Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Free Shipping Goodies (including a Doll Comparison)

So, my evil influence has spread like wildfire.  My mom succumbed to the free shipping offer from American Girl and bought her first brand-new AG doll! :D  After debating for a while, she decided on Ruthie, because Ruthie's coloring is very similar to mine and my mom's.

Mom's package got here today, and she was sweet enough to come over to my house so I could share the excitement of opening Ruthie's box!  Also, as an added bonus, I decided to order the mini holiday Samantha doll for Tess since my mom was spending enough to get free shipping! :)  So, an already great day got even more fun! :)

So here are some pics of the exciting event:


First view...another AG catalog.

Our first glimpse of Ruthie!!

The loot:  Ruthie, a new hairbrush (my mom's old doll brush is completely falling apart!), and my mini Sam.

Ruthie out of the box.  Such a beauty! :)

Here's my mini Samantha! Tess will be so excited! :D

My mom loves her new doll!  Here are a few close-ups of lovely Ruthie: 

I've been curious for a while to compare Ruthie and Emma (my My AG #41) next to each other to see the differences.  Since Ruthie was over for a visit, I figured I'd seize the opportunity and take a few pics of the girls together. :)

Please excuse the messy curls!!  I didn't have much of a chance to work on Emma's hair before this photo shoot, and I was too paranoid to do anything with Ruthie's, as she was brand new! :}

Two beautiful girls. :)

As you can see, there are several differences between them. Emma (on the right) has feathered eyebrows, while Ruthie's (on the left) are a single line. Emma's eyes are green and small; Ruthie's eyes are grey and wider (I think it gives her more of a "Disney" look). ;) Ruthie's face seems to be a little rounder than Emma's, too. I should probably add here that my Emma's eyebrows are unique in that they are painted higher than the eyebrows on most AG dolls. It doesn't bother me...I think it adds to her unique personality. I just wanted to point this out. Not all #41s have eyebrows like this. And yes, I realize that in the pics below Ruthie's pic is a little closer than Emma's...I'm not perfect, you know. ;)

Here's a pic showing the difference in their parts.  Their parts are exactly opposite from one another.

In these pics, you can see the difference in hair color.  Ruthie (on the left) has more of a reddish brown color, while Emma (on the right) has hair that is almost black.  She does have faint reddish highlights, but they don't even seem to show up next to Ruthie.

More random pics: 

I found it fascinating seeing these two side by side.  While I LOVE my Emma doll, I have to admit that Ruthie is very stunning, too.  I think they'd make great sisters!  Ruthie will probably end up being Emma and Charlie's cousin that lives at my mom's house. :) 

So, what do you think?  Which one do you like better?


I also wanted to take a few close-up shots of my cute mini Samantha.  She is so adorable!  I would highly recommend her to those of you still debating whether to go for the holiday minis. ;)

Hope you enjoyed the pics!  Did anyone else give in and buy something with the free shipping code?


Spicemuffin said...

I didn't know there was a free shipping code! :O

beast'sbelle said...

There was until April 10th. Sorry you missed it! :( Apparently they usually do another one in the fall. I'll try to keep you posted. :)

Phoebe said...

Ruthie is beautiful! I almost bought her over free shipping, but instead I got #23! Mini Sam is so addorable, too! Congrats!

Miranda said...

I got Kanani and #33(but #33 is for my b-day) during free shipping! :)

I love both of the dolls, as I can't pick between the two! But by the end of the year, I will have Ruhie myself, so I can compare them, too! :D I already have #41, and she is by far, my favourite AG doll I own! :)


beast'sbelle said...

Hi girls! Thanks for commenting! :)

Congrats on getting #23, Phoebe! I know she's a big favorite for a lot of collectors. :) I'm definitely loving my mini Sam, too. :)

Congrats on Kanani and #33, Miranda! :) How exciting that you get to eventually get a Ruthie, too. Like I said in the post, I think she and #41 make great sisters. :) They're both so beautiful and unique.

Have a great week!

AlexAndrea said...

It is a unique thrill to open a shipping carton and see the American Girl box inside!

beast'sbelle said...

I agree! :) You have to be careful, though...it's an addicting thrill! ;)

Spicemuffin said...

Yes, quite addicting! So addicting that I'm getting another doll for my b-day!

beast'sbelle said...

Lol! Congrats!! :)

Freja said...

Ruthie is beautiful
I LOVE her dress and hair.
I prefer Emmas feathered eyebrows over the straight line.
I think Ruthies cheeks make her look adorable.

beastsbelle said...

I think Ruthie is beautiful too, but I'm with you. I prefer the feathered eyebrows to the straight-lined ones. :)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks for the heads up, Makenzie. I hadn't even noticed! I didn't publish your comment, but I did take care of the picture. :)

Pepper Altoids said...

Just found your blog! Looks like we have similar dolls. Here's a link to a YouTube video that I made with my Ruthie and my JLY #41!
Happy New Year!
-Kate PepperAltoids

beastsbelle said...

Cute video! :) Looks like we do have a similar collection. :)