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Getting Ready for the Eiffel Tower Project, Phase Two

-Our Eiffel Tower cardboard model was colored beautifully back in January. It was a welcome gift from April and arrived in a box of other goodies at Christmas.


After the Little Darlings added their favorite colors to the flower and butterfly designs back in winter, we put the model away until spring arrived. Then the children could assemble the Eiffel Tower outside.


We decided to put it together in front of our Garden Shed where all the children come to play.


Vikka has once again set up our diorama, with a little advice from Garden Fairy.


And no sooner had Vikka announced her completion, than our May girl, Faith, and her buddy Jiyoon arrived.


Faith will be deciding how the next step in handled....

Thank you, Vikka! Well done!

We can see our coloring peeking through...

Faith and Jiyoon are here ready to discuss plans for the assembly.

Any ideas?


Little Darlings at the Picket Fence

It's Faith!

Faith is our May girl. She is wearing a new pretty gingham dress by Susan Elizabeth, all the way from the UK.


And the dress came with pantaloons, and a great big bow! The girls were so impressed with this bow, when they changed out of their Spring Celebration dresses, they all chose to wear hairbows with their outfits!



The girls are all meeting at the picket fence. And then they are on their way garden shed, where the Eiffel Tower model is waiting for them.


Will the model be easy...or challenging?

I wear my red shoes each time I go to town...

Where are the rest of the girls?

Most of the girls are on their way to the garden shed now, to work on their Eiffel Tower project.

Just Evie, Lula, and Scout are lagging behind.

They've invited the boys...



Catch Up With Conner!

Conner is all a twitter!

She is getting ready for a trip to France with April...


April, Fashion Doll Stylist, is returning to her Paris apartment for several weeks. And she is taking Little Darling Conner with her!


April doesn't need to take many doll models with her. She works with her Paris Divas when she is there. April and Conner traveling light. They are planning their wardrobes carefully.


For April, that's three black tshirts, two black jeans, a black jacket with big pockets (for Conner and some chocolate), and black flats. Now, that may not be completely accurate, but what I gather wardrobe for April (it's Paris, right?)


Conner, on the other hand just had a brand new dress made for her. Very pretty, Conner! And she gets to take all her new shoes (April makes her shoes...what?). She has a very French red beret! Conner has been very excited and she is sharing her plans with Birdy, Faith, and the girls. 


"We are going to doll museums and bridges with love locks, and I get to see the real Eiffel Tower!"


Of course her Dolltown friends here asked to go along in her suitcase and Conner laughed and laughed. "It's not that easy!", she said. Then she blew us lots of kisses and promised to send lots of photos!


Looking cute, Conner! Love the beret!


Update: Conner and April have arrived in Paris. And sure enough they are sending photos!

We are amazed! Stay tuned for another catch up with Conner....Conner in Paris.


And, of course our Little Darlings are inspired now to get out our Eiffel Tower model, from April herself. All colored and ready to be assembled! Exciting!


A French Picnic in the Forest!

A picnic basket full of dolly food from Paris!


We received this delectable gift from Auntie April at Christmas time!

That's Fashion Doll Stylist April... Not only did she send us a box of Christmas goodies and a beautiful paper model of the Eiffel Tower, she included something to look forward the spring.


At least that is the fast talking I had to do at the time. I didn't want the picnic basket emptied and the food eaten under the Christmas tree!

The Dolltowners argued at first. The sign on the basket said it was for Dollies Only. So, why can't the Dollies decide when?


In the end, I won out and this picnic was tucked away for months. And now...our first big outing of the year.

Bring on la pizza! That's pizza in French.

The three little Amigas brought the picnic. Then left.

We only have a few photos. I didn't want to miss out on the macarons and got stuck in the line up. Very popular, those macarons!


Now, all the children made it to the picnic. 

And all the food was eaten-the pizza, the Camembert cheese, the salmon...

But Aunt April promised she would refill our basket next time she was in Paris.

And Conner can remind her if she gets distracted with her divas and doll couture!


We are providing a flat lay photo. so April remembers our favourites.

And Vera helps...she has been sticking by our side!


See April? It's a visual grocery list!

Okay, our golden fish snuck in.

The children are asking for double the macarons next time.

Say s'il vous plait, please!


And here's Vikka, our prop changer.

She has come to gather little Vera and all the others.

Picnic done. Time for Spring Celebration

And...that's all done!

One more catch up and we will be all caught up.


Next up...Conner!

At Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls.

What has Conner been up to?


