DARCY

I finally managed to get some clothes to fit my new Dollstown bjd doll. I ordered them a while back and they finally arrived today.

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I had also managed to pickup a couple of pairs of secondhand shoes for her. So when the clothes arrived she could get dressed completely.

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Seeing her wearing clothes that fit also gave me the idea for her name. Darcy.

I have a niece called Darcy who looks quite similar to this doll . Darcy turned eighteen this month!

So this fourteen year old became Darcy.

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I am still getting used to handling these dolls  and found out it’s no good trapping her legs between mine while trying to put a t shirt over her head as she just folds at the knees!

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Darcy kindly helped me with a few things on the dresser.

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She can just reach up to the dressers second shelf.

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Darcy likes to wear flat shoes as she is very conscious of her height, being quite tall and slim, she’s at that age where she is taller than most of her friends and quite a few of the boys in her class!

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Although she has her moments ,where Mum is the enemy and the world is against her, she also has her moments where she’s that sweet helpful girl before she became a teen!

 

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SLIDING INTO BJD’S

I have spent years admiring the Ball Jointed Dolls ( BJD’S ) that people have been showing on the various photo sites, like Flickr etc.

Many a time I considered dipping my doll collecting toe into that pond but there was always a Sasha or a piece of furniture for the Sasha I wanted/needed to buy. Then over the last few years I have started to add other dolls to my collection, Zwergnase, Heather Maciak, Wichtel’s , Schoenhut to name but a few !

But I have continued to go back and look at these bjd’s. My friend Sharon brought a few of her dolls over to the Chat n Snap I run annually in October which gave me a chance to see some up close and I was very smitten but Sasha was still Queen of the purse strings!

However I now have most , if not all, of the Sasha’s I want and only buy on the odd occasion if one comes along and takes my fancy. So I have been able to look elsewhere!

In truth , although I never think of her as a BJD but she is , I have in fact owned one for a long while Elfine!

 

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She was one I could not resist , she is an Elf  ! beneath those purple locks she sports her elfin ears. She calls to the story teller in me and also the lover of fairies , elves , magic and mystery plus medieval , castles etc.

She is by Kaye Wiggs.

But I never think of her as a bjd, which of course she is! and so now she’s come to mind as I write this post , her human counterpart of course should appear to!

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This is Faith another Kaye Wiggs doll but with human ears, she was the first face style of Kaye Wiggs dolls I fell in love with but Elfine with her Elf ears was the one I found and purchased first. But I was lucky to find a friend selling this girl a year back and collected her at the Sasha Celebration Weekend.

At that weekend were a couple of friends who have been into the bjd scene for many years, so I was able to see another bjd Kaye Wiggs girl this time a Faun.

Then this year I asked them to bring along more of their BJD’s so that I could see them. Well that was me done for really ! I just loved the feel and weight of them and the size! Bigger than I thought in one case but the posing they could do and so real looking! They immediately connected with my imagination and I could see their’ story’.

And so finally I have had the chance to begin a collection of these dolls! and like most things I collect I throw myself in !

First I bought some heads, that although I was not keen on the paint work of their faces They were being sold at a good price, so I jumped in and bought two then later went back and bought another two!

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This is one of the heads made by DollsTown dolls but painted by the owner.

For me the colours are too unnatural, so I have cleaned the paint work off and will try to do a more natural job.

Then a doll came up for sale and I thought about it, asked my expert friend about it, then made an offer which was accepted!

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I did not like the wig on her but her face was painted by a good face up artist, so I took the plunge and got her.

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I changed her wig but she is still a work in progress ,meaning I will try a few other styles of wig until I decide which one is her! She is a Dollstown Amy on a 13 year old body, that means her body is made to resemble that of a thirteen year old girl.

Then Paul kindly bought me a Dollstown 7 year old body to use with my DT heads. So while waiting for that to arrive I came across another bjd that I liked the look of.

This one was made by Maskcat bjd dolls and is their face style called Margo.

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Again I made an offer which was I am pleased to say was accepted and so she came this week. She’s slightly smaller than the DT Amy which is nice.

I decided to try her in the wig that Amy came with and I’m pleased to say I really like it on her.

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I think it really suits her, so this will probably be her look. She’s wearing a Sasha outfit by Petrana but it’s a little to small for her but looks ok for now. I’m still working on a name for her, a few have come to mind but I need to see her for a while and see what fits.

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So she needs an outfit and some shoes, another avenue to learn about!

Finally after a lot of waiting my 7 year old DT dolls body arrived and although I have not painted the faces yet, I of course just had to put a head on the body, dress it , wig it and take a photo.

