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Well, look at these two!
Phoebe and Fancy Nancy spent an afternoon trying on clothes. How fun is that?
A friend came by with a suitcase of Bratz dolls...a dozen! And with them...clothes! And accessories!
We sorted everything, then set aside the Bratz, who are all in great condition but most need a serious hair brushing and conditioner treatment.
We picked through accessories and chose a few for our Dolltowners to use. Bags! Backpacks!
And the clothes! Some are too skinny for our tiny dolls. But some...
Look for yourself at these two trying on some of the duds.
What a pair! Fancy Nancy, who loves bling...and Phoebe who pays little attention to clothes, because she is usually immersed in her books. But she doesn't mind if we play with her and dress her like a doll. Wait! She is a doll!
"How do I look?", Phoebe asks?
Fancy Nancy found a crown!
That caps it for her...
But she also loves this fluffy dressing gown.
And Phoebe in a toque, a baseball cap and a toque!
And look! Sun glasses!
A crown and sunglasses!
It's just like we went shopping at a doll mall!
Phoebe is impressed with the bags... "Book bags!", she exclaims.
Vikka arrives to tell the girls to come to the Garden Shed.
And stops for a little dress up fun!
"Can we keep these clothes?", the little girls ask.
How can they not? Surely the Bratz wouldn't miss a few items?
Look at these two!
A picnic basket full of dolly food from Paris!
We received this delectable gift from Auntie April at Christmas time!
That's Fashion Doll Stylist April... Not only did she send us a box of Christmas goodies and a beautiful paper model of the Eiffel Tower, she included something to look forward to...in the spring.
At least that is the fast talking I had to do at the time. I didn't want the picnic basket emptied and the food eaten under the Christmas tree!
The Dolltowners argued at first. The sign on the basket said it was for Dollies Only. So, why can't the Dollies decide when?
In the end, I won out and this picnic was tucked away for months. And now...our first big outing of the year.
Bring on la pizza! That's pizza in French.
The three little Amigas brought the picnic. Then left.
We only have a few photos. I didn't want to miss out on the macarons and got stuck in the line up. Very popular, those macarons!
Now, all the children made it to the picnic.
And all the food was eaten-the pizza, the Camembert cheese, the salmon...
But Aunt April promised she would refill our basket next time she was in Paris.
And Conner can remind her if she gets distracted with her divas and doll couture!
We are providing a flat lay photo. so April remembers our favourites.
And Vera helps...she has been sticking by our side!
See April? It's a visual grocery list!
Okay, our golden fish snuck in.
The children are asking for double the macarons next time.
Say s'il vous plait, please!
And here's Vikka, our prop changer.
She has come to gather little Vera and all the others.
Picnic done. Time for Spring Celebration.
And...that's all done!
One more catch up and we will be all caught up.
At Fashion Doll Stylist's Design School for Girls.
What has Conner been up to?
Then we brought more of the children to the river to see the canoe, the gold fish, the beads...
And there was a picnic!
But before we had time to post all those photos, Easter arrived and all the Dolltowners spiffed up for a big egg hunt at the river with Bunny!
There were lots of photos of the spring celebration and we just got them all posted.
NOW we can get back to our canoe story...with more children coming to see the treasures!
The Little Darlings had just headed off into the forest, and these boys arrived.
And Asia brought buddies Gabby, Lilac Moon, and Oiya...
(These girls had just returned from an adventure at Aunt Jackie's)
The McCall girls, Pamela and Nellie, brought the rest of the little girls Shasta, Whoopi, Phoebe, and Kish.
(Almost all of them...where's little Vera?)
The other kids are making lots of noise in the forest!
Asia heads into the trees with some of the children to join the fun.
While Kish and Phoebe pretend they are canoeing on the river,
Nellie and Pamela tidy up the girls'coats.
The picnic is on its way!
Bunny has spent a whole year in Dolltown! Last year he decided it was such a great place that he would stay. Except for the times he has to leave to hide eggs all over the world.
Of course he makes time to hide eggs in Dolltown! And this year he hid lots of little eggs in the forest near the river. The children have hunted and hunted for all the eggs they could find!
