The Rest Of Mimi’s Goodies

Some of you may remember that when I ordered Mimi, the accessory set I wanted was on backorder, so in order to get her quicker, I ordered a different one with her and added another set to be shipped later.  It finally arrived!  I also did the free One Of A Kind Doll Tee, and it arrived about the same time, so I figured I’d combine both of those items together in one post.

I’ll do the tee first.  Let me just say that this whole idea is cool, but the execution on it, well…it leaves a lot to be desired.  First off, it took a lot longer to get here than what I was originally quoted.  They said 4 weeks, it took almost 6 and I see now that if you order any of the custom stuff, it’s taking 8!  Not sure what the problem is, if it’s a supply issue or demand has been higher than expected.

Then it arrived in a GIANT padded envelope.  Shipped FedEx.  I can’t believe how much expense they went to in order to ship it, it was ridiculous.  The envelope had to be an 11 x 16 inch size, I laughed when I got it.

Here’s the shirt:

The material is very thin, not a very good quality at all.  So thin in fact, you can see the designs that they printed on the inside of the shirt!

Not sure what this number pertains to, I’m assuming it was a production serial number or something?

This annoyed me even more.  I don’t recall seeing anywhere that this was an option, they had to have taken the info for the name from what I used when I ordered Mimi.  I would have not bothered, and had I wanted to give this as a gift, I would have been very irritated.

The fit on the shirt is good, but I think for a shirt like this, it really should have set in sleeves.  I am less than impressed with this whole idea, very poorly done.  The interface was difficult to use online (when you could get it to work at all), the shirt quality is average at best and I wasn’t thrilled with the selection of designs either.  All sorts of stuff for sports and not a single thing for music??? Seriously???  I’m glad it was part of the package, now that I have done it my curiosity is satisfied.  I certainly wouldn’t spend $14 to purchase one.  I’d much rather spend that money on a quality shirt from an Etsy seller.

On to the accessory set!  I ordered the “Let’s Smile” accessory set when I ordered Mimi to go with her outfit.  I ordered her towards the end of March and I finally received it the end of June which was earlier than their estimated shipping date of mid July.  This was definitely worth the wait, although a bit pricey at $30.

It came with the purse, pen, notebook, necklace and cup of hot cocoa.  So cute!!! The notebook fit in the purse too, that was nice.  The necklace I’m not real impressed with, it’s made of a cord that doesn’t want to lay as nice as it should.  I’ll probably mess with it some to see if I can make it work better.  I think whoever designed it was relying on the weight of the butterfly pendant to help and it doesn’t cut it.

Here’s a shot of the inside of the purse, I think it’s a bit bigger than many of the other AG purses.  I did like that the flap is lined, just like a real purse would be.

The notebook actually has lines in it!  I have purchased sets with notebooks in from other companies and usually the pages are just a blank white, so this was a nice touch.  I like that it’s stitched too as opposed to stapled.

Here’s my favorite part of the whole set…

Not only did they draw a design in the hot chocolate, but I love how they replicated bubbles, just like you would see in an actual cup of cocoa!! It’s little details like this that are so important.

Mimi is ready to head out the door!  Have fun at band practice!

I did have a bit of trouble getting the purse to stay on her shoulder, the chain strap causes it to want to roll off a bit.  Not sure how to improve on that.

Overall a very cute set, I’m glad I decided to order it in addition to the set that came with Mimi.  I haven’t been in to the Create Your Own section lately, but I know that at least one outfit and one accessory set have been discontinued.  I’d love to know how this line is doing,  if it’s going to be continued and if we will see new outfits and accessories in the new future.  There have been several announcements recently of things they are retiring and I’m wondering if the powers that be are looking for some new directions to take the company in light of recent events.

She has a name!!

Someone recently asked me if I’d ever decided on a name for my Create Your Own American Girl doll.  It was a tough choice, but I had several different ones that stood out.  One was fairly high on the list, but after a comment a friend made, it finally became her name.

So, officially introducing:

Mackenzie!  Her whole name is Mackenzie Leigh Hett.  Her family calls her “Mimi” because she looks just like her mom and they joke that she’s her “Mini Me”.  Her friends call her Kenzie, but she answers to both!

I’m sure you are wondering how I came up with her name.  I’ve always liked the name Mackenzie and it was high in the running for what I would finally pick.  Then Xyra (from Tea Time With Melody Q) suggested Mimi since it kind of fit the whole mini-me type theme, and I thought it would work well with Mackenzie as far as a story.  I’m also a fan of NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles, and I liked the shortened version of Kenzie.  It all fits because I actually go by three different names myself and since she is supposed to be me in a way, it all works!  I thought Leigh worked well with Mackenzie and I know many people with that as their middle name.

Her last name is in memory of a young man killed in the Manchester UK bombing last year.  Martyn Hett was a vibrant young man in his 20’s who was at the Arianna Grande concert when a terrorist set off a bomb in the arena, killing multiple people.  I remember in the hours after the bombing, family of people who were missing posting photos of their loved ones all over Twitter in hopes of finding them.  Martyn’s photo hit home for me because he was a member of the Coronation Street fandom that I’m very involved in, and when we all learned the truth that he had been killed, it was a horrible moment.  Martyn’s sense of humor and love of Coronation Street will always be remembered.  Just to give you an idea of the impact his death had on fans, the cast and creators of the show, a bench in Martyn’s memory is actually now on the set.  You can read about it here:

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we recently went on a big adventure and Mimi got to go along with us. Stay tuned for photos and stories soon!

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.