A new-to-us dolly dressmaker, Kalen, has been added to our Favorites List of fashion choices.
These two warm jumper outfits arrived from her the other day, just before I changed my Little Darlings into their Christmas dresses.
It was hard to take these adorable clothes off and switch them out for some red and greens, holly and snowflake themed clothes. And I lOVE Christmas dresses.
But it's a long winter here so the fine wale purple corduroy and the brushed cotton plaid jumpers will be in use again when the holidays are over.
Kalen's eBay store, kalendesigns, was the source for these jumpers. The little tshirt, puffed sleeve blouse, stylish hat and handy cream stockings were a part of the sets. I was happy with the price and combined shipping!
As soon as I cash in my Stevia soda cans I'll be back to Kalen's shop!
We had a photo shoot at the Community Center.
These dolls were happy to get out of their baskets and see a little action.
We wanted profile pics for the dolls' resumes. We like to keep their curriculum vitae updated to give the dollies the best chance for the best assignments and roles....
I'd love to introduce you to all these characters.
BUT! I am completely distracted with a new fix for the Hiya Dolly website.
Will I have success installing the codes?
So, in the meantime, enjoy imagining what roles these dolls would play...what would they be saying?
Leave a comment and tell me! lol
As herself- Ana, the UFDC Shared Passions 2014 Convention doll.
She was my 1st Little Darling and I just love her. But once Zoey arrived, Ana's prototype, it freed me up to experiment.
Ana's gone...for now.
Ana has changed into Eve...it's a makeover!!
So, a "new" doll has arrived.
For now, Eve has just slipped comfortably into the photo scenes.
Dolltown's story is that Ana is away on an Assignment.
But Ana was pretty popular and the girls will miss her.
And then Lula moved to Melbourne. That's two dolls gone in one week!
Call in the counsellors!
Thanks to Sharon From Spain's advice, I added extra eyelashes and filled in and softened her eyebrows.
I gently pried off her glued on wig and popped on a soft Jojo wig, then trimmed it to a blunt bob.
I used sharpened watercolor pencils as Sharon suggested, for eyelashes and eyebrows. A little change makes a big difference!
And I will order some Judikins Diamond Glaze soon, for Ana/Eve's eyes...
I love this different look.
I call this little character Eve.
She'll stay for a while so keep an eye out for her!
And she can switch back to Ana with just a wig change so stay alert!
Scout and Eve are wearing two new and very cute knit dresses from a doll dressmaker from France.
After the flurry of Lula and Lani's departure, I noticed a little bonus gift tucked in with the dresses. A tiny Eiffel tower necklace.
I cried...so sad about the events in Paris.
And a little reminder even in the doll world...
I love Little Darling sweater dresses.
Well, Lula convinced Lani to take her to Australia...
It all started back in October, on the infamous trip to Vancouver, when Lani was packing up her apartment ready to move to Australia to be with her Tasmanian, Fin. And Lula was there to help.
Lula still didn't have an answer when Lani arrived for a last visit.
By this time, Owen, who is very fond of Lula, adventure, and wild things, was hoping he could tag along.
With only a day left before Lani's departure, Lula and Owen gathered some traveling clothes and settled in beside the front door.
Well, Lula had a few clothes ready. Owen had an empty backpack and the clothes he was in...
Lani looked sadly at them and said...I just don't have the room.
Lula and Owen were crestfallen.
Then Lani said, well maybe one...
And Lula knew she was in.
Owen would have to wait for his own adventure.
He gave Lula his backpack to take with her...
Scout is put out.
Or she's really sad.
It's hard to tell with Scout.
We hope to hear of Lula's adventures in the "outback" of Melbourne soon...
Oh Lula, I hope they homeschool you a little.
Start with geography. Get a map.
All of us at Dolltown want to wish Lula, and Lani, best wishes on their Great Adventure!
Stay in touch!
It's November 11 today.
We stop and think about all the people, creatures, land...past and present...involved in conflict.
Take care of each other...
What a comfort dolls are to little children during scary times. Dolls help...
Tink, Tink, Tink...
What are we going to do with you?
You got to wear Alison's fabulous Fall outfit first.
Someone said you looked like an elf.
Then someone said we should have elves in the Christmas play.
And here you are, ready.
You are going back to school to study Time, Calendars, and the concept of Waiting.
And change into your school clothes so another dolly can try on that outfit!
Thank you Alison Austin! We love this mix of felt, cotton, leather, beads, and decorative metal closures!
You make. We play!
One of Tink's favorite pastimes...
Here are all four dollies hanging onto the dashboard on the drive through the mountains!
Well, Matt heard that Aunt Jacalyn was taking along a brand new out-of-the-box Barbie on her trip to Salt Spring Island. And new Barbie has two dogs. Matt loves dogs. So he snuck into Ana
and Tink's dolly bag....
By the time Auntie Jackie discovered the stowaway it was too late. They were on the road. (From the bag, Tink's little voice...Auntie Jackie, can we come out now? Please? There might be a moose beside the road!) So, Matt got to come out of the bag not long after their departure.
And sure enough, there was a pretty blonde to keep company. And dogs to play with. Matt got to enjoy the drive through the mountains, the ferry ride, walks along the beach. And a memorable campfire evening after Ana and Tink had gone to bed.
