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Learn the ABC's with Little Darling Ana and her Dolltown friends!
Gabby got to create a sockwear dress! She stayed behind when the Little Darlings left to get ready for an outing to the Dolltown Cinema!
And one of Gabby's favorite friends, Priscilla, showed up in the Playroom, feeling very grumpy about been excluded from the sockwear fun.
(Excluded? So that's your story again, Priscilla?)
So Gabby decides to...help Priscilla. And get her into a sock. Small detail, Gabby? Scissors! And where did you get that sock?!
So, you can see that Uley showed up, hearing Priscilla's muffled complaints.
And after being somewhat successful at getting Priscilla INTO the sock, they realized that the lack of head and arm holes (a slight oversight) was causing a BIG problem.
And so they went to fetch Vikka.
Vikka, the Fixer.
Gabby and Uley wanted to get scissors and cut the holes while the sock was over Priscilla's head.
But thankfully Vikka can be trusted to have VERY good sense. Very safety minded (for others anyway)!
So the sock came off. But not before Gabby tried to persuade Priscilla to wear the sock on her head like a hat! She brought Priscilla a mirror though, and Priscilla was not impressed!
Gabby, Priscilla, and her little dolly left, to see if they could go to the movies. Good distraction!
Vikka's idea? Some dolls are sooo useful!
And then these two cleaned up the Playroom....
Good job! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! (We are busy making popcorn.)
Let's stop for a few photos from Conner!
Conner has been in Detroit with April at her Design School for Girls for just a few weeks.
And she got to collaborate with April on some Valentine fun!
She wore her new red and white Tshirt dress with Valentine enhancements, a coat made from a bonnet, and a jaunty beret! And then a white Tshirt with a sock skirt. And look at those socks! And the shoes!
And even Teddy got a special outfit!
And Conner was immersed in red roses for a beautiful Valentine photo....
Conner shows us the dress form she gets to use to try out some designs.
And the Fashion Doll Stylist designed clothes hangers!
And Conner gets some made just for Little Darling sized clothes...
And we were all so impressed when April and Conner sent photos of Conner's new skill...photography!
How lucky is this girl! Just look at her getting the model ready in her gorgeous gown, and check out..the tripod!
Thanks Conner! Say hi to Fashion Doll Stylist!
We hear April is very busy getting ready for the Academy Awards.
And she says "Fashion month is on!". NY, UK, Milan, Paris...
Check out April's doll fashion site for her latest couture post! Amazing!
Wait! There's a new post on how to make a dress with a train!
Shhh...don't tell my dolls. Sock wear was enough for now!
I just have to post a photo of what happened when one of the boys wanted to join the group photo...
After our Valentine Sock Wear Fashion Show last week, I managed to get all the Little Darlings together for a group shot. This is never easy. I don't use stands. And in this shot I had all the front girls balanced and then propped two girls (two!) behind on our metal chair, then popped in a small bench next to the chair, fully expecting everyone to fall and then I would give up and go have a coffee....
But one stood, them another, and finally Pearl. Now, these girls at the back are gently leaning on each other. But still! I was impressed and quickly took several shots.
Then I went for coffee. And then errands, then supper, evening TV, and a good sleep. And the girls stood like this for 24 hours!
Okay then! Let's introduce one of the boys to get a lead in to my Go-To-The-Movies story (coming up)!
I moved Geoff slowly in to stand beside Faith, there on the left... And what happened is the photo below.
I just had to take a photo. Of course!
Not one girl on the floor, thank goodness.
And there's Birdy, looking right at the camera!
On to the movie story!
After Oksana's Yoga Classes at the Community Center, the girls picked her up on their way to the movies!
The rest of the Dolltown Ellowynes gathered and waited in the Winter Park...
Hey! Where's Eesha?
One of our Dolltown Ellowynes is missing!
We'll head over to the movie theater and see if she is there already!
These greetings went out to friends, family, and to social media...
We hope you had a sweet Valentine's Day!
Just a note... I know in our neck of the woods it's still the-day-before Valentine's Day.
But I have people in Australia! And it's already the big day there...
So here we are. Cards tomorrow!
We did it!
We are ready to show the world our Dolltown Sockwear Fashions!
Our inspiration is Fashion Doll Stylist, couture fashion for dolls!
Okay fine... This is not couture. It's a pair of scissors and some dollar store socks.
But we have to start somewhere!
