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Don’t Reply To The American Girl Email!

My Mom received this email from ‘American Girl’ today.
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When I showed to her she was pretty convinced that it was phishing. Then we saw that people have been having trouble getting into the American Girl website, and when they did what the email said they got an error message.
We could be wrong, but it’s probably phishing. If you received this email, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK, AND DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR INFORMATION! Better safe than sorry!
Here’s what Mom says about emails:
You never click on a link in a email unless you are expecting someone to send you a link. Instead go directly to the website in this case american girl.com,  and look for the information from the email. If you can’t find it on the website, the email is a scam.
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Review-Pioneer Dress

My family went to a homeschool convention last March. One of the booths had books and doll dresses. My mom bought me the three books (Which I am going to review eventually.) and a dress, which I am about to show you.

Books

Here are the books that they had. The books are historical fiction about a girl named Lauren. She’s not really a pioneer, but the dresses they were selling remind me of pioneer dresses.

Rack o dresses

This is the rack of dresses. I liked the yellow one also, but it was gone before we got back there.

Doll in a shawl

Here is the doll modeling a shawl and a dress. (They sold crocheted shawls also)

The red dress

This is the dress I chose. It was 12$.

Too Big

I put it on Lea to model the dress. It’s nice, with lots of detail, but I didn’t like how big it was on her.

Inside out

So I turned the dress inside out and put it back on Lea.

Pins

Then I pinned it up and sewed the seams to make it smaller.

Prettyish dress

I like the dress much better now that it fits better. It has lots of detail, and is very well made (Except for being too big, but that might just be the style.) The print is little white flowers.

Color collar

The neckline has a peter pan collar. The fabric is the same on both sides.

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The sleeves are a little bit puffy. It reminds me of a dress I wore in the production of Mary Poppins that I was in. It had sleeves just like that.

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The waist is ruffled very nicely and the skirt is very full. There is a little bit of pink thread showing, but you can barely see it in person.

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The bottom of the skirt has a ruffle on it.

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The back of the dress is just as nice. The ruffles are just as full on the back.

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The back of the dress closes with three snaps. I asked the person at the booth (Who had made all the dresses) and she said that she didn’t like velcro because it gets caught in doll hair, so she did snaps. It’s also more time period.

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All the seams are surged.

Overall this is a very nice dress. All the seams are finished nicely, it has lots of detail, and it’s cute. It didn’t fit all that well, but I’ll let that pass for now.

Overall I’ll rate it 4.5/5 stars.

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The End Of Permipanties!

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American Girl has decided to do away with the stupid permipanties! Here’s what American Girl said:

**An Important Update for Our Customers**

We love and appreciate our dedicated American Girl fan community, and we take our role in listening and responding to your feedback very seriously. In recent months, many of you have shared your thoughts on how we can continue delivering the great products you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve heard you, and we will be implementing two changes as a result.

First, we will be reverting to the separate underwear design for all of our 18-inch dolls. Starting today, any dolls that are currently in production or any new dolls being developed will now come with removable underwear. Because there are dolls with permanent underwear already in the market, this will be a rolling change—meaning dolls that currently have the permanent underwear design will remain as is until the inventory is sold through.

However, if you currently own an American Girl doll with the permanent underwear and are disappointed with the design, we will do a one-time, free body exchange on the doll to create one with separate underwear and return the doll to you at no cost. For details on this offer, please click here: http://bit.ly/2rKyn0n

Second, we have made the decision to return to our iconic boutique box for our 18-inch dolls. Only the new 2017 contemporary characters, as well as some of our Truly Me dolls, will come in the current packaging until inventory is sold through. In addition, none of our 18-inch doll outfits will be sewn directly into packaging, with the exception of any existing inventory for our 2017 contemporary characters.

Thank you for caring enough to share your candid and heartfelt opinions with us, and we are sorry if we disappointed you in any way. Your feedback helps us deliver on our promise to create high-quality products, services, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character.

Your Friends at American Girl

I’m really glad that they decided to do away with permipanties. It sounds like they have finally heard us.  But what about squishy vinyl? Thinner fabric? Neck ties? Cheaper products? Are they not going away also?
Notice that they only got rid of the changes that were most hated. There’s nothing holding them back from making cheap dolls still. My mom says they only care about our opinion because they care about our money.
But it’s a start at least.
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Joy’s Journal 2-15

Finally, the much awaited (For some people) next part of Joy’s Journal, part fifteen! There are thirty parts in this series. 

