Etsy Find: Rainbow Lily Designs

I have another awesome Etsy shop to tell you about–Rainbow Lily Designs!  I actually purchased something from them a while ago, but just a few weeks ago I picked up something else, and I loved it so much, I decided I needed to tell you about this shop.  She makes a variety of different doll clothing items, but her denim jackets are just awesome!

Here we have Zara and Sophia modeling the two that I have for the gang.  As you can see, the fit is perfect on both of these.  I love all of the little details.  I will note that the button holes do not work, but that is the way that the pattern these are made from is.  (I have the pattern)

Here is a close up of the blue denim jacket:

I love all of the top stitching on this, it is absolutely perfect!  I miss my old Levi’s denim jacket from 20 years ago when I look at this.  I can’t imagine doing all of that and managing to keep it so well lined up.

The top stitching on the back is just as perfect!


Here you can see that all of the inside seams are overcast, making this piece very durable for play.

And a close up of the pink denim jacket:

I fell in love with this jacket the minute I saw it and ordered it immediately. I wouldn’t mind having one just like it in human size!

A picture of the back:

And a shot of the lace yoke. I love the lace accents on this jacket, it gives it a very chic fashionable look.

Be sure to check out Aimee’s shop, she has so many cute pieces. Evil Twin has picked up a piece or two from her, including a denim vest made much like the denim jackets. Love her work and I’m sure I’ll be back for more!

Rainbow Lily Designs

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My Mother’s Day Gift and some Super Big News!!!

Even though I’m not an official mom, I’m a mom of a different sort. I’m “mom” to a crazy dog, and I’m a sort of “mom” to my 2 nephews whose parents are both gone. And my own mom, as well as my mother-in-law are both gone, so I have to find some way to celebrate, right? So I usually do something, or buy myself something that is my own way of celebrating the day. And to those of you who are mom’s–go you!

By now you are wondering, what did she buy? I debated on this purchase for a while as I had many mixed feelings about it. Finally though, I decided to give in and go for it. Are you ready???

Yes I did, I bought Logan! I bought him at my local Kohls, which had several advantages to it. First off, no shipping, always a good thing. And I was able to pick out which one I wanted, although they were down to only 3 left when I went. Plus as I pointed out before, when you buy things at Kohls, it cuts into AG’s bottom line.

The back of the box is very brightly colored, with a nice shot of Logan:

Anyone else notice what is wrong here????? Logan is pictured with brown eyes!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa??????? Not sure what happened with that, but I’m glad he has the grey eyes instead, I have too many girls with brown eyes already. But I have seen some comments about this with some disappointed people.

Here you can see it a little better, although I took this photo to point out another potential issue. If you look closely, you can see where the security tag on the box actually indented the box a little. And the cashier had a horrible time trying to get this one off, so it made it worse. Not an issue for me so much, but I can see where this would be a problem for the very serious collector who wants their box in absolutely pristine condition.

I know some people have been concerned about getting the dolls out of the box. It really is a non-issue as the internal box slides easily out of the sleeve box. He is held in with the usual type bands and such. And because of the printed nature of the box interior, they did put some clear plastic where his hands would hit to prevent any potential transfer of color to the doll. Someone was thinking ahead!

The empty box is actually kind of cute, I love the woodgrain print they used in keeping with the country theme.

The biggest complaint I have seen about the new boxes is with storage and how they won’t hold up. I really don’t understand these complaints because these boxes are very sturdy. And, if you are concerned about the clear plastic possibly getting punctured, leaving the doll exposed to dust, light, etc, there is a very simple solution to it:

FLIP IT AROUND!!!!

Here he is out of the box.  He looks a little sleepy, probably just needs a bit of fresh air!  I’m not wild about his hair at this point, not into the Justin Bieber do, but I’ve seen plenty of photos of him with it combed differently, so I can deal with it for now.

Now it’s time to get down to the details and my take on all of it.  Some of it is good and some of it not so good.

The shoes are cute.  However, I was less than impressed that he didn’t have conventional laces in his tennis shoes, these are more like Bitty Baby shoes!  And I don’t like when AG makes shoes that have raw edges, mostly because they don’t hold up.  Anyone who has seen the shoes from Kit’s original meet outfit after they’ve been played with for a while can understand where I’m coming from.

The plaid shirt is very cute.  It has one major flaw to it though.  While the buttonholes do work, it’s impossible to button the cuffs!!!  They are way too tight, very poor design.  Argh!

Cute t-shirt that fits the music theme.  Except my Logan isn’t a drummer, so Jenny will be wearing this in the future.

A basic pair of pants, I do love the little back pockets.  I was surprised that he didn’t have regular blue jeans though.

And his undies!  Cute, and well thought out.  But it brings me to another point–if they are making boy dolls that don’t have permapanties, why can’t they still make it an option available on the girl dolls????????

On to the doll!!!

The first thing I noticed when I got him undressed was he looked like he was thinner than my other dolls.  Time to do some comparisons!  I grabbed Cassandra (a My American Girl doll, circa 2010-2012) so we could see some of the differences.  Just looking at them side by side, I could see that he is a bit thinner, so I grabbed a tape measure.

Here you can see he is about 1/4 of an inch thinner across the chest.  So I got a newer doll out.

