Isabel’s Secret

IMG_0196Isabel’s eyes darted around the room. Nobody’s here, she concluded to herself.

IMG_0197She fixed her eyes on the prize and locked them there, knowing she’d have to make this quick before anyone else returned.

IMG_0198There. That’s where she wanted to go – Madison’s personal little library.

IMG_0199Of course, the much bigger, absolutely humongous one was in the homeschool room. But Isabel didn’t want to go there. Here was were her favorites were, and while nobody was watching, she was determined to finish at least one chapter of the book she was reading.

IMG_0200Isabel pulled Missing Grace out from between the other beloved books, nervously tossing a glance over her shoulder. She was the eldest of all the Girls of Many Lands dolls – she was supposed to make sure none of the others left their stands for adventure. They were too expensive, she knew. Too fragile and valuable. They were retired, after all.

And that was why if anybody found out where Isabel had been day after day, she was in big trouble.

IMG_0201Uneasily but excited just the same, Isabel opened Missing Grace to the page number she had memorized the night before and immediately dove into the book.

IMG_0202Her eyes devoured the words on the page, soaking up every wonderful feeling it gave her to be lost in another world. A world where Isabel could be right alongside Kit and her friends as they solved a mystery; not her dull, boring, day-after-day life of standing on display.

IMG_0203A creaking noise interrupted her storyland adventure. Immediately Isabel turned her back on the book, slamming it shut and hiding it behind her.

IMG_0204What was that? She asked herself anxiously. Isabel held her breath as she waited in torment to see if the noise would continue, if someone really was there.

IMG_0205Isabel’s heart dropped to her stomach with a sickening, sinking feeling as Leyla walked in curiously. Busted! Isabel knew.

“Hey, Isabel. What are you doing here?” Leyla questioned.

“I was just about to ask the same thing,” Isabel returned quickly. You aren’t supposed to be out of your stand unless it’s for meal breaks.”

“Neither are you. Dinner was over an hour ago. Surely it doesn’t take you that long to use the bathroom.”

Isabel winced. She was going to be in huge trouble.

IMG_0207“You might as well find out where I’ve been going for the past few days,” Leyla sighed as she walked up to the books. “I know I’m not supposed to, but I have a secret love for reading. I was just coming here to finish reading – hey, where did Missing Grace go?”

IMG_0208Isabel smiled, pulling out the book from behind her.

Leyla’s jaw dropped. “You too?”

“Yup,” she grinned. “I have a secret love of reading as well, Leyla.”

IMG_0209“Then let’s read together,” Leyla suggested, and so the two friends opened up the book and began to read.

IMG_0210“You know, we don’t have to keep this a secret,” Leyla suggested.

“But we’ll get in so much trouble!” Isabel objected.

“I bet the other girls sneak off to do things, too. Let’s talk to Madison and ask her if we can have more free time away from the stands if we’re careful.”

Isabel smiled again. “I like the way you think.”

IMG_0213And so; what started out as a secret turned into a love that all of the Girls of Many Lands dolls now enjoy. Every day they are allowed to get lost in a good book as reward for standing in their stands like good little dolls. Well, besides when they sneak away…


Madi and the GOML Dolls


IMG_0214Never try to change your GOML dolls! There’s a reason they were made for older girls who supposedly didn’t want to “play” with dolls but collect them. Their clothes were not made to come on and off. I learned this the hard way.

My original plan for this post was Cécile secretly trying on Barbie clothes because she was tired of her original outfit. I couldn’t take her top off without taking off her bracelets… but she is so old, the elastic in the bracelets around her wrist have crumbled. Gently trying to ease them off her wrists, half of the elastic busted and the mini beads flew off.

IMG_0215I couldn’t even get this one off and it still busted. And trying to put the other bracelet back on I broke it even more. 🙁 I was so furious at myself for doing that!

