Monday, 9 May 2022

CLAUDIA GOES CASUAL

 Claudia who doesn't get an awful lot of attention for once is helping to lead the way on the dressing for spring/Summer!


"Mum It's very sunny today " states Claudia 


"It's hard to see with the sun in my eyes! Claudia complains


"That's better " Claudia smiles " I can see you now "


"It's nice not to be last or almost last for a change " She says happily.



Sunday, 8 May 2022

SUNNY SUNDAY SUMMARY

 Well, not the best of weeks. Still seem to be fighting off some virus that cannot make its mind up, if it is coming or going!

Then a doll I sold has been damaged in the post! It appears they have dropped the box it was in! So now have to try and see if she can be saved and then to chase the Royal Mail for a refund. So that wasn't a good start to the weekend! But today is another day, the sun's out and the virus seems to have wandered off again!

I find that this time of year I start to think about the less is more, something I quote often to my neighbour as he shows us another strange item he's bought for his garden gazebo, but alas It's not something I can seem to follow for myself! I also suffer from the "I may need that sometime" when I should just get rid of whatever it is, instead of coming across it five years later still waiting to be needed and even worse if it was needed but couldn't be found so another was bought anyway!

So, I need to clear the floor in my studio, so it can be used as a bedroom for one-night next weekend! Since the house will overflowing, which is why someone's drawn the short straw and has to use the studio, I cannot move any boxes indoors. The only other place available for storage is my old studio, which is part of Paul's workshop.

Today we have started moving things about to make some space in the old studio, I say old studio when I probably should be saying studio extension due to all the things for my dolls that are still in there!

Old studio .


From the doorway and this is after we have moved things so we can actually get inside! Behind the curtain (which some mouse has chewed on) is a cupboard inside of which are five large shopping bags of paperback books! They have probably been in there years, so they are now out and ready to be sorted and donated or kept! Which means a whole double unit is available to use!



The still unfinished dolls house.


more props


At least that big brown box is something I have sold and need to send on now the buyers has finally moved house.


More props or things for the grandchildren!


I even found this old sign for a 2015 Chat n Snap! Really should have taken off those pictures before now! and probably could have used it, if I'd known I had it!
So, I have spent most of the day sorting the old studio out, so I can temporarily use it for some boxes from the new one but then I will need to get my hard hat on and start listing some of the things, that are just not being used!

On the doll front, two dolls left but one not successfully. Some dolls clothes arrived which I bought on the second-hand doll market. One of which I owned years back! I really must stop buying things I once owned, it doesn't help with the reduction plans!

I did however finally cut out three of my doll clothes patterns, have not got round to actually making anything yet but once next weekends over with, that will be my next plan.

My middle daughter is forty this month and is having a party, hence the houseful, and its fancy dress themed sci-fi/ fantasy! Should be interesting , I hear someone's coming as a dinosaur!

So have a happy healthy week 

Dee





Saturday, 7 May 2022

CHECKING OUT THE VIEW

It's a nice afternoon, so some of the girls are outside exploring the garden.


Martha decided it was best to sit after diving backwards off the pot even though she was leaning on the post!


Whereas Ginny stood happily on her pot waiting for the photos to be taken.


Ashley decided staying on the ground was probably the best place to be after watching Martha sky dive!


Finally, they are all together on the ground.


Martha decides falling off the pot was all too much, and she needs to go and eat something sweet and watch a film!


I manage to get her to hold still for just a few minutes.



"Okay girls I'm all finished thank you " 

" Thank goodness " says Martha " I think I have a headache coming!"

" Oh maybe I'd best get you checked out at the doctors!"

" No need " she replies quickly " I'm sure some chocolate biscuits and a cup of tea will cure it "

" Yes" agrees Ashley " Come on M! I'll put the kettle on and Ginny can find the biscuits, we could all do with some"

" What film should we watch? " Asks Ginny, as arm in arm the three of them head off back to the house  "Something soothing " sighs Martha 

" Mm soothing what about Sense and sensibility? " Ginny suggests

" Or die hard with a vengeance!"  Ashley says

Shocked Martha gasps " That's not soothing ! "

Ashley looks surprised " Really? I love watching Brucie Baby kick some a ... "

"ASHLEY!"

" Oops sorry mum " giggles Ashley " Take down the bad guys " she finishes with a wink!

The girls voices, fade as they move further away towards the house, discussing whether taking down the bad guys can ever be called soothing! 






Thursday, 5 May 2022

IT'S THE FIFTH?

 Well despite you lovely people sending in your doll day photos I nearly forgot to post them!!

Must be because the sun finally came out and its warm outside!



