Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:48:54 GMT -5
Josefina's Feast Day Outfit is particularly special because the pieces belong to different members of her family. The skirt was a special gift from Abuelita, because Josefina is quiet and gentle like her Mamà, who owned the skirt before her. She borrows the slippers from her sister Clara, and the orange sash is from Tia Dolores.
I love the ruffles on the white camisa. Because they're so festive and dressy, this camisa doesn't lend itself particularly well to mix and matching. I love how the bright white of the camisa looks when placed in the rich coloring of her wood trunk.
The skirt is quite unusual. Like the weaving outfit skirt, it looks as if it would have been better to do the whole skirt in the bottom pattern, with the camisa flaring out over the top. Also like the weaving outfit skirt, it seems like the white part starts a bit too far down. Still, what do I know? Maybe they really did end that far down, though it doesn't seem so from the vintage drawings in Josefina's World.
The slippers are very nice. I have a PM Josefina, but purchased the outfit in 2004. Luckily, the shoes fit my Josefina well, but I wouldn't take her out wearing them as they do slip off quite easily. The color matches the skirt almost perfect- what a coincidence considering neither belonged to Josefina originally!
The orange sash is iridescent, which I find a bit odd. Did they have iridescent material in 1824? I would think not. The sash is too short to tie in a bow, it has to go into a little knot. I really wish it had been just an inch or two longer- it would make the ensemble much easier to wear, as the camisa and skirt add quite a bit of thickness to Josefina's waist.
The red ribbons are nice, but they are not long enough to weave into Josefina's hair as shown in the birthday style. I ended up using them with her hair in two braids with her indigo skirt and camisa, and cutting my own red ribbon to the length needed for her birthday style.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:39:31 GMT -5
Josefina's heirloom accessories are very pretty.
The shawl is a gorgeous sunny yellow cover. It looks like the shawls my female relatives in New Mexico still carry today when they're watching dances on the plaza. I love arranging the fringe over Josefina's arms while she wears it. My only complaint about it is that its' very slippery and as such, is difficult to fold and store.
The necklace is simple and pretty. My Josefina has a tiny gap between her neck and her body, and the necklace covers that spot very well. I like the closure, because you can be assured it won't come off.
The fan is nice. I'm in the non-plastic fan crowd, but I like the black lace. At any rate, it's far superior to Elizabeth's all-plastic fan. My Josefina holds it with a clear hair tie.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:28:08 GMT -5
Josefina's bedside table is lovely, with its dark red stain, delicate woodwork, and little leather pull. I love the carved detailing just below the drawer. It fits in very neatly with her entire collection. Unfortunately, it is very lightweight and I worry that I might accidentally break it, particularly when her heavy Puebla basin is atop it.
Everything from her nighttime necessities fits nicely on the bedside table.
The little drawer is the perfect size for Josefina to store her hair ribbons and primroses.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:21:04 GMT -5
Josefina's table and chairs are the most beautiful furniture pieces American Girl makes. They look exactly like the old furniture in my family home back in New Mexico. Everything about them is so perfectly New Mexican- the color of the wood, the beautiful carving, and the wonderful structure that makes them fit together so perfectly. I love how sturdy they are, just like the adobe homes back at home. The cornstalk carving is so perfectly New Mexican, as corn forms the foundation of human life in the area.
I put off getting this set for a long time, but I was utterly thrilled to buy my set at MCM for only $15! An absolutely steal, and the best deal on anything of Josefina's that I've gotten.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:12:58 GMT -5
If you only get one accessory for Josefina, make it her nighttime necessities. No other doll has an accessory that ties all of her stories together in such a sweet way. The beautiful wooden box belonged to Mamà, but Papà gave it to Josefina when her mother passed away. Each of the little treasures comes from one of her stories- and she also keeps her primroses, Mamà's favorite flower, in the box as well.
All of Josefina's treasures fit in the little box- her Mamà's favorite soap, a swallow feather, a rattlesnake's rattle, a nugget of turquoise, a milagro charm, and her little thimble (which really fits on her finger!). I also use the box to store Josefina's necklaces when she's not wearing them.
