The Room Rearrangement

“Thanks for coming over to help me Jenny!  I knew I couldn’t move all of this furniture around by myself, and Marie-Grace had riding lessons today.”

“No problem Rebecca, I’m happy to help!”

“Let’s see, first we need to get this dresser out of the way…”

“The stereo needs to go to the living room.  We don’t use it in here anymore, we have all of our music on our smart phones now.”

“And this is going to go to the attic until someone else decides they need it or we have a big yard sale!”

“Now we just need to start sliding the desk over there…”

“Wow Rebecca, that wasn’t hard to move at all with two of us!”

“I agree, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Except now I’m not sure what to do with the poster, it’s hidden.  Hmm…”

“It’s so pretty, I’m sure you can find somewhere else for it.”


“Perfect!  I kind of feel bad that it wouldn’t fit in Cassandra’s room, but I am going to love having it in here!”

“What do you want Lulu?  You want to come up here?”

“Oh great.  It’s now a dog bed.  UGH!!!!”

“This is not what I was expecting…”

Do the pets in your house always take over the best seat in the house?????



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.

Mad About Plaid

I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns cool, I immediately think of plaid clothing, especially wool skirts and blazers.  I remember when I was in school, plaid skirts were all the rage and to me, they will always be a classic.  Naturally, my clothing tastes tend to spill over into my doll wardrobe, and I thought it would be fun to do a post about one of my favorite things–plaid!!!

Here are Abby, Marie-Grace and Louisa all decked out in red for Valentine’s day!

I think they look so cute in these outfits.  Here are closeups of the skirts:

Louisa’s skirt was made by Maggie from If Dolls Could Dream.  I love the pleats!!  (It’s actually for something else I have coming up, stay tuned!)  Marie-Grace’s skirt was a gift from Xyra and Abby’s skirt I made myself.  I made it as a holiday type outfit to go with a black shirt originally, but I thought it went well with this sweater too.

Next up we have Jenny and Lanie!

Both of these girls have a bit of a preppy vibe going with their outfits.  I made both of these skirts as well as Jenny’s scarf.

Jenny looks ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Here is Christine in an outfit that I purchased off Etsy back in 2014.  In fact, I think it was the first doll item I ever purchased off Etsy!!

I like that the skirt is attached to the top, it makes everything lay very nice, no bumps or things sticking out.  I liked the coat so much I tracked down the pattern so I can eventually sew some more of them.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Alya.  This outfit is definitely something you would see me wearing, I love my oversized Aran sweater!!!!

I have several sweaters from Ireland, but my cream colored Aran is by far my favorite.  Irish wool is so soft and warm, there is nothing quite like it.  Alya agrees!

Are you a fan of plaid?  I have a number of plaid dresses in the doll collection too, but I thought it would be fun just to focus on skirts for this post.  Interestingly enough, at the moment–I have no plaid in my own closet!!!!!!  I think I may need to fix that…