Magazine / Holiday 2015

Hi friends!

Doll Mag November DecemberWe here at Doll Mag wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! :) The two of us don’t want to keep you from your turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes, so we’ll get right to the good stuff. Here’s what you can find in our holiday issue…

  • an interview with one of American Girl’s original historical dolls, Kirsten Larson.
  • two crafts to get your doll baking in the kitchen.
  • a quiz to find which winter creature matches your personality.
  • a brief history of rocker dolls, Jem and the Holograms.
  • and much, much more!

You can read the newest edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader HERE.

If you have more time to spare {recovering from your food coma, perhaps?}, click through our monthly links! First, enter the reader survey HERE for the chance to be featured in the January/February issue with your doll.

We love Etsy shop owners, so much so that we created a whole feature to highlight them! Though Shop Owner Spotlight is booked through the spring, you can still enter your information HERE and we’ll get in touch regarding our next opening.

As the official DM advice columnist, Gabby is always willing to answer your questions! Shoot her your concerns HERE; we’ll be sure to feature one or two responses in our next issue.

Your comments are instant daymakers. We make it easy – simply submit a letter to the editors HERE.

Finally, our archive is filled to the brim with back issues. Read them all HERE.

Many thanks to all of YOU, and, better yet, happy holiday season!

Bella, Lulu, and the DM team


Magazine / Fall 2015


Doll Mag September October 2015The two of us want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we finished our autumn issue; it’s a few weeks late, but we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! The autumn season seems to bring out our creativity, and we had so much fun with the articles in this edition. Here’s a peek of what you’ll find inside…

  • an interview with the newest and cutest in AG’s Beforever line, Maryellen Larkin.
  • two sweet hairstyles for your short-haired friends.
  • a round-up of creative costumes that fit any price range.
  • a detailed article on the spooky Monster High dolls.
  • and much, much more!

As always, you can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader HERE.

And of course, it wouldn’t be issue release day without a few links. First up, we urge you to head on over to our Survey page HERE and enter for your chance to be featured in the next issue – it’s open to all of our readers!

We currently have Etsy shop owners lined up for interviews through the spring, but we would love for you to submit responses all the same! Click HERE for more information on the Shop Owner Spotlight feature.

Gabby, our adorable cover model, is also the official DM advice columnist! Send her your questions, comments, or concerns HERE; she will pick one or two to answer in the holiday issue.

If you want to write to us {much love and thanks if you do!}, you can submit a letter to the editors HERE.

Finally, start your week on a good note by reading through our archives of the back issues HERE.

Bella, Lulu, and the DM team

September Updates

Hello!September UpdatesHow is it September, friends? The two of us hope you all had amazing summers and, better yet, are ready for the fun that comes with fall. Brisk autumnal weather, cozy sweaters and cute boots, and seasonal comfort food?! Count us in :)

We’re popping in to share a few DM updates as we head into a new month. Normally, as today is September 1st, we would have a new issue up and ready to read. Unfortunately, Lulu broke her finger last week as we were nearing our publication deadline {thankfully and most importantly, she’s on the mend and getting better every day}, but her injury delayed the remaining Doll Mag tasks. To continue to deliver the highest quality we can in our magazine, we have made the tough decision to push back our release day to Monday, September 14. This extension will give us the much-needed time to finish formatting, writing, and proofreading the articles we have left.

Blog posts and social media updates will continue to go up as usual, and we still plan to release the holiday issue on November 1st. Thank you for understanding, and happy fall! ♥

Psst. Doesn’t Isabella look adorable in Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit? We’re staring the process of choosing back to school outfits for each DM model; what are your dolls wearing for the season?

Magazine / Late Summer 2015


Doll Mag July August 2015May and June seemed to whiz by, and although we feel like just yesterday we posted our last issue, we already have another edition of Doll Mag to share! The two of us love creating the late summer issue, as it always falls in the DM birthday month; besides our celebratory goodies, this particular edition includes some of the following articles…

  • an interview with Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole, American Girl’s archived cuties from the time of the American Revolution.
  • a thorough timeline of the darling Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit-named friends.
  • a collection of modern fashion inspired by the wardrobe of the always stylish Audrey Hepburn.
  • two fun crafts that take advantage of summer’s hottest trend: pineapples!
  • and much, much more!

