Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Octavia is still wearing her welcome to your new family outfit, so not quite matching her button sisters but close enough for now.
Her shoes are by Rosie Bloom in a lovely lemon yellow.
She did suggest that I could make all her sisters an outfit in the same fabric as hers ! So I had to explain that I could not buy any more fabric until I had started using the metres and metres I already have and it would be easier to try and find one to match hers sisters than for her to wait for me to get my act together!
I don't think she was impressed ! But she's new and she'll soon learn.
Monday, 28 June 2021
Olivia is of the opinion that your shoes do not have to be an exact colour match to the main part of your outfit. She believes that finding a colour from maybe the small patches in the patterned fabric works just as well.
Which is why she chose these tomato red sheos by Rosie Bloom to link with the red flowers in her top.
" And I think you will find Mum, that we allow Magda to lead unless we disagree and then we take a vote !" Olivia informs me quietly.. even though I didn't say a work !
" But what if it's a draw ? " I say
" Then we will ask Hattie to vote , since she is in charge "
" I thought I was in charge !" I say
Olivia smiles and says softly " Why yes Mum ... of course you are... " and goes off back inside.
Her words make me think.....have they ever asked me to cast a deciding vote? ...... Mmm I cannot remember having to .....
Sunday, 27 June 2021
So we are almost slapbang in the middle of 2021 ! The weather has turned very british , so it's almost like back to normal ! Well almost , I am due to go to a baby shower , which was going to be held in a small hall but due to the carrying on of restrictions is now being held on a beach ! So here's hopeing for some sun, in a week or so, to combat the sea breeze !
I finally started a bit more reorganising which is starting to turn into a ... Theres too much stuff! It's got to go!! But the problem with that is some sneaky dolls, who have been sitting in their cloth bags for the winter and spring , upon being removed into the daylight, look at me with sparkling eyes and a small smile and then I'm ..oh I do love your face... you can stay!! and you must get some shelf space so I can see you again! and so it continues!
Problem is I only have so much shelf space and I have worked out that for every five dolls that leave at least two others arrive! But it's not just dolls, it's their accessories too, so many 'things' to go through and decide what doll it belonged to or fits and then to move it on or store in a smaller box with the dolls name on.
Then we have the wool/yarn ! I have moved all my yarn boxes under the carport ,where they are safe and dry and not filling up my doll studio.. then today while looking for something I come across loads more yarn in various bags and boxes ! Now this I don't want to sell as I should use it up but do I have another forty or more years to work my way slowly through all this yarn? and it will be slowly because I am not the fastest knitter in the land far from it ! We won't even mention Fabric !
Sometimes I wish I was back in my old Edwardian five bed semi ,where I would have the luxury of using one of those bedroom to store all my things but then I think it would only be worse and I'd probably have three bedrooms crammed with things, as at least living here, in this three bedroom home does stop me from buying all the lovely furniture I see and drawl over.
I did consider maybe restricting the amount of each doll type I owned, like say only six of each..... exactly !! that cannot work especially with the Sashas, I have six button nosed kids and five no navels , just to start with ! I could leave the Sashas out of that cull but there are a few that can be included just no way will there only be six left at the end!
If I had enough space I would probably keep them all but I am fed up with having to keep quite a few in boxes which then clucker up the house .
But I have made a start, so lets hope they all go quickly so I don't decide that one or six can stay...
Due to someone , mentioning no names but you know who you are ! lol , I nipped over to the next website after them saying that Next had clothing made with William Morris fabric !
One of the labels , I'll say no more about what happened...
We have been working in the garden on and off depending on the weather and doing general household jobs. Due to the amount of rain recently, the garden is suddenly full to overflowing with plants seeming to have added feet rather than inches and leaves appearing twice their normal size!
If you look at the plant on the right of this photo, it's the Black Tulip Magnolia and the leaves are huge and also the most I have ever seen on it. The white flowers at the back are roses of The Rambling Rector ,which we will need to have a good cut back of in the autumn as hidden beneath it are a couple of Holly bushes!
