Denim and Desserts!

Hooded Denim Jacket, Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Set for Dolls | American Girl

I got some more birthday presents this weekend! My mom-in-law surprised me with the Brownie Ombre Glasses (not pictured), Hooded Denim Jacket for dolls, and the Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Set for dolls!

Noelle with Presents

Noelle says “I’ll model ’em!”

And since Noelle was also a birthday present, it’s only fitting that she show them off!

Noelle modeling the jacket

Rockin’ the denim jacket

love this denim jacket! There’s something about it that reminds me of the American Girl outfits from the late ’90’s/early ’00’s. I also love how well it pairs with so many of the casual pieces I already have.

Noelle Kealoha

Ready for her closeup!

Look how cute these little details are! And those buttons aren’t just decorative – they really work! I do wish the button threads were a little neater, but they’re not too noticeable in photos.

Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Set

Just like the real thing!

And speaking of cute details… the Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Set has tons! The offset spatula and cupcake tray look just like their human-sized counterparts, and I like that the designers thought to make the liners separate. The cookbook feels a little thin compared so some of AG’s other mini books, but it’s still a nice addition to the set.

Noelle with cupcake

Want one?

These cupcakes look good enough to eat! I can’t wait to use them in a baking scene! Maybe for Valentine’s Day… ❤
JenniferSig

Noelle Kealoha – Truly Me #62

Noelle Kealoha, Truly Me #62 | American Girl

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2017 bring us all joy, health, and prosperity! Already, 2017 is starting out much better than 2016 ended for me – I spent my entire winter break sick! But not only am I well again now, my birthday just passed and my family made sure it was a fantastic one! I had a great day at Disneyland with my husband, our families came over to celebrate with me, and I got some amazing presents, including…

Noelle Kealoha

Truly Me #62!

My parents surprised me with a Truly Me #62! I’ve wanted one ever since I saw her in person at a pop up shop last year! I thought she was gorgeous in photos, but she was even prettier in person! And now one year later, I have my very own!

Noelle Kealoha

My first Sonali mold!

I actually found out I was getting #62 before my birthday, because my mom – who is also a collector – gets way too excited about AG things to keep them a secret for long. 😉 So, I tried to take my mind off of being sick by coming up with my new doll’s name and backstory.

Noelle Kealoha

It’s story time!

I’ve seen people develop their #62’s backstory in a variety of ways, but for mine, I was somewhat inspired by Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet’s daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa. My #62 is Louisiana Creole on her mom’s side, Hawaiian on her dad’s side, and named Noelle Kealoha.

I’m still working out the details of her backstory, but so far I’m thinking her parents meet at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Noelle’s mom wanted to study abroad, but her parents didn’t want her that far away, so this was a compromise). The two hit it off after working on a project together, then later, they both become professors at the university, get married, and have Noelle. I see both as being fun-loving with a silly side – like when they wake up Noelle by singing (loudly and off-key), “IF YOUR NAME IS NOELLE, IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO SHOWER, YOUR BUS WILL BE HERE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!”

Maybe Noelle’s maternal grandmother also lives with them – a recent development after the passing of Noelle’s grandfather. I see her as having become close with her son-in-law’s parents and the three of them spending time together talking, cooking, and arguing about whose methods of cooking are best.

I’m still trying to figure out what I want Noelle to be interested in. So far, I’m thinking she might be interested in the science of cooking – both finding better ways to cook things (think Cook’s Country or Alton Brown) and learning about alternatives for people with food allergies. Maybe she is just starting to develop allergies to nuts (like I did at her age) and wants to find a way she and others like her can still enjoy certain foods.

Noelle Kealoha

Aloha, Noelle!

As you can see, I have a lot of ideas, but not many set in stone yet. Whatever her story ends up being, I’m so happy to have her in my collection! If you’re on the fence about getting #62, do it! She’s SO pretty in person!JenniferSig

Let’s Get Decorating!

‘Tis the Season!

Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving is over… Time to start decorating!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Wasn’t it just Halloween two seconds ago!?  I hope everyone celebrating had a great time with family and friends this weekend! My husband and I got together with our loved ones, ate WAY too much good food, and started decorating for Christmas! We’ve quickly discovered that we don’t have as many cat-proof decorations as we’d hoped… so it’s a little sparse in here, but starting to look festive! And since we couldn’t get a tree this year, my dolls have one, instead. The scale is a little off, but it works for now.

