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Hermione Granger

22 April, 2014
Dolls

This is the first of my daughter’s Tonner dolls from The Harry Potter collection. She is Hermione, of course (Hermione Granger at Hogwards, Harry Potter Collection, 2006, LE5000). My daughter also has Harry himself (though I haven’t taken any photos of him yet) and will eventually get Ron and Ginny (who are patiently waiting in boxes for some special occasion).

Kai

Kai
20 April, 2014
Dolls

I have had this doll for over 2 years already, and took these photos a long long time ago, but somehow haven’t got around to showing them until now!! This is Kai, Tonner doll, The Snow Queen Collection, 2008, LE500. He is 12-inch / 30 cm tall. He is supposed …read the rest

Collection trimming

Collection trimming
18 April, 2014
14-inch Kish doll

After some thinking and lots of doubts I have decided to trim my collection a bit. The main reason is that I do want to concentrate on making clothes for particular dolls. So, even some dolls I really love would have to go. Here are the dolls I have decided …read the rest

Eowyn

Eowyn
15 April, 2014
by type

This girl has whispered her name to me. And if I understood her correctly, she wants to be called Eowyn. I really like the name (I’ve liked it ever since I watched The Lord of the Rings), and most of my Kidz’n’Cats dolls have medieval names, so Eowyn it is. …read the rest

Lizzie

Lizzie
12 April, 2014
by type

This is not the same red dress that I showed some time ago. It is the second dress I have just made for Kidz’n’Cats girls from the same fabric. I usually don’t make identical dresses for the same kind of dolls but somebody has asked me to make it, so …read the rest

The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire
10 April, 2014
Barbie doll

The Hunger Games madness continues… I have got – after many weeks of doubts! – the new Mattel trio of dolls. I guess, those who love these films will recognize them. They are Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Finnick Odair from the second part of the trilogy, Catching Fire. I …read the rest

Adele

Adele
8 April, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

Another of my dolls has recently got back from a face-up. It’s Iplehouse KID Lisa, and the face-up is again by my friend Ariadne. The dress she is wearing here was not made for her, but she needed something for this brief photo session. If anyone remembers, this girl is …read the rest

Tudor gown for Matilda

Tudor gown for Matilda
5 April, 2014
16th century

Recently, I have been very much engrossed in all things Tudor (well, apart from all things Victorian, of course!). I have always loved the Middle Ages, but the Tudor period somehow did not interest me that much (and, certainly, not being English, I didn’t study it at school in detail, …read the rest

Bianca

Bianca
3 April, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

My little Bianca (Iplehouse BID Byuri) has finally got a face! The face-up was done by my friend Ariadne again. I wanted to accentuate Bianca’s beautiful almond-shaped eyes and make her look more or less Italian (European, at any rate). I think, she is a perfection!! I was thinking of …read the rest

Alice and Daniella

Alice and Daniella
2 April, 2014
American Girl doll

Just a few more photographs of Alice and Daniella dressed in my mum’s knitted cardigans. What amazes me is how different these dolls are  - they actually have the same face mold!

Yellow cardigan for Alice

Yellow cardigan for Alice
31 March, 2014
American Girl doll

Another gorgeous cardigan which my mum made for my other daughter’s American Girl doll. The same blue corduroy trousers were made by me.

Kaye Wiggs dolls

Kaye Wiggs dolls
28 March, 2014
BJD doll

A couple of days ago Ariadne and I organised a sort of a playdate for our four Kaye Wiggs dolls. The main reason for this get together was to take photos of our two Laylas. Both are human versions – mine is a Fair Human Layla 2010 and Julia’s – …read the rest

White cardigan for Daniella

White cardigan for Daniella
26 March, 2014
American Girl doll

Our American Girl doll Daniella is showing off a lovely white cardigan my mum knitted for her. The blue corduroy trousers were made by me. I took these photographs last summer while I was on holidays back home. This is my home town, not far from Moscow.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
22 March, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch

Yesterday a miracle happened. Not that I didn’t wait for it to happen but it took me totally by surprise. The head of Benedict Cumberbatch has arrived!! It took me quite a while to decide to order him on Etsy (from natrume). I love the actor, yes. And admire him. …read the rest

North and South. That very Helstone.