Here is Bunny with a china egg, full of eggs that the little children found...under leaves, tucked in tree bark, and behind twigs and roots.
And here come the little children...
The little children went to fetch little bags, when Bunny told them they couldn't take the china egg.
He heard them making plans to tape it up and roll it back to Dolltown!
Vera said she would stay and keep an eye on the eggs.
But we noticed she was munching them while she waited... Who wouldn't?
It's Phoebe with her friend Fancy Nancy, and bunnies...
Phoebe is our tiniest girl (if we don't count the babies). She's so little that she has no one to share clothes with.
And I am horrified to admit that her one pretty yellow dress is missing! How could I?
All she has now is her own bathing suit!
So she has had to borrow some clothes so she could take part in some of our Dolltown activities! Rolled up pants, tshirts pinned at the back...
Thank goodness we found this tiny knit dress, (with a red hooded cape!) in an old chocolate box! She has worn it for several events with different ribbons.
Phoebe is a lovely, kind thing and she's very very smart. A child prodigy actually. (Doll prodigy?)
She deserves her own outfit!
I thought it was time...
At the right moment I called her to open her package...
Look at those colors! What little girl wouldn't want a new outfit like that!
I think Fancy Nancy is hoping it will fit her too!
Off Phoebe goes to try it on!
Fancy Nancy and the bunnies wait for her...
Wow! Perfect fit! Tres cute! What do you think, Phoebe?
The bunnies love it!
Phoebe is excited!
And good friend Kish comes to see little Phoebe in her new, colorful play outfit!
For this momentous event, I brought out the last of the Easter Peeps!
Go for it, girls! But don't get any on your new clothes!
My kids' Sashas, now Dolltowners, got to dress up for Easter too.
Well, the girls did anyway. Archie looks just fine!
Bethany and Asia got to wear Pachom Suesuwan dresses. And red haired Channing is wearing a brand new dress from a brand new source! Every now and then I try out a new dress designer for the bigger girls.
And that means the Sasha girls have clothes to wear! I can resist the pretty Sasha clothes! For now...
And the little girls joined the Sashas in brand new dresses too! They are very joyful, because usually they just exchange dresses for something "new" to wear. But these dresses are from Joyce, at prairiemoondesigns on eBay. And anyone who shops with Joyce know that most of these girls got new dresses for the price of what one dress usually costs. I don't want to even talk about it because I feel so lucky! These have lovely patterns, and are well made. Shhh. Our secret!
The Sashas stepped aside so the little girls could get a photo by themselves.
And first we gathered the girls with Joyce's Prairie Moon dresses!
Look at those colors!
The little boys, Uley and Bobby, joined their friends.
And the bunnies came back!
That means the eggs are hidden! And that's where the rest of the children are!
We can hear squeals of delight in the forest nearby...
The photos were taken on our celebration day, of course. It takes a while to post all the fun!
It was time to take the little ones to find some eggs!
While the Little Darlings were exploring the birchbark canoe at the river, these little girls, Oiya, Lilac Moon, and Gabby, climbed in my tote when I headed out for a visit to Aunt Jacalyn's.
I knew they were there. So I brought Asia, one of our "new" Sashas, to keep an eye on them.
When we arrived, the little girls decided to stay in the car.
I took Asia in with me. I really wanted her to see Jackie's travel treasures. Jackie is a great world traveler. And I have been hearing stories that the Sashas didn't stay in the attic all those years. I understand there were...adventures.
So, to see if I could get a recounting of these adventures from Asia I took her in to Aunt Jacalyn's...
Asia began to remark on the crafts she saw, but she was distracted when she looked out the window and spotted the three little girls, now car-free.
(Wait. I didn't know dolls could get out of a car!)
We watched them as they climbed, walked, and climbed some more...
What did they see? What were they after?
It's not easy to see the three of them here, but I snapped these photos anyway.
I wanted to capture their lilliputian scale against the small hillside behind Aunt Jacalyn's...
Oh my, girls. It's a brick...an empty brick. Imagine!
That's what you saw? And risked your little doll limbs to pursue?
May I remind you we have no doll hospital nearby? Just a first aid station and a couple of vintage nurses.
Now, here is Asia to gather you back to the safety of the car.
