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.
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...
Now get some sleep!
Tomorrow is November!
Everyone is arriving!
Time to dim the lights and hand out candy!
Have a safe night, everyone!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Tink and Xennia
Okay! We are going to stop here for now.
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!
"We'll lifeguard for you!", said the Intrepid Trio.
Almost ready for the Dolltown Beach Day!
Our Monster High girls have volunteered to be the Lifeguards....
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!
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?
Stay tuned for lots of little Darlings!
After the Naming Ceremony, I brought Gossamer and Indira to the Arts Gallery.
What a treat! An Upcycle Show!
The girls were delighted.
There was a chair covered in glitter letters!
And angel wings made out of newsprint, and colorful bird houses.
"We could paint ours when we get home!"
There was a pretty chair surrounded by flowers.
And a children's book to read on its seat!
Two of their favorite pieces!
Indira loved the pink flowered lunch box.
'I could use it as a trunk for my clothes!", she said.
And Gossamer thought the cupboard was perfect for our Dolltown kitchen!
(Unfortunately, neither were for sale today.)
"The show is like magic!", the girls said.
"You take ordinary things and making something special out of them!"
Exactly! Okay girls! Time to go home!
Let's spend a magical time at the beach, before school starts!
(Warning! A lot of talk before the ceremony begins... Context!)
Our newest Little Darling is receiving her own Dolltown name.
Now, what's the fuss today?
This has happened about a hundred times here in Dolltown!
Every time newbies have shown up they are named. Even some of our Originals, and our Vintage, received special Dolltown names...
This pretty April Norton painted Little Darling has even been in lots of stories already...but with different names! She's been here for a year!
We've been waffling, as you'll see in this April post...
Her given name was Marlee. But we couldn't have another "M" name. We already have a Little Darling with first letter m...Maggie! And since that is a kind of rule around here, we had to come up with a name that had its own initial sound. Like "D"! We have no LD "D's"!
So we called her Dove, then Desiree, with a wig change. How about Doris Dark and Doris Day for more wig changes! Hmmm. It didn't stick.
We called her Em a lot, because that's what she said her name was when she came.
"Em? we asked.
"Yes, Em for Magic."
Okay, that was a little confusing. But the magic thing stuck. You should be around her a little. (We have one story, around Spring time.... Whether it's trick magic or, you know, Magic, we don't know.) We've been curious and curiouser, as they say, as the year has gone by.
When she's around there is talk of angels, mermaids, garden fairies, butterfly wings...
And she keeps coming back to this flowy silver hair she came with, despite how cute she is in the other wigs/personas.
But recently we thought enough is enough!
The choice for her name must be made! This transforming from one name to another can't go on.
I've got to sort out this niggling feeling like we are missing something...
I'm good at this. Experienced. And I love curling up on a weekend, with a coffee, cruising name sites. Like 20,000 Names. And Nameberry. I scroll through lists, holding in my attention the doll I am naming: its look, its character, its voice in my ear...
Two days. Nothing. (And its the third or fourth time! For Em!) I mean, there's nice names, but there was a mood I was looking for. A meaning. A word. A soft sound...
Then I woke with "Whisper" in my mind. And then seconds later, "Gossamer". And that was it.
I had skipped the G's. She didn't seem like a hard "G" girl. She is soft, light, ephemeral in her being, to me.
And "Gossamer" is the name of the garden sprite (a lime whisp) that appears over my shoulder when I am in my garden. The name came to me several years ago, when I was told by a True Witch that the tiny sprite was there. If she hadn't told me I might have just thought it was that buzzing you get in your ear. But now I can see it. (You know, in my imagination.)
As a phonetician, I had allowed the sound of a letter to block the essence of a word.
Gossamer is super fine, delicate. Like Em feels. So...Gossamer is her name.
I won't go back and change the stories. But Gossamer she has always been and always will be.
Okay, now THAT sounds like a naming ceremony is in order, right? A celebration for finally coming to a decision. A meaningful decision!
And for Dolltown, if we are talking ceremony, that means the Iples have to be involved, so the invitation went out, and Aira was free. She gathered the necessary items for the ceremony, as you'll see.
(No candles. It's summer! And daytime!)
Okay, let's get this party started!
You won't see the rest of the Girls or other Dolltowners who attended.