When I went back to classes the next day my ‘friends’ set out to make my life miserable. It worked.

Lockbox

I remember seeing them crowded around my locker as I pulled my stuff out if it.

Mudjuice

I jumped back as a jar of dirt and bugs spilled everywhere. It was positioned to fall out as soon as I opened the door.

By the way the girls were laughing I knew they had done it on purpose.

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The janitor handed me a broom, and I heard Roberta whisper something to Serenity.

“Stupid girl.”

By the time I had finished sweeping the mess up I was late to Art, and the halls were deserted.

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I hadn’t had time to grab my art supplies, so I went to the teacher to try to explain what happened.

“I’m late because some girls put a jar of bugs and dirt in my locker and I didn’t have time to clean in up. I didn’t have time to get my art supplie-”

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One of the other girls in Roberta and Serenity’s group waltzed in.

“She’s making things up Mrs Oakwood. She’s lying. No one did anything to her, she just didn’t want to paint.”

“Is this true Joy?”

“Of course not! It’s-”

“You are going to believe JOY?” The girl asked. “The one who lied to everyone about her illness to skip school?”

“Good point Cinnamon.”

“You are going to believe Cinnamon?” I burst out. “What abo-”

Mrs Oakwood cut me off. “That’s enough Joy. We need to start.”

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And so I got to stare at an empty easel the entire time.

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Behind The Scenes Of The Easter Photoshoot

This is a rather unprofessional post, with rather unprofessional pictures. It should still be cool.

*If you would rather not see pictures of a bunch of naked dolls, I would suggest you don’t read this post.*

For the photo shoot I changed ALL FIFTEEN dolls’ clothes. It was a big job.

The first thing I did was take the clothes off of each doll and put them back on my shelf.

Waiting

Here’s a batch of dolls waiting.

More waiting

And here are the others. (I didn’t change Keirra’s clothes.)

Doll Clothes

All the doll clothes went in a pile in the middle of the floor.

Then I put the clothes away and decided on fifteen Easterish outfits.

I matched the outfits with dolls and dressed each doll.

A pile of dolls

Then I took the dolls outside for the photo shoot. Here they are.

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Half the dolls around a tree and the rest waiting.

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Katelyn in the photo shoot spot, and the rest of the dolls waiting.

Pile o dolls

The dolls in the house.

So there you go. Behind the scenes of the Easter photo shoot.

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Spring Photo Shoot

For Easter I dressed up all my dolls in nice, springy outfits and took them outside for a photo shoot. I did a group picture, but also single pictures of each doll. I am going to use these as profile pictures because the place where I used to take profile pictures no longer exists.

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Group picture!

This was really fun to take. I had to arrange all fifteen dolls. (Count them!) Most of the dolls are positioned well. A couple of them I don’t like so much, such as Gabi, Jenny, and Faith. Overall though, I really like this picture.

I am going to try to use it as a header image. I don’t know how well that will work…

Mckenna is not colorblind

 

I really like this picture. Mckenna’s hair is frizzy, and I didn’t have a good pair of shoes for this outfit that no one else was wearing, but whatever. Who needs shoes?

Mckenna is wearing:

A dress that I sewed and tie dyed,

The shrug from the fall outfit I bought at our local festival,

The matching hair bow with aquamarine lace wrapped around it.

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I like this one too. The outfit looks good on Abby, but come to think of it, she would never wear something that frilly.

Abby is wearing:

American Girl Grace’s opening night dress

Headband from American Girl Grace’s opening night outfit.

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I like how the tall grass and flowers cast shadows on Riley.

Riley is wearing:

Shirt from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Tunic from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Leggings from the American Girl warm winter outfit,

Shoes from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Random butterfly hair clip.

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Katelyn isn’t looking at the camera. Argh! And her hair is messy.

Katelyn is wearing:

My Life As dress,

Headband from a Madame Alexander outfit. (I looked, but I got it years ago, and I have no idea what the outfit is called)

Gracietree

Oh, I love this picture of Grace. Even though the shoes never made it on her.

Grace is wearing:

Skirt that I made out of lace and fabric I dyed,

Tank top from American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet outfit,

American Girl Isabelle’s purple Wrap sweater.

