An American Girl Doll Story

An American Girl Doll Story

Friday, February 21, 2014

Little House on the Prairie: Sickness Part #1

I decided to shoot a quick LHOTP photo story since I hadn't done one in a while (I haven't done an Annabelle photo story in a while either, but I will definitely be getting to that soon - in fact, I have Felicity all dressed in her dress, now I just have to shoot it, I hope to have it up within the rest of this month, but I can't make any promises, so just keep checking back).
Here is Part #1 of the photo story!:
Mary woke up one sunny Monday morning. It was the start of a new week, and Ms. Beadle was hosting a history bee. Mary had studied hard and was very excited. As she did her braids though, and washed up a bit before doing her light chore work, eating breakfast, and getting to school, Mary didn't feel so great. It had sort of started as a stomach ache when she had woken up, but now she felt almost light headed. She pushed those thoughts away - she figured it was just because she was nervous about the history bee. She still couldn't get that strange feeling to go away, so she decided to see what Laura thought she should do. She didn't want to tell Ma, because she knew she would miss school, but she also didn't want to have to come home sick!
"Laura, wake up, Laura!" Mary whispered urgently. She was feeling sicker by the minute.
"Uh, uh," Laura grunted.
"Come on, Laura, wake up! I need to ask you something," Mary urged, gently shaking her sister. who turned around to face Mary slowly, but didn't open her eyes.
"I don't feel good Mary, I think I'm sick," Laura whispered before rolling back over and falling asleep once again.
Mary hadn't gotten to ask her if she was feeling okay, but from what Laura had said, and from her behavior of going back to sleep, she knew Laura must be sick too. Mary decided she had better stay home too.
"Mary, Laura? Pa has already left, you're late. You didn't come in time for breakfast," Ma called up into their loft.
"Ma, we can't - we don't feel good," Mary yelled down, using all her strength to yell. She was getting sicker and weaker by the minute. She knew Ma wouldn't make them go to school, but Mary still wished she could.
"What? I'm coming up there right this instant," Ma called up, and Mary could hear her mother start to climb the loft stairs.
"Oh my, you really are sick," Ma frowned worriedly. 'I'm going to make you a bit of herbal tea. Dr. Baker always makes his rounds on Mondays and Saturdays, so he should be over sometime today - hopefully sooner than later," Ma told them, closing the blinds to the window so that it was darker in the room, then, with her skirts swinging frantically, she hurried back down the steps.
Mary slid back under the covers and back to bed. She was very, very, sick and tired. But she knew that Ma's herbal tea would make her better - it always did.
Eventually, after a small dose of Ma's tea, Dr. Baker's horse and carriage parked outside of the Ingalls' house, and Dr. Baker knocked on the door, and after hearing about Laura and Mary, quickly went up to their room.
"Mary, Laura, how do you feel?" Dr. Baker asked as he unloaded his little black medical case and prepared to do a few small tests.
"Terrible, it hurts in my head and my stomach, and I feel hot sometimes and cold sometimes, I feel very sick," Mary replied, exhausted from the small amount of words she had just said. Laura didn't answer, so Mary answered for her, "Laura felt the same way - but she hasn't woken up since the tea Ma gave us." 
"Hmm," Dr. Baker thought, "I see." Dr. Baker checked Mary out and Laura too. Finally, he sighed and adjusted his shirt and wiped his hands. "Alright, well, I'll go down and talk to your Ma now," Dr. Baker told them.
"Am I sick?" Mary asked, almost forgetting to add, "Is Laura sick?"
"Yes, you are both very sick," Dr. Baker told Mary. "But don't worry, you aren't missing school today, a few others in the town and some towns nearby came down with this same thing. No one is really allowed around town."
"Where is Pa, then?" Mary asked.
"He agreed to help me with my patients, he is in town right now, picking up some supplies from my office, and then we are going to head off a bit further into some other towns," Dr. Baker told her, "I must give your Ma some orders and talk to her, I will come to check back on you."
Mary nodded and tried to fall back to sleep. She couldn't though. She was a little worried about what was going to happen to them. Dr. Baker had seemed so solemn that it had worried Mary a little.
Outside, against the house, Dr. Baker talked to Ma.
"They really are sick," Dr. Baker her told her, hints of worry lining every word he spoke. "I am only going to be gone for a small bit of today. They are already setting up sick beds in the church. If they get any worse by the time Charles and I come back, I'm going to move them there. We can't have Carrie or you get sick too. This is a very serious illness that there is no cure for. I'm not counting on many to survive it, including older and very young people. If Baby Carrie were to get this, it could be serious - more serious than it already is," Dr. Baker sighed.
"Are there any orders?" Ma asked.
"Well, like I said, there is no medicine for it, so all you can do is make sure they get some rest, and help them with whatever they need. I have a feeling they may get worse, so try to get them to eat anything they can now - once they are too sick, they won't want to eat, also, I suggested soaking their foreheads with cold water," Dr. Baker told her. "Now remember, I am seriously thinking about having them stay in the church with the rest of the sick."
"Oh, but I need them home with me," Ma cried out a bit. She was very worried by Dr. Baker's grave expression.
"Caroline," Dr. Baker spoke firmly, "We are only doing what is best for them. If we have to take them to the church then we have to. We can better care for them there," Dr. Baker told her. Ma nodded and thanked him. He got in his buggy and drove away, while she walked to the creek with the bucket to get some water.
Ma was so worried about Mary and Laura. Usually, they were never this sick. In fact, they rarely got sick at all.
Ma took the cold pitcher of water and shook the water up a bit.  

