Here's Uley in the rose garden, before the classroom opened up so the friends could get busy on the Eiffel Tower. You see Uley in a poster on the chalkboard in the classroom. He's pretty excited when he sees himself up there!
Birdy and Rosa get going on the model, with Uley and Will, using the drawings on the instructions to make the top of the base, and put the feet on the tower...
Uley is proud of the work they did. Now the model will be sturdy for the next step!
I wonder who is on the way for the next part?
Send them in!
We are getting there!
The Eiffel Tower arrived at Christmas, in a package from April, Fashion Doll Stylist...
In January we got it out and colored it, over several sessions. Then we put it away until warm weather arrived.
We started setting it up in the Play Yard, then moved it into the classroom when the weather turned rainy.
And the last batch of tower builders got the base finished, ready for the next level.
Now we can see all our coloring work coming together! Exciting!
And our gang of three, Evie, Lula, and Scout, have brought their boy buddies to help...
There! Ready for the final stage! Well done, kids!
(Although the boys seemed to do more girl watching than work.
These three go getters didn't give them much of a chance!)
Evie, Lula and Scout have gone to get the girls who started it off! The glitter girls!
Good luck! Everyone is scattered-in the garden hanging out with the 3 Paola Reina girls, inside changing into summer dresses... (It's hot now!)
Meanwhile, Gabby has heard about the Tower progress and has come to check it out!
Don't break it, Gabby! Please!
Okay, that's enough exploring for now!
Let's find you some friends to play with, okay Gabby?
I hope the other girls come soon.
I can't stay here all day, watching a motionless tower!
I have a shoe to find, in the prickly rose garden...
The Little Darlings have been called in to get changed. It's time for the last of the Eiffel Tower to go up. And then there will be a group photo!
The girls are hanging out with their friends, the Paola Reina Amigas, from Spain.
(Well, our Amigas came from the shop in Canada, in lovely boxes and in pretty clothes.)
Pearl and Chantal are chatting up Quilla, with her golden hair.
"What?", Pearl says to me. "We're busy!"
Now that's not like Pearl... Does it have to do with the fact that last month I let them choose their own dresses? And Pearl had never worn the little bumblebee and ladybug dress before?
Maybe she doesn't want to change!
Quilla and I had a chance to take a couple of photos before the others came...
Here are the other Paola Reina Amigas-Ling and Undeen, with LD's Pearl and Chantal.
We left the three Amigas in the garden...
And Chantal and Pearl asked for a few more photos before they changed.
I left Pearl with Tink and Rosa, who have both changed into their sundresses.
They are waiting in the wings, so to speak, for their Eiffel Tower appearance, the final build. The top!
I thought that might help convince Pearl.
Chantal is off choosing her sundress now....
Then I went hunting for Xennia.
I found her by herself!
Xennia is also feeling stubborn. This is absolutely her favorite dress!
It's not the first time we have had to cajole her into another outfit!
"But this one is soft...", she says..."and pink, and it has a kitten!"
Come on, Xennia!
You get to put the top on the Eiffel Tower!
And off we went...
I think that's it.
Chantal and Jiyoon will be ready. Faith is already there in the classroom, waiting.
Tink is excited! And the rest will come along in time for the final photos!
Faith arrives in the Classroom to finish up the top of the Tower. So far the tower isn't even as tall as the girls!
But the next part is going to soar above them. How will they manage?
Jiyoon and Chantal are here to get the next stage going with Faith. And then Xennia and Tink come to help. Excited!
Their Dolltown classroom teacher, Sky joins the girls to help if needed (she's taller). But soon after Birdy and Rosa show up, she's called away to look after the little girls.
And Chantal and Xennia leave as well, to gather the rest of the Little Darlings and their friends who helped with the build.
So there's lots of coming and going (as usual in Dolltown), but the action on the Tower doesn't stop....
Okay! Way to go, girls!
Gather all who helped build the Eiffel Tower model, and we'll set up a photo!
Now, a few photos of the whole tower, details, and outside in the garden to show it's scale.
Well, you can see the scale when Faith comes to get me.
And the tower has to come inside like the dolls do, when it gets dark!
