One of my favorite exhibits at our local children's museum is the One World Village, which represents dwellings, food, clothing, and activities from various counties and cultures.
On my latest visit, I was excited to see this new Japanese house structure. It has a special dining area with a traditional style mat and pillows, a low table, and pretend sushi and other food. I also love the doll displays in this area, which feature intricate, tiny dioramas.
It's here! The American Girl catalog arrived in the mail today, and Saige can't wait to sneak a peak of the new girl of the year, Grace Thomas.
Saige dons a chic beret to set a Parisian mood.
Everyone is excited to meet the new girl. What a beauty!
Saige and Sienna are both so excited about Grace's fancy bakery set. Ooh la la!
Saige loves the cute riding set from the My AG section. Too bad her birthday is still 10 months away!
What do YOU think of the new Girl of the Year and her collection? Share your thoughts below.
Since two new dolls joined our household this week, I've been having fun trying out their clothing pieces on some of our other dolls. The Princess and Me dolls are much slimmer than American Girl, so they can't share clothes, but this Addison doll from BFC ink (discontinued) looks great in Belle's dress. Her articulated body style sits better than any of our other dolls.
Here's Addison in front the outdoor background that came with Belle's set. Stay tuned for more mixing and matching with our new Princess pals.
Saige poses for her portrait in her new holiday dress. The dress is an infant dress that I got for 50% off at the local thrift store. It ended up being $2.50. The background was on sale from AG during cyber week. It was only $6, and I absolutely love it. The golden shoes are from Springfield Collection, and the hat is borrowed from a porcelain doll.
Merry Christmas from Belle (Princess and Me). She is borrowing a dress from a thrifted porcelain doll named Christmas Caroline. The background is from American Girl.
My girls each got a new Princess and Me doll from their grandma. Look for more pics and reviews soon.
I was thrilled to find this little wooden ark set at my local thrift store, and with my coupon, it was just over $2. It is a perfect size for doll play, and the hand-crafted, primitive look reminds me of Felicity's special toy from her American Girl stories.
It didn't come with any people, but I like the variety of animals: elephant, giraffe, gorilla, lion, and Zebra. Only the poor elephant was missing a partner.
The top deck can be removed to reveal a little storage compartment. Not all of the animals can fit inside with the lid closed, but several of the smaller ones can.
Rachel loves her new toy! Rachel is a Battat doll in a Heidi Ott dress, also found at the same thrift store. I love Savers!
I found this cute little table at my local Savers thrift store today. It was only $3, and I had a coupon for donating, so I saved 30%. It is in pretty good condition, and the legs are sturdy. I really love how versatile it is. It can be a dining table for mini dolls, an accent table, or even a stool.
When you're looking for doll items, keep an eye out for pieces that can be used a variety of ways. Have fun, and Happy Thrifting!
Rachel is excited to show off her new Christmas nutcracker. It was an ornament, but I cut off the hanging loop and touched up the top with black permanent marker. I found my nutcracker in a set of three on sale for $3 at Rite Aid.
This little porcelain ballerina doll makes a great Clara or Sugarplum Fairy. It was only 50 cents at a yard sale, and it came with a stand. I also made a little Nutcracker book using a free printable from Doll Diaries.
Rachel is dressed for playtime in a green dress from a thrifted Heidi Ott doll, paired with a plain white pinafore and green satin ribbon. I love the Heidi Ott clothing because it is very authentic and well made with real snaps instead of Velcro.
Christmas time is a wonderful opportunity to find cute, inexpensive accessories for dolls. I just love these bottle decorating kits that are readily available in any discount store. This one came from Tuesday Morning, and they also had several other designs and colors available. This particular sweater is somewhat difficult to get on, so I recommend putting it on and leaving it for a while. Slim bodied dolls like this Journey Girl work best. The hat is extra small to fit on the neck of the bottle. You can use it as a mini hat for full-sized dolls, or as a hat for your minis. May your holidays be warm and toasty!
Here are some pictures from my latest trip to Savers, my favorite local thrift store. The doll section was well stocked today, but I didn't see any must have items. Disney princess dolls seem to be the most popular, along with BFC and Our Generation. I also saw two 18 inch Fancy Nancy dolls at separate thrift stores this week. This is a good time to shop for second-hand dolls while people are clearing out to make room for new toys.
These little sleighs are usually easy to find, and they're great for mini dolls. I also saw a red wicker one that was filled with fake flowers, and I bought a wooden holiday sleigh for my minis last year.
Here's another sleigh, along with a mini bench and a larger doll-sized wooden rocking chair.
These Christmas pillowcases would make great doll clothes, furniture, or decorations. Also look for cheap sheets, table cloths, and curtains. These are great spears of fabric, and you can often use existing seams.
What are some of your favorite holiday thrift finds?