Chat with Christmas Cookies

Cookies ‘n’ Milk

I’d still like to find more small decorations for my dolls’ den – it’s the only spot in the house that I can safely decorate without having to worry about Darcy. 😄

Darcy the cat

Darcy in his tree

Speaking of Darcy, it’s officially been one month since we adopted him from our local animal care center! He’s quite a quirky little guy! He loves playing fetch with feathered balls and will actually bring them to us to get us to play. He also loves his crinkle bunny toy, which was the first toy we bought him when we brought him home. I named it “Mr. Bingley” because he spends as much time grooming it and dragging it around as he does fighting with it. It’s his little BFF haha. Darcy is currently curled up in the chair next to me, worn out from meeting a bunch of our family and friends this weekend.

Have a relaxing rest of the weekend, everyone!JenniferSig

Halloween Treats!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Ready for a spooktacularly fun weekend!

Happy Halloween weekend! I didn’t get to decorate quite as much as I’d hoped this year, but at least my dolls’ “den” looks festive! I put this mini banner together using a garland kit and decorative letters from Michael’s, and some of the Halloween treats were originally 3D stickers.

Halloween setup

Treats Galore!

I had the popcorn, nachos, and hot wings, and paired those with the stickers for a huge spread of sweet and spicy treats. The light-up pumpkin came from my mom (I’m not sure where she originally found it), and it adds a festive glow to the scene. I had wanted to change the TV image to a screen-capture of The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t (a.k.a. The Night Dracula Saved Halloween), but my printer ran out of ink and I haven’t gotten a chance to get more yet. Partially because…

Darcy the Cat

Darcy, our new 6 month old American Shorthair (a.k.a. miniature panther)

…we adopted a kitten last weekend and we’ve been slowly trying to get him acclimated. I think it’s going well. 😉

Honestly, I went to the local animal shelter last weekend just to see the cute animals my husband sometimes goes to visit during his lunch break (his work is just down the street). At the time we entered the “kitten room,” there was a woman blocking the corner cages, and if I hadn’t insisted on going back to the room before we left, we might’ve missed this silly little guy entirely. As we approached, he came up to the cage purring loudly, rubbing against the cage and kneading. I’ve never seen a cat do that to complete strangers before! We left the shelter that day thinking “he’s probably going to be adopted by an awesome family, who can probably afford to spend even more time with him that we can.” But then we started coming up with names for him… y’know, on the off chance that we would adopt him. And then at some point that night, we decided on “Darcy” (like the tall, dark, and handsome character from Pride and Prejudice), and that we’d go back the next day and if he was still there, maybe we were meant to adopt him.

And so the next morning, he came home with us (along with a tree-shaped cat tree) and has been steadily feeling more at home ever since. 🙂 And demanding belly rubs, which is why he’s upside down in that picture. 😄

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!JenniferSig

OOTD – Double Trouble

Outfit of the Day – Arista

Ahhhhhh, it’s been FOREVER since I posted! A lot has happened! My mom-in-law moved up to the mountains and my husband and I helped her get her three Maine Coons – and one new, very young rescue kitten – up the mountain (and drove back down the winding road while it was pitch black at night – I don’t think I ever want to do that again). I bought a Disneyland Rose and it’s been struggling to survive since it arrived (/CRY). My mom found us a $20 entry table that’s at least $180 cheaper than anything I’d found and is exactly what I was looking for – and we found a cheap La-Z-Boy chair for our den (so now people don’t have to use uncomfortable folding chairs hehe…).

I also finally saw all the Lea and Wellie Wishers stuff at Kohl’s! A big THANK YOU to Jen and everyone on Instagram for spreading the word! I’m not usually around that section of the store, so I would’ve never known otherwise! I snagged Lea’s Celebration Outfit – which I’ve been meaning to get for awhile now.

And since Lea is now rocking her Celebration Outfit, I decided I should change up Arista’s look as well – to something a bit more Halloween-y!

Arista in her "Double Trouble" outfit of the day
All the colors of Halloween

I might eventually swap everyone out into historical stuff, so it at least looks like they’re dressing up in costume. I really need to get more holiday outfits! I decided to use the butterflies last second, and gave Arista tight braids that I could shape and make it appear like one of the butterflies was lifting her hair up.

Arista's Outift of the Day
Double Trouble

Top: Grace’s Sightseeing Top, McKenna’s Warm-Up Jacket

Shorts: Grace’s City Shorts

Accessories: Lea’s earrings, Grace’s striped bow and headband, Samantha’s meet necklace, butterfly hair clips

Shoes: Isabelle’s meet shoes

I’m also finally catching up on all of the rumors, leaked photos, and new details! It really does look like Felicity will be next out of the archives, which is super exciting! I think I read her books the most as a kid – probably because we both LOVED horses. ❤

All right, back to getting ready for the week ahead. These weekends go way too fast! Happy Sunday!
JenniferSig

Cherokee Butterfly Hair Clips

FAVORITE FINDS: OBJECTS

Cherokee Butterfly Hair Clips |  found at Target (in-store and online)

Good Grief, Charlie Brown, how has it been a month since my last post!?

