Thrift Store Finds!

There is a thrift store near me that I like to go to occasionally because they generally have mini books. I like to check them out and see if there are any I would like. Well I was headed out of the store when I spied a huge collection of American Girl Items! I picked up a few and I am giving you a sneak peek!


Check back for the reviews!



Work In Progress Wednesday: Catalina Dresses

I had the Catalina dress pattern as a Freebie Friday from and I had these adorable fabrics lying around so I decided to try out the pattern. I am in love with the results.





I am so excited to be adding these to my doll collection!


New Release Wish List

Yesterday American Girl released quite a few new items so I thought I would share with you my wishlist from the new releases.


First off, of course Nanea Mitchell makes the cut! I personally love the new face mold and her wide-eyed look. She is gorgeous. She would become a modern doll in my collection and be renamed as well but she will be a great addition to my collection.


Nanea’s Family Market is adorable. How cute is that Spam?! I mostly want this just for the accessories, but knowing me, I would figure out something to do with the counter and the store shelves as well. I am not one that feels I need to keep things exactly as American Girl makes them, so I am open to taking things apart, painting, etc. Nevertheless $250 is a lot of money for the accessories and no clear idea what I would do with the other pieces. So I might just wait until I can find the Spam and other canned goods on eBay instead of buying the entire set.


Z’s Rainy Day Outfit is cute. I especially love the vest and rain boots. This is another one of those outfits where I would probably mix and match the pieces with other items as I am not a fan of them all together. But individually all of the pieces are adorable. I think it is a little obnoxious that the umbrella is sold with Popcorn’s Rainy Day Outfit as I have no plans to get that set. I am just not as into the animals as most people are. So I will do without the umbrella.


Z’s Media Kit is adorable, but I’m not 100% sure I am going to get it. I will probably just make americangirlideas version. That way I can have more than one light box and I can make as many backdrops as my heart desires. And for the cost of American Girl’s version I can probably make two light boxes, the green screen, a storage bag for the poles, at least a dozen different backdrops and I could still purchase a plastic container to store all of it in! So the only things I would really be missing out on are the Seattle backdrop, the megaphone, the clapboard, the tips and tricks booklet and the pretend award. Those weren’t really the things I wanted from the set anyway, except maybe the tips and tricks booklet.


The new American Girl Stable is adorable?! Have they ever done the chickens and chicken coop before? Well as of right now the chickens and their coop are really all I want from this set so as much as I like it, I don’t see me getting it. They’re so cute though!


How cute is this Pie-Baking Set? I don’t even like whipped cream but that little can of it is so cute! And I love those little clear ‘glass’ Pyrex style pie pans! How perfect will this set be for Thanksgiving and Christmas scenes?! I am not a huge fan of the pattern on the plates and would have preferred plain white over what is offered, but they didn’t ask me. Oh well. The set is still amazing!


Ok I’ll admit that the antler headband is a huge part of why I want the Festive Reindeer PJ’s. I mean, I can always use another pair of holiday pajamas but the antlers are just the icing on the cake! Besides, there is always that one friend or family member that wears a set at a holiday gathering and now the dolls can follow that tradition as well!


I love this years Fancy Holiday Dress. The jewel tones and the brocade fabric are gorgeous. For those of us collectors that have ‘older’ dolls, it is a little bit more of a grown up look which is great!


American Girl updated their snow suit this year with their Star Of The Slopes Outfit. I personally like the purple and lime green color contrast and the bold print of the jacket. I  think it makes it fun and will stand out great against the white of the snow.


Every time American Girl comes out with a new snow suit they also put out the supplies for a new winter sport. Sometimes it is skiing. Sometimes it is snowboarding. This time the winter sport is snowboarding so they released a new snowboard, helmet, goggles and mittens to match the new snowsuit. I love the fun chevron pattern on the snowboard and the almost fireworks look on the helmet.


Maryellen’s Roller Skating Accessories are adorable! The crisp white of the skates, against the black base and pink wheels make these look so classic. I am not a fan of the pom pom on the front and I’ll have to investigate this a little closer but I’m thinking they can be removed pretty easily. The socks are cute and basic white so those are always needed. I am curious what the lid to the storage container looks like as American Girl doesn’t have a picture of that on their website. I am not usually a fan of the stickers in the set as I am not a child so I don’t usually use them, but that flamingo is adorable! I would be willing to put that on a canvas or frame it and put it in the doll house somewhere with how cute that is!


