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Our Iple Girls, in the Garden

Our Iplehouse girls love the garden. If they are not at Dolltown Abbey, I look in the roses, or under the honeysuckle bushes.


I took a few photos, taking each girl in turn around the garden-stopping in some favorite places.


Then we met up in the pink roses....


Iplehouse Violet, our Raven, is first, with her long black bob, and purple eyes.

Then it's Cordelia, our Odelle, now with green eyes and a short wavy brown bob.

And last is Tania, our Aira. She loves this soft blonde do with her blue eyes...

Okay! That's a lot of Iple girl photos!

These girls are pretty to begin with, then add flowers and it's easy to get carried away.

And we haven't had many warm sunny days in the garden. All of us enjoyed our time...



Yes, Glitter it is! Or, Wait...

We decided! Glitter it is!

The Eiffel Tower will have sparkles....


April and Conner,just fresh back from Paris, helped us by telling us that the real Eiffel Tower sparkles at night! It glitters, twinkles, and shines!

They even sent a photo to prove it!


So, we made the decision to add glitter to our pretty flowers, butterflies, and birds!

The girls were very happy!


Then the weather changed and we had to move inside. We decided to use the schoolroom where there is lots of space for the gluing and building!



So we started. Faith and her friends were so ready to sparkle up...

Uh oh! Everything was going fine,

and then Tink wanted to pour the glitter in her hand, and spread it on her legs.

Faith gave her a talking to, and Xennia started to cry, so Jiyoon and Chantal tried to comfort her...


And they all left to get ice cream, so the other girls could come and sprinkle glitter.


But Zoey and Pearl decided they wanted to get to the building. And Zoey had a good point,

"You can't tell which sides will be on the outside until the Eiffel Tower is put together!"

We could have ended up with sparkles on the inside!

Set the glitter aside! Let Zoey and Pearl get busy!


The boys, Chris and Douglas wanted to help with the Tower building.

And, of course, Chantal stayed to read the instructions, which are in French. En Francais...

Look! We have the base of the Tower done!

Things are looking up!

Or the girls will be (looking up)  as they build the rest of the Tower.


But now we take a short the garden with the Iple girls.

It's true! You'll see!


What Can We Get The Bub?

I took Lula on an outing the other day.


I had to get art supplies, which should have interested her, but Lula was completely distracted by what is coming...


Lula's doppelganger and favorite auntie, Lani, is having a baby...soon!


Lula traveled to Australia with Lani last year, and stayed for months, experiencing adventures in the hot and windy country.


Lula brought back seven New Zealand baby dollies.

And now she is excited that Lani is going to have a baby of her very own. With the bub daddy, of course.

So, when we headed out to look for paint canvases at the Dollarama, Lula took off looking for baby stuff.

How can I tell her it costs more to send a baby toy than to buy it?

High economics for a little girl intent on pleasing a tiny baby!


Notice the Dollorama surround. It's a lot like those hot and windy places Lula experienced on her trip!

We stop for a moment to play, on a red fire hydrant outside the shop. Lula loves red...

"Can I look at the toys?"

"Can we get the bub a doll?"

"Maybe a boy doll, for a boy bub?"

"Maybe a shooting gun? It's foam!"

"The bub would like a big ball!"

"How about garden shoes?"

"Look, baby socks!"

"Lots of socks, to grow into!"

"White for boy bub, pink for girl bub."

"Baby bub oil. It's dry there in Australia!"

"Look! Tiny baby spoons!"

"An Elmo bottle! Every baby needs a bottle!"

"Every bub should have a puppy!"

"We used to have these!"

"Bub daddy could catch bugs for the bub!"

"Soft bub candy! No?"


I had to get Lula out of the store. I didn't want to deal with a tantrum.

(I'm kidding. Dolls don't throw tantrums...that other people can hear, anyway.)

"No baby stuff? Why not!"

"The bub is all the way across the world..."


It was tough, but Lula got it. She had endured the long trip herself, mostly from the depths of a camera bag.

So she understood what those toys would have to go through...

To nip that hint of sadness in the bud, I decided it was time for lunch! Just the two of us!

"This is a good idea!"