Hope and Pride

Argh! This one’s kind of blurry.

Hope is wearing:

Cheerleader dress from my local festival,

Pom pom from the cheerleader outfit (In her hair)

Headband from Our Generation Joy’s meet outfit,

Boots that I made.

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Joy looks so adorable in that dress.

Joy is wearing:

A dress that I made,

Our Generation Joy’s meet shoes.

Maria moose

Maria isn’t looking at the camera, but I like this one.

Maria is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit my dolls,

The headband from the American Girl love to layer accessories,

The shoes that Journey Girl Callie was wearing when we found her.

Faith under the branches

Not one of my favorites, but it’s okay.

Faith is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit 18 inch dolls,

Our Generation Parker’s meet shoes.

Dandieileen

I absolutely love this one. It fit’s Eileen’s personalty so well.

Eileen is wearing:

The American Girl petals and posies dress that Mia was wearing when I found her,

A pearl bracelet from Our Generation,

Random blue ribbon,

And she’s holding a dandelion.

Lealove

I don’t really like this picture, but it fits Lea’s personality.

Lea is wearing:

American Girl Merry Magenta dress,

American Girl Merry Magenta headband.

Mialyn

I really like the outfit that Mia is wearing.

Mia is wearing:

A dress that I made,

A sash that my cousin crocheted,

The Journey Girls shrug Callie was wearing when we found her,

American Girl Lea’s meet shoes,

Our Generation Parker’s meet headband,

An ice skate charm on a piece of ribbon.

Gabbygail

I like this picture. If only Gabi was sitting up more.

Gabi is wearing:

Our Generation Doll shirt, (Someone gave it to me, and I never identified it)

American Girl headband from Grace’s baking outfit,

American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet leggings,

American Girl boots from Soft As Snow outfit.

KaoriCallie

Callie is so fun to pose! This picture was fun to take.

Callie is wearing:

A dress I made,

Headband from American Girl Spring Breeze outfit,

Shoes from Our Generation tworiffic twin set.

Jennylyn

Argh! Jenny’s hair is so frizzy.

Jenny is wearing:

My Twin Blooming Flower dress,

My Twin shoes,

Random hair clip.

 

So there you have it. This year’s Easter photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed.

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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.

Lea's dress

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.

Lace

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.

Lacy

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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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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abbigail

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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The Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated for this award by Julia and Kaitlynrh1. Thank you so very much for nominating me!! And check out Julia’s blogs:  Julia’s Journal and The Joys Of Julia, and Kaitlynrh1’s blogs: Paws All In and Kait’s AG Crafts

On a side note: neither Julia nor Kaitlynrh1’s blogs had the blogger recognition award picture on them, so instead of ‘borrowing’ the picture from another blog, I just made my own.

Why I started this blog:

When I was eight or nine my sister had a blog, and I wanted one. (I don’t remember why) My mom helped me set up a blog for my guinea pigs, which I named Guinea Pig Stars, or Star Guinea Pigs, I don’t really remember which. When I started to get into dolls I changed the name to Creative Castle, (The domain name was Modern English 2) and used it for my mini doll stuff. After awhile I ran out of space to put pictures on, so I started this blog, Dolltasticallyfun. Last fall I started using Creative Castle again, just for words, because I wanted a place to put all my non doll related stuff. I really enjoy Creative Castle as a lifestyle blog now, and Dolltasticallyfun for dolls.

My advice:

Be unique. Don’t do what other people are doing. It may be fun to read something the first 67 times it’s done, but after awhile it gets old. Do things that you haven’t seen done before. Often you can gain followers that way. When I come across a blog because it has content I’m looking for I’m very likely to keep reading it.

Don’t stress out about how many followers you have. It doesn’t help. You can, however, do things like participate in blog shout outs and comment on other people’s blogs.

I nominate:

Steeplechase

Spreading My Joy

Mallory’s Wee Blog

Creating By Courage

For All Who Wander

Little House Of AG

Journal Of Two Dolls

In DollyWood

Heart Of Dixie Dolls

Day Dreaming Dolls

Awesome AG Club

American Girl Fan

Her Story AG

A Doll’s Wardrobe

AG Doll Play

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created

Thanks again Julia and Kaitlynrh1!

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