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Lifeguard Ellowynes Off Duty

Hey girls! 

It's the Ellowyne girls. Well, three of them!

 

And I was wondering to April, Fashion Doll Stylist, what was in Bandy's bling bag by her side.

 

Well, now the girls have finished their lifeguard duties, they are back by the seashore in their chairs. 

 

And, sure enough, they did bring refreshments! Lucky the little girls are gone! That's not lemonade!










Okay girls! Is it time to head home? 

Or are those footsteps I hear? You have company coming?

Hopefully, responsible company!

Well, I have to go put the girls to bed, so you are on your own. Stay out of the waves.

I need lifeguards for the lifeguards!

 

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Little Darlings at the Beach

Here they are! All the Dolltown Darlings this summer.

We headed to this ocean beach late in the afternoon. The lifeguards are on hand, even though there will be no swimming. The tides...

We came in sundresses and sandals to get the point across. And we made sure Tink didn't sneak on a bathing suit underneath. And, to make it easier to stay out of the water, I promised we would go to the swimming hole near Dolltown. Soon. Okay, tomorrow. :)

The sandals came off for the most part, but that's understandable.

Back: Evie, Lula, Scout

Centre: Indira, Anna Zoey, Pearl, Birdy, Rosa, Chantal, Fig

Front: Jiyoon, Maggie, Tink, Xennia

 

I brought them to the beach to play, and for sundress photos, in two's and threes, so they it would be easy to keep an eye on them...

(Although, all of us know that Little Darlings are generally well behaved.)



First up, Anna Zoey and her study buddy Pearl. In the first two sundresses that arrived in Dolltown three years ago. These two have worn these sundresses before! They like habits, consistency!










Next, Fig with her big Joyce Matthew blue eyes! And Chantal, her sweet friend. They are thrilled to wear sundresses and come to the beach. 












What's up Jiyoon? You look sad! Here's your friend Maggie!

And no worries, Maggie is not going anywhere...

She's decided to stay in Dolltown to play with all her friends.












Here's Rosa and Birdy wearing almost matching sundresses from Pachom Suesewan.

They love the hot pink!









And Indira joins them in a very sweet two piece outfit...








Look at these two cuties, Tink and Xennia, in their colorways two piecers. I should have taken a photo of the matching bloomer shorts underneath!




















Evie Stevie arrives first, then Scout with her long red locks, then wavy haired Lula. This little vintage Mexican sun hat is a hit! We need more! 
















We made it through the whole afternoon without one Little Darling getting caught by those waves! (I'm sure the promise of real swimming helped a lot. "Tomorrow is another day.")

 

And we did make use of the brush and comb the Ellowyne girls brought when they arrived for lifeguard duty. Thanks girls! (They are siting on a bench nearby absorbed in gossip since our time here is done.)

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Ellowynes as Lifeguards!

These Dolltown Ellowynes offered to oversee the children at the beach.

 

 

And they said they would come prepared. But brushes? combs? Of course! They are fashion dolls! 

We were thinking sun screen, life-jackets, and ring buoys, girls! But, thanks! Glad you are here.




Here they come. First, the Little Darlings in buddy pairs...

You're on, Ellowynes!

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Little Darlings in the Garden!

But first, catch up...

Maggie's home!

 

Dolltown's Little Darling Maggie traveled to London last year with our daughter Tasya. Maggie lived in a small flat with Tasya and her cat, Lhasa.

Maggie had to be kept out of Lhasa's reach for the months she lived in London. Maggie looked like a play toy to the scratchy cat. 

 

When Tasya returned for a visit, she brought Maggie home to her Dolltown friends.   And Maggie arrived with her own cat! Not as scratchy as princess Lhasa!

 

This photo shows Maggie in a grad cap. She has been wearing it since Tasya's own graduation. There was a celebration, with Maggie participating from a high shelf...

 

All the girls were happy to see Maggie, but none more than Jiyoon. Jiyoon and Maggie had formed a special bond and both talked for hours after Maggie emerged from the travel bag...

