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Birdy and bff Rosa are ready for our Beach Day!
Just in the nick of time before school starts! The girls have been playing in the garden, running through sprinklers, making mud pies in the garden, climbing the trees to get to the bird houses, shaking down the plums and pears.
But finally we packed up ready for a whole beach day.
Of course that means "photos first"...
So here's the Little Darlings, ready for some beach fun.
Okay! We are going to stop here for now,
even before we add the names of all our girls here!
Where did Tink and Xennia go in such a hurry? They didn't even stay for their own photos! I'm suspicious!
Also, where are Gossamer and Indira?
No where to be found!
I hope someone's watching over them!
Gotta go and leave these girls in the skinny hands of our Monster High Life Guards!
"We'll lifeguard for you!", said the Intrepid Trio.
Oh, I guess...
Almost ready for the Dolltown Beach Day!
Our Monster High girls have volunteered to be the Lifeguards....
They are as thin as a twig!
They can't stand the sun!
How did this happen?
Who was in charge of getting our volunteers for the day?
I have got to ask how they ended up as our life saving unit for kids bigger than they are.
And did they take the course?
Aira arrives to explain.
Once again Aira is taking charge of a Dolltown event!
I am so impressed with our Iples, getting all involved.
You mean it was you, Aira, who recruited the Monster Highs?
Birdy comes to check if it's Beach Time!
Yep, Birdy! Go get the girls!
Beautiful day... Lots of sun...
Aira goes to help the girls,
but doesn't notice little Lilac Moon's hug was a little...bare.
Lilac Moon! Where's your clothes?
You'll get a sunburn in all the wrong places!
Lucky Catrine is quick on her feet, and saves the day.
Well, that's a good start, Monster High girls!
Here they come!
It's Birdy and buddy Rosa!
We love our new bathing suits! These lucky girls got to wear them first!
Now we are all excited to get this photoshoot going!
Uh oh. Looks like we've lost the Lifeguards!
They heard us saying, "Photoshoot before swimming!".
I think they've gone to finish their favorite Monster High Movie...
Birdy and Rosa! Where are the rest of your Little Darling buddies?
Stay tuned for lots of little Darlings!
After the Naming Ceremony, I brought Gossamer and Indira to the Arts Gallery.
What a treat! An Upcycle Show!
The girls were delighted.
There was a chair covered in glitter letters!
And angel wings made out of newsprint, and colorful bird houses.
"We could paint ours when we get home!"
There was a pretty chair surrounded by flowers.
And a children's book to read on its seat!
Two of their favorite pieces!
Indira loved the pink flowered lunch box.
'I could use it as a trunk for my clothes!", she said.
And Gossamer thought the cupboard was perfect for our Dolltown kitchen!
(Unfortunately, neither were for sale today.)
"The show is like magic!", the girls said.
"You take ordinary things and making something special out of them!"
Exactly! Okay girls! Time to go home!
Let's spend a magical time at the beach, before school starts!
(Warning! A lot of talk before the ceremony begins... Context!)
Our newest Little Darling is receiving her own Dolltown name.
Now, what's the fuss today?
This has happened about a hundred times here in Dolltown!
Every time newbies have shown up they are named. Even some of our Originals, and our Vintage, received special Dolltown names...
This pretty April Norton painted Little Darling has even been in lots of stories already...but with different names! She's been here for a year!
We've been waffling, as you'll see in this April post...
Her given name was Marlee. But we couldn't have another "M" name. We already have a Little Darling with first letter m...Maggie! And since that is a kind of rule around here, we had to come up with a name that had its own initial sound. Like "D"! We have no LD "D's"!
So we called her Dove, then Desiree, with a wig change. How about Doris Dark and Doris Day for more wig changes! Hmmm. It didn't stick.
We called her Em a lot, because that's what she said her name was when she came.
"Em? we asked.
"Yes, Em for Magic."
Okay, that was a little confusing. But the magic thing stuck. You should be around her a little. (We have one story, around Spring time.... Whether it's trick magic or, you know, Magic, we don't know.) We've been curious and curiouser, as they say, as the year has gone by.
When she's around there is talk of angels, mermaids, garden fairies, butterfly wings...
And she keeps coming back to this flowy silver hair she came with, despite how cute she is in the other wigs/personas.
But recently we thought enough is enough!
The choice for her name must be made! This transforming from one name to another can't go on.
I've got to sort out this niggling feeling like we are missing something...
