Friday, January 31, 2014

Our January Adventure

The girls and I recently joined the "Adventurer's Club" over at Heather's blog. The girls were really keen, but I don't usually participate in these type of things, as it takes total commitment and I'm not really good at that. I'm more of an impulse kinda gal, but as it was only once a month and it was a good way to challenge my photography skills, I figured I could handle it without feeling any pressure.
As the first theme for the month of January was "Weather" and knowing how so many of my blogging friends are suffering the worst kinda winter this year, we decided to share a little warmth and some of our Aussie sunshine. :)

January Entry - A Day at the Beach

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Choosing Hair

My long awaited MiniFee Celine arrived today at lunchtime and I have been trying different wigs on her to see what suits her best.

I settled on the one below for the time being, but I am still unsure if it will stay or go. I have enough trouble deciding my own hairstyle, so this is no easy task for me!

 I guess she will tell me in her own good time, the dolls usually do. In the meantime, I'd certainly be interested in hearing your opinions on which one you think suits her best.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Tea Party

Today, the girls decided to celebrate the arrival of a new dining suite
by having a little tea party.

Hershey: Shall I be mother?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Storage Solution

For quite some time now I have been unhappy with my wardrobe and for a couple of different reasons.

The first being the doors; they go right from floor to ceiling, are quite heavy and take up far too much space in my room when I have to open them. I also have a small bedroom chair next to my chest of drawers, and it means having to move it out of the way every time I open the right hand side door.

Secondly, there has been a waste of storage space and it often became untidy with shoes on the floor . . . so without further ado, it was off to IKEA for hubby and I!

My dearest soon got to work, taking off the doors, gutting the inside and cutting the carpet out where the new robe insert was to go.

Then it was assembly time . . . and after lots of screwing, banging and a little cursing, the whole insert was in place.

To be completely honest it took me longer to sort out the clothes, shoes and bags I was going to keep, than it took hubby to assemble the whole wardrobe!

Then it was time to fill it with everything in its place; shoes on the slide out shoe rack, summer clothes on the left, winter on the right, bags on the shelf, my lovely alpaca hat and shawl packed away safely in a sealed Skubb box so the moths don't eat them, my unmentionables in one the drawers, light tops in the other and all my doll boxes (apart from Fairyland's) at the very top of the robe.

I was so pleased with the result, I wondered why we hadn't done this years ago . . . but then I thought, silly me, years ago I hadn't discovered IKEA! Besides, both of us were too busy working full time and probably not so inclined as we are now, to venture into the world of home renovations. :)
Next job was to add curtains to the front, which I have yet to hem (they are only pinned up), but want them to hang for a day or two to make sure I don't have to hem it twice. (I had thought of sliding doors, but I am not overly fond of them.) Once I am happy with the length and drape of the curtains, I will take them back down to hem and whilst they are down, we will repair the frame where the door hinges were and paint it Clotted Cream to match the rest of the architraves and skirting boards that we have replaced around our home.

I think the room looks better already . . . I might even add some pretty pink ribbon to the bottom of the curtain just to finish it off and add a little more feminine charm.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stepping Out

Lonnie recently received an invitation to attend a Charity Ball and according to her, she had "nothing suitable to wear". Whatever am I going to do with all these girls of mine? They will have me tied to my drawing board and sewing machine until I drop!!

As it is in this household, it's never just one outfit that's required . . . Antoinette insisted she needed a "special dress" for an occasion too! I asked her, "What occasion?" and she didn't have an answer to that, but I am sure she will come up with something sooner or later. :)

So, after a few quick sketches and selection of the appropriate laces and trims, we settled on their designs and these are the results of several days work.

Antoinette's outfit consists of floor length diamond tulle underskirt with lace trim at the hemline, then a peach embroidered black tulle overskirt and separate bodice. She also has a matching hair band which ties at the nape.

Lonnie's skirt is also two layers, however, it's stitched together as one. Her ankle length skirt is made with a layer of hot pink cotton/polyester fabric, covered with a layer of hot pink, pale pink and grey embroidered black tulle and a separate bodice.

The bodices are fully lined with white cotton/polyester fabric and both outfits close at the back with press studs (snaps) for ease of dressing.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hershey's New Puppy

 Hershey has been nagging me for a puppy ever since our neighbours got one. Last week I finally gave in to her pleading and bought a little one just for her. She is so excited and pleased with him, he follows her everywhere and she plays with him all the time.

She tells me he is so lovely and soft to cuddle and he is so obedient that he does everything she tells him to do. It's a pity Hershey doesn't do the same for me. I have told her not to allow him on the bed, but every evening when I stop by her room to say goodnight, the two of them are snuggled up together, fast asleep in her bed..

For the last few days, Hershey has been browsing through my Baby Names book looking for just the right name for him, but she has been unable to find one that is suitable.

This morning, she asked me, "Do you think your readers might help me to come up with a name for him Mummy?". What do you think readers, could you, would you suggest a name for Hershey's new puppy? I'm sure Hershey and her puppy would both be very pleased and grateful if you do.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Antoinette - My Perfect Model

Today I tried out a new hairstyle on Antoinette and was quite surprised how different it made her look. I thought this was also the perfect time to ask her to model a couple of new items I had made for my Etsy boutique. I loved her so much in the striped dress, I decided to let her keep it, after all a girl can never have too many pretty dresses in their wardrobe, can they?

This 3 piece set is now in my Etsy boutique.

Now my dilema is . . . what to sew next!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I'm a Hopeless Case

Here it is just a few hours into the new year and I have already added two more sweeties to my "Wish List", I just can't help myself . . . thank heavens my Blythe dolls are selling!!

I have been wanting a boy for some time and it seems Choco is it. I just couldn't pass up this face, he has such a gorgeous pout I just wanna kiss him.

Then I saw Rose and it was love at first sight! I am hoping that Fairyland bring her out as a basic, because as much as I love the Steampunk look they have given her, I would rather tackle a Steampunk design of my own.

3rd Jan P.S. I have just ordered Choco from DD...YAY!! Now the 12 week wait begins. :)