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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.
Then they imagine they are country music stars.
Like Taylor Swift, and Brandy Clark. And our own Michelle Lonsdale.
And speaking of country western, check out our girls, Xennia and Tink!
They look like little settlers!
When we said get dressed for school, they must have been thinking of Anne of Green Gables!
You girls look as sweet as can be!
Xennia arrived in Dolltown in this outfit!
And Tink matched up with Xennia perfectly when she chose to wear this pretty dress by Alison Austin.
The dressmakers in the doll world, and particularly those who dress the Little Darlings, are part of an artistic industry we doll collectors are happy to support.
I cash in all my rootbeer bottles when I see an outfit we must have here in Dolltown!
Look at this hat made by the ultra talented Helen Montgomery Skinner!
She also painted four of our pretty dolls here, including both Xennia and Tink!
But enough about real people...
Yes, you may, Tink!
I am so impressed that these girls want to learn about our wildflowers in Canada.
Although I think Tink thinks that "cards" are fun. (Her favorite word.)
So let's play cards! Memory game! How useful!
Uh oh! I think they are playing Muddle Up, a game invented by Tink herself!
Sometimes she gets fed up with all the organizing, and just wants things all muddled...
One can toss things up, sweep things off surfaces, shake things in bags, change words into the wrong order, sing funny songs while friends are trying to count...
Good girls! In the end, a great tidy-up job!
We can see that Trusty Bell got down off her perch to be sure the cards all got unmuddled.
The other girls are coming...
Off to school, boys!
The boys figure, if the girls are finally going to school, they will too. Why not?
Nothing wrong with learning fractions and geography, right? Always useful to divvy up piles of candy, and pour over maps at their clubhouse!
And they can hang out with the Little Darlings, where the action is!
Badger, Chris, and Douglas watch the girls make their way up the Forest Path, to the Magic Library...
Even the little boys are ready to get to class.
Bobby and Uley are the first of the young kids.
That makes us hopeful that the little girls might be getting ready too!
I feel dizzy with success...
On your way, boys!
I can't decide whether to follow them and check what the Darlings are up to in the schoolroom, or double back to make sure the little girls have school clothes laid out.
Last time I saw them, they were all taking baths,
playing with the floating toys they brought home from the beach...
We did it! Look at Lula, Evie, and Scout!
All the Little Darlings are dressed for school days. And they are on the Forest Path, making their way to the schoolroom!
We gathered school clothes and laid them out for all to choose. Plaids, pleats, button shirts, corduroy, cardigans...I felt positively nostalgic! Not a pair of jeans in sight!
But my cooing over the classic outfits encouraged some of the girls to reach way back in time for school clothes. One might say western settler school wear...
Scroll down and you'll see what I mean. Xennia, you look adorable, but a nice flare skirt and t-shirt would have been fine!
Buddies, these three are first, looking to get the best seats.
Can anyone say competitive?
Pearl and Anna Zoey nab the school-themed outfits.
They are all in...
Sweet classics on Chantal and Fig.
Pink plaid! Nice touch!
Tink and Xennia in outfits from another time.
Xennia, you know you can't wear your pretty hat in class, right?
And Jiyoon and Maggie finally got to wear the rodeo outfits,
usually in high demand in the fall around here...in this neck of the woods.
Of course, Birdy sits down with the brass geese.
And buddy Rosa joins her...
Little Indira and her kind friend Em, both wearing fall purples.
We got them this far!
Keep going girls! Don't stop now!
It took me so long to convince the kids to get back to school this fall, I had to get creative...
Our schoolroom has been set up in the Magic Library this year.
That convinced the kids!
They love that room, and will agree even to fraction lessons happening,
if they can hang out in the Magic Library.
As you can see, we are ready!
But before we leave the Forest Path, the boys arrived just as the girls were leaving...
The Dolltown Little Darlings loved getting dressed up for Halloween!
But only two could wear witch hats...because that's all we have!
We have twice as many as other years because we chose one new Halloween outfit this year.
