Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dolls I Designed // AG Create Your Own Line




Today American Girl's new Create Your Own doll line was launched. On the website, you can design your own doll from 5 face molds, 3 vinyl tones, 7 eye colors, 7 hair colors, 16 haircuts, and 5 hairstyles. You can also add earrings, freckles, hearing aids, and glasses. You can even have your doll have two different colors of eyes. I don't believe these additions cost more money in addition to the $200. The price also includes one of six outfits, that you can choose, and an accessory set. I was surprised to see that some of the options were "low inventory" or "back ordered". The Ivy face mold is "back ordered".

I wanted to show you a few dolls that I created today!



This doll has the Josefina mold, grey eyes, freckles, and long straight blonde hair. I picked the two low pigtails for her hairstyle.



I was dissapointed to see that there was not a haircut that was shoulder length without bangs. This doll has the classic mold, green eyes, and brown medium length hair. I think the classic mold on the website doesn't look like the actual classic mold...



This doll has blue eyes, red short curly hair, and the Ivy mold. Cute!

Next I wanted to see if it would be possible to create a look alike of a doll that has been retired (like a GOTY).


This was as close as I could get to a Kanani look alike.


Cecile look alike.


Lindsey look alike. Of the look alikes I tried, I think this one looks most like the original doll.

I'm interested to see pictures of some of the Create Your Own dolls that people have created and purchased. Like, what the haircuts and colors look like on an actual doll, rather than an edited digital version.

I think it's fun to put together unique dolls on the AG website and see what they would look like! Have you created any yet today?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

American Girl Doll Ultimate Visual Guide // Review

A few weeks ago I was able to get the American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide from DK. It's such a pretty book with wonderful pictures! Not only does the book have fun facts about the current and retired Historical/Beforever, Truly Me, and GOTY dolls, but there is also a bunch of behind the scenes information. For example, there's a bit of American Girl history for new fans or those seeking a bit more information.


The dust cover can be removed and on the opposite side is a huge poster with lots of dolls!


This is a lovely book and I recommend it for those who love to look at American Girl catalogs. The photographs of the dolls in action are good inspiration for photo shoots, as well!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Trip to the Museum

I recently went to a museum, and although I didn't have a doll with me (sadly), I thought it would be fun to post a few pictures of the things at the museum that were doll-ish!


This was a doll that was part of the Native American section of the museum.


There were some dolls on display in another area.


This is one of those things that Samantha has! You look into it and it makes the picture 3-D.

 If you want to see more photography (typewriters, instruments, etc.) from the museum, I posted a bunch of pictures on my photography blog here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Teddie Meets Her Pen-Pal!

Hi, this is Teddie! Last weekend I got to meet my wonderful pen-pal Phoebe Jo from Simply Dollightful!


We've been exchanging letters for quite some time now, and it was so fun to meet in person!



Both Phoebe and I have four sisters!



Phoebe told me all about her most recent story. We might try writing a story together sometime, since we both love writing!


Phoebe also likes gardening, so she had to show me the tomatoes she was growing!





She even gave me one of the tomatoes to eat! I've never had a garden, but Phoebe makes it look so fun!


We thoroughly enjoyed our time together.



 I hope some of the other girls can meet Phoebe too someday! She's a great friend :)

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures! Be sure to check out Christina's blog if you haven't already to learn more about Phoebe!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Thoughts: "Create Your Own Line" (what we know so far)

I tried to post this a few days ago, but Blogger wasn't letting me so here I am again. I had to copy and paste the text so that's why it's not the normal color and font.

American Girl's new "Create Your Own" line of dolls is rumored to be released July 24. The dolls will be available online and in the flagship stores, and they will be $200 each. The price also includes an outfit, accessory set, unique t-shirt designed by you, and a subscription the AG magazine. For a custom doll, this is relatively reasonable, since currently you have to buy multiple dolls to make a custom doll, with each doll being at least $115.  If there are coupons (like the 20% that sometimes come with catalogs) that would lower the price a lot too. I'll just be talking about what can be deduced from the pictures American Girl has released. 

I am excited for the dolls to be released, because I want to go online and see how you can design the dolls. I think it would be fun to design some dolls, especially if they give you previews of how they would look :)

Also, there appears to be quite a few hair and eye color options that are not currently found in any of the doll lines.


For example, the photo above has a doll with short hair and bangs (Ivy mold), and the Sonali mold doll has curly hair and bangs. The curly blonde hair has not ever been available either. I think this line will be cool, because girls can get a doll that looks almost exactly like them. There are over a million combinations!

In the online pictures and in the catalog, I can also see that Tenney's eye color and grey will also be available. We'll have to wait and see what else comes from the release of this line!
Are you excited to see what the release of the "Create Your Own" line holds?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Raspberries

Hello! I'm here today to share a photo shoot I took of Maggie amongst some raspberry bushes.




 My favorite!! ↑





I usually don't take pictures unless it is close to sunset, but these were taken in mid afternoon, so the sun was very bright. As a result, I chose shady spots to pose Maggie. I didn't use anything to reflect the light, because then the light became the color of the reflector (in this case white/a piece of paper). I guess that's why people use reflectors that are like mirrors, so they reflect the color of light that is already there. Nevertheless, I don't think the lighting in these pictures is too bad.

I hope you are having a great summer so far!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

How I Gave Beth Faux Bangs // Hair Tutorial


Some of you said you'd like to see a tutorial on how I gave Beth faux bangs in the last post. So here we go! If you'd like to see the YouTube video which I got this idea from, click this link.


For this hairstyle, you will need some bobby pins, two elastics, and a headband. I used my own headband and tied a knot in it to make it fit around Beth's head. This hairstyle will probably work better on a doll with wavy or curly hair, because then the bangs will have contour, but I have not tried it on a straight haired doll yet.


First, put your dolls hair in a high ponytail.


Separate hair from the top of the ponytail and flip it forward. This hair will become the bangs. It's okay if it's a bit long right now.


The hardest part is to arrange the hair on the forehead to create the bangs. Pull the hair to make it longer and shape it around the doll's face. Pin it carefully in place with bobby pins.



Slip the headband on to cover the bobby pins.


Smooth the extra hair and put a elastic around it at the base of the ponytail.


Twist the pony into a bun and pin in place.

Ta da! Now your doll has a completely new and different look!