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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Red Hat



Instead of orange, what about red and black for Halloween?


This is Stella Serendipitous wearing a hat that my husband brought home--MY HUSBAND bought my dolls a hat!! *Faints*


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Getting Ready


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. 


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Planning Committee



A great Halloween doesn't just happen, it takes planning. Meet the planning committee. 



Vera Florentine Neo and Nellie Nibbles Middie. The Jiji cat figurines are from the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".



Monday, October 9, 2017

Insomnia



She sleeps well most of the year; but in October, Penny always develops a case of insomnia. 


Cloud 9 Bowl

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nothing but Treats Here



ALWAYS choose the treat.


This is Mod Molly...again...I've had her for several years, but this is the first time I've used her for autumn and Halloween pictures. What was I waiting for? She's perfect!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Decorating



After decorating her room with a Halloween theme, Charity had just one thought: 

"It needs more spiders!"



She is Mod Molly

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Fall!


Every leaf speaks bliss to me, 
fluttering from the autumn tree.
                        --From "Fall, Leaves, Fall" by Emily Bronte



This is Mod Molly in her stock dress and socks (the hat is by Elifins, and the boots are from Supabonbonniere2 on Etsy.) She has the perfect coloring to represent autumn. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sewing Together


Sewing is twice as much fun when you do it with a friend!


Yellow Marshmallow


Friday, September 22, 2017

Irresistable



Jill wanted to wait until she got home to eat the donut, but it looked so delicious and smelled so amazingly good that she stood outside the bakery door and took a great big bite. 


Home Sweet Home



Thursday, September 21, 2017

All You Need Is...



LOVE. It's all you need. 
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.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Goodbye!



Overly-dramatic as usual, April waves goodbye to her sister, who is just going to the store for a bottle of milk. 




Ichigo Heaven is the Neo on the left; Nellie Nibbles is the Middie on the right. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pink Agreement



They don't agree on everything, but they always agree that there is no such thing as too much PINK!



They are Ichigo Heaven (left) and Prima Dolly London (right). Yes, their hair is exactly the same color, and almost the same style. The main difference between them is that IH is RBL and PDL is FBL.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Hiking Rocks!


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.





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Near the Water



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. 







Saturday, September 16, 2017

An Apple a Day


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. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Flowers



There is no better compliment to natural beauty than flowers. 



This is Cinema Princess, wearing Stella Serendipitous' stock dress. She is posing for the theme "Flowers". The background is a painting my daughter did in high school. 



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Grandpa Always Said...



Grandpa always said "You will reap what you sow." Now I understand what he meant!


This is Vera Florentine. I promise to change her out of her stock outfit soon. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baking Success



Baking can be a lot of work, but it's totally worth the effort when the results are this awesome.

This is Prima Dolly Peony. The cake and baking items are part of a set for Lori dolls that are sold at Target. 




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Multitasking



When she moved to the city and started her own business, Penny was pleased to discover that dog walking not only pays well, but it is also great exercise.



She is Cloud 9 Bowl


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunny Day



When you turn your face to the sun, 
the shadows will fall behind you.




 Cadence Majorette

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lazy Day


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.

She is Vera Florentine.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bath Time



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."







Tuesday, September 5, 2017

School



Why do they enjoy playing "school" so much more than actually going to school?



Middie Blythes: Nellie Nibbles, Melomelomew, and Puchippu Chappu Pepa.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Sleeping In



You don't have to be awake to enjoy a day off from work. 



This sleeping beauty is Cadence Majorette. Her quilt and sleep mask were made by our friend Angie Coppi.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Good Food



You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.
                                                            --Paul Prudhomme



This is Playful Raindrops, helping me with a the theme "good food" for the Blythe a Day group on Flickr.





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cat Family



Ann has such a large cat family that it's hard for her to find room to sit on the sofa. 

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This girl is UFO A GoGo, wearing the stock dress from Coco Collette. The cats are from different makers, but my favorite one is Schleich.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Still Summer



It may be September, but  Autumn doesn't begin until the 22nd. 
IT'S STILL SUMMER! 
 Enjoy it while you can.


Cherry Beach Sunset



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cadence


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.





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Get a Little Closer



If you want to have a happier life, get a little closer to nature. 


This is Jill, my Home Sweet Home Blythe doll. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shoe Obsession


Dolly shoes: so cute, so costly!

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.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Blythe Con Brooklyn Donation


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!



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Meet Jill

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!






Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's Cookin'?



Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven.


This is Prima Dolly Peony. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You Deserve a Break Today



Marina's personal motto is "A burger a day keeps the doctor away," and she's never been sick a day in her life.




Ooh! McDonalds!



Playful Raindrops


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Soup!


Babysitting is fun when the children are well behaved and wait patiently for their dinner. Bree calls them to the table, saying, "It's almost ready, boys! This soup is going to be 'M'm M'm good!'"



 This is Middie Blythe Lena Elena. The boys are Sonny Angels.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Build Something Together


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!