Melody’s Birthday Party Accessories is a new set. I personally have no need for the cake itself or the tablecloth, but I LOVE those dishes! They look so much like the blue glass dishes from that era and they are so pretty! And extra silverware is always welcome in my collection as well.


That completes my wish list from yesterday’s release! What items are you wanting?


Our Generation: Fashion Notes

This set is a deluxe set from Our Generation and is called Fashion Notes. It retails for $17.99 and is available at Target. It includes:

  • sweatshirt
  • skirt
  • headband
  • pair of tights
  • pair of shoes
  • trumpet
  • 2 music sheets


The set lists that a sweatshirt is included but I believe it is more of a sweater. It is adorable though. It is light gray with a bit of sparkle woven through the entire thing. There are five pink gem stones on the chest of the sweater which are a nice detail. (I can’t wait to remove the Our Generation ego tag. It will be even better then!)


The skirt is a soft pink tutu style skirt. It is a bit juvenile for my dolls but it is adorable! The tulle is much softer than you would expect it to be as well.


The tights are just plain white and you can never go wrong with another pair of tights. The headband on the other hand…what were they thinking? I don’t understand it at all! I wouldn’t want to wear a big puff-ball on my head.


Ok Our Generation! You are upping your game! I have complained repeatedly about the shoes you include in your clothing sets. The shoes you have in the mini sets have always been amazing but the clothing set shoes have always been sub par. Now that being said, I am still not a fan of fully plastic shoes like this. But these shoes are amazing compared to some of the other shoes I have gotten in Our Generation sets. I love the color combination of pale pink, lavender and white and the style of the shoe from this set. I do wish they were not all plastic though.


I know I usually complain about EVERYTHING being turned pink, but in this case I love that they made the trumpet ‘rose gold’! It is adorable!


This set includes two pages of sheet music. I love how realistic they look. Mine came taped together which drives me nuts! Please Our Generation, stop taping paper items together! But with an insane amount of patience I was able to remove the tape without ruining the paper.


This set is adorable and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The colors are adorable and it has such a soft look to it.


I was able to get Zurie to hold her own sheet music as well!


This set is worth every penny! I definitely recommend it!


Our Generation: Pet Ferret Mini Set

My youngest son wanted to give video reviews a try so if you are interested in an eight year old boy’s opinion of this set, just click the link!

Included in the mini set are a bowl of food, a bag of food, and the ferret. The bowl of food is cute. The bowl is a different color but otherwise it is the same as the one included in the Pet Care Play Set and the new Vet Clinic among others I’m sure. I like how realistic it looks.


I like the bag of food. It adds to the realism of play. It comes with a small rectangle of foam in it which makes it hard to stand up. I think I am going to try adding a bunch of tiny beads to it, giving it some weight so it will stand up. As long as I remember to glue the top shut, I shouldn’t have a mess of spilled beads either.


The ferret itself is just a little plush animal but he is so cute! I love his eye mask and tiny little legs!


This set retails for approximately $6 and is definitely worth it to add some variety in the pet our dolls can own and care for.


Our Generation: Elementary School Set

For the first time ever I attempted a Video Review! So to watch the video, just click the link! It was fun but I don’t think I will be doing video reviews for every set just yet. Just some of them for now.

This is a set from Our Generation. It retails for $29.99 and is available at Target. The set includes:

  • filing cabinet
  • goldfish bowl
  • pair of glasses
  • teacher’s notebook
  • apple
  • bottle of white glue
  • tape dispenser with roll of tape
  • stapler
  • 2 pens
  • 2 highlighters
  • pair of scissors
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • pencil with eraser cap
  • pencil sharpener
  • box of 6 crayons
  •  2 sheets of stickers
  • set of 8 index cards
  • 4 file folders
  • 2 post it note pads
  • 2 text books
  • 2 copy books
  • 30 loose-leaf sheets of lined paper
  • backpack

The filing cabinet is adorable. It is in a cute shade of blue with silver trim along the top edges of the drawers. It is on casters that actually swivel and the wheels roll. It is what I would consider close to scale. Each drawer actually opens and provides quite a bit of storage with space on top to store things as well.


