Monday, February 17, 2014
Here are some pictures of Emma's first bath with us...she loves bubble baths we've discovered. Honey has taken a special liking to Emma too and didn't want to leave her side while taking a bath.
It's a good thing we had some little rubber duckies for Emma to play with! The dolls are going to have to look for some little toys for Emma to play with.
After enjoying her bubble bath Emma got all cozy in her new pajamas. They are the new Bugs & Butterflies PJ's for dolls from American Girl that retail for $24.
I have to say too, that these just might be my all time favorite pj's for dolls that have been offered by American Girl. They are adorable! I love the pattern of the fabric and the little details with the pink piping along the sleeves and collar and the buttons as well as the ruffles along the bottoms of the pants are just TOO CUTE for words! I really recommend this set, we love it!
And now for a couple more close-ups of Emma...
Such a little sweetie!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
It was so nice that we got Emma in the mail just in time for the weekend here...that meant we got to spend some quality time getting to know her right away. Right away she enjoyed some special treats and of course she got to meet and get to know all of her new friends here as well.
We think she is happy with her new "forever home." We know that we are happy with her joining us! I found her for a reasonable price on eBay and she came with a Bitty Bear and wearing this sweet little Bitty Baby Berry Picking outfit. It also came with a little hat and the board book that originally came with the set.
The doll itself is truly in pretty good shape considering her tag reads 2002. I was a little worried about her hair because the photos on eBay weren't that great but as you can see here it's almost perfect! She is just so sweet! I actually think she is cuter than the blonde Bitty Twin available now through American Girl. I like the shorter hair for a toddler doll I think...makes her seem more innocent and young.
I love the little patch of hair on top of her head too...it's actually kind of like what Zoey looked like when she was a little one. I would always put that little patch of hair in a little pony on the top of her head just like this doll! Too funny!
I hope you are looking forward to seeing more cuteness from Emma in the future because I have a feeling we'll be taking more photos of her in the days to come!
Welcome home Emma!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
It's the day after but the wish for you is still the same! For the longest time now Zoey has asked for a set of Bitty Baby Twins. I've discouraged her from them since it would mean the purchasing of two dolls, she already has a Bitty Baby and the twins are a pricey purchase that I worry she would outgrow after just a short while. The first time she asked for them I thought it was just an impulse thing but they remained on her list. I saw this blonde girl Bitty Twin (retired) on eBay for a nice price and she seemed to be in good shape for having a tag that read 2002. She arrived just in time for Valentine's Day and she is so sweet!! Tickled that we got her and boy was Zoey surprised because she wasn't expecting to get a Bitty Twin ever after all our discussions about them. So, she now has one little blonde Bitty Twin who she has named Emma. Emma has warmed our hearts here this Valentine's Day, that's for sure. I know there won't be many more days of her wanting to play with a baby doll so I will treasure the ones that she does while they're here.
Hoping you enjoyed a joyous and love filled day this year!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Awhile back I was sent a beautiful doll outfit from Serendipity Dolls and I wanted to share it with you as well as some more information about the company itself as we are impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of the outfit we were sent.
We received the Black Doll Skirt and Vest set with a White Blouse that retails on the Serendipity Doll website for $21.99.
The set included a beautiful crisp, pleated white blouse that had a brooch looking type of button sewn to the top collar, a black skirt with gold highlights as well as a black and gold vest.
We think she looks so sweet in this outfit, almost like an old fashioned school teacher or someone from the story Little Women.
Here is a close-up of the little brooch looking button that is sewn on. It really adds a nice touch and makes the blouse extra special.
There is velcro at the wrist of the blouse which is nice because it allows for the fit to be tight but it's easy for a child to get on the doll at the same time. Really a nice and thoughtful touch.
The seams are all straight and look professionally finished off. There is velcro again for the closure on the back of the blouse as well as the skirt.
The beautiful embroidered ribbon added to the bottom of the skirt is a really nice touch and makes the outfit in my opinion.
And here is Elizabeth wearing the vest...stunning!
Serendipity Dolls has been in the stuffed animal business (plush and clothing) for about 12 years now and has just recently started moving their focus to doll clothing. They have designed all of their doll clothing in house which is great because that means you will not see their designs and outfits anywhere else on the market!
