Moms Notes: American Girl Clothing 2012

One of Lenore’s favorite outfits.

Lenore’s favorite black boots with buckles.

“Caroline” the newest historical AG doll. Sporting a more modern look.

Not an exact replica of the Jack Skellington hat, but close enough.

That ruffle was a total pain.

Mom’s Notes: This year, Lenore has asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas. I think the dolls are well made, but still a little pricey for us. Nevertheless, we decided to get her the doll she fell in love.  However, you better believe we are taking our address off of the AG mailing list for the future.

Lenore wants “Caroline” from Santa this year. Caroline is the newest doll featured in their historical line. She’s a gorgeous doll, and her clothing is exquisite, and well made. I couldn’t complain once I saw how gorgeous she is. Lenore is going to love her.

But…it’s not exactly just the doll that little girls love. It’s the clothing. Of course it is. I love the clothing too.

Luckily, Lenore isn’t really into the styles featured in the AG catalog. She likes some of it, sure. But many of the outfits got a resounding “Meh”.  (Thank goodness, because we really cannot afford the official AG clothing to accommodate the doll this year.) Instead, I decided to replicate 5 of her favorite outfits to the best of my ability. The first one is listed above.

I love this fabric! It’s from the Skelanimal collection and was on sale at the fabric store. I made Lenore’s dress for a grand total of $4.50 (this includes the elastic and thread). There was enough fabric leftover to make the doll dress, so I lucked out. The hat is not an exact replica, but I just used the top of a new black sock, and some white crafting felt to make “Jack”. The boots were the most tricky. I found them online for $6.00.

We found bed construction plans too. It’s here. This is the cutest bed. Her father and I purchased the lumber, and we are going to wrap the lumber and plans for under the tree. She is really into building and working with wood these days, so this is going to be a fantastic “father/daughter” project the day after Christmas.

So that’s how I have been spending the majority of my free time these days. I hope to post more of the outfits, but that will most likely be after Christmas, and Lenore will be blogging about them herself. These days she is swamped with school, swimming, and guitar practice.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.


My Halloween Fun Last Week!

This is me and my super old brother!

This is what The Mad Hatter wears in his hat.

Lenore’s Entry:  Happy Halloween!!!! I was the Mad Hatter for Halloween. I was sick on that day but my dad took me to a few houses. A couple of homes just dumped a lot of candy in to my bag. It was a lot of fun , even if I was a little sick I was still happy I went trick or treating. My costume has a purple hat. My talented mom sewed my vest and the two tails in back. Mom used blue ruffle for my skirt and orange satin for my vest. She finished it in four days. I used my own eye shadow that my sister got me. It has lots of colors like dark blue and a very light blue

My sister went as Katniss from the 74th Annual Hunger Games because she likes Peeta a lot. The first time she saw it, it was at a movie theater, and now she LOVES it. My brother went as an old man. He just had an old mask and a wig that was gray.

Good bye and Happy Late Halloween!!!!

Mom’s Notes: Lenore got sick right about the same time I completed her costume. It was not a very good Halloween for her, but she took it like a trooper. 

Cat Girl Has Arrived

I painted this mask myself. It was so much fun! My sister painted one too.

Evil Beware! Cat girl is here.

I have been playing with my mask most of the day. Now I need a cape.

Lenore’s Entry: Hi!! My mom got my mask at Target. Its made of thick paper so if I get the mask wet it will break. I used my dad’s paints. He doesn’t have many colors to work with. Sometimes I mix them together so I have  more colors work with. Its fun to make art.

The mask  has a lot of black. I messed up the ears a little bit. There’s a little black in the ear, that’s where I messed up. I got help from my sister. She helped me with the face of the cat mask. I helped her too. I helped her with the sides of the cat mask. Don’t you want to make a mask too?

Mom’s Notes: Best $2 I ever spent.

Introducing, My New Baby . . . Sister?

This picture was taken by the doctor today. She thinks it’s a girl.

This baby is pretty cute.

The baby is waving at me.

I’m so excited about this baby!

Lenore’s Entry: My mom’s doctor thinks the baby is going to be a baby girl! Today I went to my mom’s appointment to see the baby. My dad came along too. When we were doing the ultra sound, the baby did not like us poking “her”. She kicked a lot, and we could see her kicking from the outside. Her legs are a little longer than usual babies. The doctor said it’s fine. We saw the heartbeat pounding on the screen. The doctor told me where the heart was. The heart is healthy.

There was this cream they had to put on mom’s belly. We could see where the eyes are, and its little hands. The baby looked like it was waving in the picture. That picture is listed above. I feel excited about this baby, even though she is going to get into my stuff. I love this baby already, even though she isn’t born yet. I just love her.


