Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Who Knew I Would Receive Gifts on Mama's Birthday?

The back of a package recently received in the mail from a doll friend
The dolls and doll-related items contained within the above delightfully-decorated shipping box arrived on my mother's birthday.  The timely arrival was purely coincidental yet very much appreciated.

I was so impressed with the artistry on the front and back of the box that it took several minutes for me to open and view the contents.   I gingerly removed the ends of the brown paper wrapping and cut out each image to keep!

Colored pencils were used to create the beautiful colors in these images* that decorated the front and back of the shipping box.

As an art enthusiast, who realized someone had taken the time to creatively color the formerly black and white images for me, I was not about to destroy them.  After each image had been cut out and set aside, the package was opened.   Had I known each wrapped gift contained a similar colored image tag along with several others that were used to write a multi-part note of appreciation, I would have still saved the outer artwork.  Yes, I would.

So what was in the package?

A numbered, four-part note was written on the back of four additional colored-pencil images (how creative is that?).

Photos of the presents and gift tags, which describe the contents in each package to which it was attached, are shown first, followed by the unwrapped gifts:

On the left are three wrapped gifts with the front of their colored gift tags shown.  The same packages with handwritten notes on back of the gift tags are shown on the right.

In these three packages were a beautifully-made clothespin doll dressed in my favorite color, peach; an ornament created by doll artist, Daisy Carr; and doll jewelry (earrings, pin, and necklace) made by Marie Green.  Individual images of each follow:

The doll-lightful clothespin doll was made by the person who sent the package.  She remembered my favorite color!

I love her!

Daisy Carr is a very talented artist, who works chiefly in cloth.  I received my first piece by her, another ornament, last year from another dear doll friend.  This one is 6 inches tall.
One-of-a-kind handcrafted earrings, pin, and necklace made by Marie Green

Aren't these earrings adorable?

I love the matching pin and necklace.

Wait! There were two more gifts.

The last two gifts also had hand-colored gift tags with notes written on back as illustrated above.
This collectible 4-inch doll pendant by Laliberi, with lobster claw clasp, can be used to adorn a purse, which is how I am enjoying it.

Another Daisy Carr creation is a 12-inch cloth ornament with polymer clay face.

Close-up of the taller Daisy Carr ornament

Words cannot express how deeply honored I felt as I opened these gifts and enjoyed the artwork, some of which I later learned was done by children ages 5 to 10.  To have been thought of in such a manner has left me feeling highly favored.

Thank you so much (she prefers not to have her name mentioned) for my beautiful gifts and their well-thought-out, creative presentation.


*The images that were colored were downloaded from the free coloring pages link at

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Monday, March 27, 2017

AG's GOTY Gabriela McBride

Gabriela McBride, American Girl's 2017 Girl of the Year doll

My Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s first African American Girl of the Year (GOTY) doll, arrived in February.  She remained in her shipping box until March 10, 2017.  This is a first-look review of Gabriela with the doll still attached to box lining. 

Like all other 18-inch American Girl dolls, Gabriela is 18 inches tall with vinyl head, arms, legs, and cloth body. She has brown sleep eyes and uses the same head sculpt as Sonali, C├ęcile Ray, and Melody.   This head sculpt was also used for the 2016-retired Just Like You #46.

Gabriela’s signature outfit includes a teal tank top over which is worn a long-sleeve purple crop top with “dream” written in silver metallic letters.  Blue jeggings and purple and teal sneakers complete her dancer's attire.  

I was pleased her undies are removable and not the new permanent ones newer AG dolls wear.  Her pink double headband and extra clear rubber bands are inside a plastic bag, which is attached to the box lining.  Gabriela’s 208-page book, Gabriela, written by Teresa E. Harris, is attached to the lower section of the box lining. 

New American Girl Doll Box
American Girl has changed the boxes to add a full-view, front cellophane panel.  This gives owners the ability to see the doll without removing from the box.  A turquoise card stock circle on the mid left front corner of the box reads: 


This verbiage is also on both side panels of the box in white lettering.

As illustrated in the first photo in this post, in the lower right front corner of the box is an image of the front cover of Gabriela’s book.

The back of the box shows a full-length image of Gabriela.  Text in English and French to the right of the doll’s image reads:

I’m a dancer, an artist,
and a poet out to
inspire real change.

Danseuse, artiste et
poete, je suis
une source
d'inspiration qui fait
bouger les choses.

The box indicates (again in English and French):
The 18” Gabriela doll is available throughout 2017 and beyond.*   

In English to the left, and French to the right, the mid-bottom section of the box in English reads:
She has glossy brown curls that can be styled, brown eyes that can open and close, a cloth body, and a movable head and limbs made of smooth vinyl.  Includes a paperback book.

I am tempted to remove Gabriela from the box to style her hair, but for now she will only be allowed to dream of being removed.

*(Extending sales beyond one full year for a GOTY doll is a first for this collection as all others have been released on January 1st and retired by December 31st of that same year.)

Gabriela's Story
Each American Girl GOTY doll is a modern girl who has a mission.  Gabriela is a dancer, who writes poetry.  She uses spoken word to overcome her issue with stuttering.  Her goal is also to help save the local community center from demolition.

Gabriela and book retail for $115.  During February, American Girl offered 25% off purchases of $75 or more, which is when I made the purchase.

Of note, American Girl has partnered with Scholastic to create the custom curriculum, Express Yourself, which teaches 3rd through 5th grade students to use poetry as a tool of self-expression.

Prnewswire American GOTY article
American Girl Wiki

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Two More Jigidi Doll Puzzles to Solve

Libby, An Adorable Hand Carved Poplar Wood Doll By Kor January From Black Doll Collecting BlogJigsaw puzzle - Libby, An Adorable Hand Carved Poplar Wood Doll  By Kor January From Black Doll Collecting Blog

I found this puzzle the Jigidi folks created and thought I'd share it for those who enjoyed solving the last photo puzzle they created from one of my doll photos.  Clicking the subtitle above the image should link you to their site. If not, please go here and click the Solve button.

Incidentally, another full-body photo of Libby was converted into a puzzle, which can be viewed and solved here.
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