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At Christmas, all the Little Darlings (well, almost all) had their photos taken with our Eiffel Tower model.
They stuck an angel on the top while they waited for our real tree to show up!
Here, some of the girls show the Tower to Indira and tell her all about the arrival of the model-in-a-box a whole year before, in 2016.
They shared the story of the month of dedicated coloring it took to prepare the Eiffel Tower, and the exciting summer build. And finally the 2017 Christmas photo shoot....
"Pretty!" Indira said...
Yes! We think so!
April, famous Fashion Doll Stylist, sent a package of French goodies to the Dolltowners for Christmas. There's the Eiffel Tower model...in a box!
Here are the girls coloring the birds, butterflies, and flowers that cover the Eiffel Tower. It took close to a month to get it done!
Last summer, we put the Tower together before school's end. The girls and their friends worked in teams, until the last piece went up!
Then all the Dolltowners headed out to the garden to admire the months of work. Even Conner, attending April's Fashion Design School for Girls in Detroit, made it for the event.
Christmas 2017! In December, the Little Darlings decided to pose with their Tower gift for their photo shoot.
Xennia (Where's your shoes, Xennia?)
Flo (Yes, it's Faith, as we have known her...or Fig as we know her now. Sheesh!)
And Rosa, who missed the shoot!
The girls are happy to see their festive Eiffel Tower photo shoot posted.
But I had barely pushed the Publish button, when they clamored for the next Christmas post.
Yes, there are definitely more photos.
And we'll get to them!
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us here in Dolltown!
Birdy, Indira, and Rosa are wishing you all a sweet day...
The girls are wearing knit dresses, sweaters and lace flouncy skirts (see Xennia) from Nataliya, plus pretty sweaters from other doll dressmakers.
This year the girls dressed newcomer Indira in pink, pink, pink. And she is very happy, with the girls' kindness!
Scout did show up to meet Indira.
Actually, she immediately took over and helped Indira dress
and choose her leotards...
And then the Little Darlings were introduced to their Valentine photo shoot activity... a Wall Collage!
Each girl chose a Valentine's card, from past years, and attach it to the pink wall.
Start them off, Indira and Scout!
Here are all our LD's by Helen Montgomery Skinner.
From left, Tink, Indira, Scout, and Xennia.
Sweeties! (As are all our Little Darlings!)
And then, a stream of sweetly dressed girls, to create our Valentine collage.
Life size! Well, doll life sized!
Okay! That's a Happy Valentine's Day in Dolltown!
(What do you mean, where are the heart candies?)
All the Little Darlings got to meet Indira...
And at the end here, Pearl and Xennia got to show off their new shoes
And an ending that we are familiar with, with Tink and Xennia lounging on the nearest flat surface.
We look forward to telling you about yet another name change and makeover that happened while I was life-distracted. Only noticeable today to the most dedicated Dolltown fans.
The girls took charge to straighten out a dilemma I had been avoiding...
And we hope you have a romantic, or chocolate filled, Valentine's Day.
To see the story of Indira's recent arrival, click here.
And here she is.
We have called her Indira...
Each Little Darling has arrived under different circumstances. And this is very true of this Sculpt Four pretty brunette.
Dianna added a new sculpt to her original three last year. I had the opportunity to spend time watching this new sculpt of Dianna's take its place with the doll collectors I chum with online.
This sculpt is a special mold, with its great big eyes, and comes in a variety of skin tones.
We scanned the Fours coming in to collectors from the different Little Darling face painters, and created a collection of some favorites.
And when an opportunity came up with one of my fav painters, Helen Montgomery Skinner, along with an irresistible offer, I deliberated and then succumbed.
And requested this sweet look, with dark eyes and hair. She surpasses our expectations.
My thanks go out to Helen.
Indira joins Tink, Scout and Xennia, her Helen sisters. And the rest of the Little Darlingss and Dolltowners.
