Archive for the ‘American Girl Dolls’ Category
Use your creativity with color markers and pencils for a chance to win one of 10 prize packages worth more than $260, including a Saige 18″ doll and her hot air balloon! Simply by downloading American Girl hot air balloon template and entry form Sweepstake ends April 1st, 2013.
My recent trip to Costco I came across American Girl Gate and it’s Showtime. These are illustrated scenes. The “Gate – Now boarding” includes a fold out airplane scene, doll travel ideas book, and cool doll size travel gear. The Showtime – Spotlight stage includes theater scene, star ideas book and theater accessories. Theses scenes folds for easy storage. They retail at Costco for $44.99. I think these are cool and makes a nice gift.
I came across this video tutorial and what a great mommy and me project for a rainy day.
American Girl has added 2 new pets to their line. Meatloaf a bulldog, is tan-and-white fur and comes with a collar and a personalized name tag. Licorice the cat with black body and white markings. She also has a collar and her personalized name tag. Some might remember that Licorice was archived and now has been reintroduced. I personally have not seen her although, I have heard her fur is not as nice as the original. We still have the original Licorice and I see a slight difference on the face. Do you see any difference? They retail for $22.00 at American Girl
Wouldn’t your doll look magical in her new Hocus Pocus Witch Costume.
Hocus Pocus in this vibrant purple satin dress, black satin bodice with orange satin ribbon ties. Orange satin ribbon trim across bodice, sleeve hem and dress hem. Puff short sleeve with jagged hem. Full purple skirt with jagged hem and black tulle for fullness. Includes:
- Witch Dress
- Black and purple stripe leggings
- Black Felt Witch Hat with orange satin ribbon trim
- Purple Spider satin fabric trick or treat bag
- Soft closure that doesn’t snag fabric
Arianna ™ original designs are made to fit 18 inch doll like American Girl®, Our Generation®, The Madame Alexander – Favorite Friends® ,Goetz® and Springfield Collection®.
Available at My Pink Planet
Pirate Gal is a 7 piece complete outfit
-Front Lace up style, cranberry color satin corset
-Black satin full skirt with black tulle for fullness
-Tailor purple satin blazer with matching satin cranberry color cuff hem on long sleeves
-Black Felt Boots
-Black felt pirate hat adorned with purple feather
-Black eye patch
-Soft closure that doesn’t snag fabric
This Halloween your doll is gonna be the ultimate coolest pirate!
Available at My Pink Planet
American Girl is giving away to 20 lucky winners the girl of the year doll, McKenna and paperback book (Ready to Fly, and Take the Challenge! ). You must enter by August 31, 2012. You must register to enter and then take the challenge. Click to ENTER for a a chance to win. For Official detailed Rules.
Good Luck girls!
Great ready girls for McKenna Shoots for the Stars! movie set to air on July 14th NBC 8pm/7pm central or pick up your DVD Combo at American Girl or Walmart available July 3rd. Here’s a sneak peak.
Gorgeous 4pcs weekend sporty but yet classy outfit Includes:
- White long waist cotton tank top
- Cranberry sleeveless tank embellished with sheer organza soft floral along neckline
- Black denim skinny jeans
- Black Tweed Jacket
Arianna ™ original designs are made to fit 18 inch doll like American Girl®, Our Generation®, The Madame Alexander – Favorite Friends® , Goetz® and Springfield Collection®.
Available at My Pink Planet
Girls Just wanna have fun and fun it is in this 80″ retro outfit. Black and white horizontal stripe tank top with black rib trim. Embellished sequin pink heart on chest, hot pink tulle skirt.
- Stripe & Tulle Dress
- Black Leggings
- Hot Pink Sheer Head Scarf
Available at My Pink Planet
Arianna ™ original designs are made to fit 18 inch doll like American Girl®, Our Generation®, The Madame Alexander – Favorite Friends® , and Springfield Collection®.
Your 18 inch doll can gear into Summer Fun with her new trendy Retro flower print Bikini Top with turquish blue swimsuit shorts. Available at My Pink Planet
Birthday Wishes to Kit, Samantha & Cecile!
Kit Kittredge born May 19th. Kit is the 7th Historical Character of the American Girl Dolls, representing the Great Depression era. Kit was released in 2000.
Samantha Mary Parkington born May 26th. Samantha was one of the first three Historical Characters of the American Girl Dolls, representing the Edwardian Era. Samantha was released in 1986 and was offically archived on May 31, 2009 along with her best friend Nellie O’Malley. Although, she is not available for sale through American Girl you can still enjoy her books and mini doll at American Girl.
Cecile Rey born May 28th Cecile was the eleventh Historical Character of the American Girls, representing 1850s New Orleans. Cecile was released in 2011 along with best friend Marie-Grace Gardner.
Great outfits available at My Pink Planet
American Girl is schedule to release their new Historical Doll this September. They have released her name, Caroline Abbott. As of today we have no clue what she looks like or what she is passionate about. I guess we will wait for clues to come. I wonder which historical doll are they planning to archive of their new release.
May 1st is Julie Albright birthday.
- Julie was the first Historical Character to be simultaneously released with her best friend Ivy Ling.
- Julie is the first Historical Character to wear pants with her Meet Outfit, as fitting the change in attitudes about clothing for women.
- Rumors have been going since 2007 of a Julie musical. This was confirmed in December 2009, with an unknown release date.
- Julie is the first Historical Character to be released with divorced parents.
Here are some cool outfits for Julie
Available at My Pink Planet
Great reads on Julie
- Meet Julie: An American Girl
- Julie Tells Her Story
- Happy New Year, Julie!
- Julie and the Eagles
- Julie’s Journey
- Changes for Julie
Available at American Girl
American Girl fans out there are 2 young actresses to look for coming up this summer. Jade Pettyjohn and Ysa Penarejo, jade 11 years old who will play the character McKenna Brooks known as American Girl Doll of the year 2012 and Ysa will play McKenna’s BFF, Toulane in the movie “McKenna Shoots for the Stars”
For those who remember Cathy Rigby back in the 70’s known for being the first American woman to win a medal in World Gymnastics and for competing in the 1972 US Olympic which ended quickly due to prior injury she had experienced which kept her of winning any medals for the 1972 Olympics. Ms. Rigby will play the role of Coach Isabelle.
There are 2 books available for Mckenna so if you like to get some great read on the character before the movie which is set to air NBC Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8/7c. So don’t forget to tivo! DVD of the movie is planned to be released end on July.
McKenna and McKenna ready to fly! Both books written by author by Mary Casanova.
Here is a slide show created by AGmadeline17 on YouTube.
Pink princess dress
Pink ballet slippers
Available at My Pink Planet
Ever wonder when is your American Girl birthday??? Here’s a list that my daughter created the last couple of years and some dates we got from our customers.
