A Picnic In The Park

We’ve had some absolutely gorgeous weather in our area lately, probably one of the most normal spring’s temperature wise we’ve had in years.  Mimi and Fiona decided to take advantage of the good weather and have a picnic in the park.  After swinging by the local chicken place to pick up food, they were ready to go.  Well…almost.

“I’m really glad we decided to grab dinner and bring it out to the park.  It’s so pretty and the weather is perfect.  Hopefully the wind won’t try and blow our food away though.”

“I agree Mimi, it’s too nice to sit indoors on a day like today.  Besides, it’s supposed to rain all weekend, so we might as well take advantage of it while we can.”

“Uh oh Fiona, we have a problem…”

“we only have one fork!”


“I thought for sure we grabbed two!  Oh well, we can share.  I don’t think you have cooties, do you???”


Is there anything you always manage to forget when you decide to go on a picnic?  I’m usually pretty good at remembering things, but I have to admit, there have been a few times where I’ve found myself eating yogurt with a fork, which isn’t exactly easy!  I actually did think I’d packed two forks and I’m not sure if I lost it or it just never made it into the bag and is somewhere in the house here.  The girls at least made the best of it and it gave an interesting twist to a simple picnic story! 

 

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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)