Now, who was around to welcome Indira when the box arrived?
Xennia, Tink, Birdy, and Fig...
Our Scout by Helen was nowhere to be found.
And that was Indira's welcome.
Hugs all around after finding her shoes and a sweater for our northern clime.
You'll notice our girls are dressed in a motley collection of clothes, from winter dresses, to pj's, to jeans and sweaters. That was our January...a free for all.
Now though, it is time to get these girls ready for Valentines Day!
I have my work cut out for me!
Gifties! How exciting!
While the slumber party was going on, a package arrived in the mail, from our friend April, Fashion Doll Stylist. And from Conner, our Little Darling attending April's Fashion Design School for Girls. (It's Conner's second year! That's another story...)
Now, we have seen photos of Conner over the past months in the cutest shoes! They make them at the Design School...especially for Conner! So we were very excited to find, not only cookies and candies from Paris! But some Conner-designed shoes! Four pairs!
And after an afternoon of lounging, eating, and trying on shoes, Fig chose the pair that matched her pixie hair, and found herself an outfit to go with them.
Way to go, Figgy! How cute is that!
Thanks, Conner! Nice shoes! Thanks April...what a good design teacher you are!
(And I know it was you who packed the eats back from Paris, and mailed the package. We are truly grateful! Even though the treats are gone....)
Now, the packages aren't done!
Another one has arrived! A familiar box.
We haven't seen a box like that in Dolltown for ages!
Gather round girls! I think we have to find a new letter,
for a new name, for a new girl....
Fig and Chantal...
While the cat's away, a new doll character shows up.
More than one!
For all of January, I was distracted. With life itself, fundraisers, artist processes, new art shows, watching reruns of my grandson's Christmas videos...
(As cute as a doll!)
But it seems the Dolltown world doesn't stop just because I am not around to observe, abet, and record it.
The Little Darlings wanted a slumber party during our lazy January, so there were changes into pj's...
Birdy and Jiyoon started the pj party off, and we posted some of their photos.
Some of the girls, like Pearl, stayed up in their day clothes, but popped in and out to see the pj'd girls play slumber party games...
Like makeovers. Here's Faith, cozying up to Fluffy, and the girls have changed her back into her original sunkissed golden blond wig,
Faith, on the left, as we have known her for ages in her wispy wig.
And on the right and below, after finding a whole bag of wigs in their wardrobe basket, more looks on her.
And as soon as this pixie red wig was on her little head, our Faith said, "This is it."
And the other girls agreed, including Lula. (That clinched it.)
The pretty platinum mohair wig was added to the wig bag and returned to the basket of clothes.
Hey wait a minute! How about my opinion! I love Faith...
The girls were prepared to argue. So to keep the peace I got out the name book and started reading "F" names.
Now, we have a rule here in Dolltown, to accommodate my brain's predilection to put all names into alphabetical rooms in my head.
Every Little Darling has their own alphabet letter. And if they want to change their name (or if I do!) it has to start with that letter.
As soon as I read "Fig" (yes, it is on a name list!), our now pixie haired Faith jumped and said, "That's it!"
I laughed and carried on reading: Floss, Forsythia, Francine....
Two weeks of name suggestions!
Meanwhile, the other girls called her Fig, or Figgy, or Fig Newton.
And ignored my tries for a reasonable name.
Fig? That's not a name, that's a food!
"I like figs.", our new little red head says.
That's not the point, I reply.
No one is listening...
Some of these girls, including...Fig, were on hand when a box arrived.
With a Detroit address! We know what that means!
Conner and April have sent us a package!
Christmas Dolltown fun!
We carried on bravely, taking photos of our holiday events, while waiting once again for our year of tech troubles to come to an end, so our stories could be posted! And here we are in February, catching up.
All the Little Darlings and friends dressed for the occasions as soon as Xennia returned from her month long Arts Gallery adventure...
