Spring Photo Shoot

For Easter I dressed up all my dolls in nice, springy outfits and took them outside for a photo shoot. I did a group picture, but also single pictures of each doll. I am going to use these as profile pictures because the place where I used to take profile pictures no longer exists.


Group picture!

This was really fun to take. I had to arrange all fifteen dolls. (Count them!) Most of the dolls are positioned well. A couple of them I don’t like so much, such as Gabi, Jenny, and Faith. Overall though, I really like this picture.

I am going to try to use it as a header image. I don’t know how well that will work…

Mckenna is not colorblind


I really like this picture. Mckenna’s hair is frizzy, and I didn’t have a good pair of shoes for this outfit that no one else was wearing, but whatever. Who needs shoes?

Mckenna is wearing:

A dress that I sewed and tie dyed,

The shrug from the fall outfit I bought at our local festival,

The matching hair bow with aquamarine lace wrapped around it.


I like this one too. The outfit looks good on Abby, but come to think of it, she would never wear something that frilly.

Abby is wearing:

American Girl Grace’s opening night dress

Headband from American Girl Grace’s opening night outfit.


I like how the tall grass and flowers cast shadows on Riley.

Riley is wearing:

Shirt from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Tunic from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Leggings from the American Girl warm winter outfit,

Shoes from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Random butterfly hair clip.


Katelyn isn’t looking at the camera. Argh! And her hair is messy.

Katelyn is wearing:

My Life As dress,

Headband from a Madame Alexander outfit. (I looked, but I got it years ago, and I have no idea what the outfit is called)


Oh, I love this picture of Grace. Even though the shoes never made it on her.

Grace is wearing:

Skirt that I made out of lace and fabric I dyed,

Tank top from American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet outfit,

American Girl Isabelle’s purple Wrap sweater.

Hope and Pride

Argh! This one’s kind of blurry.

Hope is wearing:

Cheerleader dress from my local festival,

Pom pom from the cheerleader outfit (In her hair)

Headband from Our Generation Joy’s meet outfit,

Boots that I made.


Joy looks so adorable in that dress.

Joy is wearing:

A dress that I made,

Our Generation Joy’s meet shoes.

Maria moose

Maria isn’t looking at the camera, but I like this one.

Maria is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit my dolls,

The headband from the American Girl love to layer accessories,

The shoes that Journey Girl Callie was wearing when we found her.

Faith under the branches

Not one of my favorites, but it’s okay.

Faith is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit 18 inch dolls,

Our Generation Parker’s meet shoes.


I absolutely love this one. It fit’s Eileen’s personalty so well.

Eileen is wearing:

The American Girl petals and posies dress that Mia was wearing when I found her,

A pearl bracelet from Our Generation,

Random blue ribbon,

And she’s holding a dandelion.


I don’t really like this picture, but it fits Lea’s personality.

Lea is wearing:

American Girl Merry Magenta dress,

American Girl Merry Magenta headband.


I really like the outfit that Mia is wearing.

Mia is wearing:

A dress that I made,

A sash that my cousin crocheted,

The Journey Girls shrug Callie was wearing when we found her,

American Girl Lea’s meet shoes,

Our Generation Parker’s meet headband,

An ice skate charm on a piece of ribbon.


I like this picture. If only Gabi was sitting up more.

Gabi is wearing:

Our Generation Doll shirt, (Someone gave it to me, and I never identified it)

American Girl headband from Grace’s baking outfit,

American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet leggings,

American Girl boots from Soft As Snow outfit.


Callie is so fun to pose! This picture was fun to take.

Callie is wearing:

A dress I made,

Headband from American Girl Spring Breeze outfit,

Shoes from Our Generation tworiffic twin set.


Argh! Jenny’s hair is so frizzy.

Jenny is wearing:

My Twin Blooming Flower dress,

My Twin shoes,

Random hair clip.


So there you have it. This year’s Easter photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed.


New Springfield Dolls Updated

I have new information and pictures, so here they are. ChristianHomeschooler  from TreasuredFriendshipsWithAflair took some pictures, and kindly granted me permission to use them. You can see them here.