The next time you see it, it will be outside, in full daylight.
And it will be surrounded by all the Little Darlings and friends who helped build it.
That's the plan!
Okay! The beautiful Eiffel Tower in Dolltown!
We have 6 posts on the building of the Eiffel Tower...at least!
And more posts on the Eiffel Tower's arrival at Christmas...
Also, there's all our January posts when we took the tower out of it's package and the girls colored all the flowers, butterflies, and birds!
Now it's done and it's time for photos in the garden!
All the Little Darlings in the summer garb with the pretty Eiffel Tower!
Here's Faith Chantal, and Jiyoon, who began the build, and were there to put the top on!
Evie came late to the photo shoot and missed a photo with her friends, for now!
But we gathered all the girls for a group shot...
Fait accompli! Or fait accomplis?
April will tell us...she knows it is one Tower built.
But many little tasks and lots of cooperation to get it done!
Merci Beaucoup, girls!
Now bring on your boy buddies who helped!
And welcome all Dolltowners who want to get their photo taken with the Eiffel Tower!
Better get our kitchen going! Time for fruit smoothies and other goodies. Celebrate!
(Of course it would have been a French picnic if we hadn't been impatient and ate all our French food from April, in May, for the Spring picnic at the River! C'est la vie, n'est-ce pas?
We took lots of baby photos the other day...and we posted a few of the baby photos with our Vintage caretakers, Cindy and Darlene.
Then it was on to the Eiffel Tower garden photos!
But we need to pause while we sort out a mystery with those Little Darling garden photos.
And in the meantime we are happy to post a few more of the baby photos!
First, the whole group is here, and we are keeping an eye on them because Cindy and Darlene, their caregivers, are getting their baths ready. Some of them are taken for their baths and Vikka steps in to babysit the rest.
We have pictures here of the tiny Berenguers changing into adorable new outfits! With Vikka helping!
And the big Berenguer baby has a little fun. Although she keeps that funny expression the whole time!
Finally, Vikka carries the Berenguer babies off for their baths.
And our wooden bear and Clown Baby are left with the big toy.
It's a lot quieter...
We heard a buzz over our heads, during our garden Eiffel Tower photo shoot...
What is it?
Wait! Is that Conner we can see peeking down at the girls?
(Oh boy. I have a feeling April, Fashion Doll Stylist, is behind this! What has she pulled off now?)
It is Conner! Welcome dear Conner! Come for hugs! And photos! And a good catch up chat!
A visit, lots of chatter and laughter....
And Conner was gone!
The boys didn't even get to see her! They'll be sorry!
Here is the note that Conner sent us after she got back to Detroit, where April awaited her return...
"To Birdie, Xennia, Pearl and all my other Dolltown friends...
I would like to thank you all for the warm reception you showed to me during my very brief visit there yesterday. I really enjoyed the festivities celebrating Dolltown's very own Eiffel Tower.
Birdie, I think you guys did such a great job at putting together our tower!!! It looks even better in person!
And Xennia.....so very good to see my BFF!!!! I've really missed you! Well, I'm really happy we were able to celebrate this event together!!!
I am also grateful to my American friends for getting me a last minute flight on Dolly Express Airlines. This was my first time on a private dolly jet and I was amazed how fast they got me to Dolltown and back in time to help April finish the Ken doll fashion report!
Even though my visit was brief, I am so happy we could all share this together! This is such a splendid moment. Big kisses. I'll be back in touch soon!!!!!"
Well, it was wonderful to see Conner, and we gave her lots of hugs! Enough hugs to last Conner for months! Or at least until the next unexpected trip she makes to Dolltown on the Dolly Express! Got a bathing suit, Conner? I think we are going to the beach soon! lol (or...mdr!)
(And thanks April! I know you were behind this trip, and made it possible for little Conner to take time from her design work, at your Design School for Girls! It was exciting!)
So exciting that the girls have insisted that we get our airplane down from its high shelf. Fine...
But don't even think you are leaving the skies over Dolltown!
And we all need a safety lesson!
You hear me?
Where did they go?
What are they doing with that ladder?