You can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader {we finally bought our media upgrade} HERE.

Like always, issue release day brings a number of links! First up is the bimonthly survey. Open to ALL of our readers, it gives you the chance to be featured in next issue’s Contents page. You can enter HERE!

We are in need of Etsy shop owners for next issue’s Shop Owner Spotlight. It’s a super easy process, so we hope you will sign up for an interview HERE.

Gabby is an advice columnist extraordinaire, and she would be delighted to answer your question for the September/October issue! Write her with your worry HERE.

There’s never a time when we don’t love hearing from you readers {although we do need to up our commenting and emailing game :)}. Write a letter to us HERE with your thoughts on the latest issue.

Finally, are you on summer break?! Use your free time to read through the DM back issues HERE on ISSUU.

Lots of love, hugs, and thanks,
Bella, Lulu, and the Doll Mag team

Psst. The winning book of the Doll Mag Book Club is Anne of Green Gables! We will be back with a schedule and more details later this week.

Magazine / Early Summer 2015


May June 2015 CoverHappy May! Is it too early to count down the days until summer vacation?! We think not. Anyhoo, the two of us can’t wait to share the new issue with you, but we are even more excited this time around because of the amazing contributors – including you readers – that made this edition a success. As you can tell from the cover, it is FULL of fun content, including…

  • an interview with Addy Walker, the first non-white doll in the American Girl line {Go Addy!}.
  • a recipe for yummy chocolate cake that Molly and Emily may have eaten.
  • the winners of the Doll Mag Blogger Awards that you nominated and voted for.
  • the history of the fashionable and friendly dolls of the Liv line.
  • and much, much more!

You can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Dropbox HERE.

If you can’t get enough of Doll Mag this weekend, we have several links to share! The bimonthly survey is always open to readers for the chance to be featured in the next issue’s Contents page. Be sure to enter HERE!

Shop Owner Spotlight is a sporadic feature for Etsy shop owners. Give it a read and sign up for an interview HERE.

The official Doll Mag advice columnist, Gabby, is happy to answer your questions. Submit them HERE to be featured in the July/August issue!

Your Letters to the Editors make our day; we adore hearing from you! Write to us HERE – a select few will be chosen for an upcoming issue.

Finally, catch up on your Doll Mag reading by looking at the back issues HERE on ISSUU.

Thank you for stopping by, friends! We love our Doll Mag readers, and we are grateful for each and every one of you :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Bella, Lulu, and the Doll Mag team

Magazine / Spring 2015


Slide01It’s finally March! Lulu and I have been hard at work on our spring issue of Doll Mag, and we have been ever so anxious to share it with you. We’ve said it before, but we’ll mention it again: in the middle of heavy-hitting snow storms, writing up articles about light dresses, seasonal vegetables, and warm-weather sports had us looking forward to the coming months! We hope you’ll take a peek at this new issue, where you’ll find articles like…

  • an interview Chrissa Maxwell, 2009 Girl of the Year {?!}, and her friends, Gwen and Sonali.
  • a round-up of our favorite items for Bitty Babies and Bitty Twins.
  • matching games centered around dolls for AG dolls.
  • a brief history of the adorable Karito Kids line.
  • and much, much more!

You can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Dropbox HERE. Unfortunately, ISSUU has been acting up, so we’ll update the link to the new issue this afternoon. It can, however, be downloaded on Dropbox still. All fixed – thank you for your patience! :)

As always, we have plenty of other links to give you! First, you can enter our bimonthly survey HERE – the winner will be featured in the next issue on the Contents page.

Shop Owner Spotlight is made for Etsy shop owners, and we’re happy to introduce the feature once again this issue! Read more and sign up for an interview HERE.

Gabby, our advice columnist, is in need of your questions for the May/June issue. Write to her HERE.

We love hearing what you think about each Doll Mag issue. Send a Letter to the Editors {as in us! :)} HERE, and we’ll feature one or two in an upcoming edition.

Finally, our back issues are available to read HERE on ISSUU.

Thank you, friends! Lots of love,
Bella, Lulu, and the Doll Mag team

Psst. We shared some exciting news on the last page of this issue. Be sure to check back this week to vote in the Doll Mag Blogger Awards!

