My Little Darlings

The Little Darlings have lots of adventures...

Sometimes with their friends, especially the Chris Miller and Robin Woods boys.

And sometimes with other little children, like Gabby....

It's Dolltown after all. And my Little Darlings live with a variety of dolls, from babies to Barbies, from vintage to bjd's.

 

Blog stories with our Little Darlings below. 

For more photos of the Little Darlings, together and alone, go to Little Darlings Gallery...

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From an early blog post...

It's time to talk about the Little Darlings.

 

These pretty dolls are sculpted by the oh-so-talented doll designer Dianna Effner. Dianna has sculpted many dolls, in porcelain and cloth, and vinyl. The Little Darlings are a 13" vinyl doll with 5 points of articulation. They have painted eyes and brushed bodies.

 

Dianna has several artists working with her, or who have trained with her, to paint these dollies for the many doll lovers who have discovered the Little Darlings, and want one. Or more.

 

The dolls can be ordered from the artists, and with each artist the wait time varies from a few months to about two years (for a Little Darling painted by Dianna herself). (At times, the artists close down their wait lists when they have too many orders to fill)

 

Also, one can purchase a Little Darling on eBay, from one of the artists themselves occasionally.

Or when an owner decides to pass one along. Or decides they need a little cash for life's many demands.

 

The Little Darlings come in 3 sculpts, for a little variety. But the eye color and face paint, the hair color and style, and the wonderful clothing made for the Little Darlings provide a lot of variety.

 

Dolltown is lucky enough to be home to several Little Darlings. They form the core of all the action here. Whether they are in a story (the focus or bit players) or not, our choices for what happens next here revolves in some way around my Little Darlings. 


There are also other stories here on Hiya Dolly with my Little Darlings playing smaller parts on The Children page, and other pages like Dolls Talk and the  Photo Gallery...

 

My Chantal, by Dianna herself...

For more photos of the Little Darlings, go to the Little Darlings Gallery. There are links to individual pages, for Eve, Tink, Chantal, Lula, Pearl, Scout, Xennia, Zoey

And more pages ...Faith, Birdy, Rosa, Conner/Coco, Maggie, and Jiyoon!



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Little Darling Friends...Christmas 2019

 

Christmas 2019, the Little Darling friends!

 

Let's get some photos in Lee's Library, all decorated for the festivities!

 

Aira has brought all the girls to Dolltown Abbey for the parties.

 

While they are hanging up their coats and putting their party shoes on, Aira has a short rest in Lee's library, all decorated by the other Iple girls, and Vikka.

And ready for photos!

 

Nice, eh Aira?

 



Birdy, the early bird, ready first again!



And not far behind, Rosa...



Birdy is so glad she has such a BFF in Rosa!



Let's see some more good Little Darling friends in Dolltown!

And I will take lots of photos while you girls all look so Christmas lovely!



BFF's Lula, Scout, and Evie



Lula Star



Scout



Evie



BFF's Chantal and Fig



Fig



Chantal



BFF's Anna Zoey and Pearl



Pearl



Anna Zoey



BFF's Indira and Gossamer



Indira



Gossamer



BFF's Tink and Xennia



Xennia



Tink



BFF's Jiyoon and Maggie



Jiyoon



Maggie


Dolltown Little Darlings 2019

All friends! Fun!

 

Now when does the Christmas Party start?

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The Little Darlings Are All Christmas Dressed!


Well, we have to get you three out of your Halloween and school clothes.

Jiyoon and Maggie will show you what's available now, after all the choices.



Evie and Scout have found their dresses.

And Lula looks like she's eyeing the pretty red and gold dress at the top of the dress form!



Yes! She's got it!

It's a pretty Erin Green dress that the girls here at Christmas time.

Let's see how it looks!


Splendid, girls!

Lula Star, you look beautiful!

All of you do!

Let's get moving...

Jiyoon looks at the Playroom floor.

Lots to clean up, girls!

I'll call for help so you and Maggie can get ready yourselves. You look like you need a pretty ribbon. Maggie too!



The rest of the girls are waiting!

When the Playroom is cleaned up, and the Library decorated we will almost be ready!

 

The girls, of course, will have their photos taken before the parties begin!

So, a hair brushing here, a fancy ribbon there...

Still so much to do!

Dolltown at Christmas, fun!

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Fig and Chantal Visit the Art Gallery

While the rest of the girls were getting all dolled up in Christmasy dresses, Fig and Chantal slipped out with me to do a shift at our Arts Gallery.

 

In the satin bag they went and didn't pop their heads out until we were in the festive gallery...

 

Here's an artsy photo of the girls with our new "portrait" setting on our phone camera.