Ivy Feb. 28th
Marie-Grace March 3rd
Josefina March 19th
Rebecca April 4th
Addy April 9th
Felicity April 21st
Molly April 22nd
Julie May 1st
Kit May 19th
Samantha May 26th
Cécile May 28th
Kirsten June 8th
Kaya Aug. 14th
Ruthie August 23rd
Emily Sept. 29th
Nellie Oct. 14th
Elizabeth Nov. 4th
If you have a date you would like to share with us contact us at email@example.com
Celebrate and host your doll’s birthday with this adorable complete party birthday Set.
This fun kit contains:
12 Page Birthday Guide – rules for 2 baloon games and recipe for chocolate birthday cake.
Available at My Pink Planet
Your 18 inch doll will strut in style with her new designer Boho Chic outfit, comes complete! Includes:
* Eyelet top with gold lace trim
* Denim skirt with eyelet ruffle
* Red panties
* Tan sandals
* Tan purse with a clear band so the doll can hold it
* Matching eyelet fabric hair scrunchy
Available at My Pink Planet
Mckenna is here! American Girl Doll of the year 2012 Mckenna, a fourth grader who is a passionate gymnast and like some girls struggles with reading. Her story how she uses her strength as a gymnast to succeed in challenges she faces with reading.
Mckenna has long, caramel-colored hair and blue eyes. She comes dressed in a sporty striped dress with flutter sleeves, a dropped waist, and a pleated skirt, teal leggings that stretch for the splits! Strap slide-on shoes,purple cotton underwear and a hairband to sweep her hair back during gymnastics practice.
Her Starter collection includes the above plus
- McKenna’s Accessories: a gym bag; mini Fantastic Gymnastics book; gym ID card; three faux dollars; a pretend water bottle and healthy snack; a poetry journal, book report, and letter of congratulations; and a special necklace from her grandmother.
- McKenna’s Practice Wardrobe: a sleeveless leotard; twist-front sweater; team tee and velour shorts; ankle brace for extra support; plus a headband, four hairbands, six purple elastics, and a fun hairstyle card with step-by-step instructions for a braided ponytail!
- Exclusive! McKenna’s Warm-Up Outfit: A sporty zip-up sweatshirt and pair of pants she can toss on over her leotard, plus a pair of sneakers and two orange hairbands.
- Two paperback books, McKenna and McKenna: Ready to Fly!
Available at American Girl
Char of Doll Diaries has been having fabulous giveaways this month for 18 inch dolls. She is currently having a giveaway for one of my designs, gorgeous Grand Ball Dress perfect for your 18 inch doll special event. Visit Doll Diaries to enter, you might just be the lucky winner!
* Floral print, flannel nightgown with lace trim
* White panties
* Plush bunny with a clear band so the baby can hold it
* Matching “security” blanket with a clear band so the baby can hold it
* Fuzzy bunny slippers
* Two hair ties
Designed to fit Bitty Baby®, Baby Twins ® and other soft body 15 inch doll
Available at My Pink Planet
Win a coupon for a Free Doll Tea Set. This giveaway will be for our Musical Notes Tea Set.
How to Enter:
Tell us what’s your favorite Thanksgiving Trimming.
Visit our Facebook Page and Click on LIKE and leave your comment. You can also increase your chances by leaving a comment on our blog.
This giveaway will close on November 19th at 11:59pm. A winner will be chosen randomly and receive a coupon for a free Musical Notes Tea Set!
*Coupon valid for one week, one coupon per order. Shipping not included.
While visiting Costco this past week I found that they are selling Madame Alexander 18 inch dolls “Alexander Girlz” which sells for $29.99. Although, if you shop online on Costco website the exact dolls are sold for a higher price at $37.99 If you are looking for the alternative of American Girl doll price tag but an upgrade in quality from My Generation doll here’s an option to consider….
These dolls are attractive, the hair is rooted and they each come with a couple of outfits and accessories.
dolls are attractive, hair is rooted,
Valerie Tripp, well known author of many American Girl stories is ready to penn a story about an Indian-American boy struggling with whether he should keep playing a sport he has grown up in his entire life and another how one boy struggles with feeling shy and out of place.
Order your Doll furniture now and receive in time for the Holidays!
Available at My Pink Planet
The very talented Sarah shows how you can make a tutu for your American Girl doll or any 18 inch doll with no sewing involved. Enjoy!
Wow! Imagine being the lucky winner of Cecile and Marie-Grace. Barnes and Noble are having this fabulous giveaway! You can enter in person at one of Barnes and Noble location or you can enter on line but move quickly. The contest ends on October 1st, 2011 central daylight time and a random winner will be announced on October 8th, 2011.
Here are just a few cool ideas for Christmas Stocking Stuffers for your girl and her 18 inch doll.
Available at My Pink PlanetPlanet
Imagine your 18 inch doll sleeping peaceable in her new purple polka dot pajamas, complete with matching slippers, hair accessories and a snuggable precious lamb.
Purple polka top pajama top
- White Panties
- Fuzzy cozy slippers
- Two hair ties
- Plush lamb with clear band so the doll can hold it
Denise Lewis Patrick is the author of American Girl newest Historical Dolls Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner. In her six book series, set in 1850s New Orleans, Ms. Patrick writes about two girls that form a unique bond through their shared love for music and their compassion to help their community during the yellow fever epidemic. Ms. Patrick recently interview by American Girl, enjoy the Q&A’s:
What did you do to prepare to write Cécile’s stories?
The first thing I did was to read about what New Orleans was like at the time her stories take place. What did the city look like? How did the different people live together? What kinds of work did free people of color do, and where did they live in the city? I found answers to these questions in books, drawings, old newspapers, and in the
narratives, or diaries, of real people who lived in the 1850s. Next, I read about yellow fever, and how that terrible disease affected everyone who lived in the city. I imagined that people must have felt in many ways the same as they did after Hurricane Katrina, or after 9/11 in New York. I decided that I wanted Cécile’s stories to show how something so big touched and changed the lives of real, normal people. But the most important thing I did was to go back and walk the streets of New Orleans, to smell the history in the old buildings and see the wonderful cast iron rails. New Orleans is more than a place to me. It’s a feeling.
What were the most challenging aspects of writing the Cécile books?
I believe the most challenging aspect of writing these books was deciding what to leave out of Cécile’s story! Almost immediately, I began to imagine this lively, smart girl and the family she came from. In my own family, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are very important, and cousins are, too! I even created a family tree for the Rey family, with details such as what Papa’s mother did (she made hats), and how Cécile’s parents met (their fathers were friends). “Building” a life for the Rey family helped me to know Cécile as well as I know any real person.
How would you describe Cécile’s personality?
In my mind, Cécile Amelie Rey is bright, curious, and has a mischievous sense of humor. She loves secrets, of course, and also enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. She’s not quite a “girly-girl,” because unlike most girls of her time, she hates sitting still and being quiet!
How would you describe Cécile’s circumstances in the story?
I would say that she’s a child who grows up fast, because she has to face some very serious events in her family and community. She also outgrows the kind of sheltered life she’s had before, in becoming friends with Marie-Grace and actively helping children who are less fortunate.
Were any of Cécile’s stories based on your own or your family’s personal experiences?
