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Birdy! Look how fun this is!
Bunnies and baskets! Foil covered chocolate, tins of goodies! Flowers and Iple Odelle!
And in the background, the stunning Dolltown Abbey, where the Iples and their "people" live. No wonder we don't see them very often!
For today, or until the Spring Celebrations end (sometimes their events go on for days!), the dollies will celebrate...eat, play, love!
Where's your buddies, Birdy?
"Nice!", Birday says.
"I saw a dove, with a message! An invitation!", says Birdy.
"Did you send it?", she asks Odelle...
The action starts, Rosa arrives.
Then Tink and Xennia, eyeing the candy...
Okay, with the arrival of Pearl and Anna Zoey, and then Chantal and Fig, the party starts!
We can hear more dollies arriving...
Uh oh, has Xennia already discovered the little golden bunnies are really chocolate delights?
So, the Iples invited the Dolltowners to a Spring Celebration!
The Dolltowners love it when the Iplehouse BJD's get involved with the Dolltown goings on. And an invitation!
The Little Darlings, who received the message, wondered who would show up...the boys? Lee? Asa herself?
It's the girls! Here's Cordelia Odelle...and Tania Aira and Violet Raven come too.
And they are gathering Spring decorations...
The Dolltown Abbey Meadow, where lots of play goes on.
A bench for relaxing. And Spring things...
Odelle has taken charge.
She is feeling "all that" because of this new lux wig she's wearing.
(Tink's out of control braids have been brushed into these luxurious curls!)
And Aira, beloved by all the children, is pitching in...
Violet Raven brings golden bunnies, always a hit at Spring Celebrations.
Until they are gone!
(After it's discovered that they are delicious chocolate under the gold!)
We all love these Iple girls!
They are obviously useful as well as beautiful!
And how smart to enlist the Paola Reina Amigas!
These cuties have decided to pursue chef skills, and are always in the kitchen!
So the Iples have invited them to the Dolltown Abbey Spring Celebration as official caterers.
They have been practicing their chocolate and candy making skills....
And the piece de resistance, a huge candy ice cream cone. Yum!
The three amigas have changed out of their chef clothes...
Undeen is looking very springish in her purples.
And Ling and Kwilla in their pastels..
They leave a basketful of Spring delights...
Off they go, back to prepare something more substantial for a real dinner.
Ham? Turkey? ...Rabbit?
Ready for the Little Darlings!
Ready for some chocolate!
The rest of the Little Darlings, well, most of them, have headed up to the Dolltown Abbey Meadow for a Spring Celebration.
Dove wasn't with her buddy Indira, the little girls noticed. And now she's here, with a cute blue backpack...
What has Dove brought for our little girls at the Dolltown Bridge?
Bring over the table!
Something round and colorful!
Bubble gum balls!
One ball each is good for these little girls!
(The girls believe the backpack is magic, and there is an endless supply of candy inside!)
Here is Indira...she has come to fetch Dove.
A red gum ball for bff Indira...
Time for the Spring Celebration!
Off you go, Little Darlings!
This pretty Little Darling arrived last year, from Canadian doll artist, April Norton.
We asked, "Who is she going to be here here in Dolltown?". And she has transformed a couple of times, from Em, to Desiree, to Dove...
We called her Em, at first.
Because she would say, "M is for Magic"
And the name she came with began with "M".
That would do until we figured out who she was.
Here is her market photo, in the green dress she came in. I have admired doll artist, April Norton, for years. I have read articles about her in the magazine, "Dolls". And I saw lots of her work on the doll groups.
What a pretty, happy girl! And we loved her cat eyes... I loved her story, and her sweet face. And I knew I would someday make room for another Little Darling smiler.
The day came. We succumbed.
When she arrived, we popped her in one of our first Dolltown dresses, introduced her to the other "Sculpt 3's", the smiling Dianna Effner Little Darlings".
Em looks a lot like our Birdy, who we love dearly.
And big-eyed Indira took a shine to the new girl, which we hoped would happen.
Friendships happen all the time in Dolltown.
Some would say friendship is Dolltown's throughline...
Here are some photos of Em through the months she has been here...
After spending time with her, it was time to decide her name, and her Dolltown persona.
So many reasons to love this black "Yuri" wig, one of our favorites!
So, we tried it out, for a couple of months!
We chose the letter "D" for this girl, and called her "Desiree".
Stunning in this black wig!
We love it, and have so many reasons why this look works for us!
Don't we love a black haired, green eyed smiler!
In the end...
Wait, it's not the end! But at this point, we have settled on this magical girl.
