Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Month of June....

The month of June proved a very busy one for me this year, what with my trip to Barcelona, my birthday and then later in the month my mum and brother John were here for two weeks holiday from the UK.  I don't know where the time went and of course my blog suffered once again from a lack of posts!!!

So I thought I'd do a catch up for the past month and hope it's not too boring for you :)


Now, although I shared masses of photos of the Dolly Day Barcelona, I didn't share any other photos that I took.  Although there aren't a lot of 'non dolly' photos from the weekend away, here are a few:

This is my lovely friend Sue and I in Parc de la Ciutadella, a really attractive and tranquil place, located near the Barcelona zoo:


And Sue with her husband Ben:


And here are some photos from the parc itself:







This memorial bandstand is dedicated to the 'transexual Sonia' who was brutally murdered here for her gender identity.  We three read this independently and all said how it made the hairs on the back of our necks stand on end.  So sad.



The Arc de Triomf....



 
This is the entrance to the Catedral Basilica de Barcelona, apparently this is the most important temple within the Archdioceses of Barcelona.  If you would like to read more about this cathedral, their website can be found here: 
Catedral de Barcelona


 Passeig de Lluís Companys:


Below is the statue of Christopher Columbus...more can be found about this statue, situated at the end of Las Ramblas, here: Columbus Monument, Barcelona


The Time Of The Doves is a 1962 novel written by exiled Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda.  The book is named after a square in Barcelona's Gràcia district, Placa del Diamant.  As a tribute to the novel, a sculpture of La Colometa by the artist Xavier Medina-Campeny was installed in 1984, depicting the main character with her doves.


There is another very interesting thing about this square.  I quote here from the Barcelona website:  "The symbology of the square took an unexpected turn in 1992, when the air-raid shelter beneath the square was discovered during the execution of road works. Built twelve metres below ground level by the residents of the neighbourhood during the Spanish Civil War, it gave shelter to more than two hundred people during the many air-raid attacks launched on the industrial district of Gràcia of that time, with its many factories that were the main target of the attacking aircraft. This shelter was one of the more than 90 in the neighbourhood, and it is one of the largest of the 1,300 that were built in Barcelona, one of the first cities bombarded systematically from the air in a war. Today, with the objective of recovering the area's historical memory, the History Workshop of Gràcia arranges guided tours to explore the site and it is well worth visiting the shelter and seeing its tunnels which saved the lives of so many people."  

The below design is actually made from coloured sawdust....and is located in Placa de la Virreina....I believe it is a tribute to political prisoners. 




Well you can see that apart from my last post, packed with dolly photos, I didn't take photos of much of the beautiful architecture and city of Barcelona.  A long weekend, with one full day taken with a doll convention and another full day of heavy rain, is really not enough time to spend in this attractive and vibrant place......I think I will have to go again!!

Ahh and here is my seriously depleted money box!!!  Yes I actually save up 2 euro coins and they really did go a long way towards paying for my trip!!!


So that was my trip to Barcelona.  

Well June was also the anniversary of me starting my 'healthy lifestyle' regime.  It's now been a year since I started walking and exercising, as well as cutting out a lot of the 'extras' that I was eating.  I'm really pleased with how the last year has gone and I'm now 32 kilos lighter (that's 70.4 pounds or 5 stone, whichever you prefer!!) and I've lost at least 22cm off my waistline.  I've also gone down a lot of clothes sizes, about 6 to be exact, and I no longer have to take either the high blood pressure tablets or the calcium/vitamin D supplement that I was previously prescribed by my doctor!  And the great thing is, I feel like I've taken years off my age too, I feel that good!!!  

I never liked having my photo taken before, and I'm still not that confident being in front of the lens, but thought I would just share this photo that my husband took a couple of years ago......


And because I felt so ashamed of how I looked in the above photo (with my mum and brother), I got Brian to take another of us now: (please bear in mind that the camera allegedly adds about 10 pounds!!! :D ) 


I think I prefer the second photo ;)

Apart from that, I've now 'upped the ante' on my walking distance and sometimes walk as much as 7 miles with Lucy, our Miniature Pinscher, who incidentally has also lost some weight!!!!  This distance is a big improvement on when I started, I could only manage about a mile previously, and then I almost needed an iron lung to breathe with!!