IMG_0217Lesson learned for sure. Never, ever try to change your GOML dolls. They weren’t meant to be played with. I wouldn’t have been so mad at my self if GOML dolls weren’t retired, but they are, and are very valuable. Grr. I can’t believe I did that. 🙁 😛

Take my advice and please don’t try to change your GOML dolls! They’re too valuable! 😛

Have you ever done something stupid involving your dolls that you wish you hadn’t?


2016-08-30T19:12:20-05:00 September 2nd, 2016|22 Comments


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    Grace (The Girl Upstairs) September 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This was so fun to read, Madi! Aww, I’m so sorry about your GOML doll! But I definitely understand about doing something I wish I hadn’t with my dolls. Hopefully you can get it sorted out!

    • Madi
      Madi September 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you so very much, Grace! I hope so, too. I was so angry that I had done that! LOL! 😛

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    Marion September 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Nice post.

    • Madi
      Madi September 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Marion! 😀

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    Marilyn September 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Nice that the girls like to read.

    • Madi
      Madi September 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Yeah, so much so they were sneaking off to do it! 😉

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    AnonymousA September 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    UGH. I once almost lost my tablet at a work conference my dad went to. He was so disappointed in me.

    • Madi
      Madi September 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Aw man, I know how that feels! I spilled milk all over my iPad mini and felt HORRIBLE.

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    Jackylina September 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Oh, I totally feel for you! I set down my Lea doll too precariously and she fell on top of some doll stands and has a kind of long scratch on her cheek! Grrr!

    • Madi
      Madi September 4, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Aw, that sounds frustrating! I hate it when my dolls get scratched like that too. 😛

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        Magenta September 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

        This is amazing Madi I love your blog! Yes I know how that feels 🙂 I put my Grace doll on the table once near the edge and she just face plant of and landed on the floor! She’s got a big scratch on her face:( but you can’t see it in some lights 🙂
        ~ Magenta~

        • Madi
          Madi September 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          Thank you so much, Magenta! That really means a lot to know you like my blog!! 🙂 And oh my goodness! Poor Grace. 🙁 I know how that is – my dolls always face plant straight on concrete when I am outside doing a stop motion. Annoying, right? Now, four of my dolls have sorta-visible scratches on their noses that you can see in some lights. 😛
          Thanks for commenting! 😀

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    ginnie September 6, 2016 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I loved this so much! I’ve never had accidents with the dolls, but my daughter cut the hair off of a bunch of her Monster High dolls before taking the scissors to her own hair. :O I can’t even say lesson learned, or that she shouldn’t have had scissors because she is eight years old, and no one thinks to hide scissors from an eight year old. Except for me, from now on. Also, I love your GOML dolls! They are all so beautiful!

    ginnie /

    • Madi
      Madi September 6, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Thank you very much! 😀 And oh my! That sounds awful! And thank you again. 😀

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    SierraMist September 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I didn’t relize how much I loved these type of dolls when did they quit them?

    • Madi
      Madi September 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Aren’t they AMAZING? AG quit selling them in 2005, I believe. Sad, right? I wish they had kept on making them. 😛 🙂

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    SierraMist September 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    and I loved this by the way

    • Madi
      Madi September 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks again! 😀

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    Titania October 25, 2016 at 5:29 am - Reply

    That is very strange that Cecile’s bracelet crumbled! I have changed my GOML dolls clothes’ often, and nothing like that has ever happened to me. Also, all of the other clothes are very easy to remove, Cecile’s is the hardest, and Spring Pearl’s is the easiest. ~ <3 it! ~

    • Madison
      Madison October 25, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Yes, it is! O.o Wow, really? I should try removing some of the other GOML dolls’ clothes then. Thank you SO much! That’s super helpful! And thank you! ?
      P.S. Your name is super pretty! 😀

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        Titania November 16, 2016 at 2:29 am - Reply

        Awwww, thank you! ?

        • Madison
          Madison November 16, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

          You’re welcome! ?

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