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Nautical Laura…

18 December, 2014
Beading for dolls

My Gotz doll Laura has got a new dress. It was pretty much an improvisation but I love the final result. It started with a pattern by Suzy M Studio which I reduced while printing it out. I cut the dress out, having totally forgotten that Gotz dolls are taller than AG dolls, so if I reduce an AG pattern, the overall length would reduce, too. So, the dress that I made fitted Laura well but was way too short! I thought of making a t-shirt out of it but then decided to add a large double folded ruffle to extend the skirt. It may be a bit too long at the back, but I still love it. And the red necklace that I made especially for the dress, really compliments it.

Tinka’s Rainbow cardigan

Tinka’s Rainbow cardigan
15 December, 2014
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Another set of photos I took last summer while I was on a holiday in my home town. And another outfit made by my mum! Tinka lives with my mum and works as her model, so I take lots of her photos when I have a chance! I love this …read the rest

Lydia packing for a trip

Lydia packing for a trip
11 December, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Tomorrow Lydia is going with us on a short holiday to Hong Kong. I’ve spent the last month making outfits and accessories for her and now she has a brand new wardrobe (everything in this picture, in fact, except for the furniture, camera and shoes!). I have made a large …read the rest

Tinka in the summer snow

Tinka in the summer snow
9 December, 2014
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It sounds absurd – “the summer snow” – and yes, it is precisely that! A pile of snow from a nearby ice rink in the middle of July! Having lived in the tropics for the last 13 years, it is a miracle for us to see snow, so we had …read the rest

Nostalgia for the school fairs

Nostalgia for the school fairs
7 December, 2014
American Girl doll

Once upon a time I used to have my own doll business in Singapore – an online doll shop called Daisy dolls. I closed it down a year ago, on the last day on 2013, mainly because I wanted to create more than I wanted to sell the stuff made …read the rest

Forget-me-not set for Lizzy

Forget-me-not set for Lizzy
5 December, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Another set which my mum has knitted for Kidz’n’Cats dolls. It includes a top, a handbag and a hat which has an adjustable hole so it can be worn either with the hair down or with the hair in a ponytail. My daughter has made a rainbow loom bracelet to …read the rest

Eowyn’s white top and hat

Eowyn’s white top and hat
3 December, 2014
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This is the cotton top and hat my mum has knitted for Kidz’n’Cats dolls. The top closes at the back with 2 snaps. My daughter made a matching rainbow loom bracelet for this outfit. The top also fits A Girl for All Time dolls. The set is available in my Etsy shop …read the rest

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!
1 December, 2014
Celebrations

The Advent is here! And so, it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree!! Today Laura was helping my children to decorate it. Isn’t she just gorgeous!

Yet another Bonnie & Pearl doll

Yet another Bonnie & Pearl doll
28 November, 2014
Beatrice

I said before that Bonnie & Pearl dolls are very hard to resist! Here is my third girl. I wanted a dark haired girl and I must say, had hard time choosing between two dolls with brown eyes and brown hair but in the end decided to go for the …read the rest

Laura – Gotz doll

Laura – Gotz doll
25 November, 2014
Doll review

I thought I have finished with buying Gotz dolls, I have even trimmed my Gotz collection quite a bit, but I couldn’t be more wrong as it has turned out! Let’s start from the fact, that I didn’t like this face mold at first – when it appeared in 2012. …read the rest

Two Tudor girls

Two Tudor girls
22 November, 2014
16th century

While I was photographing the new Tudor gown for Etsy and also taking pictures of my new A Girl for All Time Lydia I thought it would be interesting to, firstly, try the Tudor gown on Lydia and, secondly, take a photo of Matilda and Lydia in matching gowns. So, …read the rest

Another Tudor gown for Matilda

Another Tudor gown for Matilda
20 November, 2014
16th century

This dress was a custom order for one of my very special customers. And the very first one I made for sale. It is almost identical to my first Tudor gown, but I have changed the bead embroidery around the neckline and also added a pendant to the pearl necklace. …read the rest

Lydia – A Girl for All Time

Lydia – A Girl for All Time
18 November, 2014
16th century

Finally it has happened! A new A Girl for All Time doll – Lydia – has just been released! To the utter excitement of us, the fans of these amazing dolls, and of many girls across the world. For those, who haven’t discovered these gorgeous dolls yet, I will remind …read the rest

BJD and Tonner collection downsizing

BJD and Tonner collection downsizing
17 November, 2014
Alice Kingsleigh

In a view of our unexpected international move soon, I need to downsize my doll collection. Well, at least, a bit. So, I’ve decided to part with the following dolls – hard as it is. If you are interested in any of them, please let me know. PayPal payments only. …read the rest

Turtleneck (and Clem)

Turtleneck (and Clem)
16 November, 2014
A Girl for All Time

I’ve been very busy this week. I have started making a contemporary wardrobe for an A Girl for All Time doll who is going on a short holiday to Hong Kong with me in December. She needs warm clothes, of course. And it is delightful for me to have a …read the rest

