Audrey…

When I first brought Audrey home, she was in a bit of rough shape.  I made the decision to buy her from a local swap site.   The seller had only one picture posted with all the hair piled into a messy ponytail.  But for the price I couldn’t pass it up.  Her face, body and limbs were in good condition but that HAIR was a hot mess.  I’m not gonna lie, at first I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew but with a little patience….Audrey has become a swan.  She looks like a completely different doll. I am beyond thrilled of how this doll project turned out.

 Arrival:

Brushed out all the matted and tangled hair:

Hair rollers to re-establish some curl and put some life back into her hair:

Audrey NOW:

A little curl went a looooong way 🙂

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Tenney and Logan..a first glance

Some pics from my recent visit to American Girl Place, Chesterfield MO.

Yesterday I bought the 1st BOY doll released by American Girl, Logan Everett.  I plan on adding Tenney to my collection soon but I could not resist bringing Logan home first.  I have been an avid follower of AG since the early 90’s and I never thought a boy doll would EVER be released, thank goodness I was wrong 🙂 

I also purchased the 1st book in the series”Tenney.”  Logan does not come with his own book, so to learn more about his character and background I decided it was vital to read the story that included him.

I am looking forward to future storylines, clothes and accessories.

Planning a Meet and Greet with my Logan with my next post, so stay tuned….

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas…ugh.. I mean September 30th.

Every single time there is a trip planned to visit the American Girl store, my inner 9yr old squuueeeesss for joy!! I feel like a kid that just ripped off the last paper chain on Christmas Eve night. I can hardly contain my excitement!!

This particular voyage is a little more special than just a planned shopping day at the AG store, we are celebrating my step-daughter’s 11th birthday.  She gets to spend ALL of her birthday earnings at the AG store and partake in the  AG Hotel Package at Drury Hotel and Suites.  She may be a tad more excited than me but then again….Nahhhh.

So since this trip has been in the works since June, I too have saved a little spending cash to purchase something for my own collection…but what? That is where the problem truly lies.  There are sooooo many things on my “Wish List.” 

  1. New Truly Me Doll #66     
  2. 2016 AG Camper   
  3. Melody’s keyboard and microphone
  4. Melody’s picnic set (My Melody Doll would enjoy either one of these additions).    
  5. New Mix and Match outfit sets
  6. MaryEllen’s new 50’s Pink Fridge Set

SELF RESTRAINT totally bites…..

What would you Get?!  I know…it’s so hard!

Until next time…wish me luck 😉

Swap Site Gold

What would we do without social media?! Over the past year I have enjoyed joining several “swap sites” in different regional areas close to where I live via Facebook.  Swap Sites are like giant on-line garage sales.  Sellers post pictures of items they wish to sell along with listed price of items. Buyers can then negotiate stated price and plan a place and time to pick up purchased goods from the seller. It runs on a first come, first serve  type basis, so whomever makes the 1st comment wishing to buy the item gets 1st dibs. So if you’re QUICK…you can get some really great stuff at a great price.  Today just happened to be my lucky day, hence the title “Swap Site Gold.”

This pretty girl came dressed in her original meet outfit.  Back of her neck is stamped Pleasant Company.  Her limbs are tight, neck strings are long and there are no marks of any kind on her body. She is a beautiful girl. I was able to negotiate with the seller on her price and spent $65.  Heck of a deal 🙂  

So happy to add Julie to my Doll Family…and here are a few more pictures of her trying on some new threads.

And check out the shoes…..ADORABLE!!

Always keep an eye out for that Bargain…happy hunting!!!

Squeeee…Wellie Wishers

Over the weekend, I traveled to the American Girl Store to check out the new Wellie Wishers doll line.  Talk about CUTE…these 5 new characters are chalked full of personality.

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From left to right..Camille, Kendall, Willa, Ashlyn and Emerson.

The AG store in Chesterfield did a wonderful job displaying these pretty girls.

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And what I loved most is that they had these dolls all throughout the store where customers could really get up close. I held each one.  I didn’t mind the size because these dolls are meant for age groups 5-7.  I think for this age an all over vinyl body type is better than the cloth body of the regular 18in AG doll.  It can survive a little better with rougher play that comes with younger children. 

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I also liked the fixed eyes, up close there is a lot of depth in their color.  AG has also done a great job with each face mold. Each doll has its own individual characteristics, whether that be a freckle or slight rose to the cheek. There is clear distinction between each girl.  Their hair is like that of a normal 18in. doll. The same wig type that is utilized with the BeForever and Truly Me line is also used with the Wellie Wisher line.  So invest in the AG wire brush if you haven’t already.

I look forward to AG expanding this line…outfits, playsets, even new characters (hint, hint AG*)

My 3yr old picked out sweet Camille to bring home. I have decided that Ashlyn and Kendall will be my next two girls that I add to my personal collection.

These dolls are really beautiful, I think $60 price tag is a bargain compared to what one normally pays for a regular sized AG doll.

If you have the opportunity to go to an AG store and check these girls out, do it!!  I plan to post a more detailed blog on both Kendall and Ashlyn after purchase…so stay tuned. 

Finding Carmen…An AG Experience

If you ever get the opportunity to book an American Girl package….don’t hesitate, just do it!!  The amenities that are usually offered with this package are well worth the extra money.

Our hotel in Chesterfield was great, we were gifted with a big American Girl shopping bag topped with tissue paper upon check-in.
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Inside the shopping bag was the AG travel bed, pillow and blanket. A WELCOME letter from the hotel, a current AG catalog and 2 cookies.
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Plus the BEST part, I could see the American Girl Place store from my hotel window.
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I didn’t waste much time heading to the store. And I’m sure I’m like most people…”most”… meaning time just seems to slip away when you’re there. Almost like you’re trapped in some kind of time warp. Everything is so shiny and new and all the dolls are staged just so and all the accessories are displayed on the shelves making you feel that you MUST have them all because your doll wouldn’t be complete without them. After all YOU are the one affording your doll a personality and before you know it you’ve spent $250 plus…
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The good news was that the AG store is having a HUGE summer sale (online as well until June 13th) so I was able to find a lot of clothing at discount. And all the TRULY ME dolls are on sale for $98. So this is the time 😉

Carmen was purchased and added to my Doll Family. She is beautiful and every place she was displayed in the store she looked Amazing…I knew she was the one! Truly Me #31.
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Now she is Home Sweet Home..
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The Final Countdown!!

I have been looking forward to June 3rd for almost a month now, and now the countdown will finally end this week. But, why the excitement??  Well this Friday I will be fully submerged into the ultimate AG experience at Drury Hotel Chesterfield.  For an extra fee the Drury Hotel offers an AG package that includes a welcome letter, a travel bed for your doll ( that you get to keep), a free hot breakfast and free soda and popcorn in the lobby between 3 and 10pm.  Plus the hotel is only steps away from the American Girl Place store.  So I plan on taking TONS of PICTURES while my inner child runs wild.

I will definitely be posting a blog about my experience so stay tuned.

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Meet and Greet

Leah- American Girl of the Year 2016

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Grace- American Girl of the Year 2015

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Piper- Truly Me Doll #47

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Max- Truly Me Doll #58

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Natalie- Truly Me Doll #26

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Allison- “Grace’s twin sister” Girl of the Year 2015

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All American

My so-called “obsession” with American Girl began around the age of nine and has continued for 22 years.  The only difference is my status, meaning now as an adult I don’t have to hope and wish to find an American Girl doll under my Christmas tree, now owning one of these gorgeous girls is a reality and a hobby I enjoy.

This blog is a “sharing” space for all things American Girl and a space for the young at heart.  Enjoy!