Mona and her waterproof pooch are ready for whatever the weather sends their way! Mum Ursula is praying for the sun to come out, but Mona is taking no chances!


Over in Germany, Adelheid is up amongst the apple blossoms, enjoy their scent.


  She is picturing all the apples that will form over the coming months, Mum, Hildegard, says that the other trees have not blossomed yet so maybe there will be no apples! But Adelheid has faith they will appear!


Over the pond, the Gregoropolis girls are changing into their spring dresses and bringing back flower power, a trend we love here in the village.

And the boys say, " anything you can do sis!" and are rocking these great floral shirts, they are definitely getting on their groove over at Gregoropolis!


From Australia we have Wendy's photo of her Schoenhut dolls saying hello. Some of them used to live here but got fed up with being ignored and the very cold winters! It' nice to see they are happy.

Here in the village Monica is out and about admiring the flowers.


"This flower is perfect for my dress but soo big!" exclaims Monica " I think I might like gardens"


Thank you to all those who kindly sent in photos for the post, always time for more, so get them in.

Dee

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

IT'S ALL IN THE NAME!

 Well even though I am not supposed to be buying any more dolls for a while, I have to confess due to the FB group button nosed doll week, I started hankering for another brunette and blonde to join the family.

So, when I saw this button waif, I just could not resist her and that was that!


So, I would like to introduce Monica! She told me her name the minute I decided to invite her to come live in the village.


A closer view.


"You have a lot of pots! " She states, while having her photos taken 

" Yes because we love to garden. Do you like to garden? "


" I don't know " Monica replies " I don't think I have ever been in a garden, well not to do any work in it"



" Well we'll soon see if you like gardening here, because there is always something to do in the garden" I tell her " But maybe not while in that dress unless you help with the watering"

" I would love to help with the watering " 

" But not today " I smile " First you need to meet the family, Come on lets go inside and find them"

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

EVERYONE'S A CRITIC

 


Ashley is outside looking around the garden under a cloudy sky.


"Mum these plants that are red and brown don't really stand out against the black wall " she says spotting me walking back to the house.


"Well, I put them there until I could place them round the garden" I informed her " But feel free to move them somewhere better "

" Oh hum I don't garden " Ashley stutters " plus I cannot get this dress dirty carrying pots about! Really Mum! What a thing to say! "  

Of course, then she's off muttering about being asked to do manual labour!!

Sunday, 1 May 2022

SUNDAY SO SOON

 Well not only is it Sunday, it's also the 1st of May! I thought today was still April, despite reciting 30 days have September, APRIL, June and November! I still thought April had 31!

 This week's been a cold one in more ways than one! Paul came down with a very bad cold, had to check and make sure it wasn't Covid, it wasn't, but he was pretty much out of action until Wednesday, when he finally started to feel better.

I may have also had his cold but nowhere near as bad, but I was freezing cold on Thursday, just could not get warm! But feel the same again today? So no doubt I'm getting the drawn out version!

So next to nothing happening for most of the week, it's not really been until Friday that the household was back to more normal goings on.

Lindsey and I, did binge watch the two  Bridgerton series, which was wonderful! I kept saying to Lindsey that I was sure I'd seen it before ( I had not watched the first series when it was out previously) but was told, no I had not. However when reading about the beautiful costumes, I found out it is based on books by Julia Quinn, well that answered my question! I have read most of her books, about twenty or so years back and the books are probably up in the loft!  So now I need Paul to get up there and find my boxes of books, so I can reread them. I have always loved the regency period clothing and the costume designer for this series decided to bring them up to date with brighter fabrics and boy does it work! If you have not seen the series but would like to see the clothing just check them out online, they are magnificent!


Mina and Bebe, two Waldorf style dolls by Dearheart, which she made for me a few years ago. I also have another of Dearheart's dolls called Nina. Three girls...seems to be a theme in my life ;) I decided to show them to you as they have been moved, now I'm back rearranging the shelves in the studio. 


But on the doll front, things have been going well sort of, two dolls were sold, however I did buy one! The two dolls sold were not Sashas but the one bought is a Sasha. She'll arrive next week, But it is two out and one in, so not too bad.

However, while I was trying to keep warm and trying not to buy the Sasha, I did see another one, who was wearing a lovely Betsy May short dungaree outfit on sale, I decided it was not a good idea to buy a doll just to get her outfit, plus if I was buying, I really wanted the other one. But then I caved and bought the other doll but was still loving that outfit! So, I went searching and cruising among the dolls and clothing and found the perfect replacement .. well three to be exact! Then instead of checking my box of T-shirts, to see if I already owned suitable matches, I popped over to Ginny's and ordered four 

Yes four! because I could not decide which blue would suit best, so a bit of a shopping day but still the three outfits were way cheaper than buying the doll for one! 


