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You know those create-your-own dolls, those magmum opuses of customization, those awesomely fun beautiful all-your-own dollie creations.

Madi is giving one away.


Get with it!



(PS: New content is still coming. :D)


Work In Progress

*stops loud tobyMac*

*takes earbud out*

There is new content coming, guys, I promise, but it may take a while. Just be still and patient and it will come in the form of new vignettes for each of my dolls. Yay! But I warn you, these are the longest bios you have seen on a blog site – not just favourite colours and how they love pumpkin spice lattes. We’re going deep.




(tobyMac reference.)




Aestival Autumn

Aestival, btdubs, means ‘of or pertaining to summer’. As it is still technically summer, I couldn’t put a fall theme to this post, so I looked for a pretty word to add to Autumn’s name. Not only is ‘aestival’ nice to look at, it works well here.

When I did The Grand Turnover, I changed Autumn’s character a lot. But I just realised that I never said anything about her new personality – so here’s a photoshoot (similar to Fearless – #sorrynotsorry) to re-introduce her.


Maybe it’s the red hair. Maybe it’s the Irish blood that I got it from. Whatever it is that makes me who I am, it definitely makes me stand out in the crowd.


You know it’s me when you see a talented girl with great fashion sense and even greater poise. Her chin is up, her eyes are open, and her mouth is set in an intrepid smile.


She never looks back, this girl. She just keeps going and lets everything that trys to tear her down slide off her positive demeanor.


This girl’s a visionary, a leader of her friends. Charm and charisma come naturally to her. Her confidence helps both her and everyone around her succeed.


Sometimes, that confidence gets the better of her. Sometimes she lets her pride and willfullness get to her head. But she never cries over what she can’t change.


One day, she’ll be the unfailing beacon that many can look to for guidance. Until then, she’ll keep doing what she does best – steering herself and everyone around her to achievement.

They call her Autumn Adair.

At first glance, Autumn might sound a lot like Kaori. But whereas Autumn is social, fashion-forward and bossy, Kaori is not.

Bonus pictures (click to make them bigger):

What do you think of Autumn? Does she remind you of anyone you know? Which of your dolls is most like her?


Silver Sky Tales

Follow the Siren {Silver Sky Tales #8}

Disclaimer: some of these photos are really good and some are really awful.


As I watch the car drive away, I try to calm myself down by going over what had happened in the past week.

“Let’s see,” I said aloud. “I left SFO on Monday, layed over in Denver for three hours, and finally reached DFW Monday night. Well, I actually guess it was Tuesday morning. I rode a bus from there to here. And then this morning I caught an Uber car ride to where I am now. Which is a mile away from where I’m supposed to be right now until everything blows over.”

I sigh. Dad never said when that would be. But it isn’t like it’s clear. The media is fickle. Sometimes, they leave something behind in a week, and sometimes they obsess over it for half a year.

I hope it’ll be more of the first kind and I can go home in two weeks.


I start to walk, not really wanting to, but knowing that I’ve got to. My mind wanders back home as my boots squeak on the drying pavement.


My phone interrupts my thoughts.


I whip it out. Usually, I’m not this tech-crazy, but for the past few days, anything from my family is read in about 3.5 seconds.


I already miss Akio, my cousin. I miss my mom and dad. I miss everyone I knew.

I start to text-walk. It’s not a good idea, and I know it, but I’m a bit desperate. Suddenly, I trip over something. I look down.


There’s this weird little bag on the pavement. It’s got kind of an alligator texture and is the most gaudy pattern I’ve ever seen.


I stumble, catch myself, and glare at it. Is it a bomb?


Then I feel someone watching me. I turn around.


There’s a little girl looking at me. She looks almost like some kind of siren in alluring shades of green and blue. I make a mental note to borrow her fashion choices for my comics. Yakisoba might look good in that.


We stare at eachother for a couple of minutes.


Then I call, “Is this yours?”


She skips over. Her little rainboots have goofy frog faces on them. Or are they fish?


“Yeah,” she says. Her voice has a tinge of mischief in it. “Thanks for finding it.”

“You’re welcome. What are you doing here?”

“Well…” She rocks back on her rubber heels. “Can you keep a secret?”

“Sure,” I reply with a shrug.

She leans in and whispers, “I had a babysitter, but I got rid of her.”

Wow. That was…interesting. “Where are you going then?”

“I’m going to visit my older sister, Issa. Do you wanna come?”

Even more interesting. “Um.”


“She’d like you.”

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s her big blue eyes with that adorable little freckle underneath the left one. Maybe it’s that I need a place to stay tonight.

“Alright,” I say. “Lead the way?”

She giggles. “But I don’t even know your name!”

“Well, I don’t know yours, either.”

“My name’s Camille Fauncewater. Now will you tell me what your name is?”


“Kaori. Kaori Sasaki.”

“Ka – what?”

I laugh. “It’s Japanese. Ka-or-i Sa-sa-ki.”

“Kal-or-ee Sa-sa-kee.”

I decide not to push it. “Aren’t we going somewhere?”

“Yup!” she says. “My sister is really going to like you.”

“I hope so,” I mutter. “I don’t play well with others, usually.”

She doesn’t hear me. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Yes, I received a Wellie Wisher as a gift! Camille is so adorable and I can’t wait to take more photos of her.

IMHO, the last photo is one of the best photos I’ve ever taken. Period.

Let me know what you think – are you excited to see how things will pan out for Kaori and Camille?





I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone like me.

I wonder why that is?


Maybe it’s that not everyone is as daring as I am.

Maybe not everyone thinks that everything is the opportunity for more adventures and experiences.


