Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Doll A Week 25/52: Mini Molly

This is Mini Molly.  She is one of 5 American Girl mini dolls that came last Christmas from Amazon (the others are Kirsten, Nellie, Emily and Kit).  I wasn't sure if they were going to be dolls for dolls, or a little collection of the American Girl Historic dolls, or something else? I've been reading a lot on the American Girl Playthings message forum in the General Posts, but hadn't paid to much attention to the minis. Then one of my friends started a Flickr project that involved taking a picture of Fina (her mini-Josefina) every day.  There's also a Flickr group, just for the American Girl Mini Dolls! That started me thinking that I might be missing out on some fun that I could have without spending any money! So I started looking at the AGPlaythings mini-forum, and saw some suggestions about travel dolls, and some people have shared their pictures.  Some people recommended Kaya, Addy and Josefina because their hair holds up well with traveling.  Well, Molly has braids, and her bangs aren't really all that bad.
I also have been sewing some Hitty dresses for Hitty Rachel Raikes.  Hmmm.  Why not see if one of the dresses would fit Molly?  Well, almost as soon as I took Mini-Molly's meet sweater and skirt off of her, she was jumping for joy: "Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I know you have cold air in your house, but it is just way too hot outside for wool sweaters!"  We tried on the Hitty dress, and it fit, but the skirt was way too long - a 1940's girl isn't going to wear an ankle length skirt!  At least we have a pattern that we know will work, so we're going to try to make something soon.  In the mean time, we got out the Lati Yellow dresses.  Most were too short, but this one seemed acceptable at just above the knees.  Molly deemed it better than wool, and said she'd wear it until we could make some more clothes for her.  She's still wearing her black Mary Janes, but maybe we'll play with shoes sometime soon, too.
Since Molly has come alive, she's stowed away in my purse to go to church, work, a doctor appointment, and a trip to the high school to register daughter for her freshman year.  She likes going on adventures very much and is hoping to go on a lot more!
- Jen

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Doll A Week 24/52: Abbie

This is Abbie.  She came from the Custom House Ange Ai family.  They called her Hani before she came here.  She is the youngest cousin of Susie, Emma and Sophie, but has been here the longest.  She arrived on November 10, 2008.  She is very curious and listens very carefully to everything!  She takes what people tell her very seriously, so don't tell her any fibs or tall tales!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kirsten Larson's Birthday

My First American Girl Doll 
(photo from about 5 few years ago, but she wasn't new, even then - Black Eyed Susans (MD's State Flower) will bloom here in a few weeks) 

June 8, 1845 is Kirsten's Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Kirsten!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Doll A Week 23/52: Leah

This is Leah.  She is a Lati Green Special Coco.  She arrived here on May 10, 2008.  She is a very sweet girl and a great friend to Susie.  She likes being a big sister to the little Lati Yellows, too.  She likes stuffed animals better than dolls, and thinks the best adventures are had at home.  She likes to read and play games. Leah will make time to listen and help a friend in need any time of the day or night.  She really is Special.

A Doll A Week 22/52: Hitty Rachel Raikes

This is Hitty Rachel Raikes.  She is the first Hitty to arrive here.  We believe she came in the summer of 2003, but are not exactly sure because Jen didn't keep a doll census back then.  She came here because Jen read about her as a doll related to a book - and Jen loves books.  She came from American Kit, which was a Raikes company, but they are no longer doing business.  Hitty Rachel is a traveler and loves adventures.  She can find excitement in everyday life, too.  Last week, she went to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She blogged about it in the Hitty's blog:  Chesapeake Bay Hittys.
That's why she was the doll of the week.