Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Doll A Week 52/52: Felicity

Felicity profile, originally uploaded by JLP2000.

Felicity arrived here on Christmas Day. We are sad that she is being archived by American Girl, but we are very glad to have her here as part of our doll family!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Doll A Week 51/52: My Twinn, Jenny

My Twinn, Jenny, originally uploaded by JLP2000.

I thought I'd post this weeks earlier than usual, since the end of the week might get a bit busy with Christmas preparations! This is Jenny. She's been here for about 10 years. My mother says she doesn't look at to all like me when I was little, but I did send them a picture of me when she was made. She likes to sit in the rocker that was mine when I was a little girl, and cuddly with Rachel and a big teddy bear. There's a cradle full of dollies right next to the rocker, and she reads them stories when they can't sleep.

Suzannah, waiting for Christmas

Suzannah, waiting for Christmas, originally uploaded by JLP2000.

Suzannah is modeling her newest dress. It was cut out at least 5 years ago, but just sewn together last weekend. It has a nice hint of Christmas to it, but not so much that it can't be worn at other times of the year.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Doll A Week 50/52: Rachel

My Twinn Cuddly Rachel, originally uploaded by JLP2000.

This is Rachel. She is a My Twinn Cuddly doll with a bean bag type body. She has little freckles and french braided hair. She's a sweet little one and has been here longer than most of the companion dolls.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Doll A Week 49/52: Ginger Brook Hollow Suzannah

Ginger Brook Hollow Suzannah, originally uploaded by JLP2000.

Little Suzannah arrived on Monday this week. "She is an excellent seamstress for a girl and is always creating things to share with others. She likes to visit Harold’s store sometimes when she has some pennies. There she will buy gumdrops, one of each color. She especially likes the purple ones. Suzannah is the peacemaker who has stopped many disagreements with a positive word or change of subject. She chooses to see the good side of people and be positive. This is probably why she always looks happy." Here's a secret: she likes to make teeny tiny little dolls that sleep in half a walnut shell that she carries in her pocket! Isn't that neat?
Another thing I'm thrilled about is how this dress I made 5 years ago for a doll I no longer have fits her perfectly! She is going to be a lot of fun to sew for, play with and take along on trips!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Doll A Week 48/52: Hitty Friend Amish Annie

Annie certainly isn't your typical Amish girl, but she is very much loved by all the Hittys that live here.  She is a peaceful spirit who strives to help the other Hittys however she is able.  Annie has lived here with the Chesapeake Bay Hittys since May 31, 2005 and came from the American Kit/Raikes company, which is sadly no longer in business.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Doll A Week 47/52: Rosina Hittykin

This is Rosina Hittykin.  She is a resin Hittykin by Dee-Anne R. Cote.  She arrived in July 2005.  She is a very sweet Hitty who loves to explore and learn new things.  In fact, at one point, she had a terrible accident and ended up having to have peg-replacement surgery on her legs!  She would like to be a teacher someday, but in the meantime, is happy to watch over the younger Hittys.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Doll a Week 46/52: Hitty Faith

Hitty Faith Brown came to live with us on March 4, 2006.  Hitty Grace Brown and Jen were at the Gaithersburg Doll Show, and got to meet her carve-mother, Judy Brown, there.  Hitty Faith called out to us to please let her be the little Hitty to come home with us - and how could we say no?
She was the smallest Hitty living here for a long time, but she is a very loyal and encouraging friend and wise beyond her years.  She's been going with me to work all week - she fits in a little pocket in my purse, and there's still room for a little sleeve of pens in that pocket!  Here's some photos that I took today:

The Japanese Red maple is holding on to its leaves for a few more days...

Some of my Black-eyed Susans have refused to stop blooming...

And just so you can see how little she really is...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Doll A Week 45/52: Hitty Patty

This is Hitty Patty - her carving was finished on February 17, 2006, thus her name.  She is the first Hitty I've carved, and I learned a lot from her.  Unfortunately, I haven't really had a chance to really apply what I learned about carving since then!  She loves to cook and bake, and when she isn't in the kitchen, she's probably reading cookbooks and watching the Food Network!  The other Hittys get really excited when she's in the kitchen!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Day at the Parade

 Today Molly got to go to a parade!  Here's Molly, waiting to get out of the car to walk to a good spot along the parade route.  The wind was cold - she wished she'd brought a jacket!