And we call her Dove, still a "D". (The naming of Dolltowner's is another story!)
Back to our Spring story...
And Dove joins the little girls.
The little girls are back.
The Dolltown Bridge is a great meet up place for the children. The little girls are greeting the Little Darling friends who are passing through.
They've heard Tink is on her way. So we've woken Xennia to come meet up with her buddy.
And we are expecting Birdy and Rosa to show up from their trip to the garden.
And they are going to gather the Little Darlings for a very special time up at the Dolltown Abbey meadow.
It's Tink! Still wearing her rainbow bob. So spring like! So festive!
She's looking for Xennia...
Hugs and nose rubs for these good friends...
And here's Rosa, and Birdy.
Birdy tells the girls about the spring party up at Dolltown Abbey Meadow!
"There's going to be eggs, and bunnies, and chocolate!", Birdy says.
And flowers and bunnies!", Rosa says.
And without more ado, the girls were off.
"Tell the others!", Birdy says.
The little girls watched them go...
Before long, more Little Darlings showed up.
Fig, Chantal, and Indira were next, and Phoebe told them about the exciting news.
Spring Celebration! Up at the Iple's meadow!
Then Anna Zoey and Pearl heard the happy talk and came to see what was up.
The Dollotown Abbey Meadow! Chocolate eggs!
And once again the little girls were left by themselves at the Dollotown Bridge.
They decided it was their duty to stay and tell the other Dolltowners.
How thoughtful! How responsible!
And they've heard that Indira's Little Darling bff is on her way.
It was cooed by a white dove flying low over the bridge...
They've heard that magic happens when she is around... What kind of magic?
Birdy and Rosa are in the garden...
While the rest of the Little Darlings are ready for meet ups at the Dolltown Bridge, these bff's are on a reconnaissance mission.
The Dolltown children have been invited to the Dolltown Abbey Meadow to celebrate Spring...
That means bright baskets, bunnies, flowers, chocolate eggs!
Birdy and Rosa have dressed for the occasion_ Birdy in an Easter Egg dress, and Rosa with flowers on her sunny sweater.
"We'll see see the Iples!", the girls say to each other.
The Little Darlings and the other children love to spend time with the Iple crew. Who will they see? The message to spend time in their meadow came via a white dove with a message in its beak.
So Birdy and Rosa don't know if it was the Iple girls, or Lee, or Asa herself.
Of course it could be those Iple boys, the girls giggled. So handsome!
The message said to meet at the gate to the meadow.
Now the girls know where to come.
Time to get the other Dolltown children!
Back to the bridge!
Meanwhile, after Xennia played with the little girls at the meet up place for a while,
she got tired of waiting for her buddy, Tink.
And off she went to take a nap with Fluffy and White Bunny.
We'll come get you when we find Tink, Xennia!
(Shhh. Asleep already...)
It's the Intrepid Trio!
Little Darlings Scout, Evie, and Lula join the little girls on the Dolltown Bridge. This meet up place usually means adventures lie ahead!
And this adventurous trio have donned jeans and runners.
So, I wonder what these three are up to, and where they are going!
And who else is coming to the Bridge?
Red-headed Scout, camouflaged Evie, and curly blonde Lula are discussing their next move.
Should they head up the Forest Path? Or down to the River?
Little Phoebe weighs the pros and cons of their choices.
The Forest Path is nice, but there's no flowers yet, she says.
And you can't go to the River without at least one of the Guards, and they are off checking the Dolltown perimeter.
How does Phoebe know all this, anyway?
Phoebe is always asking questions, Vikka says.
Of course. So she always has answers.
I must take a few photos of these cuties.
Phoebe in a cap hat, how sweet!
Fancy Nancy dressed in jeans, how novel! And what a cute nose!
And Oiya, in her favorite checked shirt, much more "Oiya" than the adorable pink satin dress she wore for Valentines Day.
Oh no! The trio of Little Darlings is gone!
And we were too distracted to notice where they went!
Ask Vikka! She goes off to follow them...
Here's a shot of how much room there is on the Bridge, to accommodate the hordes of Dolltowners we are expecting...
Wait a minute! Where did everybody go!
Where's the hordes?
Here's Oiya in her jeans and favorite checked shirt!
And with little friends Fancy Nancy and Phoebe, she is the first to arrive at a favorite destination, the Dolltown Bridge. Many meet ups happen here...
Even Gabby and Priscilla!
Today, the girls are waiting for more friends, ready for outdoor adventures.
Phoebe in her cap hat, and Fancy Nancy with a back pack...
I wonder what's in that back pack?