Working on Wednesdays / 30


Working on WednesdaysWith the first day of March coming up this weekend, this week’s Working on Wednesday seemed like the perfect time to share a few sneak peeks of our next issue! We have had vegetables, pastels, and sports on our mind {you’ll understand why once you take a look at our spring-themed list of contents} these past few weeks as we set up photo shoots, wrote up articles, and coordinated emails. Above, our adorable models, Payton and Cece donned their athletic wear for our new hair article. Despite the cold weather we New England girls are experiencing, our dolls look as cute as can be in their sleeveless sports tops :)

Working on WednesdaysOur photography set-up couldn’t be simpler: an IKEA chalkboard with scrapbook paper {you may recognize the heart backdrop from this post!} and a big book. Easy-peasy, right?!

What are you looking forward to in spring? I personally can’t wait to see this snow melt; the day grass appears again will be a good one.

Happy Wednesday!

Working on Wednesdays / 28


The road from our first idea to the final cover is a long – but certainly fun – one! While we shared photos from our November/December cover in our last Working on Wednesdays, Lulu and I wanted to kick off the feature in 2015 with more behind-the-scenes shots from the latest issue.

Need a quick refresher on what the purpose of Working on Wednesdays is? We don’t blame you – it’s been a bit since we’ve done the feature on a regular basis. The two of us often receive questions and comments from readers about Doll Mag’s “behind-the-scenes” aspects, whether it be setting up a blog or using Powerpoint to create images. Lulu and I are using your feedback to create new features for our site, but Working on Wednesdays gives us a chance to post a few images of our previous or current projects. You can view the entire archive of WOW posts HERE!

Working on Wednesdays 28_2We don’t take our cover photo in one shot; in fact, for the January/February issue, we took dozens of practice pictures the night before! Here, you can see how low-key we keep our set-up – and Lulu’s thumb of approval :)

Working on Wednesdays 28Of course, Bri makes an appearance in each and every Doll Mag project. Her snowman dress seemed especially festive for this shoot!

What have you been working on lately?

Have a lovely rest of your day!


Magazine / Winter 2015


Doll Mag January February 2015How 2014 flew by so quickly, we’ll never know, but we are excited to welcome in 2015! The beginning of the year always means a new issue, and the two of us are happy to release our January/February edition. From shooting the cover to creating printables, we had a blast writing the articles in this issue; the both of us hope you have just as much fun reading them! Inside the newly formatted magazine, you’ll find…

  • an interview with the 2015 Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas! {we’ll be sharing our thoughts on her release soon}
  • Bri’s first-ever beauty column on how to handle a bad hair day.
  • regency era fashion inspired by our love of Jane Austen.
  • printables in different styles for a doll sized planner.
  • and much, much more!

You can download and read the current edition on ISSUU HERE, and you can download the issue freebies HERE.

There’s a few links we like to give with each issue. As always, you can enter our bimonthly survey HERE for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue.

If you’re an Etsy shop owner, consider signing up for Shop Owner Spotlight {you’ll notice the feature’s absence this issue} HERE.

Ask Doll Mag’s fun-loving advice columnist, Gabby, a question HERE.

Send us feedback on the latest issue – your letter may be chosen for the March/April edition! You can find the form HERE.

Finally, you can read ALL of our back issues HERE on ISSUU.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful new year, friends!
Bella and Lulu

Magazine / Holiday 2014


Doll Mag November December 2014Happy November, friends! It’s starting to get cold outside {at least where we live}, so it seems fitting that today is the release of our 2014 holiday issue. The November/December issue has always been one of our favorites to put together, and this edition was no different. Full of many crafts and articles, we hope that it makes your holidays even more doll-ightful! Inside, you’ll find…

  • an interview with American Girl’s archived darlings, Cecile and Marie-Grace.
  • our annual gift guide, with presents for everyone on your list!
  • a step-by-step guide to doing the intricate bow braid.
  • printables for a Thanksgiving Day feast.
  • and much, much more!

You can download the current issue HERE.

We have had many readers contact us about downloading issues! In an effort to fix that, we have joined Issuu, a free online publication site and app. You can view our account and read the new issue HERE. As always, let us know of any problems! :)

You can enter the bimonthly survey HERE. You may find yourself in the next issue!

Finally, as we are shamelessly plugging away here, feel free to visit us on Pinterest HERE! We’ll be sharing holiday links from now until New Year’s Eve.

Lots of love, Bella and Lulu