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A Saige American Girl giveaway & art scavenger hunt


After just getting introduced to American Girl dolls a few short months ago, I feel like we have gotten to intimately know so many of these lovely ladies: McKenna with her passion for gymnastics, Caroline, the newest historical doll and her pension for adventure, and now we have the chance to meet the 2013 Girl of the year, Saige with her passion for art.

When I first learned about Saige, the first thing that struck me was her unique beauty.

Have you ever met a young girl or a young man and thought, “Wow they are striking!”

That’s the immediate response you get when you see Saige. Her auburn hair has a tinge of deep red to it, and her blue eyes are only made more powerful by her unique dress with native American tones running through the waistline.

Of course the fact that she’s wearing boots that even I think are pretty cool doesn’t hurt either!

But to be honest, I wasn’t sure if my daughter would feel as much of an affinity for Saige as she did for McKenna.

After starting gymnastics last year and watching the US fierce five take Gold in the Olympics, McKenna was a natural choice to be my daughter’s first American Girl doll.

Saige on the other hand, comes from a world a little more unknown to her.


She lives in New Mexico, rides horses, and loves the outdoors. But I should have realized not to judge a book by its cover. Literally.

As you know, all the American Girl dolls come with a book because they were created by educators and their primary hope was that young girls would get lost in the adventures of these girls’ stories. The dolls were simply created as an accompaniment so that girls could continue living out the story in their own lives after they finished the pages of the book.

Once I turned the book over and read the back cover, I realize just how wrong my initial judgments were about this newest doll, and how  alike my daughter and Saige were in so many ways.

The most striking similarity is their passion for art and their commitment to do whatever it takes to make it a part of not only their lives, but the lives of those around them.


After I read that, I realized I had initially missed the point of what I love so much about the American girl dolls: whether or not they look like you, they embody a little piece of each of us.

That’s why I wanted to come up with a very special way to let Kariss know about Saige.

I planned a special mother-daughter night, a girls’ night out if you will, that involved both of their shared loves, Art.


I’ll let you watch what happens next:

Needless to say, both the doll and the evening of painting pottery was a big hit, although I didn’t realize two people could spend so long painting a little jewelry box!


If you would like to bring the spirit of Saige to a special little girl in your life,  you’re in luck. I have a Saige doll and book set to give away to one of you!

Just enter via raffle copter below: UPDATE: Congratulations to Carrie N. who won Saige! Thanks to all who entered. Check the button on the right sidebar for my current giveaway!
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These beautiful and timeless dolls have taught me an important lesson:
Don’t assume, don’t judge someone by external appearances only, and take the time to find the common thread that ties us all together.

Good luck!


  1. My younger daughter has other 18 inch dolls, but no American Girl doll. She would be so excited to add Saige into our lives!

  2. My 10yr old daughter has devoured these books an would LOVE the doll! She shares that same artistic passion, constantly moving from one creative project to the next!

  3. My girl is just getting to know American Girls as well. She doesn’t even have an American Girl doll yet – Saige would be perfect! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. I collected American Girl dolls as a child and can’t wait to start collecting them with my daughter. Would love to have Saige for her!

  5. My daughter would love this doll because she loves being crafty! They would be a perfect pairing….

  6. My 10yo daughter is totally swooning over Saige!

  7. My girls are already making a Saige Christmas list — they already love her story!

  8. My little girl loves dolls and this one looks so real. She would love it.

  9. We were introduced to American Girl this year and would love to add another friend to our old Kirsten!

  10. Saige would fit perfect because we are both artists and we both want a career in the art field someday.

  11. My daughter would love to have Saige, she doesn’t have any AG dolls, so she would absolutely cherish her.

  12. My daughters would love this doll. They are both great artists.

  13. My little one LOVES Saige…she loves horses, art and calls her grandmother Mimi too!

  14. My daughter LOVES American Girl dolls. This would be amazing!

  15. Cool ideas and love your blog. Would love to give my sweet daughter a American doll for her upcoming bday.

  16. We love American Girl! I loved them as a young girl myself, and am so excited that my girls love them too!

  17. My little girl hasn’t met a doll yet that she doesn’t love. I’m sure Saige would be no exception!

  18. y daughter would take her everywhere with her and read the books to her.

  19. This would be a perfect birthday present for Carleigh!!! fingers crossed!

  20. My daughter loves loves art !!! And would be so excited to receive Saige.
    She loves American Girl stuff and can’t stop going through the catalogs.

  21. This would be Sarah’s 1st American Girl doll! What a great one to start with!

  22. My daughter would be in heaven! She loves art and horses, and so does Saige. I love her!

  23. My daughter and all of her friends are really into AG Dolls right now. Saige would be a welcomed addition to her collection!

  24. My niece would love to share her artistic passion with Saige, my fb is Michelle Trump and my email is tracietrump@yahoo.com

  25. It would fit in my nieces love of dolls debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  26. I think Saige would be the perfect ‘first’ American Girl doll for my daughter, because they both love art!

