #agig on Instagram, and I became totally smitten with American Girl!  I drooled over the gorgeous photography that these collectors were displaying on their accounts.
Instagram, coupled with many of your blogs, really made me fall in love with American Girl again.

Growing up, I was really into the American Girl books (primarily Kirsten, Samantha and Felicity), but owning an actual doll never came into fruition due to our parents finances at the time.
I never had an actual doll, but I absolutely loved looking through the Pleasant Company magazines that we used to get.  That beautiful furniture and accessories had me mesmorized.  I have always loved miniatures so even bigger miniatures blew my mind.

I bought my first American Girl doll in 2015 and we now have 12 full sized dolls and 10 minis.

Here's a peek at my AG minis.  We have 10 total and the 1st four are the original soft bodied ones and the 6 to the right are the newer hard plastic-bodied ones.

The original 4 I bought were Caroline, Marie-Grace, Cecile, and Julie

The Beforever ones I got are Josefina (so cute!), Felicity, Melody, Kit, Maryellen and Kaya. 
Most of them don't have their shoes on because the girls love playing with them! 

No onto the big girls...

In the winter of 2015, I got my first AG doll from eBay and it was beautiful Elizabeth Cole!
I wanted a blue eyed Josefina mold for a custom doll that I wanted to make (still haven't made her!) and this one was used and for a great price.

Seeing her for the first time, I was amazed.  There's so much hype and expectation when it comes to American Girl as they're so iconic and had been part of my awareness for so long.
 It was the first time I had ever seen one in person! I remember thinking her head were a little smaller than I had expected, lol. I don't even think of her as Elizabeth anymore as she's always dressed in modern clothes, but I really do plan to change her wig this year and turn her into the custom I originally bought her for!

Shortly after receiving Elizabeth, I bought a 2nd Elizabeth on eBay, as I was planning to make her the sister of the 1st Elizabeth I bought.
This is the one we call Lucy who was just featured in my Christmas haul photos.  Her hair was cut by the previous owner, but I think it suits her and she's adorable!
I haven't been able to rip her wig off yet, but I'm determined to do my 3 customs this year and start sewing for them.  I will, I promise!! ;)

Samantha and Caroline were the 1st two AG dolls I bought brand new from the website.  My older daughter, (Pumpkin Pie) had fallen in love with her from the catalog and I had always wanted a Samantha so she was an obvious choice!  She is a stunning doll and so iconic to the American Girl line that I grew up with.

At the time I was considering Samantha, AG had announced that they were going to send Caroline to the archives.  I wasn't going to get her at first, but the "archive announcement" sent me into a panic that if I changed my mind down the road, she'd be more expensive!
I'm really glad we did get her as she's such a beauty and I'm happy to have her in our collection!

If I had to pick a favorite in the Beforever/Historical line, it would have to be Julie.  I got her a month or two after Caroline and Samantha (I was hardcore at this point!) and she was one that I was very excited about getting.  I remember seeing a photo of her in a catalog as an adult and I was so excited to see that they had come out with a doll from the 70s!  I ended up getting this Julie on eBay as I wanted her original outfit. I love her collection and I love that time period.  She's such a beauty. 
If I could only keep one, it would be her.

Greta is our AG #59 and she was an impluse purchase from a Jill's Steals and Deals promotion they used to have on the Today Show.  I really thought she was cute and she was definitely on "maybe someday list", but when I saw her available for such a great price, I couldn't resist! I really love brown eyes on the Classic face mold.  The girls play with her a lot and her hair is very easy to manage.

At the very end of 2015, I bought Grace, the Girl Of the Year.  I had wanted her since her release date, but kept dragging my feet as I had already bought so many AG dolls that year.  I got her right at the last minute (Dec 30th, I think!) and she's one I'm still warming up to.  I actually really enjoyed her book, but haven't really bonded with the doll herself or her baking theme.  (Baking just isn't really something I get excited about!).  I think mine has slightly wonky eyes.  To be honest, I got her to use as another custom, but I haven't done it yet, lol.  I actually got another one, used on eBay for Pumpkin Pie as Grace would be her mini-me.  (She's mine, too!)  Since we technically have 2 Grace's in our collection, I don't feel as bad about taking off her wig to customize her! (I'm just lazy.)

Lea is the only AG doll I bought in 2016 and I got her right at the very end of the year to give to myself for Christmas.  I think she's one of the prettiest dolls in my collection and if there was an AG kid that matched me as a kid, personality-wise, she would be it!  I enjoyed her book (although not as much as I enjoyed Grace's book) and her interests completely mirror my own.  She loves traveling, nature, animals and photography.  She was very close with her grandmother. She also gets nervous doing certain things and was insecure in herself and her relationships. Me as a kid!
She's such a lovely doll, though, and her hair is a dream!