The new dolls are officially in stock at the stores, except Michaels has switched to another brand for the holidays, so you can’t find them there. You can get them at Hobby Lobby, and probably Joanns, however on the websites, they are still the old dolls.


Here are all the dolls That Hobby lobby had. They got a new box, but it looks to be the same, flimsy, style.


Here is Abby. I like the picture on the front of the box, but they don’t sell the clothes with the dolls, so they shouldn’t have done that.


Then we have Emma. There is a price tag that says 24.99, I think.


Here we have Olivia. I like how she looks more realistic, and I love the red hair and teal.


Last we have Madison. She changed the most, but she is still cute.

Thank you Christianhomeschooler for lending me the pictures!

I was looking at the Springfield website’s dolls. All of them looked weird except Maria. I clicked on the pages to the the pictures and this is what I found out.


Madison is OUT OF STOCK 

Olivia is OUT OF STOCK 


Maria is not, but this is why.

The pictures of the dolls are different. All but Maria have different face molds, and all the dolls that had bangs won’t anymore. The new pictures say arriving December 1. I think that they discontinued the dolls, and are making new dolls to be released December 1.

Here are the new ones and the old ones.

It looks like the new Abby has lighter skin, darker lips, and a slightly different shade of hair. It doesn’t look like a big smile anymore, and the eyebrows are visible, and too dark. No bangs ether.

Madison - 18 inch African-American Doll

The old Madison has darker skin, the new one’s looks like Maria’s. The new Madison’s eyes are darker, and the hair looks different. The lips are darker, like I think they should have been on old Madison.  Emma - 18 inch Doll

Emma looks like she is wearing mascara. The lips are more realistic, and the eyebrows are too dark.

Olivia - 18 inch Doll

The new Olivia has a different shade of skin, and doesn’t look like she is wearing blush, and lipstick. Her hair looks redder, and her eyes darker. The dress looks different, but it might be the picture.

Maria - 18 inch Latina doll

The only thing I can tell about Maria is her hair won’t be layered.

In some ways the change will be better, in some ways worse. If you want an old doll, get it now, before they go away. I don’t know how long the stores will have the old dolls, or even if they will get new dolls at all. I am not planing on getting any new dolls, but I hope the hair quality goes way up. (Abby’s hair is a frizzy mess, and Maria’s is on it’s way.)

What do you think of the changes? I don’t know if everything is true, most is just guesses. Lexie

Welcome to CAMP

Camp officially starts tomorrow but my dolls came to camp a day early to get settled. 


I, Maria went to camp. I was the first one there because I was helping out. It was the perfect end to my month, the first day of camp. I got there and filled out some forms for Counselor Faith.


I went to the cabin to put my stuff down. Then I went to the infirmary to start check-ups on the girls who came.



Grace and I arrived at camp. We parked our car and went to the registration desk. 


We walked up to the desk. We were greeted by a counselor named Faith.


She asked us to sign some forms and give her the pre-sign-in forms. After that we were told to go to the infirmary and then to the cabin to put down our stuff. When the bell rang we were supposed to go back to the cafe.


We went and Maria was there, telling us to get on the bed and sit down. 


I got on the bed while Maria checked my hair for lice. Then I sat down and Grace got checked.


We then went to the cabin. The beds had brightly colored blankets that looked like big bandannas and little bags on the beds. 


We put our stuff on the shelf, chose beds and tiered from our journey fell asleep. 


When the bell rung I had just gotten here. I listened to the counselor talk. 

“Everywhere in the camp is small. We are lucky to have a camp but we will rotate in groups because of the size. Right now however, We are going to take a tour.” 


She led us to the camping area, with a tent, a couple of trees, and a hammock. 


She led us to the pool. 


And then we went into the gym for welcome games.


Make a message center


We were sitting by the pool again when Faith suddenly said something “We need a message center!”

Here is how to make your own.

For a board for your announcements


Cut the lid off of a egg carton.