Currently they are offering free shipping on orders over $50 to the Contiguous US and newly registered customers will get an instant $5 off coupon code!
I hope you have enjoyed our review of our outfit that we received and take the time to check out their site for their other beautiful things for dolls that they offer!
Friday, January 10, 2014
This outfit I thought would be so fun for a spring outfit...it's really adorable.
The capri's are separate from the skirt so they can be used for other outfits. The tutu style ruffled skirt will be fun to use for ballet too!
The headband is so cute and actually stays on the doll's head better than some of the American Girl brand ones!
This outfit is super cute too...a bit more casual and comfortable looking and included a fabric, stretchy hair band (which is reversible), a bracelet, and a little shrug.
Regarding the shrug, it's something we will have to be careful with because it's going to be really easy to pull I think...I had to be careful when dressing the doll to make sure I didn't snag one of the doll's fingers in one of the holes in the shrug. It's super cute though!
And now on to the last outfit...the adorable and fun polka-dot swimsuit! We love this set! It came with sunglasses, flip-flops and even a cover-up! Too cute!
Same as with the shrug, the cover-up will have to be something we are careful with because I could see that it would get snagged up pretty quickly by velcro. It is adorable though and absolutely essential when it comes to planning for spring break, don't you think?
So there is our review for the clothing from this brand. As far as I know, this brand (My Life As...) is only available at Wal-Mart (online as well). We purchased one more set from this brand but I am waiting for Zoey to come home from school to surprise her with it so it's not opened yet and out of the package but when it is we will be sure to share our thoughts on that one as well!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I wanted to share with you a fun giveaway that is currently being hosted by Serendipity Dolls. This is a great company that creates doll clothing to fit American Girl dolls, Corelle, Our Generation, Madame Alexander dolls and more. To enter into the giveaway that they are hosting simply go here and add your email address to their email list sign-up. It would be great if an AG Doll Play reader won!
Monday, January 6, 2014
As far as dolls go, Isabelle is not on my girls want-list yet (although I wouldn't be surprised if she makes it on a birthday list by summer) I really like a lot of Isabelle's clothes and accessories, and my girls and I have already been playing ballet as both my daughters love dancing ballet themselves. Last Christmas (2012) we found the My life as a Doll- ballet set from Walmart. It came with a tutu/leotard, shoes and a barre for around $16. We pulled it out today, and set up a dance and tumbling studio for the dolls!
I love using sheets of foam core to construct temporary 'rooms' for the dolls. I like being able to move them around, use them for play, then put them away when we are done playing. Today I used a pink sheet, and a white sheet (that I borrowed from our bathroom) to create our ballet space.
The pink, lower barre is from Walmart, but, when I saw that Isabelle's barre had 2 heights, I thought that the high-bar from McKenna's gymnastic set might work for our ballet-play today. When I placed it behind the pink set, it was a perfect set. The 'wrist-guard' from the gymnastic set worked perfect to help the dolls hold their pose. These are a removable piece, so I wonder if Isabelle's barre diameter is the same as McKenna's bar? If so, then it might be helpful to use the wrist-guards with it? I know they make the straps that go along with the Pilates mat to help hold poses, but the wrist guards helped hold the doll in a standing position at the barre.
At my daughter's dance studio, the girls wear black leotards, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. I was so happy to find this black leotard/skirt which came with the girl size set from Dollie and Me on Zulily this past fall. Her pink slippers came from Springfield dolls, as did the pink leotard that Clara is wearing, although the tutu came with a Batat doll, years ago, from Walmart.
When we thought we lost a few of the pieces to our ballet barre, I saw the same set on clearance for just $5 and picked up another set. Today when I went to set it up, I found all the pieces to both sets! Yeah for me! I LOVE to find things I think I have lost!!!!!
My only complaint about the ballet barre I found at Walmart is that it is made to come apart for easy storage, and ours seemed to fall apart when the dolls were using it. My solution was to add a bit of purple duct tape to help hold it all together. I began by putting the duct tape around the outside, but found that putting the tape on the inner bar worked just as well, but looked cleaner.
The girls really enjoyed dance class today! Hope you enjoyed sharing in our doll play today! Be sure to share photos of your ballet studios on our facebook page!