My father and my New Orleans relatives used nicknames for us, the same way her family does. Food is very important to my family, as it is to the Reys — especially when we’re celebrating anything. But on the other hand, maybe Cécile herself is a bit like I was as a girl: always listening to the grownups talk, and always asking questions!
What did you discover about New Orleans in writing the Cécile books?
What I discovered about New Orleans as I was writing these books is that there’s even more to love about this city.
What do you hope girls will learn from Cécile?
I hope that girls learn from Cécile that sometimes, true friendship finds you even when — or especially when — you’re not looking for it. It comes when you need it. She discovers an ability that all girls have — to bravely open their hearts to a bigger world than the one they’ve known.
Artisan Arianna has been creating 18 inch doll jewelry for American Girl doll and other 18 inch doll. It started a couple of years ago when she found that there were minimal choice if any jewelry for her American Girl doll. She started creating her own designs for her dolls and friends dolls. Upon recieving many compliements from her work, she started to get orders from friends and aquantances. She later was selling her line on ebay and , My Pink Planet. She just recently launched her own store on Etsy, Artistic Goodies.
Arianna has started a clothing line for girls of handpainted apparel. Come visit her store, her prices are great and her quality is exceptional! Artistic Goodies
Finally! The new American Girl dolls have arrived. Cecile and Marie-Grace, 2 girls from the 1853 New Orleans era. These girls are can be pre-ordered at American Girl and available on August 30th, 2011. Here’s a link to Cecile and Marie-Grace color catalogue, filled their collection of clothing, accessories and more.
American Girl is having a contest, winner will receive the New Historical Girl doll collection. For more info to enter
So who do you favorite?
There is an upcoming American Girl movie scheduled to start shooting on July 11th at Winnepeg, Canada. Starring Nia Varadalo, (some might remember her from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and newcomer Jade Pettyjohn who will play the role of Velma, a strong- willed gymnast with Olympic aspirations whose plans evaporates when she is sidelined by an injury. Varadalo will play Velma’s mom, the film is planned for DVD.
The production company are looking for extras in the following:
Female Gymnast between ages 9 -12
Male and Female urban skateboarders between ages 11-13
Males and Females between ages 8 and into their 60’s
Extras are needed to play students, gymnast, gymnastic spectators, nature enthusiasts , hikers, horse back riders and street pedestrians.
Extras will be paid $11/hr meal and snacks will be provided.
If you would like to be part of this production and willing to work 1 to 3 days between July 11th and Aug 5th, register at http://www.extrascastingproductions.com/
More Info on http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2011/06/23/casting-for-american-girl-underway-in-winnepeg/comment-page-1/
Samantha Parkington born May 26th 1895, a bright, loving and compassionate orphan girl who was raised by her wealthy grandmother “GrandMary” in Mount Bedford, NY in 1904. Samantha’s parent died in a boating accident when she was 5 years old. Beside having GrandMary, another important figure in her life was Uncle Gardner who was very much a father figure to her.
Samantha learns the realities of her Edwardian world – from her life of luxury to the prejudices and difficulties faced by women and the lower classes. Samantha’s best friend is Nellie O’Malley who has also been archived by American Girl. American Girl first introduced Samantha in 1986 along with Molly and Kirsten. Samantha is still till this day the most favorable and popular doll. Her books were written by three different authors, most notably Valerie Tripp, and were the first of the books to be published. The first American Girl TV movie was produced about Samantha. It was called Samantha: An American Girl Holiday and it debuted November 23, 2004 on the WB.
Although, Samantha doll was sold out on February 2009 and officially archived on May 31, 2009, you still might be able to purchase her new or used on sites like Ebay. Samantha books, movie and mini doll are still available for sale.
On May 19th many young girls will be celebrating Kit’s Birthday. Kit is one of my favorite doll, I love her reading her stories. For those who are not familiar with Kit, Kit Kittredge an amazing bright ambitious young girl born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her passion is to become a reporter one day. During the the height of the Great Depression, Kit and her family experienced financial hardship like many families in that era. Kit and her mom rented to boarders while her dad left the state to seek for work. Kit’s best friend is Ruthie Smithens. Below are some of Kit’s books and are available at American Girl.
In my recent trip to Costco, I came across American Girl Pet pack. They offered 6 different pet pack, each come with either an adorable puppy or cat with book of puzzles, posters, game and activities. The packaging case comes with handle on top, clear see thru front. Priced at $13.99 each. Ready for gift giving. A perfect addition for your 18 inch doll.
1. Ginger Book & Pet Pack includes Ginger’s first title 32 page , and Ginger plush kitten.
2. Coconut Book & Pet Pack includes the latest Coconut title 32 page, and Coconut plush puppy.
3. Honey Book & Pet Pack includes Ginger’s first title 40 page, and Honey plush kitten.
4. Pepper Book & Pet Pack includes Pepper’s first title 40 page, and Pepper plush puppy.
5. Praline Book & Pet pack includes Praline’s first title 40 page, plus Praline plush kitten.
6. Sugar Book & Pet pack includes Sugar’s first title32 page, plus Sugar plush puppy.
Pleasant Rowland an incredible entrepreneur and a woman of inspirations. Pleasant Rowland was born in Chicago and grew up in Bannockburn, suburb of north Chicago. Ms. Roland taught elementary school for six years and then switched career to a t.v. reporter for a couple of years and then follow by a career as a textbook writer and finally an entrepreneur.
One day in the Early 80’s Ms. Rowland visited colonial Williamsburg, Va and that was the beginning of a phenomenon. In 1986 Rowland founded the Pleasant Company, which manufactures the famous American Girl dolls, each 18 inch doll from a different historic era. She believed what a unique and inspiring opportunity for young girls ages 7 thru 11 to incorporate fun, stimulate imagination while learning history through their dolls.
Upon locating a German manufacturer and intensive research at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology led to prototype designs for the first three dolls of her collection. In 1986, the first launched of her American Girl Doll collection was Kirsten, a Swedish pioneer girl in the 1854 era, Samantha, a wealthy Victorian orphan 1904 era, and Molly, a bespectacled nine-year-old in the waning years of World War II era. Each doll came with a historical era story book, an audio cassette, and a detailed collection of optional accessories. It was also the year of the first American Girl Catalog. The American Girl doll were first available thru mail order catalogs.
The company grew immensely and other 18 inch dolls as well as Bitty baby and Girl of the year were added and many other cool accessories. In 1998 Ms. Rowland sold her company to Mattel, the world’s largest toy company for a whooping $700 Million.
In 2004, Ms Rowland founded Rowland Reading Foundation to promote Rowland Reading Program such as Superkids Reading Program which my daughter, Arianna had enjoyed in her first grade class.
About Josefina – Josefina Montoya is a nine-year-old growing up on a rancho in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which wasn’t yet a state in 1824 — it was still a part of Mexico. It’s been a year since her mother died, but Josefina, her Papa and her three older sisters — Ana, Francisca and Clara — are all carrying on, coping with their sadness and loss. But things begin to look brighter when Abuelito, Josefina’s grandfather, returns to the Montoya rancho with a surprise: Tia Dolores, Josefina’s aunt.