Then, she took some lavender petals out to put into the water. It made the water smell very nice, and it also added a cool, refreshing texture to the water. Mary and Laura both loved the lavender.
Ma opened the fancy jar of lavender petals that Mary and Laura had received for Christmas a few years ago.
She placed the petals in the water and soaked two cloths.
Ma placed a cloth on each of their foreheads, and the girls peacefully rested. Neither of the girls were sleeping, they just lay there, praying to get better...
Part 2 coming soon!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Doll Clothes Idea & Outfit of the Day! #1

I decided to start a new thing where I did a doll clothes idea of the day, and I also would show you a outfit that I created from all my existing doll clothes. The idea is to hope that you guys get some cool doll clothes outfit ideas and stuff like that!
I might not be able to do it everyday of course, but I'll do it on days that I can.
Our model today is going to be Molly!
Here is Doll Clothes Idea/Tip #1: So, a lot of people, I know, like to create different outfits out of outfits they already own. To make it even more unique, here's what I do, I put out a couple skirts/pants, a few tops, shoes, and tights/socks (if I am using flip flops, I will, of course, not use these). I close my eyes (or look away), and pick one thing out of each pile. I don't really know what I am picking, but once I look back around, I always have a full outfit, that probably wouldn't look like it would go together at first, but it ends up being REALLY cute (most of the time). This is such a fun way to experiment and find new outfit combinations you would never think of!

Here is the outfit I ended up with when I tried this! I wouldn't really of thought of putting those together probably, but once I did, it was REALLY cute (IMO).
This outfit is made up of:
Shirt = Everyday Play Jumper (I think that is what it is called - it is the blue jumper and boots)
Skirt: AGP Exclusive (I think it is)
Tights: Julie's Calico Dress outfit
Sandals: Lanie's Butterfly Outfit (the orange and reddish dress)
Here it is against a different background (I didn't think it showed up so well against the white wall.)
Cute feet! I really like this combination and I almost don't want to take her out of it! I also tried this combination on with one of the AGP red exclusive shirts that says the store's name on it.
Cute bubble skirt (I think it's called a bubble skirt)
Cute shirt! This shirt looks great with everything!
More feet! I love it! XD
Lastly, a picture of Molly. I showed it at the beginning of the post, so I decided to end the post with this picture too!
I also decided to end it with this small announcement: I should be posting much more because I came up with a new system that you guys might be interested in hearing about. Here it is:  Every time I have a good chunk of time to get on my blog, I'll upload a bunch of posts and just keep them in draft. Every time I have only a few minutes, I'll just get on here and click "publish" on the drafts. That way, you guys can read a post even when I don't have time to write one! So, expect a lot of posts more frequently.
Tell me what you think of this new Doll Clothes Idea & Outfit of the Day thing? I'm excited to hear! Also, if you have pictures of your dolls in similar outfits, I'd love to see them!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ivy & Kit Read Samantha Books! (Short Photostory)

Ivy & Kit decided to take out some books and read today. I'm so glad they did, and they are too! They had a great time! Here are some pictures:
"Today would be a great day to read, don't you think?" Molly smiled, and Kit nodded, racing off to get the books.  