  27. She would be a best friend for my granddaughter.

  28. My niece would dress up like her and they would be “twins”

  29. One of the American Girl dolls has sooo been on my grand daughter’s wish list.
    I’d love to see this come true for her.
    thank you

  30. My little girl, loves American Girl dolls! Would love to give her Saige.

  31. Michelle Blackman

    My daughter is so much like Saige. She loves horses and art. This would make her day!

  32. I’m pretty sure my 9 year old daughter would FALL OVER AND CRY if I told her she WON the 2013 Doll of the Year! She has 3 others (I think?) and loves to enter dreamland with them, like only a 9 year old girl can do. She absolutely LOVES American Girl dolls and would love to add another to her collection. Pretty please…and thank you. :)

  33. My daughter loves the american girl dolls,but doesnt have one yet( hopefully she could win this for her birthday coming up).she would love saige!!!

  34. My daughter is starting to ask about them because we get thr magazine at home. Would love to win it for her.

  35. My niece is really into these dolls – would love to win one for her!

  36. My daughter lives babies, but does not have a big girl doll. I’m sure she’d bring Saige along on all of her own adventures!! 😉

  37. I recently read the first Saige book aloud to my 6-year-old and 3-year-old daughters. All three of us enjoyed it!

    My 6-year-old particularly connected with the story…and with Saige’s interest in art. She would be DELIGHTED to have the doll sit by her side while she paints, draws, and creates. :)

  38. My neice loves playing with my American Girl dolls and loves Saige and she loves Saige’s hair! She loves doing crafts and it would be so fun for her to do crafts with Saige! :)

  39. My daughter is hoping for Saige for her upcoming birthday – so this is a great opportunity! My daughter loves nature and crafts, and I know she would love exploring new things with her new doll, if she were to win. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. How fun! My girls love art too. We might have to check out the pottery place at The Factory.

  41. She’s a lovely doll with a great story, thanks for the chance to win her!

  42. My daughter still loves playing with dolls. She would fit – as another way to learn and grow

  43. Saige would be an excellent addition to our family, following my little girls around everywhere as their artsy companion in all their creative adventures.

  44. My two girls would be beyond thrilled to win and receive sweet Saige. They both love to create and make things pretty and would so enjoy doing that right along with Saige and her story. I hope to capture more moments with my girls like you have. Precious! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  45. My mother lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has red hair and freckles! I think my daughter would love to have a doll that kind of resembles her Nana.

  46. My six year old granddaughter has loved her generic “like an American Girl Doll” for several years! Would love to surprise her!

  47. Oh my almost 7 year old would have tons of fun dressing her and playing with her!

  48. Megan Nurnberger

    I love American Girl Dolls

  49. my niece would love to have this doll and take her everywhere with her!

  50. My niece would make Sage her new ‘best friend’ they would go everywhere together!

  51. She would fit in perfectly with my four daughters :)

  52. My little girl would love to win Saige. She looks at the AG Catalog every day. Lets just say it’s barely hanging in there. We just built a doll house this weekend to decorate and she could give it a nice home :)

  53. Having three little girls in my home, this doll would certainly have a wonderful life! Lots of play days, lots of tea parties and lots of love!! Now the only question would be, who’s room does she get to sleep? :)

  54. Sage would fit in Perfectly with my Neice. She is the ONLY girl in our family and determined to be true to herself

  55. We would love to welcome Saige into our little girl world. :) Annabella and Penelope would love to learn her stories and enjoy her!

  56. Both of my young and passionate artists would appreciate Saige. She would likely be their newest student in their current doll homeschool room!

  57. I love this doll it will look good for her

  58. My daughter Lily turns 9 at the end of the month, and she is begging for a trip to ATL to get Saige and bring her home! We both love the artistic side of this doll. :)

  59. My daughter’s name is Saige! And it would be such a special doll for her to play with and grow up with. She’ll be turning three this summer and I can’t think of a more suitable gift for her! Thx for this opportunity.

  60. Thank’s for the giveaway!
    I think I entered correctly?

  61. Tricia – just let me know in a comment who you would like to win Saige for :)

  62. twitter_LisaJoyThompson

    My 6 year old is quite the budding artist and she loves American Girl dolls. She got her 1st American Girl doll for Christmas this year and wore her American Girl dress to dinner tonight!

  63. My 6 year old just learned about AG dolls this year. She has been asking for one, but they are just too pricey for us. So Saige would be so loved in our home by not one, but 2 girls who so desperately want her.

  64. I know a special little girl who would never get one of these unless she wins it.

  65. She would fit in perfectly, as both of our girls really enjoy AG dolls. They save up their money to purchase AG accessories, books, etc.

  66. I would LOVE to win this for my girl’s 5th birthday!!!

  67. Maggie would love an American girl doll. She already has a baby!

  68. Oh, my daughter’s birthday is coming up soon! And she loves art!!

  69. My little artist would love to spend time with Saige. :)