For 2017, Jiyoon got to wear our one new Christmas dress. And it's a beauty, from Erin Green, at Darling Lil' Bee.
Here are a few of the early birds, ready for some action.
Before our Christmas tree went up, we brought out our colored Eiffel Tower...a fabulous gift from last year. And all the Little Darlings got their photo taken with it.
But first...Valentine's Day!
No wait! Before we can post our Valentine's dressup,
we must introduce you to our new arrival, Indira!
Pop back to meet her! We haven't had a new arrival since summer!
Except...shoes! From Conner and April! So much to show...
While the rest of the Dolltowners prepared for the Christmas season, Xennia and several others were popped in their travel bags and taken to the Courthouse Arts Gallery, where they got to model at a month long show, called Shoe Fabulous.
Look! There's Little Darling Xennia, posing with some dance shoes! And real humans are spending time, looking at the ballet toe shoes and tap shoes, and at Xennia herself, all dressed in her leotard, tutu, and white satin dance shoes! She felt very special.
Xennia was told, along with the other Dolltowners who got to go, that she had to be very still when there were people in the Gallery. And act like a, you know, ...doll.
Ball joint dolls, Asa and Jack, had no problem, sitting.
I think they go into long meditative states.
They do it at home in Dolltown too...
But Xennia realized during the long nights at the gallery, that there were hours when she could roam, and visit the other Dolltowners.
Jack and Xennia got to know each other better, exchanging life stories. What do you mean, "Another universe", Xennia asked. "I came from the USA. Is that another universe?" Jack wasn't sure...
When there were visitors, this trio of young Iplehouse bjd's were often picked up, on my encouragement, to show off why they posed so beautifully. But after hours they lounged, stretched, and danced, chatting and gossiping quietly.
But Jester Jim, our wooden marionette, complained loudly and often, saying he was too old to be hung suspended in the air (too high for children to reach, but just right for adults to push him around to see how he moved). He often had to be shushed as people arrived.
Xennia, bless her heart, would hop down from her own perch during the long nights, and soothe him, amuse him, sing him songs, and hold his feet up for a while, until she got tired and went back to her spot.
These Dolltowners spent almost a month at the Shoe Show, and on the last day, after we locked up, Xennia explored, so she could remember and tell her friends everything she had seen...
Then while I changed Asa out of her satin brocade kimono,
Xennia told the others it was time to go home to Dolltown.
That was an experience we will never forget.
Because Jester Jim is still complaining about his aching joints, from hanging in the air for a month...
(Okay...backdating now that I have a laptop, with my photos available. Catch up on life in Dolltown!)
Lula and Pearl headed out to the Fall Tree early. Half dressed! They couldn't wait to meet up with the other girls!
We are coming with your shoes! Wait up!
And Lula can't stay. She is off to represent Dolltown at a community event. Shoes required!
All the girls dressed up for a Dolltown Halloween party...
Well, the party was lots of fun, but we didn't take photos that night. But the girls loved their outfits so much they asked for some individual shots.
We complied...Stay tuned.
In between Dolltown stories, the girls wait patiently for the action to start...
A glimpse into the inner workings of Dolltown itself.
It's the Little Darlings!
During my Hiya Dolly hiatus, the girls had the run of Dolltown. Of course they had their caregivers running after them, making sure they were safe and didn't eat too many caramels francais, or climb too high in the trees...
After a while, as the weather turned cool, several of the girls decided it was time to change and get ready for school. So, with a little help, they dug through the boxes and found the sweaters, shirts, and plaids. And they convinced even the reluctant, the hold outs (can anyone say Tink and Xennia?).
And when they were all dressed and ready they came to me and asked, in their polite way, for photos before they fill their lunch boxes with balogna sandwiches and settle in with their books, atlases, and math counters.
Now, that all sounds very...responsible. And I was understandably impressed!
But I noticed that, while the fall clothes were gathered, every possible Halloween outfit was also sorted into a neat pile, ready for action. And I overheard discussions of how I was to be convinced to buy them some orange tights...
