Shop Owner Spotlight / 10

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Nini Says SewJust in time for the first day of fall, we are back with another round of Shop Owner Spotlight! Both Lulu and I are delighted to welcome Lori; she owns the online store Nini Says Sew, a shop that not only sells adorable clothes for dolls, but pieces for young kiddos as well {can you say impressive?!}. We haven’t bought anything from her yet, but Lori’s eye for vintage styles has us excited for future roll-outs. We’ll keep the rest of our introduction short and sweet, because you surely know the drill of the feature by now: we ask Etsy shop owners a series of questions on their behind-the-scenes work {think outfit inspiration and doll models}, they kindly answer with interesting responses, and we give them a shout-out in the latest issue and right here on the DM blog. Here’s Lori full interview!

What inspired you to start your shop?

I have been sewing for many years. I used to make matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girl doll. Now my granddaughter has a doll so I am making clothes for her. I also have a collection of 18″ dolls, and I love all the clothes I can make for them.

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

I love vintage patterns and dresses. I look for vintage style outfits when looking for patterns.

What are your favorite color combinations?

I like to combine bright colors. Lately I have been sewing with a lot of fabric that has teal in it.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

Dresses!

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

In our family we have:

  • American Girl of Today circa 1994
  • My daughter’s Bitty Baby doll
  • Circa 1995 Just Like You doll purchased 2014
  • My granddaughter’s doll Molly
  • My doll Kit {my favorite of all my dolls}
  • Just Like You doll with dark hair and blue eyes {purchased from Ebay}
  • Bitty Twins
  • Many other dolls from Our Generation, My Life, My Twin, and Madame Alexander!

A HUGE thank you to Lori! I’d imagine vintage sewing patterns are an excellent source of inspiration, and her doll family seems like a tight-knit collection :)

If you’re interested in being featured as an Etsy shop owner, read more and sign up HERE! We have interviews booked throughout the spring, but we’ll fit you in as soon as we can.

Have a lovely evening!

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Hi!

I absolutely adore ice cream – making it (which of course, involves taste testing), eating it, and covering it in yummy toppings. When Bella told me that today is National Ice Cream Day, we knew that we had to do something to celebrate this delectable treat! And so, in honor of this very fun holiday, we have rounded up our favorite ice cream related doll picks. Enjoy with a scoop of your favorite flavor! :)

Ice CreamPhotos from Respective Shop Owners

1 >> Disney Inspired Ice Cream from Stacey Morgan Studios on Etsy, $6.00

2 >> AG Ice Cream Scooper by Dolly Dorm Designs on Etsy, $5.25

3 >> Ice Cream Tank Top and Leggings from Bella’s Sweet Home on Etsy, $8.99

4 >> Miniature Mint Ice Cream and Oreos from Miniare Miniatures on Etsy, $12.00

5 >> Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Parfait from Dollicious Design on Etsy, $4.50

6 >> Ice Cream Cones from Dash Dot Dash Studio on Etsy, $12.00

And now for some ice cream related questions…

Favorite flavor? (Mine is cookies and cream, and Bella’s is tied between cookies and cream as well, chocolate, and cookie dough)

Cone or Dish? (Bella: Dish >> Me: Cone)

Favorite Topping? (Bella and I are both partial to chocolate sprinkles and strawberries!)

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Lulu

Shop Owner Spotlight / 09

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Lizzy from Kitty Kat WorkshopWe say it all the time, but Lulu and I adore interacting with the Doll Mag readers. Whether we strike up a conversation in the comments, receive a sweet note in our inbox, or interview others in the doll world, as with Shop Owner Spotlight, we love talking with other doll fans! :) Shop Owner Spotlight is a sporadic feature, but a fun one; in our latest issue {read it HERE}, we were happy to Etsy store owner Lizzy. You may recognize Lizzy from her blog, Journal of Two Dolls, or from her online shop, Kittykat Workshop, both of which showcase her strong sense of style. Although we haven’t purchased anything from Lizzy, we might have to change that once her store returns from vacation tomorrow. Here is her full interview, continued from the small bit in the July/August issue.

What inspired you to start your shop?

I love making American Girl doll clothes and seeing various shops on Etsy devoted to doll clothes inspired me to start my own!