Suede Coin Drawstring Bag – perfect for Josefina available at My Pink Planet
There are many books about American Girl® Josefina written by Valerie Tripp
MEET JOSEFINA: An American Girl
JOSEFINA LEARNS A LESSON: A School Story
JOSEFINA’S SURPRISE: A Christmas Story
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSEFINA!: A Springtime Story
JOSEFINA SAVES THE DAY: A Summer Story
CHANGES FOR JOSEFINA: A Winter Story
For more games and activities on Josefina Montoya visit American Girl®
While visiting Susan Kramer’s website, I found she offers many patterns that she created herself. Visit her page to get details on how to create a ballet or dance costume for your American Girl® or other 18 inch doll. At Susan’s site you will find free patterns for other dolls such as Bitty Baby®, Magic Attic®, Raggedy Ann® and much more. Susan also offers an Ebook of 18 inch doll clothes patterns that can be purchased for $5.00. Think of the cool clothes that you can create for your 18 inch doll with your fashion flair!
Considering throwing a tea Party with friends and your doll? Here are some great tea sets to consider.
Tea Sets for your 18 inch doll
Tea Sets for Girls
Cool Recipes for your Tea Party
1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix 1 cup boiling water 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed Few drops food coloring, any color 24 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows 24 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows 1/4 cup colored sugar or colored sprinkles Make It
PREPARE and bake cake batter as directed on package for 24 cupcakes; cool completely in pan. Pierce cupcakes with wooden skewer or large fork at 1/4-inch intervals. Add boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Spoon over cupcakes, adding about 2 tsp. to each. Refrigerate 3 hours.
TINT COOL WHIP with food coloring; spread onto cupcakes.
CUT each large marshmallow crosswise into 5 pieces with clean kitchen shears. Arrange 5 on top of each cupcake to resemble flower. Place 1 miniature marshmallow in center of each. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Keep refrigerated.
Cucumber Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Makes 10 small open-faced sandwiches
1 large cucumber
5 slices pumpernickel bread
Soft cream cheese
Chopped fresh dill
Salt and Pepper
With adult supervision, carefully cut the cucumber and tomato into thin slices. Cut the pumpernickel
slices in half. Mix the cream cheese with chopped dill to taste. Spread the cream cheese on bread.
Top with cucumber and tomato slice. Garnish with chopped dill, salt and pepper.
Use pictures from online of your favorite videos and TV shows to make this TV and accessories for 18″ doll.
Kids Craft glue
- Paint Pens or Markers
Styrofoam Packing Scraps Purple, Neon Green, Pink and Yellow craft foam
Instructions for Making the TV:
Ask an adult to cut a chunk of Styrofoam with a serrated knife. You can make the TV almost any size. Ours is 3″ x 3″ x 5-1/2″. Carefully measure and cut purple craft foam to fit on all sides but the front. Glue in place. Cut a piece of neon green for the front with an opening for a picture. Go to your favorite celebrity web site and print a picture for your TV screen. Trim it down and glue to the back of the craft foam piece. Glue to Styrofoam. Let dry. Decorate with punch outs and draw on a design.
Instructions for Making the VCR:
Ask an adult to cut a chunk of Styrofoam with a serrated knife. Our VCR measures is 1″ x 2″ x 3″. Carefully measure and cut pink craft foam to fit on all sides but the front. Glue in place. Cut a piece of yellow for the front. Glue to Styrofoam. Let dry. Decorate with punch outs and foam scraps and draw on a design.
Instructions for Making the Videos:
Go to Blockbuster.com and print out your favorite video covers. Trim the pictures down. Ask an adult to cut pieces of Styrofoam with a serrated knife to fit the pictures. Color the Styrofoam black on all sides but the front. Glue on the covers.
I love this ice cream cone made of colorful clay. Imagine what other yummy desserts you can make for your doll with alittle tender rub.
American Girl® is launching a special edition of mini dolls. They are 6″ in height and come with an abridged mini version of the doll’s book. Available now is Samantha and Nellie until December 31, 2011 or until supplies last. A new mini doll will be released every month and they retail for $22.00. To compliment the collection of mini dolls, American Girl® offers mini doll display shelf which comes with two shelves, 12 mini doll stands, plus spots to place the name stickers that come with each doll. The shelf retails for $48.00
American Girl® Celebrates their 25 year anniversary. For me it seems they debuted not so long ago. I remember when when friends daughter and niece where so excited to get their first doll Samantha. Today many of these girls have passed their dolls to their daughter. So what is American Girl® doing to celebrate? They have just launched a cruise for Nov. 19th – 26th 2011 which they claim ” once-in-a-lifetime experience” for the entire family, the American Girl 25th Birthday Cruise!
Sounds exciting! I wonder why they decide to offer Thanksgiving week or are they just testing the waters to see if this would be a potential family getaway in the future for Spring and Summer months. Listening to some moms I hear a mixed bags of feed backs. Some think this cruise is too expensive while others think it’s monetary comparable to other cruises. Checking their site, some of the stateroom are already booked. The ship departs from Miami, Fla and sails to the following ports; Puerto Rico, St. Marteen, and St. Kitts. Here’s a link for more detailed information http://www.americangirl.com/cruise/. So what do you think?
Forget about your winter blahs. Here are 10 ideas to help make your winter fun.
1. Make a craft, let your creative side flow.
- Snowy Handprint http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=2224
- Snowflake Tee http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=2199
- No Sew Pillowcase skirt http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=1718
- Handbag for your American Girl Doll http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=1410
- Cool Printouts for your doll http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=1373
- Eco Friendly Purse http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=1527
2. Make a yummy chocolate dessert.
- Chocolate lava cake http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=2172
- Bring the summer indooe with this fun snorkel cake http://www.mypinkplanetblog.com/?p=1595
3. Have a party with your American Girl Doll. Create a winter adventure.
4. Play a game board with the family. There are so many great board games especially the classic such as monopoly, scrabble, life etc….
5. Make personal pizza with the family. Everyone can create their pizza by adding their favorite topping.
6. Watch a movie with the family. Make popcorn and fun treats.
7. Snow games -
- Snowman and or igloo competition
- Hike in the snow
8. Scrapbook – Here’s a great time to gather all those pictures laying around or sitting on your hard drive. Have hours of fun, perfect to reminisce with the family while scrap booking. Makes some hot cocoa with marshmallow to enhance the warm surrounding.
9. Read a great book. This is a perfect time to catch up with a book you have been wanting to read.
10. Have an indoor hawaiian luau - Get your shades, leis hats, anything tropical out and decorate. Play family limbo, make virgin pina coladas, have some beach/pool music playing. Arianna and her cousins did this one year and they had a blast.
Many of the decoartions were handmade from contruction paper and foam color paper. Movies were also played like Wizard of Waverly the movie. Why not get GOTY Kanani book and incorparte her story.