The Children at the Dolltown River

In April, the Little Darlings, the Sashas, and friends were exploring a birchbark canoe, and all its fascinating contents.


Then we brought more of the children to the river to see the canoe, the gold fish, the beads...


And there was a picnic!


But before we had time to post all those photos, Easter arrived and all the Dolltowners spiffed up for a big egg hunt at the river with Bunny!

There were lots of photos of the spring celebration and we just got them all posted.

NOW we can get back to our canoe story...with more children coming to see the treasures!


The Little Darlings had just headed off into the forest, and these boys arrived.

And Asia brought buddies Gabby, Lilac Moon, and Oiya...

(These girls had just returned from an adventure at Aunt Jackie's)

The McCall girls, Pamela and Nellie, brought the rest of the little girls Shasta, Whoopi, Phoebe, and Kish.

(Almost all of them...where's little Vera?)

The other kids are making lots of noise in the forest!

Asia heads into the trees with some of the children to join the fun.

While Kish and Phoebe pretend they are canoeing on the river,

Nellie and Pamela tidy up the girls'coats. 

The picnic is on its way!


Princesses at the River

Okay, so the Disney Princesses don't do more here than pose for the camera.

But look how happy they are!


I'm sure they are a part of some adventure involving princes, castles, and happy endings.


But they were kind enough to take a few moments, and come to the Dolltown River for some photos with Bunny.


I bribed them with new dresses. That works every time. Or it would if I had new dresses for them every time! 


I am testing dresses from Prairie Moon in different sizes. We have enough girls for a dress to fit someone!


However, once again, these Princesses are odd ones to dress. Their proportions are surprising!

They are the only ones slim enough in the torso to wear these, but two of them are too long!

Too long for active Dolltown activities...tree climbing, puddle wading, frog hunting.

But not too long for a princess dress, when I think about it! So we are good.

And...Merida, Rapunzel, and Snow White are happy!

These girls love posing...they are used to fawning attention.

They wanted tea served in pretty cups, and music...maybe harps, playing in the background.

They thought we might clear the "floor" for dancing.

Hmmm...some other time, girls.

Don't you three have an adventure to get back to?



Little Darling Egg Hunt Photos

It is so fun for all the girls to get dressed up, and then play in the forest hunting for eggs!

Here are a few more photos of a few of our Dolltown Little Darlings....

There's Chantal, Birdy on the bike (and off), and Rosa.

Then Jiyoon comes, spending time with Bunny!

The last photos show some of the details of Xennia's Tomi Jane beautiful Tea Dress...

See the tiny buttons attached, to match the scale of the dress and other details?

I caught these photos while Xennia was taking a nap on Big Bunny, just before the hunt!


I'm sure Xennia will want a nap again after she eats those pretty candy eggs!

But she has been told she has to change her dress before her nap.

(Why didn't I tell her she has to change before she eats the eggs?

Excuse me, I have to go. Chocolate melts in little hands...)


Easter Egg Hunt Report #2

Bunny is left with an almost empty china egg, after the little children scooped until their bags were full...


Now what? No worries. There is an unending supply of candy eggs as long as we keep Bunny around in Dolltown.

We give him carrots. He gives us candy...

And chocolate. 


Here come the boys...

The girls won't be far behind. They were hunting for eggs together in the forest.





The boys arrive with a buggy of eggs.

Some of the girls arrive with a bag of eggs.

There's a swap, a departure, and an arrival of a flower cart (more eggs), and more of the girls arrive.

Okay, a flower cart full of chocolate eggs covered in pastel sweets.

That should do you, girls! Enough to share!

Off you go with them, Birdy! Careful not to tip it!


They went that way, Jiyoon...

Why are you late, and by yourself?

I hope you weren't alone in the forest....

(Okay, she was fine. The Sashas were there, a few Stuffy Bunnies, and I am sure Guard One was lurking nearby. He's on security duty. That sounds better than "babysitting". Right?)

Now, a few more photos shortly, just because...


The Egg Hunt Report!

Bunny has spent a whole year in Dolltown! Last year he decided it was such a great place that he would stay. Except for the times he has to leave to hide eggs all over the world.


Of course he makes time to hide eggs in Dolltown! And this year he hid lots of little eggs in the forest near the river. The children have hunted and hunted for all the eggs they could find!


Here is Bunny with a china egg, full of eggs that the little children found...under leaves, tucked in tree bark, and behind twigs and roots.


And here come the little children...

The little children went to fetch little bags, when Bunny told them they couldn't take the china egg.

