Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 21:19:48 GMT -5
The camisa from this outfit is one of the prettiest things Josefina owns. I love the neckline and the embroidery! The skirt is nice, but it seems really long. Like the Feast Day Outfit, I wish that the skirt were print all over, with the camisa over the top. It seems from her illustrations that Josefina wears her camisas over those particular skirts, rather than having a white section at the top of the skirt.
I really don't like the rebozo for this outfit. It has a fake "wovenesque" look that I find kind of tacky. I really prefer the real woven rebozo she gets with her Herb Gathering set.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 21:15:11 GMT -5
I love Josefina's Winter Accessories. It's so sad that they were retired. As a Native New Mexican, I can say with great certainty that Josefina would have needed something warm in the winters. Sadly, the poor girl only has one long-sleeved camisa and the sarape to keep her warm.
Josefina's hat is a lovely black velvet with a black grosgrain ribbon. It's very classy. In this picture, it's sitting a bit high on Josefina's head because she has her hair in French braids. The only downside to the hat is that it probably picks up cat hair like nobody's business, so this is definitely staying away from the furry denizens of my house.
Josefina's white petticoat isn't very thick. It is, however, quite long. I'm going to venture that it's so thin because it actually needs to go under Josefina's skirts, which also have camisa and drawers tucked in. I really like the detail on the hem; I can imagine Josefina crocheting it herself.
Josefina's socks are the wintriest of the lot. Unfortunately, because they're so thick, I couldn't get them on underneath her moccasins. They also look ridiculous with the dainty shoes from her shoes and socks set. The only thing they really work with are her riding boots, and even that's a strain, as you can see in the photo.
I really don't care for sarapes at all, so I was surprisingly pleased with how nice Josefina's looks. I love the color, which fits into the Josefina earthy color scheme so well. The little pouch is very sweet, as is the letter inside. Like AGR said, it's sad that the letter couldn't be in Spanish, but I can see why they would make it English.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 23:05:50 GMT -5
I love little Sombrita! She's got the dearest little smile on her face, her ears are flopping every which way, and she has the most darling little hooves. She's quite detailed for an AG animal toy- they could have gone the cheap route and made something awful like Kaya's animals. I love that she's sturdy- I never have to worry about my cats running off with her. Her eyes, however, are the slightest bit creepy. Did you know that goats have square pupils in their eyes? Well, Sombrita doesn't. But oh! She's so adorable with her little black nose and the stripe down her back. Easily one of the cutest AG pets. Much more so that scary rabid Tatlo.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 20:03:24 GMT -5
Well, it's a good thing I've saved so much at MCM on Josefina's furniture, because I did pay too much for this set. Not too much, but definitely at least twice over retail. I regret paying that much, but overall, it finished out my Josefina collection so it was worth it.
The set is really cute. In fact, my father had a very similar set as a child in France, though his pieces were much bigger. I love that this set is for Josefina to play with and enjoy, instead of working, which most her collection is.
My reservation about the set is the size of the wooden box. Put it next to Sombrita and it looks enormous! Why would Josefina have a giant box? Rather, I think Sombrita is too little and the toy farm box is too big.
For the retail price, it's a deal. Now that it's going for around $80 on ebay, I'd pass. It's cute, but not that cute! Grade: A
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 19:54:14 GMT -5
This trunk is patently amazing. The woodwork is absolutely gorgeous, it's very sturdy, and it holds everything Josefina owns, except for her furniture! I got mine at MCM for $75, but if that hadn't been an option, it would be well worth it to save up for it at retail price.
It's a few inches wider than Kit's trunk, which I also own. When we moved to our current apartment, I had to buy a new bookcase to display it on, because it didn't work out to have it on the floor. If you're looking for an bookcase to put it on, I used the Ikea BESTA line, which fits the trunk perfectly.
I can fit all of Josefina's accessories on the top tray. They all fit together very nicely. (You can also see some extra stuff I've gotten for her- that fits too!) In fact, until I found another storage solution, I was able to fit Kaya's belongings (save teepee and animals) in the trunk as well.
All of Josefina's clothes, shoes, hats, and cloth accessories fit in the bottom. Initially I had kept the hats on top, but when I removed Kaya's things, the hats fit easily in the bottom as well.
I love Josefina's trunk. If they wore more affordable, I would buy a second one so that Kaya could have one too!
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 18:19:00 GMT -5
I haven't used this piece yet, so no final grade yet, but I really like it! I have to admit I'm afraid to use it. Until today, I thought the replacement warps had been retired, so I set it aside for some rainy day. Now that I realize that the replacement warps are still available, I'm going to order some and get to work!
Now, I take a bit of exception to this being called a "Navajo" loom, because the Navajo learned to weave blankets from my people, the Pueblo. But, since it is a Navajo woman who teaches Josefina to weave, I'll let it slide this time.
The colors are very nice and go nicely with Josefina's blanket. Now, it will turn out to be very small, so yeah, it's probably best for Niña rather than Josefina. I appreciate the soft, bright colors of the yarn. Josefina's blanket could have used this yarn rather than the awful scratchy stuff she has to suffer!