Indira here is wearing that outfit, made by Bev Beese,
who lives only a couple of hundred kilometres from us here in Dolltown.
Thanks Bev! So cute!
And silver haired Em is wearing our other witch outfit that came on a pretty little Paola Reina Amigas. Two little witches!
Skeleton loves witches!
So, before the Halloween dress ups were put away for the year, all the rest of our girls pulled on Bev's new hat, a very well made fine-wale corduroy witch hat.
Oh yes girls, you all look fine!
(Not scary though, too cute!)
Evie Stevie Sinclair adopted her two extra names.
Stevie for a likable character on TV (likable to some),
and Sinclair for the famous Canadian soccer player, Christine Sinclair...
Pretty Chantal, never scary.
Always heard humming or singing, right now it's "Season of the Witch".
Now that's an old 60's song some of you will remember.
You've been digging through our old song books, eh Chantal?
Scout can be a little scary...
Everybody snaps to when Scout asks for something, even me!
How does that even work?!
Oh, you want to send the extra Halloween treats to needy children, Scout? Okay, we'll get right on it.
Lula Star doesn't believe in witches, but still loves to dress up!
Lula is too scientific to believe in witches.
She does make exceptions for witch characters passing through Dolltown, thank goodness.
But I think she's just being polite.
Anna Zoey here researched witches on Google, along with study buddy Pearl.
And she has been sharing some stories.
She tells us, "There are witches in all cultures. They are just called different names." Who knew!
Bright Pearl! Half dressed for school. She can't wait!
And Uley! What are you doing here, Uley? A boy witch!
(He likes to be where the action is!)
Brown eyed Maggie says she believes Tasya's cat is a witch. A bad witch.
Maggie had to be put on a top shelf while living in London in a flat with witch cat Lhasa.
(Maggie says, "I would meow at Lhasa, when Tasya went to work. Lhasa would screech like a witch, but couldn't reach me.")
Jiyoon looks good in black with her glossy bob.
She really knows how to put an outfit together.
Living in the boonies of BC doesn't hold her back!
"You can be creative wherever you are!", she says.
Fig thinks we should start a TV show (well, she says a You Tube show. Kids these days!) about kids with special powers, like witches have.... What would your special power be, Fig?
Besides being a change up artist...
(Your periwinkle eyes always give you away, Fig.)
It's possible that Rosa is a witch, we hope a good witch.
Funny things happen when she is around. And she makes potions...
Dear Birdy...she could persuade bad little witches to be good.
(Maybe that's why Birdy is bff's with little possible-witch Rosa!)
With the witch hat on, Xennia ran around shouting "Boo" at all the dolls.
Then the babies showed up, and she changed her tune...
"Don't scare the babies!" she whispered.
Tink loves dressing up!
But she also loves to share...
So, Tink called Violet Raven over, who had been watching the Little Darlings from the sidelines.
We might just leave the action here. Violet said she'd like to keep the hat for a while. (Why?)
And with that, our Halloween fun was over!
Come on girls! School time!
I have been calling that cheerfully since September.
Will my call work this time? Stay tuned....
Every year in Dolltown, we celebrate Halloween...in some way!
This year the Dolltowners are at a dance at the Community Center. Fun!
But we wanted to spend a little time at the Dark Tree, a favorite on Halloween.
And bring our new Little Darlings to see how spooky it can be here in Dolltown.
Tink and Xennia wanted to come and show them...
Will Raven swoop in?
And Magic Barbie, who has heard that Em is magic (word travels fast in Dolltown), comes to meet her at the Dark Tree. Now they are deep in conversation.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Now, let's get back to the dancing!
Let's do the time warp again!
The girls think they have seen the black raven again. Well, we followed a raven-like shadow to the Dark Tree, and sure enough, just as we thought....
Just as we thought...Raven Violet.
Our Iplehouse from Dolltown Abbey, across the meadow.
We always see her on Halloween!
Can't wait to tell the kids.
Sky, our Dolltown teacher has given up on waiting for the children to come to school. She has gone to them!