These photos below are very dark!
Matt and Barbie seemed to be moving
farther away from the light.
"Where are you two?" Aunt Jacalyn had to call.
The humans paid little attention to the dolls at the campfire. They had their own fun happening. And, after all, the little ones were in bed.
And Barbies are adult dolls. They can make their own choices. Well, up to a point. (Exactly how did Matt get into that bag?)
Never mind that Matt has a girl at home that he is fond of.
He wanted an adventure.
Nobody talks much about the morals of dolls. Dolls seem to go by their own rules. Sometimes even avoiding the standards that their own humans go by.
Doll owners can become a little confused. (And ask questions like...Did I leave those dolls naked again? I thought I dressed them!)
But however the doll morals issue plays out, we do know that Matt and Playtime Barbie, as he discovered her name was, enjoyed their island holiday immensely.
And we also know that Matt has been doing a lot of texting since he got home, with a smile lingering around his doll mouth.
And he asks, when I go out to the Doll Studio, where he lives in his basket, if Aunt Jacalyn and her dolly and dogs are coming by...
What's it to ya? I say, a little shortly. Checking the expression of our own pretty blonde Barbie beside him.
I am a little confused...
I want my dolls to be happy.
Sometimes that means sorting out my personal moral compass,
and checking if it, in any meaningful way, applies to Dolls.
(No, not Witch Dolls! Don't further muddy the muddy water. We are struggling here.)
I'll let you know when I have resolved this moral issue.
And in the meantime I'd better go and check The Others.
Now THERE'S a group that dances to the beat of a different drummer, morals wise.
It's all I can do to keep up.
We are talking having to dress dolls Every Morning.
I'm just saying....
How lucky are these two dollies!
They were invited on a trip to Salt Spring Island, off the coast of beautiful BC. Aunt Jacalyn was on a jaunt and decided she could handle a troop of dollies. Well, four. Barbie and Matt got to go too. But that's another story!
It was very exciting for Ana and Tink. They saw sights like the Pacific Ocean for the first time....
And they met lots of Auntie Jackie's relatives who treated them to cakes, sodas, and hot dogs.
No wonder they look so happy in Aunty's photos!
And the capper was a plane ride at the Abbotsford Airport. The girls loved it so much they begged Auntie for an airplane to bring home to Dolltown! What!!
Aunt Jacalyn used her negotiating skills and got a plane for a song when she convinced the owner they didn't need the pilot. The dolls figured out how to fly it themselves.
Turn this knob, pull this lever...
You can imagine that was a big hit when they returned to Dolltown! Dolltown has its own plane now.
Now THAT is a successful doll trip!
For some, that means once you have a doll, pristine and new (or even second hand), that means all you have to do is find a dark space with no dust.
No dress changes.
No accommodating seasonal weather.
No photo adventure shoots requiring jeans and a Tshirt....
But for some of us, collecting dolls means that almost every doll gets clothes, clothes for spring, summer, fall, and winter.
At least for those of us in four season climates.
And the dolls need some special outfits, like for Halloween or party time, or exploring or traveling!
The Doll Fashion Pages are dedicated to the clothing and accessories that make the Dolls here in Dolltown action ready. And there's a whole page of a fashion shoot showing Montreal's Pachom's versatile and pretty basics.
And the wigs! Part of fashion, for sure!
There's some catching up to do. I have to research my sources. And we have already had many photo shoots.
But a few favorites have been featured already. And I will include photos of outfits to help me focus my searches....
If you are a dolly dressmaker, especially those of you who sell on eBay and Etsy,
and you see an outfit here, unidentified, and you know it's yours, drop me a line!
Ernie, we saw you arrive last spring. Why then do they say you are native to Dolltown?
I was born in the valley, and grew up here. But we have relatives in the States. So in my teens I was sent to live with my uncle and his family and lived there for a long time.
How do you know this area so well then?
From a young age my family here brought me with them, hunting, fishing, berry picking. Even when I lived across the border, we would return for food harvesting and family ceremonies.
Do you have your own family?
I was married but lost my wife in a car crash. We have a son, Abe, who lost his ability to walk in that accident. I came back to the valley first to get settled.
Mokidin, my sister brought my son from the States a couple of months ago. He loves it here. Everybody is so nice!
We notice that you spend a lot of time with Dolltown's vintage, Terri Lee. Can you share with us your relationship to Terri?
Well, I help Terri out a lot. She can't get around the way she used to but she does a lot for the town and the valley. She is very good to all the dolls coming and going. She makes sure everybody has a place to stay when they arrive, and something to eat. And then we find all of them homes. Terri is a great lady...
Well, she sounds pretty fond of you too. Is there something going on there?
Terri and I keep each other company. We like to watch movies together, and keep up on the news. We have both been around for a long time. And I'm glad that Terri has her friend Queeny with her now. Because sometimes I am gone for weeks at a time. Fishing down at the big river, or camping up the hills to gather huckleberries. Terri doesn't like to leave Dolltown much. And they need her here.
We've seen you two dancing at the Community Centre....
Gotta stay in shape right?
Okay, gotta go. I'm heading down to the Community Center now. We are putting on a feast for more newcomers...
Thanks for your time! I think I'll head down for a bit to eat myself. I've heard there's huckleberry pie!
Sure! Come on down!
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