Dresses for Spring: Part 1

With pear trees and daffodils blooming and Easter on its way, my girls have been begging me to share with you some new spring dresses that have made their way to A Doll’s Picnic from American Girl, The Dollies’ Dressmaker, and creative souls on Etsy. Spring seems to invite newness and change. The fact is, I’m often too occupied with collecting dolls to be able to fill out their wardrobes, so my girls are especially pleased with their fresh new fashions. First off this week, I’d like to share Roberta’s new frock from The Dollies’ Dressmaker:

American Girl Molly doll in plaid dress

The moment I saw this dress on her website, I knew it had to be in my collection. I love plaid, and I love square collars, and the moment I saw this dress I thought of the Anne of Green Gables films I watched growing up. Even though The Dollies’ Dressmaker made this as part of her Samantha collection, after holding it up to all my girls, it looked most stunning on Roberta, my new-used Molly doll from eBay. Roberta loves the soft grey-green-blue plaid, and the ruffly cream-colored collar as much as I do.

American Girl Molly doll in plaid dress

The difficult-to-define color of the light cotton fabric sets off her soft grey eyes, and the sprightly plaid fits her perkiness while hinting of her Scottish background. The collar adds contrast and softness as well as romance.

American Girl Molly doll in plaid dress

I can’t get over this exquisite collar! I love the square shape, which reminds me of nautical-style middy collars, and I adore the ruffles, which suit the simplicity and femininity of the dress design.

American Girl Molly doll in plaid dress

The dress closes neatly up the back with Velcro, which is not a problem for my girls.

American Girl Molly doll in plaid dress

The Dollies’ Dressmaker has been a favorite shop for doll fashions for my historical girls for years. Her dresses are all handmade by herself, and are tasteful and appropriate. The prices vary somewhat but I can often find something to fit my budget. Her work is always exquisitely neat and perfectly finished. Every time I’ve tried to make a dress of my own, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the neatness of her work–the squareness and straightness of her seam allowances and stitching, especially along the collars and back closures. This particular dress is my favorite purchase from her so far. It is simple, soft perfection, and comes to life on my Molly doll (though several of my other girls would also love to try it on!). I highly recommend her shop!

Happy Spring!

Bunnies from Maxine!

Dear readers, look what I got in the mail yesterday!

package from UK

It was from Maxine, the wonderful proprietress of the My Doll Best Friend online doll shop in the United Kingdom. I bought several dolls from her last month, including my first Gotz Happy Kidz dolls. Just a day or so after my final purchase was made, Maxine put a special Easter offer up on her website: a free doll-sized plush bunny with each purchase until the 23rd of April. I was so disappointed that I had just missed the offer! I adore rabbits (I’ve kept rescued rabbits for years), and collect plush ones, and my dolls love bunnies too! My husband sent Maxine an email asking if it was too late to add a bunny to our last order. We got a very kind reply from Maxine that indicated the order was already shipped, but that she was sending a bunny separately in the mail! From the wording of it we weren’t quite sure, and the very idea of her paying for overseas postage just to send a free gift was so very kind that we didn’t like to presume, so we just waited hopefully. Yesterday a squishy pink package arrived! So here’s a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to Maxine from me and all my dolls, especially my new English girls, and a small tribute to excellent customer service:

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

From left to right, that’s Beatrix (Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012), Lucie (Gotz Happy Kidz Emily 2013) and Abigail (Gotz Happy Kidz Katie 2013), with Rosalind (FAO Claudia) and Emily (Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia) looking on.

My girls were very excited, and waited impatiently as I made them hold still so I could snap a picture.

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

What’s inside?

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

It’s a white bunny!

They were all so thrilled, but especially Beatrix, who loves animals (she’s named after Beatrix Potter, after all!).

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

Ohhhhhh….. it’s so cute!

But wait: that’s not all! There’s something else inside!

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

There’s a second one!

This bunny was my favorite color: light fawn, or oatmeal colored. Beatrix just loved this one!

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

It’s love at first sight.

And wait… is that a third peeking out?

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

Three bunnies!

Yes! THREE free bunnies all the way from England! Thank you Maxine!

Folks, this is what excellent customer service is all about. It is this kind of sweet, generous gesture that seals customer loyalty. It may be possible to find lower prices elsewhere, but I am happy to pay a little more for my dolls when I know they are coming from a wonderful shop. Shopping is so much more than just trying to find a “deal.” It’s about buying from the heart.

Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012 doll

Thank you Maxine!

A huge thank you to Maxine at My Doll Best Friend from California! We’ll be back!

In your Easter bonnet…

“… With all the frills upon it/ You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade…”

Happy Easter from A Doll’s Picnic !

doll collection, Kidz 'n Cats dolls, Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll, American Girl dolls, Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, A Girl For All Time Matilda doll, Bitty Twin doll

Happy Easter!

As any collector knows, a collection is dynamic and ever-changing, not static. This is my current doll collection as of this moment on this particular day, but tomorrow it might be a little different. This is only a fraction of the dolls I have bought, given away and sold over the the course of the last several years. It is important to me to keep only the dolls I am most interested in and passionate about.

collection American Girl dolls

“…with all the frills upon it…”

Some pretty hats and faces:

American Girl Cecile, American Girl Caroline

Zelie (American Girl Cecile) and Henriette (American Girl Caroline with customized eyes).

American Girl Felicity doll

Fanny Rose, the matriarch of my collection (American Girl Felicity).

Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll

Emily (Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll).

American Girl Felicity doll

Such a pretty Easter bonnet!

American Girl of the Year 2014 Isabelle

Ashleigh (American Girl of the Year 2014 Isabelle).

Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll

That’s a lovely face!

Pleasant Company Felicity doll

Melinda: a very special face (Pleasant Company Felicity).