And the Little Darlings are over the moon at their accomplishment!
And now they can show off their designs! They are waiting in the wings. I can hear their giggles from here...
Chantal, our February Valentine girl, and bff Faith start us off!
Okay Xennia and Tink!
Before you get too comfy, it's time for our group shot!
Nobody will see your "sock tails"! But it's okay, we got photos!
Come on now girls! All together now!
Just a few photos of Gabby and the boys!
Gabby somehow managed to scoop a cute sock and convinced Chantal to make her a "dress"!
Pretty funny, Gabby!
And these boys saw the muscle shirts on the other boys,
and came to Jiyoon's playroom looking for a sock of their own!
Looking good boys! Good enough for some Valentine outing! Hmmm...
Okay little Gabby! Chantal, Faith and the rest of the Little Darlings are ready for their Valentine's photos!
All dressed in socks! How exciting!
Socks and Scissors!
Jiyoon's Playroom at Dolltown Abbey is where the girls gathered for their Valentine sock designing party!
The Little Darlings have been looking at Conner's photos from April's Design School. In several photos, Conner is wearing socks. I mean, Conner is wearing nightwear and dresses made from socks! And that was very inspirational for the girls!
They all came to me asking for my socks. They wanted to see if they could make a nightie or a new dress.
Well, that sent me to the dollar store on a sock hunt!
And I found, not only socks to cut and try for the Iple girls and the boys, but the cutest Valentine socks!
The Little Darlings were thrilled!
A pink bucket full of fun socks! A little pair of scissors! How fun is that?
Chantal and Jiyoon got to make themselves the first sockwear, got the hang of it, and then invited the rest of the girls to come and design their own creations.
And they came two by two's and three's to Jiyoon's playroom.
Chantal is our February Little Darling, ready to greet the girls and help them with their Valentine sock designs...
Wow! Way to go girls!
I like the way the different bff's coordinated their outfits!
Well, we'll take a break while the girls accessorize up!
Shoes and ribbons coming up!
The Iple girls need more clothes!
And since we have been following the creative process of Fashion Doll Stylist, April, we saw an opportunity recently while standing at the sock counter of a local store...
Never mind eBay bjd clothes...how about a pair of scissors and a sock just the color of Aira's eyes!
And I like the results! Aira now has two skirts and two tops! And the other girls have tube tops and skirts too. Now there are a few glitches to work out, and I see a need for a little finishing, but so far no needle and thread, just..
Socks and Scissors!
Besides their new sockwear, the girls are starting to try out the clothes of the other doll "families" in Dolltown...
On the left Aira has a nightie that belongs to one of our Vintage.
And our Violet, right, is wearing one of the Ellowyne's coats!
So the Little Darlings are not the only ones borrowing clothes...
These last photos show the difference in skin tones available for these bjd's, from Normal on our Violet (left), Peach Gold on our Tania (soon discontinued), to Special Real Skin on our Carved Heritage Cordelia.
These 17" girls are all JID's (Junior Iplehouse Dolls) from the South Korean company Iplehouse.
Now let's get to the Little Darlings' sockwear designs! Coming!
She has been at April's Design School for a month now!
We get letters and photos from her every few days and we thought it was time again to share some!
Especially since we are copying lots of her ideas here in Dolltown!
April uses found material and pieces of beautiful and unusual materials to design couture for her dolls.
And Conner is learning a lot! And April has made Conner some fun and beautiful clothes!
Some of these photos show Conner in her clothes. And they also show April and Conner trying out different fabrics and furs!
And not only is Conner trying out different styles and materials, she gets to borrow clothes from April's dolls, play with lots of stuffies and small dolls, and she gets put to sleep every night with a cozy blanket and a stuffy. Or two! Or more!
And April is also teaching Conner some wonderful skills, like how to draw her design ideas!
Look! Ponchos, Tshirt dresses, shoes (shoes!), Tshirt with a sparkle FDS design, a feather coat, and Conner even gets draped like April's Divas!
Conner is wearing pearls!
And she is surrounded above by a bunch of cute friends!
(And we know there are lots more...Conner talks about a "room full of friends".
And she is not talking about the city of models that April keeps for her couture extravaganzas!
April has a wonderful post up (Feb 2/17) on her informative and stunning website, Fashion Doll Stylist.
It is a reflective of her blog work over the last years....
And we are about to post our Dolltown sockwear inspiration in a Valentine's post.
