Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Doll A Week: 5/52 Talia

This is Talia.  She is a Sylvia Natterer doll made by Gotz in 2003.  She came to live here on May 15, 2006.  I found her on eBay listed by a Canadian seller.  She is the fifth Sylvia Natterer doll that came to live here.  I will confess that I hunted for Talia for quite some time after seeing another Talia, who lives with Tracy in New Mexico.  I love her brown hair and blue eyes.  She has a gentle, innocent look to her.  In these pictures, she is wearing her snowflake dress (not her original outfit).  It was made by My Twinn for the cuddly sisters dolls.  She is wearing her original espadrilles - I really need to find her some nice winter shoes!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Doll A Week 4/52: Hitty Grace Sycamore Brown

This is Hitty Grace Sycamore Brown.   She decided to move here when she met Jen at the March 5, 2005 Gaithersburg Doll Show.  Jen was so excited to meet Judy Brown that day.  Hitty Grace had to go home with Judy to pack her bags, but was quick to arrive on March 19th, 2005.  As you can probably tell from her name, she is carved from sycamore.  She's the spokesperson for the Chesapeake Bay Hittys and the leader of Hittys that live here.

Hitty Grace thought that a Hitty must be featured this weekend in our Doll-A-Week project because all of the Hittygirls celebrated Ancestor Hitty's birthday this weekend.  

Here are some links to learn more about Hitty:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sharing Clothes

Ruthie:  Oh, Kirsten!  This is so much better.  It was rather raw and chilly in my dress.

Kirsten:  No problem, Ruthie!  That's what friends are for.  Besides, I can only wear one outfit at a time, right?!Ruthie:  Of course.  I just wish I had something to lend you! 

Kirsten:  Let's ask Jen if we can use her laptop to do some shopping.  That would be fun.

Ruthie:  Yeah!  We could both pick something out!

Jen:  Good idea - you pick some things out, and I'll help you add them to our wish list!  

A Doll A Week 3/52: Samantha!

Samantha insisted that I not wait any longer - it was her turn to be featured as the doll of the week.  Samantha has lived here for almost 3 years.  She's a lot of fun and has the biggest wardrobe of all my dolls, yet I've only sewn for her a few times!  Her wardrobe is mostly from Build A  Bear's Friends 2 B Made line (lucky Sam to get those while she could!).  Today she is wearing a wonderful hand knit sweater and slacks from a dear friend, Connie.  We had a swap and Samantha made out really well.

Samantha has her bunny with her a lot these days.  He's quite cuddly and comforting, and they enjoy each other's company.  They love to follow Gage.   Samantha hopes that 2010 will bring her more opportunities to get out and have adventures in the big wide world - but today we are stuck inside - it has rained ALL DAY! 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Doll A Week 2/52: AG Ruthie

 Since I posted a picture of AG Kirsten for week 1, it seemed appropriate to post a photo of AG Ruthie for week 2.  Ruthie's adoption fees were paid using some money I received as a Christmas gift.  She arrived on Thursday, and has been stuck indoors ever since!  It is way too cold for her to go outside in her little cotton dress.  I'm afraid that I haven't even had time to change her clothes into something warmer - we spent all weekend painting the kitchen and doing chores around the house!  I'm afraid that this little post is all I have to offer this weekend.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Daisy Doesn't Care...

...that her boots don't match her outfit - it might snow!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Doll a Week 1/52: AG Kirsten

All of the doll companions got together and decided we'd give it our best try. We joined the "A Doll A Week" group on Flickr. That means we are going to try to post one doll photo every week that we share with that group. We also decided that we could post more about the picture on our blog, so that you'll hear from us at least once each week this year.

Here is week one!

This is American Girl Kirsten.   Sometime in the 1980's, when Jen came from from college to visit her family, her mother had a wonderful catalog from a company called The Pleasant Company.  She studied that catalog for a long time and wished that she was a little girl again so that she could have such a wonderful doll and all of the dolls clothes and accessories.  She loved them all and couldn't imagine which one she would pick, but it didn't matter, because she was "too old for dolls."  Still, the pictures from that catalog stayed in her mind.

Years later, Jen had a baby girl.  Wouldn't it be fun to share a love of dolls with her daughter?  Perhaps when she got a Bitty Baby for her little toddler, she could indulge herself in a special doll for herself.  It wasn't long until Kirsten came to our home.  Jen had purchased some porcelain dolls as an adult, but this was her first "play doll."  Kirsten got some additional shoes and clothing and Jen even made her a nightgown (which was given to a doll of the little toddler who is now a teenager!).  Kirsten has helped Jen realize that you really are never too old to play with dolls, and for that, all the dolls here hold her in very high regard!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Abbie's New Look

Abbie (Custom House Ange Ai Hani)is going for a softer look in 2010. She is the most old fashioned girl in our BJD family. She's even been known to sneak away to play with the Hittys! The color and cut of her old wig were nice, but the fit wasn't great, and the style needed a little help. We all agreed that this new look suits her quite well!

Friday, January 1, 2010

A good way to start 2010

Wendy, Becky and Amy think the best way to start the new year is to spend it indoors with their friends, playing dolls together.  They love their dollhouses and stuffies!