Review-My Life As Party Dress

I don’t think you can still buy this dress, as I received it for my birthday last summer, and I don’t think it’s still in stores.

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The dress came with a headband, but not shoes, so I paired the dress with the shoes from the American Girl Truly Me meet outfit.

Headband

The headband has a pink bow matching the trim on the dress. It’s made of pink plastic with comb like ridges on the top. It fits very well, coming all the way down the doll’s head.

Layers

The dress has two layers, a white lace, and a shimmery blue cloth underneath.

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The blue fabric ends, leaving just lace at the top. It looks kind of strange on Lea, but the My Life As dolls have a plastic breastplate so they can wear clothes like this. The edges are trimmed with pink shimmery cloth that matches the pink ribbon sash. It has little ripples in it, like when you hem a circle.

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The sash doesn’t continue all the way around, but the lace at the top does. Velcro comes down part way to get it on and off.

Overall I’ll rate this dress 4/5 stars. It’s done well, but the material is kind of cheap.

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Joy’s Journal 2-13

I know this is short, but I wanted to have at least a short part up today since it’s been so long since I posted Joy’s Journal last. 

After I told my ‘friends’ my secret they left me. No one belived me, and they thought I was taking advantenge of them. Savana had been hanging around with other friends, and I don’t even think she noticed anything was wrong.

I spent most of my free time alone, often crying.

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One day I was flopped on my bed in our room. I wasn’t really doing anything in particular.

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Savana and a girl I didn’t know came in. I watched this girl look around the room, barely noticing me.

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The girl looked over her shoulder in my direction.

“Your roommate is the girl who lied to everyone?” She gasped. “How can you stand it?”

Savana didn’t actually agree to it, but neither did she deny it. “Yeah, that’s Joy.” She just said.

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“Come on Callie.”

Then they left without even a second glance at me.

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What I Decided To Do

Here’s what I decided:

I am going to keep posting, but not four times a week. Not twice a week. I decided to post only once a week, on Fridays.

I still love my blog, and I still love my dolls. I’ll always love my dolls, but maybe I’m growing out of them some. I’m not the eleven year old I was when I started this blog. I’ve grown and changed-a lot. I just can’t keep up with a post every school day, and I’m relizing maybe I don’t want to.

I want my posts to be better qulity, and that means I spend more time on them. I still love making posts, but it’s just to stressful to try to get them up as fast.

So I’ll still be posting, just not as often.

With posting less often, and having more time to get a post ready I think I’ll enjoy it more.

And that’s what really matters.

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I Don’t Know

You probably don’t want a long list of excuses (But if you do, read my long list of excuses)

Anyway I know I haven’t been posting much.

I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do yet.

Ever since I decided to stop supporting American Girl, things have been…different.

I still love my dolls, but maybe I’m starting to outgrow them. Most of the time I only use them on my blog, rarely in real life anymore.

I think I still want to keep this blog going, but I just haven’t had much motivation to post.

It takes a lot longer to make a post, and I just can’t get one up every day. I might be able to get two up a week, but maybe not.

I’m still deciding, but I’ll let you know what I decide.

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Random Updates

Today I am working on my blog’s menu. I don’t really know how to make it work, and it dosn’t seem to be saving right. It might look a little weird till I get it fixed.

I created an ‘About Me’ page, so go read it.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to review my current American Girl products yet, and American Girl stuff is mostly what I have.

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Be Nice

Hello Everyone.

A lot of people are complaining about American Girl’s changes. I think this is perfectly fine. I’m doing it myself. I’m not buying from American Girl anymore. I don’t think it’s worth it.

But here is something you should keep in mind.

Be nice.

I’ve seen tons of posts in the doll world about this, and while not all of them are like this, I’ve seen a few that were not all that nice to American Girl. (I’m not pointing fingers, I’ve just seen a few) Maybe even mine.

American Girl is made of humans. Humans make mistakes. (Believe me, I do.) They might have done something we don’t like, but they are still humans.

Even though a lot of us won’t support them anymore there’s no reason we have to be mean about it. We can say so in a nice way.

Would you like it if you made a change in your company and tons of people started cutting you down for it? I sure wouldn’t.

So if you write something about American Girl’s changes do so in a nice way. Don’t say anything mean, and don’t cut them down. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to hear.

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How To Make Valentines Day String Art

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Since Valentines day is really soon (Tomorrow) I have a craft for your dolls. Valentines day string art. You could make some to put in a valentines day scene, or make them at a doll party.