See Conner beside the gang of three? In her pretty white-with-pink-flowers-dress....
That April designed and made for her?
And to see the amazing Ken Doll Fashion Report that Conner went back to help with, click here!
It's the little Amigas!
The Paola Reina Dolltown girls, Undeen, Quilla, and Ling, were really happy this week to get dressed for summer and spend time in the garden!
Undeen got a makeover...a change of hairdo.
We cut her black hair streaked with green and purple! And gave her a short purple bob.
Almost a pixie wig!
She is very cute, and we are happy...
And she got tiny earrings! And so did Quilla, with her golden hair...
Now Ling wants earrings too!
Our Undeen (an Abigail), Ling (a Liu), and Quilla (a Dasha)...
We took the plunge and chopped off Undeen's beautiful mop of hair.
She arrived in a very cute witch outfit, which we have used for all the Amigas and Little Darlings!
I just had to get that mop off and try a different style.
Hard to explain, but doll collectors understand the need to "bond" with a doll...
AND the Amigas' hair is thick and unruly, all of them.
We tried a few styles...
So cute! All of them!
But we liked the purple short pixie bob...
We love it with her purple lips and cheeks...and earrings!
The makeover immediately helped get these Amigas, all three, out and about into the action.
And they were first on the Eiffel Tower scene, after the big Little Darling garden photo shoot...
And off the Amigas went!
They heard that the kitchen is open, and they are all little chefs.
We are hoping that means...summer snacks!
Now, who's next? The Eiffel Tower is ready for more Dolltowners!
Miley had to see it for herself...
She has been busy following other stories in Dolltown, like Undeen's makeover, and the Ellowynes' disappearance.
She was sorry she missed Conner's appearance on the Dolly Express jet!
But when she heard the boys were coming for photos, she got herself dressed and invited her buddy Floora to join her in the garden.
They wanted to see the action when the boys joined the girls at the completed Eiffel Tower. Some of the boys haven't seen it since it was in pieces.
And Miley finds it funny to watch the boys trip over each other to stand beside their favorite girl!
It is kind of funny...
And Miley has dressed in the Kim Lasher outfit she arrived in two years ago. For some reason she thinks it looks...French! Floora wears her pink tutu, suitable for all occasions when you are a ballet doll.
Okay! These two have taken their places, where they can see and hear everything.
I have arrived with my coffee, and before the Little Darlings and the boys arrive we gossip.
We know the boys have their favorite Little Darlings and that the girls are mixed in their responses.
Well, they are so young! But we know how early crushes can start...
So, Miley, Dolltown Reporter, wouldn't miss the boys joining the girls for a tour of the completed Eiffel Tower. Miley and her friend Floora keep an eye on the action...
That's good! It's all I can do to take the photos.
Faith and Chantal are here first. That means that Douglas is coming... But who else will show up? Will it be Geoff?
Geoff has taken a shine to Faith and she is not sure what she thinks about it.
But Douglas and Chantal have been friends forever and they are very comfortable with each other!
So, here are the photos...
Yes, Douglas for sure,
And definitely Geoff, who definitely looks like he is googly eyed over Faith.
Faith, who loves a little attention, is disconcerted by Geoff's attention. And his closeness!
I needed a little buddying up for the photos, but if you look closely, Faith even pulls her skirt away from Geoff so it doesn't touch when he stands beside her.
However, there is that over the shoulder look from Faith when she leaves with Chantal....
Is Geoff making headway? Is there a possible friendship between the two?
We'll see.... Now, who's next?
Lula and Owen have been buddies for years.
(Yes, it has been two years since they have been in Dolltown!)
When Lula Star got to go to Australia with Lani, Owen really wanted to go too. But Lani only had room for one in her camera bag. So Owen had to watch from Dolltown, as Lula climbed mountains, swam in blue oceans, hung from bridges, and hunted for Tasmanian Devils...
I can't remember Lani talking about hunting for Tasmanian Devils. Maybe that was one of Lula's adventure stories. And maybe because Owen really wanted to see one. He was impressed!
Lula is happy to have Owen here to help her climb the Tower. It was a goal of hers, to make it to the top of the Tower, the whole time it was being built. If I had known...