Phoebe says she researched online for a list of top ten things to bring on an outdoor adventure.
And Fancy Nancy got to choose one thing to add to the pack.
It's Fancy Nancy, princess of accessories and bling!
What's your guess?
It's Oiya in the Pink Room!
She's in a dreamy mood, in her satin dress...
Oiya usually is in jeans and a shirt, ready for exploring. But for our Valentine event, Oiya was given the pink satin dress to wear and loved it! All the Dolltown children had a wonderful time and when Valentines Day was done, they all scattered.
But Oiya came back to the Pink Room one more time. And so did little Vera, here in her lime green tights.
So we sent bjd Aira to keep an eye on them and they had a lovely time with the fringed scarves, silk flowers, and gemstones, giggling about boys and Valentines.
Hey! That's not a girl! That's Jack with Aira here.
What's up, Jack?
It's time to close down the Pink Room, he says.
Time to change for the next Dolltown event.
Something outdoorsy, I bet.
Oiya has already run off to find her jeans!
Our stylist, Valentine, helped all our dollies get into their Valentine fancies. And no dress was fancier that Lula's vintage Betsy McCall.
Sometimes, Lula's star power gets to shine through!
Usually she is wearing outdoor gear, ready for action. But Valentine had this gorgeous dress ready and Lula knew she could pull it off.
And she could even sit down in it. When Valentine Bear showed up in the Pink Room. Lula sunk to the floor to talk to him.
Valentine has helped us get ready before, for Valentines Day...
Xennia and Tink love Valentine Bear!
The Disney Princesses!
They have discovered they can wear Little Darling outfits!
Sharing! It took us a while to notice because the Disney girls have heads twice the size!
Hal is here again!
Not only is he a favorite of the children, these Disney girls are fond of him also.
Children, babies, elders, the girls...Hal is friendly to everyone!
Happy Valentines Day!
Little Darlings and Valentines Day go together like hearts and chocolate...
Lula Star leads the way to the Pink Room, perfect for Valentines festivities!
And all her friends join her for photos before the fun starts!
Once again, every pink item in the Little Darling wardrobe was gathered for the girls to choose from. And there is just enough!
Here the girls are with their bff's.
Well, Lula is dressed to the nines in one of our fanciest dresses.
(Or...maybe our only fancy dress!)
And Scout has chosen one of our favorite knit dresses.
Evie, however, insisted on wearing leggings.... She thinks, party!
That means games! And maybe an opportunity for active competition, even races.
Not really what we had in mind for today's fun.
Some of the girls are hoping the boys will come.
And there will be kissing games.
What? Settle down! Maybe Evie's idea of races is a good one!
Run away, girls!
"Can we set up an obstacle course?", Evie asks.
"I'm good at those..."
Yes! Set up obstacles!
Speaking of special dresses, look at this!
Desiree is wearing a Tomi Jane dress from our spring wardrobe.
We couldn't resist with that shiny black 'do she is sporting.
Crisp, neat, rickracked, and adorable...
Thanks again, Tomi Jane! (She's the best!)
And speaking of adorable, Indira is wearing one of our first Little Darling dresses,
purchased even before the girls arrived!
Maggie and Jiyoon in Valentine brights, a variety of styles and sources!
Chantal in fashionable pink and brown.
We love this polka dot ribbon!
And Fig dons a theatrical chiffon scarf...
Nice touch, Fig!
Red carpet ready!
Tink is having fun with her rainbow wig.
Makes her feel all that!
She chose one of our fancier knit dresses!
Xennia refused to change out of her comfy corduroy romper.
And we didn't argue since it's pink.
But we did get her into a pretty sweater and polka dot headband for the occasion...
Anna Zoey and Pearl show the range of pinks we have to choose from.
And, like Maggie and Fig, they wear the basic dresses we depend on so much.
Here in Dolltown, because we have so many dolls to dress, we have shopped for versatile, and reasonably priced outfits that can be used for a variety of purposes.
And these patterned cotton dresses are so cute and classic!
Anna Zoey wears a white sweater from a favorite source. We have 4 of those, in different colors!
And Pearl wears a very special soft shrug that Dolltown won as a photo prize!
Rosa and Birdy are wearing two more knit dresses from Nataliya, like Scout's and Tink's.
And Jiyoon's knit top with the satin flowers!
Birdy's cream dress is worn a lot, for fall, Christmas, and springwear.
Everyone gets to wear it! Thanks Nataliya!
Okay, our Valentine photo shoot has to finish up!
Here come the other children!
Little Oiya, Kish, and Fancy Nancy arrive ready for some Valentine fun!