North and South. That very Helstone.
21 March, 2014
Doll travels

I had some doubts about whether to show these photographs in this blog, but since they are directly connected to my North and South project (though without any dolls in this case), I’ve decided that it would, after all, be logical to talk about one of the locations where the …read the rest

Butterfly dresses for American Girl dolls

Butterfly dresses for American Girl dolls
19 March, 2014
American Girl doll

These lovely butterfly dresses were made by mum for my daughters’ American Girl dolls. The colours were chosen especially for my daughters as one of them loves colour blue and the other one – yellow. Both dresses close at the back with snaps and have ribbon ties.

Boys, boys, boys…

Boys, boys, boys…
16 March, 2014
Dolls

For the last 3 weeks my friend Marina (kuma) has been visiting me in Singapore. While here she’s got a Kidz’n’cats doll Robby and we thought it would be fun to take photos of our two Robbys together. And that’s what we’ve got in the end! Boys: Marina’s Robby, my …read the rest

Rosy’s new face-up

Rosy’s new face-up
15 March, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

Supia Rosy has got a new face-up – also by Ariadne. I am still desperately trying to sell her, so we decided to give her a different face-up, which is not quite what I would want (natural face-up) but what might appeal to BJD collectors who prefer modern / Asian …read the rest

Chiara

Chiara
13 March, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

My beautiful Mirwen (Fairyland FeePle 60 Tan Mirwen) has got a face-up! It was done by my friend Ariadne and I am in total awe! This girl has taken my breath away! She is stunning. And besides, she has told me that her name is not Meredith after all! I think, …read the rest

North and South project. Mr Thornton’s shirt

North and South project. Mr Thornton’s shirt
11 March, 2014
1850s

I finished a shirt for my Mr Thornton quite some time ago but couldn’t get around to taking pictures of it. But first, a short reminder about this project. I am a huge fan of Elisabeth Gaskell’s North and South book and also a BBC film from 2004 with Richard …read the rest

Jessica

Jessica
8 March, 2014
American Girl doll

Yet another new American Girl doll. I loved her for a long time, but thought I had to many American Girl dolls. Amazingly, she was the last doll that was left after I closed my doll shop, so it seemed a destiny. And so she has stayed. She is MAG …read the rest

Henriette by Kidz’n'Cats

Henriette by Kidz’n
6 March, 2014
Dolls

I was not very keen on getting this doll. Firstly, because I didn’t really need any more Kidz’n’Cats dolls, so I, luckily, missed a pre-order. Then two of my friends received truly faulty dolls, and I wasn’t convinced I wanted her after all. Those two dolls had damaged legs and (brown) …read the rest

Kanani at last!

Kanani at last!
4 March, 2014
American Girl doll

I don’t know, truly, why I had so many doubts about getting this doll. I saw her in person when she was sold freely in 2011, I could easily get her back then (after all, my doll shop started then and so I saw many of them). Her hair is …read the rest

Victorian Day

Victorian Day
1 March, 2014
1850s

Yesterday Year 5 in my children’s school had a Victorian Day which meant my eldest daughter needed to go to school dressed in a Victorian dress. So, I had the time of my life this year (last year, when they were supposed to have a Tudor day and I was …read the rest

Daisies and Dots dress for Lara

Daisies and Dots dress for Lara
28 February, 2014
Abigail

I haven’t made anything for my Lara for a very long time (about 3 years, I guess), so here she is – happy and wearing a new dress. I have made a similar dress for a smaller Gotz doll before (though, the top part was different and there was no …read the rest

Spring time dress for Rowena

Spring time dress for Rowena
26 February, 2014
by type

My beautiful Rowena in a new dress. You will probably recognise the fabric – I made a dress for my daughter’s Tonner doll from it recently. The bodice of the dress is lined with white batiste. It closes at the back with a zip. The white sash is not attached to …read the rest

Red Polka Dot dress for Matilda

Red Polka Dot dress for Matilda
24 February, 2014
A Girl for All Time

I have just made another dress for A Girl for All Time Matilda. This time it is a red polka dot one made out of two types of matching cotton fabric. The bodice of the dress is lined with white batiste. It closes at the back with a zip. The white …read the rest

Christine Daae

Christine Daae
23 February, 2014
Dolls

Christina Daae (Magnolia, MetroDolls exclusive, 2008, LE200). I am again amazed how much she looks like my favourite Christine – Sierra Bogges.

Eric, Phantom of the Opera

Eric, Phantom of the Opera
22 February, 2014
Dolls

Since I’ve started talking about the Phantom of the Opera… I have taken new photos of my main characters. Here is Eric, the Phantom of the Opera (James Collins, Tonner doll 2011, LE500).

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