I'm excited to use the loom. How often is it that a Native American girl of today can purchase an crafting item from her own heritage? It's pretty rare, at least for me, and I truly appreciate that AG made this available.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 18:11:12 GMT -5
I purchased this set at MCM for the perfect price of $15. I really like it, but I think I would be disappointed with it had I paid the retail price.
It's deceptively sturdy, with the lid having a little lip that fits into an indention on the writing surface when the desk is folded up. The colors are very pretty; I really appreciate how all of Josefina's things fall into a simple, elegant color scheme. The plethora of little drawers and the two secret compartments are such much fun! I wouldn't have realized the second compartment existed without a little included slip of paper reading "push here to reveal the secret compartment."
The stand seems as if it's made from pine. It has the same beautiful detailing as the table/chairs set. I thought mine seemed a bit distressed, but after looking at the other reviews, it seems this is normal and not a particular effect of being an MCM item.
If you can find this piece for a reasonable price on the secondary market, go for it. However, I wouldn't recommend paying retail and definitely wouldn't go above retail for it.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 18:04:54 GMT -5
I received this set for Christmas, after postponing getting it for a long, long time.
My first reaction was that the blanket is disturbingly scratchy. I don't know why they chose to use such coarse material; it's almost like they used raw hemp to make it. I'm from the Southwest, and as such, have tons of traditional blankets, but I've never encountered one so scratchy. Luckily, this one has beautiful bright coloring, which almost makes up for the heinous texture. Make sure Josefina's wearing her nightie when she goes to sleep or she'll get all chafed. The blanket is also really long. If you lay it on Josefina's bed, it is actually longer than the mattress; you need to fold it over for it to fit.
I love the sheepskin. As AGR showed, Josefina wouldn't have had a bed, but would have rather slept directly on a pile of sheepskins. I haven't had any problems with shedding on my sheepskin, but I imagine I will soon enough.
The leather thong is nice. I love that they took the time to include it, so Josefina can roll up her bed every morning.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 17:58:21 GMT -5
I love Josefina's lunch. The canteen is beautiful. I particularly enjoy it because I'm Pueblo, just like the canteen, and my grandmother made traditional pottery. The two tortillas are really sweet- I'm so glad they actually made a real New Mexican lunch! The cheese, in its cheesecloth, is dear.
I don't like the squash as much, because no one would eat a squash that size, it wouldn't be ripe yet! It should either be bigger, or just available in slices. The cuts in it are a nice detail, but no one would pack a lunch with little slivers sliced into the a whole squash.
The plum is adorable! My only complaint is that it's made of a kind of gummy material. I'm not sure if others have encountered this, but mine is the sort of texture that makes dust stick to it very easily.
As for the onions, again, they're oddly scaled next to the other foods. I'm guessing they're supposed to be pearl onions, but even so, why would someone take along three onions the same size as a plum, and just eat them straight? I really love onions, but even I can't see doing that.
The cloth is darling. It looks so much like a print that Pueblo ladies would use for everyday dresses.
Overall, this set is absolutely adorable and I highly recommend it, as long as your Josefina doesn't eat those onions!
Post by green chile supergirl on May 27, 2009 21:56:44 GMT -5
This is one of my favorite pieces that AG has made, period. It's such a beautiful piece. I agree with the other reviewers that it is quite sturdy. My cat has slept on it several times and no damage was done.
Here's the bed next to the Star & Moon bed for scale. It looks appropriately sized next to that particular bed, but Josefina's bed dwarfs Kit's bed. I'll see if I can upload a picture later, but the contrast makes both beds look ridiculous.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 27, 2009 17:25:08 GMT -5
I bought the piano for a really reasonable price on ebay, but when it arrived, I was really disappointed by the plunky xylophone sound. Even though I paid around retail for it, I was unhappy. By happy circumstance, the post office had damaged it during shipping and I was able to claim the insured parcel. Maybe someone will find themselves a nice banged-up piano at a postal auction! Other than the plunky sounds, the piano is actually very nice. However, given the complexity of other similarly priced items, this one is just too much to spend on what you get, even if you only pay retail.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 25, 2009 22:09:18 GMT -5
Melissa already covered this outfit really well in her review, so I won't add much. It's excellent for mixing and matching. I particularly appreciate the outfit because it's not pink/purple, but more neutral colors. The shorts are the best part. They're so versatile!
The hoodie goes on easily, but the drawback is the printing on the front. I've never much cared for when AG does school/ camp specific clothing, because it makes it less realistic when you're doing your own pretending.
The shoes are adorable. They're less bulky that the previous camping outfit shoes (the purple ones w/ the bugs) and as such, look more realistic.
The scarf is very nice. Unlike the previous camping outfit, this scarf is pre "tied", so all you have to do is slide on the doll's hide, no tying involved. It actually fits much better than the other scarf with ties, which was pretty large on the doll's head. The leaf pattern is a really pretty alternative to a more traditional bandanna paisley.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 25, 2009 21:24:26 GMT -5
Lia Lily Rose is my #18. I received her for an anniversary gift in December. I love her hair! The texture makes it so easy to work with. Don't be scared off by remarks that textured doll hair is harder to care for- it's not! It's actually much better. I french braided it and it was so much easier to separate than the silky hair while braiding.