The first doll I got in 2017 was Addy.  Her books and story touched me the most out of any other and I really love her strength and personality.  I can't imagine what a child like her would've gone though back then and she certainly overcame so much at such a young age.
She's such a pretty doll and I love her clothes in the Beforever line.  I would love to also get her original meet outfit.  We got her bed on sale this past holiday season as well as a few of her outfits and I'm hoping to get more of her clothing as well.  I just love her and am so happy to have her in the collection!

Anouk is our Truly Me #28 and she had been on my list for a while!  She's my favorite of all the Truly Me dolls and I just think she's so adorable.  I named her after Anouk from the movie "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. I really love the Josefina mold in general and this cutie pie is my favorite!

The last doll I bought in 2017 is Kateri, our Truly Me #66.  I think she's so beautiful and she will probably be my stand-in Kaya doll.  I don't know if I will ever get Kaya, but I love her collection.  My only complaint with this doll is her very thin wig, so I may order her a new one that's longer and thicker.  This doll is Little Button's favorite at the moment, so she plays with her a lot.  :)

Overall, I love our AG girls and there are still many more I would like to collect.  Storage is my main issue, so we don't collect too many of the accessories.  My favorite accessories to collect would be their beds or any other interesting furniture if room wasn't an issue.  I did cave and get Addy's bed, Maryellen's living room table/lamp and Samantha's bed when they went on sale over the holidays, but I would love to have a display with them each in their own "rooms" someday!

As for new stuff...did you guys see Maryellen's new camper??  Squeeee!  It's so stinkin' cute.

Anyway, thank you for letting me share my collection with ya'll.
I know some of you don't collect AG, but if you do, who is your favorite doll?

Hope to post again soon and to catch up with you all!

xoxo Farrah 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Christmas 2017 Doll Gifts (Rainbow Brite, Barbies, Disney and Hallmark Keepsake!)

Sorry this is a little belated, but I still wanted to share my doll related Christmas season gifts this year.  Some things I got during the Christmas sales, some I actually got as gifts and some I bought after Christmas.  :) 

I can't resist a good sale! 

First we'll start off with what I got FOR Christmas.  I didn't ask for a lot as I usually buy way too much stuff for myself throughout the year, but I did get some fun items on my wish list.

In case you prefer a video, I made this one for Youtube. 

I love to collect 80s toys and/or modern versions of 80s characters I loved as a kid.  The 80s have made a huge comeback over the past few years as the 30th and 35th anniversary of this era is now here. (That's so crazy to believe!)  I think toy markets really know how much us 80s kids were obsessed over our toys, so they are remaking lots of fun stuff! 

My sister got me this adorable Care Bear ornament that she found at a local grocery store.  This bear wasn't one of the original ones from the 80s, but I love her just the same!

 Rainbow Heart Care Bear Ornament

I also collect Hallmark Itty Bittys from the Rainbow Brite line, so the girls got me this Stormy Itty Bitty and book as well as the Rainbow Brite complete series on DVD.  This is the first time this classic cartoon has ever been released on DVD here in the US.  Yay!

I also got this lovely Belle figurine from the Disney Enesco Couture de Force line.  I really love these figure as they are sculpted so beautifully!  I started collecting these last year and so far I have Elsa and Cinderella (wedding).

I also got this little DYI room box kit to make during the holidays, but I never got around to doing it.  I will probably still make it this winter! Either that, or put it away for next Christmas.  #crafthoarding ;)

I got really into Hallmark Keepsake ornaments this year and wanted to start collecting the ones that could double as miniature props for photos with dolls. 
This is an adorable ornament from last year that resembles a small box of vintage ornaments.  I think there are 2 more in this line which I will try to collect as well! 

Lucy loves vintage Christmas ornaments.

The last ornament I got for Christmas (aka, bought it for myself for Christmas, lol) is the 1999 Hallmark Barbie Dreamhouse ornament. I've seen this in a lot of cute doll photos and if there is anything I love more than miniatures, it's miniatures for miniatures.  

This is the cutest!! 

Asha is all set to play...all she needs are some mini Barbies (which I haven't figured out yet, haha.) 

Moving on to things I bought during the Christmas sales, I got these 3 fashionistas. 

Teddy Bear Flair (regular body)
Skipper molds are always one of my favorites! 

She's one of the prettiest!  I think this is the Theresa/Bambi mold. 

She was one that I passed by many times, but then I really looked at her and thought she was really cute.  Does anyone know what face mold she has?