Maybe not everyone likes the idea of standing on nothing but their own two feet.


Maybe not everyone tests their limits. Maybe not everyone pushes themselves to the max.


Maybe everyone feels comfortable in their niche and never wants to reach for something better.


Maybe not everyone is as stubborn as I am.


I like to call it constancy, though.


My name is Kaori Sasaki, and I’m about to change the world.

I am so happy to welcome Kaori from eBay into the Silver Sky Dolls family! She is a GOTY 2006 Jess McConnell, purchased for only $61. Though she’s used, she has a brand new head from the Doll Hospital, so she’s almost in mint condition.

Bonus photos:

What do you think of her? Are you getting the doll wants again?



American Girl Release {June 2017}

G’day, all loyal followers of SSD! I have been excited about AG’s summer release for some time. Here’s some things to think about on their new release.

Disclaimer: I will not be sharing thoughts about Wellie Wishers, girl-sized outfits or Bitty Baby items. (They don’t interest me as much as the TM and GOTY stuff.)

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and are not endorsed by American Girl in any way.

Disclaimer: This post will not include every single thing released (although it will contain most of them).

Disclaimer: All photos are from

Disclaimer: That was probably too many disclaimers. šŸ˜‰

There. Without further adieu, let’s get to the part you guys are wanting to hear about!


First up, the new TM dolls. IĀ love their new outfit! It is so versatile and cute, and finally, the dress is a good length (not too short like the Lilac Dress). #67’s true black hair intrigues me, although I wonder why they released a doll that looks similar to Gabriela McBride now. I like the choice of face mould for #68. #69 is my personal favourite though. I wish she’d had hazel eyes, because then she’d look exactly like me. Well, not exactly, because she’d need super-thick eyebrows. šŸ™‚

American Girl Truly Me™ Doll Without Hair #70 + Truly Me Accessories

The addition of numbered dolls without hair is awesome. Apparently, they’re quite popular, as all three of them are backordered! I really like how they’re accessible now instead of a ‘talk to us’ thing. And, if you wanted to make a custom, this would be how you’d do it… no wig-prying necessary!

Truly Me Accessories

Thumbs up for new accessories! Finally, these are things we can use – not crazy tutus or navy vests… I love that sweater.


I was kind of shocked to see that there weren’t very many new outfits (although there is the Mix and Match collection – we’ll get to that). I do love the colours of the new soccer outfit and the style of the Travel In Style dress! Although I do wish it were grey with blue buttons. Was I really expecting a grey dress? Heavens, no. This is for ages 8-12, right? AG won’t make stuff that doesn’t appeal to that age bracket.

American Girl Peplum Top & Tweed Shorts Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

The Mix and Match collection doesn’t appeal to me this go-round. I think that the pieces look good on their own, but rarely in the combinations they’ve put them in. (Tights, shorts and boots? I’m not feeling it.) The other thing is that these look sort of warm for summer. That may just be because it’s over 100 degrees every day where I live, though.


New school stuff! Its timing is again kind of funny, considering we’ve just gotten out of school…I like the variation in the lunch, the itty-bitty key in the backpack set, and the colour of the locker. Plus, the more traditional backpack is nice. (One-shoulder backpacks aren’t good for carrying weight.)


Petssss! That French Bulldog is so sweet! I love his droopy little mouth. The hamster is a nice variation to the usual cats and dogs. I wonder if he’s flocked velvet or convincingly-painted plastic? The Tuxedo Cat is pretty neat, too, especially because I was expecting this cat:


Gabriela's Loft Bed

Gabriela’s loft bed! I love it. The stool looks a bit small for dolls to sit on, though. Oh well. I like the paints and the posters and the comforter is a super-cool print. Nice work, particularly because it weighs in at just $200.

Gabriela's Chair & Ottoman Set

Overpriced as it is (this thing is not worth $70 IMHO), it was necessary to her collection. The mp3 player and headphones strike me as strange, though, considering that it’s more popular to use a phone and earbuds. Oh well, I can’t complain.

Gabriela's Take Flight Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

Sorry, this outfit feels like a mash-up of Isabelle’s and Lea’s collections (Lime green and purple butterfly-emblazoned dance outfit. ;)). It reminds me of that red Jazz Outfit that came out a couple of years ago. But far beyond all weirdness is the fact that it has a sheer skirt and no shorts or anything to put underneath! Crazy and kind of gross.

Tenney's Sparkling Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

As for Tenney Grant, someone needs to tell her to take that jacket off or dye it grey! ;D The sequin pattern reminds me of audio bars. Good association I suppose.

Logan's Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

Logan looks kind of uncomfortable in this photo! This outfit looks sort of bland to me, though I love the jacket. That logo evokes memories of 2005 AG…what’s with the boots? They look OG :/.

American Girl Tenney's Music Cartridge Set

These are neat, though! Apparently, if you have Tenney’s Dressing Room, then you can plug these little cartidges into her amp and they’ll play music, which you can adjust with the knob on the amp. Such a cool idea!

American Girl Grand Hotel

But this is, by far, my favourite new release. I’m just in love with the Victorian furnishings and the colour scheme. This is giving me ideas for making my own!

It even folds up to look like this. How cool is that?


I love all the accessories that go with it, too. That breakfast is so real.

All in all, I feel like this was a terrific release, the only strikeouts being Gabby’s newest outfit and the new mix and match collection. But hey, that frees up the old one to go on clearance, right?

It feels like the new TM colour scheme is aqua, royal blue and magenta.

Any thoughts? Are you getting anything from the new release? I know that I am!

Signing off for now,