Wednesday, March 17, 2021

My First American Girl Doll Haul of 2021

Hi everyone!  
Today I wanted to share with you my first American Girl Haul of 2021.  Some of this stuff I purchased at the end of 2020, but it just sounds more interesting if I group it into a 2021 haul. 
As you can see, a new doll joined our AG family!  

I've been wanting to get Josefina for a while now, but since I already had Truly Me #66 (Kateri), and I use her as my Josefina stand-in, I was on the fence about her for as I was afraid they would be too similar. 
When AG sent me my $20 rewards email though, I suddenly felt inspired to add her to my historical collection.  

I'm so glad I got her!  She's so iconic to the American Girl line and I'm a little sad that's she's been "cubed" at this point, but luckily I have a few outfits that I purchased previously that she will be able to wear.  

Here's a quick photo below of Kateri, my TRU 66 just to show you the facial comparison. 
Her eyebrows are different, her hair is parted to the side and is shorter and her lips are darker/pinker.  

They look different enough for me, lol.  

I love her beautiful meet outfit, bright colors, and pretty patterns.  

Hopefully I can get around to reading her book at some point.  I usually enjoy reading the historical books a bit more then the girl of the year books (although I did enjoy Grace's book)! 

Does anyone this Beforever book that came with the doll the same OG one that is Josefina's original "meet book"?   

I also got her accessories which consist of a beautifully made shawl, a coin purse, one single coin with envelope, a necklace and a handkerchief.  

I'm so glad I got her! 

Next up, I got Nanea's Tropical Birthday Outfit.  
We don't have a Nanea doll in our collection, but I modeled it on Little Button's TRU 64 and she looks adorable!   I love the pop of red in the barrette and that adorable pineapple skirt.  
I like this outfit so much more than I thought I would! 


These are Courtney's adorable Care Bear Pajamas!  I love, love, love them.  I'm an 80s kid and I grew up watching the Care Bears and had all sorts of Care Bear "things" when I was little.  I remember I had the Good Luck Bear Plush and my sister had the Friend Bear Plush. :)  All of my friends had a Care Bear on their bed.  I loved seeing who everyone else had.  
The Care Bears on this nightgown are Wish Bear, Cheer Bear, and Tenderheart bear.  

I know for sure that I'll be getting Courtney at some point.  I adore her whole collection. So much nostaglia to me!!  I'm not in a rush, but I wanted to start collecting some of her clothing and accessories, which is something I enjoy doing BEFORE I get the actual doll.  

I think they look especially beautiful on Gabriela!  I don't think I've mentioned Gabriela on this blog yet, but I got her used on eBay a little while back and I'll do a separate post on her showing her before and after photos as well as the small collection of clothing I have for her.  

I think I'll also have her "be an 80s kid" and one of Courtney's friends once I get Courtney.  She can pull off that scrunchie so well! :)

Next I grabbed this little Garden Adventure Outfit for our Wellie Wishers and here I have it modeled on Camille. 
I thought the aqua and green colors would like nice with her hair and eye color as well as her overall "ocean" theme that she is marketed with. 

Here we have the Stars and Snow Dress I also purchased as it had gone on sale and I thought the deep blue color and silver embroidered snowflakes were so pretty.   Little Button got Joss Kendrick for Christmas this year and we thought she would be the perfect doll to model this dress! 

I'll do a separate post about Joss soon!  I think she's the cutest AG doll to date!  I hope they use this sculpt more often. :) 

The next outfit was one I was really looking forward to getting!  Usually, I try to only buy AG clothing when it goes on sale, but let's be honest, their sales have been awful lately when it comes to anything on my wishlist.  I fell in love with this World Traveler Ireland Set when it was first released and got it right away.  So wild of me!  I literally never buy new releases!  

Here we it have it modeled on my TRU 61 named Annie. I can't remember if I ever introduced her in the blog either, but before Josefina, she was my the last AG doll I had gotten (almost 2 years ago)!  
The green looks so beautiful against her red hair I think.  

