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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hot Cocoa


Enjoying a giant mug of hot cocoa is just one of the season's many pleasures.


This is Milky Way Sugar, posing in a great chair I found recently at the local antique mall. It is sturdy and has a lot of detail, and it was only $8!




Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas


Promise has been a teacher long enough to know that memorizing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" will be much easier for the children with the help of a visual aid. 



Lil' Heart by Milk





Monday, December 11, 2017

Jolly Old St. Nicholas



Ivy is proud to be known for her extensive collection of St. Nicholas statues and figurines. 



This Blythe is Prima Dolly Amaryllis. The only santa that is of note in this picture is the one in back on the left; he was made by a local artist, Nancy Thomas. She has a cool little store in this area, and sells on a website too. She designed an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 2007.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Deck the Halls


As Bridget hangs the wreath on the front door, the Christmas decorating is DONE! Now it's time for some gingerbread and hot chocolate. 



She is Allegra Champagne. Do you like our new door? It is an incredible prop that my husband got for me for Christmas...yes, he said I could sneak it out of the bag for a picture! It is produced in Colonial Williamsburg, and it is meant to go with a set of dolls that they sell (which I do not like! Like this doll .) It is perfect for Blythe. I will show more of it in the future.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Viewing



These two can't get enough of "The Little Drummer Boy" at Christmas. What holiday movie is on your "must see" list? 


Petit Dejeuner and Lena Elena.




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wrapped Up


All wrapped up in the fun of the season.



They are Ichigo Heaven, Bow Wow Trad, and Simply Sparkly Spark.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good King Wenceslas



"'Good King Wenceslas' is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the First Day of Christmas)." (--Wikipedia)


This photo is for the theme "Good King Wenceslas" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr. I wasn't sure how to portray a male character when all my dolls are female, so I just went forward with a female doll (Lady Camellia). I dressed her in the stock robe from Angelica Eve. With the collar turned up, it almost looks like she has a pageboy haircut, and I hope that gives the illusion that this is a king rather than a queen!




Monday, December 4, 2017

Mulled Wine


Much to her relief, Cecilia finally found her mother's recipe for mulled wine, crumpled in the back of the kitchen drawer. It wouldn't be a Christmas party without the mulled wine!


Cecilia is my Cinema Princess Blythe doll.







Sunday, December 3, 2017

Jingle Bells


It sounded like a good idea when Bonnie suggested it: "Let's go around the neighborhood and sing 'Jingle Bells' to spread some holiday cheer!" But now, standing in front of the first house, Bonnie and Grace both have a bit of stage fright.


They are Petit Dejeuner and Raspberry Sorbet, the first two Blythes I bought when I got interested in them in 2012. It's been five years, and I have close to 60 dolls now!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow


My daughter and I were happy to discover that one of my Petite Blythe dolls could fit in this antique sleigh-shaped planter she bought this summer. Little Polly takes a ride through the "snow" on our fireplace mantel that's been decorated for Christmas. You can see the whole display in the second picture. 




It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house!








Friday, December 1, 2017

O Christmas Tree


Candy takes it upon herself to add a much-needed touch of pink to the Christmas tree. 




She is My Little Candy.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

How to Have a Happy Holiday


Citrine's advice to everyone as the holidays approach: make a list! You will be more organized and less stressed as you decorate, shop, and entertain.


This is Ice Rune wearing Cadence Majorette's stock dress.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hat Check


Before heading out the door, Vera always checks to be sure the angle of her beret is "just right."



This is Vera Florentine, wearing a hat I just knitted with her in mind, since I've decided that she always needs to wear a hat. She looks good in any strong color, not just orange or yellow.

 I found this mirror recently at Barnes and Noble; it is one of a series of decor items based on the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service." The cat, mug, and flower jar are all glued in place...unfortunately! I was hoping I could move them around and use them individually in different photos.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving


"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'Thank You,' that would suffice."  
                                                                       --Meister Eckhart




Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Whether or not you are celebrating this holiday, we wish you a happy day! Bonnie (Raspberry Sorbet) is wearing the stock coat and hat from Mod Molly, and I skirt I made for her. I don't remember where the boots came from!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Let's All Read a Book



Someday, Jill hopes to have a big house with an actual library. Until then, the books are in scattered piles and on random shelves. 