The girls look happy to see Asia. She seems comfy.
They cushion up when they get back to the car.
Before we go home, we are stopping at the pet store...
Cat leashes, I am thinking. A cat cage would be too...bizarre. Right?
They are just dolls!
It's the McCall Girls!
Nellie and Pamela are the ones in charge of the little ones for this River adventure!
These girls have taken the Babysitter Training so they know just what to do...
The Little Ones don't like to be called babies though. And they think they are old enough to look after themselves. So we had to get creative and think of a different phrase.
Today we are calling them Nounous. We think it is French for "nannies". We'll use it until our friend April tells us how wrong that is. Then we will find another phrase the little ones will put up with....
So, Nounous...you're on!
The little girls are dressed just right for a walk to the River.
Except Gabby! Why are you wearing a dress Gabby?
Gabby loves pink, and ribbons, pretty shoes, and hairclips...
The little ones gather around to tell Gabby she has got to change!
(Hey, Uley has joined the girls. See his bright red hair in the background?)
Gabby asks nounou Pamela to take her back to find some pants.
See her hugging Pam in the back there?
Uh oh...we are running out of little ones' pants! Now what?
Nounou Nellie herds the rest of the little ones off the bridge.
They are getting a head start to the River...
Gabby! What are you wearing?
Why are you here by yourself?
More little ones! Look at this bunch!
This is what happens when we run out of clothes for the Dolltowners!
It looks like Pamela opened a dress up trunk to be sure these children could make it to the picnic!
I don't even know where to start!
Gabby in her motley clothes (wait, is that a flowered bathing suit, Gabby?),
and Phoebe in vintage knit, with boots....
And Whoopie in out of control pigtails! (Gabby and Phoebe are impressed!)
When it is time to go...Gabby wants "up".
(Gabby does have a little trouble with her legs.)
We are so impressed!
Pamela is taking her role as Nounou seriously and helps Gabby with a piggy back ride!
This is a doll miracle, if you knew how loose Pam is herself.
No props here, no string, no duct tape!
It is going to be crowded on that River beach!
There is a lot of excitement. A spring picnic...and a surprise!
Gabby hopes it means a ride on the river!
Hmmm, not likely Gabby...we don't like to let you down but let's be realistic.
(We have no life jackets. And that's just ONE reason there will be no river rides!)
But if we are lucky there will be cookies!
Vikka brings five little girls to the movie matinee!
Vikka isn't much bigger than these girls...and Shasta is actually taller!
But Vikka is years older in experience and responsibility. And all the kids listen to her. (She's very serious and uses her alpha leader voice! Even I find myself cleaning up when she gets after the kids to do so!)
The little girls chose to see Moana. They love how adventurous Moana is. And they like to sing along with her!
And they think the Rock is very funny!
Once again, the popcorn boxes have run out and Vikka has to fetch some for the girls.
It's just not the movies without buttered popcorn!
Well, the little girls are now singing along with Moana in the theatre.
Vikka stayed to fill some more popcorn boxes.
She's heard there may be more Dolltowners arriving for an evening show!
Look at these two! So cute!
Uley is a 13" Berdine Creedy Uli, from 2007.
And Oiya is a 10.5" Heidi Plusczok Linette, from 2013.
They are explorers and are often are found in unusual places when I am gathering the children.
Unlike the dolls in the book The Doll People, who have to stick to a strict code of doll behaviour (like returning to the positions they were left in before the humans awake for the day), my dolls roam about as they please and have no concerns about my knowing that they do...
You don't think that's a sign of...disrespect, do you?
I think it's because I encourage adventure and creativity in my dolls.
Even if it means I can't find them sometimes.
Or they end up in odd places, like the tops of shelves that I can't reach!
I wonder where these two are right now?
Last I saw Uley, he was with the older kids at the Lego Batman movie. But I haven't seen Oiya for days! Hmmm...
To see Oiya and Uley in a few photos from last March CLICK HERE!
And below are close ups of these wonderfully designed dolls from two beloved doll makers!
Gabby got to create a sockwear dress! She stayed behind when the Little Darlings left to get ready for an outing to the Dolltown Cinema!
