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 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 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.
Loyal blog readers may remember that I have tried "enhancing" three of my non-Tonner dolls that had factory painted eyes by cutting eye openings and inserting inset eyes. I didn't do a really bang up job .... so back in September I sent the three vinyl doll heads away to a pro, in hopes that my rough job of beveling the eye sockets could be "corrected". Hoping to keep things simple, I just sent just the heads and kept the pieces of the back of the heads that one has to cut open to work inside the head here at home where they wouldn't get lost in the "shuffle".
The project didn't come back to me until about a week ago. When I restored the heads to their bodies and got ready to glue back in the cover for the opening at the back of the heads, I got a shock - the pieces will no longer fit into the holes they came from!
head, one cuts off a section, like the top section of this sphere (but no, with the dolls it isn't usually such a large portion of the sphere as this!) So the edge of the resulting hole in the head is (approximately) circular and the edge of the piece you've cut out is (approximately) circular.
Luckily for me in two of the dolls the only apparent difference that this is going to make is that the back of the head looks pretty funky, like a jig-saw puzzle where the piece isn't quite right but you jam it in the space anyway! Since this is covered by their wigs, it won't matter. In the third doll the change has been extreme enough that her face is noticeably narrower, and I'm not sure I can get the back cover on, jammed or not! She is still a pretty doll, but not the same as when she left here!
So ..... learn from my mistake!!! Beware of opening up a vinyl doll head and leaving it open for too long!!! R.
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