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Bonnie & Pearl dolls

1 April, 2015
Beatrice

Here is, finally, a group photograph of all my Bonnie & Pearl dolls! There are two more dolls but I think, I will stop here (in fact, even #5 was an accident, I wasn’t intending to have even 5!). So, here they are (left to right): Tris (Beatrice), Caroline (Catherine), Madeleine (Charlotte), Florence (Olivia), Indira (Sophia). Two dolls with brown eyes. These are my absolute favourites among all Bonnie & Pearl dolls! Florence (Olivia) and Madeleine (Charlotte). Two girls with brown eyes and brown hair but with a different skin tone – Indira (Sophia) and Madeleine (Charlotte). Two brown-haired girls – Madeleine (Charlotte) and Caroline (Catherine). Two girls with blue eyes – Tris (Beatrice) and Caroline (Catherine). And all five girl together again!

Charlotte and Catherine by Bonnie & Pearl

Charlotte and Catherine by Bonnie & Pearl
30 March, 2015
Bonnie & Pearl dolls

I did not intend to buy both of these girls. I just wanted one of them – the brown-eyed beauty, but, I guess, it was my destiny to have both. For I ordered Charlotte but the doll I received turned out to be Catherine. It was clearly an unfortunate mistake …read the rest

Lydia’s Riding outfit

Lydia’s Riding outfit
27 March, 2015
18th century

I wasn’t planning to show this gorgeous riding outfit for A Girl for All Time dolls in detail. All I wanted was to change one of our Lydias into it to take some pictures (hence, I don’t have photographs of the outfit inside the box – believe me, it was …read the rest

GOTY 2015 Grace

GOTY 2015 Grace
25 March, 2015
American Girl

This beauty has been living in our house since January but I simply couldn’t get around to showing her! Most of you will know who she is! She an American Girl doll, of course, The Girl of the Year 2015 Grace Thomas. And I think she is the prettiest American …read the rest

Two more Butterfly dresses!

Two more Butterfly dresses!
24 March, 2015
Casual fashion

Two more Butterfly dresses! This again was a custom order – for Maru and Friends and Kidz’n’Cats dolls. Both dresses have detachable sashes but look just as good without them. They close at the back with a zipper. The dress for Maru and Friends dolls, modelled by my Joanna. The dress …read the rest

Pink polka dot dress for Gemma

Pink polka dot dress for Gemma
22 March, 2015
Casual fashion

Another new dress for Maru and Friends dolls. Modeled by my Gemma. The bodice of the dress is lined, as usual, and the dress closes at the back with a zipper.

Elsa and Anna by Disney

Elsa and Anna by Disney
20 March, 2015
Dolls

A short break from all creativity. Finally, I have taken pictures of my daughters’ Disney Frozen dolls Anna and Elsa – the ones that we bought in Hong Kong Disneyland in December. I must admit that taking photos of them was a challenge. Especially, of Anna who plainly refused to …read the rest

Outlander. Choosing fabrics

Outlander. Choosing fabrics
18 March, 2015
1740s

It is truly amazing how quickly and easily I am managing to source various fabrics and accessories for this Outlander project. In almost not time at all I have managed to find fabrics for most of the outfits I have in mind. Here is the impressive array of fabrics for …read the rest

Outlander. Claire’s shift

Outlander. Claire’s shift
15 March, 2015
1740s

I have got really deeply into the Outlander project and am enjoying every moment of it. Here is another piece of garment that I have just finished. It’s Claire’s shift. Here is one of the two shifts Claire wears in the film. It’s the basic one. There is also a …read the rest

Indira

Indira
13 March, 2015
Bonnie & Pearl dolls

My gorgeous Indira loves wearing traditional Indian outfits. This one is a Peshawari dress which is a three-piece set consisting of pants, tunic and scarf. The scarf is always worn with the ends thrown at the back. This outfit was NOT made by me. I saw it at one of …read the rest

Three more dresses for Michelle

Three more dresses for Michelle
11 March, 2015
Casual fashion

Some more dresses for Kidz’n’Cats dolls that I have recently made (these were a custom order). I added white sashes to these dresses, but not all of them have made it to the pictures! All three dresses are my own design, with a fully lined bodice. All close at the …read the rest

Georgiana

Georgiana
9 March, 2015
American model

I have had this gorgeous doll for 3 years and for all these 3 years she has been a centerpiece of my living room! Her name is Georgiana (she is American Model Tonner doll, Precious Moments 2006, LE60). She is one of the larger Tonner doll, being 22 inches (55cm) …read the rest

Jane Eyre project. Adele’s underpinnings

Jane Eyre project. Adele’s underpinnings
5 March, 2015
1830s

I have finished making 1830s underpinnings for Adele Varens. They will be the foundation for three different dresses which I am planning to make for her. Just to remind you that my Adele is Iplehouse KID Lisa and she is 35 cm tall. I wanted to make her a bit …read the rest

Butterfly dress for Michelle

Butterfly dress for Michelle
3 March, 2015
Casual fashion

My most recent creation using my own pattern (I hope to be able to offer it as a PDF pattern some time in the future). The skirt is made out of the fabric I love – I bought a lot of it a few years ago. For dolls I usually …read the rest