On the doll front two have left for new homes and one arrived.. yes I know .... but two did leave! One was a Sasha who had not been here long Stella and I did love her look but since I have not given her a character it is easier to let her go than another doll who I have invested in , which is why I have put my single fringe girl back on the market. There will be another couple of Sasha / Gregor's on the list but mainly non Sasha dolls.
I have decided to keep a list of dolls sold and dolls arriving this year and that list is already long, although some have come in , only to leave again quite quickly.
Can I let this one escape the cull? she is a beauty......
Well I need to go and carry on listing dolls before I start caving in !
Have a lovely healthy doll filled week ahead
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Thursday, 24 June 2021
"Excuse me Mum , but how come you took photos of Margot's shoes first ? "
"Well because she was closest"
" It really should have been me first for the buttons " Magda explains as if talking to an idiot ! " Yes I am the top button "
"Why are you laughing ? " demands Magda
" Well top button makes me think of a shirt " I giggle
Magda looks sternly at me
" And " I continue " a top button is usually left open "
" So ? " questions Magda confused
" Well it means that it's rarely seen " I leave her thinking that little gem over
Magda's shoes are by Rosie Bloom.
"Maybe I misspoke " Magda says " I should have said I am head button !"
" I see and do your sisters and brother know you are head button? "
"Of course " smiles Magda " It goes without saying "
" As in they have not said this ? "
I get the look!
Casper arrives to see what Magda's up to.
" See Mum, even Casper knows I'm top.. I mean head button . I bet he didn't come to see the others having their photos taken ! "
Mmm she's right about that... but no so sure her button siblongs would agree about her being the head button.
But hold on! She has some how managed to get five photos and not three......maybe she is head button....
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
She said to show you a close up view !
Now she is off to see which shoes her sisters chose, I wonder if they will show us too ?
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Yes it's already the third Sunday in the month! And what a month it's been so far with the heatwave that has swept the UK.
I finally got round to finishing cleaning my bargain crate of terracotta pots.
I have stacked this last lot of around seventy pots into this plastic box with a lid, to store until ready to use. Now we just have to go and collect another fifty plus that a good friend as kindly given us.
This panda has been hiding at the top of the gazebo for around a week , getting some fresh air as he arrived smelling very scented! Problem is I keep forgeting he is up there ! He needs to be high up as Rufus thinks any soft toy ,even on a table, needs retrieving! I am forever having to call him back as he vanishes off round the garden , toy in mouth, parading his trophy !
So the heatwave finally ended with the forecast of days of rain and lower temperatures to come ! I all for some rain and also some lower temperatures as long as it's not for weeks !
The Panda even stayed there through Friday's day of heavy rain ! But came in none the worse for it and still will a small scented smell !!!
Unfortunately due to the wind ripping up the gazebo roofing a few weeks back and then it being too hot to be climbing about said roof, the heavy rain was able to find a way in and soak some of the sofa cushions, so thats another job that needs doing as soon as the weather allows.
Today Sunday's been dry but so overcast that the wet shrubs from Friday are still wet ! It's also Fathers day in the UK and also Courtney, our youngest , birthday, so lots of sending and receiveing of cards etc. Courtney wanted some things for the garden, so we have got her a lovely green/blue glazed flower pot and a Hydrangea in a vibrant red. So we'll be off to visit her and deliver her present soon.
Also the week before last I finally caught up with a friend I used to work with and we had a nice couple of hours chatting over a cup of tea in my case, coffee in hers, in the outside seating area of a large garden centre that is between where we both live. It also meant I finally got to drive my car for the first time in months !
While waiting fir her to arrive I found a lovely chunky vase in recycled glass that I could not resist.
I don't know about you , but I cannot remember the last time I bought a vase. There are so many shapes and styles around now, that I had thought , a long while back, about adding a few different styles and sizes to the few I already own. I rarely cut flowers from the garden, preferring for them to stay in their natural home but I have now decided that it would be nice to once in a while bring some into the house to enjoy.
So on the doll front I have managed to sell a few more clothes but I have not really been making much of an effort to list things to sell which I really need to start doing. It was my intention to get into the studio last week and get organising but that never happened , so that is now down for this week. The display cupboards need sorting to get the dolls back in and this coming week's the time to do it.
