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...
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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...
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!
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?
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!
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!
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...
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!
Birdy and Rosa got to the classroom early so they could get started on the Eiffel Tower model...
But the room wasn't open yet so the girls decided to explore the garden.
And they were drawn by the sweet scent of roses...
How pretty! Darling girls!
But Rosa lost a shoe, a red shoe.
And we haven't found it yet...
The boys, Will and Uley came by to look but, no luck.
The boys peered down into the bushes to find the shoe, but were warned not to climb among the thorns.
Will takes a whiff of the pink roses, and Uley decided he liked the honeysuckle better. Sweet!
And they were the color of his hair!
Now, back to the classroom to work on that Tower!
We decided! Glitter it is!
The Eiffel Tower will have sparkles....
April and Conner,just fresh back from Paris, helped us by telling us that the real Eiffel Tower sparkles at night! It glitters, twinkles, and shines!
They even sent a photo to prove it!
So, we made the decision to add glitter to our pretty flowers, butterflies, and birds!
The girls were very happy!
Then the weather changed and we had to move inside. We decided to use the schoolroom where there is lots of space for the gluing and building!
So we started. Faith and her friends were so ready to sparkle up...
Uh oh! Everything was going fine,
and then Tink wanted to pour the glitter in her hand, and spread it on her legs.
Faith gave her a talking to, and Xennia started to cry, so Jiyoon and Chantal tried to comfort her...
And they all left to get ice cream, so the other girls could come and sprinkle glitter.
But Zoey and Pearl decided they wanted to get to the building. And Zoey had a good point,
"You can't tell which sides will be on the outside until the Eiffel Tower is put together!"
We could have ended up with sparkles on the inside!
Set the glitter aside! Let Zoey and Pearl get busy!
The boys, Chris and Douglas wanted to help with the Tower building.
And, of course, Chantal stayed to read the instructions, which are in French. En Francais...
Look! We have the base of the Tower done!
Things are looking up!
Or the girls will be (looking up) as they build the rest of the Tower.
But now we take a short break...in the garden with the Iple girls.
It's true! You'll see!
I took Lula on an outing the other day.
I had to get art supplies, which should have interested her, but Lula was completely distracted by what is coming...
Lula's doppelganger and favorite auntie, Lani, is having a baby...soon!
Lula traveled to Australia with Lani last year, and stayed for months, experiencing adventures in the hot and windy country.
Lula brought back seven New Zealand baby dollies.
And now she is excited that Lani is going to have a baby of her very own. With the bub daddy, of course.
So, when we headed out to look for paint canvases at the Dollarama, Lula took off looking for baby stuff.
How can I tell her it costs more to send a baby toy than to buy it?
High economics for a little girl intent on pleasing a tiny baby!
Notice the Dollorama surround. It's a lot like those hot and windy places Lula experienced on her trip!
We stop for a moment to play, on a red fire hydrant outside the shop. Lula loves red...
"Can I look at the toys?"
"Can we get the bub a doll?"
"Maybe a boy doll, for a boy bub?"
"Maybe a shooting gun? It's foam!"
"The bub would like a big ball!"
"How about garden shoes?"
"Look, baby socks!"
"Lots of socks, to grow into!"
"White for boy bub, pink for girl bub."
"Baby bub oil. It's dry there in Australia!"
"Look! Tiny baby spoons!"
"An Elmo bottle! Every baby needs a bottle!"
"Every bub should have a puppy!"
"We used to have these!"
"Bub daddy could catch bugs for the bub!"
"Soft bub candy! No?"
I had to get Lula out of the store. I didn't want to deal with a tantrum.
(I'm kidding. Dolls don't throw tantrums...that other people can hear, anyway.)
"No baby stuff? Why not!"
"The bub is all the way across the world..."
It was tough, but Lula got it. She had endured the long trip herself, mostly from the depths of a camera bag.
So she understood what those toys would have to go through...
To nip that hint of sadness in the bud, I decided it was time for lunch! Just the two of us!
"This is a good idea!"
"I can have anything I want?"
"What does "within reason" mean?"
"Lala let me drink these, on our trip."
"Fine. I'll have this chocolate cake then..."
"Yes? I'll share!"
Thanks, Lula dear!
One of the best tips I can pass on to a new mom? Distraction works!
Sometimes one has to resort to chocolate cake...
(Okay, okay...so maybe not sweets. But you know what I mean!")
We are building the Eiffel Tower from April. It's time!
But wait! The girls discovered some glitter tubes, and this little bunch is all for adding glitter to the pretty designs the girls colored back in January...
Chantal is studying the instructions for putting the model together. But Faith and Jiyoon think the glitter should be added first.
I ask the girls if glitter is a good idea. It's messy! But Faith tips the glitter, ready for some gold embellishment.
And glitter supporters, Tink and Xennia, show up with newspapers to put under the project.
Chipping away at my protests...
Maybe we should get the other girls!
Maybe there should be a vote!
Maybe April should get a vote! I'm pretty sure April would not want glitter on the formidable Eiffel Tower.
I'm sure April even questioned the flowers and butterfly embellishments when she was choosing the model. The real Eiffel Tower is all metal, and was designed to demonstrate France's industrial prowess.
But the thought of all the Little Darlings who would be opening probably tipped the scales. Flowers and butterflies to color? Perfect.
But glitter? Come on girls! Who would do that?
Why are you all looking at me like that?
Would you like popsicles?
(That should give me time to get the other girls. Where is my practical Pearl, and Zoey?)
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