Did you know there’s cool giveaway going on at American Girl? Visit American Girl website and create an e-card with your family and friends. Every card you create will automatically enter you a chance to win Kanani goty and her book. That’s $100 value. Every card you create is an automatic entry for a chance yo win Kanani™ doll and book. You can enter as many times as you like. Imagine you can be the lucky winner. Good Luck! Gotta go, you know what I will be doing.
- Orange top with embroidery detail around neckline
- Beautiful Layered, print skirt
- Orange Panties
- Detail Beaded Sandals
- Purse with beaded handle and clear band so the doll can hold it
Matching hair scrunchie
Designed to fit 18 inch American Girl Doll.
Arianna recently found us all info on the new GOTV 2011. Finally with all the guessing going around we have a picture and a name, Kanani! Kanani Akina our new GOTY for 2011 is Hawaiian. Looks like Kanani is a beauty. From the looks of the book cover she has golden brown brown hair with natural highlights, light brown eyes or maybe hazel.. medium skin tone…. ok, too early to speculate from a picture. As soon as we get more information we will let you all know. Shoot us an email if you have any leads.
Kanani has a cousin Rachel who visits from New York for a month and Kanani shares her Hawaiian fun lifestyle in the tropics from eating shaved ice to snorkeling with sea turtles. Her cousin Rachel gets homesick and Kanani tries hard to help Rachel feel at home and have fun, but nothing seems to work until an urgent animal rescue on the beach brings the girls together. Just when things are going smooth between the girls, a silly mistake threatens their fragile friendship. Kanani feels awful and longs to reconnect with Rachel but before she can truly help her cousin, Kanani herself must learn the real meaning of the aloha spirit.
Her second books mentions a friend Aroline, although still not much info on the book yet.
I can’t wait to see the doll up close. She looks beautiful! I think I see a slight resemble in Jess.
Kanani Cool Accesories ooooh a doggy
Kanani Special Events at AG
Girl of the Year 2011 Debut
Atlanta: January 1, 2
Boston: January 1, 2
Chicago: January 1, 2
Dallas: January 1, 2
Denver: January 1, 2
Kansas City: January 1, 2
Los Angeles: January 1, 2
Minneapolis: January 1, 2
New York: January 1, 2
Girl of the Year 2011 Celebration
Atlanta: January 9, 30
Boston: January 5, 9, 17, 30
Chicago: January 17, 21, 28
Dallas: January 9, 29
Los Angeles: January 17, 29
Minneapolis: January 9, 22, 29
New York: January 7, 21
Girl of the Year 2011 Crafts
Atlanta: January 9, 16, 23, 30
Boston: January 9, 30
Chicago: January 8, 15, 17, 21, 22, 28, 29
Dallas: January 7, 9, 15, 21, 29
Denver: January 8, 16, 22, 29
Kansas City: January 8, 15, 22
Los Angeles: January 8, 15, 17, 22, 29
Minneapolis: January 9, 15, 22, 29
New York: January 7, 21
Visit americangirl.com for details.
It’s official girls, American Girl® will retire Historical girls Felicity and her best friend Elizabeth by the end of the year and off to the archives. So the question is who is replacing these girls? Hmmm, I am sure many of us will be speculating but after Lanie, I guess I’ll just sit and wait. Although, love to hear your feedback.
Felicity and Elizabeth are still available at American Girl® until supplies last.
My Pink Planet now offers $6.99 flat rate shipping on all orders. Check out the great doll outfits, accessories and furniture to fit your American Girl and Bitty Baby doll. There’s great items in the Girly Boutique from Toddler to Tween.
Back to School Items:
Rock n Roll Plaid
Hey Girls starting today July 13th, you can visit shineonnow.com to contribute a free ‘star’ to the effort. The goal is to collect one million stars by July 31st, 2010 which is the end of the program. Also, for every star a you contribute your name will automatically be entered in a daily drawing to win a new My American Girl doll. You can donate up to 100 stars a day!
Help American Girl give up to $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to four great causes!
It’s easy! Sign in, get your free star, and donate it to our charity effort. Every star you contribute gets us one step closer to our goal. Let’s help make the world a brighter place!
So log on and start contributing!
To learn more about how to participate and have your daughter be an ambassador for Shine On Now and explore Innerstar University, go to www.shineonnow.com. My American Girl dolls are available starting on July 13, 2010, through American Girl’s consumer catalogue, at www.americangirl.com, and at American Girl retail locations.
Hey Girls! I recieved an email from American Girl, they are planning a big debut for girls and their doll. Starting Tuesday, July 13th for the summer. Girls can learn about American Girl’s all-new virtual world—created just for girls and their dolls! It’s free and open to the public, for girls ages 8 and up and yes there’s AC, lol!
Event details by store
- Atlanta: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
- Boston: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
- Chicago: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17; September 3, 7, 10, 24
- Dallas: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
- Denver: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
- Los Angeles: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
- Minneapolis: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
- New York: July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17
For more special events
Hey Real American Girls out there, check out these cool cord bracelets. What a fun project! You can make yourself a bracelet and a matching one for your doll! Now keep in mind that these materials listed below are American Girl Crafts™ available at Michael’s, a great craft store but I guess you can substitute for other brands. Or, see what supplies you have at home. Have fun! Don’t forget to send us a pic of your fabulous creations.
Choose a color from the Colored Cotton Cording and ask an adult to help you cut 22-inches to 28-inches of cord. The more knots you make in your bracelet, the more cord you’ll need.
Choose a large bead from the Painted Beads. This will be your toggle bead. A toggle is part of the closure to a bracelet.
Fold the length of cord in half. Tie a knot in the folded end to form a loop. Make sure the loop is large enough to fit over the toggle bead.
Begin stringing whatever beads or charms you like onto either strand of the cord, tying both strands together into one knot after each bead.
When the bracelet fits around your wrist, string the toggle bead over one of the cords. Ask an adult to help you tie both cords together in a double-knot above the toggle bead.
Pull the toggle through the loop. Let your style shine!
Note: Use Colorful Beads and Charm Beads to make the red and yellow cord bracelets. Use Painted Beads and Charm Beads to make the purple and green cord bracelets.
Make bracelets for friends or members of your sports team using team colors.
Here’s a great product created by a mom and daughter team. Roberta Wagner is President of Carry-Her®, Inc. She and her 9 year old daughter, Emily designed “Carry Her” (patent pending) a hands free doll carrier. Perfect for your 18 inch American Girl doll. Now you can have your doll piggy back with you in this lightweight doll carrier. Carry-Her® includes doll carrier backpack to fit your 16″-18″ doll and Carry-Her® Mini. The Mini will hold your folded up full size backpack. The mini can be worn by your doll or tossed in mom’s purse for easy storage while not in use. Both the Carry-Her® backpack and the mini, are made with a plush, black micro suede fabric and it’s made in the USA! You can visit their site Carry-Her®
Kudos to Roberta & Emily!!!!
