April showers bring May flowers and so we are offering a very appropriate Outfit of the Week! Every American girl needs an adorable raincoat to keep her dry when dodging April showers and DRRC-YL will be just perfect. The yellow patent coat is styled with an empire design with front pleats. There are 2 faux buttons that have hook and loop closures and 2 faux pockets on the front of the coat. The hood and fold-back cuffs are lined in a colorful plaid fabric full of spring colors…pink, green, blue and yellow. FREE with purchase is a pair of matching rain boots SRRW-YL. These yellow patent boots have yellow soles and 2 faux buckles with hook and loop closures on each side. Even a rainy day will bring a smile to your 18” doll when she wears this coat! (good through April 6, 2012)
Spring is very much in the air and everywhere you look, there are signs that the seasons are changing! This weekend, you, your American doll and your family can go on a scavenger hunt for the signs of spring. One person could make a list for the group to search for. Suggestions include certain types of spring flowers, budding trees, birds, people doing outdoor chores like gardening and mulching…the possibilities are endless!!! You might even want to do your scavenger hunt in a local park or museum. There are lots of ideas to assist you on the internet, just Google “how to do a scavenger hunt for kids”. Have fun and enjoy the time spent together! Here is an adorable outfit for your 18″
With the Passover and Easter holidays approaching, here are 2 recipes that might be fun for your family and your American Girl® dolls to make together. Chocolate Nests and Chocolate-Toffee Covered Matzo are sure to please family and friends and make your holidays yummy!
Ingredients: 1 C shredded coconut, 1C milk chocolate chips, jelly beans or any egg shaped candy
Instructions: Put chocolate chips in a microwave container and microwave at 1 minute intervals until melted. Add the coconut and mix thoroughly. Drop “nests” by tablespoons onto waxed paper and using your thumb, make a small impression in the “nest”. Allow to cool and fill with your favorite egg shaped candy.
Chocolate-Toffee Covered Matzo
Ingredients: ½ lb matzo, ½ C butter, 1C brown sugar, 8 oz chocolate chips, optional toppings (nuts, marshmallows, sprinkles, cranberries…)
Instructions: Line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil and place matzo end to end, filling the entire cookie sheet. Melt sugar and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour mixture over matzo making sure it is all covered. Bake for 3-4 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Watch carefully! Remove and sprinkle chocolate chips over top of matzo and return to oven for 1-2 minutes. Remove and spread chocolate with a spatula. While chocolate is still warm, add any optional toppings. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until hard. Remove and break into pieces. Store in air tight can.
In keeping with the season, we are now offering a new 18 inch dress in soft pink satin DRSD-PK. This elegant dress has a fitted bodice and spaghetti straps. The skirt is layered with a shimmery taffeta over the pink satin fabric and a layer of tulle underneath adding dimension and fullness. A gray satin band around the waist is adorned with a pink and gray satin flower in the center. Additional sparkle is added when your doll wears the multi-strand silver sequin necklace, included with this dress. What a sophisticated and glamorous outfit for your American girl. Add pink satin jeweled flats (not included) S1LJ-PK for a perfect holiday look.
The spring holidays will soon be here and how about a new, appropriately springy look for your American girl! DRES-RB is a wonderful choice for this week’s Outfit of the Week, and it will come with FREE shoes! This 3 piece set is color blocked beginning with a lemon yellow, sleeveless top. A feminine ruffle trims the neckline and front of the blouse. Four faux clear buttons add some additional detail to the blouse and a hook and loop closure allows for easy dressing. The white satin skirt features a rose patterned lace overlay and a pink satin waistband with a self tie bow accent. This also has a hook and loop closure down the back for easy dressing. A pink satin purse with a pink bow accent is also included. FREE with purchase is SPL-PG, a brand new shoe available today! This plaid ballet flat includes pink, green, and yellow, blue and white for a look that just says SPRING! So dress your favorite 18” doll in this adorable outfit and celebrate the season! (good through 3/30/12)
With the change of seasons, it is time to consider cleaning out our closets to make room for the seasonal items. I usually find this a wonderful opportunity to find clothing, shoes and other items that I can donate/recycle. This might also be a good time for you to consider the same for your American girl doll. Are there outfits that you no longer dress her in or pieces that you no longer like? Why not consider recycling them or even make an exchange program with friends that also collect 18” dolls? You could set it up similar to a library, where other kids can bring in clothes and exchange them for others…whether it is for a limited time or a permanent exchange!