 


Jiyoon, Indira, and Maggie


Jiyoon and Indira were already dressed for the garden when Maggie arrived, so they waiting patiently in the garden for their Little Darling friends to join them!

Especially for Maggie, Jiyoon's bff...



Here she is! Ellowyne Taffy brought her to the garden after she changed out of her London blacks. Maggie didn't seem to mind choosing a colourful sundress from the pile the LD's laid out for her. 



It didn't take long for these two to disappear with their friend Indira. They all wanted to see what the cat would do in a big garden to explore. (There was no garden to play in at their home in London, just windows to look out of.) I don't think we'll see these girls for a while...


Rosa and Birdy


Rosa and Birdy watch the birds in the garden while two settle nearby them. Birdy has heard that we live in the bird watching capital of Canada. Now, I don't know if that's true, but I know Birdy and her friends watch the birds in the garden all the time- Robins, Chickadees, Mourning Doves, Crows, Stellar's Jays. Sparkle birds, sequin birds, bird brooches and charms, birds in cages... And birds of all kinds are are drawn to Birdy and bff Rosa. Look at these pretty ones! 








Tink and Xennia


Tink and Xennia come to the garden and are thrilled to find a bunch of little birdhouses. And as Xennia and Tink often do with anything around them, they overturned all of them. Why? They wanted to find the little birdies inside them. But they didn't find any.

(My guess is  the little birds heard they were coming, flew out, and are hiding in the bushes. What? These girls would only love you up, kiss you, ruffle your little feathers, attach you to their hair-do's as ornaments... That's what they did to the little trolls! Who wouldn't want that?)












Pearl and Anna Zoey


Here's Pearl and Anna Zoey! These two are always sorry when school ends as they are voracious learners. They actually set themselves up a summer school program, choosing their own lessons. Like dreams, rocks and minerals... They have brought out a variety of books to the garden to help them set up their self-directed learning for the weeks ahead. Way to go, girls!








Evie, Scout, and Lula


I thought this trio would show up ready to garden, check the flower spray for dangerous chemicals, plant some vegetable seeds to help supply food for the food bank. Either that or embark on a tree climbing expedition, hunting for risky pests (even in their pretty dresses). But today these three are also into the books, because Lula is on a mission. It's Jasper's 1st birthday soon, and Lula has decided they must all learn songs and rhymes for him. "We want to make him laugh.", said this serious bunch. Go for it, girls!

















Fig and Chantal...and Indira again



Fig and Chantal meet up in the garden, and Indira joins them, bringing a pretty lantern she found in the flowers. A lantern! Then two lanterns! They plan... a night garden visit, maybe during the full moon. Light the lanterns, sing some songs, maybe put on a play. Maybe A Midsummer Night's Dream! Wouldn't that be fun! Invite the  boys! And the little girls! Maybe the BJD's would come down from Dolltown Abbey!  Wow, girls, active imaginations! From a pink lantern to a community production of Shakespeare! Dream on...









Jiyoon and Maggie are back


Where did you girls find that? That's Shuswap Jim's painting! And I thought it was out in the Dolltown Doll Studio.... But that's all the way across the garden! And it was up on a hook! How...? Nevermind. Jiyoon is showing Maggie the details, talking about the way the little leaves have been painted. And how the trees are overlapped over the clouds so it looks like 3D. And how each tree has it's own shadow, so you can imagine where the sun would be... Phew! Jiyoon! You have been paying attention in your art classes! 





Sweet... All of them. 

 

My mind is whirling with imaginings of a Dolltown Midsummer Night's Dream!

But get practical...there's weeding, berry picking, prep for company... And is it true that baby Jasper might be coming? We'd all have children's songs and nursery rhymes to learn! Not Shakespeare!

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Time for Some Garden Play! Come On, Little Darlings!

Jiyoon's the early bird today. The sun is shining, the flowers are out....

 

The Little Darlings are finding their shoes and toys, ready for some garden play.

In the meantime, Indira and Fig make it in to the garden. 

Fig finds Jack getting a little fresh air too! A little mingling...










 

But it's time for play, isn't it? Surely the other girls are ready?