Frosty morning dress for Joanna

Frosty morning dress for Joanna
1 March, 2015
Casual fashion

Another new dress that I’ve recently made. I love how well this blue colour suits my Joanna. It really brings out her eyes. The bodice of the dress is lined, as usual, and the dress closes at the back with a zipper. I love this fabric so much that there …read the rest

Not one, not two, but three… Lydias

Not one, not two, but three… Lydias
27 February, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Today I am going to have another photo session, so a quick post first. Did you know that we have not one, not even two, but THREE A Girl for All Time dolls Lydia? Lydia is just so adorable that each one of my daughters really wanted one so here …read the rest

Outlander. Jamie’s wedding shirt in progress

Outlander. Jamie’s wedding shirt in progress
25 February, 2015
1740s

For the last month or so I have been thoroughly obsessed with the Outlander series – first, the 2014 TV series, then the books. I am currently reading the 2nd one in the series – out of the present 8. But, thankfully, more are to come for it is one …read the rest

Peasant outfit for Gemma

Peasant outfit for Gemma
22 February, 2015
Casual fashion

I wanted to make a peasant blouse with a 3 or 4 tiered skirt with a belt for quite some time. Finally, I have made it. It is made to fit Maru and Friends dolls. I think, my Gemma looks beautiful in it. Some details. The belt is plaited from …read the rest

1940s dress for Clem

1940s dress for Clem
19 February, 2015
1940s

I have finished a 1940s dress for A Girl for All Time Clementine. It is made from a pattern by Keepers Dolly Duds. I must say it was a tricky dress. It took me 3 attempts to do the top of the dress (the piping was very tricky!) and then …read the rest

Outlander: The making of Jamie and Claire Fraser

Outlander: The making of Jamie and Claire Fraser
17 February, 2015
Ariadne's face-up

Once I determined who my Jamie and Claire Fraser would be, it was time to jump into action. Iplehouse EID Leonard on Superhero body is to be Jamie while Iplehouse EID Carina is going to be Claire. Here are some pictures of the characters from the Outlander TV series 2014. Both …read the rest

Tinka and Mattie. The skipping rope

Tinka and Mattie. The skipping rope
14 February, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Another game that Mattie and Tinka enjoyed together was the skipping rope. Mattie had never done it before, so Tinka decided to teach her how to do it. Hmm, this is tricky!

Tinka and Mattie playing

Tinka and Mattie playing
11 February, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Continuing with the photos from last summer. Tinka and Mattie loved playing outside. And one of the games they enjoyed was this good old favourite of everyone!

Mattie in a Poppy top

Mattie in a Poppy top
9 February, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Another small set of last summer’s photos. It’s Mattie (A Girl for All Time Matilda) this time. She is wearing a Poppy top which is actually meant for Maru & friends dolls, but Mattie insisted on trying it on!

Michelle

Michelle
6 February, 2015
Casual fashion

I keep on slowly sorting out a pile of photographs from my summer holidays and here is a bunch of photos of Michelle (Kidz’n’Cats Galina). The top and the corduroy trousers were made by my mum.

Leonie – Maplelea, Canadian Girl doll

Leonie – Maplelea, Canadian Girl doll
3 February, 2015
Doll review

It took me about 4 years to finally decide to get this doll. I was very curious about yet another “Girl” from a particular country (like American Girl, Australian Girl, etc.). This is a Canadian Girl. And I am really glad I finally took the plunge for she is truly …read the rest

Leonard by Iplehouse – update

Leonard by Iplehouse – update
1 February, 2015
BJD box opening

Update 01/02/2015. A change of plans has happened. Having just madly fallen in love with the whole Outlander thing (the TV series and the books) I have finally decided the destiny of Leonard (and Carina, to that matter). He is now called Jamie Fraser and he is indeed from the 18th …read the rest

Emily – Australian Girl doll

Emily – Australian Girl doll
30 January, 2015
Amy

I have finally got around to showing this girl though I’ve had her for 2 or 3 months already! I have another Australian Girl in my collection, and here is my review of her. I may repeat myself, however, when I talk about this new beauty. So, this is Emily, …read the rest

Zlata in a new wig

Zlata in a new wig
28 January, 2015
Casual fashion

I have recently changed my Zlata’s wig. (Zlata is a Dianna Effner doll, painted by Geri Uribe) Not sure why I wanted to do it, but I love the new look! The dress was knitted by me quite some time ago from Becky Colvin’s pattern.

Florence

Florence
27 January, 2015
Bonnie & Pearl

And some more photos of Bonnie & Pearl dolls – of my Florence (Olivia) this time. This dress was made by mum for my daughter’s American Girl doll, but it fits Florence well, too.

Tris

Tris
26 January, 2015
Beatrice

I haven’t shown my Tris (Bonnie & Pearl doll Beatrice) for a while. I’ve recently taken some photos of her in a dress that I’d made for my new American Girl doll. Not many, but here they are.

Medieval Lady

Medieval Lady
24 January, 2015
Carpatina dolls

This is my eldest daughter’s first ever doll – Emma by Carpatina. She got her for her 4th birthday, so the doll is now 7 years old! I had to change her wig because the old one was totally ruined. Her eyes are losing colour a bit, but she is …read the rest

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