My second Kaya, that I got from a garage sale, is looking pretty good.
Here she is now:
Here she is when I got her:
The braid spray did a GREAT job on her hair. It feels much softer now. You'd never know it was the same doll. It's the biggest improvement I have seen from using braid spray.
The wig is still cut, though, in the back. You can't really see it unless you lift up her wig and look.
But I know it's there, and besides, I already have a classic Kaya.
I keep telling myself this, because I hesitate to alter a doll that looks this good.
I want to give her a different wig. I want one with dark hair, that is short, and preferably one that has bangs. I don't always like bangs, but I feel that the bangs will make her look very different from Classic Kaya.
I really kind of want Ivy's wig, but Ivy is retired, and the only Ivy wig I've seen for sale was cut.
I also like Monique's Stephanie wig, but it is no longer available in dark brown. I am not sure what the light brown wig would look like on Kaya.
Chrissa's wig would look great on her, but with no bangs, I feel it'll just look like she has a haircut.
So I am really conflicted and just looking out for the perfect wig to fall into my lap.
One of my dear friends just sent me this off-brand Girl Scout Juniors uniform.
I am so excited! I already had the official American Girl Juniors uniform. Now I can have a Girl Scout troop of two!
It looks so cute on Ellie!
The tab is held on with velcro over a white fabric tab sewn onto the shirt, so you can remove the tab and use it with another outfit.
The shoes did not come with it, they are Kit's.
I think some of the the insignia on the sash are in the wrong order (on the bottom half), but I haven't read a Girl Scout manual in a few years. Maybe it changed.
The skirt even has pockets!
I think she's prepared. For what? Anything!
My friend bought this off of Amazon, and the packaging said Emily Rose.
I think this is a great outfit, and am so pleased to own it!
Meet Ellie, short for Elena. I really thought about giving her a Chinese or Korean name, but I am pretty sure I wouldn't pronounce it right, and my hearing loss makes it hard for me to learn pronunciations.
I am so happy with her! She came wearing this all-blue outfit (I added the shoes) and I am a sucker for dolls dressed in blue. She has the newer style of bangs. That makes me happy, because Anne has pie bangs, and this differentiates them in addition to their mold.
She has a dot under one eye, and I am calling it a birth mark.
Her hair is a little dry, but I will fix that as soon as I find my braid spray. I like the wave that her hair has.
I love her!
Sorry I haven't been posting. My laptop is broken, so that is a pretty significant problem in updating the blog.
American Girl brand is releasing new patterns through Simplicity! Yay!
Pattern 8281 has pajamas! I am so happy for the pajamas! I have been saying that there are few doll pajama patterns out there that I like. The robe with the cat ears are adorable!
Pattern 8282 has really cute separates!
This one, 8280, has really cute holiday clothes! Squee!
The holiday clothes pattern has matching patterns for girls. This is a new idea and I think it's great. I would have loved matching clothes with my doll as a kid. I drooled over the girl-sized Felicity and Samantha dresses.
Keeper's Dolly Duds is also coming out with a pattern for '60s doll clothes, and it's amazing.
This release is a solid win for American Girl!
Sewing for Kaya is very difficult. Respect needs to be shown for Kaya's Nimiipuu tribe. They are a real people with history and culture. You cannot just sew a lot of fringe on something and call it Native. The tribal clothing has meaning.
Respect, respect, respect. I can't repeat this too many times.
Different tribes have different attitudes towards their clothing. Some tribes are happy to show others how to make non-ceremonial clothing.
Other tribes consider their clothing to be sacred. Therefore, it is considered blasphemous for someone not of that tribe to wear or manufacture their clothing.
Moreover, it is illegal under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to market anything, such as a pattern, an outfit or other craft, with the name of a specific tribe unless you have permission from the tribe to do so.
Anne was very excited to show off one of the places she has been traveling to.
Our postcard features Delavan, Wisconsin, one of my favorite towns. The stamp used on our postcard is also associated with Delavan! It shows the famous clown Lou Jacobs, and was the first stamp to show a living person. The artwork was done by Delavan artist Elmer Gauger, and the stamp was first issued from Delavan on May 2, 1966.
There is even a mural about this stamp!
Here is our postcard!
You can see more pictures of Anne in Delavan here.
I am going to post the pictures of the postcards we received in a separate post, because there are a lot.
For now, in this picture, Saige can't believe that Anne has her picture on a postcard!
You can see all of the postcards from the exchange here.
When Addy joined my doll family, she had a pretty extensive doll wardrobe waiting for her already.
I've decided to do a series on the blog featuring her various dresses.
This is the perfect time of year to feature Addy's school dress! School is very important to Addy's books. Momma made her a special dress to wear to school. Poppa cried when he discovered that Addy could read. Education was an important part of freedom!