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Here is what you will need:

Scissors

Yarn

Paint (Optional)

A bowl

Tape

Paper

A box or thick sheet of cardboard

Pushpins (Not pictured)

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If you want your yarn to be multicolored dump paint on it. When it dries it will be more than one color.

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Start by making your box the size you want it. You can skip this step if you have the right size box or a piece of cardboard.

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Cover your box with whatever paper you want.

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Stick pushpins into your box in a shape or design. Since it’s valentines day I’m doing a heart.

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Wind your string all around it, in a design, or just random.

And that is how you make a simple string art thing.

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My Thoughts On The Underwear Outrage

This is NOT acceptable. I know that lots of people think it’s underwear, and it doesn’t matter, it won’t be seen, but this is not the real problem. The real problem is how much they are declining in quality.

A lot of my readers are not old enough to remember this, and I am not either, but there was a time when American Girl dolls were worth the price. They were well made, the outfits were just amazing, and they were just a reasonable price. I’ve seen them.

Even my oldest doll, Mia, is better than Gabriela. She is better quality.

Now the things that make American Girl worth the price are going away. The strings are being replaced with zip ties. The boxes are the same as any other dolls, not like the wonderful boxes that they used to have. The dolls are being sold in stores  other than American Girl. And now you won’t even be able to take the underwear off.

I’d be willing to pay the high price for the dolls, because the quality was worth it. But now they are just high priced dolls. What makes them special has been replaced with ways to make the company more money.

So I have decided I’m not a customer of American Girl anymore. They have lost me.

Some people are fighting for quality American Girl, but I’m not one of them. They have lost me. Even if they started making the dolls exactly like they used to, twenty, thirty years ago, I doubt I’d buy the dolls. American Girl isn’t worth it anymore.

I’ll still love my dolls, the ones that are worth having. I’ll still play with them. I’ll still read the magazine (At the library, where I don’t have to pay them for it) I’ll still read the books. And occasionally I might buy american girl products. But never from american girl anymore. They have lost me. They don’t deserve my money.  There are doll lines out there with better quality products that are less money. Things worth having. And yeah sure, if I happen to find an american girl with sewn on underwear at a thrift store in a couple of years, for a reasonable price, (Like $1) I’d buy it.

But if American Girl can’t even make underwear for the dolls anymore, than what they have isn’t worth having.

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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.

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This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles

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This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.

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bridget

This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.

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passion

This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.

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belle

This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 

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And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.

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I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.

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New Friends Part Five

NEW GIRL POV

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My sister and I were in the kitchen. I don’t really now what we were doing, but I was homesick. I felt like no one here cared about me, except for maybe my sister. It was quite obvious that that other girl, Lea maybe, hated me.

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So it was a surprise when Lea walked in the kitchen, carrying two cupcakes (Where did she get them? I thought they kept cupcakes in the kitchen!) and flipped a light switch I hadn’t known about. Light filtered into the room.

Lea started to hand my sister a cupcake, but she wouldn’t take it. “We know you hate us!” she screamed. “Why would you give us cupcakes? Are they poisoned?

I know Lea was hurt, but she didn’t get mad. “No, they are not poisoned. I know I haven’t been very nice to you, but I want to make it up to you. I was missing my friend, who I thought you had replaced, but that was no reason to be so mean to you.”

“You thought we replaced your friend?” I asked.

Her face turned red. “I did, but now I know better. I was jealous of all the attention you were getting.”

“You, jealous of us?” I asked. “Really? You have friends. People care about you. No one cares about us.”

“My best friend left about the time you came. Lea explained. “We always hung out together, and none of the girls really cared about me.”

Suddenly my sister spoke up. “I can be your friend Lea.”

LEA’S POV

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I took the girls up to the family room. “Why don’t you start with telling me about yourselves?”

The older one spoke. “My name is Gabriela, but everyone used to call me Gabi. This is my sister Kierra. I’m fourteen, and Keirra is nine.”

After that conversation Gabi and I became friends. We did everything together. (Often with Kierra too,)  Gabi could never replace Isabel, but she was a friend.

Slowly I started to get over Isabel leaving. I never forgot her, but I wasn’t missing her all the time.

Side note from Lexie: Gabi and Kierra really are new, and Isabel really did leave. I sent six dolls to a charity, because I didn’t need as many dolls as I had. 

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