Monthly Archives: September 2015

Addy Prepares for Fall

Addy loves her long, white nightgown.  I hoped I would find this at the Wilmot sale or outlet store, but about a year ago Addy got tired of waiting for pajamas (she was wearing a nightgown made for a baby doll!) and I paid full-price. It is a must-have item for Addy with simple, beautiful detailing.   Only one regret — no slippers.

Addy and Ida

By the time I purchased the nightgown Mattel had dropped the grey slippers and heart warmer from the nightgown.  Those winter nights in Philly with only a wood stove are going to be mighty chilly without slippers.  I turned to Etsy looking for something old-timey that could have been knit by Addy’s mama.

I found these delightful slippers in the joannekantola shop, which I chose because the scale seemed appropriate for an 18″ doll.   Addy’s original Pleasant Co slippers were charcoal grey, but we decided to go with the pretty red ones.  What girl doesn’t want ruby slippers?

Addy Slippers

Addy is very pleased with the fit!  Should the heart warmer find its way to us some day, the red slippers will compliment it.


American Girl Outlet – Restocked

We were off of school today as our district was closed for Yom Kippur.  We took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to visit Great-Grandma (the same one for whom we did the doll presentation).  We may have stopped at the American Girl Outlet too 😉

The Outlet has been so tapped the last few months that you could barely call it a store.  Truly!  A few weeks ago I heard they got 6 truckloads of merchandise in, so our timing was really good today.

They still had the MYAG dolls with bangs for sale for $80.00 (see previous post for details on them).  The supply appears endless.

There was a large amount of BeForever clothing for girls.  Josefina’s tunic for girls, Kit’s, Caroline’s, Rebecca’s, Samantha’s outfits for girls.. all 50% off original prices.  Lots of sizes but not much in size 14.  Brianna also spotted the dress below, which is not BeForever, but was $5.00!  It is very well made with a slip underneath and tulle as well!  We have a wedding to go to and this may fit the bill.  (Pardon the crinkles!)


There was also Grace’s clothing for girls at what appeared to be regular prices (PJs, Paris shirt, beret, Love Sweater).

On the historical doll front, we said yes to Caroline’s meet accessories at $12.00 (hat, spinning top and Caroline Abbott bag).  Lots of those in either BeForever boxes or pre BF boxes.  We also picked up Julie’s necklace that accompanies her birthday dress for .25 cents.  The necklace my mom made is still a little cooler though!  Also picked up Rebecca’s shawl for 1.00.

Saw a few items for Kaya, Josefina’s green bed, Addy’s summer dress, 20.00, (which Brianna swore was not retired and it is – D’oh!), Cecile’s Meet accessories $10.00, Julie’s calico outfit, meet outfit and disco outfit.  Overall not a ton of historical items.

Saw Saige’s picnic set (still kicking around!), Isabelle’s jewelry case for girls, lots of Bitty, the MYAG parasail (29.00), birthday set, heart-shaped pizza set, Valentine’s t-shirt from last year (maybe 7.00?), lots of the “doll dining” and “doll travel” type of kits for $3.00, Puffy Coat (around 10-12.00), karate set, hiking trail accessories, and lots of Sparkle Star AG t-shirts from the various store locations for 1.00.

They had Isabelle’s sewing studio as well.  Not 100% sure on the price but between $120 – 140.00 as I recall.

All of the summer items that we all studied so carefully a few months ago were at the outlet (the  flamingo dress, the coral hoodie, etc.) but the prices weren’t amazing.

We had fun with the salesclerk, who was so enthusiastic and even dug through a few boxes for us thinking she saw the doll dress to match the fancy party dress we purchased.  Susan, you rock!  We enjoyed seeing their display doll for Maryellen (not sold there of course).  Susan gave us an impromptu lesson on caring for Caroline’s hair.

Dishes, 2.00

Dishes, 2.00

Half of the fitting rooms were filled with merchandise that was yet to be put out for sale, so overall, I think the coming weeks will be interesting at the outlet!




Julie’s Fall Fashion

Julie hit the clothing jackpot on my birthday last week. I received Julie’s pre-Beforever pajamas and slippers from my husband (eBay), and the ‘Mad About Plaid’ Our Generation outfit from my mom.
Our Generation Mad About PlaidMy mom purchased the outfit from, because — of course — it wasn’t in stock at the store!

Julie Our GenerationThe best part of the outfit is the faux Ugg boots and boot knee-highs.


A not-so-great part of the outfit is the shirt sleeve cuff is very hard to get over Julie’s fingers.

noexif_IMG_6308_privateMy mom made Julie a custom necklace which is similar to the necklace that came with Julie’s retired birthday dress.  It’s even better than the American Girl necklace, because my mom made it!

I recommend the outfit, but it may not be a good choice for a younger child because of difficulty getting the shirt on.  Then again, Brianna is the one that got the shirt on Julie for me!!

A final photo of Julie in front of a chest my mom painted.

noexif_IMG_6309_privateIn other news, we survived our first two weeks back at school.  The girls here are a little neglected, but Caroline and Saige are watching a movie today on the couch with Brianna.  We are off because it is Rosh Hashanha and many in our school district celebrate.  Oh, and we finally got our Maryellen catalog!