 

And you can see why the girls are clamoring to see the Gallery...this year the colors of our special winter show are pink, white and gold!

 

The girls found bead jewelry, pink trees, quilted winter bags, and paintings of bears. 

 

They found their favorite colors in watercolor paintings and felted scarves!






Look! Birds in tree quilts, and creature angel tree toppers! Fig and Chantal couldn't wait to get back and share what they saw at the gallery!



The girls found the bird basket that Birdy told them about! But instead of little white birds there were red birds, and red and black, and brown! And they were all very noisy!

And look who they found in the felted wool!

Gossamer, standing as still as a doll can!

Where did she come from, and how long has she been here? It's a mystery...

And what a pretty dress she got to wear!



The three little girls shared all their stories about their gallery adventures with Violet when they returned home. But Gossamer wouldn't tell her secret, how she got to the gallery all by herself...

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Little Darlings Dress for Christmas

Violet, one of our Iple girls, is setting up the Playroom for the Little Darlings!

Red dresses, green, and snowflake blue, fill the room. Dresses with poinsettias and plaids and tights with polka dots and stripes are ready for the girls on their way to the Playroom.

 

Good job, Violet! And such a pretty tree! You and the other Iple girls, Aira and Odelle, have done a fine job! All year the three of you have been helping all the little children in Dolltown! From our Easter Party, to beach party, to Christmas party...hey, there's a pattern here! You girls are all about parties, eh?

 

Well Violet, I think you and your helpful friends will be rewarded...



We have gathered the sweetest collection of Christmas dresses.

The Little Darling world is filled with such talented dress designers!

I don't dare look at Ebay or Etsy at this time of year!

It's all I can do to Love the photos of other pretty LD's in my fav dolly groups.

Something might be for sale! Move along!

 

Violet is showing me a white sweater she thinks might fit her.

The Iple girls don't have many clothes at all, poor things. 

Go ahead, Vi! The little girls won't mind.

You've been so good to them!



And speaking of little girls, here's Maggie and Jiyoon, ready to help all their friends find something that suits them!

And it looks like Violet has found something Christmasy and pretty for you two!



The girls take a minute to explore the Playroom.

Maggie notices the beautiful red Christmas dress with golden bow,

 

high on the dress form at the back.

They admire the Christmas tree.

And check all the choices Violet has laid out.

 



Jiyoon and Maggie put on their simple Christmas dresses.

And say thank you to Violet for all her work.

 

Way to go, girls. Such little darlings!



Get sorted, girls!

Here come your friends!

 

Indira, Anna Zoey, and Pearl show up...



Anna Zoey dons a pretty Erin Green dress with a red trim.

Pearl gets to wear Nataliya's cream knit dress. Love it!

We'll find a ribbon for you, Pearl!

 

And those two are gone, leaving Indira, still hunting.

Next it's Chantal and Fig, fresh from the path to the Playroom.



It doesn't take long for them to find their Christmas dresses, and they are gone.

And in come our trio Evie, Scout and Lula!

Still in school clothes, Halloween party clothes!

This should be fun!



Gossamer comes to help her bff Indira, still going through choices on the carpet.

Gossamer, still in her Halloween blacks, has to find something special too!

 

Okay girls! You are your own for a while!

I have to go, it's time for another Art Gallery shift.

I'll leave these girls to their perusing and choosing.

 

Come back to see what's next!

It won't be long!

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Birdy Visits the Arts Gallery!

Birdy's ready for Christmas!

So our little early bird got to visit our Pop Up Gift Shop at our little local Art Gallery!

 

While the rest of the girls were meeting up on their way to to get Christmas ready, Birdy was lucky to get popped in our satin dolly travel bag and taken to the old Courthouse.

 

And there she enjoyed silk flowers, winter photos, a deluxe bird house, shell wreaths, and the best of all...

 

Little white felt birds!

 

 







She doesn't know it, but one of those little birds is coming home to Dolltown!

A Christmas memory gift for Birdy and the girls!

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November Little Darling Meet Up!

Fig is waiting for her friends.

They are on their way to Dolltown Abbey and this is a favorite stop near the cozy farmhouse. 

 

We like it as a meet up place because we have Dolltowners staying at the farm, peeking out the window to make sure the children are safe and no one runs off into the snowy woods after a bunny or a fox.

 

But all the girls are on a mission...

Christmas dresses!

 

Jiyoon has invited her bff Maggie, and Fig here, Chantal, Pearl, Anna Zoey, and the other Little Darlings to get dressed up for Christmas time.

 

And this meet up place is half way to the Iples home, Dolltown Abbey, where Jiyoon will lead her friends to her Playroom...

 

Where is everybody, Fig?

