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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

Summer breeze dress for Michelle

Summer breeze dress for Michelle
22 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

This is another outfit made by my mum. I have another set of photos involving this dress on a different doll which I took in the summer while on holidays, but I’ll show it some time later. This set is called Summer Breeze. It looks best on Kidz’n’Cats dolls (modelled …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Frozen madness

Lydia in Hong Kong. Frozen madness
20 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

The final part of Lydia’s trip to Hong Kong! Not so much of Lydia here. I just wanted to show the Frozen madness in Disneyland. My children and I are also big fans of Frozen (who is not!). So, it was very exciting to see so many things related to …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Disneyland

Lydia in Hong Kong. Disneyland
18 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

So, Hong Kong Disneyland! We spent 2 full days there (well, at the least the children enjoyed themselves!), but Lydia went there only on the first day. Opera House on the square next to the entrance. We didn’t go inside. A magnificent Christmas tree on the same square! The main …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Disneyland Hotel

Lydia in Hong Kong. Disneyland Hotel
15 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Our next destination in Hong Kong was Disneyland (for the sake of our children, of course!)! We stayed for 2 nights in the fabulous Disneyland Hotel and it is so magnificent that it deserves to be shown separately! The Disneyland Hotel is built in a Victorian style and has lots Victorian …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Day 2. Kowloon

Lydia in Hong Kong. Day 2. Kowloon
12 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

Our second day in Hong Kong was just as exciting as the first one. We decided to go on a double-decker sightseeing bus and also to make a short boat trip to Kowloon (for the sake of a beautiful view of Hong Kong island from there!). The Central Pier and …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Day 1. Victoria Peak

Lydia in Hong Kong. Day 1. Victoria Peak
9 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

We stayed in Hong Kong for 5 days. We spent 3 nights and 2 full days in Hong Kong itself and then 2 nights and 2 full days in Disneyland. The weather was gorgeous for most of the days (which for me means it was below +18C). The first day …read the rest

Lydia in Hong Kong. Airports

Lydia in Hong Kong. Airports
7 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

And so, I am starting a report from A Girl for All Time Lydia’s recent trip to Hong Kong! The trip was short (only 5 days in total), but she has seen so much and I took so many photos of her that I will have to split them into …read the rest

Meet Evelyn!

Meet Evelyn!
5 January, 2015
American Girl doll

Meet my new American Girl doll! Ever since I saw her a few years ago, I had been thinking about her and in the end I couldn’t resist. She is My American Girl #27. I just love the combination of her dark blonde hair and deep blue eyes! My daughters …read the rest

Snowmaiden

Snowmaiden
1 January, 2015
A Girl for All Time

My daughter’s A Girl for All Time Amelia received a new outfit for Christmas – knitted by my mum, of course! It is so beautiful and suits Amelia’s light features so well. She looks like a Snowmaiden in it. I thought, it is just the right timing to show it …read the rest

Nativity crib

Nativity crib
29 December, 2014
Celebrations

Last year I already showed the Christmas Nativity scene in St Ignatius Catholic church that was on display there during the Christmas time. You should look at it HERE before you continue as I told a lot about it then (and it has changed quite a bit since last year and I …read the rest

Christmas in Singapore

Christmas in Singapore
25 December, 2014
Bonnie & Pearl

A few days before Christmas I took my daughters and Florence (Bonnie & Pearl doll) out to the main shopping street of Singapore – Orchard Road – to enjoy the Christmas decorations and take lots of photographs. In Singapore Christmas decorations usually go down on 2 January and are immediately …read the rest

Christmas tree decorating

Christmas tree decorating
23 December, 2014
American Girl doll

My four girls – Laura (Gotz doll Laura), Marianna (Kidz’n’Cats doll Tara), Catherine (MAG #49) and Florence (Bonnie & Pearl doll Olivia) – also decorated the Christmas tree, a very special one I got just for them! Laura and Marianna Florence Marianna Florence Catherine Laura and Marianna And the whole …read the rest

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings
21 December, 2014
American Girl doll

Christmas is approaching and it was time to hang up those Christmas stockings! Laura (Gotz doll Laura), Marianna (Kidz’n’Cats doll Tara), Catherine (MAG #49) and Florence (Bonnie & Pearl doll Olivia) were very keen to do it!

Nautical Laura…

Nautical Laura…
18 December, 2014
Beading for dolls

My Gotz doll Laura has got a new dress. It was pretty much an improvisation but I love the final result. It started with a pattern by Suzy M Studio which I reduced while printing it out. I cut the dress out, having totally forgotten that Gotz dolls are taller than …read the rest

Tinka’s Rainbow cardigan

Tinka’s Rainbow cardigan
15 December, 2014
by type

Another set of photos I took last summer while I was on a holiday in my home town. And another outfit made by my mum! Tinka lives with my mum and works as her model, so I take lots of her photos when I have a chance! I love this …read the rest

Lydia packing for a trip

Lydia packing for a trip
11 December, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Tomorrow Lydia is going with us on a short holiday to Hong Kong. I’ve spent the last month making outfits and accessories for her and now she has a brand new wardrobe (everything in this picture, in fact, except for the furniture, camera and shoes!). I have made a large …read the rest

Tinka in the summer snow

Tinka in the summer snow
9 December, 2014
by type

It sounds absurd – “the summer snow” – and yes, it is precisely that! A pile of snow from a nearby ice rink in the middle of July! Having lived in the tropics for the last 13 years, it is a miracle for us to see snow, so we had …read the rest

Nostalgia for the school fairs

Nostalgia for the school fairs
7 December, 2014
American Girl doll

Once upon a time I used to have my own doll business in Singapore – an online doll shop called Daisy dolls. I closed it down a year ago, on the last day on 2013, mainly because I wanted to create more than I wanted to sell the stuff made …read the rest

Forget-me-not set for Lizzy

Forget-me-not set for Lizzy
5 December, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Another set which my mum has knitted for Kidz’n’Cats dolls. It includes a top, a handbag and a hat which has an adjustable hole so it can be worn either with the hair down or with the hair in a ponytail. My daughter has made a rainbow loom bracelet to …read the rest

Eowyn’s white top and hat

Eowyn’s white top and hat
3 December, 2014
by type

This is the cotton top and hat my mum has knitted for Kidz’n’Cats dolls. The top closes at the back with 2 snaps. My daughter made a matching rainbow loom bracelet for this outfit. The top also fits A Girl for All Time dolls. The set is available in my Etsy shop …read the rest

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!
1 December, 2014
Celebrations

The Advent is here! And so, it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree!! Today Laura was helping my children to decorate it. Isn’t she just gorgeous!

Yet another Bonnie & Pearl doll

Yet another Bonnie & Pearl doll
28 November, 2014
Beatrice

I said before that Bonnie & Pearl dolls are very hard to resist! Here is my third girl. I wanted a dark haired girl and I must say, had hard time choosing between two dolls with brown eyes and brown hair but in the end decided to go for the …read the rest

Laura – Gotz doll

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. …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

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