Fiona is a Truly Me doll that I purchased in 2015.  She too was wider.  I then decided to compare the fabric since I’d heard that there had been a change.

From the front the change isn’t quite as obvious.  The newer fabric definitely has a smoother texture, which makes me think it’s a cotton/polyester blend as opposed to the 100% cotton used in the past.

Turn them over though and…eeek!!

On Fiona’s back you can’t see the folded fabric inside the seams at all, but as you can see on Logan, it’s very obvious! They have definitely used a thinner fabric on the newer dolls than in the past.  How it will hold up is yet to be seen.  Generally, the addition of polyester makes the fibers a little bit stronger (as it is basically plastic) BUT cotton/polyester blends have a horrible tendency to “pill”.  Not sure what is going to happen with these dolls as they are played with, especially the ones subjected to heavy play.  Time will tell.

Logan’s wig is very nice and thick.  I really had to work at pulling the hair back to make it so you could even see the base of the wig cap.

I did try combing his hair a different way after I’d taken these pics and I was able to calm down the front a bit more.  I think I will dampen it a bit next time and continue to comb it down so it doesn’t have the front “flip” look, definitely not in to that, plus it’s a trendy style that will be gone before we know it.

Overall, I like the concept of Logan, I think boy dolls in this line are long overdue.  I’m still on the fence about them using the Kaya mold to make this doll, although I have to admit he is very cute.  Someone posted a photo on Instagram recently of a Kaya doll that they customized into a boy side by side with Logan, and I do think they modified this mold a little bit and changed the nose.  Plus the painting on the lips is a bit different to give it a bit more of a masculine look.  I’m just surprised that with all of the buzz about the addition of a boy doll, they didn’t go the extra mile and create a new mold just for him.  They are doing it for Nanea, so I don’t quite understand why they didn’t for him?

I haven’t decided if Logan is going to stay Logan or if he is going to get a different name.  I’ll be honest, I’m not wild about the name.  He is going to be Jenny’s brother, and NO, he will not be a member of the band.  Girl power!!! (I’ll forgive you if you break out in “Tell me what I want, what I really, really want…”)

In case you haven’t seen this yet, Small Dolls In A Big World has photos of the new Truly Me meet outfit and packaging that is due to be released next month.  The clothes are just okay, but the shoes–what in the world are they thinking??????  They are a solid plastic, more like the Our Generation shoes.  I’m sorry, but doing that to a doll that you charge $115 for is just not right.  HOWEVER there is bigger news!  On American Girl’s Facebook page, they posted the following statement:

**An Important Update for Our Customers**

We love and appreciate our dedicated American Girl fan community, and we take our role in listening and responding to your feedback very seriously. In recent months, many of you have shared your thoughts on how we can continue delivering the great products you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve heard you, and we will be implementing two changes as a result.

First, we will be reverting to the separate underwear design for all of our 18-inch dolls. Starting today, any dolls that are currently in production or any new dolls being developed will now come with removable underwear. Because there are dolls with permanent underwear already in the market, this will be a rolling change—meaning dolls that currently have the permanent underwear design will remain as is until the inventory is sold through.

However, if you currently own an American Girl doll with the permanent underwear and are disappointed with the design, we will do a one-time, free body exchange on the doll to create one with separate underwear and return the doll to you at no cost. For details on this offer, please click here: http://bit.ly/2rKyn0n

Second, we have made the decision to return to our iconic boutique box for our 18-inch dolls. Only the new 2017 contemporary characters, as well as some of our Truly Me dolls, will come in the current packaging until inventory is sold through. In addition, none of our 18-inch doll outfits will be sewn directly into packaging, with the exception of any existing inventory for our 2017 contemporary characters.

Thank you for caring enough to share your candid and heartfelt opinions with us, and we are sorry if we disappointed you in any way. Your feedback helps us deliver on our promise to create high-quality products, services, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character.

Your Friends at American Girl

This is truly an amazing twist in things, and I have my fingers crossed that someone has realized that the AG community as a whole will not tolerate what they are doing.  The girls here are doing a happy dance at the moment!  They feel that perhaps their protest was just one of many that got the point across that we as a doll community are not happy and we made it known.  I’d be curious to know just how much of an influence that major drop in the first quarter sales impacted their decision as well.  Regardless of what it was, it just drives the point home that when we aren’t happy with the way things are going, we have two ways of getting our point across.  With our voices and our wallets!

Yes, I’ve joined Instagram!

Actually, I joined a long, long time ago for my personal use. I recently got into it again, but then came to a realization. Some of my doll followers probably don’t really want to see pictures from my personal life (like, how many pics can you see of my dog, seriously?!) and some of my friends probably don’t want to see a zillion photos of my dolls. So, to prevent a worlds colliding type problem, I decided to create an Instagram account just for my dolls! (like I don’t have enough going on at the moment LOL) You can find it under “littlefriendsflo” if you are interested in it. I have made it a “private” account, so you will have to go through the approval process to view it, but I’m not going to block anyone unless absolutely necessary. Just doing that to keep the bad folks/trolls away and have a bit of control over who sees it. All I ask is that everyone is nice, no hate/nasty stuff or I’ll just take it down. Looking forward to “seeing” you there!