Meet Josh!

Not too long ago, I mentioned that I had someone new join the gang.  It actually happened a couple of months ago, but with everything I had going on, I’m just now getting around to writing about it.

Roll back to February 2016, and some of the girls were getting ready to go to the Snowball Dance.  Several of the girls mentioned a young man named Josh Montgomery and how they thought for sure he would be crowned King of the Snowball Dance.  Funny how mention of something as simple as an unseen character can spark an idea.

A box arrived not long after my birthday in September 2017.  Sharry from Julie Newman’s Time Capsule told me that there was a package coming.  I was not prepared for what it was though.  You can imagine my surprise when I opened it up and there was a boy doll!  I immediately called her, and she said that she decided I needed Josh to come to life!!

I’m not 100% sure exactly who makes Josh.  He has no tags, and while I found several dolls that looked like him online, they were sold by several different companies, so that didn’t help.  He’s well made though, close to AG quality, definitely better than some of the other brands I’ve seen.

Josh likes to skateboard.  He is the youngest of 3, his brother and sister are quite a bit older and have since moved out and into their own homes, so he’s by himself.  However, Ryan is pleased as punch to have a friend.  He was getting tired of being bossed about by his sister Jenny and her friends!!

Josh is just slightly shorter than AG dolls, you can see here beside Ryan there is a very slight difference.  Otherwise, the AG clothing fits him just fine.  I may change his hairstyle a bit, still not sure exactly what I want to do, and haven’t had much time to do it!  I think it will be fun coming up with some boy type stories for these two though.  Thanks again Sharry!!!

Speaking of gifts–Xyra from Tea Time With Melody Q sent me some lovely doll sized goodies for Christmas.  My favorite though was a prairie style hat, reminiscent of those that Laura Ingalls Wilder wore.  It reminded me of the prairie outfits my mom used to make for Barbie dolls.  However, as I was checking it out, I realized that it might fit someone else…

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Review of the Wellie Wishers Festive Gingerbread House Set

Yes, I do realize Christmas is already done and dusted, but I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to review this anyhow, just in case someone sees it on sale in the coming months.  It’s a very nice little set, and I just happened to get it when it was on sale for $18 instead of the regular price of $24.  Plus, free shipping on Wellie Wishers goodies!  (I wonder how long that is going to continue for?)

In all honesty, the set is basically a scaled down re-release of the Sugar and Spice Baking set.  I think someone at American Girl has realized that smaller, more reasonably priced sets sell better overall.  The Sugar and Spice Baking set retailed for $58, and I looked at it several times, but just couldn’t make the jump for that price.  Yes, it did have more pieces, but they were items that were expendable in my opinion.

One thing I do like with the new packaging is how the items are in a single bag with dividers.  Less likely to lose something, or worse yet, have it stolen because it’s an in demand item.

The house itself is really cute, and very detailed.  My only complaint is I would have liked the plastic to have had a matte finish, much more like a real gingerbread house.

The frosting bag is so cute!! It’s squishy too, so it will be easy to position on doll hands for realistic photos.

Two jars of sprinkles to decorate with as well.  I have another one of these floating around somewhere, I think I need to do a spice jar project in the not so distant future…

And of course, candy canes!  The candy canes are not removable from the box, but in this case, I agree with that decision.  Can you imagine stepping on one of those?  Or the dog finding it and eating it???

Overall, I think this is a very cute set, and I like the fact that American Girl decided to release it again at a new price point, with fewer items.  Definitely worth picking up, especially if you frequently do Christmas scenes.  The scale is still the same too, so it would work for either 18 inch or the smaller scale Wellie Wishers and similar dolls.  This was a set that I thought was a necessity for my collection, perhaps the girls will have a holiday scene in the bakery?

 

Happy New Year and Book Group Reminder!

It’s here, it’s 2018!!!!  Anyone else super excited????  I always look forward to the New Year as it’s a time to think about what I did and didn’t do the year before and how I want to make changes for the coming year.  It’s a clean slate, new ideas and hope for the year ahead.  2017 was a combination of good things and bad things for me, so my sincere hope is to put the bad behind me and only move forward with the good.  Fingers crossed!

Just wanted to quickly remind everyone about book group on January 15th, we will be reading “Meet Cecile” this month.  I’m really looking forward to this, I haven’t read it as of this moment, but I absolutely loved “Meet Marie-Grace”, so I’m hoping this story from another view point is every bit as good.  I hope everyone who wants to participate has been able to get their hands on a copy, I ended up buying the whole Marie-Grace/Cecile collection off Ebay a few months ago.

Happy New Year!!!