The T-shirts have arrived, so I am just waiting on the short dungarees, but I think the bottom aqua t-shirt will be the best match, although I won't know for sure until the others arrive.

I also managed to sell a bunch of the shoes between ebay and the bazaar, so a little more space in one of the shoe drawers.

I still have not cut out the dolls dress pattern! and at the end of this week I will need to cut out a dress pattern and fabric and make a dress for myself! It's Lindsey's birthday and she is having a costume party! What are the odds on my getting my costume made in time...

 Have a happy healthy week ahead and don't forget to send in your photos of the 5th's doll day

Dee

Saturday, 30 April 2022

IT'S GETTING WARMER

 At last! Mind you the temperature will probably dip again next week!


Martha, who is casually leaning against the tree asks if she is finally going to be allowed to remove her boots and maybe get into more summer clothes?


"Cast nar a clout till May is out!" say I " which means " I explain " Don't remove any clothing until May is finished"

"Well, I'll be removing these tights and boots!" declares Martha " and changing this dress but I will make sure I keep a cardigan handy, just in case I need a clout"

Yes, I was tempted, very tempted...


Wednesday, 27 April 2022

BUTTONS UP!

 This week it's button ( no ) nose week on the Sasha group on Facebook! So lots of lovely button kids showing their sweet little faces.

Of course my ever shrinking  band of buttons wanted to go see everyone.


Arabella, wanted to change but i say she looked fine and if she wanted her photo to be put on, she'd best accept it or she'd miss her chance!


Margo was more than happy to stay in her dress, she is being very serious at the moment and spending her time writing her diary and reading.



While Magda knows she looks good and with the weather keep chopping and changing at the moment she was more than happy to not to change.



The girls come together for a group photo.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

WHY IT'S SUNDAY!

 Are the weeks going faster or is it just me? Either way I know I'm not getting any faster just slower! I can only think it's because now I'm retired, I don't have to fit things into the weekend or evenings, but this doesn't seem to be working for me! Because I'm still just wasting my days faffing about and not getting on with much.

Each evening I go off to bed and land up thinking " Tomorrow I will get on first thing in the morning and do X, Y or Z and then save my faffing for the afternoon" but it never happens, at least not yet.

When I do actually get a few things done during the day, you think I'd been short of time and miraculously fitted them in, instead of having still wasted plenty of time!

Like for instance I planned on making a dress for a new to me , non Sasha, doll before she arrived. So I set about sorting out some choices of fabric, found some patterns, bought some other patterns. Looked at said patterns and fabric, planned on cutting out a pattern or two and then some fabric, went to try and find some missing patterns, which remained hidden, so gave up and went off and bought another pattern and a couple of pieces of fabric.

Problem was/is could not decide which dress pattern to make! None was quite what I was after! So instead of settling on a couple and starting on them, at this moment I have still not started even though the patterns are sitting beside me!



Even worse the doll's arrived and is now sitting in a dress that doesn't quite fit, having had her clothes washed and dried and put away! and still no decision made!

Once upon a time, when I was much younger, I'd have cut and made up a couple of dresses before the doll was even in the post! Even I used to go on holiday, the cases would be packed and ready at least a week before, where as now I'm throwing things in a bag the same morning I'm leaving to go away !


On the doll front, as stated earlier a doll arrived. Another Roche who makes up a pair with one I already own, I'd watched this doll since last year sit on eBay and did make an offer last year but wasn't accepted so left it. Then made another offer a few weeks ago, which again wasn't accepted but then she changed her mind. So since she's arrived another has been listed to go for my one in one out policy.

I have also sorted out several pairs of Sasha/ Gregor boots/shoes, because I have so many that the one's I'm selling haven't been on one of my dolls for a good few years! There are more I need to go through and also sell on, the sun's come back out, the weather is improving and I need space!!!!

So on that note I'm off to look in a drawer or three and then cut out some patterns and fabric! I will honest! I need to, no more faffing!  

Have a great week ahead and give your nearest and dearest a big hug, it will brighten their day 

Dee xx

Saturday, 23 April 2022

HAPPY ST GEORGE'S DAY

 


" God for Elizabeth, England and St.George ! " Cries Erik " Happy St George's day "


Today is the 23rd of April when we the English remember our patron saint George.


out takes ;)



" You do know I'm not English mum? " asked Valentine " and that I'm wearing colours in support of Ukraine ? "

Mum gives him the look and shouts " Erik !"