BeForever 2016

A few blog posts ago I mentioned that the book for the Girl of the Year 2016 and the book for the new BeForever historical character appear to both be coming out on January 1. I don’t think that is a computer error on Amazon’s site.

I stopped back on my Amazon pre-order for the BF2016 book and there are more details in the listing than I remembered from last week. Publisher is listed as American Girl on January 1, 2016. The book is filed under the topics of “prejudice and racism” “1900s historical fiction” and “multicultural stories African-American.”

Can I reschedule Santa for January 2?

In other news… Has anyone received the Maryellen catalog? I really miss receiving the catalog at the same time as the doll launch.

For more on Melody Ellison, BeForever 2016, see Meeting Melody

Meeting Maryellen – A Guest Post

At the Madison Children’s Museum sale in July we were fortunate to meet new friends while waiting in line.  Maggie and her family drove from another state to attend the sale, and they were first-timers like us.  Brianna was forever corrupted when she learned our new friend had 23 American Girl dolls (and Brianna’s keeping track every time you add one, Maggie)!  True doll lovers, we did not ask, “What do you do with so many dolls?”  We asked, “How do you store them?”  (Shelves!)

I asked Maggie whether she might like to give us her opinion on the Maryellen collection and its presentation at the Mall of America location.  Photos are hers.  Take it away Maggie!

Maryellen 1954Friday through Sunday was Maryellen’s opening weekend. All the staff at the Mall of America store were dressed in 50’s inspired clothing which was a fun touch. There were numerous display cases of Maryellen and her fabulous accessories and the attention to detail was incredible. Starting with Maryellen herself, I believe she has a unique hair and eye color combo – her eye color is a variant of AG’s hazel eyes and her hair is light ginger, unlike any of their other red-headed dolls. Her meet outfit is adorable, with a little “M” embroidered on her cardigan and a sweet pearl choker and bracelet with a little matching handbag. It is spot on for the 50’s!

Maryellen 2015

There are multiple other outfits for all sorts of occasions, each one amazingly styled. The first one we saw was her embroidered black poodle skirt, with a peach top, saddle shoes, and matching hair scarf. You can buy a light pink crinoline separately, which makes the skirt flare out. It is so cute!

Poodle Skirt

The crinoline can also go under any one of her other dresses, like her stunning turquoise birthday dress or purple gingham-checked school dress. For play time, Maryellen has denim pedal pushers and a sleeveless white blouse with cherry embroidery. The shoes for this outfit even have little cherries on them! On chilly winter days, Maryellen can go ice skating in a charming red felt dress (coat?) with snowflake embroidery, tights, and sky-blue ice skates. Accessories for this are sold separately – hat, scarf and mittens. This outfit too, was adorable.

Maryellen CollectionFinally, Maryellen has pj’s made out of dotted Swiss fabric with a little floral print. Separately there is a hairstyling set with a little cap and real working hair curlers! Fun!

Maryellen PJs

My favorite furniture item is her incredibly detailed “Seaside Diner.” I’m not sure where I would put it but I bet I could make room somewhere! It is amazing, with a very high play factor. There is a counter where Maryellen can work, flipping burgers, hot dogs, or a breakfast platter on the grill.

Maryellen working the grill

Maryellen working the grill

There are two stools and a booth made out of real vinyl – electric blue with pink piping. The tabletop was sparkly formica, just like you’d find in a 50’s diner. There were menus, little ticket orders, a real bell to ring for orders, even a little paper hat for her to wear. I really need this diner in my life!

Seaside Diner My mom loved the living room set, which has many authentic details. There is a sofabed, a crocheted afghan, and pillows. Additional items that can be purchased are a funky cool table with a retro lamp, pink poodle figurine, a newspaper and TV Guide.

Maryellen ScooterEvery historical doll has to have a pet, and Maryellen has a dachshund named Scooter, who loves to snuggle with her on the sofa. Finally, Maryellen has a school set, with flashcards, a little chalkboard, a pointer (not a laser pointer, but the old fashioned wooden kind!), and map with the United States on one side and Europe on the other. It is historically accurate for the time period, of course!

Map circa Soviet Era

Map circa Soviet Era

Maryellen’s TV console was sold out already so I couldn’t see that. But her juke box was there and it was amazing. One of the clerks showed me how it works – it plays five different 50’s inspired songs by pushing the little buttons, and you can plug your ipod into the back to play your own music using the juke box speaker. Also when the juke box was playing, the surrounding lights lit up. The jukebox was $90, which is a little steep but the sound quality was pretty good and it would be a fun way to play your own music. If you are really interested in it, I’d say it is worth the money.

After seeing Maryellen’s whole collection in the store, I thought it was even cuter in person. I left there wanting to take it all home with me. On a sad note, Maryellen’s collection replaced the spot where Caroline and her collection used to be. There was only one case left for Caroline, with six dolls and her three books. Everything else was sold out, and she looked so lonely standing in an empty glass box. I’m sad to see Caroline go, but think Maryellen is a great new addition to the Be Forever line-up.

Caroline Retirement American Girl