Review of Mary Ellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit and Crinoline

Back in October there were several good deals offered at American Girl on a group of items.  There were several things that interested me, but I behaved and limited myself to just one–Mary Ellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit.  At $15, how could I pass it up?  And with the money I saved on that, I was able to add the crinoline to my order and still, even with shipping and sales tax, get all of it for just little more than what the Poodle Skirt Outfit was at regular retail.  Win/win in my book!

The crinoline is very well done and definitely has enough poof to it to make any large skirt stick out properly.  I may be tempted to use this under several other items I have!

The Poodle Skirt outfit has all the items necessary for anyone wanting to complete their 50’s look!

I think the top is adorable!!  I think this is a piece that could be mix and match with other items too.


The skirt is very cute too.  I was surprised that the waistband was elastic though.

No 1950’s outfit would be complete without a pair of bobby socks and a scarf!!

And my favorite part–the saddle shoes!!!  Aren’t these perfect?!?!?!

Now I had to decide who would get to model this outfit, and after a bit of debate, I decided that Lanie looked the most like Mary Ellen, just a blonde instead of a redhead.

I think Lanie was the perfect fill in for Mary Ellen, don’t you?

Some closeups of the details:

Overall, I would rate this outfit as a B+.  The shoes were incredibly difficult to get on over the bobby socks and I was a bit disappointed in the elastic waist on the skirt, that definitely is not how a real poodle skirt would have been finished back in the 1950’s.  I do still think it’s a very cute outfit, and I’m glad I managed to get it at such a great price.  I think it will be nice to have as part of my collection for a Halloween outfit or a 50’s themed party or story.


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…

Review of American Girl Scottie Dog Set (Costco Exclusive)

I know I said I was going to try not to buy anything, but once in a while you have to make an exception!  It doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for the AG pets line, and to make it worse, it’s a Scottie dog…only thing worse would be a Sheltie.  I’d noticed these on some other blogs, but as you know, Costco stuff can sell out in a heartbeat, so I wasn’t sure I was going to get one.  Fortunately for me, they still had quite a few left when I got there, and I was able to get one.

So adorable!!!

I think this is one of the cutest boxes they’ve done for these too.

I was also able to get the insert out of the box without mutilating it, seriously thinking about turning it into a cute little dog house.  (note: the insert didn’t fare so well once I started to remove the items)

First the accessories:

An adorable book, a frisbee and a sheet of alphabet stickers so you can personalize the box.

The book is very nice with all sorts of information, crafts and some punchouts to go with your new family member!

And now the puppy!!!  He’s so cute!

Basically it’s just Coconut in black.  Jointed too, just like the majority of the current Truly Me pets.

Also the magnetic mouth so that the frisbee can be held.  What I found interesting was that the magnet wasn’t quite as strong as in previous pets, which allows the frisbee to kind of dangle, just like it would if a dog were really carrying it.

I tried out Coconut’s bone, and no problems there either.

I like the little tags on the collar as well.  The collar is another bonus with this set although it doesn’t include a leash.

At $29.99 these aren’t a fantastic bargain, but not horrible either.  AG currently sells their jointed pets for $28, so for your additional $1.99, you get a collar, a book and a reusable box with stickers.  But this particular one is so cute, hard for me to pass up.  They also had the Preppy Sheepdog again and a grey cat.

Coconut is pleased to have a new friend!  I’m not sure of a name just yet or who this pup is going to belong to just yet, but he’s sure to find a happy home with one of the gang.

I’m not sure if these are available at Sam’s Club yet, has anyone else seen it?  I know the last pet sets I got in a warehouse club came from Sam’s,  (Sheepdog, Terrier and Pomeranian) but that’s been a couple of years ago.

These would make great gifts, even for a child who maybe doesn’t collect American Girl or 18 inch dolls.  Everyone loves a pet!