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.
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?)
Here is Conner in front of the beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral!
When in Paris...go sightseeing!
April, Fashion Doll Stylist, does this everytime she goes back to her little apartment in Paris.
Well, she sees the sights as she carries on about her Paris business.
But we all know what it is like when you have a visitor who has never been to your city...
Little Darling dolly, Conner, has certainly never been to Paris before, or much of anywhere else for that matter. From a box of Little Darling doll sculpts, to the Doll Studio for a face up, then back into her own box, and shipped straight to Dolltown...just last year!)
Then, a big move to Detroit City at Christmas, to attend Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls! What an adventure that has been so far. Conner was helping April design couture for dolls, while we were chopping up cotton socks for Valentines Day wear!
And then, a weeks-long stay in Paris, with forays out into the city. Cathedrals, Doll Museums, parks, and shops...with treasures found, like sparkle runners.
Sparkle runners? Never say so! Seriously, never say sparkle runners around here! That glitter that just came out to decorate the Eiffel Tower model here in Dolltown is already giving me the shivers....
But let's enjoy a few photos, from Conner and April, on their sightseeing adventures in Paris.
Gather around, girls! And boys!
We already showed you a few photos of Conner's arrival and first day out in Paris, to a doll museum!
The next photos we received...a chocolate model of the Notre Dame Cathedral!
What! Not fair! That got all the girls clamoring for a trip to Paris!
(For some of them, it would be a return trip, but that's another story!)
Then the two explorers took photos of the Museum of Modern Art,
where Conner was impressed with the art even outside the building!
"And this must be where the King lives!", Conner said when they came to City Hall.
"No, it's where the Mayor works!", April told her.
"Well, he must be very busy to need such a big office!", Conner replied.
Then it was off to the Louvre, full of art.
They saw a glass pyramid out front and then peeked inside,
where there is so much art that it would take years to see it all.
At least, that's what Conner thought!
Conner was amazed at the underside of the glass pyramid!
Another day Conner and April crossed a bridge.
Conner could see boats lined along the river, and April told her people live in those boats!
What a nice view they have of the Eiffel Tower!
The real Eiffel Tower!
And along the bridge, itself, there were lots of love locks!
That's when April told Conner some of her own life love stories.
Conner was fascinated!
And so were the little romantics in Dolltown! (Conner shared some of the stories...)
(I think Badger just left to find a love padlock for Scout... "We have a bridge!", we heard him muttering.)
And, last but not least for today, Conner's sparkle sneakers.
You saved the best for last, one of the girls said. (Really? Sparkle sneakers tops the Louvre?)
Well, it's just as I thought. The girls scattered, looking for footwear of any kind.
No worries. I hid all their shoes. I knew this would happen.
"Does glitter work on bare feet?" I heard Tink say from the dressing room.
Okay, I gotta go...
More on Conner's Paris trip another day!
Yes, Plangonologists all over the world are celebrating their doll collections!
In Dolltown, we have a party... 100 dolls. Very fun!
The girls made it to the Garden Shed...and there was the Eiffel Tower model in its brown box, from Paris.
Faith is holding the tiny Eiffel Tower with the model, that arrived from Fashion Doll Stylist at Christmas.
But just before they arrived, Vikka, who set the scene ready for a model build, found some glitter glue!
And left it for the Little Darlings...
Faith, Jiyoon, and Chantal like the look of that glitter! "Let's take out the Tower pieces!
"Let's put glitter on our coloring!"
I'm not sure about that glitter on the Eiffel Tower!
Who's idea was it anyway?
I better go get the other girls. We better have another Eiffel Tower strategy meeting!
In the meantime, we'll post some more Conner in Paris photos!
Wait for it...
This little package arrived in the mail. All the way from Australia!
On a favorite Facebook group for Little Darlings and friends, a photo contest was held a while ago. And we won a prize!
Since Faith was our May girl, she got to open it. And it's nice to share such a fun event with a friend.
Chantal was happy to help Faith open the package and read the card.
This straw hat prize comes from Kay Marie Treble. Kay makes these adorable silk-flowered hats, as well as the prettiest smocked dresses.
We don't have a Rosebud Collection dress yet here in Dolltown! But it's on our Wish List! Someday...
But we do have a hat now!
Chantal tells Faith how pretty it looks with her deep blue eyes!
Awww, so sweet!
Thank you, Kay!