(I can't remember ever wearing orange tights! Do you?)
Zoey, those glasses give you a studious air, I must say.
Here they are together! The Dolltown Little Darlings all dressed for fall and school!
(Two of our girls have gone international and continue their time in other countries.
Maggie is still with her doppelganger, Tasya, in London...where she shares a flat with a cat.
And Conner continues her internship with April in Detroit (and soon back to Paris),
where she attends Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls.)
Will we pull off a Dolltown Halloween event, after the girls begin their studies for the year?
(I have a policy of "No promises", even when appealed to by the appealing Little Darlings!)
Here's Zoey, with an art piece by Leonard George, in an acrylic painting style he calls "basketweave"...
We have taken a break!
For over two years, the inhabitants of Dolltown have led busy lives, recorded by me with help from Miley, Dolltown reporter...
Over the last six months my life has taken a turn, a positive turn, and the changes require more of my time to look after.
Just as I oversee Dolltown and the action here, I am involved in real time with real people, and record the action through photos and videos, posting them to social media: Facebook, Instagram, and websites.
In June, I retired and took on the Art Gallery position in our small town in Gold Country, BC.
I arrange monthly art exhibitions. My friends and I put on monthly Coffee Houses, and weekly Open Mic Nights. With friends and supporters, we create and carry out art classes, teas, receptions, and community events....
I am part of an exciting initiative called Route Blue, connecting rural communities through music and art. And besides Hiya Dolly (one of my "artistic" expressions) I created and maintain the Nicola Valley Arts Council website, and manage my own arts and music (etc) Facebook page, Bluebird Country.
After keeping up a way-too-busy pace, I stopped my Dolltown.News weekly newsletter and sent all my dolls off to their rooms and into the garden to amuse themselves. Or let the enthusiastic learners set up school classes with each other while I got busy with other things.
That's the nice thing about dolls... Very independent.
And while the Dolltowners managed their own lives, and looked out for one another, I got to spend evenings watching reruns of my first grandchild, born late July, 13,203 km (8,204 miles) away in Melbourne Australia. And chat with my youngest daughter about her Nuna Leaf chair, and her supportive Mom's group....
And now I am focused on getting ready for baby Jasper and his parents' month long stay in our tiny house, come December.
So, under my present circumstances, I am evaluating how I will continue with my Dolltown story reporting...
Stay tuned, but at a slower pace...
I can tell you the Little Darlings all got themselves dressed for fall when the weather turned chilly
and are clamoring for a photo shoot!
Mitch is watching out for Becky, his best friend.
Becky has been here forever. She's an original Dee an Cee from the 60's, and was brand new when she arrived in my life.
But a couple of years ago, when I was gathering friends for my vintages, all the others buddied up and Becky couldn't seem to find a friend of her own. She just tagged along with other bff's...
Until one day when I ran across this vintage boy in the Bailey House basement. I almost passed him by until I noticed how tall he stood, and what a babyface he had, just like Becky! And Becky was tickled pink when he came home. She wasn't expecting a boy friend, Well, none of us were!
expecting that for Becky.
But they are inseparable They act like an old married couple actually.
So maybe it's not too surprising how this story turns out!
In this story, Mitch and Becky are joined by a real Galoob BabyFace, from my children's toy trunk. She is so funny!
Well, it wasn't so funny when she knocked over the Eiffel Tower.
This is what I overheard as Mitch and Becky watched Babyface's antics...
I think the bff's think Babyface would benefit from a mature point of view.
And no one would argue that Becky and Mitch aren't responsible.
Adoption? Are you sure, kids? That's pretty serious!
And Babyface is a handful.
But don't let me stop you! I can use all the help I can get!
I'll get you her blanket for you.
And she likes Fruit Loops for, well, breakfast, lunch, and dinner...
What is Xennia doing here at the Eiffel Tower by herself?