Line it with paper.

For the mail center.


Take a piece of paper. I am using the leftover stuff from the board.


Cut a square of paper and fold the corners in to make an envelope.


Cover your paper with envelopes.


On the wall I hung the board with thumbtacks and the dolls can use it for announcements. I also hung the mail paper with thumbtacks and the dolls can give and receive mail there.

There is still time to enter my contest


Camp is coming


I sat waiting. The camp counselor was supposed to be coming.


When she got here she said hi.


Then she sat down and handed me her clipboard. “Would you please sign these forms?”


I showed her around and then we sat talking in the pool area.


We made the first camp shirt and then decorated it.


I made the shirt by cutting a piece of cloth, Cutting arm holes. Gluing on buttons and cutting button holes, and then decorating it with markers. 


Thrifty Thursday-Hammock




I wanted to make a hammock for my dolls as soon as I saw the release.DSCN4313[1]download

Here is the inspiration for the hammock and the real thing.

Here is how to make your own.


Get a box that is big enough for your doll to lay in. This is the best I could do but If I had a bigger one I would have used that instead.


I got my dad to hep me and we cut off the corners and flaps. You could use scissors but a box knife might be better. This is your base.


Cover it with contact paper. (Or Paper, Or cloth, Or duck tape, OR paint)


Cut a piece of cloth into a rectangle. I had a dress that I used to wear and I thought it would be perfect with the flowers and flip flops.


Gather the end and tie it with ribbon or string.



Cut a slit in the end of your base and stick your ribbon in and tie it and cover the open end with more contact paper.


Do it on both sides.


Open up the cloth, give your doll a magazine and let her relax!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contest! There is still time. Here are the rules.


Friendship Bracelets.


Abby came up to Maria.

“Hi Maria!”

“Oh hi Abby!”

“I haven’t seen you in awhile. Would you like to do something fun?”

“Sure. Let’s make friendship bracelets!”


We sat down

“I have the yarn!” I said

“So what’s new with camp?” Abby asked


“They are going to have a contest and I am entering.” I told Abby.  “It is writing a story and they will pick the best one for a camp play.”

“That sounds cool.” Abby said “Can I enter.”

“I think that the whole world can enter.” I said “But I am going to make sure that all the dolls enter.”

“Cool!” Abby said “But let’s get to our bracelets.”


We sat with the yarn in front of us to pick colors.

“How about we each make a bracelet and then trade?”

“Works for me!”


As we started on out braclets we talked.

“How was your month?” I asked

“It was great!” Abby said “All of the spotlight was on me and I got to do a lot of fun stuff. How is yours going?”

“Good.” I said “It is fun. I can’t wait till camp though.”


We both had finished bracelets so we traded.


We put them on, linked hands, and yelled: SPRINGFIELD FRIENDS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your dolls can make bracelets too. Embroidery thread works well for yarn and any simple pattern is pretty. 


Writing and Fun


(Ignore the doll feet.) 

I was writing in my journal.


Riley came up.

“Whatchya writing?” She asked.

“A story.” I told her. “Wanna read?” DSCN4268[1]

Riley took my journal and read the story.


When she came back she told me they were awesome.

“You should send them to camp for the contest.” She said. “They have a contest where you send in the story and they pick the best one and use it for the play.”

“Thanks for telling me.” I said “I think I will.”

You can be part of the contest too! Write a story that would work for a play and send it to my gmail account. It is pretty piggie girl. Send your entry(s) no later than June first and I will pick the best one and use it.

If you have any questions feel free to comment. 




Maria and I went to the trampoline we had heard about.


We went into the place where it was supposed to be and saw a big trampoline.


We started to climb on it.


We stood on the trampoline but Maria decided to give me my own turn.


Me jumping. (This my favorite picture because I held her hair to get her to stand up better and I like the way it looks like her hair is pulled up.)


I got off of the trampoline while Maria got on.


Maria jumping.


And then we had to leave.


The trampoline is actually my mom’s new re bounder. It works as a doll trampoline.