Wait for it!
It's the Miller Boys! The Chris Miller and Robin Wood Boys.
They are wearing sleeveless Tshirts made from new socks...
Before and after photos, then the girls arrive...
The girls approve!
They are about to go and create some sock outfits for themselves!
Valentine's! Stay tuned!
Last year the Pink Room hosted the Valentine's fun! The Little Darlings all got dressed in their pinks and reds...
And then the other girls arrived wearing their prettiest, or reddest dresses and outfits.
Here's a group photo of several of the girls, with little Vera and Gabby at the top...
Next row: Lilac Moon, Kish, tiny Phoebe, Fancy Nancy, and tall Shasta!
And Oiya showed up with her Valentine cone decoration. And our vintage porcelain Joy, in her red jumper and blond flip hair...
Whoopi wasn't here yet...
It's fun to look back at some of our stories and photos!
For a look at the Little Darlings, in the middle of makeovers last February, check this post!
Today's the day!
This Eiffel Tower model (a gift from Fashion Doll Stylist from Paris) is covered with over a dozen types of flowers, several different butterflies, two types of birds, and lots of greenery. And paper lanterns...
After a winter outing, the girls gathered in the Library, in small groups, to get this Eiffel Towered colored.
They were told it had to be done before they even thought about Valentine's Day!
That sure got them motivated...
And they love coloring! The girls stuck to Pearl's coloring rules, picked their favorite crayon color and applied themselves to the task!
(We wish all our tasks were as fun as this one!)
Zoey started with red, and Pearl joined her with a blue crayon...
Chantal chose mauve and Birdy chose yellow.
These girls have been very patient!
Faith and Jiyoon switched to two shades of pink at the last minute and colored lots of flowers...
Rosa, Xennia,, and Tink added coral, fuchsia, and orange...
We were impressed with Xennia because she stayed after her friends left to finish her coloring!
Evie, Lula, and Scout finished their flowers with light orange, turquoise, and dark purple.
Then Pearl showed up with several green shades of crayons to color all the greenery...
Rosa came back to help with all the leaves and stems.
And these girls did a great get-it-done job, with promises of cookies when they were finished.
Jiyoon, Birdy, and Pearl then returned to color birds, butterflies, and lanterns. Exciting!
Pearl, Zoey, and Birdy stood and admired the work they have all done!
Then Chantal showed up with good news. Look at her skirt!
Several pairs of valentine socks and a pair of scissors showed up back in the Community Center!
From coloring to Sockwear...
Life is fun for Dolltown dolls!
Birdy left with Chantal while Pearl and Zoey packed away the Eiffel Tower model.
We'll get it out again, and build the Eiffel Tower after the snow is gone and we can see the grass again!
Thanks girls! Outstanding effort!
I must say this post was like commentating a hockey game...
Now, let's go see about these socks! Sockwear?
It's time we showed some photos of the Little Darlings out in the winter, before the crocuses poke through...
(Wishful thinking at this latitude!)
These girls have some winter gear, but once again we've borrowed from the Tonner Ellowynes...
The Ellowynes were in the Community Center meeting about their yearly plan. And the coats were all there...beside me.
So you'll see Birdy in a fluffy yellow coat that she thinks makes her look like...Sesame Street's Big Bird! And she thinks that's a good thing!
And Chantal is in a pretty pink coat with a wide collar. Scout picked a lime green tweed.
And Lula borrowed a tweed duffel just perfect for winter play. Now she doesn't want to give it back!
And look at Evie in a bomber jacket with its leopard trim!
This photo shoot was fun!
But the girls really wanted to continue on to an outing downtown for a nice lunch, or to our surrounding hills with all those cross country ski trails... We'll see.
Birdy loves the yellow coat and wanted lots of photos!
Jiyoon here is wearing a gorgeous embroidered Ellowyne coat!
Pearl, Tink, and Xennia are wearing Wonderful World coats, from eBay last year.
Zoey is wearing a Betsy McCall coat. And the rest are in Ellowyne garb.
Now you can see why these girls wanted to venture farther than our cedar bush diorama here.
Looking good, girls! And all cozy enough to spend time in our still-snowy outdoors...
Okay Birdy! A couple more photos...
You good now, Birdy?
Can we go now?
We might see some real birds!
Well, the girls have been planning this all month!
Most were ready to go after New Year's!
