Monthly Archives: May 2015

Thrilled!

This week I read the post about the Oshkosh American Girl outlet on Living a Doll’s Life.  I enjoyed reading about all the deals, but what really mobilized me was seeing pre-BeForever Julie on sale for $80.00.

I have wanted Julie for a long time, and when AG switched to BeForever I was really disappointed in the new outfit.   Julie’s original meet outfit reminds me of what I wore in the 1970s.  Many other parts of her story related to my own life, such as the gift of a tape recorder, making tennis racket covers (my mom made and sold them!), the apple seed necklace, and knowing lots of kids growing up whose parents were divorced.

I called the outlet on Friday, and they still had plenty of Julie dolls!

American Julie Doll

Away Brianna and I went on Saturday morning.  It’s not all that close for us, but as they say “YOLO”!

I’m just thrilled with her.

American Girl JulieI already had her original accessories from last year’s Wilmot Warehouse sale.  I have Ivy’s accessories as well.

Julie AG Doll

No regrets!

The AG outlet Julie does not have a black X on her bottom like the dolls from the Madison Children’s Museum sale do.  She is not returnable.

The shelf she was on had A LOT of room on it, so I wonder whether more dolls might show up in the months to come.  Hmmm.

Full report on other purchases to follow.  This post is all Julie!

Angelina Ballerina – Blast from the Past

Angelina Ballerina American GirlAngelina sets her ballet bag down on her way to class.  Her tutu fits perfectly, including a notch cut out for her bendable tail.  She was doing pirouettes long before Isabelle!

Why is Angelina on our doll blog?  She was sold by American Girl.

AG TagAngelina came to us many years ago courtesy of Brianna’s Aunt.  Recently we found out she was sold by American Girl when we saw her featured in a 2003 AG catalog.

Angelina is poseable, and her accessories include a tutu, ballet bag with the letter “A”, an apron and purse, and a fancy hat!  These items fit in her hatbox.

Angelina Ballerina DollMany other Angelina items were sold up until 2004, when Target acquired the line.  A full list of Angelina items sold by American Girl can be viewed here. These are great items to be on the lookout for at rummage sales and thrift stores!

 

Wait a Minute Mr. Postman…

American Girl Doll SaleWe have our request for tickets to the Madison Children’s Museum American Girl doll sale all ready to be postmarked tomorrow.  Tickets are $8.00 per person for a timed entry to the sale.  All mail from around the country with a postmark of 5/26 is given tickets first (don’t forget that self addressed, stamped envelope!)

That said, we aren’t 100% sure we will go to the sale.  Ms. Maryellen Larkin has thrown a wild card into our plans.  Brianna is interested in Maryellen when she comes out in August, and three dolls in one year is just way too much, especially when none of them are for me!   A few weeks before the sale a list of dolls at the sale will be published and we will make a final decision then.

Last year’s (2014) prices:

Dolls

My American Girl dolls: $55 (limit 8)
Historical dolls: $75 (limit 1)
Archived Molly & Emily: $110 (included in historical limit of 1)
2013 Girl of the Year, Saige: $110 (limit 1)
Bitty Baby with Book & Bitty Bear or Star: $50
Bitty Twin: $40/each (Limit 2 of any Bitty Baby and/or Bitty Twin combination)

 

 

 

Grace Goes to Camp

Grace Paris Bag“Grace!” a far-off voice called. I opened my eyes. Sun streamed through the windows. Rainbows flashed on the walls from my Rainbow Prism hanging in the window. “Yes…” I groaned. “You got something in the mail from Camp Green Willow…” my mom said opening the door. That got me awake, I sat straight up in bed. My mom handed me the letter. I opened it, it read:

Dear Grace Thomas, 

Hello! We have chosen 247 girls across America to come to our 5 star summer camp., Camp Green Willow. You have been chosen as one of these 247 girls. We hope you accept the offer. We hope to see you June 1st at Camp Green Willow! 

Sincerely, 

Camp Green Willow Counselors

My mouth opened in shock and surprise. I put my hand over my mouth to keep from screaming. “What is it?” asked my mom. I handed her the letter. Before you knew it we were both screaming in happiness. I was going to Camp Green Willow. “It starts June 1st so get packing your bags Grace.Paris Bag Dolls Dream

Just then my brother Josh and my dad peeked in. “Whats the commotion about?” asked Josh. “Grace is going to Camp Green Willow!” shouted mom. “Whats that?” asked Josh and Dad in unison. “You don’t know what Camp Green Willow is?” I asked in surprise. “Should we know?” asked Josh. “YES!” I yelled. “Camp Green Willow is the place of every girl’s dream. Sometimes the girls stay even for the school year and then go to the school at Camp Green Willow. They still get to come home for the holidays though and spend time with their families, but still it’s a dream come true!” I said all once. “Say that again?” said Dad. I rolled my eyes.