"I can have anything I want?"

"What does "within reason" mean?"

"Lala let me drink these, on our trip."

"Fine. I'll have this chocolate cake then..."

"Yes? I'll share!"


Thanks, Lula dear! 


One of the best tips I can pass on to a new mom? Distraction works!

Sometimes one has to resort to chocolate cake...

(Okay, maybe not sweets. But you know what I mean!")


Shall We Use The Glitter?

We are building the Eiffel Tower from April. It's time!


But wait! The girls discovered some glitter tubes, and this little bunch is all for adding glitter to the pretty designs the girls colored back in January...


Chantal is studying the instructions for putting the model together. But Faith and Jiyoon think the glitter should be added first.


I ask the girls if glitter is a good idea. It's messy! But Faith tips the glitter, ready for some gold embellishment.


And glitter supporters, Tink and Xennia, show up with newspapers to put under the project.


Chipping away at my protests...




Maybe we should get the other girls!

Maybe there should be a vote!


Maybe April should get a vote! I'm pretty sure April would not want glitter on the formidable Eiffel Tower.

I'm sure April even questioned the flowers and butterfly embellishments when she was choosing the model. The real Eiffel Tower is all metal, and was designed to demonstrate France's industrial prowess.

But the thought of all the Little Darlings who would be opening probably tipped the scales. Flowers and butterflies to color? Perfect.

But glitter?  Come on girls! Who would do that?


Why are you all looking at me like that?

Would you like popsicles?


(That should give me time to get the other girls. Where is my practical Pearl, and Zoey?)


Conner in Paris, Sightseeeing!

Here is Conner in front of the beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral!

When in Paris...go sightseeing!


April, Fashion Doll Stylist, does this everytime she goes back to her little apartment in Paris. 

Well, she sees the sights as she carries on about her Paris business.

But we all know what it is like when you have a visitor who has never been to your city...


Little Darling dolly, Conner, has certainly never been to Paris before, or much of anywhere else for that matter. From a box of Little Darling doll sculpts, to the Doll Studio for a face up, then back into her own box, and shipped straight to Dolltown...just last year!)

Then, a big move to Detroit City at Christmas, to attend Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls! What an adventure that has been so far. Conner was helping April design couture for dolls, while we were chopping up cotton socks for Valentines Day wear!


And then, a weeks-long stay in Paris, with forays out into the city. Cathedrals, Doll Museums, parks, and shops...with treasures found, like sparkle runners. 


Sparkle runners? Never say so! Seriously, never say sparkle runners around here! That glitter that just came out to decorate the Eiffel Tower model here in Dolltown is already giving me the shivers....


But let's enjoy a few photos, from Conner and April, on their sightseeing adventures in Paris.

Gather around, girls! And boys!


We already showed you a few photos of Conner's arrival and first day out in Paris, to a doll museum!

The next photos we received...a chocolate model of the Notre Dame Cathedral!

What! Not fair! That got all the girls clamoring for a trip to Paris!

(For some of them, it would be a return trip, but that's another story!)

Then the two explorers took photos of the Museum of Modern Art,

where Conner was impressed with the art even outside the building!

"And this must be where the King lives!", Conner said when they came to City Hall.

"No, it's where the Mayor works!", April told her.

"Well, he must be very busy to need such a big office!", Conner replied.

Then it was off to the Louvre, full of art.

They saw a glass pyramid out front and then peeked inside,

where there is so much art that it would take years to see it all.

At least, that's what Conner thought!

Conner was amazed at the underside of the glass pyramid!

Another day Conner and April crossed a bridge.

Conner could see boats lined along the river, and April told her people live in those boats!

What a nice view they have of the Eiffel Tower!

The real Eiffel Tower!


And along the bridge, itself, there were lots of love locks!

That's when April told Conner some of her own life love stories.

Conner was fascinated!

And so were the little romantics in Dolltown! (Conner shared some of the stories...)

(I think Badger just left to find a love padlock for Scout... "We have a bridge!", we heard him muttering.)

And, last but not least for today, Conner's sparkle sneakers.

You saved the best for last, one of the girls said. (Really? Sparkle sneakers tops the Louvre?)