On the dolly front, I have adopted another Fairyland Mini Fee in the last month or so, a very pretty Ria with custom faceup by the Spanish artist Rakeru Sensei. I decided that she should have a more 'daring' wig than I'd normally go for, so I got her a Monique Gold Fantasy, which is light blond with pastel coloured highlights running through it.  Her gorgeous eyes are from a Greek seller on Etsy....




Whilst my mum and brother were visiting, we went to a garden centre that we've recently discovered.  It is enormous and packed with interesting things, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for some doll photos.  I was going to do a post of those photos separately but at the rate I'm going, I'll never get around to it, so will include a few here:

Teddy wanted to buy this lifesaver ring to use at the pool......


He also quite liked these macaroons until he realised that they were made from hard resin and were fridge magnets!!


It's such a big place that Teddy quite welcomed riding in the shopping trolley, he only has short little legs after all!


He made friends with a couple of very well behaved and friendly Labradors!


And chatted a while with a couple of nice lads who were also shopping there....


Sam (Elfdoll Hana Angel) also came along...Sam is only about 20cm tall so she was dwarfed by the giant toadstools....


But said she'd love a play house made from one, like this one!!

Sam was besotted by this beautiful foal and wanted to bring him home, but sadly we don't have the room for a horse!!!





Sam loved this colourful Macaw and enjoyed feeding him some peanuts ;)


Well I guess that's all we have time for now, so I will wind up by saying I hope you're all having a great summer (or if you're in the southern hemisphere, your winter isn't too bad).  I hope the month of July is a great one for you!!!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

Big hugs Sharon x






































Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dolly Day Barcelona - 2nd June 2018 (Very photo heavy!!!)

As most of you will know, I went to Barcelona for a long weekend so that I could attend the Dolly Day Barcelona on Saturday 2nd June.  I arrived there about midday on the Friday and was to meet my friend Sue and her husband on the Friday evening as we were staying at the same hotel.  Sue lives in the UK and we have been friends for about 11 years now, having met through our love of ball jointed dolls and the Den of Angels BJD forum.  However, as I was travelling by taxi from the hotel to the airport, I had some frantic messages from Sue to tell me that her flight had been cancelled due to bad weather over central Europe!!  I felt ever so slightly panicked at the thought of being there on my own, but hey ho, I'm a big girl and didn't let that stop me getting out and about on Friday afternoon and evening and getting to the Dolly Day event hotel the following morning before Sue arrived on Saturday lunchtime!

Anyway, I was going to add lots of text to this post but am hoping that the photos will be enough as there are so many of them.  I will try to tell you who the dolls are made by, although I admit that some I cannot remember (so if anyone can help or recognises the dolls or artists, please leave a comment below and I can amend the photos!)  

I'm sorry that there are so many photos and that the quality of them isn't great but I only took my iphone, my regular camera was too heavy to carry as I only took hand luggage!!!

Please grab a cup of whatever you fancy, and enjoy!!!!!

The centre of the venue was filled with displays of dolls owned by attendees.....I don't know their owners so I cannot help with much info on these.....


The two girls below, facing the camera are Volks dolls.  The girl sitting down is definitely Toppi as I had one of these myself some years ago....




Volks MSD Toppi....


This is definitely a Peaks Wood girl but I don't know the sculpt name....


Two cute Dal girls and their bear pal....



I don't recognise these girls but think the big girl might be from Fairyland, looking at her hand sculpt...I believe the tiny is a Luts Tiny Delf Alice in tan.


A group of tinies from various BJD companies...



Very detailed cloth dolls....


I think these girls are from Fairyland....


A pink haired sweetie from Lola Palacios of Atelier Momoni here in Spain....



The girl with brown hair is by Spanish artist Nuria Torras of Merrydollround, the mint haired girl is by another Spanish artist, Laura Garijo, of Irrealdoll the red haired cutie in front is by Atelier Momoni....


A group of various sized BJDs....


This big girl must have been warm.....


 A little group of gorgeous Pullips....




Two sweet Blythe girls in their Sunday Best!