This goldfish in the fish bowl is adorable! I am so excited it was included in the set. I did notice while examining it, the bottom will pop off with the goldfish attached to it. I think it would be cute to add a few pieces of greenery or some tiny pebbles.

It wouldn’t be an Our Generation set without a pair of glasses of some kind! And this set includes a pair of black cat eye glasses with a little red bow on one side.

The teacher’s notebook is a basic steno notebook like in Our Generation’s mini set Take A Letter (the pink typewriter). I would have preferred the notebook be a solid color versus the apple and the words Teacher’s Notebook, but it is still cute and a great addition. I will just keep mine open like in the picture below on the right.

No classroom set would be complete without an apple! This one is really cute…if you only look at it from one side. It has this awful circle and the words BATTAT CHINA stamped into it! Oh well, keep that side turned away.

How cute is this glue bottle?! I don’t already have one of these, so this is a new piece for me. It is cute as is, or you could glue an Elmer’s label on it.


Another new accessory for me is the tape dispenser! It has real working tape as well! (I didn’t unroll mine because my boys take any and all tape they can find)


This stapler is adorable! It will even ‘staple’ as the piece has some movement to it. Before this set, I didn’t have a stapler either. I had seen other mini staplers but the scale never seemed right so I always made excuses not to get one. I am so excited to finally have a stapler that I feel is the correct size!


I really like these pens! They are new for Our Generation. Before this set, they only offered different color options of the black pen shown below. I love that the caps can actually be removed as well.

Highlighters are a definite school necessity and this set offers a pink and a yellow one. They both have removable caps as well. I love these!


Scissors have been available in many Our Generation sets, and these are probably my third or fourth pair. You can never have too many pairs of scissors though! This set offers a green pair.


There is a pencil with a large ornamental heart eraser on one end. It is not removable either. The pencil sharpener is adorable and completely safe as it isn’t an actual blade but merely plastic. The pencil fits in the sharpener perfectly as well.


Oh. My. Goodness. These crayons are adorable! The fact that they are all individual crayons is an added bonus. I would have preferred there to have been more crayons but I will just be happy with what I have!

There are two sheets of stickers! There are red apples on a clear background and gold stars on a clear background. Now your ‘A’ papers will be able to be rewarded!


There are eight index cards in this set. On one side they look like basic ordinary index cards and on the other they have the OG and heart in the bottom right corner. I like the basic side better but at least they gave the option. Also four of them come taped together in the packaging. You can remove the tape without tearing them, however, it leaves a sticky residue I haven’t been able to figure out how to remove yet. I am afraid that Goo-Gone will ruin them.


There are four file folders included in the set. They are adorable and I believe they would be easy to replicate in order to have enough to fill an entire drawer on the filing cabinet. As you can see they are sized perfectly for the dolls and for the paper included in the set.

There are two post it note tablets included in this set. They are the pink and green ones below on the left. The ‘I love school!’ is only on the top sheet so it could be pulled off easily if you don’t want it on there. The two pictures below on the right show these post it notepads in comparison to the one included in Z’s Desk Set. The Our Generation brand is on the bottom of the stack and the American Girl brand is on top. So while the sizes are different, they aren’t that different. After all we have many sizes of post it notes available, why shouldn’t our dolls?

The text books are just like all of the other books Our Generation puts out…empty. But they are cute props. One says History and the other says Geography on the cover. The History text book is dark pink with light pink stripes and green pages. The Geography book is green with yellow/gold stripes and pink pages.

There are two composition books in the set. Our Generation call them copy books. Either way, they are adorable and realistic. The gold/yellow notebook is labeled math and the pink notebook is labeled spelling. The pages are lined but otherwise empty so you can add your own notes!

There are 30 sheet of loose leaf paper included! That is about three times more than I have ever gotten from an Our Generation set! Score! You can never have too much paper!


The backpack is bright pink (the second and third picture are more accurate in what the color looks like in person) with brown faux leather piping and bow. The straps are plenty long for a doll to actually wear it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the bag was actually lined! That is not common with Our Generation products but I love that this one is!

Overall this is an amazing set! It has some repeated accessories but there are so many new ones as well!