Behind the Scenes: How I Created a Setting for Josefina

One of my favorite facets of doll collecting and photographing is creating scenes for my dolls, particularly ones that convey a specific location or time in history. Some are definitely easier than others: Molly’s bedroom, for example, is easy to set up because I have her big Pleasant Company Scenes and Settings book as well…

Meet Clara!

Recently my mom made a very special addition to her collection: a custom doll she created to be Clara, Josefina’s sister! She bought a very TLC Josefina on eBay and re-wigged her with a Marie-Grace wig she had removed from another doll during a customization project. I think she looks just like the book illustrations!…

Addy Observes Memorial Day

Today Addy helped me observe Memorial Day. The origins of Memorial Day go back to Addy’s time, when people decorated the graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War. Before it was called Memorial Day, it was called Decoration Day. Many sources estimate the number of soldiers killed in the Civil War to be around…

Kit Finds a Story

“It’s so rainy and gloomy outside,” sighed Kit. “I really wanted to write a newspaper today, but I don’t have any stories. What I am I supposed to write about, the awful weather?” “We’ll think of something!” said Ruthie cheerfully as she handed Kit her notebook. “We just need to be creative.” “Ok,” agreed Kit…

Happy Easter from Melody! 

Happy Easter! Melody is enjoying the perfect spring morning with an egg hunt.  Yay, a pink one!  The flowers everywhere are my favorite part of spring. I think Melody agrees!  I spy an egg…. I made this dress for my sister for her birthday this week (21st birthday, whoohoo!) using the Liberty Jane Aline Dress…

Ivy’s Sundress

Julie and Ivy look so sweet in their sundresses in this illustration in “Julie Saves the Eagles”. Poor Ivy has such a small collection provided for her from American Girl, so I am always looking for fun outfits I can sew for her. I decided this fun and summery sundress from the illustration would be…

Emily’s Recital

In Emily’s book Brave Emily she and her classmates learn to play the flutophone, and then perform them at a class recital. Through a series of mishaps, Emily ends up having to play a solo. As a music teacher, I really love that this book’s subject is school music, but I will say that I am…

Rebecca vs. Daylight Savings Time

Rebecca yawned as she read her script. She was so tired. She had stayed up late last night practicing, and still wanted to make sure everything was perfect before dress rehearsal this evening. She yawned again and shut her eyes. She had time for just a quick nap…. A while later, Rebecca bolted up and…

International Women’s Day 2017

Happy International Women’s Day! I am so very lucky to have grown up in a time and place where I never doubted that a woman can do anything she sets her mind to. I was in Girl Scouts from kindergarten through twelfth grade (and was a Gold Award recipient) and I feel like that was…

Black History Month: Ruby Bridges

February is almost over, as is Black History month. It’s been a crazy month for me, which is why this post is happening when the month has only a few hours left. I wanted to draw attention to a significant figure in history who I’ve always found to be hugely inspiring. I dressed Daphne up…

The American Girls Club: Part 11, Horseback Riding Felicity-style

“Gather round, members of the American Girls Club!” announced Heather. “Spud and I are so excited we are spending our meeting at our stable today! I can’t wait to show you our activity!” The girls excitedly clamored around, all reaching to pet Heather’s beautiful horse, Spud. “Felicity is being re-released TOMORROW!” Heather said, unable to…