Yeah…I did it…

A few weeks ago I had a moment of weakness, and I gave in.  To what, you ask????

Last week this box arrived at my house.  Thank heavens I was home, you can see it has raindrops on it! Any ideas as to what it might be??????????????

Here’s an even better hint:

Yep, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a Create Your Own doll from American Girl.  I liked how the box was protected, not just with the plastic bag but the foam pieces to protect the corners.  Nice touch!

The box the doll comes in is very nice, and I LOVE how they made a non-traditional doll box for them.  You spend this much on a doll, you certainly expect it to come in an heirloom quality box, and this does not disappoint.  Now I just have to figure out a good place to store it since I don’t think the doll will be spending much time in it. 😉

And now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for…here she is!  I decided to stick with my original idea of “1st Grade Me”.

“Can someone take these plastic bags off my hands please???”

Tada!!!!!  I’m going to admit, there was that moment before I opened the box that I was hoping I wasn’t massively disappointed.  You spend this much money on a doll and then wait 3 weeks for it to arrive, you definitely don’t want it to be a let down.  I’m happy to report that it wasn’t!  She had extra protection on her hands, which I was very pleased to see.  No worries about shine marks or staining from the box color.  (I have to admit I am a bit concerned about the red color on the inside as well as the outside of the box.)  More on the doll later, let’s see what else was in the box!

The accessories all come in an additional box that is inside the presentation box.  I chose the “Let’s Create” accessories along with a pair of sunglasses.  Here is everything (well, almost everything) that was in the box:

And now for the closeups:

I think everything is adorable, but I especially love that watch, it has a bit of a “Swatch” vibe.

I thought the makeup kit was very well done, complete with mirror.  I guess this is supposed to be lip gloss because I don’t think most 10 year olds would be wearing full makeup, although what do I know?!?!

I almost missed this item, it was so tiny, and to be honest, I didn’t even notice it in the picture when I ordered it!  I thought it was fun though, especially because when I was a kid, I had a mood ring that was red and in a heart shape!

Also in the accessories box was a two sided coupon–one side is for the free magazine subscription and the other is for the free t-shirt.  I haven’t done anything with that just yet, hopefully later this week.  May is going to be insanely crazy, but I want to get that out of the way soon.

The doll outfit is very cute.  I chose the “Let’s Smile” outfit because it mostly closely resembled the outfit I wore to school on my first day of first grade.  I also liked it the most out of all of the ones they offered.  I wanted the “Let’s Smile” accessories but they were on backorder until July!!!  SO, I decided to order the other set instead so I didn’t have to wait all that time for the doll, (plus I was torn between the two) and also ordered the Let’s Smile set to be shipped later.  Something to look forward to!

The dress is just very average.  It’s cute, but nothing over the top special.

I do really like the shoes, I think they are very cute.  But I have a doll shoe obsession… 😉

The jacket is cute.  I do have to say I had trouble getting it off the doll though, the sleeves don’t have actually button or Velcro cuffs like some of the others, so it was a struggle.  Another thing drives me even more crazy than that though.

These buttons annoy me.  I’m a stickler for scale on stuff like this and these just look awful.  So much so that I may go through my doll button stash and see if I have enough to take these ones off and replace them with something else.  We’ll see.

The inside of the jacket is nicely finished, with all of the raw edges overcast so they don’t ravel. 

Okay, I know, enough about that.  On to the doll!!!

I picked the Sonali mold in the light skin, short pixie style hair cut in light brown with hazel eyes.  Her ears are pierced as well.  I really like how she looks, I think she is very cute.  I’m especially pleased with the eye color, the hazel is lighter than any of the other dolls I have with hazel eyes.  It is very close to the color of my eyes, more of a blue green hazel with brown accents.  This hazel is closest to the eyes used for Lanie if you need a reference point.  Rebecca and Kanani both have much darker eyes.

Of course, a new doll means I had to go find her some new clothes on Etsy.  The jeans and top came from seller Silly Monkey Fashions.  I’ll write more about these items later along with some other fun Etsy purchases.  I just thought these were way too cute and so in style, I even have a shirt similar to this myself!

I am very happy with how she turned out.  Would I do another one?? Maybe.  I only say that because I already have so many dolls, and don’t have any ideas at the moment that seem unique enough to spend the money on.  I do have to say that I think it’s a great idea, and I’m especially glad to see that American Girl decided to actually make a short wig for a doll.  Girls have short hair too!!!