Two biggies!


Me with Sandra, the Catalan artist behind Little Cosmos Dolls......


A selection of Little Cosmos Dolls, I love these and have two on preorder!!


One of my favourites, Robin, by Little Cosmos Dolls....


Another Spanish artist, Mishi's Doll....


These very cute and unusual creatures are by Fuego Fatuo Creatures Cabinet....


These two gorgeous dolls are painted by the Spanish artist Under The Fern....the big girl on the left is Quimera V.1, by Spanish artist Nimphaery Tales Dolls....., and the girl on the right is by Little Cosmos Dolls.....


I love this girls freckles, she's so pretty....



The following photos are from the stand belonging to the French artist behind Youpladolls 
Her sculpts are incredibly beautiful!







These little cuties are from Aileen Doll


As are these colourful little Dragons.....


And Griffons....


Three tinies modelling clothing by Little Miercoles of Barcelona....


These next little tiny jointed animals are from the company Cocoriang and my goodness they were so incredibly cute looking!  They reminded me of nicer, more well made, Sylvanian Family creatures.  The stand was so sweet looking with little displays and 'room boxes'....very tempting!!!






More cute girls on the Atelier Momoni stand....




Another pair of very well dressed Blythes.....


The next few photos are of the Charles Creature Cabinet stand....Charles Grimberg-Stephan is an artist from The Netherlands....Charles designs these little fellows and I believe some of them glow in the dark!


This little one was obviously a little bit peckish....I hope she shared with the baby though!


I love this little Chimp, with his sweet face...


Another pretty pink haired Pullip....


I thought this girl was gorgeous but I have no idea who she's by.  She's a biggie though, I love her faceup....


These amazingly decorated nymphs are by Les Belles de Jour Dolls,



Very elaborate outfits for taller BJDs, but sorry, I cannot remember the name of the designer....


BJDs by Nanyalin of  Magic Mirror Studio...


The next three photos are doll modifications by Doktor Krow who is known for his faceups, modifications and aesthetics....the details on the dolls is amazing!!!




I spotted this lovely Blue Fairy Tiny Fairy May in 'baked skin' on an other stand, she is my favourite of the Blue Fairy sculpts and I love this skin colour....


I believe this is also the May sculpt but the 'sleeping' version in normal skin....


I should know who this is but for the life of me cannot remember!


Two wonderful baskets of little Engendritos by Irrealdoll....



This little tiny aqua haired girl is Enoki....


And Laura's latest sculpt, Annic...this one is Laura's own doll and not for sail, or I might have snapped her up!!!


Two tinies, one with a mermaid tail, by Merrydollround...


And another with her unicorn horn....


And finally a little human one.  These are a great size because they fit Blythe clothing and shoes but their eyes are tiny, 4mm I believe!!!  


This sculpt, by the same artist, is called Fang and is Super Dollfie size.....


Another big girl by Merry Doll Round....


Some great 3D printed creations by Walloya Morring from Russia....
The tiny fox was amazing!


Lovely ginger cat.....


Very detailed skeletons...


Isn't he cute!!!



Furnishings and haberdashery items to suit miniatures.....


Some gorgeous steampunk creations by Que Tienes en el Armario here in Spain...




Some great resin dolls by Aimerai Designs...




Beautiful furniture and clothing for Blythe sized dolls, I believe these are by Na Lua....


These little coats are so beautifully made....




Wonderful cloth creations by Basati Dolls....


Lovely phoenix fellow!


Cuddly sloth.....


Ooooh dolly shoes!!!!!



Pretty underwear for Super Dollfies by Dress Code Resin.....


And comfy casual wear for Mini Fees.....


I loved her models alpaca wigs....




A little fantasy doll with antlers, not sure who she's by though.....


Pretty coloured Tibetan lambswool wigs by SweetNeat Crafts of Finland....


These unusual bear like creatures are by Hello It Is Me...

More dolly shoes!!!! 


Well that was a heck of a lot of photos, I hope you're still awake!  And if you are, I hope you've enjoyed seeing all these wonderful things on display/for sale at the Dolly Day Barcelona 2018.

Thanks so much for visiting :)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Big hugs Sharon xx