Monday, December 6, 2010

Amazing News and an Enchanted Christmas

Oh My Goodness!!!!  I am in a state of complete shock over here.  I got on Blogger to do this post and checked the Doll Wardrobe's Fall Giveaway Contest results.  For those of you who don't know, The Doll Wardrobe is an AMAZING blog that does all sorts of reviews on doll clothes, eBay and Etsy sellers who sell doll clothing and accessories.  They've had a doll giveaway contest going for a few months now, where the winner gets to choose between an American Girl Kirsten doll, a My AG #41, and an Ivy Ling doll (Julie's best friend), plus they get an outfit from Liberty Jane Clothing.  The contest ended yesterday, and the winner was announced today.  You were allowed to enter yourself and other family members over the age of 18.  I entered myself at the beginning of the contest, then a week later I entered my husband, thinking "why not?"  Guess who won the contest...MY HUSBAND!!!!!! 

I can't believe it!  I'm practically hyperventilating!  Because OBVIOUSLY my husband's not going to spend too much time with "his" doll. :)  You should have seen the look on his face when I told him he'd won.  You've got to get the full picture.  My husband's into cars, racing, and football.  He's very sweet and tolerant of my doll collection, and has even helped with my restringing projects.  But he's all guy...not exactly the doll type (poor thing, he's stuck with me and 3 daughters).  :}

So now, he's been having fun teasing me, saying, "Well, I guess I can send your Christmas present back" (he got me a workout DVD I'd been asking for...I only know because he needed me to order it).  :)  When I first got home this morning, I was talking about all the things I needed to do around the house, like dishes and laundry.  Then I went on to describe how I needed to exercise, but my shoes were wet from the rain, so they'd have to dry first.  You have to understand, my husband could care less whether or not I keep the house clean (I think I've mentioned that in a previous post).  It seriously doesn't bother just really bothers ME because I HATE having a messy then I start apologizing, and he just laughs because it doesn't stress him out at all. 

Anyway, all that to say that after he heard the news about "his" doll, he said, "Have you been a good girl?  I heard there were things around the house that needed to be done!"  

"I'm doing the dishes now!" I practically shrieked.  

He laughed really hard.  Of course, he's teasing me.  He loves to tease!  Some of the other things he's mentioned are attaching the doll to the top of his car or giving it to me with duct tape in its hair.  But not to worry, fellow doll lovers!  He knows how valuable they are and wouldn't really do that.  I'm confident I'll be getting a doll for Christmas.

AAAHHHHHHH!!!! I cannot believe it!!! :) :) :) :) 

Sorry, I know this post is a little random...I'm just a wee bit excited, if you couldn't tell. :)     

So you may be wondering which of the 3 I'm going to pick.  Unless something drastically changes in the next 24 hours, I'm planning on picking the My AG#41.  I really like her because she looks the closest to me out of all the My AG dolls.  I think Ruthie actually looks a little closer because of her eye color, but hey...why squabble over little things like that?  And don't worry, I'll definitely do a blog post when she gets here. :)

One of the things that makes this so exciting is that I've never had a brand new American Girl doll before.  I just can't afford to spend that much on a doll, especially when it's for me and I already have dolls of my own.  What an unexpected blessing!  :)  Thank you, Lord!  I didn't deserve this, but thanks so much.  

Okay, now the reason I started this post was to share some pics of several of my Beauty and the Beast Christmas ornaments.  I thought it would be fun, since this blog also deals with my fascination with Beauty and the Beast. :)  Some of them didn't turn out like I'd hoped, but hopefully they'll still be enjoyable to you.

Some of you may remember this one from my Disney Store purchase.  I love how it looks on the tree! :)

Here's Belle in her green library dress, made of vinyl and cloth.  This was one of the ornaments I collected in college.  It was done by Disney and would have come out in the late 90s to early 2000s.

Another vinyl Disney/Enesco ornament.  There's a little knob at the base underneath Belle.  When you turn it, she spins like she's really dancing with the Beast.  This ornament was a present from a friend in college and came out around the same time as the last one (sorry I don't remember specific dates on these). :{  I really like it, although my mom thinks Belle's face looks like Cindy-Lou Who from "How the Grinch  Stole Christmas".  :)

Here's Belle in her pink dress with the enchanted rose.  You're supposed to put a Christmas light through a hole under the table, but it's so small that the light usually ends up getting stuck or breaking.  Not the greatest design.  Anyway, this is another Disney/Enesco ornament from the same era.  And yes, I know her face paint is hideous.  :)

These are my Mrs. Potts and Chip ornaments from Hallmark.  I got them for Christmas a few years ago from my Mom and Dad.  They look really cute on the tree, and the quality and detail in their faces is amazing.