Lots of dolls and yoga sessions!
But this trio shows up while Indira and Desiree, our 2019 Yoga leaders, take a deserved break.
But these three don't look like they are here for yoga!
"Where's the Karate classes?"
So, what's the story here? In the fall, when I had to order the Little Darlings some tights for the coming cold weather, these girls snuck in and added karate outfits!
Okay, I get it. Who doesn't want a karate uniform? But let's agree that wrapping black hair ribbons around your middles is imaginative play, right?
So, how about the black uniform?
Evie, are you are passing yourself off as a karate master?
Lula tells me that the uniforms have different meanings too,
and both black and white can mean you are a beginner.
How about gold knit capris? Okay, I'm kidding, Scout! Don't be so touchy!
The Karate room is down the hall!
Now, back to yoga...
Chantal and Fig are ready!
Call the yoga leaders!
Fig wants to learn "Corpse Pose" in case she ever has to play dead for a movie role.
That lasted about two minutes. It gave me an idea though!
I think we will practice that one when things get too noisy in Dolltown...
After a few more poses, Fig and Chantal move on. They want to watch the Karate class.
Fig thinks it might be useful in case she gets to do an action movie...
It's our little girls! Phoebe and Fancy Nancy!
I'm impressed...never too early to start yoga exercises!
And Phoebe tells us she read "Autobiography of a Yogi" to prepare for the yoga session.
Yes of course, I forgot to put it on the Little Darlings reading list...
Too sweet! Look at them!
Almost makes me forget that Phoebe is a walking Google...
And here's more fun!
Tink arrived just in time from her visit to the art gallery.
And Xennia is thrilled to find Tink and the little girls here...
After a bit of yoga foolishness the little girls are on their way.
They want to watch some black belt karate...
Indira and Desiree use all their skills of gentle guidance to get these two on the right track.
Divide and conquer! Clever!
Now, go and find the others! Tink and bff Xennia move on.
Well, here's a first!
The boys have heard about the yoga sessions. Are these two are brave enough to try it?
Chris and Douglas! Give it a go!
What can it hurt!
Douglas! Who knew! Come on Chris, you can do it!
But off they go. I think the karate class bleachers are filling up!
And Hal, the kids' favorite babysitter!
We haven't seen him on a set since the summer!
With 9 points of articulation, yoga should be a snap!
Phew! I think that's a wrap, girls!
Thank you for a productive and fun event at the Yoga Studio!
And here's our stylist, Valentine!
Go ahead girls! Valentine will help you choose clothes for our Valentines Day!
It's Kish and Oiya..hope you are not here for yoga!
I need a break! That was a marathon yoga event!
You two look like you are ready for a special Valentines Day!
Pretty in pink!
Before we finish up our yoga sessions with Indira and bff Desiree...
Look at this!
It's Tink in a pink wig....
Well, the pink is underneath the yellow, turquoise, and purple.
It's not the first time Tink has changed her 'do. But it has been a long time. Lately her pigtails were getting out of hand, and when I took off her pigtail wig to fix it, Tink took the opportunity and popped on this rainbow bubble.
It's so cute!
And it goes so well with the art at our "Art of Sound" Gallery show.
Like this piece behind her called "Crescendo".
And this "Jukebox" piece. And vintage sound board...
Hey! It's Lilac Moon!
Lilac Moon got to be a part of the exhibition!
Dolltown submitted a diorama with our red piano and drum set.
Our BJD's (ball joint dolls) get to stay for a whole month, entertaining our gallery guests.
We tell the visitors to imagine the music...
Tink and Lilac Moon have fun with the colorful instruments, and explore the displays.
Lilac Moon shows Tink her favorite painting with the musical notes, with purples the color of her eyes. Then the girls try the old vinyl records...
Fun! Memory lane...
Okay Tink! Say goodbye to your friends and get back to Dolltown!
Xennia and the girls are ready for their yoga session.
(Wait til your buddy Xennia sees your rainbow 'do!)
Anna Zoey and Pearl arrive to do yoga with Indira and her bff Desiree!
They wear matching purple yoga outfits to do all the poses Indira will show them.
Now, the Dolltown Little Darlings have been doing yoga for years. But since Indira arrived last spring, the girls have become more focused and have learned more poses.
They don't want their dolly limbs to become stiff. And we all know that yoga is calming and good for relaxation. So, the girls are convinced that doing their poses all the time helps them all get along.
Who am I to disagree! We need all the get-along help we can get! Even bff's have tiffs!
After Anna Zoey and Pearl are done their session, more girls come for yoga!
