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…

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…

Native American Heritage Month

Today, the last day of November, is the last day of National Native American Heritage Month. Kaya is one of my favorite dolls and I think one of the most important characters in the American Girl collection. I love that American Girl spent five years developing her, working closely with Nez Perce leaders and historians….

The American Girls Club: Part 9, Smock Decorating

“Hey everybody!” said Dahpne. “As you know, I was in charge of planning today’s meeting. I decided to bring an activity that comes from the very front of the American Girl’s Handbook. We will be decorating paint smocks!” Daphne showed the girls the page in the handbook: The girls all nodded and chorused their excitement….

The American Girls Club: Part 8, New Friends and Fun Plans

“Hey Abby!” said Daphne. “I’m glad you came over, I wanted to talk to you about my idea for our next American Girls Club meeting!” “Oh, perfect!” said Abby as she pulled out her laptop. “First, though, I have to show you something awesome! We have a new internet friend named Vivian. She made the…

Thanking Veterans

“Molly, what are you doing?” asked Emily as she peeked into the bedroom. “We are leaving soon for the Armistice Day performance!” “It’s my hair! It’s a disaster!” cried Molly. “My pincurls didn’t set at all. I need beautiful curls to be Miss Victory!” “Oh Molly, you are being so silly, your hair is fine,” said…

The American Girls Club: Part 7, Fall Festivities

The American Girls Club decided that the crunchy leaves and crisp air called for one thing: a fall party! The girls all brought their dolls to Abby’s house in the country where they sat by the campfire and put a pot of hot chocolate on the camp stove. It was Abby’s turn to provide an…