Post by Main Admin Account on May 1, 2006 1:04:16 GMT -5
We have Kirstens wreath and like it very much. it doesn't stay out for play all the time. It only has come out durring the holidays when the time is right. With ours the candles are firmly attached and it is just to cute on her!
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 30, 2006 15:21:43 GMT -5
Josefina’s Telescope $10 JAAT Grade: A *****
What a great piece. It is really made of brass with leather stitched together around the base. It fully extends out and is a really accurate piece of work. The telescope really works when it is extended. Not only did they do the details on the outside but form the inside too. Comes with a velvet bag witha draw cord.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 18:09:45 GMT -5
Josefina’s Picnic Lunch $20 JSAL Grade: A *****
I love this little set too. Again loads of playability with it.
First off is her canteen. It is hand painted ceramic or terracotta with a leather strap. The top to the canteen actually is removeable with a soft rubber-ish stopper. She has two totillas one made of yellow corn and one of blue corn. All of the foods, squash, plum, nad onions, are made with the same soft plastic. Wrapped inside of a piece of cheese cloth is a piece of white goats cheese, tied up with a piece of string. She has a yellow floral cloth to spread out her feast on. When she is done it all can be ticked into her woven wool checked bag.
We love this set in our home. It has a huge amount of playability. everything is so well done right down to the details in the garlics. my daughter has been playing with it for a long while today. The pot really is pottery and is heavy. The copper pan is just so realistic! I can not say enough about the quality and adorable cuteness of this set! My daughter made a good choice in this purchase for her collection!
The set is really nice. I was surprised at its quality! I know you will enjoy it if you order it. There are times that the AG images don't do justice to their products. Still other times the pictures are far nicer then the product. this was one that really suprised me when my daughter brought it home.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 23:06:00 GMT -5
Kaya's Bedroll $24 WDAQ Grade: D **
I think this is one of the most worthless pieces of historical trash they could have made. My daughter bought it with her own money and what a freaking waste of money it was. The "mat" is 17 inches long and you could but a place mat for 3 bucks for that. the fur is cheep crap fur. The edges are unfinished so it looks trashy. You can go buy a bit of faux fur at walmart for far less and cut it yourself. There is a small pillow to stuff into the pillow cover in white. the only peeve worth much in this set.
The Shield is far to small to be a real shield. The scale is far to small in my opinion. You could make it yourself with a better paint job for about $4.00. Go get your own twigs and lash them together.
All in all wait for a sale or a code of some sort.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 22:57:26 GMT -5
Kaya's Saddle $18 WCAS Grade: B
There are a few disappointments to the saddle but over all it is a nice piece. All in all I think it's kind of cheep looking. The under belly straps for securing the saddle to the horse broke so now we just have it sitting on there. All in all my daughter loves it so I guess that is what matters.
The saddle pieces are molded plastic. To that they attached fringe and facingsfor the painted design. Included is a faux sheep skin saddle blanket and a cushion for Kaya to sit on.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 18:06:23 GMT -5
Kaya’s Craft Kit $20 WSAB Grade: B ****
I wasn't all sure I would like this set. I wasn't sure if it was a kit for girls to make something and then toss the left overs or if it really was going to be something cool. Now after opening it, I can say it is pretty cool. the set contains all you need to make a necklace, and a bag to hang off her saddle. It comes with some pretty clear looking directions for girls to make the items. After my daughter has had a chance to look it over, and work on it, I will give you a 9 year olds perspective.
I think it is a shame that they didn't provide a real shell and real dentalium shells for girls to work with. I can understand not having the quils for girls to use. I guess it can spark an interest for girls to get and make items with the real thing. I think it would have been nice for them to have provided paints for the girls to paint it themselves.
I like that even after you have items for girls to still use for play. I rate this a B.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 1:43:22 GMT -5
Kaya’s Winter Cape & Hood $22 WCO Grade: B
I really do like the idea of this set. I have a total bias towards fake fur. I would always rather see the real stuff. I know for kids it isn't always realistic but I always prefer it. The strings are the other reason I lower the grade on the set. The detail of that is written in the descriptions below.
The cape is nicely made and lined. They cut the fur in a zig zag in the edges so that it gives a skinned animal effect. I suggest when you put it on the doll that you put the cape on and then add the hood after. It can be a little tough to put on for kids.
The hood is made form the same faux suede that is used in the mittens. It is aslo trimmed with the same faux fur. Attached onto the front tip are two small feathers. One is red and one is spotted. I really do not like the ties for the cape or the hood. It is a stiff string that slips out of it's knots.
The mittens easily fit on the doll without any effort. They are finish trimmed with some fake fur like on the hood. the come up nice and high almost to the elbows.
The mocasins are nice too. Same suede material and faux fur. The laces are nice and long and easlity wrap enough times to hold the mocs on then be tied with little effort even for my daughter.
Post by Main Admin Account on Apr 29, 2006 22:33:00 GMT -5
Kaya's Foods $20 WSAL Grade: A *****
Again food kits make a big hit in this house. Kaya's does the same for us. Super playability and wonderful details.
All of the pieces are just wonderful. Being from Alaska I know what a piece of smoked salmon looks like and they have totally pulled it off with this! We lost one of our finger cakes and the magnetic berries are gone as well. the concept of the berries is really fun and cool.
We have also had issues with the basket portion. One of the basket loops has come loose and then the leather used to tie on the strap kept breaking. We fixed all those issues bu weaving the cords on the strap through the basket loops. Works fine for us now.