I'm good at this. Experienced. And I love curling up on a weekend, with a coffee, cruising name sites. Like 20,000 Names. And Nameberry. I scroll through lists, holding in my attention the doll I am naming: its look, its character, its voice in my ear...
Two days. Nothing. (And its the third or fourth time! For Em!) I mean, there's nice names, but there was a mood I was looking for. A meaning. A word. A soft sound...
Then I woke with "Whisper" in my mind. And then seconds later, "Gossamer". And that was it.
I had skipped the G's. She didn't seem like a hard "G" girl. She is soft, light, ephemeral in her being, to me.
And "Gossamer" is the name of the garden sprite (a lime whisp) that appears over my shoulder when I am in my garden. The name came to me several years ago, when I was told by a True Witch that the tiny sprite was there. If she hadn't told me I might have just thought it was that buzzing you get in your ear. But now I can see it. (You know, in my imagination.)
As a phonetician, I had allowed the sound of a letter to block the essence of a word.
Gossamer is super fine, delicate. Like Em feels. So...Gossamer is her name.
I won't go back and change the stories. But Gossamer she has always been and always will be.
Okay, now THAT sounds like a naming ceremony is in order, right? A celebration for finally coming to a decision. A meaningful decision!
And for Dolltown, if we are talking ceremony, that means the Iples have to be involved, so the invitation went out, and Aira was free. She gathered the necessary items for the ceremony, as you'll see.
(No candles. It's summer! And daytime!)
Okay, let's get this party started!
You won't see the rest of the Girls or other Dolltowners who attended.
Just Aira, Gossamer herself, and her bff Indira, who becomes a part of the ceremony. Yes!
We are ready in The Garden!
Aira is overseeing this special day. She has the gemstones and shells to mark the event.
Our new chair is perfect for the occasion!
I took the two girls to change for the ceremony. Tomi Jane dresses!
And on the way...a Stellar's Jay hopped right down beside our setting.
(Are Gossamer and the jay...talking to each other? Did she invite him?)
Aira, one of our three Junior Iplehouse girls, gathers just the right elements for these two girls.
(Are those the pink flowerberries Rosa planted in her little garden?)
And Aira has something special in her hand for Gossamer...
What has Aira laid out? Rose quartz heart for love.
Crystal for clarity (at all ceremonies!)
And Aira has chosen the warm pink flowerberries and rhodonite gem sphere for Indira.
And for Gossamer, the mother of pearl shell and a little amethyst sphere.
(The girls call the gem spheres scattered around Dolltown, "rock balls".)
Here's Indira, dressed in Tomi Jane pink, ready. For what, she's not sure, but it all looks nice!
In our afternoon dappled shade, Indira receives her pretty gem and flowers.
And Aira puts her gentle hand on Indira's head as she says her name.
A blessing? Or is she just smoothing her hair? Or petting her like a cat?
And here's...Gossamer, in my favorite Tomi Jane dress.
(Oh come on, you say that for all of them!)
Aqua, like Gossamer's eyes.
If you look closely, you'll see a gold and silver chain in Aira's hand, and on it an amethyst pendant.
Hey! that belonged to my mother!
She would be a grand dame for Dolltown, if she was still with us.
(An eye for fashion and definitely magic.)
Okay, I'll go for that... Good move, Aira!
Aira puts the chain around Gossamer's neck.
And mutters a few words as she says her new name, her Forever name.
Then Gossamer is given her gem sphere and shell.
The girls sit to pay with their treasures.
The amethyst sphere matches the pendant.
Gossamer says, "A fortune telling ball!"
Hmmm, have you had one before, we ask?
"Not one of my own!" she says.
"And mother of pearl is like a mother's love.", she says.
Oookay now. We may have tapped a whole new dimension of action in Dolltown.
(The Iples keep their magic pretty close to their chests, so to speak. As do all the Others...)
When I think about it, Dolltown itself is magical.
I mean, there's a crossing of dimensions when the dolls arrive. We just don't think about it much.
It's all so natural... In the doll world.
Why are the girls looking at me. Are they reading my mind? About Magic? Dimensions?
Oh, no, it's okay.
I was talking out loud...
Nice toys, girls!
On the left...
That's a wrap, Aira.
I'll leave a little gratitude herb for your work here.
And yes! Can we do it again?
Looks like there's a line forming. Dolltowners who want their own rock balls now...
On the right...