They're all really unique and lovely and I'm loving all the new 2018 ones that have started to hit shelves.  Every time I go to Walmart, I grab one or two.  I only wish the Made to Move line was still easily obtainable.  I mean, you can still get them, but online, they're a little more expensive.
I have so many stiff bodies that need to be able to bend!  I actually don't mind keeping the curvy and petite girls on their bodies for now, but I usually like to at least transfer the regular, and tall ones to MTM.  I hope they start making them again (especially the purple top one!!) 

Lastly, after Christmas, I was able to get some additional Hallmark ornaments that went on clearance.  I love/hate waiting until after Christmas, because some stuff is like 75% off, but others are sold out if you wait.  Luckily, most everything you can still find on eBay for around the same price after the holiday buzz has worn off.
So I didn't get everything I had hoped for, but I got a bunch of cute stuff anyway!

Mini Lincoln Logs 

Doing planks while playing 

This is probably a little too big for Barbie scale, but would work for 18 inch dolls. 

These next two, I just got for nostalgia reasons.  

Goodnight Moon has been read at least 100 times in our house. :) 

 An old Rankin and Bass classic. 

The fabulous Holiday Barbie ornament for 2018. 

I ended up getting the full sized Barbie after Christmas as well once she went on clearance. 

This is my first Barbie ornament and I like them as they make good "Barbies" for my AG dolls! 
                          "Uh, this is more of just a stiff figurine with nonremovable clothes" 

These little houses come in the Kozy Korner series so I grabbed this one on clearance (there were quite a few).  I think they would make a cute "Christmas village" scene in an AG doll room.  I just need to collect a few more to make that idea work, ha.

And lastly, I got this little retro roombox ornament called Tinseltown.  It lights up and is adorable!
I got this one purely for the fact that it has a tiny aluminum tree. :)

I also got a few American Girl items during their 12 days of Christmas sales, but I will save that for another post as this is getting quite lengthy!
It's funny, but each year for Christmas, I really only want doll related stuff.
It's just such a fun hobby. :)

I hope you all got some wonderful goodies this year to enjoy and share with your dolls. :)
I'd love to know if there was anything really great you got this year!  Do you just buy for yourself or gives someone a list or do people surprise you with fun things?  (I buy for myself and make my husband wrap, lol!) 

xoxo Farrah

Disclaimer:  some links are Amazon associates links, just FYI.  I'm not affiliated with anyone else, but included as many links as I could in case you were interested in finding any of these items for yourselves. :) 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas in New York City 2017

Hey again!
I wanted to pop in and wish you all a Happy New Year!
I'm hoping to do a 2017 collection round up as well as my goals for collecting in 2018 soon, but I wanted to make sure I wished you all a wonderful closing of 2017 and opening of 2018.

I love being able to press the "reset" button in January. I don't know why we think it's the only time it happens, but I really do like that feeling. ;)

I just finished writing another post on my other blog "Sitting by the Creek" of my trip to NYC with my mom and sister and if anyone is interested in reading that, it's here!

I'd love to hear how you all are spending your New Year's Eve this year, if that is something you celebrate.  To be honest, we will be home and I'll be surprised if I make it until midnight!

Anyway, be safe and "see you next year!"

xoxo Farrah 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I'm sorry I haven't be actively blogging lately...just so busy with work and the kids!  I am hoping to be back after the new year once the craziness of the holidays is over. :) 

In the meantime, I wanted to with you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year! 

Here's a few photos of some Christmas decorations and some winter/holiday doll photos I've taken in the past. 
Unfortunately my good camera lens broke while we were on vacation a couple months ago so I haven't really been taking any photos during this holiday season.  (I'm in serious withdrawl!)

Little Button (age 5) absolutely loves this little Playmobil Nativity set.  She set it up herself (and then I tidied it up a little, haha) and she was quite proud of herself!

Here are some cute Ever After High dolls I've had for a while.  It appears this line has pretty much ended so eventually I have to get mine out of storage and do some fun photo shoots!

I did a photo shoot of my 18inch Ariel singing doll in our vintage silver pom-pom tree one year and love the contract of the red against the silver!

Here are some more cute Playmobil figures from our Winter Christmas Market set (which I keep wanting to review)!

And lastly, here's last year's Auburn hair Holiday Barbie (Kmart exclusive).  It doesn't appear that Kmart came out with another exclusive Barbie this year.  (Did I miss it??)  I haven't gotten any of the new ones yet, as they usually go down drastically in price after Christmas, so hoping to snag them then!

From our house to yours, we are wishing you a beautiful and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanza!  Happy Holidays to all.
"See you next year!" (Never gets old.) :)