Monday 25 December 2023

Thursday 21 December 2023



Only Lucas could have a baby camel and several snowmen in his 'crew' 

My only worry is just what can one small boy, his dog, baby camel and a few snowmen get up to? ...

and mum's come down with a raging old fashioned cold.. perfect...

Sunday 17 December 2023



Well sort of! The tree is up and decorated and the lights twinkling away. So that's a start. I have so gathered some greenery and made a spray for the front door, so that's also in place, along with some bears guarding the fire and a soldier assisting them. 

I have finally ordered a fairy to top the Christmas tree, along with a Christmas tree skirt for the base, so finally the tree will be topped and tailed! Only taken 48 years! Well I did have some Christmas fabric I'd just throw round the base and there must have been something on the top? years back but it's been pretty much forgotten about for at least the last twenty years or so.

There is a lovely shop just along in the next town, which fills all it's shelves and space with Christmas decorations at this time of year and we will be taking a trip there this week, to maybe buy a bauble or two. I'll take some photos to share in the week.

I have bought all the Christmas presents and they just need wrapping and labelling and then that's done. The food is on order to be delivered, so far so good.

I was thinking about maybe getting the tooth sorted before Christmas as I was feeling a bit better in myself but now have a little nagging pain in my side!! Honest my body seems to be working against me at present!

Today we have my first ever Sasha the lovely Liberty, or Libby as she's known. 

She is wearing a pale mint green needlecord dress by Ginny, standing in some sun a few weeks back, when I remembered I'd change the girls and not photographed them. I need to find her a hairclip so she can see out of both eyes!

Well not much happening here at present, so I will wish you all a Happy Healthy fun filled week ahead


Thursday 14 December 2023


 Hettie is very happy because she's received her new dress just in time for all the Christmas celebrations.

When I first saw Hettie , she was in a lovely blue floral dress, so I knew it would suit her really well.

Hettie now says she's ready to party!

Her dress is by Ginny of A Passion for Sasha and her shoes by Lisa / Ruth Hartley 

Tuesday 12 December 2023



So what's that they say about making plans? The virus I've been fighting off for a week or more finally arrived along with a toothache! Yes double trouble!!

Hopefully I'm over the virus but the tooth is still aching on and off, however I don't feel up to going to dentist because I know it's one that needs to come out, so I'm nursing carefully.

The weathers been so cold and grey it would have been hard to use the studio for photos unless the sun was out and it was around very early afternoon, I still need to get proper lights in there.

Bruno's tale will now have to be a new years tale, weather and light levels permitting.

Tuesday 5 December 2023


 Goodness it's already December, so the last of this years doll photos! Many thanks to everyone who's taken part over the year, for without you it would be a very boring post.

Lets get started.

From Ursula we have her two, Uma and Gabe, on the table at the gnome house asking if this is it for Christmas Dec's this year!! Mum explains there is plenty of time to get some glitter going! Children so impatient anyone would think it's almost Christmas!

Saffy and Hettie, here in the village, are looking a bit suspicious ! Did Hettie just say " The coasts clear go!" ?

Well now I know where all the Christmas sweets have been going! I can see two names going on the naughty list for Santa! 

Over at Gregoropolis, Katy and Sasha have been helping daddy Steve put up the Christmas tree, while looking lovely in their smart blue clothing.

" We've done a good job, even if I do say so myself " Sasha states

" And already there are presents waiting underneath " agrees Katy " I'm starting to get excited "

" Calm down! There is still another 20 days to go yet "

" Party pooper !"

Meanwhile over in North Hassia, Hildegard's lad Ruben, is starting on the body of his soon to be giant snowman! He just needs to roll it around for another ten minutes or so, then he can start on the head!

We have a lovely little no navel lass from Scarborough way, ready and waiting to write out her list for Santa. She knows just what her rabbit would like in his stocking.

Many thanks to everyone whose taken part this month and also over the last year. Your photos are what makes these posts so special. Still time for any late comers, just send them in.

Sunday 3 December 2023



Well does anyone else have Christmas tunes rattling through their brains now it's December? At present, Joy to the world, is the one rattling in mine! Since I don't remember all the words there is a lot of tum tum de dum going on too. The weather's been suitably wintery but here in the south east not any of the white stuff but further up in the midlands and the north they've had a fair covering.

It's now time for writing out the Christmas cards and looking for presents for friends and family, unless you are one of those super organised people who had it all done and dusted by mid November?  Once upon a time, I'd post all my cards on December first, now I'm lucky if I've posted any days before the 25th! Do people reverse as they age? if you were always last minute do you become an early bird or like me an early bird who is now barely making it in time and getting late as well!

I had intended to get photos started for my Christmas tale all taken and ready to post back in November then the weather turned and so did I, back inside to await some increase in the temperature! Well it is warming up but accompanied by rain! But it will happen, even if it's a skin of the teeth job.

I've been tidying up the doll shelves, since I had sold enough dolls to clear half the top shelf, I decided to box these left to sell and use the space for some of my bears who had spent the last 18 months or so living in a large cardboard box. Empty shelf, wipe over , refill, done... no empty shelf, wipe over, release you can put back another shelf that had been removed to allow the taller dolls to stand, only to see that the spare shelf had been put on the bottom cupboard shelf which was full front front to back with Sashas and Gregors ! So it meant removing all of them, lots of chatter about what's going on, can I go to the front now etc. Naturally it was awkward then to get the glass shelf out but finally extra shelf in, some photos taken of some redressed Sashas and everyone back in place.

Which is why we have Magda and Claudia headlining todays post.

It was only when I had to remove them all, that I realised I'd not taken their photos. Wearing a couple of nice richly coloured A Passion for Sasha dresses in needlecord, it also reminded me I had intended to buy more for the girls to wear. So that's something for the new year. 

So I emptied the box of bears only to find I had more than could fit on the two shelves! this is a problem that occurs all the time , when you are a collector.

The shelves before I remember there were still bears up in the box!

A closer view of some of the Pandas.

A bag o bears awaiting a space on the shelf!

Some of my more recent bears, from a group called Sleepover they are wearing onesies which can be removed, at the back a lion called Nod and a Tiger called Snooze, at the front a Christmas pudding called Figgy, a Mouse called Onesie, a cat called CatNap and a Hedgehog called Sweet Dreams.

So the shelves will be getting more crowded but at least they are no longer hidden away in a box!  There are another fifteen or so big old vintage bears upstairs sitting on my dressing table, including Pebs who is one of the younger up there at around fifty years old.

Well now on the doll front, no ones left and no ones arrived, which is a win I suppose. Until I got the bears out there was some space but that's all vanished now. Although I have sold off a few smaller items, so that box is slowly emptying.

On that note I will wish you all a happy healthy safe week ahead and a reminder to send in those doll or teddy, if you'd prefer, photos for the fifth


Friday 1 December 2023



Yes it's now December! The weather here agrees it's now winter, because we are already having temperatures in low single figures during the day and minus overnight!  Add to that there is talk of the white stuff!! yes I kid you not!

I said to Paul we needed some holly and greenery in a pot, on this table in the gazebo, which we can see from indoors and also pass when we are in the garden. So Paul went off round the garden and gathered up some bits, we settled on this nice stone pot and Paul arranged them. I think he's done a great job. With the cold they should last a while.

The dresser is filled with it's Christmas China, naturally a couple of Sasha's have found their way on there!

So the last Doll photo day for this year is only a couple of days away, so please send in those photos.

Weather permitting next week Bruno's Christmas tale will start.