Matilda the photographer

Matilda the photographer
12 November, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Another photographer in my doll family is Mattie. Do you remember how carefully she was packing her camera for this holiday? She is wearing a top and also a handbag knitted by my mum. I am having major difficulty writing articles for the blog at the moment – there is …read the rest

Tinka the photographer

Tinka the photographer
10 November, 2014
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Last summer I had lots of fun photographing my dolls who live with my mum. One of the dolls was Tinka. I really miss her so I took lots of photos of her. She also, as it turned out, loves photography! Whom, do you think, she was taking photos of? …read the rest

Eowyn in Rainbow top

Eowyn in Rainbow top
7 November, 2014
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I love this top!! It was knitted by my mum for Kidz’n’Cats dolls. And I love it on my Eowyn. The top closes at the back with a couple of snaps. My daughter made a special rainbow loom bracelet to match the top (if you look closely, she put the …read the rest

Olga as Tudor lady

Olga as Tudor lady
5 November, 2014
16th century

I thought it would be fun to try this Tudor dress on Olga. She is almost the same size as A Girl for All Time dolls (just a bit slimmer and her shoulders are narrower) so I thought it would suit her. And it did. The gown is a bit …read the rest

Joanna and Gemma again

Joanna and Gemma again
4 November, 2014
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I love photographing these two dolls together! They are so beautiful and photogenic! So, here they are in the recent outfits which I have already shown separately. Now it’s time to simply enjoy these two beauties.

Emma in lavender

Emma in lavender
1 November, 2014
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My Emma (Leeann doll from Affordable Designs) is a real cutie. I think she looks very pretty in this lavender dress I’ve made for Iplehouse BID dolls. Just the right colour for her! And yes, she and Iplehouse little ones can wear each other’s clothes and shoes – they are …read the rest

Trousers set for Gemma

Trousers set for Gemma
30 October, 2014
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And yet another outfit for Gemma. It started with the cardigan that my mum had knitted. Then I made another pair of trousers and a blouse to match. The blouse is lined and closes at the back with 4 snaps. The trousers are a simple dressy style without pockets. They …read the rest

Autumn flowers dress for Joanna

Autumn flowers dress for Joanna
29 October, 2014
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The first dress I’ve made for Maru and Friends dolls. It is my own pattern and design – and, I guess, rather familiar to all by now! The dress is made from high quality cotton and is lined with  white batiste. It closes at the back with a zip. The white sash …read the rest

Blue-and-yellow outfit for Joanna

Blue-and-yellow outfit for Joanna
28 October, 2014
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The second 3-tier skirt I’ve made for Joanna out of the remaining fabric. I love mixing royal blue and yellow together! It is such a pity that this royal blue polka-dot fabric is totally sold out everywhere. I wish I could buy more of it! The skirt has an elastic in …read the rest

Turquoise-and-yellow outfit for Gemma

Turquoise-and-yellow outfit for Gemma
27 October, 2014
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This is a new outfit I made for Gemma. I had some remains of the polka-dot fabrics, not enough for a dress, so I thought I could use them together in a couple of skirts. I love making 4-tier skirts – even my daughters have a few each! The top …read the rest

Another Bonnie & Pearl doll

Another Bonnie & Pearl doll
24 October, 2014
Beatrice

I have recently written a review about my first Bonnie & Pearl doll. Well, I really liked that doll and I wanted to see what brown eyes would look like on these dolls. So having seen lots of photographs I decided on a brown-eyed blond girl. I think, she is …read the rest

Our Generation mini dolls

Our Generation mini dolls
23 October, 2014
Dolls

I couldn’t resist these little cuties. They are Our Generation mini dolls. I’ve never particularly liked large OG dolls, but the little ones are pretty. They are sold in the US in Target shops. These dolls are the same size as American Girl mini dolls, they also have a soft …read the rest

In support of British dolls!

In support of British dolls!
22 October, 2014
A Girl for All Time

When I had my own doll shop here in Singapore a few years ago, I was quite shocked to realize how many girls in our British international school were obsessed with American Girl dolls!! I was planning to concentrate on 3 types of dolls then – Gotz, Carpatina, Kidz’n’Cats, but …read the rest

Early Portrait Jumeau

Early Portrait Jumeau
20 October, 2014
Antique dolls

I think it is pretty obvious by now that my doll interests are not limited on one particular type of dolls. I like lots of different dolls (with a few exceptions). Mostly my interests sway between vinyl playdolls and BJDs with some Tonner dolls in-between. However, recently, I took a …read the rest

A bunch of girls

A bunch of girls
18 October, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Recently I had a photo session for my Etsy shop and I also took a group photos of my models which I find quite interesting. The models here are Maru & friends dolls Jamie and Savannah, Kidz’n’Cats doll Galina, A Girl for All Time dolls Matilda and Amelia and gotz …read the rest

Galina – Kidz’n'Cats doll

Galina – Kidz’n
16 October, 2014
Doll travels

Introducing my last Kidz’n’Cats girl – Galina from Collection 2011.  That is, I really hope I will not buy anymore Kidz dolls because I truly believe I have enough! But Galina was somewhat special and a must-have! I didn’t like her at all when she first came out – because …read the rest

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