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Doll Diaries Picks for the Week Ending January 31

Wow – where did January go? It seems like yesterday we were at the AG store for Grace’s debut! I have had fun catching up on my reading this morning and here are a few of my favorites from the week. SimplyDollightful had a wonderful snow day this week and her dolls look like they [...]

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What’s Your Story? A Fun Challenge

It has been a while since we have had the Doll Diaries readers participate in creating a story from a picture.  So I will provide a story, but do not read it – just look at the picture and create your own story in the comments section, then come back to the picture and read [...]


Throwback Thursday – Retired Winter Gear for Dolls

Brrrr it is cold outside! With the cold, snowy weather this week, it is the perfect time to take a look at retired winter gear for the dolls. From Christian Homeschooler - Here are Lindsey, Samantha, and Felicity wearing retired American Girl coats.  Lindsey is wearing the Sugar Plum Coat released in 2001.  Samantha is wearing [...]

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Simple and Elegant Headbands

While shopping with my daughter a few months ago we noticed the adorably simple headbands for sale.  It looked like they were made out of trim and ribbon pulled out of my craft stash.  Inspired by the fashion, my daughter and niece crafted their own version to wear.  Seeing their creations I knew I wanted [...]

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Fall and Winter Outfits from Our Generation

One of our readers, JGKelsey, has put together a nice feature on some fall and winter outfits from Our Generation for us. *** The weather warmed up for a few days here in the Midwest.  Since it was so nice out Alexis, Madison, and Samantha modeled some new winter outfits that they got this fall. [...]


Make Some Paris Themed Throw Pillows For Your Dolls

Karen here and today I am sharing my Tulip Fabric Paint Tutorial for “Je T’aime Paris” (I love Paris) Pillows to spruce up your dolls room! To make your own you will need: Tulip Fabric Paint Scrap Fabric Kunin Felt Ruler Scissors Ribbons Fiber Fill Stuffing Hot glue gun and glue Step 1- Assemble your [...]

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New ASPCA Pet Sets from Sophia’s and a Giveaway

My Doll’s Life is proud to bring us the special  ASPCA® Pet Sets that our friends at Sophia’s Heritage were working on. Sophia’s sent us a set to review and we had so much fun setting up our own Pet Adoption Center for the dolls. They also sent us an extra set to give away, [...]

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Make a Disney’s Dez Doll

My Daughters are in LOVE with Disney’s hit TV show, Austin and Alley.  Their favorite character is the silly and quirky Dez Wade.  My youngest daughter asked Santa for a Dez Doll for Christmas.  Here is how I helped Santa create a Disney Dez Doll…. I have watched several episodes of this show with my [...]

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A Rare Find and Restoration

One of my favorite doll manufacturers  is the Gotz Company, which has been in business since 1950.  Their older vintage 17.5 inch, 18 inch and 19.5 inch standing dolls are very difficult to find.  So when I get lucky to have one join my collection it is a special treat.   The Gotz Company still produces [...]


Giveaway: Doll & Matching Girl Tee Set from Kat-N-Ty Designs – ENDED

UPDATED WITH A WINNER! Congratulations Teresa! Please check your inbox. In 2011, a mom made matching girl and doll tees for her daughter and her friends for their trip to AG and from that a very successful Etsy business was born! Lorna of Kat-N-Ty Designs has just added some new Grace inspired designs to her [...]


Sunday Showcase for January 25th

Apologies for not having Sunday Showcase last week. I had good intentions of getting it posted while I was on my flight to the west coast and was actually looking forward to using the in flight wi-fi and being super productive, but I forgot to charge my laptop which made it totally useless! Today’s Sunday [...]

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Jewelery for Grace

Each year my new America Girl GOTY gets several pieces of  jewelry, Grace was the lucky one this year.   As I look over her collection at the different outfits she would wear, I create appropriate matching jewelry.  Let’s check it out! We need to start with supplies and tools.  Some of the supplies I selected [...]

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Anne of Green Gables Doll Characters

In January 2014 I did a blog post on Anne Shirley for National Reading Day.  My daughters and I are long time lovers of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books, as well as the adorable movie series.  My daughters were so taken by the Anne doll that I created, that they asked me [...]

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Throwback Thursday – American Girl Kaya

American Girl Kaya is the focus of this week’s Throwback Thursday – not so much from the standpoint of looking at retired items from her collection, but as a real look back at history! Julie used her Kaya as part of a school project from the looks of it. From Karina - This is my Kaya [...]


Create A Cozy Bed & Storage Unit For Your Mini Dolls!

Karen here and I have been working on a fun and easy dollar store craft I hope you mini doll enthusiasts will enjoy! I had seen a photo of a larger more elaborate version of a bed and storage unit for the 18 inch dolls on Facebook and when I was in my local dollar [...]

Caroline's Travel Outfit

4 Dolls 1 Outfit- Caroline’s Travel Outfit

The dolls are into Caroline’s closet today.  They are taking turns trying on Caroline Travel Outfit with the Spencer Jacket and Hat.  This outfit is inspired by clothing that was popular in the early 1800′s.  It is full of fun details from the design of the jacket, to the matching felt hat, to the delicate [...]