There were the usual police motor cycles and cars, and some less-usual fire trucks.  This is their "bush truck."

There was a very old fire truck:

And a fairly new one:


Ronald McDonald was in the parade, too!

There were some floats, too.

Buzz Lightyear was supporting Toys For Tots!
We were waiting for the marching band to come!
But we only got the back of our favorite trumpet player!
The band brought their Eagle friend, too. 

There were some cool old cars in the parade, too. 

A lot of local businesses were handing out things like pens, flags and footback schedule magnets with their business cards.  Some of the floats and cars threw candy out to the kids standing by the parade route, and one truck had a t-shirt launching gun - we saw a shirt land on the roof of the building near where we were standing. 
 There was a lot to see, and it was a very exciting afternoon.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Doll A Week 44/52: Elizabeth

This is Elizabeth.  She has been in our blog before.  She is an Early American Companion doll with origins in New Hampshire (a Gail Wilson Designs kit, actually).  She is very Hitty-like in personality, but also has a touch of a pioneer spirit (maybe she has been reading too many Little House books).  She is a bit bigger than Hitty and has an entire under-the-bed storage box full of kits for furniture, accessories, and clothing.  She really hopes that she won't have to wait until Jen retires to see some of those kits turn into real things for her!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Doll A Week 43/52: DIM Sweet Eileen - Hannah

This is Hannah.  She came to live here in February of 2007.  She spent her younger years in Denver.  She loves old fashioned dresses and girlie clothes.  She has rather large hands, and we always wondered if she was a ball player of some sort, but she's never shown any interest at all in sports.  One day, she finally admitted, she is a musician, and can play all sorts of instruments.  Her favorite is the piano.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Doll A Week 42/52: Hitty Rosemary Wilson

Hitty Rosemary Wilson has lived her since April of 2005.  She is Hitty Beatrix Wilson's older sister.  She loves to garden and loves perennial flowers and herbs.  During the winter, when she can't garden outdoors, she enjoys her houseplants, baking and quilting.  She always has a word of encouragement for her friends and is able to find the silver lining of any gray cloud.  She makes lemonade with life gives her lemons!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Doll A Week 41/52: Hitty Beatrix Wilson

I am a few days late in posting my "A Doll A Week" photo and blog due to a family emergency.  Hitty Beatrix Wilson has been riding in my tote bag to and from the hospital since last Friday.  We didn't get home until almost 2 AM on Saturday morning, spent almost all day Saturday at the hospital, had to get up at 4 AM on Sunday to get there before the surgery.  My loved one is still in the hospital, but has a good prognosis, so I will have to go back to work tomorrow.  Hitty Beatrix has been a good source of comfort to me, and is asking if she might be of some help in dealing with the stress of work.  I will consider her offer very seriously!  My only fear is that she damage her own health in trying to be a help to me.

Hitty Beatrix has been with me since she was born from Gail Wilson "extra parts" back in March of 2007.  She is the younger sister of "kit" Hitty Rosemary Wilson, who I still need to introduce to you.  Hitty Beatrix is the calmer, more serene sister.  She loves animals and has two pet bunnies, Benjamin and Peter, who live in a rabbit hutch and little yard.  Hitty Beatrix loves to draw and paint, especially with watercolors.

- Jen

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Doll a Week 40/52: Catherine

This is Catherine.  She arrived on May 15, 2008 from Denver.  She was originally called Byeol by Souldoll, but she immediately corrected us all. Samantha would have corrected us anyway, because Catherine is Samantha's older sister.  She is taking college courses on-line because she doesn't want to be separated from her younger sister again.  When she isn't studying, she really enjoys entertaining and playing with all the younger girls that live here.  She is a big help with the little ones.  Someday, she may become a teacher.  We caught some photos of her this afternoon that we wanted to share.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mindy's New Dress

Jen found a bodice, collar and sleeve pattern on the Internet.  She made the bodice out of paper towels and discovered that it had no seam allowances, nor any allowance for overlapping for fastening the back.  She altered the pattern, so that it would fit and then got to work.  Today, Mindy got her new dress.  It was threatening to rain, but she didn't care - she wanted to get her picture taken with the flowers outside.  The impatiens are still blooming, and the Autumn Joy Sedum are turning a darker pink.