Well, by herself with a bunch of trolls!
All the other Little Darlings are either beach ready, or getting changed.
Xennia is often a straggler. She lingers...
We depend on her buddy Tink to move her along.
But Tink gets distracted, and goes with the noisiest, happiest crowd.
And it was a noisy, happy crowd of Little Darlings that headed to the wardrobe room.
Meanwhile, Xennia noticed a quiet group of little, colorful haired trolls heading for the Eiffel Tower.
And we know Xennia likes little things...baby animals, babies, and I guess, little trolls!
Wow! Way to go Tink!
In case you missed it, Tink did four things...
1. She joined Xennia and enjoyed the trolls with her. That's smart!
2. She left and managed to scoop the Maggie and Kate froggy short set. That's amazing!
3. She also brought a bag big enough to bring back all the trolls! Who would think of that?
(Oh dear. What do we do with them now?)
4. And she tucked the tiniest trolls into Xennia's hair bow, and her own...
Xennia loves accessories! What is better than a tiny troll hair bauble!
Tink, you are the best!
Next time, don't leave without her in the first place! I'm just saying...
Okay it didn't come together afterwards as easily as we hoped...
The trolls scattered as soon as the bag was opened.
They are all over Dolltown as we speak.
We hope the big one has a troll call!
And Xennia ran around half undressed after them.
I had to go back to the Eiffel Tower to find her again.
And this time I just picked her up and brought her in and dressed her myself.
But I had to bribe her with chocolate.
The chocolate that Auntie Maryann brought me because I am a grandma of a real baby now.
I bet that baby isn't running around after trolls!
Xennia, Xennia, Xennia...lucky you're cute!
Now, can I get some work done, please!
And Xennia, if any trolls show up, you are NOT allowed to give them my chocolate.
Well, maybe one piece. But that's all!
Hey April! French chocolat!
The little knit dollies enjoyed their sleepover!
The neighbors across the street let the little dollies come for a fun night in Dolltown. Soon they will be packed up and travel to another country to bring comfort to the children there...
Our Little Darlings, Scout, Lula, and Evie, were allowed to bring them home And they showed them a movie, fed them some popcorn, and snuggled with them before they all fell asleep.
The next day the little knit dollies met some more of the girls at the beach.
Rosa and Birdie, Tink and Xennia came to meet them just before Lula had to take them back across the street.
Not only are the knit dollies traveling to other countries!
There are piles of handmade toques, like the blue one here, being packed in bags to go too.
And Evie brought a very cute baby hat to show us too.
A yellow hat with little ears, and matching booties!
The knit dollies and the baby hats are made by Diane Magnusson.
The toques are made by Andy Bisson, and his wife Joan packs them up ready to go.
We have to get everything back to our neighbors so they can be shipped out very soon.
The non profit organization Canadian Food for Children will be sure they get to their destinations...
Scout fell in love with the little knit dollies, and Dolltown decided to pitch in for the shipping for this charitable organization, in exchange for one of the dollies.
It will be a good reminder of the charity of good people in our neighborhood.
I know the girls will be inspired!
They might not knit, but we know Scout, Lula, and Evie are already making plans to take more of the food in our kitchen down to the foodbank.
Can you leave the Frosted Flakes, girls!
Reminding us to be graaaateful! For everything we have....
See those little trolls with Tink and Xennia? Now, that's another story!
Right across the street from Dolltown is a hive of charitable busyness! While chatting about a hornets nest terrorizing the neighborhood we discovered our neighbors have a hall full of hats!
Real Canadian toques! Mounds of them on their way to...two dozen countries!
And Andy, the man who ended up saving us all from the hornets, is the man who makes the toques. It's true!
A man of courage, talent, and generosity!
And I have discovered that Joan, his wife, manages the collection, packing, and distribution of piles of soft good for the poor, unhappy, and toque-less! A woman with a big heart, motivation, and organizational skills. And she is tech savvy at 70 years old!
