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My First Black Haired Beauty by Götz

Look who's coming home to me . . . her name is Avery and she is an Asian equestrian from the FAO Schwartz Classic Doll line by Götz. She wears her hair in a bob without a fringe, which is one of the things that really appealed to me (all the Hannah's have long hair), and she comes with two rather splendid outfits: the equestrian attire she is wearing and a cowgirl set, comprising jeans, check shirt and cowgirl boots.

Although this doll is an American repeat of Götz's popular Hannah line, the bob makes her quite unique compared to her Götz twin. When you see them side by side, they are not as alike as one might think being produced from the same sculpt. Not only does the Götz Asian Hannah have longer hair, her face looks like it's painted differently.
The photo of Asian Hannah on the right, appears to have slightly darker skin, the lips are lighter and it could just be a trick of the light, but the nose looks narrower than Avery's. I guess I won't really know u…

Growing old is Mandatory, Growing Up . . . Optional!

I thought I would share a short story written by Frank Kaiser, as it's about someone who also favoured my favourite quote by George Bernard Shaw.

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

"Hi handsome," she said, "My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel.

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her ag…

Fabric Dolls

I know there are an incredible selection of dolls produced these days; in vinyl, resin, porcelain or similar substances. I know many of you collect very specific dolls, but I wonder if any of my readers like to make or collect fabric dolls. I have made several fabric dolls in the past and have suddenly had the urge to do so again.

Sometimes people refer to these stuffed, handmade dolls as Waldorf dolls and this is not necessarily correct, as many fabric dolls are not  made with children or their education in mind at all. A Waldorf doll is doll based on the principles of Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education), which emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate the combined intellectual, practical and artistic development of pupils.

Waldorf dolls are typically handmade for children, from natural fibres, usually with cotton knit skin and stuffed with wool, and crafted using traditional doll making techniques which originated in Europe. You will find …

Cruising the High Seas

A couple more creations for Katie and Kitty.

Tried a new yarn and different lacy stitch on the bottom of the knitted dress, and I think it turned out okay, but I may add a little crocheted edge to the hem.

Kitty forgot her book, so she decided just to sit back and relax.

Slightly different version of my simple dress, using a torn ruffle and hem. Not too sure I like the straps doing up on the outside, I may need to change them, what do you think?

Girls in Wonderland

A few more garments finished for Emma and Kitty.

I am really pleased with how the knitted dress turned out, as I haven't used the Knit Picks Chroma Twist before and wasn't sure how it would look. I really love how the colours blend, this is colour called "Drawing Room" but I will probably order a different colour next time, perhaps something a little brighter.

I'm glad I ordered the grey shoes though, they match perfectly with this knitted dress. :)

New Girls - Emma and Kitty

I have been waiting for these girls to arrive for some weeks now. Usually my Gotz dolls arrive within a few days of ordering, but that's when I only order one at a time, this time I ordered these two girls at the same time which made the shipping box really large, so it was sent with a different carrier . . . hence the long wait, it was a real test of my patience. :)
This is Emma, she has lovely blonde hair with a centre part and grey brown eyes and she is wearing one of my outfits that I knitted and sewed while she was on her long trip home. I also managed to squeeze her feet into a pair of lovely white Boneka shoes.

A close up, as you may have noticed, she has the same face sculpt as Clara.

This is Kitty, she also has lovely blonde hair, but with a side part and green eyes and she is wearing an outfit that is the reverse to Emma's. She is still wearing the black cat shoes she arrived in. Kitty is a MDBF Chosen doll and limited to 250 in this colour way.

This close up shows …