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So here it is, I just need to make a good job of the painting and then she can have some eyes and then I can decided if this is the right look for her. This head which is called  Hannah by the makers , will be on a doll called Morwenna by me, well that is unless her whole character changes once she’s found her look!

Well that’s the story so far! I will share my doll face up efforts once I actually start! and you can be my critic’s!

Now I really need to sort out my Sasha Studio so I have somewhere to keep all these extra dolls and their furniture……

M is for MONEY

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M is for Money, little MILLIE MACIAK places her MONEY in MUM’s MONEYBOX so MUM can get MULTI funds that grow MASSIVE and then she can buy MORE dolls! MAGNIFICENT !

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Millie is joined by Jenny and Lexie, who say it looks like fun putting the coins in the moneybox.

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“Well ” says Millie to her sisters ” Look there’s lots of money we can all put it in!”

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So Lexie picks up a coin and drops it in, hearing a chink !

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Jenny says ” Do it again Lexie!”

So she does ” This is such fun!”

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” let’s do it together ” says Millie picking up another coin

Lexie gets one to ” One Two Three!” they all call together and the girls drop the coins.

 

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“Come on Jenny you have a go !” calls Millie

“Yes ” Lexie says touching Jenny’s back ” That’s it drop it in!”

All the girls giggle as the coin makes a thud and not a chink!

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Soon all the money was in the Moneybox and the girls go off to tell Mum of their good work!

 

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Millie is my new Heather Maciak Lexie doll. I found her quite by chance when looking on the internet a month back. She was just too sweet to pass by, so I bought her and she arrived today.

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She is wearing her original shoes and ribbons but not outfit. I believe her to be a Springtime at Quiet Water Lexie created for the Chesaspeake Doll Club Luncheon in April 2008.

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This is a photo from Heather Maciak’s site showing her in her outfit.

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I may try and make her a similar outfit when I have some time.

I managed to get her off the doll stand without damaging her! She is a porcelain doll

so a doll stand is not a good idea!.

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Jenny in the middle is a  Dressy Jenny also from 2008, she came to me in her original outfit and with her box .

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Here she is with her matching Dressy Lexie.

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Here we have the two Lexie’s , one now called  Millie on left and Lexie on right. This Lexie in white is a Pastel Lexie who is a limited edition of only 25 again from 2008.

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Shown above with her pastel Jenny sister. Under her white dress she is wearing her pastel blue outfit. She also came with her box.

I’ve decided they are triplet sisters because I did not want one to be left out.

 

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L IS FOR LITTLE AND LOCKS

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LITTLE girls get over whelmed
when trying to get in
It’s not a LAUGH when
the front step hits your chin!

Keys can dangle from the LOCK
they’ve no chance of obtaining
The sky can darken all it LIKES
it could even set to raining!

 

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LOOKING up all in a huff

tempers start to rise

But that’s no good as still

the keys dangle way above her eyes!

Where is Mum? She’d better come

and open up this door!

I’m feeling tired and very wired I’ll

lay down and start to snore !

My snoring LOUD will draw a crowd

and people will stop to stare

they’ll mutter to about me and you

and say that you don’t care

So you’d best get Dad, that lovely lad

to move the LOCK right down

Then LITTLE me can gain entry

and save me from this frown!

 

These were my two entries for the Alphabet Doll and Bear Challenge

I also took a couple of other photos before I settled on those two.

 

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Constance O with the little silver lock from my gate bracelet.

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almost the perfect size for her.

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My first photos for the challenge were at the door to the brick outhouse.

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Much more rough and ready !

 

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K is for KEEPER of the KEYS

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Percy is KEEPER of the KEYS

Ivan is his henchman and assistant

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He KEEPS the KEYS safe

from any KNAVES or KIDNAPPERS

who may want to steal them.

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Percy will only give the KEYS to their owners.

 

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and Ivan will only give the KEYS to Percy!

 

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The perfect partnership.

 

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J IS FOR JEWELS

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The Jew in the Frown !

What to wear if your a bear

of family, style and class

It just won’t do for you

to be seen in shiny glass !

 

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When one is class

one must ask

which necklace should one wear!

It’s not enough JUST to puff

I’m only a stuffed bear!

but JUST tween us

I have to fuss cos

I love a bit of glitter

and must be seen not to

preen and make all others bitter!

And so I frown and my JEWEL drops down

Why I try to make a guess

Which to wear as a classy bear

cos I want to look the best!

 

By Dee O

I IS FOR

INJURY.

