Friday, July 6, 2018

Giveaway Alert--Doll STEM Camp Goodies at Doll Days

Hey, everyone! 

First, a quick update: I'm leaving for summer camp on Sunday, and I'll be gone for two weeks. So, I won't be able to post then.

My main item I'm here to write about, though, is a giveaway on the Doll Days blog. You may not have been following their "Doll STEM Camp" summer series, but you'll definitely want to tune in for this giveaway, if you haven't already. You can win a Doll STEM Camp t-shirt, Luciana's Flight Suit, and some space-inspired bedding.
Picture credits: Doll Days

You can enter here.

Have a great day, 
Lissie

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Finally, Introducing Kailey!

Hi, everyone! Happy summer (if you're in the northern hemisphere)!

I've got some big news! Last month, a couple who are our neighbors was moving out of the neighborhood, and Mom helped them to pack up some stuff, and as a thank-you, they gave us a bunch of stuff! There was some couch- and side-table-like furniture, and some cool seashells, but most of interest to blog readers, there was an AG doll! Apparently one of the couple's now-grown kids was a collector, but decided she doesn't want some of her old stuff anymore. So Hazel and I got, to share, a Kailey doll with her accessories, an extra doll hairbrush, and and Kailey's dog Sandy! This stuff would be from 2003 or 2004, but it's in great shape. Kailey's limbs are on the loose side, but she's very clean and her hair feels like new--very impressive!

I would have introduced her here sooner, but I've been traveling a lot lately so I haven't had as many opportunities for a photoshoot as I normally would've. (Actually, on that topic, a brief aside: I'm going to camp in a bit more than a week, and that lasts two weeks, so don't expect posts then either. It's been a busy summer!) Also, she needed a minor spa treatment: her old person had left a homemade anklet on her ankle, which was sweet, but also a rubber hair band on her wrist. The hair band must have been there for a while, because the material was degrading. It left a weird blue-ish mark around her wrist that needed a benzoyl peroxide treatment to remove. It was my first time trying this home remedy and it worked pretty well, except for the part where I accidentally got a bit of it on Kailey's cloth torso. Benzoyl peroxide works to remove stains from vinyl because it has a bleaching sort of effect, but that also means Kailey now has a slightly paler spot on her tummy. It's not very noticeable, and I'm overall still pleased with the effect of the treatment--if I had another doll with stained vinyl, I would use it again, but I'd wrap a towel around the doll's torso to avoid any mishaps.

Anyways, meet Kailey Hopkins, or Kai for short! For a middle name, I'm giving her the name of her previous big person to honor her history, but I don't think I have permission to post the girl's name here.

 "Hey, there!" As you can see, I had a go at recreating Kailey's original hairstyle, two braids pulled back from her face on the top of her head. I think it turned out well!
 Here's a look at Kailey's little bag. It has a Frisbee and some seashells in it. You can also see her shoes--she's holding them because they have no ankle straps and tend to fall off her feet a lot. Also, her dress is very pretty--I love the little flowers and the subtle ombre effect.
Here's the anklet her previous person made her--isn't it sweet?

 Here's Sandy with the Frisbee--silly dog!
Interesting, Kailey has a Pleasant Company neck stamp--though she's not PC. They just hadn't changed the molds over yet.
 What a cutie!


Thanks for reading! And check out Kailey's new profile on Meet the Dolls!

-Lissie

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Meet Kendall!

Can you believe the AG store in St. Louis is closing?

I mean, I can. The Chesterfield Mall, where it's located, doesn't get a ton of business--whenever we've gone to the store, it's always nearly deserted. Maybe one other family. Even on big release days or new doll debuts it's never crowded. So I'm sure it's not pulling a lot of revenue for American Girl. Even still, it's a little disappointing--now the closest AG store is hours and hours away.

We took one last trip to the store last weekend, though, and somedolly came home with us. I now have completed my WellieWishers group--I have all five of them!