And one of Gabby's favorite friends, Priscilla, showed up in the Playroom, feeling very grumpy about been excluded from the sockwear fun.
(Excluded? So that's your story again, Priscilla?)
So Gabby decides to...help Priscilla. And get her into a sock. Small detail, Gabby? Scissors! And where did you get that sock?!
So, you can see that Uley showed up, hearing Priscilla's muffled complaints.
And after being somewhat successful at getting Priscilla INTO the sock, they realized that the lack of head and arm holes (a slight oversight) was causing a BIG problem.
And so they went to fetch Vikka.
Vikka, the Fixer.
Gabby and Uley wanted to get scissors and cut the holes while the sock was over Priscilla's head.
But thankfully Vikka can be trusted to have VERY good sense. Very safety minded (for others anyway)!
So the sock came off. But not before Gabby tried to persuade Priscilla to wear the sock on her head like a hat! She brought Priscilla a mirror though, and Priscilla was not impressed!
Gabby, Priscilla, and her little dolly left, to see if they could go to the movies. Good distraction!
Vikka's idea? Some dolls are sooo useful!
And then these two cleaned up the Playroom....
Good job! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! (We are busy making popcorn.)
Just a few photos of Gabby and the boys!
Gabby somehow managed to scoop a cute sock and convinced Chantal to make her a "dress"!
Pretty funny, Gabby!
And these boys saw the muscle shirts on the other boys,
and came to Jiyoon's playroom looking for a sock of their own!
Looking good boys! Good enough for some Valentine outing! Hmmm...
Okay little Gabby! Chantal, Faith and the rest of the Little Darlings are ready for their Valentine's photos!
All dressed in socks! How exciting!
Isn't this something?
I thought of Gabby right away when I saw this cute outfit from Alisewn, by Alison Austin.
Now, we have ordered from Alison before... the "elf" outfit Evie is wearing for Christmas, the Mondrian dress that Jiyoon wore in the spring...very creative.
And this one looked just right for our bright Gabby. And Vera, and Lilac Moon, and Shasta and Whoopie, and Oiya...
Gabby is thrilled at the moment, though, imagining it is hers alone. She won't mind sharing if I dangle something equally as festive, or sparkly, or fringy in front of her. Distraction works like a charm with Gabby...
Our Christmas Darling, green eyed Rosa, gets to wear the bigger version. (Two for the price of one after Christmas!)
And they enjoy a game of cards...Christmas cat cards!
The girls look like Christmas candies! Thanks, Alison! Just in time!
"How do you play?", Gabby asks.
She's getting old enough now to do more with cards than arrange then in flatlays, and balance them in triangle tents...
And bend them into small ball shapes to throw at her friends...
Oh, sweet Gabby...
Look at these excited girls!
They are gathering for a special Christmas present opening...with something for all the little girls!
Oiya and Lilac Moon were here early.
Then they are joined by Gabby and Vera.
And this sparkly bag shows up....
They wait patiently for Shasta to arrive, and out come the Christmas gifties and decorations!
Guard One brings little Phoebe, Kish, and Fancy Nancy...
And Silent Sam comes to take over for Guard One, who has to get back to his security duties.
Babysitting is not really a part of Guard One's job duties,
but he does find himself in charge of the children sometimes, as he watches over Dolltown.
Now Sam is Caregiver extraordinaire, ever since he arrived in Dolltown, and is often looking after the little ones.
He spends lots of time at Dolltown Daycare where all the children come and go.
And he is very happy to be a part of the Christmas festivities again this year!
Look at you girls all dressed up for Christmas!
The McCall girls are excited for Christmas! A Barbara, a Betsy, and a little Linda. Our Pamela, Nellie, and Vera.
And a Heartstrings Eva, a Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy, a Helen Kish, a Heidi Plusczok, and a Berdine Creedy. Such a great way to explore different doll designers!
We are going to post lots of photos because the girls all look so lovely and we haven't seen them for a while...
Here's the Heartstrings, our Phoebe, and a little Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy, and a ballet Helen Kish, our Kish.
Now a Linette Heidi Plusczok, our Oiya. Love her face!
And with her is Berdine Creedy's Lolly-Pop, our Lilac Moon.
