Friday, March 7, 2014
My Prettie Girls arrived yesterday. I am so in love with these ladies. I like them even more in person. I will definitely be adding Dahlia and Kimani to my collection.
Here is Lena. I was concerned from seeing other pictures of her, that her arms stuck out too far from her body. It's not as bad as it appeared in the pictures.
I told Roville that I would review the clothing. Although the material is quite thin, the clothing is made very well. I'm showing the top stitching here, which is impeccable.
On the inside you can see that the pieces aren't lined, but again the stitching is well done. The enclosures are all velcro, but nicely done.
I think I finally found a mommy for this little guy. I'm thinking about pairing her with Grant Hill, the basketball player below. I have to check out their chemistry first. Lena and Angelica have connected as young mothers, and they plan to get together and let the kids have play dates. By the way, this is not Lena's son's nursery. She is sitting in a girl's nursery because I just took pictures and listed a new crib in my Etsy shop.
Here's Valencia. She's the athletic Prettie Girl. I wasn't planning to get her, but the price was too good to pass her up.
The back of the boxes give more detailed information about each girl.
Love her! I'm so happy I got her. I connected with her immediately.
I also noticed that her facial screening on her lips is different than that of Lena. That was good to see. Her upper lip is much thinner.
The jean vest is a separate piece.
To see a nice, detailed review of the Prettie Girls, I'm directing you to the blog, Black Doll Collecting.
I bought the new Chelsea Clubhouse earlier this week. I forgot to show pictures in the previous post. I bought mine on-line at Walmrt.com for $15. I think they are $18 and up in the stores. I've noticed there are quite a few items on-line at Walmart that are cheaper than what you can buy at the store. This is my second time getting an item cheaper. It won't be the last.
It's just so cute! Goodness knows I didn't need this, but it's not often that Mattel comes out with things like this. My kids are going to love it.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
There are more purchases that will be showing up on my doorsteps in the next few days. I wanted to share a few with you today.
First up is the new AA Barbie Look. This beautiful lady will be Danielle's cousin.
This is one of the Mad Men from Barbie Collector.com. I was on the fence about him for a long time, but he was such a great price and I needed to use my coupon. I'm glad I bought him because the suit he is wearing is wonderful! He's going to play someone's husband. Not sure who yet.
Walmart currently has the Monster High fashion packs on clearance for $7. I bought the first 3 packs. I showed a picture of the fourth one. I may just have to go back and get that one, too.
Fashion Pack #1
Fashion Pack #2 The shirt is shown as one piece, but there are two pieces there.
Fashion Pack #3 - The vest is completely removable.
Fashion Pack #4 I wasn't sure about that dress, but it could work for a Halloween costume.
The Cutie Pop fashion packs are on sale for $5. I think these will fit the older Stacie kids.
This is a pajams fashion pack.
So that's it for now. I didn't want to wait to tell you about the fashion pack sales.
Monday, March 3, 2014
There's a familiar face. It's Paulette, Danielle's sister-in-law. Mmmm, apparently she has a new beau. No wonder we haven't seen her lately.
"So what's next on the agenda, babe?" (Don)
"Let's go relax by the pool." (Paulette)
"Okay. Let me finish my beer, first. Then we can go." (Don)
"I just can't believe it's over. I gave that man 5 years of my life. What a waste!" (heartbroken passenger)
Her friend, Christine, listens intently, and tries to be supportive. Deep down she's happy that her friend's relationship is over. Her ex-boyfriend was a top notch jerk, who treated her like crap.
"Darrin, can you please finish your dinner, so we can go. We have to go meet Daddy." (British mom)
The ship's bartender is ready to serve. The bar was a gift from my dear friend Cindi Mortensen. She handcrafted it, and sent it to me as a thank you for letting her adopt the black puppy. Isn't it beautiful?
We finished just in the nick of time. Halle and Diego have arrived. Halle is wearing a beautiful white cotton, full length dress, by Shasarignis. As a matter of fact, Shasarignis must be a popular designer. Paulette and the heartbroken passenger are both wearing designs from Shasarignis.
"Everything looks so good. What do you feel like eating?" (Diego)
"You know I'm always down for some good seafood." (Halle)
As the heartbroken passenger continues reminiscing, Christine turns her attention to the fine specimen at the buffet. She notices the lady on his arm, but she doesn't see a ring, so he's fair game.
"Are you even listening to me?" (heartbroken friend)
"Sorry. I was distracted by that gorgeous man at the buffet." (Christine)
"Honey, that table just opened up. Why don't you go grab it? I'll bring you some seafood. What else would you like?" (Diego)
"I'll take some asparagus, too." (Halle)
Halle heads to the empty table.
After sitting for a bit, she notices that the lady at the next table hasn't taken her eyes off Diego. At first Halle just smiles. Face it, Diego is hot. After awhile, she starts getting irritated. Seems like she's trying to make eye contact with Diego. "I know that itch sees me sitting here. Now she's just being rude." (Halle to herself)
Diego returns with two plates.
