Sunday, December 31, 2017

LADL Closing Out the Year

This year has been CRAZY! I went through the difficult and tedious task of downsizing. I decided to keep only five dolls. And because it was too difficult for me to make the cuts myself, I let Pleasant Company choose for me. I had my mind on keeping the original trinity, but decided to keep both Felicity and Addy too.


In 1986, Pleasant T. Rowland, a former educator founded Pleasant Company which is headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin.



1986 Molly McIntire, Kirsten Larson and Samantha Parkington were the three original American Girls that launched the collection. These dolls had a white bodies. 1991 when Felicity Merriman was released, the bodies were changed from white to match skin color. 

Credit: AGwiki


All of my other dolls have found new homes. Most were sold, but a small portion were donated. Fortunately for me, I will always have memories and photos of my dolls right here on LADL.
LADL will continue to have a presence on AGIG and YouTube from time to time. LADL facebook is no longer, but the blog will remain as a time capsule, so please feel free to start from the beginning 2012 and read through five years of posts (whenever you have free time) by selecting on NEWER POST at the lower left of the page.

Do not forget the right side bar and top page tabs for quick reference searches. If you're on a mobile device, the right side bar can be accessed by selecting VIEW WEB VERSION.

AG Minis of Snickerdoodle Street will remain online too.

Thank you to LADL readers in the USA and around the globe in 37 countries! 

Canada, UK, Russia, Brazil, Philippines, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Argentina, Ukraine, Colombia, Finland, Portugal, Hungary, Venezuela, Italy, Poland, New Zealand, Moldova, Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Greece, Belgium and China!

Special thanks go to the LADL team:
Madelon, Ticia, Diana, Linda, Renee, and Robin - I couldn't have done it without these ladies!!

Thank you to:
Shosy, Shelly, Sheryl, Maxine, Fawn, Nonna, Claudia, Rina, Char, Frances and A Girl for All Time, Boy Story, Maru and Friends, Dolls from Heaven, Maria, Michelle, Vanessa, Heather, KKollect, ZaZa, Mr. Modelnut, Jen, Felicia, Cindy R., Cindy Y, Leigh, Blake, Linda D., Karen, Feedspot, FOX News, Jezebel online,  



To all of my friends in the doll community all over the world, thank you for stopping by each day. Thank you for an AMAZING FIVE YEARS! I love you all.
God bless you,
Rhonda

43 comments:

  1. Best wishes to you in the New Year and beyond! Thank you for your wonderful blog and and the joy & information you gave us through it - miss it already!

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  2. Thank you Rhonda. I'll miss visiting your blog everyday. God bless you and I pray for many blessings for you in the future. Happy New year, and thank you again for creating a place where us doll lovers can call home.

    Leslie

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    1. This is truly home. Thank you. I will see you on Pinterest and Instagram. Happy New Year.

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  3. Thank you for your fabulous blog over the past 5 years. Best wishes as you begin the next adventure in your life. Happy New Year!

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  4. God bless you, I wish you all the best! Thanks for sharing the joy that dolls can bring... just curious, is Heather hannahmakesfour? I really miss that channel

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    1. Yes, Hannahmakesfour is Heather and she has retired from making videos. I'll let her know you said hello.
      Thank you Rebecca

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  5. I will miss you Rhonda and I will surely miss contributing doll scenes to LADL! Happy New Year and God bless you all in 2018 and beyond!

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    1. Thank you for your amazing doll scenes Linda. You're such an asset to LADL. See you on instagram.

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  6. God bless you. We love You too. It has been wonderful. Happy New Year's. Much love to each you in the LADL Family. XOXO

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  7. Thank you so much for creating this blog. My daughters and I have enjoyed following everyday, since mid 2013. Your DIYs have inspired many projects.
    Thank you to everyone that contributed in posts or comments. They provided inspiration and education.
    Have a Happy New Year! Hope to see you on Instagram following LADL.

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    1. See you on Insta Renee!
      Thank you for being supportive all these years and for contributing. Happy New Year.

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  8. My daughter and I have loved following the blog since Isabelle was a rumored GOTY. We will miss the blog for our doll news!

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    1. You have been following through most of it Amy. I have enjoyed hearing from you through the years. We will see you on Instagram and Pinterest.
      Happy New Year!

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  9. Good luck Rhonda. Thanks for everything. I will miss you and your blog. I hope you let us know how you are doing. Will be looking for you on instagram.