Girls, here is a chance to win this fabulous complete outfit. Imagine, your doll could be the lucky owner of this 8 piece complete outfit called “A breathe of fresh air” A cool collective White and teal outfit Includes:
- Teal tank top
- White knit shrug
- White denim skirt with pockets
- White Panties
- White Sandals
- White braided handbag
- matching teal headband
- turq color Beaded necklace
To Enter, it’s simple!
- Leave us a comment, tell us what you think of the outfit and why you would love to win.
- Other Bonus Entry Suggestions - post it on facebook, Tweet about it on twitter(@mypinkplanet), post it on your blog BUT make sure to link to us and post here where you shared it.
- Leave your comment(s) no later than midnight June 21, 2010.
- Winner will be randomly picked by Arianna and will be announced on June 22nd, you must return to blog to learn of winner.
- The lucky winner will win the fabulous “A breathe of fresh air outfit.”
Visit our store at My Pink Planet for more exciting doll clothes, accessories and our Girly boutique.
This adorable cool outfit comes complete includes:
- Pink zip up jacket
- Sleeveless shirt with the words “Jump” embroidered on chest
- Pink skirt
- Pink panty
- Sneakers with hearts on the side
- White socks
- Pink jumprope with 2 clear bands, so the doll can hold it!
Visit our store for more info My Pink Planet
Girl’s here’s an awesome craft project, how to make a great handbag for your doll. We thank Wiki how for this fun craft. So take out those scraps of fabrics, trim and fun bling. Use your imagination and have fun. Email us your pics, we love to see your creations.
Cut from fabric:
- One 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ (8.25cm x 5.7cm) rectangle (flap lining)
2. Use your ruler to draw a line 3/4″ (19mm) from the the short edge of the back with flap. Center your piece of trim over line and stitch in place. This step is optional.
3. Sew the flap lining, with the right sides together, to the top of back with flap on the sides that aren’t stitched and top edges. Make sure to attach the flap lining to the side of the back with flap with trim. Sew the front to the bottom of the back with flap in the same manner.
4. Zig-zag stitch through all layers along long sides of back with flap. Trim seam allowance close to zig-zag stitching. This will prevent excessive fraying. Cut off corners close to stitching, turn to the right side and press.
5. Press the long edges of the handles 1/4″ (6mm) to the wrong side. Repeat so that folded edges meet in the middle. Press again so the outside pressed edges meet. Stitch.6. Place the ends of the handle 1/2″ (12.7mm) within the inside of the top of the front and stitch in place.
7. Fold flap down and press. Viola!!!! Enjoy your new doll purse!
Enjoy, have fun girls!
I found this great video on how to remove pen and sharpie ink stains from your American Girl Doll. I personally have not tried this nor I so far needed to but I do get emails from time to time asking how to remove sharpie marker stains.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY7ofc7c9iM
What is Chinese new year about?
Chinese New Year is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families. Family gathering, gift giving, symbolic foods, and beautiful colorful festive decorations. In China the celebration last for a month. Some chinese traditions for Chinese New Year are:
1. Clean house from top to bottom. It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year. The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to recieve good luck in the coming year.
2. Decorating the house . Families hang up posters and signs on doors and windows with the word “FU” written on them. Fu means luck and happiness. Flowers is also another favorites and symbolizes the coming of spring, a new beginning.
3. Family gathering at the table. On New Year’s eve, family visits are common and having a huge dinner. They serve about 8 or nine dishes, partly beacuse of their lucky numbers. The Chinese word for 8 is “baat” prosperity and fortune. nine = longlasting, often used for weddings.
4. Giving good luck gifts is another tradition. Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money. This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
5. Red and gold are lucky colors. Black and white are never worn on Chinese New Year, they bring bad luck during the holiday.
Find out what animal zodiac are you below:
|Western Year||Chinese Year||Date of Chinese New Year||Symbol|
|2007||4704||February 18||Boar (pig)|
Good Luck Goldfish Craft – compliments of Familyfun.com
|Prep Time: Afternoon or Evening|
|What you need:|
|Seasons: New years, Winter|
|Materials: glue, tissue paper|
|1.||To make one, first draw a large goldfish outline with a 1/2-inch-thick border on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of colored card stock and cut it out. (You can also print a template.)|
|2.||For the scales, fold a 1- by 6-inch strip of colored tissue paper in half 3 times. Leaving the folded sides uncut, trim the paper into a crescent shape, then unfold the paper for a chain of colorful, wavelike shapes. Repeat with as many colors as you like.|
|3.||Next, tape a large piece of plastic wrap to your work surface and slip the fish outline underneath it. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue onto the wrap. Lay the tissue paper strips vertically over the fish, trimming them as needed, overlapping them and alternating colors for a vibrant mix of scales. Gently brush more glue over the tissue paper strips once they’re in place.|
|4.||When you’ve covered the fish, remove the outline from beneath the plastic and set it in place atop the scales. Add more glue for a stronger hold, if necessary. Let the glue dry overnight, then trim the excess tissue paper and plastic wrap from around the fish and hang it in a window.|
Here are just a few cute items in our store that are pet related.
This backpack is not only soft but the puppy plush is a must have. Puppy is cuddly soft and easily detaches from backpack.
And for the kitty cat lovers, here’s one of Arianna’s favorite
Table & Chair set
A great tween gift, whose passion is horses
Like many young girls, 10 year old Lanie loves to explore in her backyard for world adventures. Her favorite subjects are science and nature. Learn more about Lanie, a bubbly and energetic girl. There two books, Lanie and Lanie’s Real Adventure Book. Available at American Girl.
GOTY 2010 Celebration Bash at the store nearest you.
At this event, American girl offers a meal , activities, nature crafts and an introduction to Lanie. Reservation are required. For more info, click on the links below.
- Atlanta - February 28
- Boston - January 31; February 26; March 24
- Chicago - January 18
- Dallas - January 10, 29
- Los Angeles - January 18
- New York - February 5; March 26; April 22
American Girl is giving a free goody bag to the first 100 girls in line starting January 1, 2010 continuing that weekend. During this weekend there will be great activities such as hands on crafts and fun prizes and best an introduction to the new GOTY. Check out the location nearest you:
Event details by store
- Atlanta: January 1
- Boston: January 1
- Chicago: January 1
- Dallas: January 1
- Los Angeles: January 1
- Minneapolis: January 1
- New York: January 1
Get to Meet the Author Jane Kurtz, the award-winning author of our Girl of the Year 2010 books. Here is your chance if possible to meet her in person and have your book signed. This event is free and open to the public at the locations listed.
Wow, It’s not even April, so there is no April fool. It’s a shocker, based on the clues that we collected like many of us, it’s was a definite that Lanie was African American. Not! A bit disappointed, but how can you not be happy with an American Girl doll. Thanks to Ashlin, who emailed us with the latest vital info. Lanie Holland is her name. Hope the doll is as pretty as the book cover. I love her hair and she seems to have an effervesce smile, in which I hope her character is as well. I guess we will have to wait until January. According to an email we got from Lucy, she is guessing that the mold and curly hair is from Nicki, very possible. Based on the book cover there’s plants and seeds, is she eco friendly? Email us your feedback we love to hear from you!