Mom’s Notes: Lenore goes with me every month, but this was the first time we got some really excellent pictures. This is the second visit where the doctor is heavily leaning toward “girl”. We’re so excited. She made the big announcement with her electric guitar, here.  Take care.

Mom’s Notes: Lenore is currently learning the basics to the song “Zombie” by The Cranberries. While she is still working on the original lyrics (there are a lot for her to memorize), she decided to add her own touch to make our big family announcement. The baby is due in March. She is going to be a fantastic big sister. Thanks for letting her share our great news with you.

Thanks Grandma Patty!

I love my new skirt and flamingo!

Look at the ruffles!

Check out my bow!

Named the flamingo “Pinky”.

Hi!! Its me again. Its been so long since I have talked to you. My skirt is ruffled and it is Monster High. Monster High is a show that shows monsters in high school. The main monsters are Frankie Stein , Clawdeen Wolf , Lagoona Blue , Cleo De Nile , Ghoulaia Yelps and Draculaura. Those are the main monsters. Ghoulia is the smartest monster in the school. Cleo is a mummy and Clawdeen is a wolf. Lagoona is a sea monster and Dracualura is a vampire. Deuce is Mudeusa’s son. Frankie is Francan Stines dotter. Ghoulia is a zombie. Deuce and Cleo are GF and BF.

The skirt is pink and black. On the side of the skirt there is a ribbon that is pink. My stuffed flamingo is named Pinky. She is nice to me and she loves the outdoors. My Grandma sent it to me yesterday. Thank you Grandma!

Good Bye

I Have Mermaid Hair

Teal is my new color.

It will last 2 weeks….hopefully!

I really love my new hair color.

Lenore’s Entry: HI!!! It’s me again. I went to a salon for hair cuts for my dad because he needed a hair cut. Well he wanted a hair cut. After Dad was done, I got my hair colored.  They showed me colors and I wanted the sea green color, but just part of my hair.  First we had to put a little bit of  jell on. After that we put the color that you want to use. I had to sit there for a long time only for one part and that’s the rinsing  part. Then I had to wait in a blow dryer for a few minutes.  It was kind of loud.  The ladies who colored my hair were nice to me. When I was done, they said I look like a mermaid.  I wish you where there. It was fun but cold. I was in a soccer uniform. That’s all I have today. Good Bye!

Mom’s Notes: This is a color that should last for about 2 weeks, if we are careful. 


Wreck This Journal. “I’m So Bored!”

I’m so bored, and I’m writing about being bored in the book.

Being bored is hard work.

But I took some cool pictures with moms camera after the “bored” journal project.

Mom let me have the camera.

This is one I took, too.

This is the journal.

While I waited for mom, I wrote this.

Lenore’s Entry:  Hi!!!! This journal is called “Wreck This Journal”. It’s my sisters book or journal. I did it myself at my moms job. If you don’t believe  me, it says so in the entry. At the job I took a picture of a lizard looking at the camera. I got very close to him.

I took lots of pictures of flowers. I have a favorite flower. I call it the pink long ginger flower. I LOVE flowers names. My favorite flower name is Lily.

Today is Friday. Tomorrow is my first soccer game.

Good’ bye

Mom’s Notes: The point of the exercise was for Lenore to write about a super boring event in the part of the journal designated for such an entry. It helped that I took her along on my boring job. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

That’s me on my first “adult ride” by myself. It was an 85 ft. drop

That’s me coming down…FAST!

Lenore’s Entry:  I am back!!!!! I was very BUSY.  That’s why I didn’t do an entry for a long time. School is doing great. I dissected a Lima bean in science. A Lima bean  has a coat, just like us (but ours is called skin). When you soak the Lima bean in water it turns yellow.

I am also doing guitar. Oh I almost forgot! I’m learning  a new song and its called “Zombie” by The Cranberries. I will show you when I am ready. I cant wait to go on the  Super Shot again. That’s what I am riding in the picture.

I’m in a choir group now. It’s great. Also, I performed a play called “Annie” this past July and August. It was really fun, and I met a lot of people and I made lots of friends too.

Well its time to go so, Good Bye!

Mom’s Notes: We are trying to get back on schedule. This has been difficult with the adjustments to her new school schedule. Thanks for sticking with us.

Back to School!

We didn’t get a picture of Lenore for her first day of school. Will be sure to do this next LC date. In the meantime, here is a random shot with one of her school hats

Lenore’s Entry:

Today I  went to school today. It was fun. I met some new friends at the new school. We had class at the LC. My class is little small. 8 people are in my class including me of course. For my homework I get a Apple iPod Touch 3,  and a camera comes with it too. Homework is hard but there is more PLAY TIME. My teacher is very nice to me. I have less boys in my class this year in my class. This is good.

Mom’s Entry: Lenore loves her new school schedule. This Friday will be a traditional “fashion” entry, but things are a bit hectic today. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.