Native American Heritage Month

Today, the last day of November, is the last day of National Native American Heritage Month. Kaya is one of my favorite dolls and I think one of the most important characters in the American Girl collection. I love that American Girl spent five years developing her, working closely with Nez Perce leaders and historians….

Kaya’s Horse Restoration

Recently a new project galloped into my house in the form of Kaya’s horses, Steps High and Sparks Flying. I have wanted these horses ever since I got Kaya so it was very exciting, but as you can see, I had some work to do before they were ready to meet Kaya. My sister gets the…

Kaya Leaves a Gift

A photo story adapted from the book Kaya’s Hero and inspired by yesterday’s observation of Memorial Day: Kaya sat with her little brothers…they were watching as she shaped and tied long pine needles. She made three little horses and handed one to each boy. “Here they are,” she said. “Now you can have races.” Kaya cut a…

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! I thought long and hard about which doll to feature in a Thanksgiving post and decided on Kaya. My reason was NOT because of the Pilgrim and Indian First Thanksgiving story (wrong century, wrong tribe, wrong part of the country–not to mention that story is largely romanticized and misrepresented) but because giving thanks…

The Girls’ New Pet

Look at this cutie! My mom found him at JoAnn Fabrics (he was a Christmas ornament) and thought it would be perfect for her Lanie! I thought Kaya also might like to befriend a baby raccoon considering her affinity for animals, so they both posed for some pictures with this little rascal on a walk this…

Kaya’s Transformation: No Longer “Flea Market Kaya”

She’s done! She’s beautiful! I’m ecstatic! You would never know that five weeks ago I found Kaya in a dirty box at a flea market. She’s been through a lot. Here is a list of the spa treatments, surgical procedures, and wardrobe adjustments she went through: Baking soda body scrub Mr. Clean Magic Eraser body wash…