Well, it's just as I thought. The girls scattered, looking for footwear of any kind.

No worries. I hid all their shoes. I knew this would happen. 


"Does glitter work on bare feet?" I heard Tink say from the dressing room.

Okay, I gotta go...

More on Conner's Paris trip another day!



Happy World Doll Day!

Yes, Plangonologists all over the world are celebrating their doll collections!

In Dolltown, we have a party... 100 dolls. Very fun!


Faith and Friends Start the Eiffel Tower

The girls made it to the Garden Shed...and there was the Eiffel Tower model in its brown box, from Paris.


Faith is holding the tiny Eiffel Tower with the model, that arrived from Fashion Doll Stylist at Christmas.


But just before they arrived, Vikka, who set the scene ready for a model build, found some glitter glue!

And left it for the Little Darlings...


Faith, Jiyoon, and Chantal like the look of that glitter! "Let's take out the Tower pieces!

"Let's put glitter on our coloring!"


I'm not sure about that glitter on the Eiffel Tower!

Who's idea was it anyway?


I better go get the other girls. We better have another Eiffel Tower strategy meeting!

In the meantime, we'll post some more Conner in Paris photos!

Wait for it...


Little Darlings Get a New Straw Hat!

This little package arrived in the mail. All the way from Australia!


On a favorite Facebook group for Little Darlings and friends, a photo contest was held a while ago. And we won a prize!


Since Faith was our May girl, she got to open it. And it's nice to share such a fun event with a friend.


Chantal was happy to help Faith open the package and read the card.


This straw hat prize comes from Kay Marie Treble. Kay makes these adorable silk-flowered hats, as well as the prettiest smocked dresses.

We don't have a Rosebud Collection dress yet here in Dolltown! But it's on our Wish List! Someday...

But we do have a hat now!

Chantal tells Faith how pretty it looks with her deep blue eyes!

Awww, so sweet!

Thank you, Kay!

My girls are very happy to have such a pretty new hat...

Now they think I will let them go out in the sun! Uh oh!



Dolltowners In The Garden

This is our Breyer Year of the Horse.

He was noticed not long ago, in a Hiya Dolly photo.

No wonder! He is a beauty! I got him off his home shelf for a few photos in the garden.


Well! Out came the rest of the Dolltown horses for a little photo action!

"Is it a Horse Show?", they asked.

Even Garden Horse joined them, who is really supposed to be a zebra, I think.


One of our Lizette Ellowynes, Heather, came out to the garden too. 


And one of my favorite Dolly Facebook Groups, Timeless Treasures, set an interesting challenge for this week...Golliwog dolls!


The Ellowynes are changing for the spring weather,

and Heather was ready for some fresh air after a long winter.

What a beauty, with lips the color of heather....

Below are two Dolltown beauties that I photographed this week.

I am very fond of them and they have been in our family for decades... 


These cloth dolls aren't true Golliwogs, like the characters portrayed in the old stories. 

But they are close enough to them for me to keep them with the Attic Dolls, the family dolls and stuffies high on shelves, and not often in our stories, here in Dolltown.


I don't want to offend anyone.


Golliwogs have fallen out of favor....


From  Wikipedia: "The golliwoggolliwogg or golly is a black fictional character created by Florence Kate Upton that appears in children's books in the late 19th century usually depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children's toy called the "golliwog", and had great popularity in the UK and Australia into the 1970s."


Lots of us loved the stories or had a cloth Golly dolls as children.

And the vintage dolls are still very popular with some doll collectors.


This past week I saw some beauties on the doll collectors Facebook page!


And it was nice to bring these two out for photos, post them, and share the love with others.

Our garden will soon see lots of Dolltowners hanging out at the birdhouses, on the swing,

or under the bushes where it is shady.

Now that our long winter is over, we will enjoy hours of outdoor time.

It is just a matter of time before the frog hunts start again...


Badger Gets Another Haircut!

Here's our powerhouse trio, Scout, Lula, and Evie. They have big plans to save the world from... well, you name it. These girls have it covered! From climate change, poverty, to bad haircuts...