But in Dolltown, there is a lot of waiting for other action to happen...like the Eiffel Tower coloring project. That one is started, photos taken, stories posted.... And there is still more to do.
Then we had to wait for the Ellowyne meeting at the Community Center, so we could do our resolutions during our yoga classes with Oksana, our Dolltown yoga instructor.
We were asked, "Why during yoga classes?", and we can't even remember why we thought that was a good idea!
But it's all happened now. And the wait gave some of the girls a chance to change their resolutions, as they shared with each other. Not exactly peer pressure, but friend inspiration maybe...like Lula and Scout's "valley" resolutions. They realized they could coordinate...
Good work, girls!
Now let's see how may of these resolutions happen over the year...
Zoey has a lot of curiosity and often stops on her way past the TV if the news is on.
She likes to learn about people, cultures and how we all think...
Zoey loves school!
Pearl likes to keep things in order. You'll notice she has chosen an achievable goal...for a year's time.
She actually wants to organize Dolltown, but when she broke it down she realized what a big goal that is.
And she has to contend with me, a natural disorganizer...
Jiyoon has been to several art shows lately.
And she is inspired! She is digging through our art supply drawers, and saving egg cartons and bits of tin foil.
We have purchased an art easel for Jiyoon as a surprise! Support the Arts!
Okaaaay, Faith...this is new to us. Unexpected!
Faith has been pretty shy here in Dolltown.
Although when we think about it, she did perform with Chantal for Awards Day last June.
And she did join Lula in the synchronised swimming performance in July!
How are we going to support Faith in this goal?
Of course Chantal wants to sing! She is a great singer and she plays piano!
And now she wants to dance, too! Was she inspired by the Dance perfomance in town that we took her to?
We'll have to make sure she starts dance classes, as well as her piano lessons!!
It's Evie Stevie Sinclair!
We call her Evie. And she calls herself Stevie, after Stevie on S--itt's Creek. (A favorite TV show!)
And Sinclair after her favorite soccer player, Canadian Christine Sinclair.
Evie loves every sport. She's bound to win on Sports Day...she is already practicing!
Lula said she wanted to explore the world!
I sent her to talk to Pearl, who explained the concept of "achievable" goals. (One year!)
After some thought Lula chose to explore just the surrounding valley.
(I wanted her to pick, "the yard", but Lula was not impressed.
I've explored the yard, she said flatly. Oookay Lula!)
Scout recognizes an opportunity when she hears one.
She was in on Lula's conversation with Pearl. And Scout knows what a go-getter Lula is.
Her chances to achieve a useful environmental goal just rose considerably.
Then Scout went off to talk to Evie about valley hiking to increase her fitness. What a girl!
Well, Tink! Who would have guessed!
Maybe Pearl can get some specifics out of you...games? nature?
What play can keep that happy smile on your face?
(Oh, here comes Scout!)
I didn't even notice we didn't even get a stand up photo of Xennia!
She did more rolling around, hugging, and leaning during her yoga class....
Xennia's resolution means we get a cuddly play pal for the babies. We support you Xennia!
(Xennia is at her most responsible when she is put in charge of a baby! Usually.)
Dear Birdy...so do I! We are lucky to have such a lovely group of Dolltowners, but now and then...
Birdy is often first on the scene when she hears crying or a cross voice.
She is like a First Responder for hurt feelings! We'll get her some EQ training!
Birdy has a gift we can all be thankful for...
Thank goodness, Rosa! We think a garden is important...
And I need all the help I can get!
I have friends who can help Rosa learn about herbs, and growing times, and composting!
And our two absent Little Darlings sent along their New Year's Resolutions... Thanks, girls!
Let us know how we can support you, from Dolltown!
Well, Conner is perfectly positioned to learn about fashion! In early January, we sent her to April's Design School for Girls in Detroit City! She has already learned how to hold pins safely, how to drape models' clothes over her arm, how to stand for a fitting, and how to amuse a room full of stuffies while April is focused on couture...
And if Conner doesn't get homesick or cut the wrong fabric by mistake, she gets to intern with April, Fashion Doll Stylist, for a whole year!
And Maggie left last October to live with her doppelganger, our daughter Tasya, while T completes her thesis on mindfulness. We notice with this resolution that Maggie is supporting T's work! But we are wondering if she has had to adopt "mindfulness" (read "alertness"?) to avoid an attack by T's cat.
