The Chiltern Bears decided that it was time they were allowed to sit at the table for a tea party ! It’s all very well going on a picnic but once the colder weather starts who wants to be sitting on the damp cold ground !
Two even changed places and demanded the Christmas Tea Pot be used because they said who knew when they’d be offer tea and cake again!
After all just because they are upstairs bears doesn’t mean they don’t like to come downstairs sometimes !
A good few years back I bought this round table and chair set. They are a small doll sized version of ones I used to sit on when I first started school back in 1960. So as soon as I saw them I just had to get them.
Up till now they have sat around waiting for a suitable place for them to be used , I feel they would be perfect for some old teddies and dolls to sit and enjoy.
But today , Wednesday , I got them out to use with some of my other dolls for a small tea party post.
So here we have some of my bigger , 20-21 inch Lynne and Michael Roche dolls, enjoy some cakes and a gossip.
These are the larger of the new to me china plates along with the smaller oval plate, I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised that the bigger plates etc have not looked out of place with the dolls.
At the weekend it was the doll event I run each year. It’s a great place to find some great props for the dolls along with clothing and shoes etc.
This year for me was a bumper year for the props.
This 1930’s dolls/child’s dinner set of china was a wonderful find. I just love everything miniature, not dolls house size but child/ doll size. I do also like dolls house’s but that’s a different thing. The set consists of six side/dessert plates, the six dinner plates stacked at the back, two oval serving plates , a gravy boat and dish plus a tureen.
It has the most beautiful floral pattern greens with pink, blue and yellow.
The little tureen is just wonderful complete with it’s lid.
I also found and bought from the same seller
Made of metal and heavy, it reminds me of the ones used in my youth and also of the one I had as a child along with the woden ironing board. I will need Paul to make the ironing board but for now I am just loving this iron.
It’s about two and a half inches long, complete with cable and rubber bung fitment .
I also bought some small cutlery.
There was also handmade doll food available to buy I only had time to buy this Gingerbread house but ordered some more once I returned home.
I am holding a doll event at the weekend and started to search for some items I wanted to sell, of course while doing so I came across doll props that had been tucked away or needed a little work.
One of the previous themes for my doll event was the fairground and Paul made wm a beautiful carousel, which alas I could not keep complete, due to how big it was for storing. But I did keep the carousel horses intending to get Paul to make some bases for them.
After coming across them tucked away in the old doll studio, I gave them to Paul and he’s fitted some bases to them. One I will keep , another my sister Michelle’s been patiently waiting for and the other two I will hopefully sell this weekend.
Naturally i had to have a little doll play with them to see which dolls they suited. So Robyn , a Lynne and Michael Roche doll climbed on one while her sister Sophy could not decide just which horse to ride!
Robyn wished Sophy would get a move on!
Robyn does love to ride a nice wooden horse !
Once they’d finished and gone inside another couple of the dolls appeared to check the carousel horses out !
This time it was Izzy , a Kaye Wiggs BJD doll and her friend Jane a Dollstown BJD.
Izzy loves the dappled grey horse
Jane likes the Black but also
Try’s out the brown horse .
Seeing the horses set out like this on the round outdoor table, they do still have the look of a carousel ! But I cannot keep all four horses, so just the dapple grey will be staying while the other three will hopefully find new homes.
Like all collectors, I like to have a range of a collection , so the Lynne and Michael Roches dolls span around forty plus years.
Also they come in various sizes, having started with just a few sizes in the early days to adding some more middle sizes
over the last few years.
Which meant I needed to look at some of the more recent dolls made and issued. I was lucky enough to find Robyn Winter , who stands at 14 inches and was the new size released for sale in 2014 along with her sister Daisy who stands at 12 inches.
She is called Robyn winter because she is wearing the Winter clothing, there is also a Robyn Summer. Only 20 pieces of each doll were made.
She wears under her coat a knitted wool skirt with a pretty liberty print blouse.
She has pretty long wavy blonde hair.
Here is a back view.
and wears her patterned knickers.
Because I will be taking photos and handling her , I have redressed her and will put her original clothes away with her tag etc , safely.
Here she is wearing a smocked dress ,belonging to one of my other doll ranges, the Sasha, along with shoes meant for a baby or toddler doll.
At present she is relaxing in her new home with a book.
Finding shoes for dolls can be a nightmare, so I have been rearranging my doll studio , while looking for something I put away safely and of course cannot find !
However I did find some shoes and boots that I had bought for my larger Zwergnase dolls, so decided to try some on my bigger Roche dolls, especially as Claudine’s left shoe was on the loose side and would fall off if I did not pay attention.
So here is Claudine wearing a boot and a shoe in the size 50cm for the zwergnase junior dolls,
I bought these from Trisha at KRbearsanddolls, the link is on her front page, left hand side, right at the bottom
Zwergnase junior shoes. The 55 cm shoes are way too big , so 50 cm only.
You will need to complete loosen the laces on the boots to allow the foot to get inside and be aware of any internal edges that could catch the foot and stop it fitting., they are slightly harder to get on but as you can see , they do look good once on the doll.
Claudine now wearing just the T bar shoes.
I’m really pleased with how this has worked out! I love that these shoes can be now worn by more than one style of doll although we all know what happens, one doll is always wearing just the colour pair you need for anothers outfit!
The shoe maker is Wagner, who Trisha worked with by measuring all the different dolls feet to get the shoes made, even sending them dolls to get the fit.
I have ordered some of the sandals in this size and will report back once they arrive.