A Little Sister For Cassandra! (review of Hearts 4 Hearts Doll Tipi)

When American Girl introduced the Wellie Wishers, I thought they were cute and seriously considered getting Emerson to be a little sister for Cassandra.  But then it was announced that Hearts 4 Hearts dolls were going back into production and all of that changed.  I saw Tipi on the list of dolls to be brought back, and I decided I’d wait.  I was kind of busy and forgot about it until one day I was in a local store and lo and behold, they had all of the currently available dolls!  Once I saw her I just had to have her.

The boxes for these dolls are really nice, I love all the photos and information about where the doll is supposed to be from.

When you fold the top flap back (held closed with Velcro) you can see the doll you are buying.  I do have to say that I don’t think the doll looks exactly like the photo, and I looked at all of the ones they had and it was the same from doll to doll.

Getting her out of the package was a bit annoying.  She was held in place with biodegradable ties, but my word were they hard to get undone!  After wrestling with it for a bit, I finally got her out.  Poor girl, she thought she was stuck in there forever.

Her hair was pulled back with a rubber band to keep it from going all over the place.  I think she looks rather cute this way.

Here she is after it was removed:

She has a nice head of hair.  It is rooted though, not a wig.  I noticed in some reviews of this line people mentioning issues with the hair on the Consuelo doll.  The Tipi doll seems to be much better.  Her hair does seem to be very prone to a lot of fly away issues though.  It’s definitely not the same quality as an American Girl brand doll.

I love her outfit.  Interestingly enough, the bracelets on her right arm are actually hair ties, so there are plenty of extras.  She also has pierced ears, but I don’t think American Girl earrings would fit, the holes seem to be bigger.  Fortunately the dangles are removable.

She comes with a comb that has an additional hair elastic on it, a book and a bracelet made to fit a human arm.  I haven’t taken it out of the package yet, but I assume that it’s made for a child, not an adult.  Oh…and my book had one slight issue…(can you tell from the cover?)

My copy is in Russian!!!  I haven’t been back to the store where I purchased her from yet, so not sure if all the dolls in this shipment had this issue.  I did send a message to Hearts 4 Hearts via social media about it and they got my information so they could send me the right one, but I have yet to see it.  Not holding my breath either as it’s already been several weeks.  Hmmm…  Good thing I wasn’t really counting on it!

Okay–time for the sisters to see each other.  They were both really excited!!!

Cassandra is really pleased to have another family member here.  And there’s another happy member of the gang as well…

Emily is thrilled to have someone her own age around!  I wonder what kind of adventures these two will have?

Overall, I think the Hearts 4 Hearts dolls are very cute, the clothing seems to be very good quality.  I just wish the hair was a bit better quality.  I’ll update this post if the English version of the book that came with her shows up!  I am keeping her name as Tipi, I think it’s a cute name and fits her personality.

 

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Review of American Girl Pizza Party Set

Yeah, I know that they don’t sell this set anymore, but I still thought I’d review it just in case someone was interested in picking it up on the secondary market.  I thought this set was cute, but the $40 price tag kept me from grabbing it.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw it at 50% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  And even better yet, I had a $10 of rewards coupon to use on my order.  Since I only ordered two items, I ended up getting it for around $15.  How can you beat that?

The set is very cute and I’m really glad I picked it up.  Here are all of the pieces:

I like the paper plates and napkins, but I probably won’t remove them from the packaging until I decide to use them for a shoot.

I think the pop cans are really cute–but do kids really drink sparkling water???  Cherry flavor does sound good though!

The Slumber Wonders book is so well done!!  American Girl mini books are just the best, I wish they’d release a whole series of them for individual purchase so I could make a cool little doll sized library.

The Blokus game is really cool, and I was glad to see it came with instructions.  I’ve never played, but I think it’s neat that they made an actual miniature game.  This would be fun to have when traveling, even if you weren’t all that into the dolls.

And the pizza–so well done!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped pizza before, anyone else?  I love that not only did they include a pizza box, but also the pan which expands the play options.  The only problem I see is I don’t know of many doll sized ovens it would fit in!

I think this set is one of the cutest party themed sets American Girl has ever done.   I give it an A!  I do wish they had included more paper plates and napkins, those are things that won’t hold up to regular play and it wouldn’t have cost that much for them to throw in a few extras of each.  Still a cute set though, and if you can find a deal on it somewhere, I say grab it!

A Day Of Beauty

If you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen me tease about two of the girls going out for a “day of beauty”.  Who were the culprits??

Yeah, Allie and Fiona decided they wanted some changes.  It was a gloomy day and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I decided to oblige.

First off, I wasn’t happy with either of their wigs.  Not that I hated them, but I wanted something different.  Fiona’s was kind of boring.  Allie’s was gorgeous, but it wasn’t the color I was expecting when it arrived, and I wasn’t sure it worked best with her coloring.  So I removed both heads from the dolls (yes, it looked a bit like a horror movie around here) and then proceeded to remove the wigs.  It was relatively easy, I used a syringe with water in it and squirted it around the hairline.  I had used Alene’s Tacky Glue to hold the wigs in place and fortunately it is water soluble.  Both came off super easy.  I just had to take a damp cloth and clean off the glue residue from the heads.

Allie wasn’t getting any new makeup, but I’d been dying to try something different on Fiona.  I decided to take the leap, and I think it turned out great.  Here she is after adding eyelashes:

And then I decided she needed something a bit more dramatic on her lips to go with that eye makeup:

Like I did with Allie, I sealed all of the paint with some Mod Podge to give it a shiny effect as well as protect it.

And then it was time for the wig!

So, here’s the big reveal!

Quite a change, huh?  I bought Fiona’s wig from Beautifully Custom when she had her seconds sale.  I can’t find a thing wrong with it though and I think it is absolutely gorgeous!  Check out the curl:

And yes, it does get gradually darker as it gets to the ends of the hair.  I wouldn’t mind having my own hair this color!

Now it’s time to see Allie:

I gave her a darker wig which I think goes with her coloring much better.  It was also purchased from Beautifully Custom.  And if you look very close, you can see that she got her nose pierced!  Before you panic, I didn’t poke a hole in her, I glued it on so if she ever changes her mind, we don’t have to worry about the hole not closing. 😉

Both girls were very happy with their makeovers.  I even talked them into modeling outside.

 

And since I had the paint out and she’s supposed to be my “mini me”, she was missing something…

She’s still unnamed at this point, but I’ve got a couple ideas…