These girls are meeting up at the Picket Fence with some of the boys before they head up to tackle the Eiffel Tower model building.


They are impatient, which is sort of their middle name. Where are those boys?


The first to arrive is Badger, formerly known as Brian, until Scout got a hold of him last year. Badger thinks Scout is "the best thing since sliced bread" (Badger is a Vintage).


Since the other boys aren't here yet, Scout decides this is the time to fix that haircut we gave him soon after he arrived. (We were part way through it when Scout said it was time to get the food to the Food Bank. "But Scout...!")

Let's see what happens this time. 

That's it? That's the haircut?

What do I mean, "Is that it?". Ummm, nothing, Scout.

Badger looks...nice. 

Oh, you are cleaning up? Great!

"Of course!" you say? Okay then...

Oh good! A distraction...the other boys are here, Owen and Chris!

Time to head out before the girls decide more haircuts are in order.

How are you feeling, Badger? Good? Good!

(Just keep the mirrors away from him. Although anything Scout does is fine with Badge!)




Fancy Nancy and Phoebe In New Threads

Well, look at these two!


Phoebe and Fancy Nancy spent an afternoon trying on clothes. How fun is that?


A friend came by with a suitcase of Bratz dolls...a dozen! And with them...clothes! And accessories!


We sorted everything, then set aside the Bratz, who are all in great condition but most need a serious hair brushing and conditioner treatment.


We picked through accessories and chose a few for our Dolltowners to use. Bags! Backpacks!

And the clothes! Some are too skinny for our tiny dolls. But some...


Look for yourself at these two trying on some of the duds.


What a pair! Fancy Nancy, who loves bling...and Phoebe who pays little attention to clothes, because she is usually immersed in her books. But she doesn't mind if we play with her and dress her like a doll. Wait! She is a doll!

"How do I look?", Phoebe asks?

Very cute! 

Fancy Nancy found a crown!

That caps it for her...

But she also loves this fluffy dressing gown.

And Phoebe in a toque, a baseball cap and a toque!

And look! Sun glasses!

A crown and sunglasses!

It's just like we went shopping at a doll mall!

Phoebe is impressed with the bags... "Book bags!", she exclaims.

Vikka arrives to tell the girls to come to the Garden Shed.

And stops for a little dress up fun!

"Can we keep these clothes?", the little girls ask.

How can they not? Surely the Bratz wouldn't miss a few items?

Look at these two!


Which Aira?

Once again Aira is switching up... What do you think?

Now, just because we express a favorite, it doesn't mean she'll stick to it.

No doll in Dolltown has been through as many changes as Aira!


Conner in Paris with Fashion Doll Stylist!

Here is a photo of Conner tucking in after a long day of traveling with April to Paris.


This is the longest trip any of our Little Darlings have taken, for sure!

Well, except for Lula's journey to Australia and back with Lani!

And, of course, Maggie's travels to London with Tasya!

Oh wait! How could I forget an en masse secret trip to Paris last year! I think I have blocked that!

Oh that April!

 (I better hang on to the Little Darlings here in Dolltown! They seem to like world travels!)


Conner is sending our girls her Paris travel stories...

On her first night, she sent this photo and she said she is in the arms of Mme. Rose, the resident bean bag lady.

"You cannot imagine how comfortable I am in her arms. Good nite!"

But let's start with Conner's arrival at April's apartment!

The Eiffel Tower!

This is the view from April's balcony!

Right away, Conner met April's doll divas who reside in her apartment.

Books, artwork, and couture garbed models...Conner is surrounded with new things!

Even in April's powder room, Conner found art, treasures, jewelry...and tiny perfume bottles!

Conner rests for a while after her long trip, and apartment explore, with a lapful of perfume bottles.

She had fun showing her Dolltown friends all the things she discovered!

After a good sleep, and after choosing her favorite bottle (that looks like it came from outer space!) Conner was tucked into April's big coat pocket.

Then April took Conner to a museum that has only dolls! Conner visited doll ancestors! There are so many! It reminded her of Dolltown...

Conner said, "Look at me! I am taking photos of the vintage dolls at school!

There are dolls from all over the world!"