The Puebla basin, while enormous, is beautiful. It's real ceramic with delicate blue detailing on the inside, showing a village.
All of her nighttime necessities- her Puebla basin, her soft towel (I love this material! It's also used on the collars for Kit's yellow dress & her scooter outfit), her candle in its candlestick, and her memory box- fit neatly on her bedside table, ready for use.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 17:03:36 GMT -5
I really like that Josefina's beautiful nightie can also be worn as a long-sleeved camisa. In fact, it's exactly like the camisa her older sister, Clara, wears in the dramatis personae in the beginning of the books.
The white on white striping is absolutely lovely, it's such a pretty detail. For a nightgown, I think this is actually one of the prettiest that AG has released for their dolls. I just wish I could make a tiny one for Niña!
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:52:57 GMT -5
Finally, poor Josefina gets a long-sleeved camisa! This outfit is from the dearest story about Josefina, where she and her little nephew discover a treasure trove of piñons hidden by a squirrel. As piñons and piñon candy were among my favorite treats as a little girl, I especially treasure this outfit. I got it at the same time I got my Josefina, ten years ago!
I love the embroidery on the camisa, and the full, white sleeves. The skirt has the prettiest calico pattern- it really makes the outfit. Somehow, the green color seems perfect for the fall, as if it's one last verdant thing to wear before it gets really cold. I appreciate the matching ribbon to tie at the end of Josefina's braid.
Unfortunately, in the decade since I received this outfit, the sash had gone astray. Unfortunately, it's very much like Pueblo men's hairties and I suspect that it probably got tied around my brother's hair at some point. Ah well! All of Josefina's other sashes work well with this outfit.
Grade: A+ (thank goodness Josefina finally got her long sleeves!)
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:45:57 GMT -5
I think the dress is absolutely lovely. The colors are delicate and the trimming is so nice. The empire waist style looks beautiful on Josefina.
Unfortunately, I really don't care for the bolero. I feel like the black just doesn't go particularly well with the delicate colors of the dress. I certainly appreciate that the jacket closes with real buttons, but it just doesn't match this dress- or anything else Josefina wears, except perhaps the Christmas dress.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:37:46 GMT -5
These boots are so sweet. My Josefina has the older version. They're perfect to wear with her riding dress, and with her indigo skirt and sarape in the winter. In fact, they're pretty much the only shoes Josefina can wear with her multitudinous socks, because her moccasins and shoes/socks don't accomodate socks particularly well. Unfortunately, even the riding boots are stretched to their limits with the thick socks from the winter accessories.
Grade: B (points detracted for difficulty of use with winter socks)
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:33:20 GMT -5
I love the white lacy edging on Josefina's camisa. It reminds me over her first book, when she is doing laundry with her sisters and washing tons of white camisas. I'm guessing Josefina would probably have had two or three skirts, but several camisas.
I also wish they hadn't changed the name to "School Outfit." Josefina doesn't go to school- her aunt teaches her at home- and "indigo skirt" sounded so magical!
I didn't share a photo in my previous review, so here it is:
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:24:33 GMT -5
I flat out cannot stand the vest from this outfit, so I was rather pleased to buy it from a fellow collector without the abomination. The dress is lovely, with the ruffles at the bottom. It's not a color I would ever have chosen on my own, but it looks quite pretty with Josefina's dark hair. The yellow in the dress brings out her earrings nicely.
I could really do without the hat. I don't particularly care for straw hats, and this one is no exception. However, it's a very cute hat if you can get past the straw. I like the little decoration on the side, very jaunty.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 16:19:48 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 16:15:11 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 18:05:50 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 15:03:24 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 14:54:14 GMT -5
Hinged Version: 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 13:19:00 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 13:11:12 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 13:04:54 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 12:58:21 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 16:56:44 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 12:25:08 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 17:09:18 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 16:24:26 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!