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

I am always trying out new combinations on my dolls. If I like one a lot, then I make one to sell.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

I love making button-up collared shirts.

What are your favorite color combinations?

Peach, sage green, & cream!

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

I have three dolls. Kirsten is old-fashioned, quiet, and mother-ish. Sylvia is sporty, active, outgoing, and can be quite silly at times. Saige loves to paint and hang out with Sylvia. She also adores riding horses :)

Thank you so much to Lizzy! Kirsten, Sylvia, and Saige all sound like an entertaining bunch, and peach, sage green, and cream is such a classic combination of colors.

We love to interview Etsy designers for Shop Owner Spotlight. If you’re interested, please take a look at the form HERE. We received quite a few responses since the newest issue’s release last week, so if you haven’t heard from us yet, keep an eye on your email.

Thanks friends, and happy Monday!

Ever After High (Part 2) / Style

Hi!

It’s been a while since our last style post, hasn’t it? While I was doing a bit of Etsy Pinning earlier this weekend, I noticed that there were lots of cute Ever After High and Monster High clothing options available (many more than there was when I wrote up the original EAH and MH style post). I was very excited to find so many cute clothes for my smaller dolls, and I thought that you would be too! And so, here are some of my favorite Ever After High Etsy listings at the moment…

EAH Style 1 1 >> Anne of Green Gables Sweatshirt from Lambellina / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 2 2 >> Pink and Gray Floral Dress from Kosucas / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 33 >> Rosy Day Dress from Aral Ghostier / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 44 >> Rosy Day Dress from Haunt Couture Atelier / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 5 5 >> Knit Dress from Toyzz / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Have an awesome week,

Lulu :)

Shop Owner Spotlight / 08

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Shop Owner Spotlight VirginiaAlthough our bimonthly feature, Shop Owner Spotlight, took a hiatus in the beginning of the year, we were delighted to introduce it once again in the latest issue! Virginia, owner of The Lady’s Resource Shoppe on Etsy, just opened her shop last year, but if her blog is any indication, she’s been sewing for quite some time; we’re sure her experience ensures quality products with attention to detail. Even better?  Virginia makes outfits for our modern and historical friends, so there’s no need to worry about which doll to treat to a new outfit. As always, we highlighted Virginia and her shop in the issue, but here’s the full five-question interview. Spring shopping awaits!

What inspired you to start your shop?

I had been making doll clothes for my little sister, her friends, and myself for a long time and really wanted to make a go of my own little store! I was inspired by the idea of having my own designs, my own lines and collections; it was something I had dreamed about putting together for a very long time.

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

A lot of them are inspired by the fabric; I like to get together a great stack of fabric and trims for each collection and go from there. Sometimes I will have my own design in mind; sometimes I have a particular idea inspired by a historical event or activity. And some of my dresses are replicas of film costumes or retired American Girl doll outfits.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

I love the challenge of remaking original doll dresses or film costumes in doll scale. Finding the right fabrics, the right colors, the right trims is an adventure! I also love making historically accurate garments. That’s a big passion of mine.

What are your favorite color combinations?

Oh, there are so many! Anything that looks good, rich, interesting, harmonious. Pale blue and brown; turquoise and white; olive-green and cream, navy and coral.

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

Certainly! I have my old favorite, an American Girl Today doll, with brown hair and green eyes, whose name is Rosemary. I “co-own” an Addy and a Felicity with my sister, and I also have a gorgeous #55 named Starr. I’m lucky to have sisters with a wide variety of dolls to model my outfits; together we have Felicity, Marie Grace, Addy, Kit, Molly, Chrissa, Mia, and three Just Like You dolls.

Thank you so much to Virginia! It sounds like she has some pretty amazing sisters who are into dolls as well, just as I have Lulu :) Her color tastes are spot-on as well; they all sound so spring-y!

We love interviewing Etsy designers for Shop Owner Spotlight. If you’re interested, please take a look at the form HERE. If you have entered information in the past few weeks, we apologize for not getting back to you. We’ll be in touch soon!

Have a lovely Monday!

Our Hanukkah Picks / Holiday Headquarters 2014

Hello!

