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October 31, 2006

New Products in November

Have a Happy Halloween . . . and then check us out for the new winter and Holiday items we will be posting daily! We recently spent a day taking new pictures of new outfits for baby dolls and 18 inch dolls . . . and have ordered more Corolle items to add to our stock. Let us know if there is something you're missing . . . we'll let you know if it's coming soon!

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October 18, 2006

Classic Corolle Dolls Article

A trade magazine, TDMonthly, reccently published the following article by Virginia Davis about Corolle Dolls. It's full of interesting information:

Corolle Dolls Makes Classics to Last a Lifetime:

Longstanding Company Stands for Quality

Corolle Doll has been in business for almost 28 years. They've managed to stay on top of the specialty market by maintaining high quality and designing dolls that will serve a child's needs, Beau James, North American director for Corolle Dolls told TDmonthly Magazine.

"A doll is an object of affection that provides an emotional outlet for a child and encourages children to express feelings, develop imagination and gain understanding and care for others," said James.

Although Corolle dolls are perceived as high-end, they really cost no more than the average doll at the local department store. The dolls' faces are sculpted to resemble real children's faces, but they're stylized just enough to avoid frightening young children, who sometimes react negatively to realism.

"Once an idea is born, sketches are made and given to a sculptor who creates a three-dimensional form," he said. "It could take over a year before a mold is finally created. Most of the operations are done by hand, such as painting the face." The making of a Corolle doll involves from 500 to 100 hand operations, he added.

Although first baby dolls for the youngest children are bald, the hair on other dolls is made from Kanekolon, which is the same fiber used in human wigs. Other doll manufacturers use 24 threads in each stitch hole on the doll's head when rooting the hair, but Corolle uses six to 12 hairs per stitch hole which gives it a very natural look. The hair is washable and can be treated like real hair, says James.

Additionally, "The doll is designed in proportion to the weight of a child. Two- to 8-year-old children usually weigh 15 to 40 pounds, so the Corolle dolls usually weigh around a pound and are easily caried by the child," he said, "Size is important. . . A 12" doll will fit the arms of a 2-year-old, and a 15" doll fits into the arms of a 5-year-old. Larger dolls are for children 7 years and older."

The dolls' soft flesh tones resemble that of actual skin. Dolls with vinyl bodies are surface washable and are scented with vanilla, which is added to the liquid vinyl before being pored into the molds.

"Corolle in French means the inside of a flower, and that is what [our dolls] smell like," noted James. "Catherine Refabert is the designer responsible for Corolle. . . She has been making dolls in France for over 30 years and lives and works in the Loire Valley, in the heart of Touraine - the storybook region of France. The Corolle dolls still have a very European feel . . . in looks and their clothing line."

Although Corolle dolls are no longer manufactured in France, James added, "It's not where a doll is made, but how it is made that is important."

James believes that, "Corolle is very successful because we present Corolle as a brand . . . as dolls with clothing, fashion accessories, furniture, strollers . . . everything little girls need to have an adventure playing dolls."

He added that the company had made its share of mistakes. "The worst one was getting into the collectible market . . . The collectible doll market went soft and those dolls didn't move. . . Now we will keep our focus on where it should have always been: on the child."

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October 15, 2006

American Girl Fashion Shows

Just had the great news that one of the American Girl Fashion Shows will be in our area . . . and that my niece wants to attend also! We have the tickets and I know we'll have fun - and help a good cause raise money too.

Check out the map on the American Girl website to see if there is an event happening near you . . . be ready for a great time!

PS: For even more fun, attend with your doll in matching outfits like my niece plans to do

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October 08, 2006

2007 American Girl News

Just read more bout Nicki and about three new American Girl Mystery Books coming in 2007!
They are: Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery,
Midnight in Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Mystery, and
The Light in the Cellar: A Molly Mystery.

They will also publish Minute Mysteries 2: More Stories to Solve.

Nicki is the Girl of the Year 2007 - there will be a book titled "Nicki" with a publication date of December 20, 2006, and a book titled "Thanks to Nicki" with a publication date of May 21, 2007. The author is Ann Howard Creel. Here are the book blurbs:

Nicki: Girls will love meeting Nicki, the Girl of the Year 2007! Nicki Fleming is a natural with animals. When the chance to train a serivce dog comes up, she just can't say "no," even if it means taking on more responsibility and having to give up some of the things she loves doing. When Sprocket the puppy turns out to be a handful, Nicki has to muster all of her compassion to continue his training. She knows that one day Sprocket will make someone else's life better--and that makes all the difference. The "True Story" section at the back of the book focuses on real girls who have experience training service dogs.

Thanks to Nicki: Nicki's story continues, with a second book about the Girl of the Year 2007. Ten-year-old Nicki Fleming has been having a busy summer on her Colorado ranch. When she isn't training Sprocket to be a service dog, she's helping her mother, who is expecting twins soon. Yet Nicki is dreading the fall--that's when Sprocket will have to leave for more training and eventual placement with a person with special needs. The beginning of the school year also means she's stuck in the middle--caught between her two best friends, Kris and Becca, who can't seem to get along. Can Nicki find a way to let Sprocket go and keep both of her good friends close? The "True Story" section at the back of the book focuses on real girls who have experience training service dogs.

Then last but not least . . . a doll named Rebecca or Rebekah is rumored to be in the works - she may be a Russian Jewish immigrant doll.

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October 07, 2006

Halloween Sale for Girls

That's right . . . all Matching Clothes for Girls and Dolls are on Sale PLUS our new Dress-Up Costumes for Girls are on Sale! Make your selections now - Sale ends October 19, 2006 . . .

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October 04, 2006

New from Corolle!

Lots of new items up from Corolle . . . and more coming! For now, we have two new 17 inch Corolle dolls - both lovely and dressed for winter! Maroussia is brunette and Oksana is blonde . . . we have a new pink print dress too. (The same pink dress is also available in the 14 inch toddler doll size)

Then we have a new Corolle baby doll outfit - the Rain Coat set for both Small and Medium Baby Dolls.

Coming soon . . . a Corolle Red Snowsuit for Baby Dolls and a Denim Dress Set for 14 inch Toddler Dolls and for 17 Girl Dolls . . . watch for them!!

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October 02, 2006

Halloween Countdown

The Halloween Countdown is underway at DollReader's website - each day a different Halloween product (doll related of course!) will be featured . . . and DollCloset.com will be included too! Another reason to check it out is that occasionally there's a give-away contest included . . . Happy Halloween to all you spooks and goblins

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