That's right, I bought Kendall!
Say hello to this crafty new friend! It's only been a week, but she's fitting right in. I love her!
I already owned her toolkit (the old-style one, my favorite) from the last Cyber Monday sale. She was happy to have her favorite accessories!

Don't forget to check out Kendall's shiny profile on Meet the Dolls, and have a fun day!
-Lissie

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What's been going on, Lissie?

I'll tell you.

But first, happy new year! And be greeted by these smiling faces:

Space lovers, unite!

I've always been excited by human spaceflight. I've done a school report on Neil Armstrong, I'm subscribed to the NASA Johnson YouTube channel, and Andy Weir's The Martian is one of my favorite books. So naturally, I approve of Luciana's theme, though its gets annoying how the plot of her book (and given, I haven't read all of it) is driven by her making stupid mistake after stupid mistake because she never reads important rules or directions. Not to mention that the Space Camp website says campers have to wear shorts under dresses, and there's Lulu in her galaxy dress with nothing on under but her tighty-whities.

But anyway, space!

Also, I went to the AG store yesterday. As you can see above, I bought the Wave Shorts and Luciana's pajamas. I also got one of the Luciana debut tees, even though they were only given out on the first. My mom had the idea for me to ask if they had any left over, and they did! Hurrah! I'm also proud of that because talking to people is not my strong suit (more on that later).

In non-AG news, say hello to a new friend!


Hi there! Also, I'll be on About Me and Meet the Dolls!

In keeping with the space theme, this is little stargazer Lottie! I've been admiring groundbreaking Irish doll company Lottie for a while, but finally ordered my first doll from them, through Amazon, with some Christmas money. I also got some pajamas for her. I love her so much!



"I need some space"... which is true in more ways than one.

And then there's the other news, what else happened since my last full blog post. You may have guessed it if you've read some of the pages on my blog--the ones Lottie mentions up there.

I had some testing done and found out that I have autism, and social anxiety disorder. We've suspected it for a long time, and now it's for-sure true.

UPDATE 6/25/18: As I've learned more about myself and what these conditions mean, I'm thinking that the social anxiety diagnosis is not the most accurate. The mind is a complex thing, and of course it's impossible for another person to fully understand what goes on in mine--or anyone else's--and so I'm more comfortable just saying I'm autistic. [End of update]

I could type all day about what that means in my life, but I've got other stuff to do today. So if you've got any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them.



Well, thank you for reading, and for sticking with me...

..."To the moon and back"!



See ya!

-Lissie

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meet Ashlyn!

It's been awhile, hasn't it? School, you know. But I'll spare you a boring explanation and cut to the cuteness. Meet the newest member of the doll gang--Ashlyn!

Actually, first, here's Emerson modeling her new Casually Cozy Outfit.


 It's so cute!
 I love the little mitten pockets--Emmie can actually put her hands in them!

Reid joining in!

And now, say hello to Ashlyn!
"Hi! I'm Ashlyn, but you can call me Princess Ashlyn. I like tea parties and mud puddles!"

  She's a bit tough to photograph in this outfit--when you set your camera exposure to capture her dark hair, eyes, and vinyl, this light-colored outfit gets all washed out. If anyone has any tips for this, I'd love to see them--drop me a comment!
 Love her freckles!
 I also love how the Wellies can balance so well in a walking pose. It makes for really fun photos.
 I thought these flowers would be a nice compliment to Ashlyn's pink outfit, but I'm not sure if it worked.


 This top is so cute--and really soft!
 Ashlyn has these gorgeous highlights in her hair. They catch the light beautifully.



Well, check "Meet the Dolls" to see Ash's profile! I love her so much.

Thanks for reading,
Lissie

Monday, August 14, 2017

Little Muffins for a Little Doll

It's been a pretty exhausting two weeks around here. First I was at summer camp, and then I brought home a nasty cold and am just now getting over it. Plus I got a new bed and rearranged the dollhouse.
Today, though, I took a cute picture:
Camille enjoyed some homemade mini muffins!

Have a nice day, everyone!

Lissie