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