A Doll A Week 39/52: Daisy

This is Daisy.  She is the very first Asian Ball Jointed Doll to come to our house, arriving on July 10, 2006.  She was called "Little Gienie Lilica" by Angel Region.  She is a tiny little girl with big personality.  She can wear clothes made for Barbie's littlest sister, Kelly.  She is about 10 years old, and loves to go places whenever she has a chance to.  Because she is so little, she can!  

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Doll A Week 38/52: Fiela

This is Fiela.  She's been here since February of 2006.  She is from Berdine Creedy's 2005 Dressed Up Little Girl's series.  She has a little bit of elf or hobbit in her.  We aren't really certain, but she's a lot of fun.  She does love to where her favorite dress, the one she wore on her trip here.  That's a really good thing, because she doesn't have a lot of outfits to call her own, poor thing!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Doll A Week 37/52: Hitty (friend) Carol

This is Hitty Friend Carol.  She can to us via eBay from a carver that uses the Stonedragon name there at the end of November, 2008.  She loves the holidays, and is glad to see the warm days and cool nights of Fall arriving here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Doll A Week 36/52: Sasha

A new girl arrived on Thursday this week.  She came all the way from California.  She looks very young, since we are told she was made in the late 70's!  She's been called Sasha for over 30 years, but is considering a name change.  There are so many names to choose from, it is hard to pick just the right one.
Jen made 3 reversible pinafores using the pattern offered on Sasha Street for a challenge.  We are still waiting for some patterns we ordered to come so that she can make some clothes for the coming cooler days.  If it gets too cold too soon, she does have her long sleeve blue gingham dress that she wore for her journey here.  But she's been wearing that dress for a very, very long time.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Doll A Week 35/52: Hitty Ginny

This is Hitty Virginia Brown, but we call her Hitty Ginny for short.  She is a Williamsburg Hitty that I adopted from her carve mother, Judy Brown, on March 7, 2009 at a Gaithersburg Doll Show.  She is a resourceful, hard working Hitty.  She loves history, especially the Colonial Period.  This week, she got a notion to work on a special project.  She's been working hard with pen and paper and has wished for fingers to help with some addition and subtraction.  She says she needs to figure out a way to preserve a special part of American History and that if all goes well, she'll tell me more in a few weeks.  I can't imagine what she's up to now!


Monday, August 30, 2010

A Doll A Week 34/52: Lanie

Lanie was in our blog earlier this year when she arrived, but got to be the "doll of the week" in our Flickr photostream.    She arrived on May 7th of this year.  She loves nature, gardens and wildlife, and is very happy that we still have many warm, sunny days ahead of us before it turns chilly.  Her biggest fear now is what will happen to her favorite plants and animals if a hurricane should hit our part of the East Coast.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Latest Sewing Project - A Birthday present for Ruthie!

Ruthie is a happy girl this evening!  August 22nd (1923) is her birthday, and she has a new dress!

Jen made it from some more great fabric from "And Sew it Goes" at Savage Mills and a pattern she downloaded from Liberty Jane called Heritage Vintage 30's Dress by designer Micah Caitlin.

Happy Birthday, Ruthie!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Doll a Week 33/52: Lucy

This is Lucy.  She is a Sylvia Natterer doll made by White Balloon called "Lea."  But she told us her name is really Lucy.  She arrived on April 17, 2006, a few weeks after her sister, April.  Lucy likes to play jacks, hopscotch and jump rope games.  She has her own raincoat, so she also likes to play in the puddles after a rain shower if it is warm enough!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Doll A Week 32/52: April

This is April.  She is a 13" Sylvia Natterer doll by White Balloon.  She was born in 2000 or 2001 under the name Lotta,was found by Prilly Charmin in a warehouse sale, and arrived here on April 5, 2006.  She's a very sweet little thing and is fun to play with.  She's a little companion to Ellie, Alvina and Talia.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Doll A Week 31/52: Hitty Joanna Corbett

This is Hitty Joanna Corbett.  She arrived here on April 1, 2005.  She was an eBay auction win on Easter morning, and Joanna was one of the women who went to Jesus' tomb but didn't find him there.  She is harder to photograph because she has a very high sheen finish.  I love her for her simplicity.  She loves to spend time with other the other Hittys and would love to go on more adventures.  She doesn't have much stamina though, and has to sit down to rest too often for the younger Hittys!  She is a good judge of character and always looks at the heart and a person's character in choosing her friends.
Hitty Joanna Corbett

Maybe it is because she has a big heart.