Tuesday, 21 March 2023


 And rattling round the house! Yes, it's all change ! The moving has started and who knows where or when it will end? Not me and I'm the one in charge!

Over the weekend a spring plan finally dug deep and a plan was made and put into action! I showed a photo of how I started on Sunday.

The sofa was moved, the other sofa went back outside to await the warmer weather, and the large display cabinet came inside.

This cabinet comes with three glass shelves which are movable and two solid wooden ones that are not. I was in luck that the dresser would fit just perfectly between the two solid shelves in the centre.

I was able to use one of the glass shelves in the top half, allowing enough space to place all the Sasha's and Gregor's on the top shelf. This will mean I will probably have to get the small two step ladder out if I need to search for a doll.

It's nice that the dresser is now on the middle shelf which allows it to be seen and also will work well for photos.

The poor AGFAT dolls finally escaped from the hamper that have been stored in for at least the last five or so months through the winter. I did plan on putting them into the studio but once I'd left them on this shelf for a while I liked being able to see them, so they are staying inside now.

Because this big cabinet came in, the small Victorian glass fronted bookcase I bought and the Sashas and Gregors were in, while waiting for it to be moved up into the bedroom. No longer needs to go upstairs and as now been moved into the studio, to take any overflow. That's where I thought I would put the agfat dolls but now they are staying in the big cabinet.

There is still some space on the bottom shelf! But these are the dolls that could land up on the adoption list or into the studio if I need the space for other dolls.

I'll be moving some of these dolls onto the other shelves tomorrow and just keeping those in regency dress and the roche dolls on this shelf.

Most of the Sashas and Grgeors are in place but Elizabeth needs her legs restrung, so is sitting and a couple are out so they can be used.

The small shelf is still to be sorted as I'm waiting on some dolls stands for the roche dolls and the pongratz.

So still a work in progress, the small bookcase is still to move and dolls to be adjusted but I am so enjoying seeing all the dolls when I pass by this cabinet which is often in the course of the day.

Sunday, 19 March 2023


 How did that happen? I was sure I'd be getting in at least a little blogging last week but it appears not! I did have plans to change a few of the dolls but that also appears to have fallen by the wayside! 

I cannot even say that I have been productive and that's why I didn't get round to it. Maybe I've lost my Mojo and will have to hope it returns soon! I do have the idea's but it's getting me to move my tush and actually do them! Maybe I need the sun and warmer weather? It's not so easy to while the weather can be around 6 degrees most days. Although it as now started creeping up into double figures and when I have nipped into the doll studio for something, it's actually also been in double figures in there too!

We are now having some much needed rain, due to a very dry winter apart from that snowy spell. So although I rather it wasn't raining I do understand that it is badly needed.

Paul used the leftover wood from making the little houses, to make me a three storey townhouse.

This was while waiting for wallpaper to dry.

and I finally got to use my William Morris dollshouse wallpaper! Result!. Paul decided to get a part for his router, in order to get a neater cut for the windows and door, only to have it arrive and then not be able to remove one of the screws in the router, which meant another couple of days wait while another part was ordered to help resolve that!

This townhouse could land up being given to Clara at a later date, when she wants it.

However I did follow through on my plan to start a cull of the dolls and listed quite a few on the sales page and on ebay, which mean going into the loft and finding any boxes I had kept. For once I had kept them all, so they were all able ( apart from one who didn't have a box) able to be put away into their boxes while awaiting a new home.

Then of course where to put these pile of boxes!

So they landed up in a corner of the living room for the week! At least once they are all sold not only will there be less dolls to house but less boxes in the loft!.

Naturally it being Spring means my attention wanders onto making things work better and rearranging furniture , photos, dolls, clothing or whatever else comes to mind! At present it's been the dolls not having a proper home indoors! The Sasha's have a cabinet that is supposed to be up in the bedroom but is in fact blocking the light from beside one set of the french doors in the kitchen! And in truth to try and squeeze that cabinet up there would envolve a rearranging of all the furniture! and since it all still needs decorating and carpeting ( maybe by this Christmas maybe.. ) I decided to rearrange the furniture in the kitchen/breakfast/ day room. It meant putting the lloyd loom sofa back outside now the worse of the winter is over and moving the other sofa to wear it was in front of the radiator, which meant I could bring in the biggest of the glass display cabinets in from the studio and put it in the corner of the wall where the sofa had been.

before although before low book case was block part of window.


So now have to move all the dolls from their various hiding places around the house into the cabinet. Then  the cabinet in the kitchen will go inot the doll studio and the small book case will fit between the doll cabinet and my desk, thereby freeing up all the places where parts of the windows have been blocked.

By doing this, it will clear two area's and a large hamper of dolls will finally be able to be seen and not have to be moved in the winter each year! Only thing I may need to do is add a blind to the cabinet for the summer months.

On the doll front, one did arrive this week and two left.The arrival was  a Ten Ping doll by Ruby Red Gallery, she is 8 inches tall with moveable joints. A few years back I had a Gigi, then sold her on towards paying for another doll, naturally I now wish I'd kept her! But I am really happy that this little one has arrived.

Seen here with Miffy, I did think oh she could live in the townhouse! However if she's an 8 year old and stands at 4 foot, the house is too small. Being one twelfth.

On that basis, she needs a room that's as high as the inside of the window seat but of course much wider! So I can feel another one up, one down house being required.. I wonder who could make me one of those? 

That will also be able to go on top of the cabinet that's now going into the doll studio being so much shorter than the one that's now in the house.

So on that note I'm off to carry on moving dolls from one place to another and hoping that everything will have a home once I'm finished.

Have a lovely happy funfilled healthy week ahead