Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sewing Sunday

 Hi! I feel like it's been so long since a Sewing Sunday post has appeared here, so I felt like it was time for another one. Yesterday I listed two new items in my shop, one dress and a sweater! I haven't had much time lately to sew or blog but I was able, thanks to a 3 day weekend, catch up on blog posts and spend a little time sewing. 

I absolutely love this fabric, a lightweight knit that looks great on dolls. This was so much fun to make and for some reason this looks like a dance outfit to me. 

Using upcycled materials I made this cute knit sweater, perfect for cold winter days, I love the stretch knit lace! 
So it looks like for now 1 post a week here is about all of the extra time I have. Thankfully my daily schedule is straightening out and I can balance schoolwork, the musical,dance and sewing/blogging better! Hopefully whenever I have extra time I can squeeze an extra post in now and then. 
Thanks for looking!, 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Charlotte's Sweater

With a bit of Christmas money I purchased a doll sweater from urimori, who also runs a blog here. When it arrived Charlotte instantly claimed it, and you can see why below- 

I love this hairstyle!

Can I please have this sweater in my size?  
I love the materials used to create this piece such as Italian wool and, of course, the adorable faux suede in chestnut brown! Did I mention that it's super soft?  
I think I might just have caught the Etsy bug ^-^ 
Thanks for looking!, 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Meet Maisey!

 Hi! Today I wanted to introduce to you one of my favorite Christmas gifts I received, Truly Me #58! Believe it or not, she is my very first doll I have ever received as a Christmas gift, the rest were birthday or I bought them :) Deciding her name only took about 5 minutes? With the help of family I decided on the name Maisey, and suddenly I figured out her personality!  
But, let me first show you her-
I decided her middle name would be Bee! It suits her and I can't wait to begin working on a "Bee" inspired bedroom for her!


Maisey loves plants (especially flowers!) and of course, bees.

Her favorite thing to do is smile.

Her favorite jewelry item is a simple strand of pearls. 

Maisey also loves finding and collecting vintage buttons. 

Her favorite colors to wear are jewel tones, and she almost never goes without a flower in her hair.

Her favorite activity is sketching and bird watching! 

Maisey was delivered by mail, and I was worried that she might have a defect but she is perfect! Her curls are so adorable and I love finger curling them, they add a lot of personality.   
She is also my very first Addy mold.
One other, kind of doll related item that I used Christmas money to buy is a 50mm Nikon lens! This was one of my first photoshoots I used the lens and I love it :)  
I'm very thankful to receive two of my most wanted items.  
Thanks for looking!, 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Awesome Find!

Hi! Just a week before Christmas I found a great deal on a few items from from the picture below?
I couldn't believe it when the seller told me this was all for just $25! 

One of the first few things is two pamphlets that were originally included with Kirsten's outfits and some hangers! I loved it when American Girl included hangers with their outfits, so any hangers are a great thing to have.  
My favorite outfit that I meant to buy before Kirsten's birthday was her birthday outfit, the outfit is missing the pinafore but i'm so happy to have the socks that come with it!, the pinafore will be easy to recreate. 

One of Kirsten's more expensive outfits on Ebay is her Swedish Dirndl outfit, that is complete and looks adorable! 

Yay! You don't know how surprised and happy that the nightgown also came with the housecoat and sockor. 

For some reason these little wool slippers are adorable, and completely necessary for cold winter nights.  

She also included the red boots from her winter outfit, which makes this Kirsten's first pair of boots and completes her Winter Skirt & Blouse!

