Ballet Recital! Visit to Grace's! And Daphne's Birthday!

Children's Ballet Recital

Dianna Effner Little Darling Doll by Geri Uribe, OOAK Cloth ballet doll

Wotta busy week!

Last Sunday we attended a sweet ballet dance recital, complete with tea in tea cups and slivers of lemon cheesecake...


Maggie got to go, in her pretty pinafore dress. And we found dolls!

A ballet mom makes these lovely long limbed cloth dolls in tutus and toe shoes (made from satin ribbon). One of them really wanted to come to Dolltown. Yes! Maggie and Ballet Doll quickly became friends, giggling over whispered stories.

They hopped on stage for a twirl or two, then returned to the table for sips of sweet tea!

Kim Lasher Miley doll, OOAK Cloth Ballet Doll, Dianna Effner Little Darling

Back in Dolltown, Ballet Doll met Miley, making herself at home. Look at Tink! She loves newcomers. 

Should we call our new girl Nina?

Time With Grace

Grace, our Traditional Acupuncturist, looks like she's taken with our new Ballet Doll!

Grace, fashion hat, OOAK Ballet Doll

Grace does have her own Acupuncture Doll! Not sure how cuddly she is! Jiyoon says hi!

Dianna Effner Little Darling, Acupuncture Doll

And more dolls are showing up at Grace's place! This looks like a baby Buddha in her succulents!

Little Buddha, Fairy Garden

Happy Birthday, Daphne!

Daphne's Garden, Willow Tree

Set on the Nicola River, this beautiful garden is where Daphne spends most of her time. Flowers and vegetables, water features and massive willows. I do my best to keep the girls on the walkways! They like to run off and explore under the big leaves, looking for spiders and little snakes.

Daphne's Garden

Daphne has just set up a greenhouse that's much bigger than our doll studio! We spend time in there, when she let's us in (I broke an orchid once), and share stories... dolls and plants! The girls like to settle in on Sookie's pillows, hoping he'll come and sit on their laps.

bird feeder, Dianna Effner Little Darling, plant nursery

Xennia! How did you get up there! And Zoey is wondering how you are going to get down. So, before Eve could figure out how to join Xennia, Zoey alerted me and I swooped all three away to see Garden Buddha.

Daphne's Garden, Dianna Effner Little Darling, Buddha, Garden Buddha

And here's Zoey with a big Garden Buddha. There is a peaceful water feature just behind them.  But it doesn't stop the girls from using him as a climbing apparatus for dolls!

He doesn't seem to mind...

Dianna Effner Little Darling, red rose

Daphne has a way with plants. Xennia likes the sweet smell of this red rose. But there are hundreds of different flowers to stick their little noses close to. We brought home a vase of mock orange branches. Mmmmm.

Dianna Effner, garden trellis, Daphne's Garden

Xennia and Eve climbed up the trellises  in Daphne's Garden. "Save us from the giant beast!" they teased Daphne about Sookie, her adorable, well behaved, and tiny dog.

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    April (Wednesday, 15 June 2016 18:33) are certainly have had LOTS and LOTS to do!!!! Looks like the Little Darlings are getting into just about everything. What is nice is to see how they make friends so easily even with the statues in the garden!!!

  • #2

    Jano (Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:19)

    Hahaha...maybe that's why I fell asleep this afternoon for a while!
    I always take a dolly with me...or two, in case I have a photo op.
    And my girls get to know the locations where they can play, or visit other dolls.
    But they have to make do with Buddha statues, acupuncture dolls, and small dogs because I am the only doll collector I know in town, so far. And at least amongst my friends...who are a little confounded by my "new" hobby. I used to show up at their places with education pdf's to discuss, or new coaching info... :)
    Do your girls hop into your tote for the possibility of a photo op?
    At a brasserie or Whole Foods?

  • #3

    April (Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:08)

    Oh yessss... My girls slip into my on board bag before I leave for the airport. They slip into my handbag when I leave my apartment. It's why I sometimes use my travel vest (with 22 pockets) instead of carrying a handbag so I can have some alone time in Paris!

  • #4

    Jano (Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:48)

    Hahaha. I like it. Your girls must get miffed when they realize they are still in the handbag and you have just swooshed out the door. Just a whiff of perfume left in the air.
    When you have a minute, check out a very early blog post (for me).
    Coming to grips with immersion in the doll world.