Friday, February 15, 2019

Kaya in the Snow

After buying Kaya's winter accessories this year, I was very happy to get some pictures of her outside in the snow.

 I am sure Steps High was glad to get some exercise to stay warm.

It's actually really nice to have horses for the dolls to ride when taking pictures outside in the snow.
I didn't have to worry about them falling head first into the snow!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Felicity in the Snow

Felicity was happy to ride Penny in the snow.

Her green riding habit looks so good with her red cloak!

I couldn't decide whether to take pictures of her wearing her tricorn or with her hood up, so I took pictures of both.

She looked so pretty in the snow, it was hard to bring her back inside!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Taking Doll Pictures in the Snow

I live in a state where we get a lot of snow in the winter.

Even when you have snow, it takes, in my opinion, very precise conditions to take pictures of dolls in the snow.

The snow can't be too deep, or the doll will be standing in knee-deep or waist-deep snow.

YET the snow has to be deep enough to entirely cover the grass.

It can't be too long after the snow has fallen, or there will be leaves, twigs and other debris over the snow.

Today, I had great conditions for taking doll photos!

We had a layer of ice on the ground that was thoroughly covering the grass.

Then we got about an inch of fresh snow over the ice, so it looked fresh and white out there, and the dolls did not sink down into the snow.

However, it was pretty treacherous outside, so I did not go far. I didn't want to fall and hurt myself and drop a doll or two in the snow!
So I only took pictures in my back yard.

I actually had to hurry to get these pictures today, because we are getting more snow tomorrow and more doll pictures may not be possible after that.

I got a lot of pictures, which I will share soon!

Here are the dolls AFTER I finished taking pictures. My formerly clean table was a mess!

Another problem with taking pictures in the snow is how dark it is outside this time of year. 
Sometimes I take pictures on the night setting, even during the day, so that the exposure is better.

I hope everyone is managing to stay safe in this ferocious weather!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Meet Diana

When I bought Anne, I thought she would be my last American Girl doll ever. I earned the money for her myself, and it took nearly a year.

I put a lot of thought into which doll to get. 

Anne is a #6, but I almost got a #15.

I impulse bought this #15 from etsy 2 years ago.

I thought that maybe she could be Anne's twin, so I named her Diana, after the best friend of Anne of Green Gables.

I admit, though, I was nervous about changing Anne's story after so many years.

When I got Diana, she just didn't work as Anne's twin for me. She is taller and tanner than Anne, obviously a later doll. They just don't look right together to me.

I ended up not bonding with Diana, and will probably be rehoming her.

I hope she has better luck at her next home!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Farewell to Freebie Friday

Pixie Faire is ending Freebie Friday. Instead, they are offering, a buy one, get one free each Friday.

Here is what the e-mail said:
"we are mixing things up for our Friday pattern give-away. Moving forward we are going to do a Friday BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) Deal each week. Similar to the 12 Days promos, the new Friday BOGO offer will be set up for a specified collection each week, for one day only - this Friday the collection will feature a beautiful assortment of fun patterns that we know you'll enjoy! Watch for the announcement in the Friday newsletter and check the site on Friday, the BOGO collection will be highlighted on the main homepage slider."

I don't really mind the change. I never expected Freebie Friday to last as long as it did, and I have a huge stash of patterns to draw on. It gave a great boost to my week, every Friday.

What I wish is that they would announce a day ahead of time what the BOGO will be.

I have limited Internet access on Fridays, so it would be nice to know if I need to go to the library or not.

Also, if I am going to spend money, I like to spend time contemplating my purchase and not be forced to do it immediately with a time constraint.

They are also discontinuing the Mod Monday, but I don't care because no one I know ever won.

Another announcement was a bit weirder.

Apparently, Shari Fuller of Thimbles and Acorns now owns Eve Coleman's Keeper Dolly Duds brand?

Does that mean no more KDD patterns?

It's weird.

Here is what the Pixie Faire e-mail says:

"Shari has two pattern collections on Pixie Faire, Thimbles and Acorns, her original brand - and after years of collaborating with designer Eve Coleman on the Keepers Dolly Duds Designs brand, Shari is now the owner of that brand too! "

I received an e-mail from Shari recently that said, "Was actually working on it when eve decided to move her patterns to PF." 

That doesn't really suggest that she now owns the brand.

The project that she says she was working on it is resizing her new pattern, A Piece of History dress, for 14 and 16 inch dolls, which I am looking forward to.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Doll Clothes Pattern Books

This isn't exactly new news, but I don't think I have blogged about it yet.

Both Thimbles and Acorns and Keepers Dolly Duds have released some of their patterns in physical book form.

The Thimbles and Acorns book is Laura Ingalls Wilder themed. It is titled "A Long Winter in Dakota Territory" and the author is of course Shari Fuller.

You can find it on Amazon here.

The really great thing about this pattern book is that is has patterns for three sizes- American Girl, A Girl for All Time, and 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wisher and Hearts for Hearts.

That makes this book a real bargain if you sew for all three sizes!

The Keepers Dolly Duds book is called "Keepers Dolly Duds Presents the 19th Century Collection" by Eve Coleman and Shari Fuller.

You can find it on Amazon here.

This book has some great patterns in it, and again at a great price.

I already own all the KDD patterns, and they are only 18 inch doll size, not 3 sizes like in the Long Winter book.

So the one I will get first is the Thimbles and Acorns pattern.

It's great that we have this option to by our favorite patterns in book form, however!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Girl For all Time

I love my Girl for All Times dolls.

They are gorgeous, and I love looking at them.

I just am not sure what I want to do with them, exactly.

I decided that I want them to be in the same time period so they can hang out together.

I just can't decide on the time period.

Nor do I want them to be time travelers.

I'll figure it out some day...

Kaya in the Snow

After buying Kaya's winter accessories this year, I was very happy to get some pictures of her outside in the snow.  I am sure S...