Scout overheard me talking about the neighbors and the project they are busy with. And she convinced me to take her, and her buddies, Lula and Evie, to see these good deed neighbors.
And the Gang of Three made a delightful discovery...
Piles of toques! Scout is impressed!
These toques are traveling over the mountains where they will be packaged up to go to needy people.
But we see something in the bag behind Scout!
Lula and Evie catch up to Scout and they all marvel at the toques made by their neighbor!
But, who is peeking from the bag behind the girls?
That's not a toque!
Little knit dollies!
Look at them! Knit dolls with toques! And is that a knit bunny?
The girls want to play with them... How will they do that?
The girls make a plan.
And it involves Lula climbing up to the top of the bag the knit dollies are in!
Of course it does!
Evie gets ready to hoist her up...
There you go, Lula!
I think the knit dollies are excited!
Lula falls in...and helps Evie up.
Scout, stay where you are!
The girls toss the knit dollies down to Scout.
Wow! Scout is smitten with these little dolls!
And Evie finds a knit bunny!
As Lula finds more knit dollies to drop down, Scout gathers them on her lap.
And Evie jumps down with the blue bunny!
What has Lula found now?
Not sure what to call this knit creature but she brings it down to her friends!
All the knit creatures are happy to spend a little time with the girls!
But wait! There's more!
The girls notice another bag full of knitted creatures.
Oh my goodness.
I better think fast or Joan's hall will be filled with creatures on the loose...
Okay girls! I have an idea!
Wouldn't the purple bunny we see up there like a friend to travel with?
That makes sense to the girls!
How will they get the bunny up there?
Evie, and Scout hoist the bunny up...then it hops!
And when I remind the girls what the dollies and creatures are for,
Lula puts one of the knit dollies back.
Blue bunny and the purple bunny look very happy! Friends!
Way to go, girls!
Then the girls get stubborn.
They still want to play!
Come on! We can't sit in the hall all day!
We just came to see toques heading out on their way around the world!
Neighbor Joan pops a little knit basket in front of the girls and tells them they can take their new friends home....on a sleepover.
She says the girls can take as many as will fit in the basket!
The girls don't want to put any more knit dollies back!
How are they going to get them all in the basket?
But two to go!
Well, we know the knit dollies don't mind squishing into small spaces together!
And Evie ties the last dolly on to the side of the basket...
Good job, Evie! How creative!
Lula and Scout say goodbye to the other knit dollies in the bag...
They pose for a last photo with the toques and toys.
Saying...Way to go, Uncle Andy and Auntie Joan!
Now the girls want to go back to Dolltown and show their friends.
They'll get to tell the story of the good deeds happening right across the street from Dolltown!
And they ask me to carry their basket home for them.
Be careful! they say to me. Don't drop our knit dollies!
The bunny buddies say goodbye.
And as the girls leave...
...more dolls show up!
These dolls must have heard there was something going on!
Looks like Joan and Andy have their own little Dolltown, and we didn't even know!
And our girls missed these dolls...
Should I tell them?
Would my dolls start running across the street to play with the neighbor dolls?
Hmmm. I don't know! I'll have to think about it!
What I do know is we had a wonderful morning!
Our Dolltown trio of good deeders found themselves in a world of fun.
Who knew we had such charitable acts going on right in our neighborhood!
Well, it's actually not uncommon in our little town. But we didn't know piles of toques were being created right across the street!
Here is the knitting wheel that Andy uses to make his toques.
And the little knit creatures are made by the dozen, by Diane Magnussen... Love them, Diane!
Joan and Andy Bisson collect the items and drive them over the mountains to Penticton. And from there the packages are shipped to many countries.
Joan and Andy are volunteers for the Canadian Food for Children Okanagan Division.
The CFFC is a Non-Governmental Organization working to relieve the suffering of the poor in over two dozen deveoping countries worldwide.