Conner found dolls she wished she could bring home! And she was fascinated with all the tiny things displayed with the old dolls. Just like the French food April sent us for our Dolltown picnic!

Dioramas of ting chairs, rugs, windows, buggies, dogs, pretty dolls...Conner had so much to see at the doll museum. 

Afterwards April took Conner to a park for a little fresh air and exercise! The Anne Frank Park!

April told Conner the story of Anne, who wrote "The Diary of a Young Girl" an account of her experiences during World War 11...

Anne Frank said, "Whoever is happy will make others happy too." But her story made Conner sad for a little while. However, it was fun at the park. And it was a very fun day!

And that is enough for now!

A full day of the best museum (toutes poupees!) and a playground with a history.

We'll come back to Conner's trip and tell you more about her adventures...including a chocolate cathedral!

Now, back to the dolls in Dolltown...what are they up to?


Getting Ready for the Eiffel Tower Project, Phase Two

-Our Eiffel Tower cardboard model was colored beautifully back in January. It was a welcome gift from April and arrived in a box of other goodies at Christmas.


After the Little Darlings added their favorite colors to the flower and butterfly designs back in winter, we put the model away until spring arrived. Then the children could assemble the Eiffel Tower outside.


We decided to put it together in front of our Garden Shed where all the children come to play.


Vikka has once again set up our diorama, with a little advice from Garden Fairy.


And no sooner had Vikka announced her completion, than our May girl, Faith, and her buddy Jiyoon arrived.


Faith will be deciding how the next step in handled....

Thank you, Vikka! Well done!

We can see our coloring peeking through...

Faith and Jiyoon are here ready to discuss plans for the assembly.

Any ideas?


Little Darlings at the Picket Fence

It's Faith!

Faith is our May girl. She is wearing a new pretty gingham dress by Susan Elizabeth, all the way from the UK.


And the dress came with pantaloons, and a great big bow! The girls were so impressed with this bow, when they changed out of their Spring Celebration dresses, they all chose to wear hairbows with their outfits!



The girls are all meeting at the picket fence. And then they are on their way garden shed, where the Eiffel Tower model is waiting for them.


Will the model be easy...or challenging?

I wear my red shoes each time I go to town...

Where are the rest of the girls?

Most of the girls are on their way to the garden shed now, to work on their Eiffel Tower project.

Just Evie, Lula, and Scout are lagging behind.

They've invited the boys...



Catch Up With Conner!

Conner is all a twitter!

She is getting ready for a trip to France with April...


April, Fashion Doll Stylist, is returning to her Paris apartment for several weeks. And she is taking Little Darling Conner with her!


April doesn't need to take many doll models with her. She works with her Paris Divas when she is there. April and Conner traveling light. They are planning their wardrobes carefully.


For April, that's three black tshirts, two black jeans, a black jacket with big pockets (for Conner and some chocolate), and black flats. Now, that may not be completely accurate, but what I gather wardrobe for April (it's Paris, right?)


Conner, on the other hand just had a brand new dress made for her. Very pretty, Conner! And she gets to take all her new shoes (April makes her shoes...what?). She has a very French red beret! Conner has been very excited and she is sharing her plans with Birdy, Faith, and the girls. 


"We are going to doll museums and bridges with love locks, and I get to see the real Eiffel Tower!"


Of course her Dolltown friends here asked to go along in her suitcase and Conner laughed and laughed. "It's not that easy!", she said. Then she blew us lots of kisses and promised to send lots of photos!


Looking cute, Conner! Love the beret!


Update: Conner and April have arrived in Paris. And sure enough they are sending photos!

We are amazed! Stay tuned for another catch up with Conner....Conner in Paris.


And, of course our Little Darlings are inspired now to get out our Eiffel Tower model, from April herself. All colored and ready to be assembled! Exciting!


A French Picnic in the Forest!

A picnic basket full of dolly food from Paris!


We received this delectable gift from Auntie April at Christmas time!

That's Fashion Doll Stylist April... Not only did she send us a box of Christmas goodies and a beautiful paper model of the Eiffel Tower, she included something to look forward the spring.


