(Okay...backdating now that I have a laptop, with my photos available. Catch up on life in Dolltown!)
Lula and Pearl headed out to the Fall Tree early. Half dressed! They couldn't wait to meet up with the other girls!
We are coming with your shoes! Wait up!
And Lula can't stay. She is off to represent Dolltown at a community event. Shoes required!
All the girls dressed up for a Dolltown Halloween party...
Well, the party was lots of fun, but we didn't take photos that night. But the girls loved their outfits so much they asked for some individual shots.
We complied...Stay tuned.
In between Dolltown stories, the girls wait patiently for the action to start...
A glimpse into the inner workings of Dolltown itself.
It's the Little Darlings!
During my Hiya Dolly hiatus, the girls had the run of Dolltown. Of course they had their caregivers running after them, making sure they were safe and didn't eat too many caramels francais, or climb too high in the trees...
After a while, as the weather turned cool, several of the girls decided it was time to change and get ready for school. So, with a little help, they dug through the boxes and found the sweaters, shirts, and plaids. And they convinced even the reluctant, the hold outs (can anyone say Tink and Xennia?).
And when they were all dressed and ready they came to me and asked, in their polite way, for photos before they fill their lunch boxes with balogna sandwiches and settle in with their books, atlases, and math counters.
Now, that all sounds very...responsible. And I was understandably impressed!
But I noticed that, while the fall clothes were gathered, every possible Halloween outfit was also sorted into a neat pile, ready for action. And I overheard discussions of how I was to be convinced to buy them some orange tights...
(I can't remember ever wearing orange tights! Do you?)
Zoey, those glasses give you a studious air, I must say.
Here they are together! The Dolltown Little Darlings all dressed for fall and school!
(Two of our girls have gone international and continue their time in other countries.
Maggie is still with her doppelganger, Tasya, in London...where she shares a flat with a cat.
And Conner continues her internship with April in Detroit (and soon back to Paris),
where she attends Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls.)
Will we pull off a Dolltown Halloween event, after the girls begin their studies for the year?
(I have a policy of "No promises", even when appealed to by the appealing Little Darlings!)
Here's Zoey, with an art piece by Leonard George, in an acrylic painting style he calls "basketweave"...
We have taken a break!
For over two years, the inhabitants of Dolltown have led busy lives, recorded by me with help from Miley, Dolltown reporter...
Over the last six months my life has taken a turn, a positive turn, and the changes require more of my time to look after.
Just as I oversee Dolltown and the action here, I am involved in real time with real people, and record the action through photos and videos, posting them to social media: Facebook, Instagram, and websites.
In June, I retired and took on the Art Gallery position in our small town in Gold Country, BC.
I arrange monthly art exhibitions. My friends and I put on monthly Coffee Houses, and weekly Open Mic Nights. With friends and supporters, we create and carry out art classes, teas, receptions, and community events....
I am part of an exciting initiative called Route Blue, connecting rural communities through music and art. And besides Hiya Dolly (one of my "artistic" expressions) I created and maintain the Nicola Valley Arts Council website, and manage my own arts and music (etc) Facebook page, Bluebird Country.
After keeping up a way-too-busy pace, I stopped my Dolltown.News weekly newsletter and sent all my dolls off to their rooms and into the garden to amuse themselves. Or let the enthusiastic learners set up school classes with each other while I got busy with other things.
That's the nice thing about dolls... Very independent.
And while the Dolltowners managed their own lives, and looked out for one another, I got to spend evenings watching reruns of my first grandchild, born late July, 13,203 km (8,204 miles) away in Melbourne Australia. And chat with my youngest daughter about her Nuna Leaf chair, and her supportive Mom's group....
And now I am focused on getting ready for baby Jasper and his parents' month long stay in our tiny house, come December.
So, under my present circumstances, I am evaluating how I will continue with my Dolltown story reporting...
Stay tuned, but at a slower pace...
I can tell you the Little Darlings all got themselves dressed for fall when the weather turned chilly
and are clamoring for a photo shoot!
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