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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. And for 2 whole years I wasn’t tempted by it – at all! Until… until I saw some photographs by My Doll Best Friend that is. It took me time to realize I really need this girl! And so, here she is… Laura belongs to the Classic Kidz Collection. Dolls in this collection are more expensive, and at first it is not quite obvious why, because the faces are all the same as in the Happy Kidz Collection (Emily/Katie and the new Clara/Sophie molds). You might think that buying Clara (say, in a ballet outfit or in a pink coat) …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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
by type

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
Bonnie & Pearl dolls

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

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

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