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…

Outfits for Melody

My sister’s Melody is a favorite in our family. We just can’t get enough of her. I’ve been meaning to share a couple of outfits my mom made for her for Christmas. My mom absolutely loves making 60’s outfits for her because they remind her of the outfits she wore and saw as a little…

The American Girls Club: Part 10, Snow Day

“Hey Abby!” greeted Delaney and Daphne. “Welcome to our blanket fort!” “Thanks so much for inviting me to come spend the snow day with you! I was so bored at home. And our electricity is out,” said Abby “Well ours is too, but at least we can hang out together! We’ve been playing dolls in…

Addy’s Patriotic Party Dress

In “Changes for Addy”, Addy is given the honor of reading the Emancipation Proclamation at her church’s special New Year’s Eve service. They were celebrating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. That’s 154 years ago tomorrow! Even though slavery was not officially ended until…

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…

Merry Christmas from Daphne and Delaney! 

  “Merry Christmas, Delaney!” “Merry Christmas, Daphne! Look at all these presents!” The girls rushed to open the big, exciting packages under the tree. “Wow!” they both exclaimed as they ripped them open.   “A new guitar,” exclaimed Daphne. “It’s just what I wanted!” “It’s Addy!” cried Delaney. “I’ve wanted Addy for so long!” The…