Tuesday, April 24, 2018

News about American Girl

Maybe you have heard already the sad news for more than 100 people working for American Girl in Wisconsin. Madelon sent me a link to an article that you can read by clicking here. They will be closing the distribution facility and that is not a great sign not just for the workers but doll lovers as well.

I have been writing about dolls and doll play now for almost 8 years and I have seen the trends come and go, but these dolls have proven that they have had staying power. This turn of events maybe a sign of more downsizing to come though I hope that is not the case.

As a customer, doll enthusiast, mother and aunt these dolls and their company have enhanced our lives tremendously. We will continue to report on the Dolly World News as we here it. Thank you Madelon for forwarding the article to us.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Memories of Midnight...

Have you ever loved something so much and completely forgotten about it, until reminded by a smell or a photo? My birthday is this week and I remember loving my Midnight Barbie Horse more than just about anything. I played for hours with her and my western Barbie. I still remember how the horses hair felt, the sadel which was really hard to put on and how much I loved the muzzle of my horse.
I was extremely delighted to find these beautiful photos and this listing in an Etsy Shop called Polly Pocket Plus.  The horse is priced just under $40 CND and about $20 for shipping. It is very tempting especially because of how great a condition she appears to be in.
I had such a wonderful trip down memory lane with seeing this listing. While I do love that Barbie's new horse walks on it's own there is just something so magical for me in this Midnight horse. Take a look for yourself at the listing on Etsy by clicking here.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sew This Sunday! Sew Adollable's One Shoulder Dress

Wow was what I thought when I clicked on the tutorial for Sew Adollable's One Shoulder Dress for 18 inch dolls. I know we shared a tutorial last Sunday from this site but as you can see from the dress shown above this is a must see tutorial and pattern for tween doll lovers and those who sew for them. Click here for this tutorial and start sewing this dress today!
Thank you for joining us for this weeks Sew This Sunday Post.  Thank you to Sew Adollable for such an inspiring tutorial and website.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Toys We Used To Love...

Today Madelon and I are sharing two of our favorite toys we used to love, mine has a tiny twist. When I was at Toy Traders Last week I found this tiny Pound Puppy that reminded me of the ones I had and loved years ago. This one would be perfect for doll play and I believe you can find these almost anywhere toys are sold. It was very hard to resist this little lovely. I wish I still had mine.
Madelon was recently doing some antiquing and came across this set that she loved growing up...
"We were doing some antiquing yesterday when we came across this West German mini mouse playground, a toy that I loved years and years ago. I recalled it as being much larger! It gave me many happy hours. This store was selling it for $75. My grandmother bought it at FAO Schwartz (which was later bought by Toys r US)."

Thank you all for joining us today for our lookback at some of the toys we used to love. We would love to her from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Reads...

Friday Reads  This week's Friday read is one I have heard so many great things about for the 9-11 year old set! Doll Bones ....

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. A NYPL "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." A People Magazine "Best New Kids Book." Six starred reviews! Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach's father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen--and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen's ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? Doll Bones is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on five Best Book lists, and was called "perfect" by The New York Times.

Check this one out at your local library, book seller or you can find it online at The Book Depository with Free Shipping Worldwide by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining us here today we hope you have fun reading!
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tenney plays in the N'oreaster snow in her Our Generation outfit that came with everything shown including the saucer!

Many places are still stuck in a winter wonderland and while we know that Spring is coming, the white stuff seems to be sticking around in many places. Madelon took advantage of the late snow and took her doll Tenney out to play in the snow.
"This Our Generation set was bought this last year. I like her in the coral stripes! The zipper is also coral. Five pieces were $17.99, including the boots."

Thank you Madelon for sharing this fun find with us today and for making the best of your snow situation!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Hooking Wednesdays, Crochet A Doll Sun Hat With This Free Pattern

Hooks at the ready, today is the first of our Happy Hooking Wednesday segments. I love crochet and I wish I could just get the hang of it and bang out hats like these for the dolls! Summer is fast approaching and that sun is coming out, which means doll play heads outside. Hats on heads of children and dolls is recommended and how cute is this! If you are experienced you can make matching girl and doll sized hats. This tutorial comes to us from CrochetSpot.Com and is a level two crochet pattern. Click here for the pattern and Happy Hooking! 
Thank you for joining us today we hope you will enjoy this new Wednesday series. We would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com