Sunday, 25 June 2017


Back in November I saw some sketches of a Nini doll by Jonathan Hayes. The sketches took my interest straight away and I followed Jonny's photos on his facebook and also on Flickr as this sketched doll slowly and beautifully came to life.

When I knew the doll was nearing completion, I mentioned to Jonny that I was very interested in her but within a day or so things at work looked unsettled, so I took myself off the interested list.

The doll appeared and I knew it would soon be on it's way to a lucky person so I put her from my mind.

Then on the 23rd March my beautiful sweet little dog Izzy died and I was heartbroken.

The day after this sad event , I went onto facebook and the first thing I saw was the doll ! There she was looking at me , a close up head and shoulders shot and she was waiting...
She was a little ray of light in my sadness and so I decided that she was meant to come live here with me.

I contacted Jonathan and he understood my strangely scrambled message about how I wanted this doll to be my Izzy a lasting link for my sweet girl. He kindly agreed a small layaway and finally she's arrived .
And oddly she arrived Friday the 23rd June exactly three months to the day since my Izzy's death.


and here she is , A Gift for Snow XIX by Jonathan Hayes . Even her number XIX, 19, is significant to me.

Opening the box to see such a gorgeous doll is just stunning.

She was soon out the box and wearing her fur hat. Jonathan's attention to detail is perfect.

I have watched as Jonathan has honed his craft with each doll he makes, and this girl was the one that called to me from the first. If you would like to see his incredible workmanship and photos of  his Nini dolls to date and those in his workshop and soon to appear he can be found at
just viewing the dolls is a treat.

She has the most beautiful long auburn hair which hangs down her back in wild abandon. with just a ripple of wave running through it.

Her tartan dress with it's leg of mutton sleeves fit beautifully with a hint of petticoat.

Her pretty petticoat.

Her lace edged unmentionables ! :)

A close up of her lovely vibrant face.

She is a joy to hold ,with movable arms and legs and the type of doll you would pass down the generations of your family.

This is the beautiful card that came with Izzy of one of his original sketches.

I saw her as that Scottish lass making her way through the winter landscape to deliver her presents in time for Christmas. Her name Isabel MacBeth but called Izzy for short.

So it is now my privilege to own one of these beautiful dolls and I thank Jonathan for his artistry and kindness.


Friday, 23 June 2017


Ode to the Ice Queen

Oh once there was an Ice Queen
who was not very nice
she filled her home with toddlers
old crows and some mice

One toddler was of pure heart
Lonely was her name
So the Ice Queen made sure
She'd never be the same

She trained her other toddlers
to be nasty mean and cruel
while she sat on her ice throne
ordering their gruel

Lucas was her Hench tot
a sweet looking lad
until she turn his heart
evil black and bad !

But time did come to rescue
Lonely from her fate
Of staying with the Ice queen
living in all that hate

Now Lonely lives in Ireland
running just to play
Not like at the Ice Queen's
when she'd run to hide away

And Lucas lives in the village
his nightmares nearly gone
Of when he was forced to be horrid
and live in all that pong!

Now their beds are comfy
their food all warm and nice
 no more sleeping on sacks
and chewing on dead mice!

But rumour's start to rumble
that Icy's coming back
she's filling her home with toddlers
and we all remember that!

By Dee Owen

read to you today by James Owen

With thanks to Rosie for the photo of Lonely enjoying play with her new family far away from the Ice Queen.


Thursday, 22 June 2017


A lovely lady, Jan Jillson , in the USA donated three dolls to the Chat N Snap, for the raffle.
One was an almost minty Gregor , whose hair alas is falling but he is a lovely boy.

I decided to buy the boy an outfit I'd seen on ebay because it came with a pair of trainers and I thought he'd then at least have a pair of shoes.
It arrived the other day and today I finally had a chance to try it on him.

This is the shirt ! To say it's got room to grow is an understatement! It looks like he's been in his dad's wardrobe and snitched a shirt!

I decide to see if it would fit Spike.

 and it does, Spike is also wearing the shorts that came with the set! They did fit the Gregor, in the waist ,  but were baggy and long ! The trainers are also on the big size but thankfully not so big that they won't do.

So now I'm going to search my Gregor clothes for a t shirt and shorts or cords for the poor boy ! and since that involves moving more half a dozen boxes , I'll be posting about his new outfit another day.

I also bought an outfit for my Sasha's that came with some shoes plus I'd also bought some shoes separately.

