Dolltown dolls arrived in the Community Center, where Christmas was set up before the sets changed and the tree and ornaments were borrowed for the Pop Up diorama downtown...
Guard One came down for some photos, between security shifts, and put the word out to the boys. He knew they'd love some of the ornaments and toys...
Chris and Douglas, brothers here in Dolltown, are joined by all our Chris Miller and Robin Woods boys.
They are remarkably cooperative together, and good buddies. I wonder if they are on the hunt for more things they can take back to their clubhouse.
(What else will fit in that trunk?)
And then Uley, our favorite (and only) Berdine Creedy boy comes to play, too...
Douglas sees the sled that he brought to Dolltown!
Chris and Douglas begins plans for a snow day!
Owen shows up, hearing the message from Guard One.
And the little Nutcrackers are gathered, enough to share with Will!
And Dixon arrives. H never did get his haircut, after he decided it was a great Harry Styles look.
Should we get out our scissors?
But boys don't care these days if they are mistaken for a girl (we've come a long way!)
Badger arrives in the overalls Scout found for him last Christmas...fond memories!
And red haired Uley came to play...
We have heard there are more Dolltowners coming to the Community Center!
It's the babies!
They've come for a little Christmas fun...
Now, we have just posted our Dee an Cee vintage twin babies...
And every photo is posting sideways until they are rotated.
Hope they are coming up vertical!
We have lots of Christmas baby photos...the little fame mongers!
The babies are all different sizes. Some are small because they are the babies of Dolltowners like Cindy and Darlene...
And some are just the right size for a human child to enjoy.
These twin babies are vintage Dee an Cee. They are drink and wet dolls and was that fun as a child!
Almost all the Tonner Ellowynes have come to enjoy a get together and, of course, to have photos taken.
Yelena and Gia are late due to business meetings in the City.
Dolltown Tonner guys are here, too...
The Tonner Ellowynes come in four sculpts...Ellowyne, Amber,Prudence, and Lizette.
Autumn is an Amber, as are the two with her.
Dolltown has three Prudences and the first here is our Noddy.
Olive and Bandy are the same doll, "Band Together".
Bandy, on the right, has had a faceup (inset eyes, paint) by Jim Dandy I am told.
The Lizettes, minus Gia with her copper afro and pink lips.
Robert Tonner began his Ellowyne sculpt in 2006, but our elder Yelena is not here at the Community Center yet...
Willow wearing her fluffy wig, and the guys...
Eddie, Wiz and Peter Parker, our Knox.
Well, we are hoping this group will stick around!
Come on, Ellos! Interact a little! Spread your joy around.
Life is not all business....
For more photos of the Ellos and the Tonner guys, head over to the Start Ups page!
The Dolltowners are arriving in droves for some Christmas fun!
The boys have gone back to their clubhouse but the word is out and look who's here!
Disney Toddler Princesses in their Etsy outfits, Kim lasher's Miley keeping an on things, and a variety of Christmas characters...
Who else? Scroll to see!
Snow White Rapunzel, and Merida...lovely to have these favorite characters.
Such funny dolls with their big eyes!
Children love them...they are so familiar with the Disney movies, so they feel they know these girls!
Magic Barbie, at least that's what we call her.
She says her name is Faye...
Vintage Cee n Dee's. Our Darlene and Cindy.
Their original short do is covered with silky Hannah wigs.
Love those faces! Sleep eyes...
Terri Lee's...the blond is from the 90's, and the brunette is a current sculpt, part of a series of four.
Love these chubby cheeked curvy girls, who are both children and grown ups!
Grown Ups here in Dolltown. Young adults looking after their now-vintage moms.
Somebody has to! I'm pretty busy!
Uley looks like he's giving a message to the Terri Lee's...
It's Joy! Our oldest porcelain (except for two still in a trunk), and she's only 20 years old or so.
A dime store doll. It was that smile...
And our Heidi Ott doll, a vinyl and cloth boy, so he's always sitting.
Unless we can find a good way to prop him!
And Joy has Worry Dolls! Great Christmas gifts!
A child told me today, when he spied a Nutcracker like these in our Doll Diorama...
"...but I don't think a Nutcracker is a doll.""
I finally met someone, from Europe, who says they all had these dolls, like our Owl below, as kids!
And I forgot to ask her what it was!
And, of course, our Monster highs.... Lovely girls. Really!
