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Twinsies!

Today I am wearing yellow.  Just like Sheila (Australian Girl doll).  Here’s a not-too-bad selfie.

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34 days ’til Maui!

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Dolly A-Z: Sheila

My most favorite doll that I bought this year is Sheila, who is actually Australian Girl Emily.  I love her little face and her fat little arms and her give-me-a-hug body.  Today she is wearing the Celtic Princess dress from Carpatina:

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And here are some photos from previous posts about Sheila:

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Look who can fit into the larger size Carpatina clothes! Australian Girls! Let me tell a little story about how I made this discovery:

The official site for clothes for Australian Girl dolls is called Tillie’s Aussie Doll Clothes. (http://aussiedollclothes.com.au/). I’ve looked at this site a few times, but there were no outfits special enough to justify shipping from Australia. But, I recognized some of the outfits as Carpatina outfits! There was a small chance that Carpatina made outfits specially for Australian Girl, but there was a larger chance that the large size Carpatina outfits would fit Australian Girl (especially since the outfits my mom made from Carpatina patterns fit pretty well–check out my Yay! It fits! Post). So I bought a bunch, 9 in total. If they didn’t fit Sheila, I knew they’d fit 37 other dolls in my house! Some, like the dress in the photo, have matching dresses in Carpatina Julia’s size, but others are only made in the American Girl size. And they fit Australian Girl dolls! Now I just need to get Sheila some new shoes (I ordered some this morning. I got them from moniques.com. The 85 mm fit her best. Choices are limited for her fat feet, so I just got some basic Mary Janes in black, white, and silver.) I’ll be sure to show you more of these beautiful dresses in the future.

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Brianne wants to be a ballerina, and she also does Ukranian dancing.  Jenna does Highland dancing.  Dolly dancing!  Delightful!

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Yay! It fits!

Sheila started to try on some dolly clothes today. The American Girl things actually fit her okay. Sleeves and pants were short, and everything was pretty snug. Remembering that the outfits mommy made were a little long and loose, she tried them on! And she loves them! They are still a teensy bit short in length and sleeve, but still really fantastic. She has now stolen these two outfits from Ivy and Rebecca. Now we just need to find shoes for Sheila’s fat little feet. (Though her white flip flops are fairly neutral).

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Here’s a picture I took this week that shows the diversity of my doll collection.

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Maru is a young Latina girl who moves to the United States to live with her aunt and uncle, where she waits for her parents to be able to come to the US too.  That’s based on a true story from the doll’s creator.  She came with a little picture book telling her story (better than Analisa’s book in my opinion).  I also got her friend Raven because I thought her outfit was cute.  (you can meet Maru and all of her friends at http://maruandfriends.com/)

Like the other 2 dolls I got today, they are 20 inches tall.  They are entirely vinyl.  They have teeny tiny heads and feet.  And narrow shoulders.  And kinda big bellies.  I really like the clothes they came in.  It’s fun to have so many pieces.  Maru has a hat and scarf and vest and sweater and skirt and tights and boots and a purse.  Raven has a shirt and a sweater and a skirt and knee socks and shoes.  And they sell clothes on the website.  And right now shipping is free.  I’m just not sure about their awkward body shape though.

Picture time!

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I bought Analisa the day after I bought Emily/Sheila.  Analisa was on sale for $64.  She is a Vanange doll.  She’s a Christian.  Her book was super boring.  She lives in Italy, but her book doesn’t teach me much about Italy.  Here’s what it says on the back of her book:

Analisa’s best friend, Kristelle, moves back to Paris where she was born.  Analisa learns to deal with not having her best friend around her everyday.  In the process, they both discover the joy of writing letters to each other and to be patient while waiting for their letters to arrive by air-mail.

In the meantime, Analisa receives a surprising and wonderful letter from her cousin-in-law, Vannah from the Seychelles, whom she has never met.  She learns that Vannah has a best friend, Apolonia who is from the Dominican Republic, and a pen-pal, Marybelle from Atlanta, Georgia USA.  Her pen-pal has a cousin/best friend from New York named Bella.  Bella has a pen-pal in the Philippines named Luz.  Overjoyed and intrigued by the news in her letter, Analisa writes to Kristelle and tells her all about Vannah.

Analisa is determined to come up with a plan to bring all the seven girls together.  The ultimate plan is for the sever girls to help all the children around the world who do not have people to love them and care for them.  For the time being, all they can do is pray and wait!