She convinced young Uley to pack some books out to the Forest Path, where she knows the children have been hanging out.
Sky appeals to Pearl and Anna Zoey, avid readers, but then a couple of the boys arrive. Then more girls...and teacher Sky and helper Uley pack up the books.
Back to the schoolroom!
The kids will make it there soon!
I assure you!
Well, after Halloween, anyway.
Chris and Will arrive with talk of things they have seen up the Forest Path.
The Halloween Tree, pumpkins, a black cat...
Rosa and Birdy arrive with more stories..."We think we saw the black raven!
Now, if Sky and Uley had brought Halloween books, these kids might have stopped for a while.
But all they can think about is the fun coming up,
and as you can see, the girls are getting in the mood with October orange.
And what do you see, Rosa? We've heard talk of the black raven...
Well , the Dolltown kids have changed for October. Maybe that's why the "cavalry" was so ineffective in gathering the children for schooltime!
The guards and the rest of the rescue crew arrived back "empty handed" so to speak. And said the Forest Path was empty. So back they came, thinking the kids had made their way to school. No! No one!
I suppose the kids were changing into October colours, imagining it's like camouflage, and back they went to the Forest Path.
The rescue crew lost interest and took off fishing. They are as bad as the kids!
Uley has a school bag! That's promising!
And he has heard the kids are returning to the Forest path.
First, Maggie and Jiyoon!
Dixon, Owen, and Douglas have joined Maggie and Jiyoon.
They are checking what the girls are doing, before they head back to school.
No way are they showing up at school if the girls are out "learning" in the outdoors!
Thank goodness! The cavalry has arrived, so to speak.
It's time those children got back here and started their school classes!
I have had to ask for help, as the children are not coming when I call them.
Well, I've been distracted myself...
But TIME is passing! And there are lessons to be learned!
The Dolltown Guards are here, of course, very reliable.
But Wiz is here, too.
And Ike! He's a Monster High guy, I think.
And Eddie, who can see in the dark.
And Ernie, a tracker.
This is a little more serious than I had thought of...
It looks like a rescue operation!
Even Magic Barbie has joined us!
Okay, that's good! She can get an overhead perspective...
And can be persuasive, if needed!
Just get those kids back! Tell them to get back in time for recess!
(I also know how to be persuasive!)
First, the girls had to get changed from their beach outing in early September. Their last hurrah before we buckle down to schoolwork. Text books, maps, maths...
Get out the plaid skirts and oxfords!
Evie! What a cute bathing suit! All blinged out! Time for school clothes! Corduroy jumpers...
Wait! Those are jeans, Scout!
What are you up to, Lula Star?
What do you mean, you are going for a hike up the Forest Path?
It's a school day! Fieldtrip?
Just once I'd like to start school, inside the schoolroom, in September, in Dolltown...
Well, these two, Chantal and Fig, are ready for a hike, too.
The Little Darlings here just want to show off their bags, lunch bags, totes, purses...
They feel so grown up! So prepared...
Off for a trip down the forest path.
It's a learning trip they tell me, so I'll let them go.
But who's following? Scout! it's Badger, or Badge as you call him fondly...
Be nice, Scout! Take him with you!
He'll just mope around if you leave him behind!
Atta girl! Where Scout goes, Badger is sure to follow...
Now, I am off to find some children who can be tempted into a schoolroom.
Look, it's Priscilla, with her happy little right-side-up dolly!
Priscilla has volunteered again to be the Dolltown lifeguard for the day! Thanks Priscilla!
The little girls have all been promised a day at our swimming beach, after an outing to the Ocean Beach, which is too wild to swim! The girls want to wade, splash, dig in the sand...
And they are excited about the new bus in Dolltown.
It will be their first ride!
Oh my gosh! The bus is back! To take Miss Priscillla and the little girls to the beach!
Maybe I'll have a little time...the kids don't need me there to take photos!
I can get school ready! It's September!
Have fun kids! When you get back...school time!
(That should make it an especially long beach outing.
Maybe time for tea, myself!)
Here's Pearl and Anna Zoey...
