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…

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…

New Year’s 1999

The year was 1999. I was nine years old. The item at the top of my Christmas list came from this wonderful catalogue, American Girl’s first holiday “wish book”: I badly wanted this, the special edition Year 2000 Outfit: How could I possibly have been able to welcome a new millennium and survived the Y2K…

December Photo Challenge 

Merry Christmas Eve! This month on Instagram I took part in a daily photo challenge created by a fellow AGIGer, @mountainspeak. I had an absolute blast with it and really enjoyed every aspect of the challenge. Some of you follow me on Instagram (@dollsandsmiles) but I thought I would share with you my photos from…

Choosing Halloween Costumes

Molly, Linda, and Susan were having a heated debate about what to be for Halloween. They discussed the Three Musketeers, Three Blind Mice, and Molly’s personal preference, Cinderella and the ugly stepsisters. Molly pulled out her binder to record their ideas while Linda argued animatedly against dressing as an ugly stepsister. Susan, tired of watching…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! I love my mom for so many reasons, some of them are: Like Kaya’s Eeetsa, she is wise and a leader of her family… …like Caroline’s mama, she is independent and proud of me for exactly who I am… …like Kirsten’s mama, she is strong and brave and never looses heart… …like…

Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day began 1970, so today Julie and Ivy celebrated an important day that began in their decade. Shout out to Julie Newman’s 70s Time Capsule for helping me come up with some authentic 70s environmental slogans. My husband and I are going to celebrate Earth Day a little late tomorrow by going…

St. Lucia Day

It’s St. Lucia Day! This celebration takes center stage in the book Kirsten’s Surprise, so I decided to have fun with interpreting some of those scenes as well as making some pretend St. Lucia buns! St. Lucia was a martyred young girl and her story was told when Christianity was first brought to Sweden, making…

Molly’s Christmas Tree

Two weeks until Christmas! Eeek! I haven’t even wrapped a single Christmas present! I guess I’ve just been too busy dressing my dolls for Christmas and creating coordinating Christmas trees. 🙂 For this week I created Molly’s Christmas tree based on trees from the 1940s as well as the description from Molly’s Surprise.  Confession: Molly’s Surprise…

Samantha’s Christmas Tree

Three weeks until Christmas! Time to feature another historical Christmas tree! This week my mom and I made Samantha’s tree from 1904 with a homemade touch. In Samantha’s Surprise she is put out because she isn’t allowed to decorate the house with her own homemade decorations. When Grandmary found out that Cornelia, her future daughter-in-law, would be…

Thrifty Thursday: Rebecca’s Festive Brooch

Hanukkah is next week and I wanted something special for Rebecca to wear. Her Hanukkah dress has not yet made it into my collection (it’s high on my list, but I’ve been forcing myself to keep this expensive hobby ofmine under control lately) so I knew I was going to have to make her something….

Cécile’s Christmas Tree

Four weeks until Christmas! I’ve decided to make my own Advent calendar of sorts, and each Friday until Christmas will be sharing a historical Christmas tree from the time period of one of our dolls. Christmas trees were a brand new fashion in the United States in Cécile’s time. The Christmas tree as we know…