Review: Addy Walker Doll & Accessories – By IrishAG

Hi readers!  Happy Memorial Day!  I haven’t posted in a while, because I had an Irish Step performance a few days ago, and a parade today!  😀  They were both awesome.  😄

Aaaaaand… guess what?!?  I hit 40 WordPress followers yesterday!  Woo-hoo!  Thanks guys.  I can’t believe it!  You guys make me feel so special.  🙂  I love all your sweet comments.  I haven’t gotten a mean one yet!  Okay, on to the review.  😀

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As you probably know, I bought the lovely Addy Walker doll and accessories.  I was super freaked out at the store, wondering if I should buy Addy or Maryellen.  At one point, I was circling around a display that had both of them on it.  😀  True story.  I decided on Addy for a couple of reasons (some are listed here):

  • I love her stories.
  • Her time period is cool.
  • We didn’t  have any black dolls at the time, so adding diversity seemed like a good idea.  🙂
  • I LOVE her meet outfit.  Seriously.
  • My other two dolls have short-ish hair.

 

Today I’m going to be reviewing her and her accessories.  🙂

Let’s start at the bottom for a change!  😀

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Her boots are adorable.  The little “buttons” don’t actually button, but that’s okay because they are super small.  And they look like chocolate chips.  The boots have little heels on them, which makes it difficult to stand her up in the grass or uneven ground.  :p  The boots have Velcro on the back, but they are challenging to put on over her socks.  Her socks are white and almost knee-length.  I don’t have much to say about them.

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Her drawers are white and lace trimmed.  They are a nice historical touch.

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Her DRESS!  😄  I wish it came in my size!  It is a gorgeous shade of blue.  I think it’s close to Royal blue.  It has a small pattern on it.  There are also black bows and piping.  It has cap sleeves, which is really cute.

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Now to her face!  Addy has the “Addy” face mold (go figure), and she is our only doll that has it.  Her skin is this beautiful cocoa brown with a reddish undertone.  She has warm, chocolate brown eyes and feathered eyebrows.  At the store, all of the display Addys I saw had line eyebrows, but all the Addys in boxes had feathered ones.  Weird, right?  I personally prefer the feathered.  Addy has permanent hoop earrings.  I wish they came out, but it’s not a big deal.  My Mom is happy because they can’t get lost.  😉

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Addy’s hair is black, textured and a bit wavy when you take it out of the braids.  She came with two French braids tied together with blue bows, but I redid her hair.  I was a bit worried when I bought her that her hair would be tough to work with.  Actually, it’s not a problem!  You can just brush her hair with a regular doll hairbrush.  The coarseness isn’t a problem at all, either.  🙂   She does have lots of flyaways, and her hair is longer on the sides than the middle.   AG never has any pictures of Addy with her hair down, which is kind of annoying if you’re thinking of buying her.  Her hair is REALLY LONG, as you can see.

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Picture from AG’s website.

She comes with this book. I haven’t read it yet, (since I’ve read her old books) but I like the cover art.  I wish the AG books still had illustrations.  😦

Now to her accessories!

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There are three pieces: a bonnet, a cowrie shell necklace and a patchwork bag.  The bonnet is definitely my favorite!  It frames Addy’s face so sweetly.  The ribbon is sewn on very securely, which I’m grateful for.  The necklace is on a plain black cord, and is very significant in her stories.  The bag looks like it’s patchwork, but it’s actually one piece of fabric.  The interior of the bag is the same fabric as Addy’s dress, so if you wanted to have her dress match her bag, you could.  You’d just need to cut off the tag, if you cared.  The bag is a bit small.

I’ve heard that she might be retiring, with Melody coming out this Summer.  😦  If you don’t want her to be retired, ask your parent if you can go to this website to help “save” herhttps://www.change.org/p/katy-dickson-do-not-retire-addy-walker     They’re halfway there!  I think Addy’s time period, 1864, is very important for American girls today to know about.

So there you go!  I would definitely recommend her.  The only thing I don’t like is that her earrings don’t come out, but that’s not a big problem.  😀

Do you have Addy Walker?  What do you like and/or dislike about her?