My girls are very happy to have such a pretty new hat...
Now they think I will let them go out in the sun! Uh oh!
Here's our powerhouse trio, Scout, Lula, and Evie. They have big plans to save the world from... well, you name it. These girls have it covered! From climate change, poverty, to bad haircuts...
These girls are meeting up at the Picket Fence with some of the boys before they head up to tackle the Eiffel Tower model building.
They are impatient, which is sort of their middle name. Where are those boys?
The first to arrive is Badger, formerly known as Brian, until Scout got a hold of him last year. Badger thinks Scout is "the best thing since sliced bread" (Badger is a Vintage).
Since the other boys aren't here yet, Scout decides this is the time to fix that haircut we gave him soon after he arrived. (We were part way through it when Scout said it was time to get the food to the Food Bank. "But Scout...!")
Let's see what happens this time.
That's it? That's the haircut?
What do I mean, "Is that it?". Ummm, nothing, Scout.
Oh, you are cleaning up? Great!
"Of course!" you say? Okay then...
Oh good! A distraction...the other boys are here, Owen and Chris!
Time to head out before the girls decide more haircuts are in order.
How are you feeling, Badger? Good? Good!
(Just keep the mirrors away from him. Although anything Scout does is fine with Badge!)
Here is a photo of Conner tucking in after a long day of traveling with April to Paris.
This is the longest trip any of our Little Darlings have taken, for sure!
Well, except for Lula's journey to Australia and back with Lani!
And, of course, Maggie's travels to London with Tasya!
Oh wait! How could I forget an en masse secret trip to Paris last year! I think I have blocked that!
Oh that April!
(I better hang on to the Little Darlings here in Dolltown! They seem to like world travels!)
Conner is sending our girls her Paris travel stories...
On her first night, she sent this photo and she said she is in the arms of Mme. Rose, the resident bean bag lady.
"You cannot imagine how comfortable I am in her arms. Good nite!"
But let's start with Conner's arrival at April's apartment!
The Eiffel Tower!
This is the view from April's balcony!
Right away, Conner met April's doll divas who reside in her apartment.
Books, artwork, and couture garbed models...Conner is surrounded with new things!
Even in April's powder room, Conner found art, treasures, jewelry...and tiny perfume bottles!
Conner rests for a while after her long trip, and apartment explore, with a lapful of perfume bottles.
She had fun showing her Dolltown friends all the things she discovered!
After a good sleep, and after choosing her favorite bottle (that looks like it came from outer space!) Conner was tucked into April's big coat pocket.
Then April took Conner to a museum that has only dolls! Conner visited doll ancestors! There are so many! It reminded her of Dolltown...
Conner said, "Look at me! I am taking photos of the vintage dolls at school!
There are dolls from all over the world!"
Conner found dolls she wished she could bring home! And she was fascinated with all the tiny things displayed with the old dolls. Just like the French food April sent us for our Dolltown picnic!
Dioramas of ting chairs, rugs, windows, buggies, dogs, pretty dolls...Conner had so much to see at the doll museum.
Afterwards April took Conner to a park for a little fresh air and exercise! The Anne Frank Park!
April told Conner the story of Anne, who wrote "The Diary of a Young Girl" an account of her experiences during World War 11...
Anne Frank said, "Whoever is happy will make others happy too." But her story made Conner sad for a little while. However, it was fun at the park. And it was a very fun day!
And that is enough for now!
A full day of the best museum (toutes poupees!) and a playground with a history.
We'll come back to Conner's trip and tell you more about her adventures...including a chocolate cathedral!
Now, back to the dolls in Dolltown...what are they up to?
-Our Eiffel Tower cardboard model was colored beautifully back in January. It was a welcome gift from April and arrived in a box of other goodies at Christmas.
After the Little Darlings added their favorite colors to the flower and butterfly designs back in winter, we put the model away until spring arrived. Then the children could assemble the Eiffel Tower outside.
We decided to put it together in front of our Garden Shed where all the children come to play.
Vikka has once again set up our diorama, with a little advice from Garden Fairy.
And no sooner had Vikka announced her completion, than our May girl, Faith, and her buddy Jiyoon arrived.
Faith will be deciding how the next step in handled....
Thank you, Vikka! Well done!
We can see our coloring peeking through...
Faith and Jiyoon are here ready to discuss plans for the assembly.
Faith is our May girl. She is wearing a new pretty gingham dress by Susan Elizabeth, all the way from the UK.