He heard them making plans to tape it up and roll it back to Dolltown!

Vera said she would stay and keep an eye on the eggs.

But we noticed she was munching them while she waited... Who wouldn't?


Iplehouse Aira and Odelle on the Bridge

Meanwhile, the Iple girls have emerged.

While everyone is at the River, they have made it to the bridge.

First Aira, then Odelle...

So, what's up, Odelle?

Where has Aira gone? And where are Raven and the boys?

Are you heading to the River?

I don't want to call them tight lipped, but I don't always get an answer!

I guess we'll see....


Xennia Borrows Priscilla's Bike

Priscilla biked to the Dolltown River clearing to catch up with all her friends... 

No one there! The kids are still in the forest hunting eggs!


But then Xennia showed up with her little rainbow bunny. And asked Priscilla if she could take the bike for a ride.


She didn't wait for Priscilla to say yes, but took off. Her bunny had to do some fast hopping to keep up!


And Priscilla looked a little miffed (as she often does) and grabbed up our tiny bunny couple.

I think they were a little surprised.

I think they wondered what she was going to do with them!


Hey, Priscilla!

What are you doing with our bunnies?

Oh's Easter Bunny to keep an eye on the situation.

Just stick around, Priscilla! There's chocolate eggs coming, we hear...



More photos of the Little Girls, All Dressed Up!

Most of the little girls got new dresses for the Spring Celebration...and even tiny Phoebe is dressed in a new outfit.


And they wanted more photos!


We thought they looked pretty cute so we complied...


Here are buddies Oiya, Whoopi, and Shasta. (Ever since the Sashas arrived on the scene we have been mixing up Shasta's name. Look for a change here, folks! We'll let Shasta pick this time...maybe)


Oiya and several of the girls are wearing Prairie Moon dresses. But Shasta is a little tall. Almost as tall as the Little Darlings!

So she is wearing a dress from a brand new source, Chantal at barb2cinn, on eBay.

A Heidi Ott, a Berenguer, and a Tiny Shawl Dancer by Dianna Effner.

This is a little Berdine Creedy...very sweet articulated girl. 

We call her Lilac Moon. She has purple eyes.

Two little Tonners, a Patsy and a Linda McCall.

Our Gabby with Lilac Moon and little Vera...


Kish, our lovely little Helen Kish...

She is delicate, a ballerina.

It's Fancy Nancy! A little Madame Alexander....

We love Fancy Nancy stories!

Fancy Nancy is wearing a pretty dress we found on a small porcelain.

She is very happy with it. Bright with circles! And puffed sleeves!

Our Phoebe, child prodigy, dressed in whimsy.

A tiny Heartstrings, a Dianna Effner sculpt.

A long legged Berenguer, our Whoopi.

Very cute with those big eyes...

Oiya! An adorable  Heidi Plusczok. Articulated and always on the move.

I think she led the pack of car-escapers not long ago.

She's not talking. She lets us think it was Gabby's idea.... 

Oiya and Uley, another Berdine Creedy, go on nature adventures together...

And Bobby! We don't see a lot of Bobby...he is usually happy to stay at our Dolltown Daycare.

Uley likes to hang out with the older boys, so I imagine they'll be emerging from the forest soon,

laden with chocolate eggs, from the egg hunt.

I think I can hear them coming!



Little Phoebe Gets Her Own Outfit!

It's Phoebe with her friend Fancy Nancy, and bunnies...

Phoebe is our tiniest girl (if we don't count the babies).  She's so little that she has no one to share clothes with.


 And I am horrified to admit that her one pretty yellow dress is missing! How could I? 


All she has now is her own bathing suit!

So she has had to borrow some clothes so she could take part in some of our Dolltown activities! Rolled up pants, tshirts pinned at the back...


Thank goodness we found this tiny knit dress, (with a red hooded cape!) in an old chocolate box! She has worn it for several events with different ribbons.


Phoebe is a lovely, kind thing and she's very very smart. A child prodigy actually. (Doll prodigy?)

She deserves her own outfit!

I thought it was time... 


At the right moment I called her to open her package...

Look at those colors! What little girl wouldn't want a new outfit like that!

I think Fancy Nancy is hoping it will fit her too!

Off Phoebe goes to try it on!

Fancy Nancy and the bunnies wait for her...

Wow! Perfect fit! Tres cute! What do you think, Phoebe?

The bunnies love it!

Phoebe is excited!

And good friend Kish comes to see little Phoebe in her new, colorful play outfit!

