Goooooooo TEAM!

2020 has been one really messed up year, hasn’t it?  So many things cancelled or postponed, it’s been sad for so many people who had their plans turned upside down.  One of those things was the 2020 Summer Olympics.  I can’t even imagine how awful it would have been to have done all the training in preparation, only to find out it was all going to have to wait a year.  Ugh.

However, AG decided to go ahead and release their Team USA sets–and wow are these ever cute!  The photography they did for these sets was phenomenal too, I’m sure a good portion of it was thanks to a good photo editing program, but I don’t care, the photos are still some of my favorites AG has ever done for any of their line. All of the photos for this post are from the AG website.  Not only do I not want to use my own for the reasons I’ve expressed before, but I just can’t top these.  So there is no point in even trying!! Props to whoever was involved with these photos, they are simply incredible and I wish I knew the name (or names) of the people involved in their creation.

When I saw these sets, I knew I had to have one in particular.  Then I wanted a second one…and then decided “oh what the heck!” and put a third in my cart.  I mean, how can you not when it gets you free shipping?  What did I get?

The one I knew I really wanted was the softball set.

It is the priciest of all the sets ($60), but it does not disappoint at all.  From the whole uniform to the little ball glove, it’s all awesome.  The set also includes a full set of bases, so you could use them to do a ball game set up!

The next set that I decided I wanted was the Medal Ceremony Set.  You may have noticed the flag from it in my 4th of July post with Mimi.  It is a really nice set, the flag is just amazing!!  The medals are made from metal too, they have a nice weight to them.

The set is small, only includes the flag, medals, jacket and a flyer about the American flag.

The “oh, why not” set for me was the Volleyball set.  Why this set?  Well, I liked the visor and the swimsuit.  But those sunglasses are just about the coolest thing ever!

This is probably one of the more versatile sets if you are someone who likes items you can use for a variety of purposes.  I was also happy to see that the volleyball in this set is a squishy foam one, unlike prior volleyball sets where a hard plastic ball was included.  It makes it much easier to use for posing a doll with the ball!

The other sets are cute but they were very similar to things I already have in my collection, so I settled on just these three.  If at some point down the road these go on sale, I might be tempted by the track and field set.  I will say that except for large items that might be difficult to store otherwise, I don’t generally keep the boxes for AG clothing, but this is one time I will be making an exception.  They are made just for these items and not the standard AG clothing boxes, so as a collector I can see the value in keeping the boxes for these sets.

I’m just going to end here with some more photos from this collection because I just love them so much!  There are others that have been on the AG FB page and in the catalogs too.   Well done!!  (And fingers crossed for 2021 Summer Olympics!)

For even more photos and links to the sets:

https://www.americangirl.com/shop/c/team-usa

One of the awesome photos from the FB page post:

This doll is not available from AG but they have a link to someone who does these customizations.

 

And this photo is my favorite of them all!!!

 

A surprise for Allie and Christine

This week “school” was at Mimi’s house.  The three houses are all side by side on the same street, so it’s super convenient for the kids to get from house to house (and will be an ever bigger plus once we get snow).  They start at 8AM and work until around 2.  Since everyone is doing virtual learning, the teachers have worked it out so it’s more intensive but they get done a little bit earlier.  Before they left for Mimi’s house, Allie and Christine’s mom told them to get home immediately because there was going to be a BIG surprise for them.  They had no idea what it might be, but they were both excited.

Once they walked in the front door, their mom said “go look in the family room”.  They were really surprised when they saw this:

“OH MY GOSH, A GRAND PIANO!!!!”

The girls immediately ran over.  “Is it really ours?”

“Yes girls, it’s for the whole family but since you are both learning to play, we thought it would be nice to have.  This nice man your dad knows is getting ready to move to Virginia and he can’t take it with him.  He was happy to find a good home for it.  He used to be a music teacher and he’s moving in with his son and his family and there just wasn’t going to be enough room for it.”

“I’ll put the lid up, wow, it’s heavy!”

“Let me put the music stand up on it.  This is awesome!”

“Hang on, I’ll go grab some of our lesson books!”

“I grabbed one for you too Christine.  I can hardly wait to try it!”

Allie sat down and started to play “Ode To Joy” out of her lesson book.

“WOW!  It sounds great!  Okay Christine, your turn to try it out!”

“Let’s see, I know what I’ll play!  Something easy to start.”

“That sounds really good too! It sounds a whole lot different standing here beside the strings.”

“This is going to be so much fun!”

The girls insisted that their mom take a photo of them with their new piano!

Now they are looking forward to having school at their house so that Wendy, Alex and Mimi can try it out too!

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This piano has been on my wish list for some time.  I already have Melody’s electric piano, but I always thought if I ever came across a good deal on the grand piano, I’d add it to my collection.  Thank heavens for Facebook Market place!  I found it literally in the “back yard” of where my sister-in-law lives–and only $40!  This version of the grand piano retailed for $150 and was discontinued several years ago.  When I went to pick it up I asked why they were getting rid of it, another case of kids outgrowing their toys and space at a premium.  Hey, I’m fine with that!

It has three songs it plays and I was so excited that one of the three is “Fur Elise” by Beethoven, that has been my go to song when trying out a piano for years.  The keys also work just like a real piano.  On the side is the on/off switch and volume control buttons.  

The lid comes off of the bench for storage.  It included both books and a certificate, everything that would have been included in the original package.  I was thrilled with the condition and the price, I think I got a really great deal on this and I can cross another item off my “wish” list!

I think I need to stay off Facebook Marketplace now LOL! 

 

Dolls With Braids…A Question For Readers/Fans/Collectors

This is something I always struggle with…changing a doll’s hairstyle from it’s original, out of the box style.  And I’m curious to hear what my readers think about this!  If your doll comes with any sort of braids, do you ever take them out?  Or do they stay that way for all eternity?

I currently own two dolls that had a braided hair style.   I say “had” because it didn’t take me long to take Marie Grace’s hair out of it’s braids and do a hot water dunk to straighten it.  I’ve never regretted it either because she has gorgeous hair.

Marie Grace before: (she and Kit had such a great time at this party!)

Marie Grace after:

Other than Marie Grace, I have one other doll (Grace Thomas who I renamed Christine) with a braid, but it’s only a small braid.  But I still haven’t taken it out.  I’m sure if I did, it would straighten out on it’s own over time, but then there is the whole issue of what if I decided I wanted to put it back the way it was???

Two of my dolls had portions of their hair pulled back, not in braids–Isabelle (Zara) and Joss (Wendy).  I wasted no time at all taking Zara’s hairstyle down but so far Wendy still has hers the same.  I think pulling them back to where they were before though would be way easier than a doll with a braid.

Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts about this!  The biggest issue I’ve found is that with changing clothes and moving them around, inevitably some hair comes out and then what do you do if you are wanting to leave it in the original style??  I’m not a “leave the doll in the box” kind of person, my dolls are “played” with, go places with me, etc.

Please leave a comment–and add your vote to the poll!