Just about anyone who has a little girl right now knows that American Girl released their new Girl of the Year on Thursday morning and us die-hard AG mommas spent New Years Morning in line at a store with a very excited daughter. Bitty Bee was extremely excited to be at the store bright and early and she had good reason to! She spent all of the previous month saving her money from commission jobs, selling old toys, and sitting on her Christmas money to be able to bring Grace home with us.
We were at the Dallas store about 15 minutes before they opened at 9:00 am. Not too bad as far as lines go. I saw pictures from some of the other store locations and was very glad that Dallas wasn't crowded at all! Bad weather might have been a factor, but it didn't keep us away! Here's Bitty Bee heading inside!
We booked a personal shopper for 10:00, but ended up canceling because we were able to get everything we wanted and check out by 9:30. Bitty Bee was in heaven! She loves baking and so does Grace. That made her very excited. She loved the bakery! I wasn't so in love with the price of the bakery at a cool $500.00. But maybe for Christmas.
Bitty Bee enjoyed taking her picture with Grace in the store. These two would totally be best friends in real life!
After buying our doll, we went up to the salon to get her ears pierced. She has an exclusive earring set that can only be purchased with her. The set has two different studs and Eiffel Tower dangles. Tres cute!
One of the things that made our trip a little easier was the Lilac Lane Patterns All Dolled Up Tote. Queen Bee and I got it finished up Wednesday night, just in time for our trip to the store. Holly went with us, so this made carrying two dolls around much easier! Here's Bitty Bee carrying Holly and Grace.
They're so cute together! Holly even had a Paris shirt on to come meet Grace!
The pattern was pretty easy to put together, I would say a confident beginner should be able to tackle this one. There were a few areas where we had lightbulb moments after the fact. We didn't find any fusible Peltex at our local store, and I think the non-fusible that we got was a little thick. If we had realized how much that would effect some of the steps, we would have used a heavy-weight fusible interfacing instead in a few places, like the front pocket. The inner liners are really nice and help the dolls stay standing in the bag and also, if your daughter only has one doll with her, one liner can hold the doll and one can hold the doll's clothing.
Here's a better picture of the bag holding both dolls.
I have a very happy daughter! And of course, I couldn't resist a mommy-daughter selfie while we were waiting for some of the crafts in the store!
We had a blast Thursday morning and can't wait until the next big event at the American Girl store! Be sure to check back Monday for a new Molly and Me post!