After a short break, bff's Jiyoon and Maggie show up for their yoga class.
That's it for these two! They are hurrying off mumbling "Valentine's Day..."
These two haven't spent Valentine's Day in Dolltown.
What will it be like?
No time to ponder! Here comes Birdy and Rosa!
They are excited to see Desiree!
She looks a lot like Birdy with her green eyes and sweet smile!
"Are we still best friends?", Rosa asks Birdy.
"Of course!", Birdy answers.
And off they go!
Yes! It's Yoga Time!
We love yoga in Dolltown. We believe everyone should know a few poses and stay as limber as possible.
Now, of course, with some dolls that's problematic.
Even with our enthusiastic Little Darlings it's an issue.
5 points of articulation means there are a few poses our girls just can't do!
But that doesn't stop them from running to the dressing room and finding all the yoga outfits possible!
And this year, our Indira is leading the yoga classes. Look! she even has her own special outfit!
And Indira has a new bff! She has been a threesome, or foursome with our Little Darling buddies this year.
But ever since April Norton's Little Darling arrived in the fall, Indira has had her own buddy.
They are quite a pair! Our two newest girls....
Indira in her leotard and white tights, and sweet Desiree in our pink yoga outfit!
They needed a little time to chat and get ready...
But the others are coming!
Conner and her Detroit friends say hi!
Dolltown's Little Darling, Conner, was sent to the Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls, in Detroit.
This is Conner's 2nd Christmas there, and she is loving it! Conner checks in to say hi to her Dolltown friends...
Thanks, April! It is so fun to see Conner's life there at the Design School. We can see she is in the thick of the action with all the gorgeous Fashion Dolls!
And Conner has her own buddies! A diverse group of April's family dolls.
Our girls here are pouring over the pics...
First of all, look at that bunch of buddies!
Conner may miss her Dolltowners sometimes, but she sure isn't lonely!
Look! There's White Elf, who traveled with her all the way from Dolltown to New York.
They kept each other company on the journey.
And it looks like April, Fashion Doll Stylist herself, created a beauty of a red dress for Conner,
with white lace embellishment. Ooh la la!
Now, has Conner been allowed to help decorate for the Holiday parties at April's doll filled home?
Perfect! Conner was sent to learn all about fashion design, fashion shoots,
and help with as much as she can!
Conner says she has even helped dress the beauties in their silks and sparkles for the parties.
Can you believe over 100 divas and dudes were dolled up for the events?
Check out one of Fashion Doll Stylist's Blogs for the lowdown on the Christmas prep and fun!
And April's blog about her sewing prep and tutorial for these New Year's spectacular dresses are worth a read... Lucky girl, Conner!
Here in Dolltown, life skills expert, Pearl, is trying to teach the girls to sew a simple button back on!
But even surrounded by Fashion sophistication,
young Conner hops the vintage vehicles for a fun spin.
Thanks for the photos, April and Conner!
Have some fun because I know you'll have clean up when the parties are over!
Our Kish, from beloved doll designer Helen Kish,
came to the Magic Library at Christmas time with her little friends.
After her friends left Kish stays to admire the decorations and imagines she is Clara in the ballet The Nutcracker.
Pretty Iplehouse Violet comes to see the tree and visit with Pink Nutcracker and the other Christmas characters.
And spends a sweet moment with little Kish.
Off Kish goes!
It leaves us wondering...where are other Iples?
We haven't seen them for ages!
Are they off on an assignment?
Time for some questions to be answered. Hey Violet!
The Dolltown little girls are from a variety of doll designers!
Collecting this bunch was a lot of fun!
As Dolltown was opening its doors to gather friends, I was pouring over eBay and other sources on the Internet. What a blessing that is when you live in a place that has only a couple of shelves of dolls to choose from.
And I was on the lookout for dolls from some of the beloved doll designers.
As I unpacked these girls, when they showed up in their designer boxes, I was able to see for myself why these doll artists have such a following.
So let's show them off here...more photos to show the different characteristics of these little girl dolls.
I love them all, and each for her own appealing qualities.
Our Gabby, a little Patsy by the big Tonner company.
Little Vera, a part of the Betsy McCall family from the Tonner company.
This is Fancy Nancy, a well known book character, a version by Madame Alexander.
Phoebe is Beach Party Eva, a sculpt by Dianna Effner, from the Heartstrings Company.
Doll designer Dianna Effner also designed this sculpt, Tiny Shawl Dancer, our Shasta.
Here is our Lilac Moon, a Lollipop from the Dancing with Grace series by Berdine Creedy.