She is the same height as Sheila and they both have the same partial cloth torso, but Sheila has much broader shoulders and a larger arm circumference (Sheila tried on Analisa’s dress and it did not work out).  I like Sheila better.  I like her facial expression and her broader torso is better to hug.  But Analisa was 1/3 the price.  Analisa’s book was boring, but Sheila didn’t have a book at all.  (They sell one Australian Girls book called The Rainbow Necklace, but I think it’s a graphic novel).  Analisa shipped USPS from Florida, so took basically the same amount of time to get here as my new Australian Girl….

Sidebar: doorbell just rang.  The FedEx man brought me more dollies!  I got 4 new dollies today!  I’ll finish telling you about Analisa, then go open the box.  Stay tuned for Chapter 7.

…Each Vanange girl comes in basically the same outfit, which makes me reluctant to buy more.  They have a few outfits on the Vanange website.  They’re expensive, but adorable.  www.vannuzza.com

Okay.  Picture time!

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I think Sheila and Analisa will be good friends.

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Analisa curls make Saige’s hair look brown!

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She is very sweet.  I’d like her better if she were actually Italian.  If her friends stay on sale, or her outfits go on sale in the coming months, they might join her here.  But Sheila’s better.

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A new friend has arrived to say G’day!

This is Emily.  Pictures follow.  It took her 7 days to get here from Australia (though she’s spent the last 2 or 3 chilling at the post office down the street).  I love her.  I think I’m going to change her name to Sheila because I already have a doll named Emily.  She came with boots and flipflops, and she has special toes to let her wear flipflops!  I also unbuttoned her top button for her closeup so you can see her vinyl breastplate.  This allows for her head to move in lots of directions, and it will make tanktops and swimsuits look prettier (Now if only I can find some in her size).  The lower part of her torso (which I don’t have a picture of because it seemed indecent) is cloth and stuffed to make her huggable.  And I really like hugging her.  She’s a little bit bigger and heavier than Maplelea and American Girl, and I like the way that feels, and the bend in her arms is nice for hugging too.  She is quite a bit taller than all the other dolls in my house (so far…) but she’s so awesome!  She has more friends in Australia, but after shipping and currency exchange, she was $177.  And I didn’t even get outfits for her!  For these reasons, I don’t think her friends are going to get to live at my house.

I’ll probably want to figure out outfits for her soon.  Maybe my mommy will let me bring her over to get her measurements taken.  But I like the outfit she came in.  Her shirt is gingham, which might be hard to see in the picture.  And her hair ribbons are grosgrain, which I love.

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I am still in a blissful state following the arrival of my new stuff from Canada.  I went web-surfing to see if other people love Maplelea as much as I do.  I didn’t find much, good or bad.  I found one article that criticized the Canadian stereotypes they portray, but also celebrated that they are uniquely Canadian, not Americanized (too bad they seem to be copying a lot from American Girl–especially since they launched the Maplelea Friends line).

In my search I discovered Australian Girl dolls.  They were pretty adorable, but didn’t seem very collectible.  They have things like “New Matilda” meaning that they’re releasing the Matilda doll with a new outfit.  Then there aren’t very many outfits.  And their only book was comic-style.  I like my dolls to have a story.  That’s why I don’t have any of American Girl’s just like you dolls. 

My next discovery was Gotz.  They’re German, and I think they have quite a legacy, but the only website I found was in German, so I started looking at other dolls instead.  I’ll research them more later.

Next find was Carpatina.  They are slim bodied and all vinyl, so I read from people who like making and fitting clothes on them.  Plus, the company sells tons of doll patterns.  Their dresses are amazingly detailed, and historical, and I love them.  There is a big emphasis on fashion history that I loooove.  I think this would be a great line to get into to learn more about historical fashions.  I think my mommy would have a blast making dresses for them.

Next find was A Girl For All Time.  They are really pretty.  There’s only two of them (so far): Matilda and Amelia.  They have a backstory of inheriting a trunk from their ancestors and learning about them.  They are British, but they have a USA shop.  They have novels and stories and a blog and I want them!  Matilda visits the court of King Henry VIII and Amelia is Victorian.  They cost a bit more than American Girl or Carpatina, but they seem really gorgeous.  The backstory leaves room for dolls from many other eras.  This could be better than American Girl, especially since selling out to Mattel.

I want all of them, but I don’t think I should blow all my money all at once.  I am well on my way to becoming Crazy Doll Lady (as of today I have 27 American Girl, 4 Maplelea, 2 Bitty Twins, 7 Pullip, 3 Little MissMatched, 5 Cabbage Patch Kids, and a bunch of Madame Alexander at my mom’s house).  But I really really want Matilda and Amelia and a Carpatina.  And my American Girl addiction seems to result in at least 2 new dolls a year, and I should probably finish out the Maplelea girls with Brianne and Leonie.  Soon I will literally run out of room for them.  I think I’m gonna go check shipping prices and bank statements.  Bye for now! 

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