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Kidz’n'Cats girls

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!

Russian beauty. Part 2

Russian beauty. Part 2
11 August, 2014
Anne

Some more photographs of my beautiful Anika in a Russian outfit. The traditional Russian costume was made and hand-embroidered by Ariadne. The shawl is vintage, my mum has found it among the doll clothes I had as a child. Nobody can remember who knitted it but it might have easily been my …read the rest

Russian beauty

Russian beauty
7 August, 2014
Anne

This is one of my favourite series of photographs I have ever taken. I tried to recreate some Russian atmosphere in these photos. My Anika is dressed in a traditional Russian costume made and hand-embroidered by Ariadne and kindly given to me for the holidays. The pile of logs was recreated …read the rest

Anika and flowers

Anika and flowers
4 August, 2014
Anne

I have finally got around to showing photographs from my last year’s summer holidays! Here is my Anika (Iplehouse BID Anne) with some of my favourite flowers. The top was knitted by me, the jeans were made by Ariadne.

Alice and Daniella in Russia

Alice and Daniella in Russia
1 August, 2014
American Girl doll

Last year we had two American Girl dolls with us during our summer holidays in Russia. My daughter brought her Alice (MAG #55) and my mum’s model was Daniella (MAG #23). My daughter fell in love with Daniella and she is now her doll (while she replaced my mum’s model …read the rest

Daisy dress for Alice and Daniella

Daisy dress for Alice and Daniella
30 July, 2014
American Girl doll

This is a second daisy dress that my mum has made. The first one was made to fit Gotz dolls. This one was intended for American Girl dolls and is modelled on my daughter’s Alice and Daniella.

Flowers and Butterflies dress for Amanda

Flowers and Butterflies dress for Amanda
28 July, 2014
by type

Another dress that I have made recently, again modelled on my Amanda.

Jamie

Jamie
24 July, 2014
Dolls

Just before I left for summer holidays, I received another doll – Jamie from Maru and Friends. She is very gentle looking and beautiful, even better in person. I look forward to making outfits for her and her sister Savannah. I have two names in mind for her – Isabelle …read the rest

Summer dress for Amanda

Summer dress for Amanda
21 July, 2014
by type

This is another dress I have recently made for large Gotz dolls. It is modelled on my precious Amanda.

Marisol

Marisol
17 July, 2014
American Girl doll

Look of my most recent addition to the American Girl family! I bought her by pure chance on Etsy (she was a model with her previous owner) and received her just before I left for my summer holidays, so I didn’t have much time to enjoy her. But I am …read the rest

Edria with half-open eyes

Edria with half-open eyes
14 July, 2014
BJD box opening

I have recently got another doll head, also Edria from a Chinese company La Legende de Temps, but this time another version of her – with Half-Open Eyes. Here I showed the first head. I thought it would be fun to change doll’s facial expressions by just changing a head. Both my …read the rest

Alice’s dress

Alice’s dress
10 July, 2014
American Girl doll

This dress was made by my daughter a year ago before our summer holidays and I took these photographs while staying in Russia. We used a 1930s Vintage Dress pattern from Eden Ava Couture though we decided not to attach sleeves as it was too difficult for my daughter. The model …read the rest

Dresses for Mini AG dolls

Dresses for Mini AG dolls
7 July, 2014
American Girl doll

My mum has recently made a few dresses for my daughters’ mini American Girl dolls. Three of them were knitted and one crocheted. Here are the knitted dresses on Isabelle and two Saiges. And all 4 of them. Similar dresses but different way of making them. The dresses are modeled on …read the rest

Two gymnasts

Two gymnasts
3 July, 2014
American Girl doll

A set of two gymnastics leotards knitted by my mum! This is the most recent one, for a mini American Girl doll. Don’t you think, Isabelle makes a perfect gymnast? I have already shown the leotard for McKenna  before, but here it is together with its mini version! I have …read the rest

Bunch of mini AG dolls

Bunch of mini AG dolls
30 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Recently my daughters and I have got quite obsessed by mini American Girl dolls. They are pretty and yet small enough to be able to have many of them. Here are our recent addition. Mini Rebecca Mini Cecile Mini Julie Mini Nellie and Samantha Mini Molly More photographs are in …read the rest

Mini AG Isabelle and Saige

Mini AG Isabelle and Saige
26 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

The story behind this trio is simple: both my daughters wanted one each. When I received the first of them, I really liked that mini Saige, so I went back to the same seller on eBay and bought 2 more! My Saige is in the middle here. Isn’t it amazing …read the rest

Amanda’s Ladybirds and Dragonflies dress

Amanda’s Ladybirds and Dragonflies dress
24 June, 2014
Abigail

My grail doll Amanda (Chantal) has recently modeled a few of my new dresses. This is one of them. I’ve had this fabric for over 3 years but couldn’t think what to make out of it (I still have 1 yard of identical yellow fabric!). In fact, I made two …read the rest

Olga

Olga
21 June, 2014
BJD doll

Today is my birthday, so I will celebrate it with one of my favourite dolls.  She is so special for me that I gave her my own name – Olga – and she reminds me of myself a bit (not in this wig, though!). I didn’t plan to take these …read the rest

Matilda packing for a holiday

Matilda packing for a holiday
18 June, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Matilda has decided it is time to pack for her holiday! And what does one need for a good holiday? That’s right! A CAMERA!! Matilda got really excited to get this Canon DSLR camera! Just imagine what wonderful photographs she will be able to take! No, Matilda, this camera will …read the rest

Leeann

Leeann
16 June, 2014
Dolls

Look who has recently come to live with me! Isn’t she adorable? She is a Canadian girl Leeann from Affordable Designs. She is 28 cm tall and although she is made of vinyl, she is ball-jointed. These dolls have two options of a body, I chose to have joints. I …read the rest

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
11 June, 2014
1830s

At long last I have finished the first dress for Jane Eyre. Just to remind everyone what it is all about. My Jane Eyre project is based on my favourite TV version of this wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte – the 1983 mini-series with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. I …read the rest

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s dress. Lace collar.

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s dress. Lace collar.
8 June, 2014
1830s

I have finally finished embroidering Jane’s lace collar. For a long time I couldn’t decide how to make it at all! Because it is clearly embroidered on a thin, almost transparent silk net. That’s how it looks in the film. In the end, that’s how I made it. I bought …read the rest

Another Caroline

Another Caroline
6 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Quite a long time ago I already showed American Girl Caroline. That doll was supposed to be my daughter’s and I took her out of the box in advance – to take some pictures, but then my daughter changed her mind. And that Caroline went to my friend Ariadne – to …read the rest

Isabelle

Isabelle
3 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Look who has arrived today!! It’s Isabelle, an American Girl of the Year 2014! I honestly didn’t want to buy her because I thought that the combination of a classic mold, blond hair and hazel eyes is pretty boring. Also, I totally dislike the extra locks of pink hair but …read the rest

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