Just Aira, Gossamer herself, and her bff Indira, who becomes a part of the ceremony. Yes!
We are ready in The Garden!
Aira is overseeing this special day. She has the gemstones and shells to mark the event.
Our new chair is perfect for the occasion!
I took the two girls to change for the ceremony. Tomi Jane dresses!
And on the way...a Stellar's Jay hopped right down beside our setting.
(Are Gossamer and the jay...talking to each other? Did she invite him?)
Aira, one of our three Junior Iplehouse girls, gathers just the right elements for these two girls.
(Are those the pink flowerberries Rosa planted in her little garden?)
And Aira has something special in her hand for Gossamer...
What has Aira laid out? Rose quartz heart for love.
Crystal for clarity (at all ceremonies!)
And Aira has chosen the warm pink flowerberries and rhodonite gem sphere for Indira.
And for Gossamer, the mother of pearl shell and a little amethyst sphere.
(The girls call the gem spheres scattered around Dolltown, "rock balls".)
Here's Indira, dressed in Tomi Jane pink, ready. For what, she's not sure, but it all looks nice!
In our afternoon dappled shade, Indira receives her pretty gem and flowers.
And Aira puts her gentle hand on Indira's head as she says her name.
A blessing? Or is she just smoothing her hair? Or petting her like a cat?
And here's...Gossamer, in my favorite Tomi Jane dress.
(Oh come on, you say that for all of them!)
Aqua, like Gossamer's eyes.
If you look closely, you'll see a gold and silver chain in Aira's hand, and on it an amethyst pendant.
Hey! that belonged to my mother!
She would be a grand dame for Dolltown, if she was still with us.
(An eye for fashion and definitely magic.)
Okay, I'll go for that... Good move, Aira!
Aira puts the chain around Gossamer's neck.
And mutters a few words as she says her new name, her Forever name.
Then Gossamer is given her gem sphere and shell.
The girls sit to pay with their treasures.
The amethyst sphere matches the pendant.
Gossamer says, "A fortune telling ball!"
Hmmm, have you had one before, we ask?
"Not one of my own!" she says.
"And mother of pearl is like a mother's love.", she says.
Oookay now. We may have tapped a whole new dimension of action in Dolltown.
(The Iples keep their magic pretty close to their chests, so to speak. As do all the Others...)
When I think about it, Dolltown itself is magical.
I mean, there's a crossing of dimensions when the dolls arrive. We just don't think about it much.
It's all so natural... In the doll world.
Why are the girls looking at me. Are they reading my mind? About Magic? Dimensions?
Oh, no, it's okay.
I was talking out loud...
Nice toys, girls!
On the left...
That's a wrap, Aira.
I'll leave a little gratitude herb for your work here.
And yes! Can we do it again?
Looks like there's a line forming. Dolltowners who want their own rock balls now...
On the right...
"Gossamer" is something super fine and delicate - like a spider web or the material of a wedding veil. The original gossamer, from which the meanings come from, is the fine, filmy substance
spiders excrete to weave their webs.
A dress can be gossamer-like, if its fabric is so sheer as to be see-through, or almost."
So, as our ceremony ended, I headed over to water my pink climbing rose, and found some gossamer catching rose leaves between the branches.
(Real gossamer is not easy to see, of course, being so fine and delicate!)
I'm outta there, not so fond of spiders.
First of all, Indira's bff changed back into her long silvery locks after the photo shoot in the cute red Roxy wig!
We love this look on Dove, and she's wearing one of our favorite sun dresses with its very cute sun hat.
And the other Dolltown Little Darlings went off to play after the summer dresses photo shoot. They all scattered to have a little fun!
Indira and Dove spot one of Dolltown's favorite birds, a Stellar's Jay.
Dove, like Birdy and friends, has a fondness for feathered friends.
This jay came right down for a visit!
Indira and Dove tried to convince the jay to nest here in our garden.
But they watched it fly away as more girls arrived in the garden to play.
Rosa and Birdy are climbing high in the tree!
"Here's a blue birdhouse for the blue jay!", Birdy calls out.
Rosa says, "What does the big bluejay eat?"
"Blueberries, blue potatoes...", Birdy says.
"Blue oyster mushrooms?", Rosa asks.
What a foodie Rosa is! Whoever heard of blue oyster mushrooms?
