The 1998 American Girls Calendar, Twenty Years Later: January

I saved pretty much all of my American Girl memorabilia from my childhood and I am so glad I did. This is my 1998 American Girls calendar from when I was 7-8 years old. It is twenty years old this year, so I will be sharing the calendar page from each month throughout the year,…

Sharing is Fun

When Addy got her Ida Bean doll for Christmas, I’m sure one of her favorite things was to share Ida Bean with her best friend Sarah. After all, don’t we get so much more enjoyment out of things we get to do and share with other people? Addy’s character is so generous and giving that…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I’ve been absent for the past couple of months for a variety of reasons, I can’t exactly put my finger on one thing, but I have been thinking a lot about what my doll collection means to me and why I have it. The answer(s) are fairly easy: dolls have become sort…

Melody’s Bedroom

Melody spent some time hanging out in her bedroom today since it was a little rainy. She decided to turn on the radio. The song was catchy, so she grabbed her tambourine… …kicked off her shoes… …and danced and sang along!    

Nanea and The Honolulu Helpers

Spoiler alert: I will be mentioning some of the events in Nanea’s books if you haven’t had a chance to read them yet.   If you’ve read Nanea’s books, you know how determined she was to help the war effort. Part of the reason she wanted to come up with service projects to do with…

Welcome, Nanea!

I am so glad that I added Nanea to my collection this past weekend! She is so beautiful and I love her time period so much (she is my fifth girl from the forties!). I’ve known that I would get her ever since she was just a rumor. I won’t review her here, since there…

156th Anniversary of the Battle of Athens

I live in Iowa and therefore experience virtually no Civil War-related local history. However, on August 5th and 6th of 1861 the one and only battle along the Iowa border took place, the Battle of Athens. Athens is a town in Missouri right across the river from Iowa. It was also the northern most battle…

Meet Sarah!

Meet Addy’s best friend, Sarah Moore! Ever since I got Addy, I knew I wanted her to have her best friend Sarah. Sarah is such an important character in Addy’s books. She is the first person Addy meets in Philadelphia and becomes her most loyal friend. Sarah is patient, kind, encouraging, and always wears a…

American Girl Benefit Sale 2017

This past weekend I attended the Madison Children’s Museum Benefit Sale for the third year. We had a blast, as always! We had 8:00 tickets, which was the absolute perfect time for us. We had to leave the house at 3:00 am, so really we don’t want any earlier than that! We also got in…

Kirsten Visits Swedesburg

I recently took Kirsten to visit Swedesburg, a small town that was originally founded by Swedish immigrants, not far from where I grew up. I remember visiting as a little girl at the height of my infatuation with Kirsten (and therefore all things that related to Sweden or pioneers), but I decided it was time…

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!…