Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.

Things of Note:

I am in a screen printing frenzy this week – in a good way! Things are printing beautifully, and I’m gearing up for a craft show this weekend. If you’re in the ATX, stop by! I also hit 50 sales in my shop this past weekend, which is pretty awesome. 🙂 In non-shop news, I’m still playing the waiting game in regards to big paycheck and big project. Le sigh. Patience is not one of my virtues. But I’ve gotten a good chunk of my Christmas shopping done, and have had the free time to clean house and do all this screen printing, so it’s not all bad.

How are things in your life this week?


  1. That American Girl article made me feel a little sad, too. I think I read just about all the books for Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha and Molly and I had a Samantha doll. My mom even took me to American Girl events at Strawberry Banke (it’s an outdoor history museum in New Hampshire). Those books and events are what made history come alive for me as a kid.

    That said, I’m not sure if I agree with the author having poked around American Girl’s website a bit. The dolls of our youth may have been retired, but there are still nine historical lines (three of which have two dolls) that they produce. They’re focused on slightly different points in history, but there’s a heck of a lot more ethnic/racial diversity now than there was when we were kids. There are two black dolls, a Mexican-American doll, a Native American doll, a Russian-Jewish doll.

    I don’t really see what the fuss is about the modern dolls though, they’ve had those for years… It’s not like it’s a new thing. I remember when that modern line was introduced, I’d grown out of the dolls by then but I still got the catalogs.

    1. I had all the books, too, not just Samantha’s. I think I liked the books even more than the doll.

      I agree that there’s more racial/ethnic diversity now. I just don’t see why they had to get rid of the other classic dolls – why not have all of them? I’m glad they still have the books at least.

      I do think the girl of the year story seems a bit… insipid compared to the historical storylines. But I also think the option to design a doll that looks like you is something little girls would love. So, toss-up?

  2. I love that Pantene commercial, spot on. And those logos are cracking me up.

    I’m also sad to see some of those older American Girl dolls to be retired. I never had the dolls but I had some of the books and they’re one of the reasons I fell in love with history. Modern stories and problems have never been the point of American Girl dolls so I don’t understand why they’re making this change.

  3. congrats again on the hitting the 50 sales mark. I’m hoping I can get to that mark by the new year. So I’ve been a bit more aggressive with the marketing more so than usual.

  4. Also, I really like the list of the 10 old fashion dating habits. I believe those things can be applied to be people in relationships too. I feel so many people are quick to be nonchalant about when they are dating someone and unwilling to just say ‘hey.. I like you…lets do this’ Even though I’ve been with my boyfriend for nearly 7yrs I still have to get him to be blunt about things otherwise I’ll never know how he feels about stuff.

    1. I really liked that article, too. I don’t see anything wrong with putting effort into a date or relationship, and being plain about it – it shows that you care. And a lot of the tips were such simple ways to make that effort.