Sunday, January 15, 2017

A week of dolly activity....and SEWING!

Yes I have been SEWING!  And enjoying it!  And I have lots more ideas in my head too, so watch this space.  But my week has gone well and I've got several things done that I planned to get done.  I have completely organised one bag of doll shoes, which I know won't sound like much but we are talking a LOAD of dolly shoes....I have been collecting doll shoes for a dozen years or so and I rarely get rid of any!  So they are all nicely sorted out in individual little bags now.  I didn't take any photos, too boring!

I've also taken some photos of a newcomer here, a Journey Girl Dana from Toys R Us.  I've wanted a Dana for ages but every time I went to TRU so they had all the others but not her.  So we nipped into TRU and I noticed that the Journey Girls section was slightly bigger, still tiny but they've now got some accessories and even some clothing sets!!!  But again, despite having the other new girls, no Dana.  However, as I wandered around the other aisles, I spotted her, there she was, but displayed with the Nancy by Famosa dolls!!!  So I grabbed her and brought her home. 

For 30 euros these dolls are not bad at all.  They have soft and silky rooted hair, inset acrylic eyes with applied upper eyelashes and their bodies are part vinyl and part cloth with fully vinyl limbs.  The vinyl goes down to about the centre of the dolls chest and the cloth part is just the lower body.  They're great play dolls for kids....and I count myself as a bit of a big kid here, so perfect for me too! 

Here's Dana on her way to school, the outfit is the one she came in, and is actually quite cute.  She has a white sleeveless vest (sorry but the name of a vest in the US escapes me...singlet perhaps?) under her check shirt, then she has white cotton knickers under her blue skirt which is very nicely made and has a thin layer of net/tulle underneath.  She has not one but two pairs of socks on, blue knitted ones on the outside with white cotton ones underneath (I'm guessing those are to protect her from staining) and the blue knitted ones are perfectly in scale. (One of my pet hates with dolls is knitted clothes that are made with waaaay too thick yarn and too big needles!!!)  She has this knitted shawl to keep her warm on chilly mornings, which was very useful as it's been chilly these last few mornings.  Finally she is wearing a pair of moulded plastic Doc Marten boots which have a slit down the back so are easy to get on and off, plus she's holding a pale blue shoulder bag with a long strap and a tassel (not seen) on one side. Oh nearly forgot, Dana comes with glasses as she is a little bit short sighted.




Because she reminds me of someone I know, she will now be known as Rocio.

On to the sewing.  I made an outfit for a Little Darling, it's a hooded knit dress with long striped stockings underneath.  I'll be adding a shoulder bag so that she can carry her school books but haven't got to it yet.

Here is Nikola modeling it for you:



And a close up of Nikola as she's just sooooo cute!


Finally on the dolly front, I made an outfit for one of my Muller Wichtel kids, Neele, as she'd been naked for months, poor girl!  I got this very sweet fabric from a wonderful craft supplies fair that I attended (twice!) at the beginning of December.  I meant to blog about it but I spent far too much time (and money!) buying stuff, that I forgot to take any photos!  The fabric is Japanese and a nice weight for overalls.




And a close up because...well why not!


Well you'll see from the photos that spring is definitely on the way here, thank goodness, as I really don't 'do' winter....A lot of our plants have flowered all through the winter, but the hibiscus had taken a short rest but it's back again with a vengeance, there are now about 12 buds ready to open and one flower is already showing it's pretty face:


And more importantly, the Money Tree is flowering!!!!  Phew, well needed after all I spent at Christmastime! ;)


Our neighbour has a very pretty plant in their front garden but I haven't a clue what it's called....Dee? Any idea?


These photos were taken at night, the flowers are almost 'waxy'...


We also had a couple of visitors.  This little fellow was about 4 cm long, so not as big as the one who stayed a couple of years back, but quite friendly all the same and he seemed to enjoy a little bit of sunshine on his back:


And then we had this little chap visit, the photo is not great as I had to take it through the window so as not to scare him off.  I have no idea what kind of bird he is, he was about the size of a sparrow though, and very chirpy....in fact there were a pair of them, but I only managed to get this one...


And finally, just to show that we do get cold weather and SNOW sometimes, here is a photo of the mountains behind us....yes that white at the top is apparently snow!!!  It didn't last though, only there for a couple of days!!


Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've been up to this week, and hope that you all have a lovely week ahead.

Big hugs Sharon xx

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A little visitor from the US...

Yesterday I received a wonderful package which contained a lovely and most generous gift from a dear dolly friend in the US.  I was expecting a parcel but I really was not expecting what was inside.  This sweet friend had told me that she'd bought some dolls and that they smelt strongly of smoke and she wanted to send one to me.  She spoke about the Spanish sunshine and being able to leave the doll outside to get rid of the smell, as I'd had some success in the past with doing just that.  Because of Spanish Customs I said to her that it might be better if she could send him to someone in the US but she said that no, she didn't want me to work on 'them', she wanted me to have them as a gift!!!!

Lo and behold the parcel came and inside there were two very sweet, and very CLEAN non smelly dolls!  One of them is a brown eyed Sasha who is bald, so needs rerooting or a wig, so I will introduce her at another time.  The other was a very sweet little Caleb who has pumpkin strings and tight non-falling curls.  I'm thinking with this string colour he is probably from 1973/74 and probably wore the Mushroom suit outfit, but as I haven't got my book to hand, I may well be wrong.  Regardless, he is a nice little boy and now that I've dressed him he is fitting in well with the other boys here :)



And here he is on his own, outfit by me, socks by Ruthdolls and shoes from Boneka.





He tells me his name is Conor, "just one 'n'" but I already have a Natterer boy here called Connor!  But I guess we can have two, as long as we remember that this one is the one with "just one 'n'"!!!

Hugs Sharon xx

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Zwergnase Juniors....

Somehow, having always said that I only wanted one Zwergnase Junior, I seem to have ended up with six!!!  Dee (of Sasha Village), herself a fan of these dolls, asked me to show mine altogether, so I've taken some photos today to share....and thought I'd add them on here.

Here are the six girls all in a row: (Left to right: Simona, Avery, Brit (re wigged), Violet, Galina and grumpy little Anuschka.


And here they are by year of release: (L to R: Avery (2017), Galina (2017), Violet (2016), Simona (2013), Anuschka (2006) and Brit (2006).



Of the girls in my group above, all but Simona are wigged and all girls have hand painted eyes and faces. 

The earlier girls are slightly smaller than the later ones, and as far as I can see, this is only due to the necks, which on the girls since 2016 are a little longer.  I don't know if this is because they are actually made longer or because the neck actually sits higher.  Either way it is more noticeable when the dolls are undressed.

Here are some closeups of the girls:

This is Anuschka from 2006.  This used to be my least favourite sculpt until my friend Jenni talked about her girl of the same sculpt.  I kept looking at her and that was it, I was lost and this little lady came here in November.  I love her!  I love her grumpy face and her unruly fluffy hair.  I think I might call her Annie. 



This is Avery who is one of the new sculpts for 2017.  Avery appealed to me as soon as I saw her face, she just looked so bossy!  The set of her chin, her very slight frown and those pursed lips said it all to me!  This outfit is her default one and is very cute on her, not something I would have chosen for her but it does seem to suit her personality!



Next up is Brit who is from 2006.  I have re wigged her with this Tibetan lambswool wig that I made especially for her.  I thought that it was her default wig that I was struggling with but no, I am still struggling with poor Brit.  I think she might soon be looking for a new adventure in another home!  


The next little girl is Galina, she is also from the new 2017 line of Juniors.  She is another that I fell in love with straight away and seeing her in the flesh has just made me love her more.  She has the sweetest little face, quite serene at times but then at others she looks very sad.  I hope she's not sad though!!  This outfit is her default one but soon I will make her something new to wear.



This is Simona who I prefer to call Simone.  Simone is from 2013 and I used to have her red headed sister but decided to re-home her and invite Simone to come and stay here instead.  I love this face.  She is another sculpt that sometimes looks incredibly grumpy but then at other times looks like she is about to laugh.  I think this is what I like about these dolls, the fact that with just the slightest movement of their heads, a tilt this way or that, they come up with a whole new expression on their faces that you just weren't expecting!  Simone is the only one of my girls who has rooted hair.  