"Wow, this Samantha book is really good," Kit said in amazement. "Being a kid in 1904 sounds sort of adventurous and fun."
"Yes it does, we really should talk to Samantha more about her story," Molly suggested. Kit agreed. "Maybe we can talk to her tonight - or later, after we finish all her books!"
"The Samantha Saves the Day Book is even better!" Molly cried as they got to the most exciting part.
"Definitely," Kit agreed, "I love her little sailor suit and stuff - Samantha's collection is coming back, I think I'm going to buy one of those outfits for myself!"
"Me too," Molly responded, still caught up in the book.
Are you excited for Samantha to return? Do you think she will return with the same collection she had when she left?"


Felicity Thinks about Fall/Winter

Since Spring will soon be approaching, Felicity sat remembering all the fun things she did this Fall/Winter.
She baked cookies. They sort of crumbled, but were still the most amazing tasting things she had ever made/ate.

Felicity went apple and pumpkin picking with Jasmine, and they had a lot of fun becoming even better friends.

Felicity loved the short days and how it got dark early. She enjoyed relaxing with Molly and Chocolate Chip.

She also, during the winter, enjoyed the nights staying up late on school nights, knowing that there was going to be a snow day the next day.
Felicity (and all the girls) will definitely miss those days of winter and fall, but are very excited to welcome spring and summer!

Saige Mini Doll!

I got the Saige Mini Doll around August, and I took a few photos for a post on it, and I never put them up! I know it is a little late, and the Isabelle doll is already out, but, I figured they were so cute that I'd post them anyway and do a quick review on her.
Saige in her box (I had just bought her from Barnes & Noble). Jasmine, the girl I chose to give her to, is so excited (the other dolls are excited too, because Jasmine shares with them).

Jasmine saw the box sitting by the bed and she quickly picked it up.

"Oh wow!" Jasmine exclaimed. The most exciting thing was seeing that face looking out the window of the box!

Slowly, she opened the box (which was actually considerably hard to get open!)

Jasmine gasped when she opened it. She had her very own Saige doll to play with and love. She also had a great book - it was perfect for the next book report she'd have to do for school!

Jasmine picked up the book. The cover was so interesting. A girl with a horse! The best thing was that the girl with the horse was the same girl sitting right there on her bed.

Jasmine set the book down carefully so she didn't bend it, and she reached for Jasmine, who wasn't even tied into the box, and very simple to get out (I guess to make up for the hard to open box! XD)

Jasmine took her out and held her for a picture with the camera. Saige was beautiful and so cute.

My Review: Saige looked so much like her 18 in. doll look alike. Her hair is sort of fly-away sometimes, (I've taken the braid out since then), and the hair has a sort of strange hairspray like texture, which I was a little surprised about.
Her clothes are cute though, and overall, I really, really, love her (and all my dolls do too).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Samantha Parkington is Returning!!!! BREAKING NEWS!

On AG's Facebook page, there is an AWESOME announcement that I'm sure will excite SO many of us AG fans! Yep...Samantha Parkington is RETURNING!!! I have Samantha, so I am particularly excited about this, because I got her after she was retired, so I don't have any of her clothes (I do have her school desk though, that I was lucky to find at a Kids Consignment Shop in my area).
Here is what AG announced on Facebook:
Time to celebrate, Samantha Parkington fans—your favorite is coming back this fall! Our Victorian-era character's return is just one of the exciting changes to our historical line. Stay tuned for more details…
I think that it is pretty interesting that they announced Samantha as "the favorite." Did they do a vote or something on which one to bring back? Are they just using that as a marketing tool to get everyone excited? Or do they just know that she was the best seller and assume that she is the favorite? What do you think?
I'm really excited! They don't mention bringing back Nellie, but Nellie isn't really supposed to be the main attraction, it isn't like it is her whole collection coming back, it is mainly Samantha's collection. If they do bring Nellie back though, I will hopefully be getting her (I really like her, and since I have Samantha, it would be great to complete a "best friend collection" once again).
They also mentioned that that is just "one of the exciting changes coming". Do you think they are just using that as another marketing tool to get people excited about possible upcoming stuff, or do you think there will be some new things for the dolls, or maybe the introduction of a....(gasp!)....NEW HC Character???? What are your thoughts?
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear!!! :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Doll Kitchen Review (OG) Part 1