Like I mentioned on Instagram, there’s been lots going on — my mom-in-law is selling her house, we’ve been trying to unpack more boxes and get organized (since it’s almost been a year since we moved in and it’s starting to get embarrassing lol…), and I pulled a muscle in my chest and it’s taking forever to heal. Blegh.

But, I found something fun yesterday, so I had to post. 😉

Have you ever treated yourself to something small and been cheered up way more than you expected to be? That’s the effect these cute butterfly bow hair clips at Target had on me. I’ve seen them a few times while running errands, but finally decided to get them yesterday. Today, Arista begged to let her try one on (and to change her outfit to match)!

Outfit of the Day

Bow-terfly

The butterfly bows come in a pack of two for $5.00 — not bad for how nice these are. The clip part is covered in ribbon, but doesn’t seem to slip out of Arista’s hair easily. The colors are vibrant, the bows are nicely gathered and tied, and the edges seem to be finished well. I don’t see any signs of fraying.

Butterfly Clip Up Close

Close Up

These clips were part of a toddler hair accessories end-cap at my local Target, but you can also find them online (along with another set that’s on clearance and has a bit more variety). I’m happy I finally broke down and got them. They’re a fun and unexpected touch. 🙂

Speaking of fun and unexpected, did you get an email from American Girl about Rewards Members getting early access to Melody? It’s an interesting move! Grant early access to your most passionate fans, they purchase Melody and flood social media with amazing pictures of her, more people see her and fall madly in love, and official release day comes and people rush out to buy her! It’ll be interesting to see if they use this tactic in the future, too.

I think it’s smart! We’ve got some amazing photographers in the community, and even for the novice photographers, you really get a sense of how much everyone loves collecting these dolls through their photos and the stories they tell. I’m excited to see pictures! *_*JenniferSig

Mini Finds Galore!

FAVORITE FINDS: OBJECTS

Mini Wiimotes, Plushies, and Ariel “necklace” |  found at an anime convention

Anime Expo Haul

Fun Finds Galore!

You never know what you’ll find in an anime convention’s Dealers Hall! Last year I was able to find a Sailor Moon plush and this year, I found even more fun things to spoil my dolls with!

Wiimote Keychain

Wii would like to play!

First up – Wiimote keychains! I’ve seen these a few times at past cons, but have usually passed on getting them because I primarily play games on PS3 and PS4. But that said, I do have good memories of the Wii, and when I worked in the games industry, I even tested a few games for the system.

Arista and Lea playing Ace Attorney

Controllers Ready!

I decided to get two in case I want to make scenes with multiplayer games, like Super Smash Brothers Brawl. For now, I had to start with one of my favorite Wii (and DS) games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (it’s such an amazing series!!!).

Mini Plushies

Tiny Creatures from the Sea!

Next up – these tiny sea creature plushies! They’re meant to hang from a backpack, but they’re just the right size to be beanies for dolls (I might cut off the elastic later to make this more apparent). A lot of booths were selling these and there were a variety to choose from – sea creatures, dinosaurs, cats, dogs, jungle animals, farm animals, birds, and more! I got the jellyfish because it reminded me of “Clara” from Princess Jellyfish (one of my absolute favorite anime series), and the pink one (kind of reminds me of Pearl from Finding Nemo) had such a cute face, I couldn’t pass it up!

Lea and Pikachu

Pikachu! I choose you!

There were so many different Japanese Pokemon plushies floating around, but this one was so ridiculously cute and soft, I needed to bring him home with me! As you can see from the first picture, he’s about the same size as Chat, so he’s not a bad scale for the dolls.

Ariel Necklace

Disney Store Japan has all the cute things!

And lastly, this “necklace.” I originally bought this Ariel bracelet for myself, but it’s kind of delicate and if I snagged it or something, it’s not like I could easily replace it. So instead, I thought I’d use it as a necklace for my dolls and enjoy it that way. Looks pretty good on Lea!

I’m pretty happy with everything I found! I honestly didn’t expect to see so many things that worked well for AG doll scale. There were a few things I ultimately passed on because they cost more than I was willing to pay (e.g. some other styles of controllers, plushies, etc.), but it’s nice to know such a variety of things exists.

I’m hoping this weekend I can photograph some new scenes using a few of these new items. 🙂JenniferSig