Surf’s Up!

I’m curious–what do you think about them not discontinuing the prior year’s GOTY immediately when the year ends?  I personally like it, and it’s a great for someone who maybe has a serious budget to follow when it comes to doll purchases.  I never thought a year was really very reasonable, especially when you factor in some of the pricier sets.  The only drawback I’ve seen is predicting which items are going to sell out and not be replenished.  I’m sure glad I got Joss’s Surf Van when I did!

A friend gifted me something to go with the van for Christmas (thank you!)–and I decided I’d better write about it while it was still available–her wetsuit!  I had been tempted to get her swim set, but then realized that it was very similar to what I already had for Lea and I’m trying to avoid a lot of duplications of stuff now.  The wetsuit though is just a very cool item to have and I debated on it when placing several orders.  Now I don’t have to debate on it anymore!

The fit is really good on it, and the fabric they picked to make it out of is a good facsimile for the real thing, definitely not as heavy though.

Love the little logo on it!

A view from the back.  It is a bit of a wrestling match to get it on due to the fit being snug and it being a one piece item, but I think it definitely adds to the realism.

After I got Wendy all dressed in it and photographed, I realized she needed an apres surf outfit!  I knew exactly what I needed…

I dug out the jacket that came with Wendy when I got her and the closest thing I have to UGG boots for the dolls.  She’s set!  Now, before you question this–did you know that UGGs have been a part of surf culture since the 1970’s?  The original versions weren’t a bit attractive as they were sort of cobbled together out of leftover materials, nicknamed “ugly, ” then abbreviated to “ughs’ or uggs.  And a brand was born.  They didn’t really catch on in fashion until the late 1990’s/early 2000’s.  Bet you didn’t think you’d be reading a doll blog and learn some shoe history, did you??  I’m really surprised that AG didn’t include a set in Joss’s collection to be honest, but they seemed to be way more focused on the cheer side of the story…ugh.  😉

If you’d like to read more about these, here’s a great link:  I’ve actually owned two pairs of authentic UGGS over the years and they are comfy and warm.  They aren’t cheap, luckily I came across mine on clearance at TJMaxx.  I think now they are not as in style, but they are still a good boot if you want something warm for winter.  I waterproofed mine with silicone spray so they didn’t end up with salt stains on them.  Not much chance of surfing in this part of Pennsylvania though.

Uh…no. Try again AG.

When I placed a recent order with American Girl, I picked up a set from their clearance items that I’d been curious about.  The Star and Snow Dress caught my eye several months earlier when it first appeared in their sale items, but I kept putting it off.  Several other people I follow had picked it up and I thought it was really cute.  Plus I’m a sucker for plaid.

The set includes the dress, shoes and headband.  When I got the headband and shoes out, I cringed a bit.  I was hopeful that maybe I was wrong.

Well, the dress is cute.  Rebecca volunteered to model it for me.  It fits well and I was pleased to see that the snowflakes are actually embroidered on.  And it has long sleeves!  I will say it was a bit of a struggle to get the Velcro closed in the back, it was a snug fit. I really like the length of this dress, it’s not super short like so many of the recent holiday dresses.

The shoes however… (insert scream here.)

They are solid plastic, remind me of Our Generation shoes.  Not even nice Our Generation shoes, really crappy Our Generation shoes.  They are stiff and difficult to put on, I would be afraid after repeated putting on and taking off, they would leave shine marks on the doll.  And the glitter comes off.  Before it was over with, I had glitter on the dress, my pants, my hands.  No, no, no.   This is not acceptable.

The headband sucks too, but AG headbands as a rule do anyhow.  I wasn’t expecting much.  Someone needs to redesign these, they aren’t long enough.

Here is a photo of the bottom of the shoes, you can see where some of the loose glitter ended up there.  I’m not impressed.  I put the shoes and the headband in a plastic bag and sealed it up.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these.  I MIGHT try and figure out a way to strip the glitter off these shoes, but not sure it’s worth that much effort.

Fortunately, I only paid about $12 for this set since I had a rewards coupon to use towards my order, it has been selling for $14 in their sale online.  I’m not exactly sure what this set was made for originally, thinking perhaps a “Purchase With Purchase” offer in stores.  I recommend the dress, it’s very cute, but the shoes and headband are a big fat no from this collector.  I hate glitter on a good day and I don’t want it all over me or my doll stuff.  Glitter is the herpes of the craft world for a good reason.  It’s not often I throw away part of a set, (in fact, I don’t think I ever have) but these items may just end up in my trash can before it’s over with.  I feel a bit like Joan Crawford saying this but “NO MORE PLASTIC SHOES…OR GLITTER!!”

A Trip To Tanzania Anyone??

The hubby recently received an Amazon gift card as an award for a sales promotion for his job.  Let me just tell you, it is a lot of fun to have freebies come your way when you least expect them!  We used them for a variety of things, but of course, I had to buy SOMETHING doll related.  I ended up with a Queen’s Treasures cat (the one I used as Lionel in the “That Darn Cat” post) and this cute outfit.

Called the Gombe National Park Camp Outfit, the set is in honor of legendary researcher Jane Goodall.  They did a whole line of items that were part of this set.  I’m not sure what is going on with The Queen’s Treasures at the moment, but there are only limited parts of this set still available now.  😦

The set includes the sweater, shirt and shorts.   The sweater is very nicely done, cut so that it fits nicely over the shirt too.  It closes with Velcro in the back.

The shirt is cute too, I initially had it tucked in so it didn’t hang out from under the sweater (although that is fashionable).  It is nicely finished at the bottom too so it can be worn either way.

The shorts are probably the least well done, they are too big for AG dolls.

A lot of gaping, even when the shirt was tucked in.  And then I realized I had them on backwards, so thinking that might have been why, I reversed them.  Nope.  Still just as bad.  I tried.

Finish on these items isn’t bad.  The sweater is finished well on the inside.

The finish on the shirt isn’t bad either, but for the time it took to sew those pieces of Velcro on, they could have put button holes in! The buttons on this are way too big too, they are not to scale.

The price on this wasn’t bad though for what you got, $12.50.  I’ve seen it cheaper since, The Queen’s Treasures frequently runs sales on their website too.  I give it a B, the idea is good, the sweater is really nice, but the sizing and the excessively large buttons are the negatives for me.  This was my first QT clothing purchase, I had only purchased furniture and accessories before, so I don’t have any other products from their clothing line to compare it to as far as quality.

The boots Rebecca is wearing with this are also Queen’s Treasures, the socks are American Girl, they came with Julie’s roller skates.