These are the shoes on the left of the photo on Ashley. The seller took offence when I said in my feedback that although the shoes fit Sasha they looked big at the front.

I also said that the shoes fit the Wichtel dolls, which they do as they have wide feet at the front.

The Sasha shoe in the centre. Personnelly it was for me, at least good, they fit the Wichtels as they can wear them also. But for me these shoes look too big in the front for Sasha and sellers should be prepared to take honest feedback from their customers!


Monday, 19 June 2017


I wanted to take a few photo for the blog yesterday and reached for the closest dolls only to find that three of them were wearing the double smocked Ruth Hartley dresses that I'd managed to get secondhand this year!

So I searched out the fourth and took them outside for a photo shoot!..

From the left Belle, Caitlin, Violet and Ashley.


Violet and Ashley

Belle and Caitlin

Belle and Caitlin are wearing Rose Bloomfield shoes, Violet is wearing Ruth Hartley and Ashley Jean Jensen.

Caitlin decided to sit in front of Violet and Ashley for a photo.

Then Ashley made her move over and joined Caitlin sitting down while Belle took Ashley's place.

A closer view of the four.

Caitlin and Ashley both No Navel girls.

Violet a 1980's Velvet and Belle a 1968 single fringe girl.

Are you two girls thinking of getting up any time soon?

Is this better ?   Yes thank you .

Mum should we do a beauty pageant ? asks Caitlin
" Why? I ask " do you want world peace? "
" I want a nice long dress and a crown " replies Caitlin
" And world peace " pipes in Ashley
" Oh yeah and that too!" agrees Caitlin

"Well you'd have to parade up and down in your swimwear " I say
" Up and down .. " Says Caitlin in an appalled voice " in front of people? "
"Yes "
" In that case no thanks I'll save up and buy my own crown !"

" Or you could marry a Prince!" says Belle
" What marry a BOY! No thanks I'll save up " says Caitlin shuddering , with all the experience of her eight years of living with her brothers !

We'll leave them there as the others start listing Princes and their castle's and their Dragons... yes Dragon's... sorry for any Princes reading this but if you don't have a Dragon please don't apply!



Sunday, 18 June 2017


And I am walking on sunshine  ... and don't it feel good!

What a week that was!! Back to work after a lovely week off! In for a long haul of four and a half days! Good start back in, then  after two days, a day off for toil as working the Saturday, then back in to find an important equipment failure , which we managed like the professionals we are, but meant a late finish, then working in a different branch for Friday , then back to home branch for Saturday!

But for all that , this week's been a great week in other ways.

The sun's been shining everyday! and getting hotter as each day passes! Mind you it's now getting too hot for me! But it's nice to have the warm sunny days that make you feel good as the song says!

I've completed the purchase of a couple of dolls this week and they'll be appearing on the blog in a few weeks. I've been sitting in the flower  garden in evening enjoying the quiet and making plans with Paul for what we need to do in the garden and the house.

The summer always gives you the energy to get on and do things, well it does me , it brightens the mind I think, helps people feel positive and potter around finishing some of the jobs that have been sitting waiting for attention. The longer evenings help too, giving you longer to get things done.

There are now three things needing removing over the coming months ! The out house by the back door, the wall between the kitchen and dinning room and the gazebo ! What I could do with is a labourer who'd come along and take these all down in one week therefore keeping all the dust and dirt confined and then we could begin to make good!.

Out house

Wall between kitchen/breakfast room and dinning room


Also this week I've been thinking about Arsenic ! Is it the right thing to use? or is it too much of a dangerous a change?
Normally I'd find the link and build off that but I saw the Arsenic and thought  Mmmm could that be a game changer?
I was thinking kitchen but now thinking hallway? Decisions decisions!

Arsenic..... the colour of this paint I like...what was you thinking???

It's taken me all day to get to this post due to the HEAT!!!! sooooooooooo HOT! way too hot for me..and they say its going to continue for a few more days! Lovely...not! I'm a 72.. 75 degrees  with a nice to keep you cool ! not this 80 with no breeze at all!

I have taken some Sasha photos but I'm going to save them for tomorrow.

Well I wish you all a lovely week ahead and I'll be here tapping and clicking away over the week!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017


after a beautiful day. Summer's arrived and is wonderful ..

So Ginny came outside to enjoy the warm evening air and check out the plants

Ginny is wearing the first double smocked Ruth Hartley dress I purchased. She's made it her own, so when it's time to be worn , Ginny's straight in to get the green dress!

She like the look of this plant.


Careful Ginny , don't hold it too tight!