For this momentous event, I brought out the last of the Easter Peeps!

Go for it, girls! But don't get any on your new clothes! 



Sashas and the Little Girls!


My kids' Sashas, now Dolltowners, got to dress up for Easter too.

Well, the girls did anyway. Archie looks just fine!


Bethany and Asia got to wear Pachom Suesuwan dresses. And red haired Channing is wearing a brand new dress from a brand new source! Every now and then I try out a new dress designer for the bigger girls. 

And that means the Sasha girls have clothes to wear! I can resist the pretty Sasha clothes! For now...


And the little girls joined the Sashas in brand new dresses too! They are very joyful, because usually they just exchange dresses for something "new" to wear. But these dresses are from Joyce, at prairiemoondesigns on eBay. And anyone who shops with Joyce know that most of these girls got new dresses for the price of what one dress usually costs. I don't want to even talk about it because I feel so lucky! These have lovely patterns, and are well made. Shhh. Our secret!


The Sashas stepped aside so the little girls could get a photo by themselves.

And first we gathered the girls with Joyce's Prairie Moon dresses!

Look at those colors!

The little boys, Uley and Bobby, joined their friends.

And the bunnies came back! 

That means the eggs are hidden! And that's where the rest of the children are!

We can hear squeals of delight in the forest nearby...

The photos were taken on our celebration day, of course. It takes a while to post all the fun!

It was time to take the little ones to find some eggs!



Tomi Jane One Offs...

The girls are at the river in their pretty Tomi Janes.

I overheard snippets of conversations...


I wonder what Tomi would think if she heard them?

We do our best to be good. As good as the dresses are!

But things get away on us a little here...


Lula, it's "Where are the eggs, please?

Who suggested climbing trees anyway? This is a dress up event!

And Xennia, I don't think one is allowed to nap in a Tomi Jane.... Xennia?

I do think the girls would do their best if invited for tea to Tomi's, with her excellent girls.

I would teach my girls how to hold a tea cup, and how to nibble on their little sandwiches.

And tell them not to put the pretty cakes in their pockets to bring home, if there are any left.

(I won't let them even bring a pretty purse, in case!)


So Tomi, if you would ever like us to come for tea, we'll hop a plane! (So exciting!)

Just give me a couple of months to pass on to my girls good Tea Time Tips!




Little Darlings Dress Up for a Spring Celebration!

It's Easter time here...

We enjoy a Spring Celebration!

Flowers, bunnies, eggs, babies, sweet treats, and we love an egg hunt!


We decided to have our celebration at the Dolltown River clearing! Ernie and Vikka arrived to get the clearing ready...moving the canoe and laying out the pretty pink quilt. And they brought in our Big Bunny, who came for photos, and stayed when the Little Darlings arrived!

He became a part of the setting! He was climbed on, laid on, and disappeared behind the girls when they all lined up!


The girls are dressed in their finest spring dresses. including our Tomi Janes!

And Xennia got to wear the newest Tomi Jane dress, a lovely checked aqua and white tiered...well here... Just look at the photos! A picture is worth a thousand words!


Thank goodness for these two! How would we ever get events done!

You two should start an Events Planner company!

(Unless it means that I would have to pay.

Wait a minute! I take that idea back!)

Thanks, Vikka and Ernie!

(Vikka, you deserve a rest! Unless you want to go and gather eggs for the hunt?)


Everything looks ready for the Spring celebration...

It's Big Bunny, Easter Bunny, and our two little Christmas bunnies from April!

And Xennia, our girl of the month, is feeling all that in a pretty new spring dress...

All the Little Darlings above are in Tomi Jane dresses. Very pretty, girls!

That's Pearl and Birdy in the blue and red Colorways dresses.

And Lula and Scout in pink and aqua. 

Xennia lies down for  rest after all those photos.

And it gives us a chance to see the little buttons on the back of her dress...


Enjoy the rest of the photo story...words later. 

Here's Tink in a sweet Erin Green dress (also perfect for fall!)

Zoey and Evie arrive with a pretty rainbow bunny gift for Xennia, our LD of the month!

Lucky girl!

(It's not new. The girls just find something that everyone in Dolltown shares, and give it as a gift!

But now, Xennia gets dibs on playing with it. Dolltown rules!)

Awww, little bunny romance!

Rosa arrives, in an Easter bonnet!

And in a pretty dress from Joyce at prairiemoon.

Evie is wearing a favorite Pachom Suesuwan dress.

And Zoey is in this purple beauty from Kathy Groulx at TKCT Crafts....

