American Girl Today Show Special 61% Discount for Christmas

If you are watching the Today show this morning and the Jill’s Steals & Deal segment, you will have heard about the special bundle offer that is running! It is today, from 8:15 until supplies run out. Simply put the code that you get off the broadcast into the checkout and you’ll get a great 61% discount!

What dolls are included?


Click here for the actual sales page on American Girl. Remember – watch the show to get the special discount code!

Pssssttt… The code is JILLOFFER

Be sure to let us know how you did! Do you enjoy special sales like this?

Jig Dolls

Recently at the Bath Folk Festival Val Knight took the opportunity to perform with her Jig Dolls. Jig Dolls, if you are not aware, are a type of traditional wooden or metal (tin) toy with loosely jointed legs and arms that can “dance” or jig.

Watch as she performs – something she has been doing since the 1980s.


And an earlier clip where she describes how she discovered Jig dolls and began.


If you’d like a tutorial on how these dolls work, there is an excellent page on Chris Harvey’s site.

Life of a reborn doll artist

Liviana Sirmans is a reborn doll artist, also known as a “reborner” and she makes incredibly lifelike dolls.

Liviana was first exposed to reborn dolls 10 years ago and was so fascinated that she bought one over eBay and being emailing with it’s creator and soon was buying the components and making her very own dolls.

Each reborn doll she makes is unique and finely detailed — even down to having the individual strands of hair micro-rooted.

The vinyl head, arms and legs must be washed to eliminate the grease and accumulation from being touched. After they are completely dried, she begins painting the veins. While the veins on the arms and legs are painted on the outside, the veins in the head are painted from the inside.

Her dolls each come with a birth certificate.

Read the full story about Liviana by Elizabeth Butler in the Valdosta Daily Times and find out what doll she never wanted to part with and just why she will never say how much she’s totally paid for her doll collection!

One Family’s Barbie Collection

When John Strojek purchased the first Barbie doll for his little girl as a collector’s item in 1988 he had no idea what he was starting. Now, 200 Barbie dolls later (and most likely still collecting) the family has been contacted to show their dolls at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The exhibit’s name is

“Barbie: The 11 1/2-inch American Icon” is the latest exhibit in the museum’s series, The 11th annual Eclectic Collector.”

The exhibit will run through January 3, 2013. Admission is free unless you want to tour the grounds.

The Strojek collection consists of many different Barbies as well as some of her friends. It has

“nearly 200 dolls, 15 completed series and vintage dolls including a 1963 Midge, a 1964 Skipper, a 1967 Twist N Turn Barbie and a 1968 Talking Barbie, a 1965 Francie doll house and a 1968 Barbie doll house.”

Mr. Strojek has a theory concerning several of the Barbie dolls. The collectors’ dolls are geared more toward adults,” Strojek says.

“So while some feel that certain Barbies should not be geared for children, they are not actually for children but for the adult collectors.”

That is an interesting theory. Would the New Moon Vampire series fit that bill or are they actually for the young girls to play vampire with?

See the full story at ArkansasOnline by Linda Caillouet complete with collection pictures and a video.

Rag Dolls for Boys

A mother of two little ones creates rag dolls for little boys. She has joined forces with Richard Branson to produce the first batch of rag dolls.

“Perhaps most importantly, Rag Heroes aims to challenge the stereotypical belief that little boys should not play with dolls. As a mum of two boys and with my background training in counselling and play therapy, I strongly believe that little boys should be encouraged to show their caring side and this should be nurtured by the adults around them.”

She is now competing in “The Pitch 2012” to receive more funding for her boys’ rag doll business.

These dolls will officially launch on August 1, and you can find more details on the Rag Heroes website.

Check out the full story at Toy News by Dominic Sacco.

Psst… If you read Maria’s blog you’ll see that you can win a RagHeroes doll in their contest that is running until the official launch. Check it out!

American Girl to release a Bald Doll for Children with Cancer

American Girl has recently announced that they will begin producing a bald doll to be supportive of child cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

One girl, Kayla Brooks, of Tennessee, has worked tirelessly to get Barbie, American Girl, Disney and others to produce the bald dolls. See the story of Kayla and her efforts in this story by Lori Mitchell from WKRN tv below.

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You can special order the American Girl doll by calling 1-800-628-5145, or if you prefer you can send one of your collection back to the factory to have a bald head put on your doll. There are five different skin tones available for $44. You can do this by sending your doll off to American Girl’s “Doll Hospital“.

You can find additional information in the story by Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe.

Barbie Goes to the Prom!

Two girls went to their high school prom in Britain as Barbie Dolls, arriving to the prom in actual life-sized boxes!

Emily Pounde and Hannah Jagger, from Wadham School in Crewkerne, were delivered to their school prom boxed up on the back of a flat-bed trailer.

The story is of the two girls who have been Barbie fans since they were little, went to their High School Prom as real life Barbies. The girls wanted to do something different, to stand out, and do that they did as they landed on the BBCs television coverage and in this article by Jenny Hill here.

Proms in Britain can be costly affairs as 10% of the parents will spend over £500 on their child’s prom night.

“It was a bit claustrophobic but it was exciting,” said Hannah.

Have you ever gone as a doll to a party before?

Marc Jacobs SouthPark Doll

Marc Jacobs appeared on SouthPark and recently featured the SouthPark quartet in his stores. From the SouthPark episodes came Marc Jacobs’ character Muscle Man, which is now a new doll available exclusively from Marc Jacobs stores. You have to see this to believe it.

And in a very weird case of life imitating art, Marc now sports a tattoo of his cartoon self as well.

Go here to check out the Marc Majobs Special Muscle Man doll!

And if you need to fill up on South Park, well, you can do that too if you want. Read the full story, along with a photo comparison of the two Marc’s on in Tommye Fitzpatrick’s article.