One thing I love about the Disney Princess and Me doll line is that they can often fit clothing from porcelain dolls, which are usually slimmer than standard play dolls. Thrift stores usually have plenty of these dolls on sale, and its a great source for inexpensive, historically accurate doll clothing.
This Victorian gown came from a thrifted Angelina Collection doll by Angelina Visconti. These dolls are so different in size that's it hard to believe they can share clothes at all. The only problem I had was trying to fit Belle's huge hands through the dainty sleeves of the Angelina dress.
The Angelina doll has a beautiful face, and I love how she looks in Belle's casual yellow gown and crown. She definitely reminds me of Snow White. The odd position of her arms would look better with something to hold, like a basket. I think this style brings out her youthful features.
One of my Daily Deals purchases from American Girl was Samantha's frilly frock. I've read several well-written, thorough reviews of this outfit, so I won't do a lengthy review, but I wanted to show how it looks on my different dolls.
I don't have Samantha, so Saige got to be my AG model. The dress fits really nicely, but I don't like the way the wide neckline looks on this body style. I also don't think it is appropriate to the era, as all Samantha's former outfits seemed to have a higher neck. the boots fit well but were difficult to get on.
I love how the bow looks with her curly hair. Saige had slightly loose limbs, so I was happy that the tights and boots actually help her stand up better.
Dana, my Journey Girls doll, rocks a more modern look with Addy's snood worn like a beret. I think this would style would look really good on the new GOTY, Grace. The vinyl breastplate looks a little better, but the dress is too wide for her narrow shoulders and a little baggy at the waist. The boots were also loose, but the tights improve the fit and look.
This dress does not look at all Edwardian to me, but it does have a vintage feel. With a quick wig change and the snood worn in the classic style, I think Dana has a bit of a 40's or 50's vibe.
I think the Madame Alexander body style works best with this outfit because of the vinyl breastplate and fuller waist. I used the wig with bangs and let the curls hang loose below the snood.
So, who do YOU think wore it best?
I love getting bargains on post-holiday clearance items. I especially love Valentine's Day because many items can be used for any time. Who couldn't use a little extra love throughout the year?
My favorite find was this cardboard sweet shop cupcake stand. I almost bought it when I saw it before Valentine's Day, but I'm so glad I waited because it was only 61 cents!
Here it is all set up. It immediately made me think of the new Grace Thomas character from AG, and I think it would make a cute display stand for her bakery, or maybe an alternative to the pastry cart. I also got some mini cookie cutters on sale to make doll sized treats.
With the middle panel removed, it's a perfect fit for mini dolls! Wouldn't it make a great patisserie? Or maybe a gazebo or a performance stage. The quality is not super great, so it's best for display or photos rather than play for a young child. For under a buck, though, I think it's a sweet find!
As American Girl prepares to release the new Girl of the Year movie for baker Grace Thomas, I'm sure we'll be seeing more great outfits for dolls and girls inspired by her story. Unfortunately, AG prices seem to be ever increasing, so it's always fun to find great bargains on similar items.
I found these cute French inspired t-shirts for 5$ each at Wal-Mart. One had pink stripes and a sparkly Eiffel Tower graphic, and the other had a cute French bulldog made from sequins. Even if you're not into the 2015 GOTY, these shirts would be cute and classy for spring.
This morning I found a toy picnic basket that was starting to fall apart, so I removed the inner lining, the handles, and the latch to use for something else. This gave me two circles of red checked gingham that looked perfect for a baking set.
Here are the pieces of the disassembled basket. I hope to use some of the other pieces in future projects. I used this tutorial to make the chef's hat, only I used masking tape instead of ribbon and a stapler. Then I added a strip of decorative heart tape on top of the rim. I think it looks very appropriate for American Girl's Grace Thomas character, as she has lots of hearts in her collection. For the apron I just folded the fabric circle in half to make a semi-circle shape. Then I sandwiched flat edge between two pieces of masking tape for the sash and taped it together in the back. My circle already had a hem sewn around the edge so I left it like that, but you could easily as lace or ribbon trim. I added the decorative tape to the apron to match the hat. Easy peasy!
Our New Orleans girls, Cecile and Marie-Grace, had a blast getting ready for their Mardi Gras party yesterday. I used the American Girl mini dolls along with pieces from their paper doll set. I taped the trunk to a doll shoe to make it stand upright, and the little dresser is made from a block covered with contact paper. I found the little red beck at a thrift store for 1$. Hope you enjoy my mini scene.
After looking at my sister's amazing Valentine's projects, I was feeling rather creatively deficient, so I decided to challenge myself to come up with a quick and easy Valentine's Day doll idea. All I used was a plain red dress, some decorative tape from the dollar store, and some scraps of craft foam. I just lined the collar and bottom of the dress with the tape and then made some simple matching sandals. Voila! it's a great temporary embellishment to turn an every day dress into something special.
Here's a view of the back of the dress and her simple hair style. This doll is Cinderella from Disney Princess and Me. I think she looks adorable in this casual modern ensemble.
You can find lots of fun patterned tape just about anywhere and for any season. This plain red dress would work great for Christmas or Independence Day too, and the tape is easy to remove without leaving residue on fabric. Go see what you can create!
I just added a photo gallery section to my webpage to post pictures that don't have their own posts. Feel free to check out my latest Valentine's Day photos here. More photos will be coming!
I was thrilled to find this beautiful stained glass lampshade at my local thrift store for only 75 cents! When I got it home, I rumaged around for something to use as the base and found this decorative metal base from an old broken lamp. The leaf details look great with the floral design.
I also love how it looks on top of a little battery operated lamp I got from Rite Aid. The black plastic stand gives it a more modern look, and it can really light up! Most of the pieces in this picture are from thrift stores or items I've found around the house. For under a buck, I think this lamp is very cute and perfect for doll play.