For you girls living in the Denver, Colorado area or nearby, great news! American Girl is opening their 8th store. The new location will take place at Park Meadows mall in south Denver area. Anticipated grand opening date shoots for spring of 2010.
Back in August, I spoke to you about the next GOTY doll for 2010. We learned that the author Jane Kurtz has written a book and preorders on to books were available on Amazon. Ms. Kurtz’s childhood in eastern Ethopia and based on her previous books in which she primarily writes books about African American children. We have come to a conclusion that the next GOTY will be African American.
The lastest news we heard and thanks Maria for the tip is her first name to be “LANIE” The books titles are “Lanie’s Real Adventure” and “Lanie” There is still no pics on the cover of the books.
Arianna did some research on the name and came across with 2 origins, Greek and French. They both had the same meaning, Torch; bright light.
I will keep you posted on any new information that comes up. Also if you come across any info, drop us a line.
I bet Arianna and I are not alone felling a bit anxious for a peek on Lanie.
Check out this beautiful White frame canopy bed. Will truly make your doll sleep like a princess. Comes with bedding and pink ribbons as pictured.
This gorgeous wicker Pram lined with pink and white check ruffle is another must have! Order today and add this coupon code TURKEY1109 to your order and get 15% off.
Hi! from Arianna, I just wanted to share with you my dolls for Halloween!!! I had so much fun dressing them up! I did funky, fancy, and simple hair dos. Kit is in the Flapper outfit and I think she looks sooo cute!! Kailey is an enchanting ballerina. Nellie in her 50’s poodle skirt outfit. Mia is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Gwen is Little Red Riding hood which I think she looks beautiful in that costume. Rebecca’s is stunning in as a Ice Skater. My mom did Rebecca’s hair and it looks awesome, doesn’t it? Also, Nicki is a surfer gal with snorkel. Felicity is in a “Boo!” sweater that my mom’s friend bought me. Last but not least, Bitty Baby is in a Lion costume. She is also wearing a halloween bib that was mine when I was a baby. She looks so cute!! Bella is just witchy in her gorgeous witch costume. Bella and I will be out trick o treating. I am dressing up as a funky witch. Leave us a comment, let us know what your dolls are for Halloween. Stay tuned for more updates on our blog, see ya until then!!
We got an email from American Girl® recently that Kirsten’s complete collection will be moving into the American Girl Archives™. Kirsten’s departure will make room for a new Historical American Girl® Here’s our letter:
Dear American Girl fan,
We’re writing with important news about one of the original American Girl dolls—Kirsten Larson®. We wanted you, one of our best customers, to be among the first to know that soon, Kirsten’s complete collection will be moving into the American Girl Archives™.
As you may know, countless American Girl fans have found a friend in this brave pioneer girl since her introduction in 1986. Bringing Kirsten’s world to life—from starting at a new school in a strange land to celebrating her family’s time-honored traditions on St. Lucia’s Day—has been a journey we’ve enjoyed sharing with you.
As we bid Kirsten® a fond farewell, we do so knowing her departure will make it possible to introduce new characters and time periods for our customers to enjoy.
Watch for more information in our catalogues and at americangirl.com. In the meantime, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase items from Kirsten’s collection before it’s too late. Thank you again for your continued support.
Though Kirsten will soon be moving into the American Girl Archives, her stories will live on! You’ll continue to find Kirsten books on our Web site, in American Girl stores, and at booksellers nationwide.
I called the company and they state that there is no cut off date. Kirsten and the accessories will be available until inventory is sold out. Many of her collection are
are limited to 3 per item.
With Halloween a month away, have you considered what you and your favorite American girl will be for Halloween? Here are some ideas. For all you Mary Poppins fans, this gorgeous outfit, details and craftmanship is amazing.
or one of Disney favorite princess
Mulan Snow White
A Traditional Ghostly Scare
A favorite for Bitty Baby
Share with us what you doll is gonna be, drop us a line.
Every so often I get emails from moms and girls on how to fix their American Girl doll limbs without the the hefty cost of sending their doll to the American Girl Hospital. Well, I found these cool videos on You Tube. Sara, the woman in the video is is amazing and brave! She shows you step by step and the necessary tools needed to restring your doll. Now, I haven’t attempted this myself nor lucklily do I need to fix my daughter’s dolls. I just knew that I have to post these links and share with you all. Enjoy!
How to Re String your American Girl Doll Part 1 of 3
How to Restring your American Girl Doll Part 2 of 3
How to Restring your American Girl part 3 of 3
Look what I came across on Amazon
Girl of the Year 2010, Book 2: Girl of the Year 2010’s Real Adventures (American Girl Today) (Paperback) by Jane Kurtz
There are no pictures nor a title yet for the book. They are taking pre-orders now at amazon. As per the character, I googled the author Jane Kurtz. Ms. Kurtz grew up in in eastern Ethiopia, Africa. Many of her previous books features insights of the author’s childhood land. She has also written Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot (Girls of Many Lands) American Girl. Click here to see some of the author’s book. My daughter has just made a bet with me, she believes the next GOTY will be an African American. You know what? I think she might be right. if so, Kudos to Malia , Sasha and every African American Girl.
FYI: Did you know the illustrator, Robert Papp for the next GOTY 2010 illustrated Jess(American Girl Today) book.
This past spring, American Girl Place has expanded their store and added specialty shops. They had remove their theatre and added a whole new wing filled with specialty shops. It’s truly adorable!
The sweet shop filled with all yummy treats just too cute to eat!
Here’s a cute creative t shirt shop , where your girl can pick a design for American Girl doll.
This section is called the Pet place. Every pet you can think of in the American Girl doll collection.
The Doll Hair Salon Shop where they also do ear piercing for dolls.
My daughter Arianna and I went to American Girl at NYC for the launch of Rebecca Rubin and met with author Jacqueline Dembar Greene.
Upon entering the store we as so many around us were in awe of how lovely once again! American Girl Place had display their windows in honor of their latest edition to their historical line of dolls, Rebecca Rubin.
An hourly raffle was drawn for a chance to win a Rebecca Rubin doll. There were so many girls and their mom on line. Each girl held their copy of Meet Rebecca as they patiently waited with glee to get their book autographed and meet the charming Ms. Greene.
Jacqueline Dembar Greene is the award-winning author of some 20 books and short stories for young readers. She has written picture books, historical novels, and non-fiction books. She is also an avid photographer, and some of her photos illustrate her non-fiction stories and books. She loves the outdoors in which she has incorporated into many of her books.Here’s a link to all of Ms. Greene books http://www.jdgbooks.com/books.htm
Arianna and I love American Girl Doll movies but I must say my favorite is “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”. The cast was incredible. I loved Abigail Breslin performances and the movie itself bittersweet. I found myself laughing and crying. It was a bit ironic though amidst the recession that we are in financial turmoil our country is facing with home foreclosures, soaring food and gas prices. Here we were, my daughter Arianna and my niece Alexa watching a movie based on the great depression. A great history lesson about soup kitchens, selling vegetable and eggs, boarding strangers to make ends meet, and foreclosures symbolising The Great Depression. After the movies the girls had alot of questions and comparing scenarios from the movie with topics that they have heard on the news regarding the recession and yes, that dreadful question “Momma will that ever happen to us?” Life lessons for our young 9 year old girls?
