Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What I bought on this dreary hump day...

Isn't this delightful?
It's Mary Ellen's living room set, not at all cheap.
But I don't trust American Girl company at all, so I decided to splurge and get this today, using the remaining balance of Robert's Christmas gift card. I'm always wary that I might lose the card! Well, now it's gone. 

Leona and I visited the AG store 2 weeks ago, and she said she would definitely buy all the items for one decade, such as Mary Ellen, as she loved completed collections. I thought that was a terrific idea. The set was very expensive. $74 Cdn! It includes a very well made plastic table, known as a boomerang table, with the most adorable lamp which lights up; a tiny poodle ornament, a copy of an April 1955 TV guide, and a 1955 newspaper. That was the year my parents were married in Sept.
It reminds me of the Mad Men series.

I also bought a cute Glitter Girls outfit for $14.99 Cdn, which includes a top, skirt, shoes and socks.

My Wellie Wishers doll love it!
She now has a total of 3 outfits to her name.
The sandals don't close properly, though.

She really likes Mary Ellen's table too. It's such fun to visit the AG boutique. There wasn't a living soul in it when I was there. It's 3 blocks from my chiropractor, so I make sure I always stop in after an appointment!

By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

American Girl Company in trouble!

This is definitely not good news.
There is so much that is not good these days.
I wonder why this is happening. Do you think it's inevitable?
What will become of my AG collection?
I love all my dolls dearly. I was so happy when an AG doll boutique opened here in Vancouver in 2014. That's only 4 years ago. Every chance I get, I visit that store, even if I don't buy anything. I was sorry when it relocated to a different location a few years ago, as that store is harder for me to get to.
What do YOU think of this news?
I snipped it from the website, as often when I leave links they disappear over time.

By Loretta Houben

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My sewing room desk.

I finally did it!
It took me one year.
I'm not a speedy person.
I worked on this for a long time, as what is here is what I'm keeping for a while.
This maple wood desk and hutch was bought for our son Matthew when he was young, and he used it for school, and for his crafts. He moved out in 2008, which will be 10 years ago this fall.
At first I thought I'd sell it, but then realized the wood was beautiful, and the pieces are made in Canada. So to replace it would be foolish.
I put a few of my favourite American Girl dolls on top.
Ruthie, Isabelle, Josephina, and Tenney, along with a doll plate and a vintage dolly picture. This is to keep me inspired.

Here is a closeup of my sewing books and magazines, plus my Shutterfly photo books. On the left are my doll books. These are books I enjoy and use over and over again.

The Dollarama bins were $1.25 Cdn each, and hold all my patterns. They used to be in drawers and I found that too hard to access.

I'm so pleased with the result.
Now for the rest of the room!
I need to attack that fabric!

By Loretta Houben

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A new outfit for my Wellie Wishers doll.

Here is my little Wellie Wisher's doll who I haven't yet named, wearing a new outfit!
I purchased it using some of my gift card from Robert. I didn't wish to buy another AG doll, so I will spend the money on doll clothes and props.
This outfit which consists of glitter shoes, socks, skirt, sleeveless top and sweater, was only $14.99 Cdn! It's part of the Glitter Girls domain. GG dolls are made by Our Generation and they have very cute outfits which are sold at Chapters/Indigo stores. I was really impressed by the variety and the low price. I chose this one because it has hearts for Valentine's Day coming up next month.
Isn't it sweet?

By Loretta Houben

Friday, January 5, 2018

Flashback from 2004....

I'm slowly going through my older doll photos, and putting them in date order. This will take some time, but it's also quite fun, although tedious!
In 2004 we had a lot of snow, and I'd begun to collect Chatty Cathy dolls in 2002, so I decided to create scenes with props.

 This is a tedious process and requires much patience.
But it's also therapeutic and rewarding!
I used a brown eyed, brunette vintage CC and a brunette pigtail CC, wearing vintage red velvet coats by Mattel, and one has a vintage hat. 

 Another fun thing is to put the photos in a collage.

 Of course, being dolls, accidents will happen!


 I like to use props I already have, too.

 Aren't they adorable?
I hope you're having fun in the winter cold!
The news sounds grim from the East coast. I pity those poor people. We had a little snow this winter, but nothing like 2016 and 2017, from Dec to April. Stay warm!

By Loretta Houben

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Meeting Luciana Vega, the 2018 GOTY.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 I went downtown with my sister Leona, to Broadway and Granville AG boutique, and checked out the Luciana Vega GOTY of the year, and her amazing space habitat. I only know it was designed by NASA; I don't know the story. And I know it's all about Mars. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be on Mars or not!

I think the space habitat is fascinating!
When I was in Grade One back in 1966, all the rage at the time was space exploration. I myself dearly wished to fly in a rocket to Mars, thanks to Miss Pickerell. (children's book in the 60's)

I wouldn't purchase this set, as it's huge, but it sure looks interesting.

Here is another view of the space habitat.
It's Very Expensive at $439 Cdn, plus tax!
I'd personally rather have the blue Volkswagon that was around a few years ago. 

I won't be getting Luciana, as she has purple streaks in her hair. I'm not sure why, except maybe it's a modern look. ?? I'm not modern at all! But I don't care for strange hair colours or tattoos. It's just how I am...

I loved the wall displays, and Luciana's box.

These two items came home with me.
Robert gave me a gift card for Christmas, so I chose the Luciana NASA souvenir box, and a Glitter Girls outfit as it fits the Wellie Wisher doll.

Here is the box opened.

I think this is adorable, and a great deal for only $25 Cdn if you can't afford the rest of the set.

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A new American Girl doll.

Here is my first boy doll from American Girl.
I succumbed and purchased him last month.
I came up with an idea for a story involving my paternal Grandfather, Jack Williams. This is Logan Everett, but I've re-named him Jack. I plan to portray him in adventures in North Wales at a young age. Hopefully I will learn how to create movies and I will put it on YouTube. 

I got him 20% off on an Indigo sale, so I didn't get to pick him out personally, as he arrived in store. It's really convenient to pick up your mailed item in the store, as you get an email when it arrives! There's a separate kiosk for online pickup so you don't have to wait in a long line.

At first I wasn't going to buy a boy doll, but when I visited Blaenau Ffestiniog in May 2017 I felt like I could write my Grandfather's story. He was orphaned at age 11, and had to work on a farm taking care of horses, while his younger brothers were lodgers at a different house. At age 23 he immigrated to Canada; the only one of his family to do so. His young life intrigues me. My goal for 2018 is to imagine what his life was like as a young boy, and write it, then turn it into my first doll movie! Stay tuned.

By Loretta Houben