"Gossamer" is something super fine and delicate - like a spider web or the material of a wedding veil. The original gossamer, from which the meanings come from, is the fine, filmy substance
spiders excrete to weave their webs.
A dress can be gossamer-like, if its fabric is so sheer as to be see-through, or almost."
So, as our ceremony ended, I headed over to water my pink climbing rose, and found some gossamer catching rose leaves between the branches.
(Real gossamer is not easy to see, of course, being so fine and delicate!)
I'm outta there, not so fond of spiders.
First of all, Indira's bff changed back into her long silvery locks after the photo shoot in the cute red Roxy wig!
We love this look on Dove, and she's wearing one of our favorite sun dresses with its very cute sun hat.
And the other Dolltown Little Darlings went off to play after the summer dresses photo shoot. They all scattered to have a little fun!
Indira and Dove spot one of Dolltown's favorite birds, a Stellar's Jay.
Dove, like Birdy and friends, has a fondness for feathered friends.
This jay came right down for a visit!
Indira and Dove tried to convince the jay to nest here in our garden.
But they watched it fly away as more girls arrived in the garden to play.
Rosa and Birdy are climbing high in the tree!
"Here's a blue birdhouse for the blue jay!", Birdy calls out.
Rosa says, "What does the big bluejay eat?"
"Blueberries, blue potatoes...", Birdy says.
"Blue oyster mushrooms?", Rosa asks.
What a foodie Rosa is! Whoever heard of blue oyster mushrooms?
Most of the children won't even eat the cute button mushroom...
Now, where did that Stellar's Jay go?
Maggie and Jiyoon are attracted to the Lanterns in the garden.
All shapes and sizes!
"We want to see them at night, says Jiyoon.
"Yes, when it's dark and they light up...please? Maggie asks.
Hmmm. We'll see!
Maybe we'll get a fire going in our chiminea!
And have a night party! Good idea, girls!
I left the Maggie and Jiyoon counting lanterns...
Well, aren't you two something!
Even in the garden bff's Pearl and Anna Zoey have managed to find a toy that smacks of school.
"We want to explore powers of ten." Pearl says.
Are there ten lanterns? Anna Zoey asks.
Or are there a hundred?"
Maggie and Jiyoon are going to report back to them.
They will use the abacus to keep track.
"After lanterns, let's count leaves." Pearl says.
"Of course, we'll have to estimate!"
Thousands, millions...just in this garden!
Meanwhile, nearby but miles away in attention, Fig and Chantal are pretending they are performers at a concert.
And they have arrived in their classy vintage car in time for a red carpet appearance.
Chantal is getting ready while Fig has a few more photos taken by the paparazzi.
"Park our car, please", Fig says to me.
I'll be back in time to clap...
"Thank you.", Chantal says sweetly.
What's with you three?
What are you doing inside? You have a whole garden to play in!
"We want to go to the park." says Lula.
"Do we have any balls?"
Yes! Lots! Go look!
So they did, getting up high on a perch so they could scan the yard for tennis balls, soccer balls...
"If we can find some balls, will you take us to the park?", red headed Scout negotiates.
And as soon as they found some they retreated inside again. These girls like to make a point.
As I leave the studio, where the Trio is stubbornly waiting for someone to take them to a "real" field, I find these two sticking out of our chiminea!
Get down now!
I don't even want to know how you two got up there!
Or what made you think it was a good idea!
NOBODY is taking our sundresses seriously!
What about a tea party? Visiting! Birdwatching from the lawn!
Do I have to do everything? Where are my watchers? Where's Hal? Where's Vikka?
Okay, that's better...now you two stay there!
Xennia and Tink look at me like they are listening. Ok....
Now, how long will that last? How am I going to get anything done?
Thank you Birdy!
She heard these two were "grounded", so Birdy brought a friend over to amuse her friends.
We all know how hard it is for Xennia and Tink to sit still for long!
And I noticed the Junior Iples coming our way... Photo op!
Birdy! Make up a story and keep those girls out of trouble! (Thank you.)
The Iplehouse Juniors! And Jack!
In the Garden sunshine!
That's a sight we don't see often. They are so careful of the sun rays...
And we don't often see Jack (below), the step brother to the Iples. So to speak. Relationships in the bjd world are so complicated.
We do our best here to just accept these beauties for who they are....
And speaking of "who they are". Aira is wearing the smooth long blond bob again today, but she's says she is settling in soon. And we'll get to see the look she has picked. She changes up so often, we can't keep track!
From the left, that's Boris and Violet Raven, and Tania Aira and Daniel.