Her name??????  GOOD QUESTION!  She is unnamed at this point.  No, I’m not going to call her Flo either, that would be too confusing.  I thought she might make a good Kate, but it’s not etched in stone at the moment.  Any other ideas???

One thing I would like to note here–the material used to make her torso is the old style cotton/pre-permapanties material.  I noticed that almost immediately, and I’m curious if this is the norm across the board for these dolls?  And if perhaps that thinner/cotton blend material has been eliminated on the entire line?  If you’ve bought a doll recently, I’d like to know which it has.  The only doll I bought brand new since that whole fiasco was Logan (Ryan) and he had the thinner blend fabric.  Fingers crossed they did away with that because I thought it looked cheap.

 

 

 

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Review of the American Girl Pie Baking Set

When the recent new releases came out, only a few things jumped out at me as must haves.  It didn’t take me long to order the Pie Baking Set, and luckily for me, I had a rewards coupon to use towards it and a few other things I ordered.  I’m glad I didn’t pay full price because I have somewhat mixed feelings about this set.

Here is everything out of the box.  I do like the way they packaged the accessories, it seems like it would reduce the chances of anything coming up missing or stolen, especially for the sets sold in stores outside of American Girl.  I especially love the little plates with the autumnal design and the can of whipped cream.  The top of the whipped cream container is flexible too, although I’m not quite sure how you’d get a doll finger to work it… 😉

Here is the pumpkin pie out of the dish:

 

And a different view of the apple:

I think the pies look somewhat realistic, but the scale seems large to me.  One thing that I thought sounded cool was that you could take the pies apart and change the toppings, so you could have crust on your pumpkin pie and whipped cream on your apple pie.  Everyone likes choices!

I will admit though, I was a bit disappointed in what the pieces looked like once separated.  You can’t leave the crust or whipped cream off or it looks weird.

I decided to show a few comparison photos of the pies with a handmade cake I have in my collection.

See what I mean?  I’ve always thought these cake replicas were perfect in their proportions, but since when is a piece of pie as tall as a double layer cake????

To sum up my review on this set, I think it’s cute, but I would only give it a B rating.  I’m not a huge fan of American Girl food items because of scale issues, and this is a perfect example.  My other complaint is that the pie pieces don’t lock together securely, so one bump the wrong way and your crust slides off your slice of pie!  The set could use a little work, and I couldn’t help but thinking that it really seemed much more like a Bitty Baby set instead of an American Girl item.   The price was reasonable enough on it though, so I’ll keep it, especially since it fits in with our bakery set.

My disappoinment didn’t stop the girls from wanting to taste it though! 😉

Back to School Sweater Review–New American Girl Sweaters

I’ve fallen behind on reviews lately, too many things going on!  I’m hoping to do some catching up though.  I thought I’d start with these sweaters from American Girl.  It’s “Back To School” time and let’s face it, nothing says back to school like a new sweater.

I picked up the Mixed Knit sweater and the Classic Knit sweater.  Both of these came out over the summer as part of their mix and match clothing.  I ordered the Classic Knit sweater when I ordered the hamster set, and picked up the Mixed Knit sweater at a Toys R Us.

First thing I noticed was that the hangers are different now.  They are much thinner, but they are also a different shape so that you can hang a top and a bottom together.  Can’t decide if I like this better or not.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Fiona offered to model the Mixed Knit sweater.  It’s very pretty on and fits very well.

A close up so you can see the textured details.

And the back.  I’m not sure if I like the asymmetrical back hem on this one, but I’m not a fan of that style to begin with.

Overall though, a pretty sweater with a lot of possibilities.

Lanie is modeling the Classic Knit sweater.

I really liked the preppy vibe with this sweater, but I’m still not wild about the polka dots or the gemstones on the collar.

 

My camera turned this into more of a turquoise blue for some reason, it’s really more on the green shade than blue.  Just wanted to make everyone aware.

I’m not a fan of vanity tags on my clothing, and I don’t like it on my dolls either.  I may have to remove this.  Pass the scissors!

The back is just a normal finish, straight across.

I think this sweater is cute, but I wish they would have left it plain.  It almost looks more like a holiday sweater with the jewels and the metallic polka dots!

The fit on both sweaters is good though, and I’m still really liking the whole idea of mix and match clothing.  I just wish they’d come up with some better color combos!