Two pairs of ribbons for Kirsten's hair :)

This was totally unexpected and I can't get over how special the pleasant company outfits are! It felt like a Christmas present from me to me ;) 
Thanks for looking!,

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Thoughts on Lea Clark

Hi! I always love when the time of a new release comes, it's exciting to pore over the catalog or website looking as the new items in detail.  
So, what were my reactions to Lea's collection?, read on..  
Lea Clark $120
image credit American Girl 
Growing up one of my friends was half Brazilian and super pretty, so it was kind of exciting when I heard that she was going to be part Brazilian. I really do wish they would have made her a full doll of color!  
Even with different eyebrows, darker skin and highlights in her hair Lea still looks too similar to Rebecca for me, which is why this doll is only on the "maybe" list.  
One thing that I love is the doll comes with a necklace and messenger bag right out of the box, which is a big plus!  
I like the bright colors but I know already some dolls will look better in it than others. The shoes are cute.   
Lea's Accessories $32 
image credit American Girl 
I really love these accessories better than Grace's! The camera is super cute, I love that on the side it has little clips so the doll can easily hold the camera without rubber bands! I like the use of the headband which will be great for styling her hair. The passport, magazine and bracelet are really cute mementos of her trip to Brazil.   
Margay, Three-Toed Sloth $20 Sea Turtle $18


image credit American Girl 
Out of all three, I like the sea turtle the best, although the sloth comes in a close second. The Margay cat I feel like could have looked a lot better, especially after seeing pictures of a real life Margay cat. I want to see them in person before deciding if the scale is right compared to a doll.  
Lea's Rainforest House $395 

image credit American Girl 
I love this, I think it's so cute how you can change where the bed and hammock are and everything can be stored inside when you are done playing. The tile on the floor is beautiful and all of the accessories (especially the tablet) are so cute. Compared to Kit's Treehouse this has more play-ability. This would definitely be on my must have list if it wasn't for the price. A mini kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom in one! 
Lea's Rainforest Dreams Pajamas $24 
image credit American Girl 
First off, why is their not a hair tie and why the long title? I have to say I do *like* the pajamas but the lack of hair tie and odd slippers deter me from buying unless it goes on sale. I do really like the busy print of the romper now that I see stock photos.   
Lea's Rainforest Hike Outfit $34

image credit American Girl 
 Eee! This easily has to be my favorite outfit from her collection as of now, I love the cute watercolor butterfly shirt. I think the colors go well together and the compass/watch is a cute addition. For the price it does include a really well rounded outfit complete with belt and headband. 
Lea's Rainforest Hike Accessories $28 
Image credit American Girl 
I think the hiking accessories is a must for Lea's collection. The backpack is really well designed and I love the pattern. From the picture the bars look bigger than the pocket so hopefully this isn't the case in real life. The crazy colored walking stick is cool and I love the the binoculars have straps on the sides for the dolls to hold it easier! The bug spray and butterfly guide are cute, the only thing I want to complain about is the price of the outfit and accessories combined.   
Lea's Fruit Stand $150
image credit American Girl 
For some reason I really like this better than Grace's pastry cart. I think this set would be really easy to recreate! For a fruit stand this really looks like it has little fruit ;)   
Lea's Mix & Match Swim Suit Set $34 
image credit American Girl 
Yay! Two swim suits in one set. I really wish this set came with shoes of some kind! The colors go really well with her hair/eye combination.  
Lea's Beach Accessories $34
image credit American Girl  
Oh, here they are ;) Of course this set is $34 too! I think the beach towel is cute and the little turtle is even cuter. Swim mask, snorkel and flippers are a must and of course you need sunscreen!  
 And now, my favorite item in Lea's collection is... 
Lea's Ocean Kayak Set! $85 
image credit American Girl 
Yes, when I heard that Lea's collection was going to have a kayak I could barely contain my joy! I love going kayaking and a kayak is even cuter doll sized, is it not? Two of my favorite things in one- kayaking and photography! My kayak isn't as fancy as Lea's with an underwater scene and sail... The cute paddle,camera and vest I can't wait to use. I might just have to break the "no dolls in water rule"... 
Lea's Bahia Outfit $28 

image credit American Girl 
Cute! Still undecided about whether or not I might buy it..   

What is your must have item from Lea's collection? 
Thanks for looking!, 
p.s. Does no neck strings bother you?