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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 cloth body (though the new mini AG dolls have all-vinyl body, I think). Their hair is rooted and they have inserted eyes. On the whole, they are a bargain for $9.99!! I’ve bought only two, one for each of my daughters. They are Sierra and Kendra. Sierra Kendra Sierra and Kendra next to mini AG doll Isabelle.

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

Gwendolen and Caroline

Gwendolen and Caroline
14 October, 2014
by type

My Gwendolen and Caroline – two Hannahs but they are so different!

Caroline in red

Caroline in red
13 October, 2014
by type

Another of my very first outfits which I made a few years ago and which I didn’t manage to photograph properly before. Modeled by Caroline (Gotz doll Hannah Horse Riding).

Gwendolen in yellow

Gwendolen in yellow
8 October, 2014
by type

I have finally got around to taking proper photos of my precious Gwendolen in this yellow dress that I crocheted a few years ago! I love how it suits her. I got the idea for this dress in one of the books about crocheting for girls (though the one I …read the rest

Gemma and Joanna

Gemma and Joanna
6 October, 2014
by type

I am very busy at the moment (today being a public holiday here, etc.), so just a quick post with a couple of photos of my Gemma and Joanna together.

Bonnie & Pearl doll

Bonnie & Pearl doll
3 October, 2014
Bonnie & Pearl dolls

I can almost bet that chances are you haven’t seen these dolls before. Or you might have seen some photos somewhere but didn’t even know who they are. These dolls are relative newcomers to the doll market but they are gaining popularity. So, let me introduce a Bonnie & Pearl …read the rest

Blue dress for mini Saige

Blue dress for mini Saige
1 October, 2014
American Girl doll

I’ve asked my mum to knit a dress for my mini American Girl doll Saige, something that would match her blue eyes. And that’s what has come out of it! The dress is decorated with tiny ribbon roses and closes at the back with a snap. Needless to say I …read the rest

Cardigan for Gemma

Cardigan for Gemma
29 September, 2014
by type

Another recent outfit for Maru and friends dolls. This time it’s a cardigan which was also knitted by my mum. She used thin cotton yarn and 1.5 mm knitting needles. The cardigan has a ribbon embroidery. The trousers are just a raw test version (that is the first trousers I …read the rest

Amy – Australian Girl doll

Amy – Australian Girl doll
26 September, 2014
Amy

Once upon a time, a long long time ago… OK, it was just about 3.5 years ago when I bought my first Australian Girl doll. As I said at a time, I bought her out of curiosity because I’d already had American Girl, Gotz and Carpatina dolls by then. She …read the rest

Poppy outfit for Joanna

Poppy outfit for Joanna
25 September, 2014
by type

This outfit started with the top that my mum had knitted. I took some pictures of Matilda wearing it first (I’ll show them some other time!), but then tried it on my Joanna and it was so perfect on her that it became hers! I thought the blouse needed something …read the rest

Brand new labels

Brand new labels
24 September, 2014
Announcements and News

I am so excited that I thought I would share the news: my new labels have arrived! I ordered them from the same company (in Singapore) that made my previous – Daisy dolls – labels a few years ago. So, now I can finally say that I have officially changed …read the rest

Lavender cardigan for Matilda

Lavender cardigan for Matilda
23 September, 2014
A Girl for All Time

A second cardigan that my mum has knitted to fit Matilda. It’s amazing how this lavender colour suits her!

Yellow cardigan for Matilda

Yellow cardigan for Matilda
22 September, 2014
A Girl for All Time

This summer Matilda got to model quite a few new outfits knitted by my mum. Here is the first of them – a cardigan knitted from woolen yarn with hand embroidery. You might remember a similar cardigan my mum made for my daughter’s American Girl doll last year. So, here …read the rest

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes
19 September, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Today I spent the whole morning taking photographs for my Etsy shop (but not only!). That brought to my mind a thought of giving a glimpse into my photographing process. That is, taking you behind the scenes… First, there are a couple of fresh photos from today’s photo session. As …read the rest

