Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Doll A Week 8/52: American Girl Emily

A new girl has come to live here.  Her name is Emily, but she might decide to change it.  She loves clothes from the 1930's and 1940's.  I think she is going to become a very close friend to Ruthie!  Her she is on our driveway - the snow piles have shrunk a good bit since last week, and we are seeing a lot more of the yard now.  BUT, there's a chance we'll get a little snow tonight and tomorrow.

Emily's adoption was arranged as an Anniversary gift for Jen from her husband.  They celebrated 21 years of marriage today!  Jen thinks a new doll is the best gift she could have asked for!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Doll A Week 7/52: Ellie

This is Ellie..  She came to live with us in October of 2005.  She came from a country called Zwergnase and she was originally called Amandine.  She is the very first doll from Sylvia Natterer that came to live here.  She ventured outside for her picture today because the sun was shining and the sky was a bright, beautiful blue!  You can't see much of the sky - she's standing on our driveway next to the pile of snow.  She's only 13.7" tall, and the snow is that high the entire length of our driveway!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Doll A Week 6/52: Nicole Patrice

This is Nicole Patrice.  Her middle name is for the wonderful lady who made her head for me (Pat N.).  Nicole Patrice came to live here on June 22, 2005.  Pat used the Seeley Gold mold, and I purchased a Janice Naibert body and Marie Ann dark blond human hair wig for her.  

When I discovered Bleuette, I was thrilled to discover a doll who had so many years of clothing patterns published for children to make for their dollies.   Patterns were published in La Semaine De Suzette between 1905 and 1957, generating more than 1,000 patterns!  Nicole Patrice was selected for a February doll of the week appearance because the first issue of LSDS was published in February 1905.  My first bleuette was actually a wooden Bobette by Robert Raikes, whom I pre-ordered at a Gaithersburg doll show and waited for several months to arrive.  I enjoyed her a lot, but she never had the posability of Nicole Patrice, so she has moved on to a new home.

Dear, sweet Nicole is always a cheerful girl.  She is fluent in French, but since no one else here speaks French, her English has greatly improved since she came here.  She loves everything that reminds her of France, but is partial to the country rather than city life.  When I suggested that she put on a pretty spring dress for this week's picture, she selected this dress that I made for her a long time ago.  She thought it was a sweet acknowledgement of the upcoming holiday and she is hoping for an early Spring.  I didn't have the heart to tell her that the weather forecast is for another foot of snow!    She also hinted that she would be very happy, if only I would do a few more things for her - she would like a new dress for every month of the year, and would like to invite another bleuette to come and live here, too, because she does miss her friend, Bobette. Ah, to dream...

Bonne Nuit!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Some New Clothes

I committed to doing a swap with a dear friend.  I am making her some amigurumi, and she has made me some wonderful tops and bottoms for my Leeann size girls.  As much as I enjoy sewing for my dolls, sewing with knits is something I feel really challenging.  All the girls were so excited to have something comfy to lounge around in.  While some of the clothes look more like Spring, the girls said "so crank up the heat - we aren't going to go out in that blizzard anyway!"  Yes, it has been snowing since noon yesterday and isn't going to stop until around 8 or 9 tonight.  We had 23" at 9 AM, so yes, we are all staying indoors anyway!

Don't all the girls look happy?