I too, have this easel, and it also serves as a blackboard for Molly's classroom. I put a piece of black construction paper on it, with a canvas behind it, and lo and behold, it is a chalkboard that works very well.
I did get the art set also with the easel and it is so lifelike---it is actually real paint in tin tubes! It has a nice cardboard color wheel, a plastic palette, and several brushes. This is even better than Saige's art set I think!
I bought this too, but for my Josefina. She is an older girl, and so the sleeves are quite a tight fit, It is a lovely top though, and I am glad I got it, as the coloring is perfect for a darker doll. The embroidered stitching is wonderful, and I like the attached belt, which means it will never get lost.
I did not use the pants or shoes. I paired the tunic with Kaya's purple Fancy Shawl skirt, and it looks really good with that. Her satin shoes from her birthday outfit are almost a perfect match.
The slacks are nice, but I will be giving them away to my DGD. The shoes are just plain shoes, nothing fancy or special, but I do really like the tunic, inspite of the tight sleeves. perhaps it would fit better on Saige, or a newer doll.
I bought this yesterday at the St. Louis store. This is a very nice and sturdy piece of cardboard, without weighing too much, and stands up very well, meaning upright. I am an adult, so don't know how kids would do with it, but I think it would be OK. It can be for any doll, historical or modern, which ads to the appeal. The photography is really nice, mountains in the background, a small snowman, pine trees, a curved bridge and a few trees, but nothing that clutters up the scene. That is one thing to consider, if you have more than a few dolls and toys to place in front. The other scenes are a bit too cluttered to me, and the more things you use, the less of the scene you see.
The dimensions are 39 inches long and 24 inches high.
On the back it gives you instructions for downloading sound from the American Girl App, but I have not done that.
One surprising thing I read on the back was "Made in the USA"!!!! How about that?
I bought this for Molly, and it works very well for the 40's, with the exception of the shoes. I substituted white cut-out sandals instead, and it looks just adorable! The dress itself is very well made, easy to get on, and the colors are so pretty! It is a nice, thick, cotton with body, and looks very crisp and spring-like. No problem for me with the sash, probably was done in one piece with the dress so it doesn't get lost, but mine works out very well. There is also a barrette, but Molly wears bright pink ribbons on her braids---and currently is also wearing the blue sunglasses that match well with the dress. I give this dress a solid A.
I also bought Molly's pajama's and think they are absolutely darling!! They are so "40"s, and I should know!! They fit perfectly, and the little pockets have elastic tops that are gathered. The print is out of the 40's too. They velcro in the back, and are very crisp and fresh looking. I,for one, think Molly would love them. You can't have just one pair of pajamas!
The slippers are a cute touch, go perfectly with the pajamas and give Molly a little bit of Hollywood "glamour"!
I too wondered how a little girl would feel with them on, since the material is a VERY thick and crisp broadcloth, almost too heavy to sleep in. A doll wouldn't matter, but if they do soften up after washing, then that would help tremendously. With their thickness, they should last for years and years!!
This is one of those outfits that look just OK in the catalog, but when you actually see the red and shimmery gold together, it is really stunning. The gold doesn't capture well in photographs, and while I would like for it to have been a skirt and blouse, just giving her another camisa similar to the others might not have been the way to go. This is much easier to put on. It is really a pretty dress! I would definitely get it, especially considering how few outfits Josefina has.
I only collect for Historical dolls, but just had to get this!! I love the solft plushy feel of the coat, and it fits my dolls very well. Molly's friend Susan uses it, and I do have the white earmuffs that are sold extra to go with the outfit. I also have white fur trimmed mittens to wear with it.
The boots are really nice and tall, go very well with the coat and give it a complete look with the pink ribbon trim and bows. No trouble getting them on or off. All in all I really love this coat set!
I got this set last week and am very happy with it. It fits my Susan (#21) perfectly and I also got the ear muffs that go -although bought separately- with it. So cute! I have never put on the boots yet, but actually got it to be an outside skating set, so Susan had something to wear with Molly when skating. The only skate sets I have seen from AG are more for indoor or sporty type set. I paired this one with the Fancy Skates and it looks adorable! The sweater is very nice, velcros in the back, the fur skirt is soft and fluffy, no problem at all in getting it on, and the leggings are fine too. Since they stop at the ankles, it is easy to slip on skates or boots on bare feet. I already had a pair of white fur trimmed mittens, so paired that up and it looks like a complete set.
Since I have not tried on the boots, I can't comment on the fit, but they are just OK.
I got mine for Christmas, and it has the sharp pleats, which is the way I like it. I acutally got it for Molly, even though it is a modern outfit. It goes will with the 40's and I should know---I was a little girl then. It is adorable, that really is more than a school outfit, I would think more of a church outfit or special occasion dress.
The quality is wonderful and the fit is perfect. The shoes and socks are easy to put on and complete the outfit. I give it an A+!
I saw it in person today, and much to my surprise, it is kind of cute, especially with the fire going. It is nowhere near the quality of the Parlor, but is made of a thickish fiberboard or particleboard with the design printed on, not wood like the Parlor, and has a curved floor, not a square floor like I was thinking, which makes it a tad larger. It has moveable shutters so that the windows can be closed. Of course the whole front is exposed, but it is cute and I think most little girls would love to have it, even though it seems limited in what you can do with it.
