Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sharing - A Thanksgiving Story

This year Kiki, Clara and Charlotte decided to go to the local shelter and serve food for Thanksgiving. There are always so many people who can use some help, and a nice meal is a wonderful gift to give them.

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Kiki arrived early to help set things up and was put at the front of the service line.

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Charlotte started out by serving pie. She brought cupcakes that the baking club made to serve, too.

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Clara handed out drinks and made sure the guests had everything they needed.

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"Look at all this food!" said Sophie. She admired the feast before getting a plate to fill.

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Soon a line formed and the girls served up the yummy food and made many people happy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Our person actually made this jacket a few weeks ago, but Clara decided it would be perfect to wear today to go see the fireworks. It gets cool after dark and a sweater or light jacket is perfect.

Sewing a Jacket for AG 1/3
The pattern is Penny Lane on Pixiefaire and is made of linen.

Fun Lining 2/3
Clara is taking off the jacket because it's too hot to wear during the daytime right now. You get to see the lining, though, a quilting cotton. The pattern has a lining and facing and goes together perfectly.

Jacket Back 3/3
Hang that up so it doesn't get wrinkled! Love the pleat detail in back. Clara is becoming quite aware of fashion these days!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!


P.S. Clara's top is from Build-a-Bear, leggings are AG and shoes are OG. Her hair clip was made by a friend.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Caroline's Work Dress - My Version

Our person decided to use my blog to show you a dress she made for Caroline. AG made a very sweet work dress and we never purchased that one because it looked like something that could be made at home.

Caroline's Work Dress - My Version
Kiki: Caroline, you look really nice in your new dress, but what is Garnet doing in the parlor? Aren't you going to get in trouble?
Caroline: It's supposed to rain this afternoon and the pasture is already muddy so I brought her inside. She promises to be good, right Garnet?
Garnet: *chews cud* ...
Caroline: Anyway, thanks for the compliment about my dress!
Kiki: And thanks to our friends for stopping by the blog!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who Came Home From the Store With Us???

“Quick! Clara, will you wash the dishes? Eva, will you wipe off the table? I’ll get some treats out and try and create a nice display!” said Rosa as she scurried about the kitchen looking worried.

“What’s the rush?” asked Eva. “I mean you don’t usually get all flustered like this.”

“What? Haven’t you heard? Kiki is bringing the new girl over to see the bakery kitchen and have lunch at the diner. We need to make a good impression.” Rosa was moving so fast she could hardly catch her breath to speak.

“So? That’s no biggy. Don't get your apron in a twist. I mean I doubt she will look very carefully at the kitchen. She’ll just want to eat at the diner,” said Eva, being practical. "Anyway, we can be ready in time. Right, Clara?"

Clara explained, "Grace, that’s the new girl, is a baker. She has studied in Paris and everything. I just know she is going to want to join the baking club. She’d be awesome to have and could probably teach us tons of recipes.”

"Paris, huh? Well that is pretty impressive. I wonder if she's into fashion?" was Eva's first thought, since her real goal in life is to be a fashion designer.

Clara went back to calmly washing the dishes. “We just need to be ourselves and everything will work out fine. Don't worry, Rosa.”

After carefully placing some treats on a plate Rosa stood back to inspect the kitchen. “Well, she’ll be here any minute so I guess this will have to do. I wish I had some flowers to make to decorate the table…” But, just then Kiki brought Grace in to meet the girls.

“Bonjour!” said Rosa just a little too loudly.

Grace looked surprised. “Bonjour! Do you speak French?” and proceeded to say something more in French, but none of us caught that.

Rosa was immediately embarrassed. “Um, no. That’s all I know. Yeah… So… I mean… Welcome,” she said looking down at her shoes.

“Thanks!” replied Grace. “I don’t really speak that much French either.”

Kiki introduced Grace to Eva and Clara and they began chatting about how pretty Pleasantview is this time of year, but wishing it was less rainy. Rosa stayed in the background and listened, still feeling anxious. Pretty soon she realized she actually was twisting up her apron in her nervous fingers. “Get a grip!” she said to herself as she smoothed the apron back down.

“So, Grace, would you like a cookie or a pastry?” she finally asked.

“Well, sure. Maybe just one cookie. We’re about to go have lunch, so I don’t want to spoil that. Did you bake all of these?”

“Yes, I mean no, not me. I mean not alone I didn’t. I mean we all did,” stammered Rosa as Grace looked on politely.

Eva jumped in, “Actually, we have a baking club. Rosa is the main one who leads us and we are all hoping you will join since we know you love to bake. We made these treats together.” Grace responded with excitement, “Oh my gosh! I’d love to join your club! I was worried about finding a way to continue my passion for baking when I came here, so this is perfect.”

Rosa ran over to Grace and gave her a big hug, crushing the cookie Grace was holding into a million crumbs.

“Oh, no! I’m so sorry. I was just so afraid you wouldn’t want to join us, but when you said yes I could hardly believe it!” she said as she brushed crumbs from Grace’s shirt. Suddenly Grace began to laugh. Then Clara, Eva, Kiki and even Rosa joined in! “You must be very serious about your baking,” she said to Rosa while still giggling. “I know just how you feel and I think I’m going to like it here. But, maybe this is a sign that I should wait and have dessert after lunch!”