With just a few days away. Many girls are just waiting for excitement for the launching of the new historical doll Rebecca Rubin, the 10th historical doll. I just got this pic in from a friend and she is a beauty. Rebecca Rubin, a 9 year old Jewish American girl, from the 1914 era living in lower east side, NYC. As for her Russian immigrant family, times are changing on the Lower East Side. Rebecca’s struggles to find her niche and balance the worlds of tradition and modernity.
Originally, as per Megan Boswell, director of design and development, American Girl, Rebecca’s hair color was debated for years. Rebecca’s hair started out being dark auburn, then went to dark brown. Then the company worried dark brown would be too typical and predictable.
There is a six book series written by Jacqueline Dembar Greene, who has published a historical book about Jewish immigrants for young adults, Rebecca’s six-book series
- Meet Rebecca
- Rebecca and Ana
- Candlelight for Rebecca
- Rebecca and the Movies
- Rebecca to the Rescue
- Changes for Rebecca
Technically, she is the second Jewish doll American Girl has now to offer but the first with the historical dolls. In 2001 American Girl launched Lindsay Bergman, who was one of the “Girl of the Year” series, and Lindsay was available for that year only. Although, I have seen her on sale on ebay new for a hefty price or used for a moderate price.
Rebecca’s release date was originally scheduled to be June 1, but it was moved to coincide with Manhattan’s Israel Day parade.
If you are in one of the area below, your girl can meet Ms. Greene, the award-winning author of American Girl newest historical character’s book series! This informal session is an opportunity to meet Ms. Greene in person and have her books signed. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.
At this casual event, girls can create crafts and enjoy activities inspired by the stories of our newest historical character. Event details by store
Arianna and I will definetly be visiting the NY store this sunday. We definetly want to meet the author and have a book signed.
Checkout these adorable yummy looking vegetables. They come in a delightful wicker basket filled with 3 vegetables. Carrot, broccoli and red leaf lettuce. What a great addition for Kit.
Birthday wishes to Julie! Julie Albright is a fun-loving San Francisco girl who faces big changes. Changes in her life become challenging, as moving away from her best friend, Ivy Ling, and starting over at a new house and school. But soon enough, Julie learns how to create a few changes of her own. In an era when events of the time range from women’s rights to title IX and more.
- Meet Julie, by Megan McDonald
- Julie Tells Her Story , by Megan McDonald
- Happy New Year, Julie, by Megan McDonald
- Julie and the Eagles, by Megan McDonald
- Julie’s Journey, by Megan McDonald
- Changes for Julie, by Megan McDonald
- Good Luck, Ivy, by Lisa Yee
Candlight for Rebecca
Changes for Rebecca
Rebecca and Ana
Rebecca to the Rescue
Rebecca and the Movies
Rebecca Mini Doll Hardcover
I’ll Keep you posted if any more info comes my way.
Always Wash your hands before handling your doll. By doing so you will keep her clean longer.
There are three essential items for brushing your doll’s hair.
A towel or apron
Always use a doll’s wire hairbrush. If you brush your doll’d hair daily it will prevent from getting tangled but always remember to mist lightly. If you brush your doll’s hair dry it may cause ripping and damage to your doll’s hair which is made of synthetic fibers.
- Never put mousse, hairspray, shampoo, conditioner, tangle free liquids, foam or any chemicals on your doll’s hair. Your doll does not have human hair and therefore by applying those items mentioned above with only damage your doll’s hair. Remember water “H20″ is only the best and recommended by American Girl©.
- Never use blowdryers, curling irons or straightners on your doll’s hair otherwise you will literally melt her hair. There are other safe and fun alternatives to curling and styling your doll’s hair. American Girl©. sells perm rods and curling paper but here is an economical way my daughter and neice came up with. Use paper towel or toliet paper tubes and cut about an inch or so. Take a strand of hair, lightly mist, fold curling paper and roll the paper tube like a roller, fasten with a bobbie pin or clip, let dry and fluff with fingers. The aftermath is beautiful. You can also mist a strand of hair , fold curling paper, twist and dry.
- If your doll’s hair does gets tangled do not use what you would normally use on your own hair ie. detangled mist or creme rinse. Just mist water on your doll’s hair and brush it from the ends and work your way up, in strands
- Always avoid getting water on your doll’s skin. My daughter puts an apron or a towel on her doll before spritzing and doesn’t allow the water to come in contact with her doll’s face.
Never keep your doll in direct sunlight. If you leave your doll in the sun all of her coloring will fade, including her doll clothes.
- Baking soda works well to wash your doll’s face. If your doll has a stain you can use a little baking soda on a lightly dampened washcloth and gently wash her face. Let it air dry after wards.
- With mom’s help you can help keep your doll’s cloth body clean and smell fresh. Have mom vacuum the soft cloth body, lightly sprinkle some baking soda or cornstarch in to the cloth, leave overnight, and then vacuum again.
- Doll clothes should be hand wash or machine wash in Delicate cycle.
Try to avoid eating with your dolls. If food comes in contact, have your mom help you clean her up.
- If your doll’s head loosens, it can be tighten. Untie the strings at the back of the neck of your doll and secure the head in place. Make two knots with the strings to keep secure.
- If you plan to store your doll long period of time, Use the original box or a clean, dry container and store out of sunlight. Remember to undress her for possible dyes from fabric staining your doll’s body over time and storing her facing down will keep her eyes from sinking in, again over a period of time. undress your doll, wrap her in tissue paper and lay flat preferrably in original box. If original box is not available, use a dry, clean out of sunlight. Never store your doll in a closed plastic box. With any trace of moisture, your doll get mildew. Keep her store her in a clean, dry place that is out of direct sunlight.
My daughter has 10 American girl dolls. Ouch! One of her gripes was Molly’s hair as many of you Molly owners can agree. We were told at the American Girl Place, that Molly’s hair is textured. Therefore, her hair is best kept in braids. Since she followed their advice, she has since regain her fun with Molly. She works with Molly’s braids, changing her hair bows, twirling each braid up on each side, attached into a single pony tail or french braid.
My darling daughter loves her dolls and enjoys dressing, reading to them as well as reading about them and having tea parties with them as well. She says “Momma, I will never depart with them. I plan on giving them to my daughter one day.” As a mom, I am so thrilled to hear this. I know these dolls are a big investment but when I see how in tune she is with them and loves reading about them. I know is well worth the investment. Also, I love the innocence that these dolls contribute to young girls. In today’s world, I find that to be a treasure.
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Doll Care Tips For Your 18 inch American Girl Doll