Waiting at the "Bus Stop"...
Now, I would think, if anyone would know about if there was a bus route in Dolltown, it would be me.
Anna Zoey! Pearl! Where did you hear there was a bus taking you to the Beach? Why don't I know about it?
I have to watch and see what happens.
Jiyoon and Maggie join Pearl and Anna Zoey. All these bare feet!
It's Em, with Indira! Our new girls.
And just as Chantal and Fig arrive we hear a noisy vehicle approaching...
And then look what pulled up...
It is a Dolltown Bus!
An acquisition? A donation? A mystery!
And when it drove away the girls were gone.
I am flabbergasted!
Maybe I am happy...if the kids can get to the beach for a swim!
But I can hear more kids on their way. Now what? You missed the bus!
Thanks Owl...a boat for the kids to play with?
Tink and Xennia are happy! Beach toy!
Birdy and Rosa want to go to the beach for a swim too!
Scout and Evie arrive with a ring buoy. Scout is all about safety...
And Lula brings her New Zealand babies!
We all know they love a swim. It was last year at the beach that we met these little travelers!
What is everybody looking at?
The bus showed up again!
And took the girls!
And the toys, bouys, and babies!
This is giving the kids a whole new level of independence. Do I like it?
Time will tell...
Well, we heard the kids wanted a sunny day at the beach again, so look who shows up!
And if Douglas is here, the boys have probably already found their own way to the swimming beach. Where the girls are...
Em arrives in Dolltown...
When we popped in to eBay, on the trail of the Tomi Jane dresses, of course we saw any and all Little Darling dolls looking to trade places.
I don't go on eBay when I am "not in the market". And I did my Dolltown creation collection several years back. So, I'm not. In the market.
However, I do have several someday ideas and I am always on the lookout for smilers. Characters in basic happy mode!
I paused over this smile. and the fact that this little Darling is handpainted by Canadian April Norton. April is an internationally known and loved Doll designer, creator, and painter. Face ups...
I have followed April and her work for years. Each doll painter has a signature, and April's dolls have the sweetest expressions. Endearing.
The smile, the expression, the silvery hair...
The thought...who would she be in Dolltown?
Welcome to Dolltown.... Indira takes a liking to this friendly looking dolly.
Double the happiness when Birdie joins Em.
And quadruple with all the LD smilers... Birdy, Em, Chantal, and Tink.
Now, off you go to get ready for swimming, girls! Happy times...
I am Em...Em is for Magic. That's what she says.
Hey, I'll have to tell Magic Barbie! Maybe kindred spirits?
Good news and bad news!
First the good news...
After months of abstinence, I followed a link to eBay, from a Facebook doll group.
There I discovered an unusual occurrence...Tomi Jane dresses. Several of them were posted for bids.
I 'watched" several, left, pondered, returned.
And ordered two favorites that I had seen often, when I would peruse Tomi's Flickr pages. scrolling through her years of impeccable sewing accomplishments.
Beauty! And we are thankful to gather two more Tomi Jane beauties to our dolly closets.
The Tomi Jane package arrived when the girls were at the Ocean Beach.
We gave a heads up to Pearl and Anna Zoey, as their photo shoot here was done first.
We brought them to the Dolltown Tree to open the package.
Tomi Jane always includes a lovely note.
The girls are good readers and there isn't a word they don't know!
Even patronage? I'm impressed!
Choices! A pretty tea dress full of patterns.
And a simple white sundress with periwinkle accents.
Perfect. Because that's how Tomi Jane rolls...
Very, very, very special.
So, the bad news...
Tomi Jane says she is done with Little Darling doll dressmaking.
So these outfits are happily added to our select Dolltown Tomi Jane dresses.
Sadly, too. As a Little Darling era of new Tom Jane collections to look forward to, has ended.
But let's not stay sad!
Scanning eBay pages led to another discovery...
Well! Priscilla was quite offended by the little girls noticing and chatting about her treatment of her own little doll. Carrying it willy nilly, upside down.