Charlotte

Charlotte
16 September, 2014
American Girl doll

This summer during our holidays we met my daughter’s Charlotte, an American Girl doll that at the moment lives with my mum and works as a model. My mum made her a very pretty dress and we took Charlotte for a walk. The dress closes at the back with a …read the rest

Little Isabelle in England

Little Isabelle in England
13 September, 2014
American Girl doll

This summer my daughter’s little Isabelle (Mini American Girl doll) has made a trip to the UK. We didn’t carry her around that much, so there aren’t many photos. But here is what we’ve got! Longleat House, one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain, completed by …read the rest

Leonard by Iplehouse

Leonard by Iplehouse
10 September, 2014
BJD box opening

Look who has recently arrived! This is Iplehouse EID Leonard from a Special Pirate Edition. Isn’t he just gorgeous (wait until he has a proper face-up!)! And I thought I wouldn’t need any more dolls! I am so glad I decided to order him (on the last day of the …read the rest

Dressmaker’s paradise. Part 2

Dressmaker’s paradise. Part 2
7 September, 2014
Doll Fashion

A few days ago, my mum, my friend Ariadne and I made a trip to the local Chinatown. We went to the same place we visited in May (I have already talked about it here) – Textile Centre. I didn’t really need anything special this time – just a blue …read the rest

Tudor gown for Matilda – details

Tudor gown for Matilda – details
3 September, 2014
16th century

I have already shown this Tudor gown I made for A Girl for All Time Matilda here. Now I will show the details. I guess, they are self-explanatory.

Kidz’n'Cats girls

Kidz’n
1 September, 2014
Casual fashion

A few photographs of some of my Kidz’n’Cats girls together. Eowyn (Henriette), Rowena (Grace), Lizzie (Lisbeth) and Marianna (Tara) Rowena (Grace), Eowyn (Henriette) and Lizzie (Lisbeth).

Eowyn and a rainbow of dresses

Eowyn and a rainbow of dresses
28 August, 2014
by type

I love this Kidz’n’Cats doll! But I wasn’t sure which colours suit her best with this combination of gray-green eyes (I would say, they are turquoise!) and golden brown hair. So, I have tried all recent dresses on Eowyn to try to figure it out. I think, all colours suits …read the rest

Yellow polka dot dress for Lara

Yellow polka dot dress for Lara
27 August, 2014
Abigail

Another dress I made to order just before my summer holidays. It is modelled on my Lara (23-inch Gotz doll Abigail).

Three summer dresses for Lizzie

Three summer dresses for Lizzie
24 August, 2014
by type

Some more summer dresses Kidz’n’Cats dolls, this time modelled on my Lizzie. All three of them are made from high quality cotton and are lined with cotton. They close at the back with a zip. The white sashes are not attached to the dresses and are made of white cotton. The …read the rest

Two summer dresses for Rowena

Two summer dresses for Rowena
22 August, 2014
by type

Before I start showing numerous photos I took during my 2-month long summer holidays, I decided to show the remaining dresses I finished before the holidays. Here are two dresses for Kidz’n’Cats dolls modelled on my Rowena. Both are made from high quality cotton and are lined with cotton. They close …read the rest

My Facebook page

My Facebook page
20 August, 2014
Announcements and News

I thought I would mention this again, in case someone doesn’t know it yet, that I have a page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SwishAndSwirl. This page does not by any means repeat my blog, but, rather, adds more to it, though I do occasionally give links to certain blog posts and Etsy listings …read the rest

Anika visiting dacha

Anika visiting dacha
18 August, 2014
Anne

Anika had lots of fun visiting dacha on several occasions. Her favourite, clearly, was watching grapes grow. At the end of our holidays the grapes started getting ripe. Another adventure of Anika: picking plums! Looks quite a dangerous affair, don’t you think! This pumpkin will grow that large! says Anika …read the rest

Anika reading books

Anika reading books
14 August, 2014
Anne

My Anika is an avid reader. She can spend hours reading books!

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