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


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!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Beth Tries Faux Bangs

I recently saw a YouTube tutorial on how to do faux bangs. I thought it would be fun to try on a doll, but didn't know if it would work. So, I grabbed a doll and gave it a go!

The tutorial I watched required flat ironing the bangs to curve them in the right direction. I can see how this would be needed on straight hair. However, Beth already has wavy hair so her hair curved naturally!

I found this half finished friendship bracelet among my embroidery floss and discovered it was the perfect length for a doll bracelet! 

I twisted the rest of her hair up into a bun.

It was fun to try out the hairstyle to see what Beth would look like with bangs. I think I personally prefer her without bangs, but that just might be because that is what I'm used to!

What do you think? Do you like how Beth looks with bangs or without bangs better?

Would you like me to do a tutorial on how to do these faux bangs on a doll?