I hope that's it.
I hope that Lula has no more climbing goals!
At least with the Eiffel Tower! What if it had broken?
That would have been a disaster!
I had to do some fast talking to convince Evie not to climb to the top, as you'll see.
Here you see Miley, saying to Lula..."You were lucky!"
"It's not luck!" Lula answered. "I know what I am doing!"
I heard Lula asking Owen if he wanted to hunt for frogs under the thorny bushes...
Lula, don't you have some jeans you could wear?
Evie is telling Scout and Badger about Lula's climbing exploit, making it to the top of the Eiffel Tower model.
Of course she wants to try it! Evie is competitive, and admires Lula's courage. I had to talk fast to convince Evie not to climb to the top, just in case.
And I was helped by the interaction between Badger and Scout.
Badger is always sent into a kind of delirium when he is near Scout, a fact that Scout exploits shamelessly. She leads him around like a puppy. (She once called him her rescue boy!)
Evie is not getting much encouragement for her climb!
"Make yourself useful!" is one of Scout's favorite expressions.
And she finds lots of useful things for Badger to do.
But...fetching flowers? Not Scout's idea! That is all Badger.
Usually Evie puts up with Badger's moony looks and romantic gestures towards Scout, but today it's too much for her. She disappears to find Lula and Owen. Hunting for frogs...now that's useful.
What is the matter with Scout!
Awww. So sweet!
Miley, our Dolltown reporter is impressed.
But this photo here shows Scout's attitude toward her wishful beau...
Scout is a realist, not a romantic. (Not that we have seen anyway.) She recognizes how useful Badger is. Packing food to the foodbank, digging in the community garden...
She is a bit of a clothes horse...but it must be cotton, linen, or silk, and from eco conscious companies. And she'd rather wear a real flower than jewelry that turns her vinyl green.
So, "Thank you", she said aloud to Badger, before she asked him to help her sort doll clothes. She wants to give some away to homeless dolls.
Wait, what? Homeless dolls? Where?
Give away doll clothes? No way! Do you know how hard I have worked to get those clothes for you all? I work my fingers to the bone. Something you dolls wouldn't know anything about, would you?
Where'd they go?
Miley couldn't wait to come to the garden and watch the goings on as the Little Darlings bring their boy buddies to see the completed Eiffel Tower.
She brought her friend Floora, our Ballet Doll. And they chat...about shy Faith, Lula and Owen climbing the Tower, and Badger bringing Scout a flower.
They also gossip about a few scenes we didn't show, like Chantal and Douglas getting affectionate. (What?)
And Floora got down to do some floor exercises (of course!) before more Little Darlings arrive with their boy friends.
Oh, here they come!
Who is it, Miley?
Now, here's a trio we can trust will not climb under the Tower, or climb to the top!
Zoey and Pearl bring Chris to see the completed model. Chris was there at the beginning of the building of the Tower,
He helped get a sturdy base built, so the rest of the model building was successful.
And Chris may have been in on the decision not to use glitter until the Tower was built.
Here Zoey and Pearl tell him the story of the rest of the building, and he inspects the work.
"Well done!", he says to the girls.
Your approval and kind words mean a lot to us.
It makes us want to get you some shorts for the hot summer weather!
(He's wearing corduroy pants!)
Hey Miley! Who's coming now?
This little visit started quietly enough!
Will came to see the completed Eiffel Tower model. And he chatted with Miley.
Then the boys Uley and Bobby arrived to check out the Tower.
Xennia breezed in, climbing up to kiss and hug Miley, and Tink joined her.
But the affection didn't stop there!
Will was subjected to hugs, and the boys were surrounded...
Awww, so cute.
It's hard to know if Uley and Bobby liked the attention or not. But they did leave with the girls.
And Xennia "took care" of Bobby, who has trouble standing and walking on his own.
She maneuvered him right out of the scene!
Uhhh, thanks Xennia! See you Tink! Have fun boys!
I wonder where they are going!
Miley and Will are left after the whirlwind that is Tink and Xennia.
But Will decides to follow the kids and see what they get up to!
Good luck, Will! Keep an eye on them, eh?
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