And here we have Jiyoon in a black and white dress from Sue Toyes at toyestinytreasures.

Faith is in a fashionable blue and white Alison Austin.

And Chantal wears a rose print dress for TKCT Crafts, with a soft pink shrug from Kay Marie Treble.


So, the girls wear a variety of dresses from wonderful cottage industry sources.

The work done is very pretty. I hope to add the sources links.

For most links...hop over to our page, Doll Dressmakers.


And now, you'll excuse us, but the egg hunt is about to start!

Sorry, there are no photos. I got involved myself and forgot!


Happy Easter and Spring from all of us!


Tink, Priscilla, and sticky Peeps!

During our early March Easter photo shoot, I opened a package of Peeps...

When Priscilla arrived on the scene, generous little Tink offered the rest of hers.


Priscilla liked the sweet, but is not impressed with the mess it makes.

Bath time for Priscilla!


Our New Tomi Jane Dress...

A story of a new dress from Tomi Jane, a favorite dressmaker in Dolltown... It has been tucked away in tissue for months!
It's Easter week! But the Little Darlings are still at the river and aren't ready to fancy up. They have a very special picnic to enjoy yet!
But I have their dresses laid out for them for when they return from their river outing.
And we are going to have fun because over the year, when I cash in my sparkly water cans, I hunt for basic separates for our active Dolltown lives...or I spring for a special dress.
Last fall while window shopping on eBay, I found this special dress. It is a Tomi Jane Tea Dress. And I am such a Tomi Jane fan!
So I spent all my soda can money on this one dress. And that's why my girls had to wear sock dresses for Valentine's!

Chantal got to try this pretty aqua dress when it arrived, and we sent her photo to Tomi with a thank you. Then we put it away until spring. And it's spring!
Now, who will get to wear it when the girls get all fancied up in our prettiest dresses?
We'll see!
And over the months we have gathered other lovely dresses, from wonderful dressmakers!
We are looking forward to tea time and egg hunts in the garden, all dressed up.
If only it would warm up a little!
We are so over sweaters. It has been a loooong winter!
I have set up a whole page for Tomi Jane on our Hiya Dolly site. And I am gathering our Tomi Jane stories and photos....

Flowers, Bunnies, and...Peeps!

But wait! Lots of people are celebrating Easter this weekend! And we have fond childhood memories!

So let's take a few minutes, in the middle of our River outing... 


It's Xennia! Our April Little Darling!

The month of new spring and babies!


We took lots of photos of our girls in their Nataliya dresses, in early March. We also grouped the girls in all kinds of ways to get to know them, like which artist made them...


While we were at it, we took some Easter themed photos. We know we get busy. And the girls were perfectly dressed for this pastel fashion opportunity!


We love the Easter and Spring symbols...

Bunnies, eggs, chicks, babies, flowers, butterflies, blue sky and all pastels!

Chocolate and...Peeps!

The girls were thrilled when I brought in some of these popular sweets.

If I was a child I could understand the appeal for this popular candy!


Sweetness, stickiness galore! There was a lot of finger licking after this photo shoot...


Another Easter post coming, with Tink, Priscilla, and more Peeps!

And check out our 2016 Easter celebrations!




The Birchbark Canoe, a Gold Fish, and a Pocket Watch...

We left these kids, with Archie and the beautiful birchbark canoe, on the banks of the Dolltown River. They found a plant fossil in the canoe, a long moosehide belt, and some beads!


They lifted the canoe up so they could see more. And then they headed downstream to find a little tributary or puddle to try out the tiny canoe...


Then Channing arrived with the girls who had been at the Country Music Museum, still in their rodeo outfits...


And they made several more amazing finds in the canoe! 

Family treasures that fascinate the children!



And there is a brief quiet at the Dolltown River clearing as one group leaves. 

Just the sounds of the birds chirping, and water splashing.

(Water splashing? Wait, did I leave the water on in the kitchen?)

Channing, Lula, and Evie at the River...

Wait til Lula finds the rock fossil! Lula loves rocks.

Xennia, Tink, and Owen arrive too...

And Lula finds the rock fossil the other kids found in the canoe!

And Evie admires the beading!

The children check out the moosehide, the fossil rock, the beads...

And then Tink and Xennia find a golden fish and an old gold pocket watch.

After chatting about the treasures, these kids decide to find their friends. 

They can hear laughter downstream...

It's just as well that they are on the way!

We can hear another group arriving from upstream!

There is just so much space in this little clearing!