After you get to know them.
Some of our cloth dolls...we don't have many.
I made the sad faced ghost a loooong time ago.
(The one made out of girls/ tights, or leotards, that looks like a lump of potato)
And the other two are from two different eras. So cute.
Enjoy yourselves, Dolltowners!
Christmas comes but once a year....
(Look at Miley! She looks like she's gone to sleep with her eyes open!)
While the Dolltowners are enjoying some Christmas time together in the Community Centre, the Little Darlings are arriving at the Dolltown Library.
Jiyoon is already here. She is bringing out Christmas decorations, and Little Darling ribbons and bows.
The little girls are getting ready to decorate the Community Centre as soon as some more of the children are done. They are using the Dolltown Library until it's ready.
Shhh. Quiet, girls!
Zoey and Pearl are already ribboned up, since they are the first to go to the Community Center when it is time.
They know they are going to lead the decorating at the CC.
So they noticed that the Dolltown Library could use more decorations.
And they got busy, with Jiyoon...
Better head over to see when the Community Center will be free!
Jiyoon, you won't be alone for long!
I can hear some of the other Little Darlings arriving for some personal festooning!
Ribbons ready? Sparkles here?
Look at you girls all dressed up for Christmas!
The McCall girls are excited for Christmas! A Barbara, a Betsy, and a little Linda. Our Pamela, Nellie, and Vera.
And a Heartstrings Eva, a Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy, a Helen Kish, a Heidi Plusczok, and a Berdine Creedy. Such a great way to explore different doll designers!
We are going to post lots of photos because the girls all look so lovely and we haven't seen them for a while...
Here's the Heartstrings, our Phoebe, and a little Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy, and a ballet Helen Kish, our Kish.
Now a Linette Heidi Plusczok, our Oiya. Love her face!
And with her is Berdine Creedy's Lolly-Pop, our Lilac Moon.
Sweeties, both of them!
These two little girls, Oiya and Lilac Moon, are showing up in the next post.
With their friends Vera and Gabby...Gabby!
Stay tuned my friends.
Look at these excited girls!
They are gathering for a special Christmas present opening...with something for all the little girls!
Oiya and Lilac Moon were here early.
Then they are joined by Gabby and Vera.
And this sparkly bag shows up....
They wait patiently for Shasta to arrive, and out come the Christmas gifties and decorations!
Guard One brings little Phoebe, Kish, and Fancy Nancy...
And Silent Sam comes to take over for Guard One, who has to get back to his security duties.
Babysitting is not really a part of Guard One's job duties,
but he does find himself in charge of the children sometimes, as he watches over Dolltown.
Now Sam is Caregiver extraordinaire, ever since he arrived in Dolltown, and is often looking after the little ones.
He spends lots of time at Dolltown Daycare where all the children come and go.
And he is very happy to be a part of the Christmas festivities again this year!
Rosa has been chosen to be our Christmas Little Darling this year... How could she not? With red cheeks and green eyes, she is the color of Christmas! And she has a December birthday!
Rosa is very excited and a little nervous. This is her first Christmas in Dolltown and the spotlight is on her!
Rosa will wield the magic in our Decorate the Tree story coming up.
Lula comes to calm her and tell her that being the star of a story is fun!
Zoey and Pearl are going to be the emcees, so are here to check the acoustics.
And Birdy and Coco come to check the set...
Not quite ready!
The set looks pretty good. But every time we look something is different as we decide how to set up!
But it's time for Coco to change and get ready for the story.
Birdy helps her....
And Vikka arrives to tell the girls to get going over to the Dolltown Library.
It's time to decorate themselves! They have to take the ribbons and hair ties!
We hear there is a bowl of lace!
Stay tuned for the Little Darlings...getting festive for the Christmas stories!
Let's add some fun!
The Little Darlings arrived at the Dolltown Library two by two, and three by three to festive-up.
Jiyoon was waiting there with ribbons and...a bowl of lace from Aunty Maryann!
Jiyoon herself chose the red lace and fashioned it around her waist like a little peplum. Then she added a Christmas candy waist band to finish off her outfit.
Jiyoon didn't feel she needed to add anything more, not even a hair ribbon.
And Birdy, and Chantal thought just a hair ribbon will do.
Scout, Lula, and Evie coordinated their ribbons! Good friends!