I did have a couple of things arrive this week but not dolls but books and fabric.
I bought this beautiful book on Hydrangeas , we have several in the garden and would like to add a few more. They make for beautiful heads of colour both in the garden and also when cut and in the house. It would be nice to bring a few large flowers into the house and to put them in my new vase.
I also bought another Kaffe Fassett book after I purchased some precut patchwork bundles in his wonderful bright fabrics. I am really looking forward to making something with his wonderful bright fabric and the book on Cushions and pillows may be just the inspration I need to get me sewing!
Lastly I bought another of Helen Fields detective novels after almost catching up with all the books available by M J Arlidge. Probably is that once I start reading a book, thats all I want to do ! So I will try and pace them or I will get nothing done for another week!.
Now that the country is slowly starting to open up, I'm hoping that we will be able to hold the Chat n Snap this year. The original theme meant for 2020 was supposed to be children being sent off to safety during the start of the war but now I have decided to make the theme a wedding because if we have to cancel it again, I won't have so much to store until 2022 . I am hoping it will go ahead as everyone , including me, is looking forward to finally getting together again.
So that just leaves me to wish you all a happy healthy week ahead
ps and a Happy Birthday to Merrick
Saturday, 19 June 2021
A pile of mainly Rosie Bloom shoes with some J Jensen and some others.
I figured it was easier to bring in this drawer of shoes and then match some to the outfits.
I also found a small plastic bag in my desk with several pairs of shoes in it!! which I added to these.
I do love Rosie's shoes.
Along with the late Jean Jensen shoes another wonderful shoe maker.
and these are just from one drawer and the found bag..... I do have more Sasha shoe makers shoes, Marti and Monica to name but another two quality makers.
Bit at least the button's plus a couple of others do now have shoes although some not quite as perfect a match as I's like ... see even with all these shoes there is never just the right shade......
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Not content with insisting on being changed now , on one of the hottest days of the year , now thay rae complaining they need shoes ! Kids !
but since it's still 27 c in the studio they can wait until after this evenings thunderstorms and the temp drop and I'll find them in the morning !
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Claudia is relieved to finally be out of her tights, boots and long sleeved dress and into a lovely summer dress by Ginny.
She knows mum likes brunettes in red, so she was very hopefully that she might get first dibs.
Now she is going to see if she can convince mum to change all her brothers and sisters....
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Well that week just flew by ! I didn't even manage to add a post between Sundays!! Could be the weather ? It is getting very hot here in the UK , not something we are used to !
We're more three or even six seasons in a day type of country, so when we get a truly hot spell it starts.... you know the drill...
I'll do it later when it's cooler.......... Oh it's dark now
I'll get up early tomorrow and do it, it will be cooler first thing........ open door to blast of hot air
It's bound to be cooler tomorrow........... No it's not!
It's starting to cool down, I'll go outside in a moment with the camera, who wants to watch a film....... Oh it's dark out !
I'll take the doll outside now it's cooling down and can get those photos, oh she's dressed for winter that won't do......... oh it's time for dinner
I'll do it now!.......................... No it's just too hot I cannot be a**ed
and that pretty much sums it up!
So what snall things have been happening here in the village.. well I finalled decided that the two nicely made Petitcollin natterer boxes, that have sat in a corner of the living room , because they really were just too nice to just breakup and throw away, needed a new home, so I offered them on the natterer group to anyone willing to pay the postage and received an email within half n hour from someone who wanted them. So they are packed up and ready to go to their new home tomorrow.
I also popped to my neighbours garden and took a couple of photos of their gazebo which Paul put up for them and we have both been helping with where to place things.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
Another week is gone and it's been a busy one here. But if you have a house and a large garden it does tend to be a busy time of year especially outside, even without me and my ideas and Paul's talent to make them happen!
The gazebo is almost finished but a final part was added this week when Paul made the frame for the vintage tiles I had for under the window on the side wall.
We had the space under the window from matching the two longer windows beside the long short one.