With the arrival of spring, we are all looking to venture outdoors to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and longer days. Recently, a cute craft idea was sent to me and I would love to share it with you! It requires a few supplies that you might already have…a flower pot, some paint, brushes and a great imagination. I know that 18” doll collectors are creative and I would love to know what hidden talents you all have!
SHABBY CHIC CLAY POT
- 1 – clean, dry clay pot (any size)
- 1 – roll of ¾” 3M Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape #2090 Original Multi-Surface
- 3 – jars of paint (any colors)
- 1 – jar of glaze (any color)
- Paint brushes for each color
- 1 – roll of paper towels
- Wipe your clay pot with a damp sponge or paper towel. Let the pot dry fully.
- Choose a color palette that fits your taste and décor. We recommend using three colors. Choose which color you want to use for the shapes and stripes, and which color you want to use for the base: a neutral color provides a delicate finished product, while a bright color will make the stripes pop. In this example, we chose to use the bronze as the base of our pot, knowing that most of it would get covered up by the tan and light pink paint. The metallic color will provide for a chic vintage vibe.
- On the dry pot, use a sponge or a paintbrush to cover the entire pot with the base color. Using a sponge will give the pot a rustic base, while a paintbrush will provide a smoother look and feel. Let this paint dry overnight. It may only take a few hours for the pot to dry depending on the paint you use, but it’s better to play it safe.
- After the pot is completely dry, use ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to mark off diagonal lines in any design and pattern you desire. Make sure the tape is pressed firmly so it contours to the pot. This will ensure clean, sharp lines when the tape is removed.
- Decide what area you want to designate to the remaining two colors. Once you have decided where each color should go, you are ready to paint.
- Use a paintbrush and apply an even layer of paint in each color designated area you have created. If you would like more coverage, wait until the paint has dried a bit, then apply another coat of paint. Continue to paint your pot until each shape is filled in.
Well spring has officially sprung and we have 2 sensational NEW outfits to welcome the season. How about a dress, DREWD-LV that at first glance may look like a 3 piece outfit. A lavender, ribbed top with a center zipper and ruffle trim is banded by a wide elastic waistband. A gray interlock fabric creates the skirt portion which is gently pleated and knee length. A hook and loop closure allows for easy dressing. The other NEW outfit DRCD-JH is a 2 piece dress and jacket set. The empire waist dress in a heather pink interlock, features spaghetti straps and a sweetheart neckline. A flutter hem adds some fun to this adorable dress. A bolero style jacket in deep purple interlock provides stylish color blocking and will have your American girl making quite a fashion statement! Both outfits are available and are just perfect for your 18″ doll to wear now and all through the summer months.
Spring is the time for flowers to begin blooming. DRWFC-HP, this week’s Outfit of the Week plus FREE shoes will have your 18” American doll blooming too! The white Capri length pants are embellished with 3 colorful daisies on green, leafy stems. The embroidered flowers feature light pink and yellow petals with yellow, blue and hot pink centers. They float down the pant legs for the most adorable look. There is an elastic waist band which makes these easy to get on your doll. We have paired these Capri pants with a coordinating hot pink tee shirt. A flirty hem and cinched neckline makes this capped sleeved tee great for this set and other pieces in your doll’s wardrobe. A hook and loop closure down the back allows for easy dressing. FREE with the purchase of this outfit is a pair of light pink slip-on sandals SFO-LP…perfect for showing off her piggy toes as the weather gets warmer! If your American Girl needs a jacket to go along with this outfit, try a washed denim jacket SPJJ-WD or a dark denim look SPJJ-DN. Jackets are not included with this promotion and can be purchased separately. (offer good through 3/23/12)
We have 3 new products to offer you and your American dolls as we head into spring! As we know, April showers bring May flowers, and what’s more perfect than a bright yellow raincoat! This adorable coat DRRC-YL has an attached hood, cuffed sleeves and a fabulous pink and green plaid lining. We do have matching rain boots SRRW-YL (sold separately) to keep your 18” doll’s feet nice and dry! For spring, we have two adorable outfits that will brighten up your doll’s wardrobe! DRFB-OR is a two piece set that includes a pink floral tunic top and orange leggings. The ruffle detail about the neckline takes this very simple look to a new fashion level! Finally, DRES-RB is a 3 piece skirt set that combines textures and colors into a fantastic look for your American doll. The sleeveless, lemon yellow blouse is detailed with ruffles down the front. Paired with the white skirt with eyelet over satin, this combination is delicate and sophisticated. The skirt has a soft pink satin waistband with a self-tie bow that matches the sweet handbag, also included with this set. So welcome spring with these three new looks!