Although, in our most recent photo from T, it's Maggie who is sneaking up on the cat, with a rope, preparing to ride it like a dragon! You go girl! But no scratches!
(We are so thankful Maggie has not sent a mountain climbing goal. That's T's other job. Phew. Stick with cat taming! And meditating!)
Now, those are all the resolutions that I can handle at the moment!
The other Dolltowners have been crowding around...
"I want to enter a writing contest!"
"I want to busk on the corner downtown."
"We want to cater for Terri's garden party this year!"
"I want us to hold a music festival!"
"I want to perform in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet!!"
"We want to build a wall around Dolltown!" (Wait, who said that?)
But, as you can imagine, I have my hands full just getting everyone dressed in the morning...
Perhaps I will write my own Dolltown New Year's Resolution....
And it won't be to put a smile on everyone's face here. It's just not going to happen...
Birdy just handed me a half empty glass.
"This is a test," she said, "What is this?"
Okay fine. "Thanks for the half full glass."
My resolution...I will do my best to help all the Dolltowners to sort of achieve their resolutions.
(Maybe I can convince the rest to all pick the same one!)
The girls are coming to yoga class!
They have been dressed for days it seems!
All the girls do yoga daily. Well, some form of stretching. Okay, I guess we include floor tussling, tug of wars, and tree climbing.
And since we won't allow the tree climbing during winter, we insisted the yoga classes start again.
The girls had to wait until our instructor had her planning meet up with the other Dolltown Ellos.
Now Oksana is ready. She has decided to just have small groups. Good idea, Oksana!
Easier for me too!
Pearl is first to arrive, and Zoey joins her, then Rosa, and yoga begins....
Rosa looks like she is assisting Oksana, showing the girls poses...
Here are Birdy and Chantal, buddying up because they are both wearing pink!
Off go Rosa and Birdy. Chantal stays to join Faith and Jiyoon...
While Jiyoon takes off her boots, Faith poses for a photo.
After Faith's photo, Jiyoon poses for me.
We decided that the girls would give their New Year's Resolutions here in the Ballroom, during yoga classes, to be sure I got everyone...
Then the girls settle in for some challenging yoga.
These girls love yoga because it helps so much with dance classes!
Strength, balance, and flexibility!
Three more done, three more arrive.
This time it's Evie, Lula, and Scout!
Now, this is a serious bunch!
They use their yoga skills for dance classes, for sure.
But they also use them for tree climbing, cliff jumping, long hikes, and short sprints...
Evie takes it to a new level, with a one handed plank!
Scout is impressed.
And Evie plank-crawls right out of the Ballroom!
The last Little Darlings to arrive for yoga class-Tink and Xennia!
These two love yoga! It's the roll-around-on-the-floor class!
Okay now! Oksana decides she's had enough yoga for one day...
She gently but firmly moves these two right out of the Ballroom!
After a big hug, of course.
Now, stay tuned for the Little Darlings New Year's Resolutions!
It's Oksana! Our Dolltown yoga teacher!
Oksana is one of our Ellowyne entrepreneurs, and she works with all the girls. And Tonner guys.
Oksana had a short fling with a BJD...but that's another story!
She's getting warmed up for her first class of the year, with the Little Darlings...
Well done, Oksana!
Now let's see if our enthusiastic Little Darlings can remember their yoga poses.
Only two or three at a time, Oksana? Really? Okay...
Stay tuned everyone!
These three Ellowyne girls are waiting for more of their friends to show up...
I know they have all been making plans for some kind of a Start Up. But so far we have only seen them at our Community events.
The last time we saw them on their own was when we had photos of them traveling, and gathering things for a Pop Up Shop.
Now girls, if we don't see something soon there are going to be comments like, "All talk, no action!"
At the very least, we want Oksana to start her yoga classes again. The Little Darlings refuse to change out of their yoga outfits until they get to do their New Resolutions Yoga Class.
Come on now! It's the fourth week of January already!
So, they are gone! And I was so busy capturing the photos that I missed what they were saying!
And I could swear they were murmuring. On purpose?
At one point I said, "What?" And this is the look I got. Not a word!
I have to pay more attention to my adult dolls.
They just seem to go about their own business.
We want to know what is going on!
I think I will get Miley, our Dolltown.News reporter, to follow them around for a while.
I will suggest to the Ellos that Miley could be a part of their Start Up marketing team.
That way she could help them, while gathering information...for us!
All right now, there's a plan!
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