She's a really pretty doll and it's a shame she was retired. Her wispy bangs are so pretty!
Post by green chile supergirl on Feb 6, 2009 16:32:06 GMT -5
This outfit is very sweet, but it could do without the insect-like brételles. I was able to get the socks and shoes on my PM Josefina, but I did so with some trouble. The photo I have is from a member request to see the dress with the Christmas pantalettes.
Post by green chile supergirl on Feb 4, 2009 19:49:55 GMT -5
I just got the Atlanta one. My partner and I hosted one of my little sister's friends over break. She's from Atlanta and once she got home, she sent me this one as a present! I'd host her again anytime!
Post by green chile supergirl on Feb 4, 2009 19:38:32 GMT -5
I love #31. I've named mine Asha and she's adorable! I would have called her skin tone medium, as it's somewhere between my #18's and my #26's. Her hair is softer than #18's; I would call it mildly textured.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 29, 2009 20:58:06 GMT -5
SKU: F9062-MF1A $10.00
This ruffled, red swimsuit was released at the AGPs the same time as Chrissa and her collection, on January 1. It's a two piece red suit with a slightly different colored red ruffle on the top and bottom pieces of the suit.
I'm really not a huge fan of bikinis on AGs, because of the body tag showing. I try to think of the tags as something natural to them, like a sort of bellybutton. Still, this suit is really cute. I like the ruffle on the bottom, but I don't like the ruching on the top that implies breasts. In my opinion, that kind of detailing can wait until girls are older.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 19, 2009 1:02:37 GMT -5
I don't know a thing about karate, so the inaccuracy of the belt didn't really bother me. Now that I know about it, I would prefer if you could tie it twice, but as it goes, it's really cute. I wish the jacket didn't have the big logo on the back. I generally don't like it when AG does stuff like that, like the "Pleasantville" library cards that used to come with the meet accessories.
I appreciate that the outfit comes with two pairs of pants, which makes it much more versatile than any of the other 2-in-1s, which generally only have one set of bottoms. The t-shirt is really adorable and my dolls tend to wear it without the karate pants.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 19, 2009 0:51:30 GMT -5
This outfit is really cute, but ultimately I returned it. None of my dolls skate, so it spent a lot of time just stored away. The dress is really adorable and in retrospect, much much cuter than Mia's crushed velvet horror. The black practice unitard is great- it's too bad Mia didn't have one in her collection. The shrug is just flat-out ugly. I hate the sparkly material. Yuck.
The skates, unfortunately, are a really annoying color. Not only do they not match either the shrug or the skating dress, but they won't match a thing in the rest of your doll collection either. I wish they'd gone with something like white, or even a light, non-sparkly, pink.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:33:40 GMT -5
Emily's a very sweet doll. I ended up returning mine because I wanted her to have redder hair and I don't care for the light blue eyes. Her meet outfit is darling, but the headband is a huge pain to put on. The slouchy socks are odd. The shoes don't seem to fit her properly- they really look like doll shoes, not regular shoes. While this makes sense, given that they are doll shoes, I prefer the shoes to look a bit more realistic.
Another reason I returned Emily was that she looked quite a bit like #23. Their hair is noticeably different when they are next to eachother, but even when they are just a few dolls a part on the shelf, they do look very similar.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:24:19 GMT -5
I love these pajamas. The working button detail is great, the flannel is soft, and the print on the material is to scale. It's refreshing to have an outfit without the weird line down the back from velcro. Overall, these are some of the best pajamas American Girl offers.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:15:45 GMT -5
I don't particularly care for Ruthie's holiday dress, but I was happy to receive it as a gift. It reminds me very much of the holiday dresses I wore as a girl in the 80s and early 90s.
The headband is frustratingly tight, to the point that it messes up Ruthie's hair when you put it on. Be prepared for the need to completely rebrush her hair once you've managed to yank the headband on her head. The large flower is out of scale.
The tights, as Kim said, are standard tights.
The dress itself is of lightweight, unimpressive fabric. It feels rather stiff to me, not very nice. I found the overlay to be a bit bizarre, as I was not sure how to adjust it to make it look right with the blouson style-waist. Perhaps I am just doing it wrong, which is entirely possible.
Post by green chile supergirl on Jan 3, 2009 23:04:02 GMT -5
This outfit is really sweet. I remember waiting to get it, as it was backordered the first few weeks it was available. I don't care for the footless tights. At the time I bought it, I really liked the slippers. However, since the newer 2-in-1 ballet outfit has been released, I find those slippers preferable, as they have soles. Marisol's skirt is wrinkly and I think the rhinestones are tacky.
JLY outfit on the left, Marisol's on the right.
Marisol's outfit on the doll on the right.
Marisol's ballet outfit is on Inky, the doll on the far left, and on Marisol, who is in the middle.
Again, Marisol's outfit on Inky on the far left, and Marisol, in the middle.