Happy St. Patricks Day! 

Even though I still don't have a Rebecca doll (someday!), I have been collecting her clothing for years.  
I have never owned her nightgown, (although I have her robe) and I couldn't resist this adorable new version of her nightgown and slippers.  I think this is so well made and I love the details! 

Modeling Rebecca's Nightgown is my TRU 28, Anouk (named after the little girl in the book/movie Chocolat. :)  I can't believe AG retired her!! 

And here are a couple of bonus outfits that I got over the holiday season through their sales and whatnot. :)

Wellie Wisher Reindeer PJs modeled by Emmy 

Wellie Wisher All That Glitters (holiday dress 2020) modeled by Kendall

Holiday Cheer Pajamas modeled by my TRU 59, Greta

She has such a perfect face! 

And lastly we have the All That Glitters Dress (holiday 2020) modeled by Lea. I never noticed that my Lea had some eye-wonk going on until this photoshoot!  I just could not get the catch-light even in her eyes.   Regardless the gold in the dress looks so pretty with her hair. 

And here's one last look at the lovely Josefina.  
I am so thankful to have been able to add her to my Historical AG collection. 
I wonder who will be next??

Since this haul, I've only gotten three additional items from American Girl as I've been more focused on Barbie these past few months, but I had so much fun getting everyone dressed up and taking all their photos. 
Over the summer, I organized all my American Girl stuff and it felt so nice to go through everything.  

As for me, I'm taking my 3rd online college course this semester (I took one over the summer and one over the fall) and have felt very busy!  My course ends in mid-April and I'm really looking forward to having some time back in my schedule again to dedicate to my dolls.  Although that's the same time that Little League starts up for the girls, so I guess, we'll see haha.  

What have you all been collecting/crafting lately?  

I hope you're all doing well, thank you for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day. 
Happy St. Patricks day if you celebrate!  

Happy collecting! 

xoxo Farrah xoxo 

 Companion YouTube video if interested. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

January Birthstone Barbies (Birthstone Collection 2002 and Birthstone Beauties 2007)

Hi everyone!
It's been a while.  Life is busy as usual. 
I'm the same amount of busy since before the pandemic believe it or not!
I want SO MUCH to keep this blog alive, so I'll be trying, the best I can, to post on here. 

I've said this all before, so I'm just going to get right to the post, lol. 

Today I'll be taking a look at two doll lines I've started to collect and these are the Barbie Birthstone Collection Collectible dolls (released in 2002) and the Barbie Birthstone Beauties (released in 2007).  

I found all of mine on eBay.  I probably paid too much for them, but oh well. 

These appealed to me so much because I thought they had really beautiful faces and the different color combinations and collectibility factor are really appealing to me.

Here's a look at our first girl in her box.  
There's nothing too special or exciting about the packaging, to be honest.  

The back of the box is even less exciting, but has some information about birthstones and the garnet stone in general. 

Here she is out of the box!  She comes with a long chiffon shawl, which isn't shown here, but will be in later photos.  

Each month featured three different dolls to choose from, but I chose the darkest skinned toned Barbie as she was my favorite for January's choices.

Image from Google

Image from Google

This barbie has a gorgeous Goddess face sculpt, which first came out in 1998.  I think this is such a pretty adaptation of that sculpt. 

She has a beautiful medium skin tone, pretty gray eyes and dark brown hair.  Her eye shadow is brown with a dark red hue and her lips are a rich dark red. 

Her hair is worn long with the front pieces parted down the middle and fastened at the nape of the neck with two long tendrils that frame her face. 

She has a twist and turn body with 5 points of articulation at the neck, shoulders, and hips. 

She comes with a lovely faux garnet necklace (made from metal!), which per the Barbie Collector's website, is a Swarovski crystal. 

I'm not the biggest fan of the clear straps holding the dress up as they have broken down a little over time, so I might cut them off. 