 

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Poor Edward has fallen and INJURED his head and his arm , so Cousin Ron is taking him

to the INFIRMARY.

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Don’t worry Edward, calls Ron, we’ll be there soon and they will help you.

Edward just moans quietly!

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Poor Edward he already as skinny paint disease ! and is waiting for an operation to give him back his looks! and now this!

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Ron is working hard to pedal the big bike! having to push down hard on one pedal and wait until the other comes up to meet his foot and then push hard on that one!

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Soon they are the St IPPOLYTS INFIRMARY where sister IVY IGNATIUS takes poor Edward under her wing and rushes him towards the wards where he can get the care he needs.

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Your’ll need an INJECTION says Sister IVY IGNATIUS because we don’t want you getting an INFECTION and becoming ILL ! Or you may be with us INDEFINITELY!

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Just a little further and we’ll soon have you feeling better!

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Edward just groans hoping it will all stop hurting soon!

 

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H IS FOR

HORSEPOWER !

 

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When someone won’t pedal

and it’s their turn you see

you can hardly insist

when their Elf Royalty!

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When someone won’t pedal

and you’ve run out of puff

and she just sits there

crossed arms in a huff

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When someone won’t pedal

all you can do

is go find something or someone

to help you

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When someone won’t pedal

don’t expect help

if your finding a horse

you’d best go yourself

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When someone won’t pedal

and it’s soon time for tea

You’d best get Star trotting

heading home merrily

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When someone won’t pedal

and you’ve had more than enough

of royalty sitting around

in a huff

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When someone won’t pedal

it’s best to ignore

and not want to thump them

slap them some more

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When someone won’t pedal

and really won’t help

It’s just best to ignore them

and do it yourself

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When someone won’t pedal

Horsepower’s what you need

a wonderful horse Star

who is packed full of speed.

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When someone won’t pedal

and your horse is about

She’s be the perfect friend

and she’ll help you out.

 

Dee Owen

 

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ULLI GOES CLIMBING

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Ulli My only boy Wichtel doll received a new pair of Lederhosen which I found on sale , he was so happy to finally be able to get out of his winter clothes ! He found a Passion for Sasha t shirt made just for Wichtel’s like him and quickly changed and headed outside.

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He was off to climb mountains he called as he left! Some chance thought I , in rural Hertfordshire! Mountains!

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But look ! Here he is on top of a mountain!!

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He walked among the alpines and along the trail.

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The trail was long and very rocky, with ups and downs and dips everywhere.

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at times he felt as if he was not alone!

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He’d look about and call.. Hello? but no one answered, so he wandered on..

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Soon it was time to turn for home, he’d had a lovely time climbing in the Hertfordshire mountains, maybe he’d bring his sisters !

 

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HEIDI PLUSCZOK DOLL

Early this year I was waiting on a doll and after a month or more of waiting I decided after studying the doll website to cancel the doll I was waiting for and buy a Heidi Plusczok doll.

I selected this girl who is called Corla.

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She’s been waiting for some attention ever since she came home , was looked over and then placed in with the smaller dolls.

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She is 10 inches in height.

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I happened to be back on the doll website at the weekend and saw some new dresses just in, that said they would fit the 10 inch dolls , Heidi Plusczok dolls included.

There were a few to chose from and after a while I picked out three, one was a gorgeous linen and felt dress with a hat.

They arrived today and I was so pleased with them until it came time to try them on, which I am so glad I did straight away instead of my usual, leave them in a box for three months and then use them.

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This was the only dress I managed to get on her and that was with a fight! The dresses only open part way down the back which means you struggle to get their arms in and the dress over their head!

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Corla’s hair is plaited to the side and I don’t want it coming adrift with having to pull the dress over it.

I decided after struggling with the second dress, to try it on one of my Heather Miacak dolls. She is only 7 inches.

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It’s actually not to bad on her and since this girl ,Lexie, has been wearing a dress that does not quite do up, I’ve decided to keep this dress for her, it gives her a little growing room!

Plus it’s just such a lovely dress and this one I could not even get anywhere near the Corla’s shoulders.

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Here are the girls together so you can see the difference.

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But this one I am really sad about because I just love the design and craftsmanship but it won’t go anywhere near Corla and is way too big for Lexie! The hat is meant to be over sized on the doll but there’s over sized and swamped! or in Corla’s case just too small in the crown to fit!

So alas the pink satin and this linen and felt dress will be returned and poor Corla will have to stay in her outfit she came in and hope that she gets a change of clothes by the winter or at the very least a cardie!

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Emily at 8 1/2 inches in the last outfit.

 

 

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