Whoopi is a Berenguer Company designed doll.
And here is our Kish, a Ballerina Lynne doll by doll designer Helen Kish.
Each of these girls has her own charm.
(There's a little more info on these dolls here.)
I have run across other cuties designed by these artists.
So far I have resisted, no matter how appealing.
(Except for Dianna's Little Darlings...a couple more have joined us!)
Kish had a meet up with our Iplehose BJD, Violet.
Photos to follow. Sweet dolls!
Whoopi arrived in Dolltown after an extended hunt in the doll world for more diversity.
In Dolltown we have lots of diversity in doll shapes, skin colors, materials, eye sizes, expressions... But still we noticed that, just like in the community around us, we have more of some than others.
This is a Berenguer doll. I have 3 very cute baby Berenguers, from a hunt for Dolltown babies, but I had never run across older girls like Whoopi here.
We all fell in love with this girl, even if she does have trouble tilting her head to look at others. Not much down or up head motion. But almost a smile! That is very good. We like smilers in Dolltown...
But let's see who is coming to keep Whoopi company. There is quite a bunch of little girls...
Whoopi bonded quickly with Shasta, our tallest "little girl" in Dolltown.
With the two of them in charge, I feel more relaxed leaving the little girls to their own devices.
Both Whoopi and Shasta take their role of "big sisters" seriously.
But not too seriously!
Their big sister role is easy with little girls like Phoebe to look after.
Phoebe is our child prodigy. She knows so much for such a little girl.
Sometimes we think she knows everything.
We treat her like an encyclopedia. Sometimes we call her "Wiki Phoebe".
Or we say: "Just google Phoebe!"
You'd never think to look at her!
Phoebe's best bud, Fancy Nancy, can be a handful even though she is very sweet.
She gets lost in her fanciful world of embellishment and forgets to go to get her chores done.
How did these two even become friends?
Well...Phoebe and Fancy Nancy can share clothes.
Fancy Nancy helps Phoebe choose hair ribbons, something that would never occur to Phoebe.
And Phoebe has taught Fancy Nancy new things like...silk ribbons are made by worms.
Fancy Nancy isn't sure she wants to know that!
Here is pretty Helen Kish doll, all in pink.
We took lots of photos of Kish and we'll post them separately.
And then our little vintage Tonner, Vera.
That means two bff's on their way.
Vera's friend Lilac Moon, a Berdine Creedy ball joint doll with luminous skin, and purple eyes...
And another little Tonner, a Platinum blonde Patsy.
We call her Gabby because, well...
Gabby gets the attention of the group by saying, "You'll never guess!"
"What?" we all answer.
"I saw a polar bear! It was wearing skis!"
Okay, even in a place like Dolltown, that sounds farfetched!
While Gabby told her story, Oiya slipped in to the Magic Library.
She's wearing the prettiest dress!
And our prize shrug from Kay Marie, all the way from Australia!
You are adorable!
She usually heads for the plaid shirts and ripped jeans.
(Or the jeans are ripped when she returns from an adventure.)
Usually she hangs out with the two oldest girls, Shasta and Whoopi.
(Or with Uley and the boys!)
But Oiya's dress choice today has caught Kish's attention.
"Pink! And we both have ginger pigtails!"
That creates instant rapport...
The Dolltown little girls.
This is how we got to know, and appreciate, some of our favorite doll designers!
Can we resist adding more friends?
Another Heidi Plusczok, like Oiya?
Get practical! That just means more clothes to dress these cuties.
Right now they all share one box of clothes, for all seasons, and all activities.
Everyone knows that Badger has a big crush on Scout.
Scout finds Badger useful to her schemes of saving the world, or the saving the earth, or stopping poverty, or whichever cause is topmost on her mind.
It's hard to keep up with Scout and her good deeds. So I am thankful that she has bff's to help her. Lula and Evie are gogetters.
And Badger is very good at taking direction, with a smile on his face!
He has brought Scout a gift. Scout finds his gifts useful...usually trading them in for foodbank items for the local foodbank. Just down the street from Dolltown! And she gets Badger to help her pack them... I admire Scout.
Okay Badger! See you! Your alotted time is done...
Scout has discovered that Maggie writes letters.
So Scout invited Maggie for a planning meeting.
Come on Scout, it's a holiday! Boxing day!
Uh oh. Trigger words!
Scout has noticed that there are far more boxes and general packaging used around this time of year.
But Scout, it's a time of giving! A time to show others...
Okay, it's true. Some holiday packaging ends up getting thrown out...
And yes, a letter should be, well, could be written.
Maggie, you're on!