But some of the girls (Tink and Xennia) thought...more is better! Bring on the lace! The hair bands! The waist bands The ribbons!
First, Scout helps Rosa find a Christmas wand, for her Christmas magic...
A red ribbon for Birdy, a green ribbon for Chantal, and Faith thought her dress was fancy enough!
And with that, all the Little Darlings, were ready for their next event...Christmas Tree decorating!
At the Community Center!
Vikka has scooted all the girls to the Community Center, now they are dressed up and ready.
She is drawn to the lace and ribbons, and takes a few minutes to choose a little red to accessorize her favorite black and whites...
Better hurry, Vikka!
You know you are always needed for the set changes, and lining up the girls!
It's so peaceful, no wonder she lingers...,,
And with that, the Dolltown Library was empty.
The bowl of lace was all tidied up, thanks to dear Vikka.
And what you didn't see was Vikka quickly taking a little piece of the pretty lace.
It was trailing behind her like a breath of snow as she flew off to the CC.
Vikka and lace? We'll see...
It's time to decorate the Community Center Christmas Tree, again!
The Little Darlings were promised, they have prepared and are all ribboned up, and now their story begins...
The bucket of tree decorations are ready. The garlands are piled high.
Rosa is waving her magic Christmas wand to clear the tree, ready for our festive adornments.
The Little Darlings get to choose their favorite to put on the little tree!
Let's get started!
Thank you, Rosa! Well done! Your first act of Christmas magic!
Now here are our Christmas Tree Decorating Guides, Pearl and Zoey.
They will make sure the tree is decorated in an orderly fashion!
And that everyone has a turn...
What is in the big Christmas gift bag I wonder?
And with that introduction from Pearl and Zoey, the first girls arrive.
It's Scout, Evie, and Lula Star!
Oh good, because they are hardworking, get-it-done girls!
And the tree needs garlands and a tree angel before the ornaments go up.
And will they notice the big gift bag? Of course!
And with the last two decorations that Lula put on the tree, this trio was off, to clear the way for the next.
Lovely job, girls! Rosa is admiring all the decorating you did!
Now, who's next?
Oh yes! A bright little group!
Before we go, just a note here, because this part of the story brings tears to my eyes...
I have three wonderful kids, Tasya in London (where Maggie is living now), Sol on the Island, and Lani in Melbourne.
As children, they would help me decorate. And when they moved away, they would bring me, or send me, Christmas ornaments they knew I would like...
Last year, Lula spent Christmas with my youngest in Melbourne.
So, in the story, Lula leaves the CC to find the funny long decorations that she knows came from Lani, years ago.
So just posting these photos with the Little Darlings is a memorable experience of past Christmases and my love for my family...
And I feel thankful for my blessings. I hope you all have a blessed season also.
Now, on with the story...
It's Tink, Xennia, and Jiyoon!
The last trio of workers, Scout, Lula, and Evie left to sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the story. They wouldn't miss Tink and Xennia, and little miss Jiyoon!
Rosa was admiring the tree. She noticed the yellow flowers leftover from the summer, and does a little Christmas magic, adding a red sparkle bow to camouflage the flowers. Nice idea, Rosa!
Pearl and Zoey come to check on the tree so far...nice!
But it needs...more!
So they are happy when Jiyoon is next. and brings her bright and cheery friends, Tink and Xennia.
Well, Xennia is cheery when things are going her way, or when she is not watching a sad movie, or listening to a baby cry.
Will decorating the tree keep her happy?
Tink helps her find an ornament that she knows Xennia will like.
Jiyoon has no trouble finding the one she likes!
Here we go!
Well, that's it for this little group! An affectionate bunch!
A butterfly, a stocking full of gifts, and a teddy bear are now dangling from the Christmas Tree!
Thanks Jiyoon, Tink and Xennia!
Now get yourself some snacks while more decorations are added by our next Little Darlings!
Who's next? Stay tuned!
Rosa, Christmas Darling
MC's Pearl and Zoey
Birdy and Coco
Chantal and Faith
Zoey and Pearl are proud of Tink and Xennia.
They picked one ornament and put it up on the tree!
Is it Jiyoon's calming influence, do you think?
Now, there are still ornaments, and more girls to put them up!
Who's next? Birdy! With Coco!
I bet Birdy chooses the sparkly bird ornament.
But what will little Coco choose?
And then it's Chantal and Faith...