We find it hard to believe that Priscilla doesn't get it, that she might think how she treats her doll doesn't matter because it's...a doll. Priscilla herself is treated so well, considering...well, considering Priscilla's grumpiness. I think we do a great job of treating Priscilla really nicely.
Okay, she has to have a talking-to sometimes because she can be rude, discriminatory, picky, pessimistic, judgmental, stubborn, and...rude. But we all love her! And we show it! She gets politeness, hugs, ice cream, gifts! Why, even the little doll was a gift. Wasn't it? I am forgetting...
Priscilla takes a minute, after the Ocean outing, at the Dolltown Tree.
Looks like a doll inspection.
I can usually hear dolls talking, but...silence.
Is she talking to you, Priscillla? Listen!
I could swear that little doll has lots to say to Priscilla!
And Priscilla is holding her so gently!
Well done, Priscilla! Your little dolly looks positively happy!
Now would it hurt you to crack a smile?
(I guess that's unfair. Priscilla is a porcelain.)
Now, all the children were told they could go to a real swimming beach.
And I hear they are congregating at the bus stop. (Bus stop?)
Stay tuned. We will get all our summer photos posted!
Miley is enjoying her time off as Dolltown journalist. Holiday!
She has brought a book and a hot cup of tea to the oceanside. Her peace and quiet doesn't last long...
It's Uley! He's happy to see Miley because he knows he's not allowed near the Ocean by himself.
Miley's okay with that! Book reading! Together!
But then Chris arrives. And Douglas, and Dixon.
And Will, and Owen...
The boys are restless. They didn't come to read tea time stories.
They heard the girls were here. They are looking for the girls.
Hey, that was ages ago! Where are you getting your info?
The boys mill about, as if lingering will bring the girls back.
Then they are gone.
For once, Miley has no idea what is going on in Dolltown.
She was hoping for some downtime.
Now what, Miley? Back to your book?
You look a little...stunned.
Relax, I've got this.
I told the boys I saw the girls back in Dolltown.
And if any other Dolltowners approach, I'll head them off at the pass, so to speak.
(I love to think I've got control here in Dolltown...)
Hey, Priscilla and the little girls!
What a picture of camaraderie! The girls really do get along... We do our best to keep them so busy they don't have time for spats. And of course we model kind words and generosity. We do!
The girls see Priscilla as a fun companion, despite her always-there grumpy look (and let's face it, seriously pessimistic and judgmental attitude). Kudos to the children!
And Priscilla was the one who offered to look after the kids' safety so they could come to the beach.
I was a little busy...
First, we'll set the scene.
We said we wanted a little sun....and look who showed up! Hey thanks, Sunny!
A chair for Priscilla, so she doesn't walk away in a huff (like she often does).
And Priscilla arrives with...a ring buoy! Way to go, Priscilla! I guess she noticed the Ellowyne lifeguards did NOT bring the "proper" safety devices. That's probably why she offered! Teach those Ellowyne girls a lesson! I want to say, "Whatever." At least she is here.
Priscilla also arrives with a little doll she was given, months ago (Christmas?). Phoebe and Fancy Nancy have noticed that Priscilla carries her willy-nilly. And today, the poor little dolly is upside down! You'd think Priscilla would have more empathy, being a doll herself. Nobody would dare carry Priscilla upside down!
Now, enjoy the photos of our Dolltown little children ocean beach fun. And today, for now, all girls!
Here come Kish and Oiya, both sporting ginger pigtails.
And Lilac Moon, in her lilac shoes, greets her little buddies, Vera and Gabby.
Gabby plays with the ring buoy. Lucky girl! Priscilla has a hard time saying no to Gabby.
And what's in the pail, girls? They are afraid to look in case there is a scary sea creature under the polka dots!
Shasta and Whoopi, our oldest little girls, arrive to play at the beach.
The shoes are coming off, Priscilla! keep an eye out!
Next step is wading, then you know what can happen! A child could be swept right out to sea!
Gabby crowns Shasta, our tallest little child. "Queen Shasta!", Gabby says.