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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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®
I came across this great craft on how to make boots for your 18 inch doll or American Girl doll. It was submitted to a site by a very talented young girl name Celine.
What you need:
- 10X12 piece of faux fur, your choice of color
- at least 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 leather piece for boot sole
- sewing scissors
- thread, color your choice
- sewing machine (optional)
- hot glue
- Fold fabric along the 12 side side, furry side up.
- Pin pattern onto fabric with the back of the boot along the fold.
- Cut out the boot fabric.
- Sew boot, starting at the star, along seam A until you get to the toe. Sew up B until you get to the notch.
- Inside out the boot so the fur is on the inside.
- At the top, fold over about one inch of fabric. This is the cuff.
- Handstitch the bottom of the cuff to the boot.
- Trace your doll’s feet onto paper.
- Use that as a pattern to cut out the leather boot soles.
- Cut out the leather and use hot glue to apply the leather piece to the bottom of the boot.
We would love to see your creation, email us a pic
- Empty Valentine Candy Box (about 6″)
- Low Temp Glue Gun
- 15″ scrap of fabric (fleece will work the best since it is stretchy, the ends don’t fray and it is thick enough to cover without seeing through)
- 12″ of Cotton Batting
- Red vinyl tape
- Four pipe cleaners
- Tacky tacky glue ( Arianna and I swear on Fabric Tac we find that it works best for most projects)
Some boxes will work better than others. The box we used had plastic molded edges that fit nicely together. Boxes with cardboard edges will not work as well.
With the box closed, put a piece or red tape along one edge. This should work like a hinge so the box opens sideways.
Lay box on batting and trace around the outside. Do this two times and cut out both pieces. Lay box on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around. Remove the box, and draw another line 1/4″ around the outside of the line. Cut out on the outer line. Do this again so you have two pieces. Cut two pieces of fleece 1″ by 9″ for the straps
Glue batting to the box top and box bottom with a thin coat of tacky glue. Center fleece on top and glue in place, folding edges around the lip of the box and hot gluing. On the side that will be the back, glue straps to the inside of the box lip. See photo at right for positioning. Glue pipe cleaners around the box lip on both sides to hide excess glue and raw edges.
Thanks to Making friends for sharing this great craft. Girls share your creations, email us your photo of completed backpack. Happy crafting!
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.
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.
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.
Hey girls, here are some fun slumber party ideas that Arianna and and her friends have shared:
- - Mad libs – a must!
- -Exchanging hairdos with the girls and American Girl Dolls
- -Watch I carly show
- -A great comedy movie
- - Great music
- -Sleeping bags
- -Make your own pizza
- -Ice Cream Sundaes
- -Decorate & Personalize Pillowcase
A definite must a toothbrush and pajamas.
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.
- Submit your artwork of you and your favorite doll enjoying your summer.
- You can use crayons, markers, colored pencils, glitter, etc.
- The artwork must be created by you
- No photocopies accepted
- Deadline: all entries must be recieved no later than midnight, September 3rd, 2010
- Artwork may be mailed or submitted via email
- 2 winners will be announced on September 10, 2010 here on our blog, bookmark this date.
- Your artwork must include your first name, age, state, and email address
- If submitting via email, email@example.com
- If submitting via mail: My Pink Planet, LLC 122 Millbrook Road, Hardwick, NJ 07825
How to enter:
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!
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!
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.
Congratulations to Anna of Easton, PA, winner of Stars & Moon Halloween oufit for 18 inch American Girl doll.
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.
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.
Winner will recieve:
1. Pink Parisian Dress – Pink with black polka dot dress
2. Pink Ankle Socks
3. Black Ballet Flat Shoes
Topic: Why My Mom is the Best!
Who can participate? Girls ages 6 thru 14
- Participants who wish to enter must submit an essay of a minimum of 250 words on why their mom is the best. Your essay should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure to include your name, age and state.
- Deadline: Your essay must be received no later than May 28th 11:59pm
- Winner Annoucement: Winner will be announced on this blog May 29th, so don’t forget to mark your calendar for that special day.
- We ask that the winner will submit a photo of themselves with their special mom. Photo will be posted along with their winning essay, first name, city and state.
- There is no purchase required.
Hugs & Good luck!
This month we will be giving away a $25 gift certificate. How? Just follow these simple rules.
- Review a product that you have purchased from our online store. Simply by going to the product page at My Pink Planet.com and clicking on the link “create a review.”write a product review.
- For every product review you write on our online store, you will recieve one entry into our random drawing.
- All reviews must be posted no later than midnight May 31st.
- In the event you cannot not find the product online due to out of stock, you my post review here. Your post will be forward to the store once item becomes available. It’s important to include product number. Failure to do so will void your submission.
- Winner will be randomly picked by Arianna. The winner name will be posted June 1st on this blog.
- Remember to mark your calendar June 1st, visit us at Real American Girls blog and see if you are the winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate.
- If you have a blog, add our contest and remember to link back to us.
Hugs & Good Luck!
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