And Aira in a favorite do of ours.
And Iple Junior Cordelia Odelle is cozying up to Jack, our handy guy.
We don't see Jack in our photos often. He's shy of the outside world.
So we respect that, but he is such a lovely boy. All the girls think so.
Not only does he know how to handle a wrench, but he hums...
We snap a few shots, before he slips away.
Shy and delicate skin...
Raven had to get out of the bright sun. Daniel is gone already.
Just a few moments in the sun for these two is perilous!
But Boris can handle it.
So I took him around for a few more photos...
I love it when the Iples come out to play...
Odelle also was up for more photos in the sun!
Odelle knows how to choose the best settings!
Okay! A summer interlude with the Iple Juniors and Jack.
They have all disappeared, back to Dolltown Abbey I imagine.
Where there is lots of shade in their beautiful Rose Garden!
Here they are!
It's summer time in Dolltown, and the Little Darlings are out and about in the garden in their cool summer dresses!
I gathered them into some outdoor shelves long enough to snap photos of each of them, with their bff's, and a couple of shots with as many of them as I could squeeze into a shot...
Let's see who's wearing what! With 15 girls to show off these lovely sundresses, there's lots of variety! And several dolly dressmakers are represented here! I'll add the names, soon... :)
First of all, let's show Dove, in three different personas.
I love the Roxy wig! This red one looks adorable on her.
So nice she stayed in it for this photo shoot...
Dove is bff's with Indira...they are both our newest Little Darlings.
A year now since Dove arrived!
Indira has the most beautiful big brown eyes.
I love her in this pink eyelet dress.
Xennia got to wear Erin Green's froggy sundress, a favorite in Dolltown.
But where's bff Tink?
We hear she got to try on a brand new outfit...more frogs?
Monkeys! Even a little monkey hat!
Tink! Lucky girl!
Tink's happy with her little monkey dress!
She lost the monkey hat to Xennia, but she doesn't mind...easy going Tink!
Lula Star is wearing the sweet sundress we bought even before our first LD arrived in Dolltown.
Who can resist white eyelet? With bloomers?
And Lula took this to Australia when she traveled there with her doppelganger, our Lani.
We have a photo of Lula hanging onto a Christmas tree in this dress,
just before her Tasmanian family headed to the beach.
Lula has not one, but two bff's.
Evie Stevie loves to join Lula on her adventures.
No dresses for her! She wants to be ready for action!
Her outfit is from Mrs Bobbin Sews on Facebook.
Scout, Lula's other bff, keeps the other two focused on the effects of their adventures on the earth.
So, not just fun...meaningful!
Scout's serious nature is balanced by her love of clothes. But even then...
"Is this bamboo?", she asks of Erin's pretty sundress.
Nooo, but look how pretty these colors are with your hair!
(My generation loves cotton!)
This trio is already discussing how to climb the rose bush they can see across the patio.
Can't you girls wait until you have changed into shorts?
Maggie spent a year with her doppelganger in London.
And although she took a small wardrobe from Dolltown, she wore her black yoga outfit constantly.
Looking even more like our Tasya!
She was happy to get back to a fun wardrobel with lots of colors!
Jiyoon was happy when Maggie returned. Bff's!
Jiyoon spent time with all the bff's when Maggie was in London. Fun!
Chantal, our little songstress, was our 3rd LD to arrive.
She is often lost in her own little world.
Another Erin Green sundress! A special request for a musical notes dress!
Chantal's and Fig are bff's.
They are full of imagination and think up performances for the other girls, and Dolltowners.
Fig, in one of our earliest sundresses, loves to dress up and pretend.
Here she imagines she is a flower delivery girl with a special cart...
In a cute outfit we won in a photography contest!
So cheerful, just like Birdy!
Birdy and Rosa were the first Little Darlings I chose.
It took them over a year to arrive, but in my mind they were bff's from the beginning...
Rosa loves flowers, fruit, and anything to do with gardens.
This fun cherry sundress arrived long before she did, so she's not the first to wear it!
But very pretty with her green eyes!
Pearl, neat as a pin in a Tomi Jane sundress!
How lucky were we to find this dress from one of our favorite dressmakers!
Pearl and Anna Zoey are two focused bff's.
They organize, keep things moving, gather materials...and LD's for photos!
Anna Zoey is wearing the other "first" LD dress we bought from Etsy before any of the girls arrived.
She loves the pantaloons with the black satin ribbon.