Happy first day of Hanukkah for our those who celebrate it {and happy Tuesday to those who don’t}! To kick off the start of the holiday, the two of us chose Hanukkah posts from a few of our favorite doll blogs and shops. Whether they were recently posted or in last year’s archive, we think the posts make for a very fun round-up. While we don’t celebrate Hanukkah ourselves, we have several friends that do :) Do you celebrate Hanukkah?

Holiday Headquarters Hanukkah 1. Karen {of Karen Mom of Three’s Craft Blog} always has inventive and creative crafts to share, such as her 2013 series of Hanukkah themed posts! She celebrated each night of the holiday with a poem or recipe; both of us thought this post with a recipe for latkes was especially fun.

2. This dreidel is easy to make, and it looks oh-so cute! Doll Diaries’ directions are always clear and helpful. With the provided game instructions in this printable, your dolls will be playing in no time.

3. You’ve certainly heard us rave about Pippaloo’s doll food before {check out our interview with Teresa, the shop owner, here!}, but these cookies were too perfect not to include in this round-up. We have a few ourself, and we know they are just the thing to finish off a winter photo shoot.

4. Finally, this adorable necklace is just what your doll needs to finish off her Hanukkah attire! Pair it with a blue dress like the doll in the listing, and she’ll be good to go for any family celebration.

Have a great night!

Lulu and Bella

Holiday Headquarters LogoDoll Mag is hosting Holiday Headquarters all month long! Be sure to check back for more holiday-themed fun. Made anything from Holiday Headquarters 2014? Be sure to send us a photo at dollmagblog[at]gmail[dot]com!

Vintage Holiday Dresses / Holiday Headquarters 2014

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There’s something extra fun about dressing up in a twirly dress, especially for the holiday season! I love seeing all the different styles that are for sale in different stores, and it’s no different when I’m shopping for doll clothes. While I was browsing Etsy a couple weeks ago, I noticed lots of holiday dresses and outfits popping up in some of my favorite shops. They were all so pretty, but I was drawn towards the vintage and historical ones the most; today, I wanted to share my four favorites!

Holiday Holly Dress1 / Holiday Holly Vintage Dress from Cupcake Cutie Pie / Background from Peppermint Crunch Pumpkins and Posies Digital Scrapbook

Letterpress Dress2 / Letterpress Blocks Dress from Kindred Thread / Background from Peppermint Crunch Pumpkins and Posies Digital Scrapbook

En Toile Dress3. Holidays “En Toile” 1700s Dress from The Dolly Dama / Background from Vintage Christmas Pumpkins and Posies Digital Scrapbook

Christmas Special Ensemble4. Christmas Special 1940s Three Piece Ensemble from Babies Art Us / Background from Vintage Christmas Pumpkins and Posies Digital Scrapbook

Are your dolls dressed up for the holidays yet?

Lulu

Holiday Headquarters LogoDoll Mag is hosting Holiday Headquarters all month long! Be sure to check back for more holiday-themed fun. Have you made anything from Holiday Headquarters 2014? Be sure to send us a photo at dollmagblog[at]gmail[dot]com!

From Mall to Doll / 01

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From Mall to Doll 01While we love American Girl and their products, Lulu and I think it is safe to say that not all of their outfits are the most trendiest. More often than not, the two of us are pulling inspiration from catalogues, magazines, and store sites to put together different combinations with the doll clothing we own. Our love of mixing and matching, coupled with our Etsy browsing obsession, led us to a new feature we’re excited to introduce: From Mall to Doll! Our goal is simple; we’ll take a “look” from one of our favorite shops and recreate it as best we can with doll-sized pieces from online sellers. Fun and helpful? We sure hope so! :)

Today’s look is from Boden’s kid line, Mini Boden. While we have mainly moved on to the teen line, Johnnie B, Lulu and I continue to check back to the MB section to see the colorful patterns, playful silhouettes, and bright hues of each seasonal line. The outfit above caught our eye because (a) birds {too cute!} and (b) it seemed fairly simple to recreate in the doll world. Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, and peasant tops make an excellent addition! Our color palette is not the same, but your doll will no doubt fit in perfectly with the autumn landscape.

Shopping Guide: a. Autumn Plaid Peasant Top from Doll Closet / b. Denim Jeggings from Naya’s Designs / c. Tan Hat from Precious Bowtique

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Rainy Day Week / Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Back Another Day… with Raincoats!