Sweeties, both of them!
These two little girls, Oiya and Lilac Moon, are showing up in the next post.
With their friends Vera and Gabby...Gabby!
Stay tuned my friends.
Okay, we are straggling here.
There is a follow up Halloween story.
All the Dolltowners were surprised when the boys didn't show up at the Iple's Halloween party.
But it wasn't long before the girls discovered where they had gone....
The Little Darlings were on an outing in the forest, looking for art ideas for school projects.
As the girls explored for their class project, Badger and Owen came by.
They stopped briefly, but seemed in a hurry.
Scout and Rosa followed them long enough to see which way they went...
And Scout reported back to the girls.
Now they will find out what happened to the boys at Halloween!
Well, the girls have already had several classes in the Schoolroom.
The boys have been out on separate fieldtrips...
(There is no gender divide here in Dolltown.
But there are natural differences that we notice we are catering to.
Just like when I put lego and blocks in front of my own girls as babies and toddlers. And gave dolls and stuffies to our boy...
My kids just crawled across the room and settled in to the other toys. And our boy asked for Tonka trucks and Transformers. And our girls asked for Barbies and Little Ponies. (Well, and Shera!)
But since I have ended up with adult kids who cross easily across traditional gender lines in a way I am personally proud of as a natural feminist (equal is equal) I fall comfortably into boy/girl divides when these dolls come out... It's fun.
And we have lots of variety in our dollies and stories!)
Now the boys are getting busy with the counting blocks, chalk and books!
No sign of a teacher in sight!
We believe in self discovery here in Dolltown. And personal discipline.
These kids keep each other in line. Hahahahaha
These lovely Spanish made dolls, the Paola Reina Amigas, love to work in the kitchen!
Who are we to stop them from being so useful?
They have filled a basket full of picnic food for the Ellowynes' nighttime visit!
Thanks girls! Got any balogna sandwiches in there?
Okay girls, now off to bed!
Phoebe and Oiya arrive at the beach in their bathing suits. Lucky girls!
Most of the girls are wearing sundresses and pantaloons to the beach...
The qualifications of our lifeguard, Beach Lady was called into question, so it was decided she should have some help...
Oh yes, I'm sure Cupid Fairy is up to the task.
The boys, Chris and Douglas, arrive and the little girls pack up ready to go home.
They pack Gabby into one of their buckets. Her legs have been wobbly since the spring...
Shasta and Whoopi hang around to gather shells, stones and driftwood to take home. Crafts!
"Can you guys bring the buckets?", they ask.
Heartstrings Beach Party Eva, our Phoebe, arrived in this little bathing suit outfit.
We'd love to have swim trunks for the boys!
One of these days...
In July, the children came early to the Ice Cream party....
Then off they went on field trips with the Dolltown Summer Day Camp.
Now they are back and we snapped some photos!
The girls gathered around to tell me of their exciting adventures:
And running away from the boys who were throwing ripe plums!
"EWWWW!", they squealed.
And the girls told on the boys right away so they wouldn't get juice all over their summer clothes.
Shasta, Whoopi, and Oiya wanted to run home and change so they could throw plums too.
Their caregivers had to do some fast talking... They know I am the clothes washer around here!!
Uley had to change out of his too-warm clothes...we found him a cool Tshirt! It's hot here now!
These girls want to do some gardening now!
They found some little pots. Now they want some flower seeds.
It's August, girls!
(But it would be fun!)
Jacob, Pearl, Ivy (Scout now), and BB
Joy, Ana, Tink, then Chantal, then Chris, Douglas, Owen Talisman Stories
Ana, Phoebe. Priscilla, and Summer Talisman Stories
Phoebe, Chris, and Ana
Hansel, Priscilla, Phoebe, Chris and Noel Talisman Stories
Joy and Blossom Talisman Stories
We have a variety of girls. It is great to have a doll in hand to see how you like it.
How does it look, move, pose, and get along with the others?
One Heidi Ott boy, 2 Chris Miller boys, and 4 Robin Woods boys, for now...
The CM's and RW's are basically the same brand. And look the same with small differences (like the smiling Chris Miller).
BUT boys are not easy to find.
And maybe we don't need as many. lol
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