"Dear box users..."
"Let's send the letter to the paper.", Scout says.
"We could hand it out door to door!", Lula says.
"We have to wait now.", Scout says...
"Or time to change into our jeans!", says Evie, who will be happy to get out of her pretty lacy skirt.
After they leave there is a quiet interlude with the Dolltowners
before more Little Darling bff's return.
It's Jiyoon, Fig, and Chantal!
These three spent lots of time together while Maggie was in London.
And Chantal's good friend Douglas comes to see her.
This bunch won't be going out delivering letters.
They are planning to head to the TV room to watch an old rerun of the Nutcracker...
We hear the little girls are coming!
Nine sweeties, with Whoopi leading the way!
The Dolltown Little Darlings are ready for the Christmas festivities, dressed in their sparkles, ruffles, red and green.
Ribbons, lace and friendship...
Everyone shares in Dolltown, and this year it is Anna Zoey's turn to wear this classic Christmas dress.
Priscilla and beautiful BJD Violet approve. And now Priscilla is on her way to the Community Center, where other Dolltowners have gathered for a Christmas Feast.
And Violet gets to come back to the Main Hall, to greet visitors...
Let's see all the Little Darlings, before they go...
Let's see, from the top...
Anna Zoey and Pearl, Jiyoon,and Maggie, Birdy and Rosa, Lula, Scout, and Evie.
And then Chantal and Fig, and last-Xennia and Tink.
Okay! All the girls!
Where are the two who were greeting visitors in the Main Hall?
We missed them. Gotta get Em and Indira...
In the meantime, in case it takes us a while, here's their photos, greeting all!
Merry Christmas to all!
The Little Darlings are getting dressed, donning their Christmas best.
We are setting up the Magic Library...the tree, lights and decorations, Christmas Angel Teddy, Little Tree Top Angel, and Pink Sparkle Nutcracker, new to Dolltown.
And a Golden Gift Box... (What could be in it? Even I don't know. It's a Christmas gift.)
Priscilla and beautiful bjd, Violet, come by for scene testing. Thanks!
And the girls are arriving!
Here's Anna Zoey, so Pearl and the others won't be far behind...
School in the Magic Library!
How lucky are the Dolltown children!
Read how the day started, with Sky and her helpers setting up the room.
And the Little Darlings arriving for their learning in two's and three's...
Now, let's see where we left off. With Xennia and Tink ready to go for recess!
And who arrives?
Rosa and Birdy!
They ask their friends what they have been learning about.
"6's and 7's", Tink replies!
"I want to learn about herbs and flowers, and where to find them." Rosa tells them.
"And I want to learn which flowers the birds like!" says Birdy.
"And we will plant the best ones in our garden!"
"Well, we have the game for you!", Xennia and Tink say as they head off for their recess.
"We can plant that garden, Birdy!", says Rosa.
"Because I am the Queen of the flowers, and they will grow where I ask them to!"
"Tell me more, Rosa!", says Birdy...
And Rosa spun a tale of her queenly domain over the meadow and mountain flowers.
"Fireweed and sunflowers, cornflowers and daisies..."
"You can be queen of the daisies, Birdy!
I'm sure the birds love daisies, especially!"
Now that's a good friend!
More students! Truly serious students, Pearl and Anna Zoey....
They have been at school for hours, helping teacher Sky count all the textbooks, sharpen all the pencils, and charge all the iPads.
These two are the Queens of School!
Anna Zoey traveled to China when she was younger. (Really! At least that's what we were told when we invited her to Dolltown.) And she tells us the stories of going to school when she was there....
It didn't take long for Anna Zoey and Pearl to hitch up as bff's!
Pearl is recognized in Dolltown as the expert in Executive Functions.
What are executive functions, you ask?
Pearl quotes Wiki's definition to make it easy for us to understand...
"Executive functions are a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control of behavior: selecting and successfully monitoring behaviors that facilitate the attainment of chosen goals. Executive functions include cognitive processes such as attentional control, cognitive inhibition...
Seriously, Pearl? Attentional control? Cognitive inhibition?
You mean focus on your schoolwork, right? No matter who is whispering beside you?
I think Tink and Xennia could use some tutoring from Pearl.
Maybe over the Christmas holidays!
"Look! A geometry set!"
Anna Zoey is excited to find this hands-on tool.
She has been using the special apps for measuring angles and create perfect circles.
It's a new world...
"Why aren't thereany paper and pencils?", they ask.
Ha! Good question! Weren't you two in charge of preparing?
They ring Trusty Bell in hopes of getting some brought to the choolroom.