That brought more laughter. The girls had a group hug and group photo before they headed for the door discussing the specials for today in the diner and what they’d like to bake after lunch.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Trip to the AG Store

My person and I went to the AG store today. There were supposed to be some new things, so we decided to check them out!

The first thing we saw was the sailboard.
I asked this girl if it was hard to balance on and she said it just takes some practice. I'm anxious to try this, but I have to wait. There were other things on the list today. The life jacket comes with the board, so I think that will help me talk our person into getting it.

We got this seaside outfit. It's cute!

Flamingos, anyone? I like how the colors of this release are coordinated and perfect for summertime at the beach.

Here are the different ways you can use the accessories that are available to coordinate with the new Truly Me meet outfit. I really like the vest and the skirt is cute, too.

I think this could be a long lost relative of mine!

Do you see the resemblance? teehee

This new girl has really pretty eyes.

All this shopping made me hungry, so I stopped by the bakery for a treat and chatted with Grace.

With a full tummy I got sleepy and rested in the hammock until it was time to go. I wish we could bring this home, too!

We did bring home a new sister, but I'll have to talk about that another time. Right now I'm worn out from our big day in the city, so more about her later.

ta ta for now!
~ Kiki

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A New Friend

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Kiki rarely sleeps in, but this morning caught her snoozing even though the sun was up. It's nice to sleep in when dreaming pleasantly and Kiki was dreaming that she could hear the waves on the beach and smell the salty air. In her dream she heard a little girl calling her name. She gradually realized that she actually could hear waves and smell salty air. Plus, she really could hear a little girl talking.

Excuse me. Are you Kiki? I was told to look for a little girl here and I think her name was Kiki. Con permiso, me llama Maria Teresa. [Excuse me, my name is Maria Teresa.]

Kiki woke up to see a beautiful little girl standing beside her. "Yes, I'm Kiki. Are you the island girl that is coming to live with us?" Maria Teresa nodded.

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Maria Teresa responded, "Yes, I am excited to be part of your family. I love living here on South Padre Island, but I also am excited to travel and see your other home in Colorado. I've never seen snow!"
Kiki replied, "Snow is awesome! I can teach you how to snowboard. But, while we are here, I'd love to have you teach me the names of the birds I keep seeing. I want to be an ornithologist when I grow up. And you speak Spanish, right? I'd love to work on mine. I know a little."
"Yes," said Maria Teresa. "I grew up speaking both English and Spanish like most people here. I am Mexicana, a Mexican, even though I was born here in the US. We are proud of our Mexican heritage and culture and are glad it continues on this island."

Maite and Kiki
Kiki laughed. "I feel like I'm in Mexico when I'm here. The language, the culture, the food, it's so fun and interesting to me. It's really going to be great to have you show me around, Maria Teresa."
Maria Teresa giggled.  "I'm excited, too!  But, please call me Maite [pronounced MY-tay].  All of us girls are named Maria after the blessed virgin, so we use our middle name or nicknames to tell us apart.  I'm usually called Maite, which is kind of a mix of both my names."  [this is actually a common contraction of Maria Teresa] 
Kiki agreed.  "Okay, Maite.  ¡Mucho gusto!" [meaning glad to meet you, in this context]

Maite thought to herself, "I think I will be very happy with my new sister, Kiki."

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Next GOTY?

What does that crazy title mean? It stands for Girl of the Year. Each year a doll is made by American Girl that has an lot of special clothes, furniture, accessories, books and even movies just about them. She is only available for one year and is called the Girl of the Year. Everyone knows about her! She's a big celebrity for one year. She's on the cover of catalogs and featured on the AG website and in their stores.

I was one of those lucky dolls myself way back in 2006. My person looks a little bit like me except with curly hair and I think that's one reason I'm her special buddy and blogger. As you know I am half Japanese, half Irish. My friends and I here have a nice variety of different faces and skin colors and we are all beautiful! We know that little girls have different skin colors, hair colors, textures and different shaped eyes, lips and noses and they are all beautiful, too. We think that those little girls should all have the chance to have a doll that resembles them. And not just any doll, but the GOTY!

Anyway, I wish AG would make a GOTY that is a doll of color. So far there has not been a GOTY that represents a black girl and that makes me sad, and there have only been a few that are dolls of color. I want to show you some photos of my friends here that could easily be a GOTY and am hoping that soon AG will have one like them to be that special girl for one year soon.

Gracie is smart and artistic. She loves to play practical jokes on people and gets away with it every time because of her innocent face.

Toni is one of my best friends because she and I both love the outdoors. She's an amazing surfer.

Ivy and Gracie like to hang out a lot.

Rosa's newest passion is baking.

Laila is super smart, loves to read and wants to be a doctor.

Here's Clara taking a walk by the creek with Laila.

Clara is proud of her Latina heritage.

I know there have been GOTYs that were DoC like:



And Sonali who wasn't really the GOTY, but a friend of the main character.

Don't get me wrong, because I am good friends with some of the recent arrivals like:

Lily Mae (Isabelle) who is named after a friend's niece.

And Blanca (Saige) who is named after a friend of our person who she resembles.

Anyway, sorry this got so long. I just wanted you to know that this matters to me and my friends so we are hoping AG will make a GOTY that is a DoC soon! Now I will get back to my favorite activities like playing outside! It's a gorgeous day and I better take advantage of it because it might rain tomorrow.

~ Kiki