❤ , IrishAG

The Great Doll Blog Award – By IrishAG

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Picture from https://herstoryag.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/great-doll-blog-awardnews-and-updates/

Hello!

Meg and Michelle from https://canadiandollnotebook.com/  nominated me for this award!  Thank you!  🙂

~Rules~

1.  Thank the person who nominated you.

2.  Answer the questions given to you.

3.  Nominate at least 5 others who you think have a great doll blog.

4.  Notify them that they have an award.

5.  Leave them at least 5 questions to answer.

Now on to the questions!  I’ll answer in bold print.

1. What one doll would you add to your collection, and why?

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Picture on the right from AG’s website.

Oh man, I have to narrow it down to 2!  Sorry!  I would add Truly Me #40 or #64.  They’d bring some diversity to our doll family.  🙂  And they’re super cute!

2.  What was your favorite adventure you took your doll on?

I went to a family reunion once with Nellie.  We didn’t get to see our cousins much that trip, so I was glad to have her to play with.  😀

3.  How did you come up with your blog name?

I’m Irish, and I do Irish Step Dance.  My dolls looked Irish at the time, too.  (Now I have Addy.)

4.  What do you love most about having a doll blog?

Being able to share doll stuff with other doll fans!  Most of my friends have kinda “grown out” of American Girl Dolls.  And moderating comments.

5.  Which of all your doll blog posts was your favorite?

Probably “Elves In My Backyard: a Photostory”.  Making the costumes was super fun!You can read it here:  https://irishagdolls.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/elves-in-my-backyard-a-photostory/

Now for the nominees!  I like a lot of doll blogs, and I know a lot of you have already done this award.  So if you’re reading this, have a doll blog, haven’t done it yet and want to do it, you’re nominated!

The questions are:

  1.  How many dolls do you have?
  2. Do you have a favorite doll?
  3. Would you rather have 100 dolls or 100 doll accessories?
  4. What’s your favorite American Girl movie?
  5. Would you rather have a doll that looks exactly like you or one that looks nothing like you?

Thanks again, Meg and Michelle!
❤ , IrishAG

 P.S.  On American Girl’s website, they have made a new Stores section!  It is really cool, and I urge you to check it out!

Sisters and Surprises: a Photostory – By IrishAG

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It was a perfect May afternoon.  Felicity was picking flowers, whistling softly.  It was her favorite time of day, though flower picking was a bit too girly for her.

“Hello?”

Felicity whirled around.

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She saw a girl about her age, with dark hair, eyes and skin.  The girl’s outfit was really outdated, like something someone in the Gettysburg movie would’ve worn.  She had a bonnet, which was tied under her chin with a ribbon.  She wore a shell necklace, and carried a patchwork bag.  Her gold hoop earrings glinted in the sunlight.

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“Hello?”  the girl said again, louder this time.

Felicity realized that she’d been staring all this time, with her mouth wide open.  “Um, hi.”  Lame, she thought, Seriously, Felicity?

The girl smiled shyly.  “My name’s Addy.”

“I’m Felicity.”

We stared at each other.  Addy cleared her throat.  “I’m here to find my new home.  Would you happen to know…”  Another sister?  Felicity thought hopefully.

“…where 527 Pumpernickel Lane is?”

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“I knew it!”  Felicity cheered.  Addy looked at her quizzically, but Felicity just grabbed her hand and dragged her to the house.

* 10 minutes later *

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“All right everyone, we’ve got a new sister!”  Felicity exclaimed.

“Yay!”  “Really?”  “We just got Grace!”  “What’s her name?”  “Cool!”  the sisters exclaimed.

“Addy?”  Felicity prompted.

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Addy made her way to the front of the room, smiling less shyly now.

“Hello everyone.  My name is Addy Walker.  I’m a historical reenactress, hence the outfit.  I was adopted in Chicago.  I love baking, and ice cream is my favorite food.  My birthday is May 10th.”

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“Who adopted you?”  Julia asked.

“IrishAG?”  Addy said it like a question.

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“All right!”  Julia clapped her hands and ran to give Addy a hug.  Nellie went up cautiously after her.