And finally here is Violet who I call Leoni, she is from the Spring Collection of 2016 and the moment I saw her so I knew she'd have to come here.  I love her face, she really does have a serene look to her, like she knows all the wonders of nature but hasn't yet shared them!  (Yes, I'm nuts!) I love her curls (although this is her second wig as her original went very dry on the ends and Zwergnase replaced it, although I had to pay for the replacement!).  I have added small freckles and more blush to her face as unfortunately her face paint didn't appear to be sealed and her blush wiped off!  I really should have sent the doll back when the company asked me to but by then I was quite attached to her and decided to just order the new wig instead.  



I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Zwergnase Junior girls and reading a little bit more about them and their 'personalities'.

I wish you all a very happy week ahead and hope wherever you are, you are dressed for the weather and keeping safe.

Big hugs Sharon xx

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Temptation....

Oh to be able to resist temptation.....

This little one was sooooo tempted, as was Choco on the sofa in the background......




But, she was a good girl and.....she resisted!!


Unlike this one.......who I'm afraid could not resist the temptation of the perfectly sized chocolate muffin.....



And gobbled it all up......


Happy Wednesday everyone!#


Monday, January 2, 2017

First bit of sewing for the New Year!

I don't usually make real resolutions for the New Year because invariably by the end of the first week I'll have broken them all.....and then I get all annoyed with myself and often will go completely in the opposite (read 'wrong') direction!  But I did say to myself over the last couple of days that I would get some sewing done again and this time I would get out of my 'comfort zone' and use some of the patterns that I've had ages but never, or rarely, used.  So today I did just that and I made my new girl a pair of jodhpurs!  I've had this pattern for as long as I have collected BJDs but have never used it, so now I have!

I would like to have used a beige twill or at least heavy cotton for these but didn't have any so soft fine corduroy had to do!

I hope you like them on my new girl, Fairyland Mini Fee tanned Chloe, who is trying out a different wig for a little while.  The jumper in the photos was a gift many years ago from my lovely friend May who was a wonderful knitter.  Sadly May died a few years back, so all her knits are highly treasured by me and my dolls.  The suede flat cap is also something I made many years ago now (yes, I never seem to throw anything away!)  The shoes are from either Releaserain or Mimiwoo, I can't remember which!






Thanks for visiting, have a great week everyone!

Big hugs Sharon xx

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to stop by and wish all of my readers and blog followers a very Happy and Healthy New Year.  I've been a bit lax with my blogging recently but plan to try harder in 2017.

The last year has been a really mixed bag for me.  At first I thought to myself "WOW, 2016 has been a really sh*tty year!"  But then I had to slap myself around the head a bit to remind me what great times I've also experienced this past year!

The biggest being my son's wedding of course, gaining a gorgeous new daughter in law in Virginia, and really the wedding itself was just amazing.  I cannot count the number of people who've told us how wonderful it was, in fact everyone who spoke about it, actually said that it was the most beautiful and romantic wedding they'd ever been to, so that can't be bad. 


Also I had a great trip to the UK in November with my friend Magdalena, her first trip outside of Spain and of course first time flying.  We went to visit my mum to celebrate her 80th birthday with her and we had a very good trip.

And of course after my health scare back in September, it was excellent news in October to hear that I was in the clear.....I cannot tell you how difficult the seven weeks 'without knowing' were!! 

There are lots of other things that I could put on here but I wanted to keep this short and don't want to bore anyone!

On the dolly front, there were some comings and goings.....probably more comings than goings to be fair, but I'm happy.   I know that I've not been sewing my commissions but I'm slowly getting back to sewing, so who knows what the future may bring.

I will leave you with a few photos of my newest addition, the last doll to arrive here this year.  She is a tanned Mini Fee Chloe by the BJD company Fairyland of South Korea, and she is MSD sized, approx 40cm tall.  She has a custom faceup by Caroline of Viridian House in the UK.  I have been hankering after another MSD for a while now, so when this lovely girl was pointed out to be as being for sale here in the EU, I decided to go for her.  I plan on making her some clothes in the New Year but for now she is borrowing from other dolls! :)




Thank you all for visiting and commenting on my blog in 2016, I hope you will continue to come here in 2017.  I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year, may it bring you all that you would want for yourself...and then some! 

With love and big hugs
Sharon xxxx