Wednesday, 20 April 2022

ORDER ORDER!

 


 Arabella is looking very serious! I wonder what she's doing?


Mmm she seems to be studying her notes.


Suddenly the door opens and in rush Marth and Violet " Sorry we're late " says Martha out of breath

" Yes Sorry Arabella " adds Violet " we got caught up with mum and couldn't get away "


"No problem " smiles Arabella " I totally understand how hard it is to escape mum sometimes "

The girls smile back " Come and take a seat "


" So " says Arabella " I am expecting Percy to join us but we cannot wait any longer, So lets bring this meeting to order "


"If we are ordering I'll have a burger!" say Toby coming into the room.

Arabella rolls her eyes " We are not ordering food! We are bringing the meeting to order " 

Toby grins while Arabella looks confused " What are you doing here? "


"Oh yeah! Percy said to tell you, sorry he cannot make the meeting but I'm to listen and report back to him"

"He sent you to report back? " Arabella asked not believing anyone would send Toby on such an errand 

" Yep" confirms Toby " but he said you had best make a note and send that with me in case I forget something "

"Well" sighs Arabella " you'd better take a seat and pay attention!"


Toby sits next to Martha 

"Now we will bring the meeting to order.. No! " Arabella warns Toby has he opens his mouth to speak

Toby laughs but stays quiet, so Arabella continues " This is the first meeting of the Queen's jubilee tea party "


Turning to Violet she continues " We will need flowers for the table, which we be very long so that we can all get round it "

" So how many are you thinking? six? eight? ten? " 

"Maybe have ten available, even if we don't use them all on the table, we can use them elsewhere "

" Any particular colours? " Violet questions


"What do you think for colours Martha, Toby?"

" Mm Purple and white ? " says Martha

"Red?" says Toby at the same time

"Purple and white sounds good" agrees Arabella " so lets go with that " She makes a note 

"What's wrong with red? " Argues Toby" I love red flowers!"

"There is nothing wrong with red bu  "

"Well then we need some red!"

Before they start arguing Violet jumps in " We could have some red flowers too, they could go around the table area ? "

"See " says Toby smirking at Arabella " let's have some big red flowers too!"

Arabella gives Toby a glare but adds red flowers to her list 


Arabella decided to ignore Toby and carried on with the meeting, looking over towards Violet she continues.

The girls are now talking about tablecloth's, crockery, colours of fabric etc, Toby is soon bored and Martha feels the sofa move. she looks over at Toby.



She's shocked to see Toby's helped himself a drink and a gingerbread man!


"Toby!" Martha whispers " we don't eat and drink until the interval "

"When's that? I'm starving!"

"It's usually halfway, so about 30 minutes " Martha whispers " So you'd best up those back!"

but before he can move Arabella looks over to see what they are whispering about.


 Arabella is not impressed to see Toby's already helped himself to refreshments! She knew he'd be problem the minute he arrived!

"It's not quite time for refreshments Toby " she states quietly 

" Why not? " Argues Toby " surely if it's there it doesn't matter when it's eaten? Why does it need to wait? Some of us are hungry now not in half an hour!" 

Arabella tries to explain " We are holding a meeting which needs to be run in a correct order" Toby opens his mouth, but Arabella's eyes take on a hard glint, so he shuts it again has she continues " Which means we eat at the halfway point, that way we get some work done first "

"Well" Toby thinks about what to do? does he really want to seat around with cakes staring at him for another twenty minutes? 


Toby gets up " Well I'd love to stay and stare at the food for ages, but I need to go on an important errand, so I bid you all goodbye!"


Arabella carries on the meeting ignoring Toby as he leaves, but she still sees him stop and help himself to a couple more biscuits.


Pockets full of biscuits Toby leaves watched by Violet.


but there are still plenty of cakes etc left.


The girls giggle as the tension drops with Toby's exit. 

"He is such a tike that boy! " Exclaims Arabella as the other two nod agreement " Martha can you give Percy the note about the meeting once we finish? " Martha nods " Right then let us continue. We will need Percy to make us a lovely long table to eat our jubilee tea at"

The meeting continues in peace with the girls stopping halfway through for refreshments before finishing in time to go off and start getting things agreed on underway.

Sometime later that afternoon the room is once again occupied


"Come to daddy!" Toby pulls the gingerbread man towards his mouth! " I knew those girls wouldn't eat all the cakes! "

All's quiet apart from the sounds of the smacking of lips and the sighs of bliss coming from the room.


NB

It's been lovely and warm here today so I set up the room on the patio table!


Need to use earlier before the sun starts to affect the area