At least that is the fast talking I had to do at the time. I didn't want the picnic basket emptied and the food eaten under the Christmas tree!

The Dolltowners argued at first. The sign on the basket said it was for Dollies Only. So, why can't the Dollies decide when?


In the end, I won out and this picnic was tucked away for months. And now...our first big outing of the year.

Bring on la pizza! That's pizza in French.

The three little Amigas brought the picnic. Then left.

We only have a few photos. I didn't want to miss out on the macarons and got stuck in the line up. Very popular, those macarons!


Now, all the children made it to the picnic. 

And all the food was eaten-the pizza, the Camembert cheese, the salmon...

But Aunt April promised she would refill our basket next time she was in Paris.

And Conner can remind her if she gets distracted with her divas and doll couture!


We are providing a flat lay photo. so April remembers our favourites.

And Vera helps...she has been sticking by our side!


See April? It's a visual grocery list!

Okay, our golden fish snuck in.

The children are asking for double the macarons next time.

Say s'il vous plait, please!


And here's Vikka, our prop changer.

She has come to gather little Vera and all the others.

Picnic done. Time for Spring Celebration

And...that's all done!

One more catch up and we will be all caught up.


Next up...Conner!

At Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls.

What has Conner been up to?


The Children at the Dolltown River

In April, the Little Darlings, the Sashas, and friends were exploring a birchbark canoe, and all its fascinating contents.


Then we brought more of the children to the river to see the canoe, the gold fish, the beads...


And there was a picnic!


But before we had time to post all those photos, Easter arrived and all the Dolltowners spiffed up for a big egg hunt at the river with Bunny!

There were lots of photos of the spring celebration and we just got them all posted.

NOW we can get back to our canoe story...with more children coming to see the treasures!


The Little Darlings had just headed off into the forest, and these boys arrived.

And Asia brought buddies Gabby, Lilac Moon, and Oiya...

(These girls had just returned from an adventure at Aunt Jackie's)

The McCall girls, Pamela and Nellie, brought the rest of the little girls Shasta, Whoopi, Phoebe, and Kish.

(Almost all of them...where's little Vera?)

The other kids are making lots of noise in the forest!

Asia heads into the trees with some of the children to join the fun.

While Kish and Phoebe pretend they are canoeing on the river,

Nellie and Pamela tidy up the girls'coats. 

The picnic is on its way!


Princesses at the River

Okay, so the Disney Princesses don't do more here than pose for the camera.

But look how happy they are!


I'm sure they are a part of some adventure involving princes, castles, and happy endings.


But they were kind enough to take a few moments, and come to the Dolltown River for some photos with Bunny.


I bribed them with new dresses. That works every time. Or it would if I had new dresses for them every time! 


I am testing dresses from Prairie Moon in different sizes. We have enough girls for a dress to fit someone!


However, once again, these Princesses are odd ones to dress. Their proportions are surprising!

They are the only ones slim enough in the torso to wear these, but two of them are too long!

Too long for active Dolltown activities...tree climbing, puddle wading, frog hunting.

But not too long for a princess dress, when I think about it! So we are good.

And...Merida, Rapunzel, and Snow White are happy!

These girls love posing...they are used to fawning attention.

They wanted tea served in pretty cups, and music...maybe harps, playing in the background.

They thought we might clear the "floor" for dancing.

Hmmm...some other time, girls.

Don't you three have an adventure to get back to?



Little Darling Egg Hunt Photos

It is so fun for all the girls to get dressed up, and then play in the forest hunting for eggs!

Here are a few more photos of a few of our Dolltown Little Darlings....

There's Chantal, Birdy on the bike (and off), and Rosa.

Then Jiyoon comes, spending time with Bunny!

The last photos show some of the details of Xennia's Tomi Jane beautiful Tea Dress...

See the tiny buttons attached, to match the scale of the dress and other details?

I caught these photos while Xennia was taking a nap on Big Bunny, just before the hunt!


I'm sure Xennia will want a nap again after she eats those pretty candy eggs!

But she has been told she has to change her dress before her nap.

(Why didn't I tell her she has to change before she eats the eggs?

Excuse me, I have to go. Chocolate melts in little hands...)