Way to go, Joan and Andy! And Diane!
Thanks from all of us!
Now how easy is it going to be to get the little knit dollies back to the neighbors,
after a sleepover in Dolltown? Will our girls let them go? They have to!
(Uh oh! I have had experiences with "sleepovers"!)
Best not to even show Tink and Xennia! Now how do I do that!
I'll get back to you...
Well, isn't that something! We have had Silent Sam in Dolltown for over two years and we have never seen under his cape. It's funny how some dolls just seem dressed already.
No costume changes!
Recently however, we did a little research and realized Silent Sam was probably meant to be a female doll. We looked up the origins...
Sam has always been a guy doll to us. Even after we discovered he had a baby.
I mean we get a say in this, right?
We got curious, though, about what was under Sam's cape. And less than an hour into the visit with our new doll, Sam peacocked his cape right up over his head. (Or her head.)
He kind of looks like a guy, with short pink arms.
Stunning beads, Sam!
But we noticed the beads on one beaded foot are coming unravelled...
Uh oh...now what?
Look on the left there! You can see Sam's baby on his back!
The small blue roll! Does that mean it's a boy?
Is "Blue for boys, pink for girls." an African thing, Togo?
We decided to call mama "Togo" and her baby "Lome"
We think they came from the country of Togo, and Lome is a city there...
Okay, I'm going to leave them to get to know each other.
I think I can hear action back at our Eiffel Tower!
Our Silent Sam has been in Dolltown for a long time and is beloved by the other Dolltowners.
He carries a baby on his back! (But only a few Dolltowners have noticed. The baby is as quiet as Sam is!)
Now, it seems, Sam has a new friend! A friend with a baby too!
Who is the new friend? A very pretty doll all the way from the continent of Africa! How did she get here?
We are waiting to hear the story of her travels. All we know so far is...
Our daughter Lani's bff lives in Africa, her mother lives here in BC and Lani's bff's mother showed up on our porch with our new African mama doll.
Then she left. Wait! Tell us the story!
You can read our story that HINTS that a new friend might happen.
And two years later we are very glad it has happened!
Here she is! So beautiful! And her little baby!
Sam can't believe it! He thought he might get a new friend.
But not a beautiful mama with a little buddy for his baby too!
He welcomes them to Dolltown.
And shows them the baby he carries on his back.
(Pardon the photos. We are on our shady porch.)
Sam's new friend lets him hold her baby...
This is a promising start!
We are very happy for our Silent Sam.
He has kept everyone in Dolltown company.
Now he has his own company!
What shall we call our new Dolltowners...mama and baby?
Chantal arrived in Dolltown first. But Douglas and his brother Chris were here soon after.
And right from the beginning Douglas and Chantal formed a bond. Douglas lives in a world of his own, even when he is with the other kids. He has his own absorbing interests, like planes, ships, history, and building models. He's kind of brilliant.
And Chantal, our little songstress understands him. She is often lost in her own musical world! And she is very gentle and kind, even when others become a little impatient with him.
They spend time in libraries and the music room. Douglas admires Chantal's piano skills, and hums along when she plays, while he cuts balsam wood into shapes, and glues the shapes into models.
So, it's not surprising, with their friendly history, that they chum together on outings, like to see le tour eiffel, built by the children. We posted the photos of their visit, with Faith and Geoff, earlier.
But I snapped more photos after Geoff and Faith left.
And I'd like to know what you think! They seem very...fond!
We are used to a little hand holding.
And a little "I'm still taller than you." (That could go on for years!)
But...aren't you two standing a little close?
Isn't it a little hard to talk like that?
Miley! Say something quick!
Douglas and Chantal almost look they are going to...kiss! Stop it!
I do NOT need dolls acting older than their ages.
And especially these two innocents.
Somebody call them to go play...please! Hello?
Fine. I'll do it myself...Douglas, back to your boy basket.