 





First to meet up are Maggie and Jiyoon!

The girls have been busy at school, studying their dictionaries and atlases, spinning their globes...





And here's Chantal, just finished her singing lessons.

Fig greets her bff...



They all talk about their favorite Christmas songs while they wait.

Joy to the World! Jingle Bells! 

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!



Fig and Chantal are going to perform one of the favorites in a Christmas Concert!



Better get those pretty dresses on!

Vikka arrives to hurry up Jiyoon and Maggie,

so they can get the Christmas dresses ready in the Playroom.

Vikka says the Iple girls have laid out the choices!

Exciting!

 



Fig and bff Chantal wave to their buddies, and wait for who's next.





It's Anna Zoey and Pearl!

They've come straight from school too! Math and music classes...

The girls are all learning to read music at school.

 



There's lots of chat with music expert Chantal about 4/4 time, quarter notes and half notes.

Anna Zoey is amazed at how mathematical music is!

 Who knew, she says!



Fig, Chantal, Anna Zoey, and Pearl wait together for more Little Darlings to join them on the path.

 

Should we wait too?

Or should we follow Jiyoon and Maggie to the Playroom, to see the Christmas dresses?

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Halloween Sleepover in the Big House

These two Little Darlings came back with me from the school classroom party.

In witch hats and spider web dresses! 

When it was time to give out Halloween treats at our door, they were there to cheer me on...



Gossamer loves dressing up as a witch. She says she is a wiccan. What?

And Rosa is friendly to spiders, being a little gardener...


Thanks, Gossamer!

Now get some sleep!

Tomorrow is November!

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Happy Halloween!



Everyone is arriving!

Time to dim the lights and hand out candy!

 

Have a safe night, everyone!

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Get ready for the Halloween Party! At School!

Oh the excitement!

Clear the schoolroom!

The Little Darlings get to plan a Halloween party for all their friends. 

 

Now what is needed for a good Halloween Party? The girls write it up on the empty classroom chalkboard...

 

Let the party planning begin!

 

 



Here we go! The list...

Decorations, food, costumes, candy, and invite guests!

These girls have the decorating on the go.

Maggie, Chantal, Birdy, and Pearl with our Halloween sparkle tree of course.

And pumpkins, ribbons, hats and fall garlands...



Anna Zoey brings candy baskets and our big spider. Ew, we love him.

And Lula and Scout arrive with Skeleton,

a must for a Halloween party.



Invited guest? Or decoration? Leave him to the decorators!

Lula and Scout leave to find the candy.

And Xennia and Tink show up early, decorated themselves!



Bony down there, Skeleton?

Nothing like a soft dolly lap to cradle a bare skull...



Looks good, girls!

Looks party ready! 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Dolltown's Lula Star, saying Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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School Time in Dolltown!

School time in Dolltown!

 

The Little Darlings are all dressed for school in their pleats, plaids, and cozy knits.

 

They've been busy with all their classes and now it's Fall.

 

And it's Canadian Thanksgiving, so the girls are talking about what they are thankful for!

 

First of course, harvest, yummy food, forest paths...

 

Here's Maggie with a beautiful autumn leaf!



"I love Fall! I am thankful for all the pretty trees!", says Maggie.


"Let's all share!", says Birdy.

"I am thankful for my friends at school!"



"Thinking...", says Anna Zoey.

"I am thankful for school!" says Pearl.



"I am thankful for singing club." says Chantal.

"I am thankful for nice teachers", says Indira.



"I am thankful for art class!", says Jiyoon.

"And let's all be thankful for Thanksgiving!"

 

 


Lovely. But we are missing some of the girls!

 

Where are they?

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Tree Climbing with Indira and Gossamer

Gossamer and Indira take part in a Dolltown tradition, tree climbing in the garden!

 

A favorite tree to tackle is the apple tree with baskets and leather work hanging from the branches...

 

Many of the Dolltowners have climbed this tree because it has structures close by to scramble up to raech the many branches.

 

The two Little Darlings in their jeans and sweaters embark on the adventure!

 

Hold on tight, girls!

We don't want ANY scratches!



Hang on!



What! A moose?

A moose in a basket in a tree?

Now there's something you don't see very often!



The girls were VERY excited to see a moose up in the apple tree!

So, they ran in to tell me all about it!

 

So sweet. Of course, it was me who put the surprise in the tree basket for the girls to find!

Now they'll go back to the other Little Darlings to recount the story. Fun!

Now, I better get that moose down before it starts to rain!

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Little Darling Beach Day, Part Two!

We found the missing Little Darling bff's!

 

Now we can have some swimming fun, with our Monster High Lifeguards keeping all the girls safe! 