This is yet another Disney/Enesco ornament, purchased at ToysRUs when I was in college.  Belle comes on a gold base with a little wheel on the back.  When you turn the wheel, she spins in a circle.

And here's my beautiful Disney Store Belle ornament, made of resin and cloth.  I'm sorry I didn't get all of her in the pic.  She's hanging at the back of the tree and was hard to get to.  You can see another pic of her in the post about my Beauty and the Beast collection.  I really love this ornament, too.  They did a great job on her face and all the details of her dress. 

Here's the last vinyl Disney/Enesco Belle and Beast.  It's another light-up ornament.  Belle and the Beast are hollow, so you can stick an ornament inside and make them glow.  Sorry I didn't demonstrate it for the pic. :}  I've always loved this ornament as well.  

I guess that's about it for today.  Hope you enjoyed the pics and were able to keep up with my odd ramblings.  I'm just a little bit crazy today after hearing about the contest results!!! :)

Oh, and before I forget, I wanted to let all of you know that is having a special today, for those who are interested.  It's called "Toy Mania".  If you buy at least 1 toy from them today, you get free shipping on your entire order.  They have the promotion code on their store site.  There are some great bargains there right now, so check it out! 


Phoebe said...

Wow! Congratulations! My friend has #41 and she is gorgeous!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Phoebe...I still can't believe it!! :)

Gabrielle said...

OH MY GOSH!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooo happy for you!
I didn't enter because it was adults only, but that's alright, I'm really glad that you're the one who gets it. :D
Have loads of fun with your new doll, post pictures when you get her! :D

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Gabrielle!!! :)

AGDollPrincess said...

How exciting! Congratulations on winning the doll!!! I can't wait to see what you think of her when you finally get her!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, AGDoll Princess!! I'll be sure to do a big post when she arrives. :) By the way, I LOVE your photos on your blog! :)

Claire said...

Congratulations! I just saw your comment on the Doll Wardrobe and realized it was you who won. I'm glad you picked #41 (my favorite of the three) - do you have a name picked out for her?

Jen said...

Congratulations! I was just coming over to Blogger to check on the giveaway. And #41 is one of my favorite MyAG dolls, so good choice!

There's nothing quite like your very own, brand-new AG's been, well, many years since I got my Felicity, and I still remember the feeling of awe as I opened the box. Enjoy your new addition, and can't wait to see pics!

Elinor Dashwood said...

WOW! That is AWESOME!! What fun!

I love your Beauty and the Beast ornaments and the pictures on the sidebar, by the way. :-D

beast'sbelle said...

Hi gals! Thanks for all the lovely comments! Claire and Jen, I was going to post a response comment last night, and right as I pushed "post comment", our Internet decided to die again! Arrgh!! I'm now typing this from my dad-in-law's computer. :} So sorry you didn't get to find out her name last night, Claire. I think you already know this from The Doll Wardrobe, but I'm going to call her "Emma Grace". I'm still working on the last will probably be Roberts (but not after the actress-not that I have anything against her). :)

It was good to hear from you again, Jen! :) Don't worry, I'll be sure to post lots of fun pics!! :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the pics, Elinor! Thanks for commenting! :)

AlexAndrea said...

Ahem . . . You do realize that there are guys who collect dolls, right?.
Be grateful your hubby doesn't.

beast'sbelle said...

Lol...yes, I do know there are guys who collect dolls out there. :) I'm thankful my hubby's not seriously interested in this one. :) For someone not all that interested in dolls, though, he's really supportive of me and even helps with some of my projects. Of course, he loves having an opportunity to tease me, too. :) He probably knows more about dolls than he ever thought he would!

AlexAndrea said...

"Sun-Runner" looks like a parade horse. A family in our town (Algers, La.) bred Palominos and rode about a dozen horses in the "Choctaw" Carnival parade, an awesome sight.
I remember the late 1940's (post WWII) and the "floats" being pulled by mule teams. I'll look in my mother's old photo . . . shoe box.

beast'sbelle said...

"Sun Runner" does make a good parade horse. :) She was one of my favorite Barbie horses as a girl.