Home Sweet Home


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gorgeous Zelda


If you could have only one Blythe doll, which one would it be?

For me, the answer is Blythe Adores Anna Sui. I'm surprised that I didn't choose a pink haired girl! But Anna's deep purple hair satisfies my need for a fantasy color, without being an obviously unnatural color.  Depending on the light, her hair can look brown, black, or purple. She has strong makeup, which gives her face more depth than some of my other girls, and the contrast between her dark hair and light skin is perfect for photographs. She looks good in a lot of different colors, too, so she is a very versatile model. Isn't she gorgeous?

My girl is named Zelda. Today she's wearing a dress we just got by Endangered Sissy on Etsy (the dress is actually second-hand; I found it in a group on Facebook). Even though I can sew clothes for my dolls, I like to collect garments from other people who sew for Blythe. I love the colors of the vintage fabrics in this dress! It's perfect for her. Her purse is a Hallmark Barbie ornament from 2004.






Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall Feeling


We're embracing the feeling of fall, briefly, before going crazy with the Christmas decorations! Happy fall to all from Vera Florentine. 


In case you are wondering...Vera is wearing a hat with a pumpkin and fall flowers on it, and standing in front of a vase with an arrangement of fall leaves, berries and squash. So no, that's not one big hat on her head!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dolly Collector



Collect what you love. 



Prima Dolly Peony with the miniature Mab Graves print "The Dolly Collector," which we bought at BlytheCon Brooklyn.



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

That's Entertainment



Who needs TV when there's a new jigsaw puzzle to put together?


These Blythe dolls are Cousin Olivia (left) and Playful Raindrops (right). Their hair color is exactly the same, but their skin tones are quite different. When I saw this Japanese puzzle with such tiny pieces at the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, I had to buy it for them--they've made good progress on it already!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Be Kind





This is another picture of Vera Florentine...looking good in another hat, which I knitted several years ago using the Ecoliere Beret pattern by Maggie Baird on Ravelry. The pattern is free, so give it a try if you are looking to knit a cute hat! This red hat came out a bit bigger than those in the pictures with the pattern; I assume it is because I used thicker yarn than she did. I like how slouchy it is, and it's nice to know that you can vary the look by using different types of yarn. 



Monday, November 6, 2017

Vera Needs...Something


I've been thinking about my Vera Florentine Blythe doll, and wondering why I don't love her as much now as when I first saw her. Her makeup is very strong--orange cheeks, peach lips, yellow eyelids--and her stock outfit (orange hat and blouse with blue overalls) really goes well with her makeup. But when I took off her orange hat, she seemed rather drab. I just realized that is because her hair color is too plain, and without her hat SHE looks too plain! In addition, her short hairstyle with the very short bangs, curly ends, and flat top, is desperately in need of SOMETHING...


So the solution is that Vera must always wear a hat! (Or possibly a huge bow or big, colorful hairband.) I'm so glad I realized this, because now I can love her again. Here she is in two different outfits with hats. So cute!







Friday, November 3, 2017

It's Called Love





This is Prima Dolly Peony, again, still wearing her prize sweater and enjoying the bike raffle prize from BlytheCon Brooklyn. This picture is for the theme "Dogs" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr.

Coming across this quote brings back happy memories for me...from a very early age, my son adored Winnie the Pooh. We had a large collection of Pooh cartoon VCR tapes that he watched frequently, and as a result, I, and his little sister watched them too. They were full of sweet sentiments like this.





Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thank You!




I made this picture to say thank you to Suzanne Kamal on Facebook, who knitted this cute hooded sweater and donated it to BlytheCon Brooklyn. It was the prize I won with the scratch-off card in my goody bag. 



Prima Dolly Peony

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Haunted



One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

                  --Emily Dickinson


This is Lady Camellia


Friday, October 27, 2017

Friendly Monsters


It's the perfect time of year for Yellow Marshmallow (the Middie) and Mandy Cotton Candy (the Neo) to break out their monster-themed stock outfits. 

Mandy's cute monster purse was the prize in a recent giveaway in a Facebook group--I was the winner! (The maker, Sarah Hearn, sells them in her Etsy shop, ErikosEmporium.) It's been a great week for winning, between this prize and the great things I won at BlytheCon Brooklyn. My luck is so good right now, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket!