Most of the children won't even eat the cute button mushroom...
Now, where did that Stellar's Jay go?
Maggie and Jiyoon are attracted to the Lanterns in the garden.
All shapes and sizes!
"We want to see them at night, says Jiyoon.
"Yes, when it's dark and they light up...please? Maggie asks.
Hmmm. We'll see!
Maybe we'll get a fire going in our chiminea!
And have a night party! Good idea, girls!
I left the Maggie and Jiyoon counting lanterns...
Well, aren't you two something!
Even in the garden bff's Pearl and Anna Zoey have managed to find a toy that smacks of school.
"We want to explore powers of ten." Pearl says.
Are there ten lanterns? Anna Zoey asks.
Or are there a hundred?"
Maggie and Jiyoon are going to report back to them.
They will use the abacus to keep track.
"After lanterns, let's count leaves." Pearl says.
"Of course, we'll have to estimate!"
Thousands, millions...just in this garden!
Meanwhile, nearby but miles away in attention, Fig and Chantal are pretending they are performers at a concert.
And they have arrived in their classy vintage car in time for a red carpet appearance.
Chantal is getting ready while Fig has a few more photos taken by the paparazzi.
"Park our car, please", Fig says to me.
I'll be back in time to clap...
"Thank you.", Chantal says sweetly.
What's with you three?
What are you doing inside? You have a whole garden to play in!
"We want to go to the park." says Lula.
"Do we have any balls?"
Yes! Lots! Go look!
So they did, getting up high on a perch so they could scan the yard for tennis balls, soccer balls...
"If we can find some balls, will you take us to the park?", red headed Scout negotiates.
And as soon as they found some they retreated inside again. These girls like to make a point.
As I leave the studio, where the Trio is stubbornly waiting for someone to take them to a "real" field, I find these two sticking out of our chiminea!
Get down now!
I don't even want to know how you two got up there!
Or what made you think it was a good idea!
NOBODY is taking our sundresses seriously!
What about a tea party? Visiting! Birdwatching from the lawn!
Do I have to do everything? Where are my watchers? Where's Hal? Where's Vikka?
Okay, that's better...now you two stay there!
Xennia and Tink look at me like they are listening. Ok....
Now, how long will that last? How am I going to get anything done?
Thank you Birdy!
She heard these two were "grounded", so Birdy brought a friend over to amuse her friends.
We all know how hard it is for Xennia and Tink to sit still for long!
And I noticed the Junior Iples coming our way... Photo op!
Birdy! Make up a story and keep those girls out of trouble! (Thank you.)
Here they are!
It's summer time in Dolltown, and the Little Darlings are out and about in the garden in their cool summer dresses!
I gathered them into some outdoor shelves long enough to snap photos of each of them, with their bff's, and a couple of shots with as many of them as I could squeeze into a shot...
Let's see who's wearing what! With 15 girls to show off these lovely sundresses, there's lots of variety! And several dolly dressmakers are represented here! I'll add the names, soon... :)
First of all, let's show Dove, in three different personas.
I love the Roxy wig! This red one looks adorable on her.
So nice she stayed in it for this photo shoot...
Dove is bff's with Indira...they are both our newest Little Darlings.
A year now since Dove arrived!
Indira has the most beautiful big brown eyes.
I love her in this pink eyelet dress.
Xennia got to wear Erin Green's froggy sundress, a favorite in Dolltown.
But where's bff Tink?
We hear she got to try on a brand new outfit...more frogs?
Monkeys! Even a little monkey hat!
Tink! Lucky girl!
Tink's happy with her little monkey dress!
She lost the monkey hat to Xennia, but she doesn't mind...easy going Tink!
Lula Star is wearing the sweet sundress we bought even before our first LD arrived in Dolltown.
Who can resist white eyelet? With bloomers?
And Lula took this to Australia when she traveled there with her doppelganger, our Lani.
We have a photo of Lula hanging onto a Christmas tree in this dress,
just before her Tasmanian family headed to the beach.
Lula has not one, but two bff's.
Evie Stevie loves to join Lula on her adventures.
No dresses for her! She wants to be ready for action!
Her outfit is from Mrs Bobbin Sews on Facebook.
Scout, Lula's other bff, keeps the other two focused on the effects of their adventures on the earth.
So, not just fun...meaningful!
