American Boy Dolls?

 After 25 years of American Girl Dolls to thrill our   hearts,  are there finally American Boy Dolls on the horizon? Time NewsFeed released a story about Valerie Tripp’s newest project. Tripp, along with other authors,  plans to write a series of six books about a modern-day-Native-American boy, who struggles to fit in.

(http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/11/02/american-boys-to-get-an-american-girl-series-of-their-own/)

While the Time NewsFeed author is doubtful Tripp will catch the interest of young boys, I think she will certainly catch the eye of American Girl lovers everywhere, if Mattel will only give the boy doll a chance.

Think of it, most little girls would enjoy introducing the adventures of a 10 year old boy into their play.  He could be the brother, cousin, neighbor or school-mate. He might capture the eye of a new audience of  little girls who are not all fluff and frills, as he befriends the dolls already in the line.

And the adult collector? Many a American Girl Doll has metamorphosed into a charming young man to be displayed and enjoyed along side the beautiful historical American Girl Dolls. Women who have sons might enjoy adding a boy or two to their collections, too.

As a seamstress, and I know others will agree, sometimes it is fun to take on something totally different than anything you have ever done before. Think of the boy costumes we could great through the historical eras already represented in the existing books. Imagine the possibilities with a darling American Boy Doll.

I do hope Matell will embrace this marvelous new idea. I think there is an endless market for a boy doll, as there seems to be for the girl doll. What do you think? Please leave your comments below

Discovery

On Veteran’s Day, we thought it would be fun to attend the parade in our neighboring town. As we were getting ready, my granddaughter begged to bring the newest addition to our family, our 6 month old Basset Hound, Maggie. When we gave our approval, she decided she just HAD to dress Maggie appropriately.

As you can see from the picture, Maggie was donned in our flag tutu. I didn’t realize we have a whole new line to offer here. Doggie Tutus! Well, we all had a great time. Maggie had her picture taken by passers-by more times than I can count. She was even videoed for the evening news.

Guess I’d better get busy and set up a new Etsy shop!

Meet Felicity’s Family

 It is always exciting to discover another doll lover.  I had a real surprise this week, when I found one  among my own family. In the picture, you see my  new son-in-law’s sister’s family. May I take a  moment to tell you I love my son-in-law! Dan and  Heidi have been married about a year and a half.  He is  such a wonderful man and cares so much  about my  daughter. I am so happy to have him as  a part of  our family. They are missionaries in  Cambodia, so  we don’t see much of them. I miss  them terribly.  But, I digress………

I was reading my daughter’s Facebook, when I saw  a link to this picture. To my surprise, there was  American Girl doll Felicity’s family! Here is what mom, Kirsten, had to say about these great costumes:

We got these costumes together for Halloween this year, because my almost-five-year-old daughter really loves the Felicity American Girl stories. She loves acting out the stories at home daily and thought it would be dreamy to dress the part too, especially if the rest of the family joined her! 

I agreed to costuming the family as Felicity’s family (which to me meant any kind of Colonial dress, since Felicity’s family was a bit wealthy). It was a little more challenging than expected for some of us. Madeleine’s costume I found at a consignment event for a few dollars. Dad’s costume was easy, since most of it was made up of pieces from his traditional Scottish costume. I simply bought a $3 pair of wool pants at a thrift store and some elastic to create breeches. My costume consisted of a mob cap bought off Amazon, a purchased apron, a thrift store skirt, half a pillowcase, and a shirt I wear frequently. Jack was the trickiest. I couldn’t find thrift store items for him and it seemed that no one sold costumes his size for the colonial time period. I finally found one through Amazon and bought his had at a local museum. 

Madeleine has the Kirsten doll I had when I was a girl, which is now a vintage doll that has been around since 1988. This is currently the only American Girl doll we own. Madeleine also really likes the Felicity doll and we are both disappointed that both Kirsten and Felicity have been discontinued. Madeleine really likes both Kirsten and Felicity’s stories, because she is enthralled with pioneer and colonial life and all the chores from those time periods. 

Such a great idea for all of us to tuck away for next Halloween. If any of my followers dressed as an American Girl family, I would love to see the pictures!

Count your blessings……

Susan

Pretty in Pink

Recently, I have had great fun creating princess dresses for 18″ dolls. And, why wouldn’t I? I remember hours and hours of daydreaming about being a princess, dressing my dolls as princesses and later getting used prom dresses at the thrift  store so my daughters could pretend, as I had years before.

On Etsy this morning, I created my first Treasury. I featured the members of my local Sac Etsy team. Their are some beautiful handcrafted items in this grouping. I hope you enjoy looking at it.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQwNzMwMDV8MTA1MzY2NTM2OA/its-hot

As for this lovely princess, she is on the way out the door to met her prince…..