I was thinking this morning that I really need to give Georgia a treat of some kind, since she has been so nice about having her head taken off and put on and taken off and put on, over and over again the last several days!! Maybe a day at a spa?? Or all the ice cream and cake she could eat??
And then I realized that today is Hinamatsuri - it almost slipped by me in all the concentrated focus I've had on Tenner "business" the last several weeks!!
So Georgia's treat is to be my Hina Doll for 2014!!
And we all enjoyed singing a Hinamatsuri song called "Ureshii Hinamatsuri (Happy Hinamatsuri)." Here is the first verse:Akari o tsukemashou bonbori ni
Ohana o agemashou momo no hana
Go-nin bayashi no fue taiko
Kyo wa tanoshii Hinamatsuri
Let's light the lanterns
Let's set peach flowers
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a joyful Dolls' Festival
There are lots of videos on the 'net that feature this Hinamatsuri song. I like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwjTA30LVcc It is really cute to see the tinies wiggling around, trying to be patient through all four verses of the song!
Thank you Georgia, for being so patient! Happy Hinamatsuri to all!! R.
"An apple a day keeps my wrists articulated." R.
Ann Estelle has always wanted to hold her nose before she jumped in the pool - now she can! This will also be helpful on camping trips when Mr. Skunk comes to visit. Or when she comes down with the sniffles and needs to use a hankie?? R.
Here is a photo of Georgia with our new Tenner BJD body. Not only does it show you what a great student she is in school (she always has her hand up to answer questions, and asks a few too), but it shows you how well her Tenner body models Patsy's Tonner wardrobe. And why shouldn't it - it is pretty much exactly the same size and shape as Tonner's bodies!!!
For more information on the Tenner body please go to www.dollycraft.comThanks for looking!! R.
It was a dark and stormy night. Deep in the basement of Joe Pye Towers, Drs. Frank and Stein (aka Annie Laurie and Sudha) were up to something ......
WHAT is going on here????!!!!!!!
I'm not sure about this!!! What are these two up to??
"Apply the tickle treatment, Dr. Frank." "Yes, Dr. Stein."
"Merciful heavens!!! It worked!!!"
That's Ann Estelle!!!
That's Ann Estelle with wrists and elbows and ankles and knees!!! That's a ball jointed Ann Estelle!!!
"I can see!!"
"And now for the final touches."
"Ha ha. What a funny story", you say. But is it JUST a "story"???
Those of you who have followed our blog and website will remember that having a fully articulated, ball jointed body with the color of our Tonner dollies' skin IN the resin has been a dearly held wish by us for many a year now. Well guess what??!!! Our wishes have come true!!!!
With the help of Berdine Creedy, (and Drs. Frank and Stein??) we have created our own ball jointed bodies!!!
Not only did our dreams come true, but if you share that dream with us, it can come true for you too because .... we will be selling our extra bodies!!
Please check out the sales website http://www.dollycraft.com
Excited??? WE ARE!!!! R.
Here is a picture of the kitchen after I moved the table back in. Breakfast time!! (And playing a bit with the new toy ark.) (Henry is going out this time. In and out. In and out!!!)
The third place setting?? That's for Christopher Robin, but he's just getting out of bed. I don't know if I've shared a photo of the boy's bedroom before? It tends to be a bit of a mess!! R.
The carpenter finally got around to installing the back door into the kitchen today. Henry, for one, is very happy to have a door to go in and out of. For the moment, Gabriella is happy to make Henry happy by opening the door for him.
I've temporarily moved the big kitchen table so you can see the door. I include this wider shot because I'm just so pleased at how the entire kitchen has come together - I smile every time I look at it! Neither of these photos is of terrific quality (and I'm sensitive now to sharing things that aren't really great since my rant about how proud of my photos I am!) This is because I used the ambient lighting of the room's LED ceiling lights instead of getting out the big spots-on-tripods. The big spots flood too
much light into the rooms and you can't enjoy how "nice" the LED lighting is .... oh well, maybe someday I'll figure out how to manipulate the spots better in this situation.
Anyway, about the door: It is produced by Houseworks Ltd. of Atlanta, Georgia. Here is their website for wholesalers http://www.houseworksltd.com/ . Most of merchandise is for small doll-house scale but they do have a few things for "play scale" including this door. I got mine from a dealer on eBay. It is extremely well made and so nice I don't think I'll ruin it by trying to paint it! Now I think we need a window in the corner! R.
Goldie's sweater and hat were knitted by Kristen in Sweden (I think she is in Sweden, but maybe it is Norway ..... sorry, I've lost track!)
Goldie is having a fine time twirling around on the ice!!!!
MaryMary is a little more unsure of herself - she's just concentrating on staying upright.
Kylie has a Forever Friendz head on a Tonner body.
Kylie arrived a little late, so she's just started to put on her skates.
What fun - can't you just hear a Strauss waltz???
Goldie and MaryMary are Effner Ashton-Drake vinyl dolls (with Tonner legs and inset eyes). Being fascinated by taxonomy -- or perhaps more like genealogy in this case? -- I've always wondered which Effner porcelain sculpts the Ashton-Drake doll were based on. Some of them, like Goldie, are relatively obvious ("Bedtime Jenny"). But it wasn't until very recently that I realized that MaryMary is based on "Everyday Jenny" (also known as "Jenny I"). So in my skating photos one is actually looking at Jenny and Jenny!!!! R.