Thursday, October 26, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn Goody Bag Contents


Last but not least, I want to show off what was in the goody bag I received at BlytheCon Brooklyn. Here it is: 



It was full of so many things! About half of it was donated by people who make and sell things for Blythe; some of them gave coupons, while others included the actual items (I can make a whole outfit with the top from Mota, the skirt from Tiki Doll Designs, the stockings from The Daughter Who Sews, and the hair bow from Earth Angels Studios! The remaining half of the items were bought especially for the goody bags to fit the 1980's theme. They include the cute mug, a rubic's cube for me and a tiny paper one for my dolls, stickers, an enamel pin, lip balm and a note pad. 

Every goody bag had a scratch off ticket that revealed the number that could be redeemed for a prize. My husband was with me, so I got to claim his scratch off prize too! I got this beautiful hand-knit sweater from Suzanne Kamal/Ruby Begoina (I know Suzanne on Facebook!), and a pair of floral dresses with long socks from MiniJijo on Etsy. Thank you both!


I also want to thank everyone who donated and especially the organizing team who worked so hard to put together this amazing event. I truly appreciate this labor of love. It was a wonderful day of talking, shopping, and sharing our love of Blythe.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn Raffle Prizes


At the end of my last post I teased you with a picture of me clutching this box in glee...and one reader actually knows what's inside. Colette messaged me to say that she suspects that it contains a set of bedding, and an actual bed, from Florence and Taylor on Etsy, and she is correct!



Look at how gorgeous this is!! Layer upon layer of soft and beautiful covers, and a lot of matching pillows, two of which have Brooklyn and BlytheCon images on them. The color scheme is so soft and pretty. 



The bed is quite lovely too, with the tufted headboard. What you can't see is that the set also includes a perfect little mattress. I wish I could sleep in this bed, but I have to leave it to my Blythes. Maisy, my Spright Beauty, seems to love it.


I still can't believe I won this fabulous gift. Thank you Abi Monroe!

But wait--there's more! I won another prize in the raffle drawing: this very cute Blythe-sized bicycle. It's pink! Perfect! Bridget (Allegra Champagne) will be the first to give it a try. 



It's hard to believe, but I still need to make another post to show you the rest of the loot I got from BlytheCon Brooklyn. My goody bag was full of fun little things that I want to show off. 



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn, Oct. 22 2017


To get to BlytheCon Brooklyn, my husband and I left early in the morning and drove to Washington DC (from Williamsburg Virginia), then took the train into NYC. Are we there yet?




When we first arrived at 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn, the crowds were so thick around the 37 vendor tables that I couldn't see a thing! Later in the afternoon I went upstairs to a small balcony to take this picture. The vendors are all in the front half of the space (they also line the walls to the right and left of this picture...I couldn't get everything in). 






































Looking up, you can see that this is a wide-open building with lots of light coming in from above. Gidget was quick to make friends with the dolls next to us at our table.






These were my favorite vendor tables:

Zolala! from the Netherlands. I love the Blythe-size wagon and the two custom dolls giving a musical performance! I guess a lot of other people liked this display too, because it won Best Vendor Display.









































I Have Wings from Argentina. I adore the hand-drawn city scenery!



Hanon from Japan. Simple and elegant. (This picture was taken later in the day, when most of the items on the table had already been sold.)



Earth Angels Studios from the USA. There was so much to see in this display! Dolls, clothes, stuffed animals...it was a feast for the eyes!



Dolly Treasures from the UK. The dolls in her table display were posed so perfectly, with so many little details all around them, that they really looked alive.




Chu Things from Australia. The three girls standing on a patch of grass was simple but eye-catching; and of course the dresses are amazing!



In addition to the beautiful vendor tables, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of Blythe dolls to look at! Stock dolls are my favorite, but I gained a greater appreciation for custom dolls by walking around and looking closely at them all. My two favorite custom dolls are in the next two pictures.

First favorite: I love the girl on the right who looks like a broken china doll.



Second favorite: the duck-face girl in the middle. She is so unique!




I won two prizes in the raffle at the end of the day! In my next post I will show you what I won. What do you think is in this box that I am so happy about?