I started packing right away. I’m super excited for camp. I really want to do all the crafts there and take every baking class they offer. After packing I filled out the registration form. They sent along a list of people going to the camp. I didn’t know anyone so when the form asked ‘Roommate Requests’ I just wrote down random names. I’m so ready for Camp Green Willow to start already! Bring on the fun!

(Grace is wearing OG Jean Jacket, Springfield Swimsuit Top, and Saige’s White Jeans.  Paris duffel bag from Etsy shop If Dolls Could Dream recommended by Say Hello to My Little Friends )

– Brianna

Ruby Goes to Camp!

Ruby Camp ProfileDear Ruby Smith,

Hello! We have chosen 247 girls across America to come to our 5 star summer camp, Camp Green Willow. You have been chosen as one of these 247 girls. We hope you accept the offer. We hope to see you on June 1st at Camp Green Willow.

I screamed in excitement! I was going to Camp Green Willow! I flung the door of my room in my wheelchair and went rolling down the ramp to my kitchen. “MOM! DAD!” I yelled. “What is it Ruby, are you ok?” asked my mom. “I’M GOING TO CAMP GREEN WILLOW!” I screamed! My mom threw her arms around me. My two older twin sisters Raina and Rainy came running down the ramp. “What is all the commotion about?” asked Rainy. “We’re trying to get some sleep and its impossible with Little Miss Ruby screaming here!” said Raina in a typical 16 year old voice. “Raina don’t be mean” said Rainy in a shy tone. “Whatever Rainy………” said Raina jabbing Rainy in the side with her elbow. “Oww….” said Rainy. “Raina don’t hurt your sister” scolded  mom. Raina rolled her eyes and walked back up the ramp to her room.

“She just woke up on the wrong side of the bed” said Rainy in her sweetest tone. I smiled at Rainy–she was the nice twin while Raina was the sassy one. “Anyway what is the commotion about?” asked Rainy politely. I had almost forgotten, “I’m going to Camp Green Willow” I said brimming with excitement. Rainy opened her mouth in surprise. “YOU’RE GOING TO CAMP GREEN WILLOW I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO THERE WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE AND I STILL DO!” shouted Rainy. Raina cleared her throat from the top of the ramp. Rainy and I just walked into the living room to talk instead. “Anyway, that’s so cool your going Ruby” continued Rainy. “Ya, I’m really excited,” I responded. I decided to go to back to my room.

I started packing because the letter said Camp started June 1st. I packed away my clothes and my prized possessions like the picture of my great great great grandma Rosalie who passed through Ellis Island in 1907. All of sudden I remembered. I had to be in a wheelchair all of camp. How would I do all the activities? Would the other girls tease me? Now I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go at all. I have to be in a wheelchair because a few years back I was in a horrible accident and know I have to be in a wheelchair the rest of my life. I decided to talk to Rainy, she’d make me feel better.

I opened the creaky door to my sister’s room. “Rainy?” I asked.  “I’m not sure if I can go to Camp Green Willow because of my wheelchair, how am I going to participate in the activities? Are the other girls going to laugh at me?” I asked. “I already thought about that Ruby, come over here” motioned Rainy. I rolled over to her desk. “I’m on the Camp Green Willow website, it says that girls with disabilities can participate too,” said Rainy. “Also, do  you remember my old friend Sarah Hoffer?” asked Rainy. I nodded. “Well her older sister had a friend named Karen Collins who was in an accident similar to yours, and she went to Camp Green Willow and no one even thought of teasing her,” continued Rainy. “Does that  ease your fears?” asked Rainy. “Yes, thank you Rainy you’re the best!” I answered. “Anything for you Ruby” responded Rainy. I gave her the biggest smile I could muster and rolled out of her room and down the hall in feeling spectacular.

– By Brianna

Kaya’aton’my [She Who Arranges Rocks]

Hello everyone! It’s Brianna and today I’m going be talking about the adventurous Kaya. I hope you enjoy this post on this amazing doll!

Kaya was released in 2002 and was the eight historical doll. She was born in the year of 1755 and lived in the Pacific Northwest. She is described as loyal, clever, daring, ambitious, adventurous, and has a generous spirit. She has 4 siblings Brown Deer, Sparrow, Wing Feather, and Speaking Rain. Her parent are Toe – ta and Eesta. Her grandparents are Aalah, Kalusta, Pi -lah – ka, and Kausta. Kaya’s brother in law is Cut Cheek and is married to Kaya’s sister Brown Deer. Swan Circling is Kaya’s idle. Tatlo is Kaya’s pet dog, Lone Dog is a dog Kaya befriends, and Steps High is her loyal horse.

Kaya is a Nez Perce Native American. She is a is a nature lover and loves to swim in the river. Kaya’s main problem is acting before the thinks. She is whipped sometimes and had earned the name “Magpie.” A Magpie is a bird that only thinks of itself. Kaya’s goal is to prove her self worthy and have no one even think of her calling her Magpie again.

Thank you for reading my post on Kaya! I hoped you enjoyed it. Keep your eyes peeled for posts on Kaya’s books, clothing, furniture, and accessories.