We'll go check...

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Tonner Ellowynes in the Garden

The Tonner Ellowynes have been discontinued. Robert Tonner has carried on to other doll design projects. Ethereal creatures made with 3D printers (Go ahead, research on Google and prove me wrong... What? That was just a rumour? Sorry, I've been too busy to pursue real facts. I'll leave that to the really retired.)

 

We have all four Ellowyne sculpts in Dolltown. The three here are, from left, an Amber, a Lizette, and an Ellowyne. 

 

Of course we give them their own names here, so we can distinguish them from each other. 

 

Taffy, in the middle, had a few more photos, from different angles, against the cedar hedge.








I am fascinated. Not a knowledgeable photographer, but very taken with photos. And photos of dolls. I pour over others' doll photos. And I have enough dolls here in Dolltown to satisfy a a pleasurable curiosity. 

I find the Ellowynes to be very beautiful, and this Lizette, our Taffy, looks amazing in several looks, wigs, clothes...

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Tree Climbing - Uley in the Garden

It was a long winter and Uley wanted to get some fresh air in the garden.

 

The plum tree is a favorite climbing tree, especially with a hanging basket of Million Bells to fall into.

 

It won't be long now until the others join him!







Look at that hair!

We'll leave Uley dreaming in the flowers while the sun shines.

No worries, we have the sun/shade ratio calculated carefully and figure he's got 3 minutes tops before the heavy shade of the roof protects his sensitive dolly skin. I give the impression of freedom for the outside doll adventures but do keep a close eye on risks.

 

I just don't want to talk about the three (3!) girls falling down into the dirt in a recent garden photo shoot, from their perch on a shelf. Shocked me into hustling everyone inside for...well, a few days. Gave me time to pick the cedar out of their perfect locks, and brush their eyes with a soft paintbrush.

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Little Darlings Get Ready for Spring

That sun is a little warm for shoes and tights!

The Little Darlings get ready for spring. Birdy and Rosa get it started.

Little Gabby is already shoeless....










Well, that's a start girls! But I've got spring clothes sorted!

How cute is this? Lay them out, match them up...


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Little Darlings Spring 2018

It's Little Darling Doll Pearl!

 

Our Little Darlings all wanted a photo shoot before they changed for the warm spring days. 

 

The girls are wearing knit wear from a variety of sources including colourful dresses from Nataliya.

 


Pearl



Tink



Jiyoon



Lula



Indira



Xennia



Chantal



Fig



Birdy



Scout and Rosa



Anna Zoey and Evie Stevie

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The Eiffel Tower and Christmas 2017...

Memories!

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.

 


Jiyoon



Evie



Tink



Chantal



Lula Star



Scout



Xennia (Where's your shoes, Xennia?)



Anna Zoey



Flo (Yes, it's Faith, as we have known her...or Fig as we know her now. Sheesh!)



Birdy


Pearl

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!

 

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Little Darlings Valentine's Day!

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

from Conner at April's Design School for Girls!

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...

Stay tuned.

And we hope you have a romantic, or chocolate filled, Valentine's Day.

 

To see the story of Indira's recent arrival, click here.

 

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A Little Darling, New to Dolltown!

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!

Stay tuned!

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New Shoes! And Cookies!

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....

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First, Faith to Fig...What?!

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!

 

 

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Yes, Dolltown Celebrated Christmas!

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...

 

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Life at the Gallery

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...

 

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Little Darling Halloween 2017

(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.

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Dolltown Paola Reinas in the Fall...






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Waiting for a Dolltown Story...

In between Dolltown stories, the girls wait patiently for the action to start...

A glimpse into the inner workings of Dolltown itself.


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It's Fall in Dolltown

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?

We'll see...

(I have a policy of "No promises", even when appealed to by the appealing Little Darlings!)

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Hiya Dolly Hiatus

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! 

Okay, okay...

 

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The Vintages and Babyface

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... 

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Xennia and the Trolls...

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...


Follow up!

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!




Finally!

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!

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Knit Dollies On a Sleepover!

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...