 

Where were the missing girls?

Well, we discovered Xennia and Tink up to mischief!

We caught them earlier in the summer at the top of our garden chiminea!

Heartstopper!

 

The first time, they were sent to their room, and given a lecture about safety and the dangers of dolly scrapes, scratches, and broken limbs. 

But here they were again, at the base of the chiminea, ready to climb!

 

Fun overrides safety with these two...



After a talking to, I picked them up by the scruffs of their little necks and brought them back to the beach...

 For more fun!

But under the watchful eyes of our two MH Lifeguards...

And all the rest of our Little Darlings!



And we picked up Gossamer and bff Indira, waving to passersby in the front yard...

How nice! How friendly!

But now they must get a lecture, on the dangers of abduction!

Later though. 

For now, Scout, with the long red hair, is checking out Gossamer,

with her silvery long locks.

They bond, chatting about tangles, and the best hairties for silky hair.



This is Gossamer's first Beach Day in Dolltown.

The girls share memories of last year's day at the Ocean Beach!

Then Lula says, "Time for a swim!"

Go for it, girls!



The Monster High lifeguards are back at their station.

Xennia and Tink are with us, where they should be.

And everyone plays in the warm summer sun...



See MH Catrina DeMew chatting with...her bff?

They have a little time because all the Little Darlings are playing nicely!

 

Uh oh!

Aira has arrived. And that means our Beach Day is done!

"Time to get ready for school!", Aira says.

I can't say the Little Darlings ran to get their school garb on, but Aira did manage to get them back to our studio, with all the sand brushed off their feet.

 

And I have their fall plaids laid out...

 

Now, back to our previous story to add the girls' names!

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Little Darling Beach Day!

Birdy and bff Rosa are ready for our Beach Day!

 

Just in the nick of time before school starts! The girls have been playing in the garden, running through sprinklers, making mud pies in the garden, climbing the trees to get to the bird houses, shaking down the plums and pears.

But finally we packed up ready for a whole beach day.

 

Of course that means "photos first"...

 

So here's the Little Darlings, ready for some beach fun.



Birdy



Rosa







Anna Zoey



Pearl







Tink and Xennia











Fig



Chantal





Maggie



Jiyoon







Evie





Lula Star



Scout


Okay! We are going to stop here for now.

Two reasons!

Where did Tink and Xennia go in such a hurry? They didn't even stay for their own photos! I'm suspicious!

Also, where are Gossamer and Indira? 

Nowhere to be found!

I hope someone's watching over them!

Gotta go and leave these girls in the skinny hands of our Monster High Life Guards!

Hello?

"We'll lifeguard for you!", said the Intrepid Trio.

 

Ummm, thanks!

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Get Ready for the Dolltown Beach Day!

Almost ready for the Dolltown Beach Day!

 

Our Monster High girls have volunteered to be the Lifeguards....

What? 

 

They are as thin as a twig!

They can't stand the sun!

How did this happen?

Who was in charge of getting our volunteers for the day?

 

I have got to ask how they ended up as our life saving unit for kids bigger than they are.

And did they take the course?



Aira arrives to explain.

Once again Aira is taking charge of a Dolltown event!

I am so impressed with our Iples, getting all involved.

You mean it was you, Aira, who recruited the Monster Highs?

 

Birdy comes to check if it's Beach Time!



Yep, Birdy! Go get the girls! 

We'll wait!

Beautiful day... Lots of sun...



Aira goes to help the girls,

but doesn't notice little Lilac Moon's hug was a little...bare.

Lilac Moon! Where's your clothes?

You'll get a sunburn in all the wrong places!



Lucky Catrine is quick on her feet, and saves the day.

Well, that's a good start, Monster High girls!



Here they come!

It's Birdy and buddy Rosa!

We love our new bathing suits! These lucky girls got to wear them first!

Now we are all excited to get this photoshoot going!



Uh oh. Looks like we've lost the Lifeguards!

They heard us saying, "Photoshoot before swimming!".

I think they've gone to finish their favorite Monster High Movie...

 

Birdy and Rosa! Where are the rest of your Little Darling buddies?

Coming? Good!

Stay tuned for lots of little Darlings!

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 For older posts...

go to the My Little Darling Archives 2015

 

There are stories including the Little Darlings also on The Children page, Doll Talk, and the Photo Gallery

 

The Little Darlings show up on the Doll Fashions page and the Doll Dressmakers page.

 

Also, I have my  Little Darlings

in a Flickr Album

on a Pinterest Board

on a new Hiya Dolly Fan Page

and an Instagram page called DolltownInc.  

 

 

 

Also! Visit our Lula Star's Instagram page, Lula.Star

 


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