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Coconut bounded up with Julia, and Addy gasped.

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“I’m really afraid of dogs!”  she whispered to Felicity.

“Don’t worry, Coco won’t hurt you.  You can pet her, if you want.”  Felicity encouraged.

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Addy slowly sat down and touched Coconut’s fur.  A big smile dawned on her face.

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Surprise!  Yes, I bought Addy when we went to AG Place Chicago on May 10th!  I was really debating if I should get Maryellen or Addy.  Eventually, I chose Addy because she is very different from the rest of our dolls.  Plus, I love her time period and story.  I hadn’t gotten a doll since Julia in 2011, so this was really exciting.  😀  I’ll do a review of Addy soon!

And… this photostory was supposed to feature Felicity, as you voted, so sorry if she got a bit overshadowed by Addy.

One last thing!  I finally figured out how to do waterfall braids!  (That’s what Felicity’s hairstyle is called.)

Do your dolls have middle names?

❤ , IrishAG

Knit Blanket Sweater Review – By Gymnast03

Hey guys!!   I’m Gymnast03 and I’m going to review the knit blanket sweater.  It’s inspired by Kaya.

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I love the print on this sweater.  The colors are: black, white, pink, blue and red.   It’s a high low hem.   Its comfortable, stretchy and warm.  But if you’re outside for a long time, or it’s cold or really windy, it might not be the best thing to wear because you might get a little chilly.   I don’t think it is meant for an outdoors coat. I usually wear it with black or navy blue leggings or navy skinny jeans. The pants  and sweater look great with a plain white or red shirt.

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On the right hand side, there is a Beforever button.

Got any questions or comments??   Please comment below and I’ll respond! 🙂

-Gymnast03

My May Trip to AG Place Chicago! – By IrishAG

 

Yesterday, my Mom and I went to AG Place Chicago!  It was awesome.  I took some pictures, but they aren’t very good quality.  🙂

I’m going to start from the 2nd floor.  (GOTY, Truly Me, avenue AG.)

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Love the faux flowers!  One of the reasons we went was to see Lea in person.  In some pictures she looked cute, in others she looked mean.  When I saw her in person, she wasn’t my cup of tea.

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I love her celebration dress, though!

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All the old GOTYs.  This is actually one of my favorite parts of the store!  😀

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I love this!  Julia is in the soccer outfit.  🙂

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Her hair is perfect!  o_O  And that doll is really pretty.

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The cute pet scene.  I LOVE the way they braided Julia’s hair.  🙂

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Avenue AG has been changed from Paris and Grace’s treats to Brazil and Lea’s treats.  The cupcakes were adorable.  😀

Now to the 1st floor!  (Historical, GOTY, library.)

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Josefina’s beautiful collection.  🙂  Her Holiday outfit was on sale for $19.  I wonder if she’ll be retired when Melody comes out.  😦

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All the Beforever characters.

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Samantha’s collection.

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This was in the middle of Samantha’s section.  A lot of the Beforever characters were mixed like this, which I thought was weird.

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Maryellen’s adorable diner!

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My Mom and I also went to Amorino, a gelato place.  If you get a cone there, they will make the gelato into a flower!  The brown one is mine, and the pink one is my Mom’s.  🙂

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Pretty!

So that was our trip!  Reviews of our purchases coming soon.  😉

Have you ever gone to an AG Place?

❤ , IrishAG

 

Poll Results & News – By IrishAG

Hello everyone!

The tie has been broken!  The star of the next photostory will be……………………………… Felicity!

But… we’re having some construction going on at my house that blocks the door to my bedroom.  And that’s where the dolls are.  😦  I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get back into my room.  When I do, I’ll make the photostory.  Thanks for being so patient!

And now for some AG news…

Lea To The Rescue

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On AG’s website, they have put up the trailer and some behind the scenes featurettes for the Lea movie!  I can’t wait to see it!  On the events page, they have a super cool movie viewing event for it.  And on their Youtube, AG has the first few minutes of the movie.  What do you think of it?

Happy Mother’s day!

❤ , IrishAG