You know, Pearl and Zoey will have almost the last choices.
Whatever is left Rosa will do!
Rosa is doing very well as Christmas Darling!
Well, all the Little Darlings are done at any rate.
You never know who might show up next!
But lots of our favorite ornaments are on the tree now...
Well done, Rosa!
From start to finish, everything went wonderfully!
Now, Vikka is on her way, so just rest until she gets here, dear!
Poor little Rosa...I think she's in a daze from all that excitement!
Vikka, our set changer, prop mover, and general run-around-and-help girl showed up to help tidy up our Community Center after the Little Darling tree decorating event!
We left Rosa sitting on the floor, so tired she couldn't even put up one more ornament on the tree after the other girls had gone.
Vikka came to send her home for a nap, where the other girls were already snuggled!
Vikka, is that a...uh...peplum of lace around your waist? How sweet!
(Vikka is a usually a clothes minimalist, a black and white only girl, so we love to get her in adorable things, just for fun! Maybe she likes it, from the look of that peplum with her red ribbon...)
Relax now, Rosa! You've earned a rest!
Lovely, Vikka! A red star for our little tree angel!
Now all seems quiet, but we hear packages are arriving!
Well, that got the girls up in a hurry!
We have packages arriving!
First is an envelope from Montreal...who can it be from?
Pachom! Our beloved dressmaker, momma of baby twins!
And the envelope is fat and soft, which can only mean...
Pachom has sent us surprises before...that's how our boys got pants!
Rosa, our Christmas Darling, is delivering the envelope to the Community Center, and I have called Zoey and Pearl... The three are allowed to open the envelope and see what it is!
A small reward for their parts in the Christmas Tree Decorating story.
Zoey is wearing one of Pachom's perfect little dresses, from last Christmas!
Let's see what it is, girls!
Thank you, dear Pachom! From all of us in Dolltown!
That scarf set is going to fit quite a few of our dollies, so Pearl and Zoey are off to make a list.
Who gets to wear it first, (and why), who's next, for how long. And where to put it back for the next dolly.
Those girls are so organized!
There is also a big box, just arrived...another surprise for the Little Darlings!
We've been tracking it for days.
We know who it is from!
And the Darlings are going to be thrilled. Tres heureux!
Now, when shall we tell them? We can't wait ourselves!
April, talented Fashion Doll Stylist, sent us a package for Christmas.
She let me know that it was coming, that she had returned from Paris with a few things for the Little Darlings. She has become fond of them, as we are of her beautiful, and beautifully dressed, divas!
It seems far fetched, but a few of the Little Darlings snuck out of Dolltown last June, with some chaperones, of course, and headed for Paris, where April has an apartment.... But that's another story!
I didn't breathe a word to the girls about the package.
But here it is, and it wasn't long before several of the girls heard about it.
And Priscilla too! She was with the Paris girls...
A parcel! With gifts from April! And from Paris!
We are so excited... Let's open it!
The girls are beside themselves! A box packed full...
There's postcards, of the Mona Lisa, and Paris itself.
And treats! For dolls and humans!
(Can we say friandises? We must learn more French!)
And two Eiffel Towers!
A little one that Birdy gave to Priscilla to keep safe for them. (And to make her happy!)
And one that is a real 3D Eiffel Tower for the girls to color and assemble! Imagine!
So Dolltown can have its own French Quarter!
And there are tiny bunnies-stuffies for the girls!
And the loveliest note from April herself. With drawings!
Because that is just one of the things that April does as a part of being a world famous designer of doll couture.
Just saying that makes us all feel very lucky here, to have April and all her beautiful girls as Dolltown friends.
April! The Little Darlings and Priscilla say Merci Beaucoup!
The girls stopped long enough for a photo and a wave. Then ran off to tell the others.
There's enough to share.
Because it's Christmas, and we are feeling blessed.
Can you pass the caramels, girls, before you go?
And bring me some pencil crayons? Thank you, darlings...
And thank you, dear April. Merci!
So very tidy after the excitement and unboxing of the Paris gifts.
The girls have decorated even Sparkly Nutcracker, we see.
Where are the girls? And where is the 3D Eiffel Tower to color? For now, it's quiet...
Here are some photos up close, of a few things in our Christmas scene.
And who's watching, from a perch to the side?
Sky, and a little blond babydoll...like a grandmother and her grandbaby watching a Christmas Play together.