And the dress came with pantaloons, and a great big bow! The girls were so impressed with this bow, when they changed out of their Spring Celebration dresses, they all chose to wear hairbows with their outfits!
The girls are all meeting at the picket fence. And then they are on their way garden shed, where the Eiffel Tower model is waiting for them.
Will the model be easy...or challenging?
I wear my red shoes each time I go to town...
Where are the rest of the girls?
Most of the girls are on their way to the garden shed now, to work on their Eiffel Tower project.
Just Evie, Lula, and Scout are lagging behind.
They've invited the boys...
Conner is all a twitter!
She is getting ready for a trip to France with April...
April, Fashion Doll Stylist, is returning to her Paris apartment for several weeks. And she is taking Little Darling Conner with her!
April doesn't need to take many doll models with her. She works with her Paris Divas when she is there. April and Conner traveling light. They are planning their wardrobes carefully.
For April, that's three black tshirts, two black jeans, a black jacket with big pockets (for Conner and some chocolate), and black flats. Now, that may not be completely accurate, but what I gather is...black wardrobe for April (it's Paris, right?)
Conner, on the other hand just had a brand new dress made for her. Very pretty, Conner! And she gets to take all her new shoes (April makes her shoes...what?). She has a very French red beret! Conner has been very excited and she is sharing her plans with Birdy, Faith, and the girls.
"We are going to doll museums and bridges with love locks, and I get to see the real Eiffel Tower!"
Of course her Dolltown friends here asked to go along in her suitcase and Conner laughed and laughed. "It's not that easy!", she said. Then she blew us lots of kisses and promised to send lots of photos!
Looking cute, Conner! Love the beret!
Update: Conner and April have arrived in Paris. And sure enough they are sending photos!
We are amazed! Stay tuned for another catch up with Conner....Conner in Paris.
And, of course our Little Darlings are inspired now to get out our Eiffel Tower model, from April herself. All colored and ready to be assembled! Exciting!
It is so fun for all the girls to get dressed up, and then play in the forest hunting for eggs!
Here are a few more photos of a few of our Dolltown Little Darlings....
There's Chantal, Birdy on the bike (and off), and Rosa.
Then Jiyoon comes, spending time with Bunny!
The last photos show some of the details of Xennia's Tomi Jane beautiful Tea Dress...
See the tiny buttons attached, to match the scale of the dress and other details?
I caught these photos while Xennia was taking a nap on Big Bunny, just before the hunt!
I'm sure Xennia will want a nap again after she eats those pretty candy eggs!
But she has been told she has to change her dress before her nap.
(Why didn't I tell her she has to change before she eats the eggs?
Excuse me, I have to go. Chocolate melts in little hands...)
Bunny is left with an almost empty china egg, after the little children scooped until their bags were full...
Now what? No worries. There is an unending supply of candy eggs as long as we keep Bunny around in Dolltown.
We give him carrots. He gives us candy...
Here come the boys...
The girls won't be far behind. They were hunting for eggs together in the forest.
The boys arrive with a buggy of eggs.
Some of the girls arrive with a bag of eggs.
There's a swap, a departure, and an arrival of a flower cart (more eggs), and more of the girls arrive.
Okay, a flower cart full of chocolate eggs covered in pastel sweets.
That should do you, girls! Enough to share!
Off you go with them, Birdy! Careful not to tip it!
They went that way, Jiyoon...
Why are you late, and by yourself?
I hope you weren't alone in the forest....
(Okay, she was fine. The Sashas were there, a few Stuffy Bunnies, and I am sure Guard One was lurking nearby. He's on security duty. That sounds better than "babysitting". Right?)
Now, a few more photos shortly, just because...
Priscilla biked to the Dolltown River clearing to catch up with all her friends...
No one there! The kids are still in the forest hunting eggs!
But then Xennia showed up with her little rainbow bunny. And asked Priscilla if she could take the bike for a ride.
She didn't wait for Priscilla to say yes, but took off. Her bunny had to do some fast hopping to keep up!
And Priscilla looked a little miffed (as she often does) and grabbed up our tiny bunny couple.
I think they were a little surprised.
I think they wondered what she was going to do with them!
What are you doing with our bunnies?
Oh good...here's Easter Bunny to keep an eye on the situation.
Just stick around, Priscilla! There's chocolate eggs coming, we hear...
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