Preparing for a trip is half the fun! Gidget is preparing to come with me to BlytheCon Brooklyn on Sunday October 22nd. I bought tickets many months ago, even though I wasn't sure if we would actually go...but everything has fallen into place, so my husband and I will be on the train bright and early that Sunday morning, heading for Brooklyn! Gidget (Cherry Beach Sunset) is the obvious choice to come with us, since the theme doll for the Con is "tan dolls". There is room in my doll carrier for one more, so I may also bring my most special girl, my Kenner, Jane.
It was surprisingly difficult to decide what to do for the theme "love". There are so many ways I could have gone with it, but most of them felt too much like Valentine's Day to me. In the end, it was the simple solution that worked the best.
Simply Lilac, Prima Dolly London, Prima Dolly Amaryllis, and Cloud 9 Bowl.
Emiko was surprised to discover painted boulders lining the path as she hiked in the mountains for the first time.
I was walking with my husband one evening last week, playing Pokemon Go. As we sat down on a bench (to take over a gym...you Pokemon players know what I'm talking about) I noticed a rock that had been carefully set against the back of the bench. I thought there was something special about this rock, but it was too dark to see, so I put it in my pocket. When I got home I saw that it had a picture painted on it (it's the one on the right with the sun and house); on the back was the name of a Facebook group, "Williamsburg VA Rocks!" It turns out that this is a local group of people who paint and hide rocks around town to be found by strangers. If you find one, you can keep it or re-hide it. The people in the group post pictures of rocks they have painted and are getting ready to hide, and they love it if "finders" will post pictures of their finds...so I'm going to post this picture to the group, showing my rock, plus two others that my daughter found. I'm also going to tell them about Blythe. Who knows? Maybe I'll get some of them to come over to the "Blythe side"! This doll is Lady Camellia.
For today's theme, "Water", I packed up a couple of Blythes and drove along the York River until we came to a pull-over spot with a clear view of the water. I had brought a wooden crate for a seat for the dolls, so I put that on the grass in front of my car, arranged a doll on it, and started shooting pictures. The pictures came out okay, but not great. I was in a hurry because I didn't want to attract attention, and my camera is not great outside because the only way to see what you are shooting is the screen on the back of the camera, which is hard to see in bright light. I much prefer the controlled environment of an indoor photo shoot, and my camera works better there too. Looking at these, I wish I could have gotten closer to the water, as it is really such a small part of each picture.
This is Bridget (Allegra Champagne) wearing a Blythe Happy dress. Out of all the pictures I took of her, this is my favorite because of the sun shining on her wavy hair.
This is Gidget (Cherry Beach Sunset) wearing the stock dress and head wrap from Pineapple Princess. The sun was so bright at her back that her skin tone looks extra dark in the shade. I love her profile in this picture.
Even if an apple a day won't keep the doctor away, apples are good for you. I did some quick research and discovered that they are full of vitamins C and A, and they are high in fiber. Best of all, they are delicious! Macintosh is our favorite. What's yours?
Cousin Olivia is posing for the theme "apples" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr.
For most people, a lazy day would mean relaxing on the bed, reading a novel. For Vera, it means relaxing on the bed and studying her favorite subject: biology!
I found this cute dolly-sized biology set recently at Target. It is meant for 18" dolls, but it works well for Blythe too. For some reason, it is in a combination of English and French--thus, the spelling "Biologie" for the title of the book.
The late summer weather is so perfect that even Vera's least-favorite outdoor chore is a pleasure. (For Max, it's always a pleasure!) This is my new Blythe doll, Vera Florentine. I love her bright makeup and bright outfit; I also love her curly hair, which required no special effort to make it look pretty (unlike Home Sweet Home, whose hair still needs some work after several washings.) I couldn't figure out why she has a pea pod on her hat, until I was enlighted by my Facebook friend, Angie Coppi. Here is her comment about this Pinocchio-theme doll: "In the original story of Pinocchio, the puppet is befriended by a wise pigeon, who teaches him to try eating something he has always hated: peas! And because he is hungry, Pinocchio eats them and love them. Another story with a moral for the children reading it."
Earlier this summer, when I was taking a red, white, and blue "4th of July" picture, I realized that I have dolls with red hair and blue hair, but none with white hair. I NEEDED a white-haired girl! So recently, when I came across a used Cadence Majorette at a great price, I couldn't say no. Here she is, my new girl Cadence. Her hair is a very pale blond rather than stark white, but it works for me! The pink dress she is wearing, from Honey Dolls, is also new to us, and she gets to be the first to wear it. (The headband actually goes with a different dress, but it goes well with this one too.) Now I'm all set for July 4, 2018! In the meantime, I plan to take plenty of pictures of my pretty new girl.
When I started collecting Blythes, I planned to make most of their clothes myself...but I didn't think about the shoes, until my first girl came wearing a pair of black boots that simply did not go with everything. She needed more shoes. I actually tried to make shoes out of felt, without success...I can make bedroom slippers out of felt, but not regular shoes (although I have seen at least one talented person make shoes from felt on Etsy, I just wasn't/am not ready to invest the time and effort into figuring that out.) So, I had to start buying shoes. I found them on eBay, Blythe Kingdom, Etsy, and Facebook groups, and I have gradually amassed quite a nice collection of tiny footwear. With the average price around $20 a pair, if I see any that I like that are less than that, I snap them right up!
This is Simply Peppermint with a small sample of our doll shoe collection.
A few months ago I was contacted by a member of the BlytheCon Brooklyn organizing team, asking if I could make a donation for a raffle prize. I was happy to say "yes", and today I am even happier to say that I have finally finished my donation! This is my new girl Jill (Home Sweet Home) modeling the outfit I will be sending to the Con.
The pink dress fabric is one of several that was designed especially for this Con's theme of "The 1980's". It features scattered cassette tapes (hey, I remember those!) in different sizes. This four-piece set includes a sleeveless dress, a hairbow made from the same fabrics as the dress, a short-sleeved wool sweater, and a wool felt shoulder bag with a cassette tape on the front, also made from felt.
In addition to the dress set, I will also be donating one of my new Blythe Happy calendars for 2018. It's hot off the press! I had it made at Snapfish, and it looks really good.
BlytheCon Brooklyn will take place on October 22, 2017. I hope to be there!
Introducing my pretty new Blythe doll, Home Sweet Home! She will go by the name Jill.
I normally prefer the fantasy-haired girls, but I just love Jill's soft coloring, translucent skin, and her pink and blue outfit. I was pleasantly surprised to find the two paper extras that came with her: the adorable Blythe-in-a-box that is her mini-me, and the sweet little shopping bag from the store Junie Moon. Both of these items had to be assembled. The doll box was simple to fold together, but the shopping bag required glue and I had to supply the handles; luckily, I have a huge selection of ribbon in my sewing room so it was easy to find some that matched. I also added my own tissue paper to the bag to make it look like Jill just came home from a shopping trip.
I've had her for a couple of weeks, but I haven't posted her picture until now because her hair required FIVE washes to get the grease out! This is the most work I've had to put into a doll to make her presentable right out of the box, and she could probably still use another shampoo. That's her only drawback--if you are thinking of getting her, be prepared to wash, wash, wash her hair!
After working on their model of Tower Bridge for three hours, Jubilee and Tillie had only managed to assemble the little bus. They both began thinking that it was time to find a new hobby.
Look at how tiny this bus is! All the pieces of this model are made from perforated paper. You are supposed to punch them out, fold tiny flaps, and glue them together with the tiniest dabs of glue. The picture of the model on the box looks awesome, but I have absolutely no motivation to go any further now that I have finished the bus!