She definitely has typical box hair, but nothing that can't be fixed with a boil wash. 

The back of her dress has a short train of chiffon. 

Here she is with her shawl. 
What a classy stunner!

She wears simple dark red pumps. 
There's a lot of glitter fall off, which is always fun (nope).

She also comes with a saddle stand and certificate of authenticity. 

Remember when you could mail away for stuff?  :)


Next up is "Miss January" from the Birthstone Beauties series.  
These were released in 2007 and each month showcased two different dolls; a light-skinned version and a darker-skinned version.   All 24 of them have the Steffie face mold.  

The boxes are shaped like a gem and color-coded to the specific birthstone it represents and the interior of the box has a gorgeous holographic shimmer to it.  

The back showcases more information about the doll and birthstone, while also displaying birthstone info for each month.  

Here is the light-skinned Barbie still attached to her box.  When I bought her on eBay, I failed to notice the paint defect she has on her left eye.  When she arrived, I was so disappointed.  When I went back to the listing to see if I had totally overlooked this, and I could kind of see it in the photos, but the seller was not forthcoming about it. :(. 
Needless to say, she will be going back up on eBay with a discounted price and full disclosure of the defect and I will hope to find a better one in the future. 

She's beautiful, but I just don't have the skills to fix that, lol.  I'm being a little picky, but I really want to have pristine dolls in this collection! 

The darker-skinned Miss January is perfect! 

Here she is in all her glory.  

She comes with a white collector stand and a Certificate of Authenticity.  These dolls are part of the Pink Label collection. 

She sports the Model Muse body and has 5 points of articulation (head, shoulders and hips).  Her ensemble consists of a lacy garnet dress, a velvety bolero jacket, a ribbon belt and multiple pieces of jewelry.  

Her dark brown hair is pulled up to one side and styled in a few bouncy curls in the front. 

The back of her hair is pretty matted, but that can easily be fixed with a boil wash and re-curl. 

She has the Steffie facemold with those tell-tale pouty lips!  This is such a pretty face sculpt and this is the first darker skinned version of this facial sculpt I've ever owned.  I love it! 
Her eyes are brown with gray highlights, she has light brown brows and brown and gray eyeshadow.  

She has faux garnet earrings, a faux garnet necklace and a matching gold charm bracelet. 

Her beautiful necklace consists of 3 garnet colored crystals that dangle from a gold colored chain.  
This is actually metal!  Not plastic! 

Oh the good old days. :)

She wears a gold charm bracelet decorated with gold hearts and a single garnet crystal.  

I honestly love this bracelet.  I love how it sparkles, how it dangles and how it has multiple charms on it.  

Dang, her nails are painted really well! 

All of these dolls come with a small dog.  Her little chihuahua is pretty cute.  I think for a small prop, it's pretty well sculpted and painted.  I could honestly do without it, but I am glad they at least took a realistic approach (minus the crown, haha) instead of the more cartoonish pets that are included these days with the Barbie packs.  The ribbon lays nicely around his neck, but doesn't really look like a "real collar".  

Side view of the puppy and I also see there's a weird plastic defect in the shape of a circle in her inner left ankle.  

Toe-polish is a little "off" haha, but I do appreciate the little detail! 

She wears open-toed heels in the same garnet color as her dress and they stay on surprisingly well! 

Here they both are in their full glory.  I think they are equally gorgeous (especially in terms of faces) and I like that one is evening wear glam and the other is cute-glam.  
You can't have enough glam when it comes to dolls, in my opinion. 

Overall, I'm so happy to have these lovely ladies to add to my Barbie collection.  I'm hoping to collect more of them and will be sure to do some comparisons to see if it is worth it to buy more in these collections.  

Which one is your favorite?   It's hard to choose, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Miss January. 
My birthstone month is March, what's yours??

I hope you're having a wonderful day and see you next time! 

xoxo Farah 

P.S.  Here is the companion video I made for my YouTube channel if interested. :)