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    1. I will always be in touch, thank you. I appreciate you so much - you have no idea.
      Happy New Year!

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  10. Thank you for all of the posts. I have enjoyed seeing your collection and all of your DIY’s. I will miss your blog.

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    1. Thank you. I'm so glad you were able to find fun and help with the DIYs. Look to LADL Youtube in the future for possible DIYs.
      Have a great 2018.

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  11. I visited your blog nearly every day in the past. Thank you for all the great blogs. Happy new year! I wish you all the best! -Alice

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    1. Hello Alice! So good to hear from you. I appreciate you stopping by LADL through the years.
      Happy New Year.

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  12. Thank you Rhonda! You are a true angel and blessing.

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    1. Ticia, thank you for everything. Your emails of support have been a blessing to me. It's not completely over....see you on Instagram and on Pinterest.
      Happy New Year!

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  13. I will greatly miss your daily emails. So glad you are keeping your blog up. God Bless your new journey.

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    1. Yes Ma'am the blog will remain up online and will from time to time be updated with links on our tutorial page. I hope you'll visit LADL on Instagram.

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  14. This old lady is gonna have to figure out Instagram ;)

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  15. It is so, so sad to say goodbye to you and LADL. I will miss everyone so much. Feel like I know a few of the ladies who posted regularly. Will surely miss Maxine and Hope Faith, and Madelon because she reviews my local AG store. Rhonda, I wish you all the best. You have given us doll lovers a place to gather and talk about dolls and learn from each other. Thank you for the blog and for allowing us to feel a part of it. God bless you!

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    1. Karen, Thank you for this comment. We have all become family. We can continue on Pinterest and Instagram. Say hello whenever you find us there!

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  16. Thank you for all your work, Rhonda. I will miss the daily posts, but wish you the warmest in all you do. Like Nonna, I'll have to figure out instagram.
    ~Xyra

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    1. Xyra, thanks for supporting LADL through the years. I know you and Nonna will keep in touch - it's great to have made friendships via LADL. See you on AGIG.

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    2. I wouldn't have nearly as many fun dolly experiences if it hadn't been for you and Tammy's Travels helping Nonna and I find each other.
      ~xyra

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  17. Dear Rhonda, I am a recent " convert" to 18 inch dolls. I love your blog and have so looked forward to each new post. May God bless you and all the others involved in this wonderful blog as you go into the future

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    1. Lauren I have seen your comments from time to time. So glad you could stop by before the blog ended. Feel free to review older posts and stop by AGIG. We will always cover In Store Reports and launches. Luciana Vega's coverage is already on LADL Instagram.

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  18. We'll miss LADL! Thank you for a wonderful few years, Rhonda. My daughters and I have always enjoyed tuning in and we loved taking part from afar. Happy to have contributed to this wonderful little space on the WWW. And, we are delighted to have been selected as Tammy's new home. She was welcomed with open arms on Christmas morning!

    We'll have to look you up on Instagram to continue to get our fill! Until then, all the best in 2018 and beyond!

    Robin, Brooke, Avery and Quinn :)

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    1. Hi Girls!!!!!
      So glad you had a great Christmas. Thank you for being an important team member and a resource to LADL Canadian audience. Your In Store Reports were helpful to doll collectors outside the USA. Keep in touch and I'll see you on AGIG :)

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  19. Dear Rhonda. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I've enjoyed reading it every day for over 4 years and I am really going to miss it. I've been following it since my daughter was 5 years old now she is almost 10. Time flies by. I am glad you decided to keep some of your special dolls. I have some that have a lot of meaning to me and wouldn't part with either.
    I wish you all the best in your new adventures in life.
    -Laura-

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    1. Laura! Thank you for leaving a comment. Oh my goodness it HAS been that long - LOL. We connected right away and I am so grateful to have had your support the entire duration of LADL. I'll see you on Youtube, Insta and Pintrest. Thank you again!!! Happy New Year!

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  20. Thank you for an amazing doll blog. Best Wishes to you!

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  21. The old Carol Burnett song comes to mind, "I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long..." With a heart full of gratitude and a head full of dreams, I thank Rhonda especially, but everyone who contributed to LADL for all the wonderful memories made here. Take care and God bless you each ^_^

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    1. Aww Shosy, GREAT song! Appropriate here for sure. Thank you for all of your contributions to LADL and for your *In Store Reports* from Scottsdale. Thank you, see you on AGIG.

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