Review of Addy’s Nightgown Set

I bought this a while ago with a rewards certificate I had, but I wanted to be sure to get this post up before the sale ended at the end of the month.  It’s an adorable set and I highly recommend it!

Addy’s clothing is some of the nicest in the entire American Girl line, and I hate the fact that they have been gradually discontinuing her pieces.  It’s not only extremely well made, but the styles are timeless, and the nightgown is no exception.

It includes three items–the nightgown, a pair of slippers and hairbows.  All of the pieces are well made and well thought out.

The detail on the nightgown is exquisite, beautifully embroidered and trimmed in lace.  I think it’s a pretty design as well.  The nightgown is made out of a cotton fabric.  It Velcro’s closed up the back (I forgot to take a pic of that, but I think you all know what it looks like) and the Velcro is not the whole way up, more like 3/4.  It was easy to put on a doll and the fit was very good.



The slippers are so cute!!  They are very well made, they even have some cushion to them in the bottom.  Unfortunately, that does make it a bit difficult to have a doll stand in them.  Not impossible, but a bit tricky.

The hairbows are different from what I’ve received before, instead of being attached to elastics, they are on hair combs.  If you’ve ever seen Addy’s hair up close, it is very thick, and I think it is an excellent idea to use combs.  They were a little tricky to get into the hair of a regular doll though, but I was able to do it.

Louisa offered to model since she hasn’t had the opportunity lately.

The length on the nightgown is great, very true to size to a human sized counterpart.  I just love this set and I’m so glad I finally decided to buy it.  It’s very well made and can be used for either a historical or current day wardrobe.  Don’t miss out on it if you’ve been thinking about it!

An Upcoming Milestone

Last week it occurred to me that I had a big milestone coming for the blog soon.  In July, it will be 5 years since I started on this crazy journey!  Wow, did that time fly!  It’s been kind of fun thinking back on some of the moments I’ve experienced since starting this.

I’ve said it before, when I started this, I had absolutely NO idea how it would be received.  I was making craft items that were doll related and thought it would be a great place to share with other doll fanatics.  I didn’t realize there were so many people into 18 inch dolls, particularly those out of the specific demographic these dolls are aimed at.  As a result, I’ve met some wonderful, awesome folks and made some truly special friendships.

Back in 2014, I set a goal for myself with this venture.  I would write until either A) I ran out of storage space or B) 5 years elapsed.  When I reached either of those milestones, I would have to figure out what direction to go next.  Due to some very good strategic planning, I haven’t run out of space, and now 5 years has almost passed.  I realized I needed to make some sort of decision here.

Life does change, and I am WAY busier now with new ventures than I was when I started.  BUT, my love of my dolls has not gone away.  I’m maybe not as into it as I was, but I have moments of inspiration and I’ll be honest, whenever I walk past Mimi’s room set, I smile every single time.  I’m definitely not ready to hang up my blogging chops at this point.

I mentioned not too long ago that I am going to get rid of some stuff in my collection that isn’t being used.  I already gave a box of stuff to a fellow photographer/doll fan and I’ve also discovered that the daughter of a friend has recently gotten into 18 inch dolls, so she will be the recipient of some of the other items as well.  A few items may go up for sale.  I really want to streamline what I have for more efficient blogging/photography shoots as well as free up some space.  Hopefully as I continue to go through some of this stuff it will also inspire some new ideas for posts.

Thank you everyone for sitting tight during the ups and downs.  The doll blogging community has undergone a lot of changes over the past year with quite a few people deciding to quit.  I’m going nowhere for the moment, you’re stuck with me!  It might not be as often as it has been in the past, but please, keep checking back, I haven’t given up.  Should I ever decide to, I will be sure to make an official announcement.

Debating on doing some sort of giveaway to celebrate the 5 years as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for that as well!!

Do you have a favorite post I’ve done on here?  Or several favorites?  I would love to hear which ones in the comments, I have an idea of something I could do with the favorites!

 

Thanks again for all the support!  Could not have done it without all of you who come here to read and comment. (well, I could have, but it would have been pretty boring LOL)

It only took me three years…

Some of you may remember this post:

https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/my-latest-obsession/

 

About the time I did that, I was dealing with some major health issues.  Luckily I recovered from all of that and that little kit was a great way to get my mind off my problems and pain.  I enjoyed working on it so much that I ended up ordering two more kits.  I got right to work on the next one when it arrived…and then I kind of hit a wall with it.  I’d managed to assemble all of the furniture and quite a bit of the papercrafted items, but I never totally finished and it still needed the wiring.  It sat on my bookshelf alongside the other one for quite some time.  And then this weekend, I finally finished it!  I don’t know what triggered it, but I just decided it needed completion.

A couple of close ups:

One of the nice things about these kits is you can customize them if you like.  The original color of the piano was white, but I decided I wanted it to be brown instead and I’m really glad I did.  I think it gives a nice contrast in the colors.  I did a few things a little different from the kit, but for the most part, I stuck with the original design.

The most difficult part in both of the kits has been connecting the wiring so the lights work.  It’s really NOT that complicated.  The issue is that they really didn’t strip enough of the wire to make good connections.  And the wires on the lights are SUPER fine, so trying to strip more is next to impossible.  I have another of these kits to assemble and I think I’m going to experiment with ways to correct that issue.

Have you tried any of these kits?  I’d love to see your finished rooms!  If you are interested in trying one of these, there is a nice selection of them available on Amazon.  Just look under “DIY Miniature Dollhouse Kit”.  I will warn you, some of them are drop shipped from China, so it may take a few weeks to get your kit.  Also–there are tons of videos on YouTube showing how these are assembled, so if you get stumped, or just need inspiration, just head over there, using the same search as I suggested for Amazon.  (WARNING: That’s how I got sucked into buying my first one.)  Enjoy! 😉