And Lula shows up!
"Did you bring some paper so we can do our Math?, they ask.
"No." says Lula.
"We didn't come to do Math.", Lula says.
"We are going to play our Geography game.
And give each other stickers for good work."
Scout arrives with the stickers. Big stickers!
"How do you play your Geography game?", Pearl asks.
"We throw the ball and see where it lands. Then we imagine traveling there and what adventures we would have...mountain climbing, body surfing, sky diving, spelunking..."
"And we imagine building schoolrooms for unfortunate children, and figure out if we have to fight for girls education, and how to get fresh water for the villages....", adds Scout.
And off Pearl and Anna Zoey went to get paper.
Evie, the third of this trio, arrives with the news that the boys are coming!
Well, now the action will pick up in the schoolroom!
That often happens when these girls are around...
Chris and his bro, Douglas, want to know what's happening.
And Lula explains the globe ball game.
"Where would you like to go in the world, Chris?", Lula asks.
Douglas says, "I'd like to stay here in Dolltown. Unless there are ships..."
Lula shows Douglas the blue parts of their globe balls.
"That's all ocean! You could travel all over on ships!", Lula tells Douglas.
Scout is hugging a little wool doll that was on its way to other lands before these three got ahold of it!
That's it, Lula? School is done already?
Well, you'll be back tomorrow, right?
What do you mean "No!"
Lula tells me it's time to get ready for Christmas.
But we have a whole month! Almost. Surely a few more lessons?
"No!", Lula says. "Please get out our Christmas dresses?"
Okay fine. Since you ask so sweetly...
The Dolltown Little Darlings and friends, made it to school! Okay, it's almost December, but better late than never. The girls are reading, counting, studying the maps. And chatting about the world itself...
Sky is there to greet them, with Trusty Bell.
And first to arrive is Indira.
What a lovely girl she is, so thoughtful and caring.
Indira just arrived this year, one of the new sculpts, with those big eyes.
All the better to see you with.
She says to me, "How was your day?" and "Can I get you some tea?"
And then brings me a cuppa the size of a thimble. I sip...
And our very latest, and last Little Darling, Em...
I'm not surprised Em and Indira hooked up.
Newbies on the block, with a lot in common.
Friendship is the bottom line in Dolltown.
Our throughline, as they say.
These new girls are sharing with teacher Sky what their favorite topics are...
"I like fortune telling." says Indira. "Me too!" says Em.
And horoscopes, and magic herbs, and mandalas and fairies.
Hmmm.... School subjects?
In Dolltown, the girls get to study what they love. Okay then. Sky?
Looks like Sky has gone to collect and gather some special learning materials.
In the meantime, the girls use the abacus to predict the future of the universe.
Wow, let us know!
And it's recess! What?
We just started!
Okay, so the Little Darlings are coming in two's and three's for their lessons.
Makes sense! Small class sizes!
And you'll notice that Sky leaves Trusty Bell to oversee things.
She doesn't have to do much!
Once these girls turn their attention to the tasks at hand, they are very focused!
Except for the chatting of course! There's always chatting...
Hi Fig! What's it going to be today, for your first day back?
Coloring? We love coloring!
The girls are experts after coloring the whole Eiffel Tower last year!
And of course we knew Chantal would head to the piano!
She hunts it down wherever we put it.
Once we had it stored in a big Ikea bag and found her lying on top, practicing her cords from above.
After that we made sure we leave the piano where she can reach it easily!
"I'm getting ready for our Open Mic!" she says.
Ever since they heard about "Open Mic Nights", the Dolltowners insisted we have them here.
Chantal is playing piano and singing!
She has chosen La Vie en Rose this week. Love that song!
C'est toi pour moi. Moi pour toi...
"And I'm going to act a scene from Miracle on 34th Street.", says Fig.
Love that movie!
Fig has dreams of being an actress. She looks for little girl roles mostly.
After all, that's her best bet considering she is going to stay a little girl for the rest of her life!
It's a doll's life, after all.
Go for it, Fig! Follow your dreams!
It's Jiyoon, listening in!
What do you want to be, Jiyoon? A cowgirl?
These buddies look adorable in their Carol Pringle western dresses!
Not usually their style. Jiyoon and Maggie are generally fashion forward. Well, for Dolltowners.
They keep an eye on the trends and follow Fashion Doll Stylist daily, even when I can't.
But no one else was reaching for these dresses when it was time for school.
They look very...local.
"How y'all doin'?", Maggie asks. Jes fine, Maggie.
And when the two see the little wooden stars they imagine they are making Sheriff's badges.