For Christmas, my dolls and I received an Our Generation kitchen. The dolls were so excited to add it to their homes, and I was SO happy to get it. It has showed up in one of my photo stories already (Payton & Shola Bake Cookies).
I decided that I would give everyone a review on this awesome set, just so you can see the different features, and maybe decide if it is something you want to save up for.
I split this into two or three parts. Today is going to be part one, just showing you the basic features of the two main pieces of furniture: the fridge, and the kitchen itself.
Here is a picture of the whole entire set. The fridge separates from the main kitchen island, so you can really arrange this set however you'd like. I'd also like to point out that the OG kitchen set comes in a few different varieties of colors. I just happened to get the red one for Christmas (though it is my favorite one out of the selections anyway).

First up is the microwave. I love this! The buttons on the side are so realistic, and I live the little handle. It's really cute.

This is the inside. It is bigger than it looks in this picture, and can fit a big plate in it (a doll plate, not a human plate). As you can see, that little peg on the side is where the microwave locks and closes to make it realistic. All the open & close features on this set have that. 

Then, the stove top burners are ADORABLE! The burners are really raised up and feel like real metal (it might even be real metal, I'm not really sure), and can fit the pots and pans that come with this set.

Then, here is the backsplash. I think this pattern is really cute, and I like how it is cute into little squares and put on the wall, just like real backsplash!

This is the clock, I think. It is cute, but I think that they could've done a more realistic one. It is cute though, and a good addition to the set.

What really surprised me is that the clock opens up into this circular cabinet type thing, which made me wonder if it was a clock or not. I don't know what I'm going to store in this cabinet yet, or what is even meant to be stored in there, so if you have ideas, please let me know in the comments section!

Separating the sink and stove, are three small square storage shelves. They are cute, but are hard to use, because I tried storing the salt & pepper shakers in there and they would slide out. So, I don't think my storage shelves are completely level and flat. Or maybe they are just for show/decoration. 

Then, above the sink are these two cute shelves with a small railing. They are great for storage and don't take up a ton of room. I really like them.

The sink is really cute, and big enough to fit dishes inside of it. The hot and cold levers actually move if you pull them, and the faucet can move around too.

Now, for the oven (which is below the stove). I love the little timer/heat setting knobs, they are such a cute addition. They actually turn around to different settings, and are completely cute. The outside of the oven is cute as well.

This is the inside of the oven! It has a little rack, and the rack can come in and out so that the dolls can clean it off.

Underneath the stove is the heating cabinet thing where you keep already made food warm. I really like this feature in the kitchen.

Then, there is the dishwasher. There is a settings sticker on it, that the dolls can press to turn the dishwasher to different settings.

Inside, there are three loading racks for the dishes to wash on. You can take any of them out, and rearrange them however you'd like. The dishes really do fit in there.
In between the oven & dishwasher is a small little cabinet. It is cute.

But when you look inside, you will probably have trouble finding something to put in there. XD The salt and pepper shakers fit I'm pretty sure. The compartment is really cool, and I'm sure there will be plenty of surprises hidden in there soon.

Now, we are moving onto the fridge! First, the fridge has one of those dispensers that lets water out. Those things are so cool! The cups fit pretty well in this thing, but I wish the little lever to have the water come out could really be pushed back or something.

The inside of the fridge is SOOOO spacious. There are tons of drawers, side compartments and great spaces for just storing food.

Then, in the freezer, it is pretty spacious too. I don't have a lot of food that can go in a freezer for my dolls, but I'll make some frozen foods for them soon!
Well, that's the end of part 1! Part 2 will feature all the little awesome accessories this kitchen came with! I will hopefully have it up sometime this week.