Post by minniebelle on Apr 12, 2011 21:13:42 GMT -5
I was able to buy the Jingle Dress recently. It's really a unique outfit. The jingles are attached by threading through a seed bead then into the metal cone. I agree about the velcro causing snags. I think I might change it to snaps at some point.
Post by minniebelle on Oct 10, 2009 8:06:56 GMT -5
Circle of Friends was a live stage show that ran in the Chicago store from 2001 to 2005, and in the New York store where it closed in 2008. The CD is the recording from the show. The show was very well done, and really enjoyable.
The story is about a group of girls who are a part of an American Girl's club, and who are holding a surprise birthday party for a friend. There is a misunderstanding between the friends, but eventually everything is worked out. The girls in the club act out stories of the historical girls to show how they resolve their issues, and remain friends.
The tracks on the CD are:
2. Birthday Party/Perfect-sung by the girls in the AG club giving the party.
3. My Father's Not a Traitor-Felicity, on being mad at Elizabeth for not standing up to her sister Annabelle.
4. Can't We Still Be Friends?- Felicity and Elizabeth resolving their differences.
5. Is There Room in the Heart for Two-Josefina coming to terms with her mother's death, and her aunt coming into her life and changing things.
6. Circle of Friends-Kirsten talking to her friends after she was away from school to help at home.
7. Look Inside-Sung by Addy's teacher, Miss Dunn. The song talks about finding and keeping a true friend-i.e. the Addy, Sarah and Harriet triangle in the "Addy Learns a Lesson" book.
8. Nellie's Shoes-Samantha thinking about Nellie's life.
9. Movie Music-instrumental-a prelude to Kit's story.
10. Flying Solo-Kit initially singing about her admiration for Amelia Earhart. Later, the song talks about the misunderstanding between Kit and Ruthie.
11. The Care and Keeping of Friends-the AG club resolving their differences.
12. Back Together Jitterbug
13. Finale:Circle of Friends-At the actual show the audience was invited to stand and sing the song with the cast.
In the show, there was a song for Kaya as well, but it sadly is not on the CD. That's too bad because if I remember correctly, it was a touching number.
It is pretty easy to follow the storyline of the show from the CD. I bought the CD for my daughter after we saw the show. The songs are enjoyable, especially if you love the historicals. It is my daughter's favorite CD.
Post by minniebelle on Jun 1, 2009 16:21:48 GMT -5
The Rebecca Mini Doll is really very cute. I wasn't sure if I liked the Meet Outfit on the 18" doll, but now seeing it in person on the mini, it looks very nice. The main difference is the buttons on the Mini Rebecca's dress are embroidered on. She has a nice full head of hair, which seems silkier, less stiff, and as a result, more in scale to the doll than some of the other minis. Her eyes are not really hazel, but more light brown-hazel is hard to reproduce in a monotone color. Her boots have embroidered buttons, and open in the back with velcro. I noticed on the 18" review that the dress sleeves were tight. On the mini doll, there is no velcro on the sleeves, and the hands come out easily, but it is a bit hard to get the hands back in the sleeve-they get caught between the red and the black velvet part.
The Mini Dolls are a great way to collect the entire historical collection if one doesn't have the space, budget, or simply don't want all the 18" inch dolls. DD and I have also found they make great birthday presents for her friends. We both give the Rebecca Mini Doll an A+.
Post by minniebelle on May 6, 2009 23:29:47 GMT -5
Elizabeth is far and away DD's favorite doll. She has read all the books, but she has only has the newer copies, so she never saw the original illustrations. Would not have mattered anyway-she prefers blonde and blue-eyed. While her meet gown may not be exactly historically correct, it definately pleased DD. Despite it not being the heaviest material, I think it is pretty myself, and the lace trim is really nice. My biggest complaint is those pin curls-hard to keep them nice-and hard to re-curl. Elizabeth herself I think is probably the prettiest of the AG dolls (won't even bother to ask DD's opinion -no contest!). A+
Post by minniebelle on May 2, 2009 15:18:51 GMT -5
When my daughter got Elizabeth, the only other thing she really wanted was her bed. My mother and I looked everywhere for a comparable one that was less expensive, and my parents finally just decided to get her the real one. In the end, my mom, who is not easy to impress, thought the bed was really a nice piece-nicer than some real people furniture. We've had it for 4 years now, and there have been no issues despite constant use.
Post by minniebelle on Apr 29, 2009 8:33:29 GMT -5
Despite lack of historical accuracy, this is DD's favorite dress for Elizabeth. In her mind this whole outfit rates an A+ (after all, AG is trying to appeal to little girls). As a mom, I give the dress a C because the material is fragile -frays and pulls-does not wear well for hard play,mainly due to the velcro. I just fixed the whole back of the skirt, and changed the velcro for snaps. Wish I had taken the velcro off earlier before the skirt got so pulled.