Chantal, go change for the beach. Sheesh! Disaster averted.
And this was one pair I thought I could leave alone....
Hal, this is so nice of you!
Bringing the little girls to see the Eiffel Tower all done...
Lilac Moon, Gabby, and Vera think the Tower is so pretty!
They wanted to help with the coloring. So I gave them coloring sheets. And lots of crayons.
And asked Vikka to keep guard so if they approached the tower-in-progress with crayons in hand, they could be...re-directed.
They heard that Lula climbed to the top of the tower so keep an eye on them, Hal!
Nice work, Hal! It's almost like you put a spell on them!
From the way Hal is looking around, I am thinking he was hoping Miley would still be here!
Relax, Hal. It's Dolltown! You'll run into her again sooner or later.
In the meantime, I think I heard the Disney Princesses asking for you earlier...
Everybody likes Hal!
Love these girls!
A little Linda McCall, Tonner Patsy, and Berdine Creedy Lolly Pop.
Our Vera, Gabby, and Lilac Moon...
They are wearing the oh-so-reasonable Prairie Moon dresses.
I took them into the garden just when the sun was setting...
Vera, Gabby, Lilac Moon...
They are ready for their visit to the Eiffel Tower.
Hal said he would take them!
Now, is he going back to see if Miley is still there?
Jiyoon shows us around the local Art Gallery.
Here is a framed painting of the heritage Courthouse Arts Gallery nearby Dolltown. Close enough for the girls to walk to, if I would let them out in the alley by themselves.
So they have to wait until I pop them in my tote for a little company while I do my shifts as Art Gallery Director.
Today it was Jiyoon's turn. I think Jiyoon was hoping to do a little painting while she was there. Not today, Jiyoon!
You wander around while I do a little filing...
Art isn't all fun and games, you know!
That's true, Jiyoon!
Did you like the art show?
It's time to go. Let's check for clouds...
The Dolltowners welcome a new member of our family, a real baby, Jasper! Born down under...
Okay, Boneka! Just one glass...
And fruit smoothies for the children!
Where's the Vitamix?
Little Darlings Birdy and Rosa! And Jiyoon!
Birdy heard that Miley was enjoying all the boys joining the Little Darlings to see the Eiffel Tower. She heard that Miley was watching all the hook ups, listening to the conversations, and was giggling with Floora about the flower Badger gave Scout...and the looks Chantal and Douglas were giving each other.
So Birdy decided she would bring their favorite babysitter Hal. Hal is a very handsome doll. And Birdy thinks maybe Floora and Hal might...like each other.
So Birdy, Rosa, and friend Jiyoon stay for a few minutes and then they leave Hal there to chat with Miley.
Way to go Birdy! This we have to see!
Wow! Who knew Hal was such a talker!
We thought he was the strong silent type.
He is such a great listener with the children!
Although it is hard to get a word in edgewise with girls like Tink and Gabby around.
Speaking of Gabby, Hal had to leave to look after her and her friends.
But it looked like he was enjoying himself with Miley!
Good thinking Birdy!
And look at Miley! She is looking positively flustered.
This little visit started quietly enough!
Will came to see the completed Eiffel Tower model. And he chatted with Miley.
Then the boys Uley and Bobby arrived to check out the Tower.
Xennia breezed in, climbing up to kiss and hug Miley, and Tink joined her.
But the affection didn't stop there!
Will was subjected to hugs, and the boys were surrounded...
Awww, so cute.
It's hard to know if Uley and Bobby liked the attention or not. But they did leave with the girls.
And Xennia "took care" of Bobby, who has trouble standing and walking on his own.
She maneuvered him right out of the scene!
Uhhh, thanks Xennia! See you Tink! Have fun boys!
I wonder where they are going!
Miley and Will are left after the whirlwind that is Tink and Xennia.
But Will decides to follow the kids and see what they get up to!
Good luck, Will! Keep an eye on them, eh?
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