Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays, and all that stuff!!!

Hi guys!!!  Sorry I’ve been a bit absent lately.  Between the holiday season and some other stuff, I just haven’t had the time to do much with the doll blog.  I’ll be honest, it is driving me nuts.  But unfortunately, I’ve been not only suffering from a severe case of writers block, my mind hasn’t been in the right place either.  Rather than post something that doesn’t live up to my usual quality and expectations, I decided it best to just take a bit of a break until I get past it.  I even had posts planned to do for the holiday season, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

Recently I’ve met a person who has been not only a great support, but is just an incredible human being.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly why our paths crossed when they did, but I’m not questioning it.   My conversations with her have been just what I needed to get my butt into gear and jump into another venture that I’ve been contemplating for several months.  It’s still in the very early stages at this point, but once it gets to a certain point, I’ll be sure to share.  It’s not doll related, but it is writing related, and I’m the most excited I’ve been about this idea in a very long time.

Because of this project, I’m not sure that I’m going to be as active with the blog, but I’m not going anywhere either.  Blogging has been a great escape at times when I needed a boost, and I still have so much I want to do here.  It doesn’t help that every time I walk into the “doll room”, there are all those cute faces looking at me, waiting on the next adventure.  Rest assured, there will be more.  It just may not be as often for a little while.

Thank you all for reading my blog.  Without you, it would just be a bunch of pages out there on the internet, taking up space.  Readers make it real, and the interactions I’ve had with many of you, both here and in real life have been invaluable.  I plan on being back right after the New Year with some new posts and fun with the gang.  I am still planning on continuing the book group as scheduled too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  See you all soon!

(You had to know I couldn’t write a Christmas post without the Minions now, didn’t you????)

Holiday Wishes!

Just wanted to take a second to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza and Happy Holidays!  Thank you so much for reading the blog and for all of the support.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful time celebrating whatever it is you celebrate at this time of year with family and friends!

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Poll Results, Predictions and Holiday Wishes

I’ve officially closed the poll for favorite Girl Of The Year–the winner with just over 21% of the vote is:

KANANI!

 

In second place with  just under 18% is:

A tie between Saige and Jess

The rest are as follows:

14% Not A Fan of Girl of the Year

7% each for Mia and Chrissa

3 1/2% of the vote each for Isabelle, McKenna, Lanie and Marisol

NO votes at all for Nikki, Kailey and Lindsey

I’m not at all surprised at the top three places, it pretty much went as I had figured.  I based my predictions on current secondary market prices, amazing how accurate that is!  I was surprised to see the 2 of the oldest girls get no votes at all, but not at all surprised to see Kailey get no votes, I never thought she was an appealing doll at all.  Less than 2 weeks till the new GOTY is released.  I will be curious to see just how accurate some of the leaks have been.

What do you think American Girl will come out with in 2015?  We are overdue for a new meet outfit for the My American Girl Line, so I think we will definitely see that.  There has been a TON of speculation about a new historical doll from the 1950’s, I think that is probably somewhat accurate.  I personally would love to see a new doll accessory set focused around some sort of creative art-painting, drawing, pottery, etc.  I don’t think there is any question that something along those lines would do well given the immense popularity of the painting set that was sold for Saige.  I think an expansion of the pets line too would be a whole lot of fun, the sets sold in Costco earlier this year did very well and were beyond cute!  And last, (but not least) an expansion of ethnic dolls somewhere, anywhere–MAG, Historical, wherever.  There are so many ethnic groups that could be represented by this line of dolls.  They (AG) are stuck in a rut.

A couple of posts ago I wrote about a doll I used to have called Swingy.  I didn’t realize that I would trigger an obsession in one of my friends/fellow doll bloggers when I wrote it.  Sharry from Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule went on a hunt for Swingy and she found one in absolutely fantastic condition.  Be sure to check out her You Tube Post:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk2NRBsGO9Y

The gang here is on break starting mid-week for the holiday, and I’ve promised each of them that they could write their own post.  Kit is busy trying to find out what is going on behind us, so be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of “The Empty House”.  We have lots of things going on over the next two weeks, so I’m sure they will have plenty to write about.  In the meantime, since I will only be advising them, I just want to say:

Happy Dollidays and Wishing You All The Merriest of Christmases and Holiday Seasons!!!

–Flo