Anna is the actual Little Darling prototype for "Ana", the 1st Nations 2014 Convention doll.
(Our Evie Stevie, above!)
Success! Everybody's here!
Well, Conner is still at April Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls in Detroit.
She's learning to make shoes for fashion dolls!
Our girls aren't even wearing shoes! lol
The Little Darlings are scattering again!
They are off to play in the garden!
Go for it, girls...but listen for the supper bell!
We won these cute outfits on eBay!
I thought it was funny that they call buying items by bidding on them on eBay "winning" or "losing".
That was until I was in several heated bidding wars that took total attention, bidding ahead, watching the last seconds of a bidding, and losing out to other savvy bidders.
Or...winning! Like I did with these beauties from Alina, at "penelope21*140".
I am not on eBay much, or in the market for much, these days. But I do love to sit with a coffee for a break now and then and check what the doll designers are up to.
And I was struck by this monkey dress and hat, with cute leggings. I just knew Tink would go nuts for this outfit. As would all the other LD's!
And my beautiful Ellowynes have not had a new outfit in...way too long! (I can't even open their shelf right now without hearing their wishes for at least seasonal updates!) So this set was a must.
So, my girls say "Thanks!", Alina! Reasonable enough for me to succumb. And, I won!
How cute is this?
Xennia, dressed in an adorable froggy sundress, was impressed!
She's convincing bff Tink to let her wear it next!
"Of course!", Tink says...
Ellowyne Amber , our Autumn, looks stunning in these rich colors!
Look at the detail in the golden yellow top!
I will definitely keep an eye on Alina's work from now on.
These weren't the only outfits up for bid.
I didn't dare take a chance on winning another one! lol
Rosa heads out to our little garden on this beautiful May morning.
She feels garden-appropriate in this overall outfit. Recently Hiya Dolly won a small photo contest! And the prize was an adorable outfit from Jayne Cruze Smith. Wait for it!
And two more outfits arrived with the prize, both perfect for spring gardening!
Rosa is ready for action with her shovel and a sweet plant to pop in to one of the little pots.
Garden Horse keeps an eye on Rosa while she gets busy. Thanks, Garden Horse!
Birdy shows up in our darling prize outfit from Jayne!
"Come on, Rosa! Time to clean up and change!"
Time to find favorite sundresses and then it's back to the garden soon!
Then Rosa can see if her pretty pink berries (flowers?) have grown.
Don't forget to water, Garden Horse! I'm busy...
The Dolltowners children are still heading up to the Spring Celebration!
It's a little hard to see, but the three little girls who have been greeting all who meet up at the bridge, got an extra colorful bubblegum from Dove.
They saved it for Kish, part of their ginger pigtail tribe. Kish is happy with her thoughtful friends!
She is holding it on her lap when they hear more kids coming, so Kish has to quickly turn away, so the other little kids don't feel bad if they see her with a lovely bubblegum...
No worries, kids! Two options! Easter eggs at the Dolltown Abbey Meadow! And we hear Dove has a never ending bubblegum in her magic backpack! Sweet!
Now go ahead and read the pictures, while I check on the other kids already up at the meadow....
There's these four: Kish, Oiya, Fancy Nancy, and little Phoebe.
Then the other little girls: Vera, Gabby, Whoopi, and Sasha.
Then come along the little boys: Uley and Bobby.
Then the bigger girls: Nelly, Pam, and Joy.
Then two Little Darlings that got separated from the rest of the LD crew, Maggie and Jiyoon.
And last, but not least: Vikka, who arrives to take our bridge greeters up to the meadow. Finally they get to go! They wonder of there will be any chocolate eggs left!
And that's the last meet up at the Dolltown Bridge, for now anyway...
What are these three up to?
What's with the backpacks?
"Where are you going?", the little girls ask.
"Over there.", Lula says.
"What's in your backpacks?", they ask.
"Stuff.", says Scout.
"What kind of stuff?"' they persist.
"Lots of stuff.", Evie answers...
"Why do you need so much stuff?"' I ask.
"Because.", the trio say, in unison.
"Oh of course! That explains everything!"
But my comment is lost on empty air, because they are gone...
"Wait! That doesn't explain anything!", I call into the space they leave on the bridge.
Are they on their way to the Spring Celebration?
Why did they turn the other way as soon as they left the bridge?
Someone better look into it. But I'm busy...here comes Kish!
And I hear the chatter of more little children!
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!", Birdy 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!