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Rain Coats StyleHow are you enjoying rainy day week so far? It’s actually a (really!) rainy day where we live, so Bella and I decided to would be perfect to write-up this week’s style post: rain gear! I just love the rain coats we own for our dolls (especially the yellow Bitty Twin one, which is adorable!), so it was quite fun looking at the ones for sale in Etsy shops. Here are some of our favorites…

1. This fun rain set is just the thing to brighten up a stormy day! The cheerful and spring-y color palette of pink and light green, along with the playful patterns create are mixed and matched, but still blend together well. We suggest pairing this set with basic white or pieces so you can let the coat and oh-so adorable boots shine :)

When looking for doll rain gear, try to find… pieces in bright colors with patterns that aren’t too distracting from the main point.

>> This cute rain set is from the Etsy shop, Weeline.

2. Just because it’s raining out, doesn’t mean your doll has to cover her whole outfit! To add a bit of rainy day fun, you can use accessories like hats or, in this case, boots! The color is peppy and happy, but the buckles add more edge and visual interest.

When looking for doll rain gear, try to find… accessories with visual interest that can help show off your doll’s personality.

>> These stylish shoes are from the Etsy shop, Release Rain.

3. Instead of doing a bold pattern on the outside, why not add detail in a pretty lining? In rain coats, a hood or, in this set, the collar, can show off the inside pattern, but since it’s only peeking through, it’s not too overpowering. You can then incorporate the colors or pattern in other places in the outfit to tie it together.

When looking for doll rain gear, try to find… color or print in embellishment or lining.

>> This adorable jacket is from the Etsy shop, Forever Young Doll Fashions.

4. Finally, for a doll going for a more sophisticated look, try a trench coat in a solid color. It’s understated, and you can still add embellishment with things like buttons or a belt. Even better, if it’s in a neutral shade, it will go with almost every thing else in your doll’s wardrobe!

When looking for doll rain gear, try to find… versatile pieces whose look can be changed with a simple accessory swap.

>> This fashionable trench coat is from the Etsy shop, Doll Petite Couture

Which of these lovely rain pieces is your favorite?

Rainy Day WeekCheck back soon for lots more rainy day fun!

Lulu :)

Peplum Flair / Style

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Peplum CollageIt’s time for another style post! I decided to do this one about peplum styled pieces. Not only are they very trendy right now, there have been lots of peplum items popping up in doll Etsy shops too. I was able to discover five styles I love, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

1. Although this adorable blue peplum skirt is already sold, we couldn’t help but feature it! It’s easy to forget that there are more types of peplum styles besides tops, but this skirt brings that fact to our attention. The color is flattering, and it has a pleasing pattern, but it doesn’t take away from the rest of the outfit.

When looking for peplum pieces, try to find… a unique style in a pattern that’s not too distracting.

This pretty skirt is from the Etsy Shop, Royal Doll Boutique

2. The sweet floral pattern on this peplum top is just the thing for spring (Did you notice that rhyme?!). The bright pink looks great on lots of dolls, and the pops of turquoise add interest. Extra color also adds lots of accessorizing options – yay!

When looking for peplum pieces, try to find… a main color with little pops of contrast.

This stylish top is from the Etsy Shop, Janie Jumps

3. We just discovered this Etsy shop this morning, and I love the uses of floral and delicate shades. This pretty peplum is so cute, and the detail and colors make it the perfect piece to match with a navy skirt or white capris.

When looking for peplum pieces, try to find… detailed patterns with blended colors.

This sweet shirt is from the Etsy Shop, La Poupee Bijoux

4. To add some cheeriness to your doll’s outfit, use color and texture! The yellow and pink dots on this shirt – along with the pleated texture  – add lots of visual interest. When paired with neutral pieces, it will really shine!

When looking for peplum pieces, try to find… a playful print and cheery colors :)

This cute blouse is from the Etsy Shop, Closet4Chloe

5. Finally, instead of using bright colors and patterns on the top, try a basic shade. This lets the design and cut of the piece stand out (in this case the bubbly ruffle), and you can add more detail in other pieces.

When looking for peplum pieces, try to find… fun cuts and ruffles.

This fashionable ensemble is from the shop, Liberty Jane

Does your doll like to wear peplum pieces?

Lulu :)