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Oh, sorry, did I leave you hanging????  This is one last review from items I purchased when I visited the American Girl store in Orlando.

The first item isn’t all that exciting, but still cute.  I’ve had my eye on these for a while and it was nice to see them in person before buying them.

You can never have too many earrings, can you????

The other item was something I really wanted.  I would have been very disappointed if it had been sold out too, it was the item that was at the top of my list.  Any ideas???

 

Well, if you guessed Blaire’s piglet, you were right!

Oh my gosh, let me say that I wasn’t a bit disappointed in this little pig!  In fact, I think it’s one of the cutest animal accessories that AG has ever done.

Some side views:

His eyes are stitched instead of a button type eye.  I’m not generally wild about this, but for some reason it works on this little guy (or gal…).

And the little tail is so cute!

I just love this little pig.  Now we need to come up with a name!  Wilbur?  Babe?  Nah, it needs to be something original.

At $20, it’s a little on the pricey side considering it’s not jointed/posable.  But I am glad to see AG making something different for a change.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if they released a little goat to go with the farm theme at some point?

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Review of American Girl Western Chic Outfit

When we visited the American Girl store in Orlando, I picked up several things.  I went with a few things in mind beforehand, and of course, there were a couple of things that I decided on rather spur of the moment!

One of the outfits I really did want though was the new Western Chic Outfit.  I thought it was very cute in the photos I’d seen and had a ton of mix and match possibilities.

Here are all the pieces out of the box.  I apologize for this poor photo, I was not only having equipment issues this particular day, but also vision issues.  I am highly allergic to whatever it is they used to treat the roads for snow and ice so I never know what to expect at this time of year.  It really affects my eyes, making them burn, water and sometimes I can’t even focus well.  Not a good situation for a photographer!

Lanie offered to be my model for this outfit, here is a front and back view:

Everything fits well.  The shirt is a very summery design, Velcro partway down the back.  The pants are more of a legging than a jean, they remind me of the ones that came with the Apres Ski Set from way back.  The scarf–ugh.  It’s really cute, but the fabric is terrible.  This should have been made out of a cotton, but instead they made it out of some polyester crap–and I am being nice when I say crap.  It is very poor quality fabric and incredibly stiff, so getting it to lay nicely is just about impossible.  I have a feeling this item will be relegated to a drawer somewhere in my collection.

The boots on the other hand are very cute and super easy to get on the doll.  There is no Velcro to deal with, they simply slide on and off, but feel very secure.

You can also see from the close up photos how the pants are a knit material as opposed to jean material.

Overall, it’s a super cute outfit.  The only fail in it is the scarf, I really don’t know who designed that piece or chose the fabric.  Epic fail in my opinion.  Luckily it’s only a small piece of the set!   This set retails for $28 which isn’t too out of line for an American Girl clothing set with this many pieces.

 

Merry Christmas to me! (A minor splurge…)

I think by now most of you know that Kit is my homegirl.  I don’t know why, but I think it’s primarily because the time period she grew up in is the same one my mom did.  And it’s not just the stories I love, but all of the cool things that they’ve made over the years for her as well.  I’ve got more of Kit’s collection than any other doll, and I’m hoping to keep adding to it with some of the things I missed out on as well as (hopefully) new items they come out with.

One of those things I missed out on was her laundry set.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at it on Ebay and almost went ahead and bought it.  But the price was a bit more than I felt like spending, and seriously, how much would I actually use it.  A few weeks before Christmas I decided to do a bit of looking.  That’s always a dangerous thing, but this time it actually worked out.  I found an auction that wasn’t ridiculous, kept an eye on it–and no one bid against me!!!

Just look at it, whooo hoo!  It is missing the smaller pieces–a box of laundry soap, a laundry basket, apron and two little towels, but for the price I got it for, I don’t even care.  $55 and that included the shipping to my house!  I can make two little towels and an apron, I’m sure I can find a cute wicker basket at some point and as far as the laundry soap–I’m going to be honest, that isn’t all that historically accurate.  Yes, laundry soap existed, but it was more of a luxury item during the depression.  I remember my mom talking about taking a bar of Fels Naptha or other similar kind of soap and having to grate it into the water.  And if you were really struggling, chances are you were making your own soap out of grease drippings saved from dinner!  (In case you are curious about making your own soap from scraps, go here: https://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2008/10/if-youre-saying-to-yourself-ivory-i.html)  Something tells me that the Kittredge’s were probably making their own soap.  So I don’t care if I ever have the box.  I’ll make a little bar of soap out of clay.

Let’s see some close ups!!!

First the drying rack:

This little piece is pretty awesome, it folds down for storage just like a real one would.  I was surprised to see that it was made out of plastic though, for some reason I thought these items were made out of wood.  I remember having one of these in our basement for years.  My mother-in-law had one too.  (and now I’m suddenly wondering where that went to when we cleaned out their house…)

Next up–the ironing board and iron.

These are both cute pieces.  Again, plastic instead of wood.  And they didn’t make it so it folds up, that would have really impressed the heck out of me!  But it’s very cute and sturdy, much more so than the one I got with my modern day laundry set from Our Generation.  The iron is nice as well, it is metal and plastic and actually has some weight to it.

And now…the piece you’ve all been waiting for!  The washer!!!

Okay, so maybe YOU weren’t waiting for this, but let me tell you folks, this is what sold this set for me.  Why, you ask?  Well, I’m going to confess something here that might shock some of you, but it’s the honest to god’s truth, and if you don’t believe me, I’ll have my nephew Matt come on here and post confirmation (he loved helping me do laundry with it, strange kid).  Evil Twin can even vouch for it too.  Up until about 1996, this was the kind of washing machine I used!!  Yep!  I inherited my mom’s and used it until it couldn’t be used anymore, the wringer would no longer lock into place which made it very unsafe to use.  I finally broke down and bought a conventional top loading washing machine at that point, but we turned the old wringer style washer into the drain tub for it, so it still had a life well beyond 1996.  In fact, it was still in the house until 2010 when we sold it and had someone come remove it from the basement!

This replica is really well done, the wringers even turn if you crank the handle.  Better yet, the wringers are made out of a similar type material as what the real ones would have been.  However, at least with these ones, I don’t have to worry about accidentally running a hand through it!  (Yes, I did that one time, didn’t break anything, but it did hurt!  Thank heavens for the safety on them that popped at a certain point.)

On the bottom back side of the washer is a lever.  I wasn’t real sure what this was about until I moved it.  It makes the agitator spin!  And if you move it back and forth, the agitator goes back and forth, just like a real washer!

Overall, I’m really happy with my Ebay find!  The pieces I did get are in fantastic condition, the listing said it was from an adult owned collection.  I do find it odd that it was missing the smaller pieces if that was the case, but who knows.  It even had the original box but not the Styrofoam insert.  Not a problem, I wouldn’t be taking it apart to store it anyhow.

The bigger question is what am I going to do with it?!?!  I don’t usually buy doll stuff with no real purpose or storyline in mind, but this time I was willing to make an exception.  I suppose I could do a post with modern day Kit and her friends trying to figure out how to use it.  (If you’ve ever seen those videos where they show modern day kids trying to use items from the past, you know what I’m talking about. 😉 )  If it wasn’t so big, I’d be tempted to build a permanent type display for it, a vintage laundry room.  Just not sure where I could put it!  Regardless, I’m still glad I managed to get one at a decent price.