Scout's serious nature is balanced by her love of clothes. But even then...
"Is this bamboo?", she asks of Erin's pretty sundress.
Nooo, but look how pretty these colors are with your hair!
(My generation loves cotton!)
This trio is already discussing how to climb the rose bush they can see across the patio.
Can't you girls wait until you have changed into shorts?
Maggie spent a year with her doppelganger in London.
And although she took a small wardrobe from Dolltown, she wore her black yoga outfit constantly.
Looking even more like our Tasya!
She was happy to get back to a fun wardrobel with lots of colors!
Jiyoon was happy when Maggie returned. Bff's!
Jiyoon spent time with all the bff's when Maggie was in London. Fun!
Chantal, our little songstress, was our 3rd LD to arrive.
She is often lost in her own little world.
Another Erin Green sundress! A special request for a musical notes dress!
Chantal's and Fig are bff's.
They are full of imagination and think up performances for the other girls, and Dolltowners.
Fig, in one of our earliest sundresses, loves to dress up and pretend.
Here she imagines she is a flower delivery girl with a special cart...
In a cute outfit we won in a photography contest!
So cheerful, just like Birdy!
Birdy and Rosa were the first Little Darlings I chose.
It took them over a year to arrive, but in my mind they were bff's from the beginning...
Rosa loves flowers, fruit, and anything to do with gardens.
This fun cherry sundress arrived long before she did, so she's not the first to wear it!
But very pretty with her green eyes!
Pearl, neat as a pin in a Tomi Jane sundress!
How lucky were we to find this dress from one of our favorite dressmakers!
Pearl and Anna Zoey are two focused bff's.
They organize, keep things moving, gather materials...and LD's for photos!
Anna Zoey is wearing the other "first" LD dress we bought from Etsy before any of the girls arrived.
She loves the pantaloons with the black satin ribbon.
Anna is the actual Little Darling prototype for "Ana", the 1st Nations 2014 Convention doll.
(Our Evie Stevie, above!)
Success! Everybody's here!
Well, Conner is still at April Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls in Detroit.
She's learning to make shoes for fashion dolls!
Our girls aren't even wearing shoes! lol
The Little Darlings are scattering again!
They are off to play in the garden!
Go for it, girls...but listen for the supper bell!
We won these cute outfits on eBay!
I thought it was funny that they call buying items by bidding on them on eBay "winning" or "losing".
That was until I was in several heated bidding wars that took total attention, bidding ahead, watching the last seconds of a bidding, and losing out to other savvy bidders.
Or...winning! Like I did with these beauties from Alina, at "penelope21*140".
I am not on eBay much, or in the market for much, these days. But I do love to sit with a coffee for a break now and then and check what the doll designers are up to.
And I was struck by this monkey dress and hat, with cute leggings. I just knew Tink would go nuts for this outfit. As would all the other LD's!
And my beautiful Ellowynes have not had a new outfit in...way too long! (I can't even open their shelf right now without hearing their wishes for at least seasonal updates!) So this set was a must.
So, my girls say "Thanks!", Alina! Reasonable enough for me to succumb. And, I won!
How cute is this?
Xennia, dressed in an adorable froggy sundress, was impressed!
She's convincing bff Tink to let her wear it next!
"Of course!", Tink says...
Ellowyne Amber , our Autumn, looks stunning in these rich colors!
Look at the detail in the golden yellow top!
I will definitely keep an eye on Alina's work from now on.
These weren't the only outfits up for bid.
I didn't dare take a chance on winning another one! lol
Rosa heads out to our little garden on this beautiful May morning.
She feels garden-appropriate in this overall outfit. Recently Hiya Dolly won a small photo contest! And the prize was an adorable outfit from Jayne Cruze Smith. Wait for it!
And two more outfits arrived with the prize, both perfect for spring gardening!
Rosa is ready for action with her shovel and a sweet plant to pop in to one of the little pots.
Garden Horse keeps an eye on Rosa while she gets busy. Thanks, Garden Horse!
Birdy shows up in our darling prize outfit from Jayne!
"Come on, Rosa! Time to clean up and change!"
Time to find favorite sundresses and then it's back to the garden soon!
Then Rosa can see if her pretty pink berries (flowers?) have grown.
Don't forget to water, Garden Horse! I'm busy...
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