The more I think of it, it reminds me of my daughter's Barbie's Country House or something!! A gaggle of Barbie's would fit in here!!!
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Non-hinged Version: I too, second the fact that the lid comes off, and I don't have to move it out from the wall to open it. My trunk is beautiful and fits quite well in our family room without looking like a toy, or even a doll trunk! I have all of Josefina's outfits in it, plus a lot of Kaya's things too. I can't say enough about how wonderfully it works out for me.
I just got my new Kaya at the St. Louis store and love her peaceful look! However, she is a full 1 inch (at least) shorter than my other 5 dolls! She has Pleasant Company 2002 on her neck, but a newer body tag (not the super long one though). Also she doesn't have the deeper face paint, which I do not prefer, since she looks more authentic in natural coloring.
I have the 1999 easel set with the paints, but it is put away, so no photos. I also gave my DGD the 2007 Artist set, and I like mine much better. The 1999 version is all wood, which is a big plus in my opinion. Also it is bigger, sturdier, and not so difficlut to put up as the smaller one, which has problems when trying to get it to open up and STAND up, get the drawer to pull out, etc. The newer one is more trouble than it is worth IMHO. If you get a chance to get the 1999 easel, by all means get it.
I did think at first, when seeing it in the catalog and online, that it was a bit on the garish side (the blue), but after seeing it in person, I do think a little girl would love it, since it looks so "princessy". Yes, it is a bit low, but a lot of the other beds are too. After all, it is geared to children! If you want something more realistic, you can always get an antique doll bed.
Am I the only one who thinks the Parlor Desk should have a tufted seat? It looks very flat and uncomfortable!! Otherwise it is a darling piece. Wonder if that could be fixed by taking off the seat cushion it comes with and adding a new one? Does anyone who has a desk know if that could be accomplished?
Mine is something like that, but not THAT loose! It bugs me no end, because the dress itself fits perfectly around the waist, but the already tied ribbon does not! I know the bow is tied and stitched in place, but maybe you could take the stitches out of the bow, retie it and stitch down? I may try that myself.
I got this for Susan, friend of Molly, and think they are adorable! The only thing I was worried about was the "R" applique, but found it very easy to take off, and no holes or damage done to the pocket. I just wish they closed in the front, not with the velcro in back, but they are such a pretty color, and the slippers are very easy to put on. They are very feminine and glamorous all at the same time!! A-, if only for the velcro, they would be A+.
I was just wondering, did Felicity's table set ever have chairs upholstered with red cushioned seats instead of the blue? I saw a set on Craigslist that the person said were not a fake. But I can't find any information on the table set ever having red cushioned chairs. Thanks!
I have seen one like that on Ebay, and think maybe it was re-covered from the original blue. The seat cushions do come out from what I have read, so that is possible.
My DGD has one and it has held up very well. I got it off Ebay, it was in perfect condition, and of ocurse not as expensive as if I got it from AG, but she really likes it, and it is well worth the money IMO.
As I see pictures of Felicity in her riding habit, I see varying types of feathers used in her hat. My set has a small, hard to see feather, actually two feathers, which cannot be seen when viewed from the front of the hat. However, on other pictures of Felicity, I see almost a fluffy plume type of feather that sticks out from the hat itself. My hat came from Ebay, so that means maybe something came off of it, or have they changed the style of feathers used in the hat itself? Have any of you added a feather or two to the hat?
Ok Ladies and Gents, what is that thing in Felicity's treats set? The tall conical thing? Is it pastery with powdered sugar? Like doughnuts? Details, please.
And what do you think is in the parfait glasses? Jello? How did they get gelatin to set?
I bought this item as I'm going to set up a tea scene for my Felicity and Elizabeth and when I took it out of the box I thought - what the heck is this thing?! Very pretty, but very mysterious!
And in real life, how tall would it have been? About a foot tall? It is monstrous when you consider the scale. About as long as the girls' torsos. And Felicity, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Manderlay (sp) are going to eat this thing all by themselves? LOL! Not too dainty!
Playthings has the description under Felicity, all her outfits and accessories. It says the triangular piece is actually supposed to be a tower of cakes, surrounded with a ring of fruit and tarts. The glasses contain pretend flummery, which supposedly was Felicity's favorite. It was an oatmeal based type of sweet, soft pudding, which was popular back in the day.
I love the way Molly's bed looks when paired off with her nightstand and vanity. Alone, it looks a little lost, and that's the way it looks at the KC store displayed all by itself (with Molly, of course), but since the nightstand and vanity are no longer available, it is just kind of plain to me. On the positive side, it is the most reasonably priced bed of all of them (historicals) so you don't exactly break the bank if you want two. My Molly has a darling room with her bed, and with the vanity, it "glams" it up a bit and looks so feminine, without all the frills and pink, gold and silver!!
I got an older wooden one off Ebay at a crazy cheap price, but it has been amazingly sturdy and has held up very well, even with granddaughters playing with it. I have the nightstand, dressing table, plus an extra nightstand and a cute wingback chair in her room. It fits in so well, and looks darling. However, when at AGP KC recently, they just had the bed and Molly in her pj's in a display area, and I thought it looked kind of bare, since all the other accessories are now retired. It needs something "extra" to pull it all together!