"I brought you some scallops and asparagus. I also have a lobster tail for you on my plate." (Diego)
"Thanks, honey." (Halle)
"Damn. Look at that arse." (Christine)
"My ex had a beautiful arse, too." (heartbroken friend)
"I'm going to get us some drinks. What would you like?" (Diego)
"A glass of white wine, please." (Halle)
"What's up? Can I get a glass of white wine and a dark ale." (Diego)
"Sure thing. How are you enjoying your trip so far?" (Bartender)
"Can we get back to me and my problems?" (friend)
"You gave that man 5 years already. Do you really want to give him more time? Especially when you can spend that time meeting new people." (Christine)
When Diego returns with the drinks, he notices that Halle is a little tense.
"What's wrong?" (Diego)
"You didn't notice your audience? The one in the blue has been staring you down the entire time. It's as if she doesn't even see me." (Halle)
Diego pulls Halle's chair a little closer.
"Do I detect a little jealousy?" (Diego, smiling)
"No, I'm not jealous. I just don't like being disrespected." (Halle)
"Honey, do you know how often I have to deal with men staring you up and down? You are beautiful and that goes with the territory. If I let that bother me, I would be fighting constantly. You know you have my heart, so you don't have to worry about anyone else. So can we eat before the food gets cold? " (Diego)
He gently kisses Halle on the lips and then digs into his plate.
We'll check in on them later.
Meet Darrin. He's the newest Chelsea sized little boy.
His mom is the British Doll of the World.
I just bought this head. After I attached him to his new body, he started looking like actor, Don Cheadle. I'm not sure if that's who he's supposed to be, but I'm named him Don. We will see more of him in Morristown.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Angelica Dreamz is having a Big Spring Clean 40 - 60% off sale. I was surprised to see they are carrying the Prettie Girls line. I've been waiting for these girls to go on sale. Lena and Valencia are selling for $14.97 each through March 7th. There is a flat rate shipping of $8 for all orders less than $75. Orders over $75 get free shipping. I bought both Lena and Valencia. The Cynthia Bailey doll is not currently available, but there are plenty of other dolls on sale. So you may want to take a look to see if there's something you just can't live without.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
February is Black History Month, here in the States. At the beginning of the month, Adele outlined the Black History lesson plans to her third grade class.
"February is the official month to celebrate Black history. Of course, we won't limit our learning about Black history just to this month, but we will focus more on it during the next four weeks." (Adele)
"So the plan for this month is to explore Black history in three stages. We will start with the Kings and Queens of Africa, then we will discuss slavery, and lastly we will discuss where we are currently today. Our lessons will culminate with an in-depth look at our current President of the United Staes, the first African American president ever in these United States." (Adele)
"I have a couple guest speakers planned this month. We also have a field trip planned for the African American museum in Washington, D.C., and a few other fun things planned. At the end of the month, you will be asked to write a report, so it would be in your best interest to pay attention and participate in all the activities." (Adele)
"Yes, Dillon?" (Adele)
"Can we take the subway when we go to the museum?" (Dillon)
"I'm afraid not. For safety reasons, we are going to take a school bus." (Adele)
There is a collective groan from the kids.
Nikaya and Janet start talking about the pending trip.
"Nikaya, is this a conversation you can share with the rest of the class?" (Adele)
"Sorry Mrs. Jordan." (Nikaya)
"As I said a few minutes ago, we will have a couple of guest speakers this month. Our first guest speaker is here today. She currently lives in Senegal, Africa, and she is here today to talk about some of the prominent Kings and Queens of Africa." (Adele)
As Adele is speaking, the guest speaker quietly enters the room and makes her way up front. The kids don't even realize she is there, until she gets to the front.
"Welcome Ms. Aminata. We are so honored to have you with us today. We are anxious to learn more about you and the history of our African Kings and Queens." (Adele)
"Thank you so much for having me." (Ms. Aminata)
The kids listen intently to Ms. Aminata. Her accent is like none they have heard before.
"Hello class. It is an honor for me to come before you today. I love talking with kids about African history." (Ms. Aminata)
The class appears to be captivated by Ms. Aminata. The time flies as Ms. Aminata passionately talks to the kids. The kids have plenty of questions, and seem to be surprised by much of the information being shared with them. Even after Ms. Aminata leaves, the kids are still full of questions for Adele.
Ms. Aminata (not her given name) was a gift from Paulette Richards, the author of the blog, limbe dolls. Paulette is currently in Senegal teaching American and African American literature, on a Fulbright fellowship. We miss you Paulette.
A few of the girls wanted to show off their outfits.
Here's Jo wearing the school uniform I purchased a couple years ago. She's wearing Only Heart girl shoes.
Janet is wearing an outfit I found at a doll show several years ago. I'm not sure the origin. She's also wearing Only Heart shoes.
Finally, Nikaya is wearing a new outfit and Only Heart shoes.
Here is the origin of the Nikaya outfit. Someone is going to look really cute in that dress.