Sunday, 17 June 2018

ADAD June Ravelry Challenge - Days 8 - 14

June 8 prompt: With the doll you have had for the longest time. If you don’t have access to the doll right now maybe you could bring up a photo on your screen and take a pic with that, or a similar doll found online.

I am not sure which doll I have had the longest, but it is one of the following three: A Palitoy doll that walked and talked, Katie Copycat or my little Perfekta doll ‘Little Miss’. I have just taken a photo of Linda with Julie, but might get a photo of all three together as I always remember all three dolls. So will add a photo later today, particularly as this one didn’t come out very well as it is too bright.

June 9 prompt: June is traditionally wedding month. Pose your doll dressed for a wedding, with your wedding pic, with an ancestor’s wedding pic, with one of the traditional things one carries at a wedding: something old, something new, something borrowed, or something blue, or with several of these ideas at once.

I would have liked to have posed Julie with a photo of my son’s wedding that happened earlier this year. It was amazing, but I still don’t have any photos of it…so we had to compromise - she decided to ‘gate crash’ the NASB wedding party instead.

June 10 prompt: Next to a family heirloom or just something old.

An old bear I bought in NZ from an antique shop many years ago in NZ, my husband’s grandmother’s old Bible and Peggy Sue who of course insists, that she actually isn’t old!

June 11 prompt: Under something

My take on ‘Under Something’ is…. Rose petals ‘underfoot’

June 12 prompt: Looking out a window

Julie looks out the window at the roses. The sun is missing today…

June 13 prompt: With needlework, not something meant for your doll to wear

I could have used lots of different items for this prompt as I have done a lot of needlework over the years, from making tote bags, cosmetic purses, soft toys, quilting, children’s clothes and shoes, cross stitch, embroidery…. but the first thing that sprang to mind was this lovely hand sewn picture made from felt that I bought a few years back now that has on the back  ‘With much love, Evelyn, May 1949’

June 14 prompt: Monochromatic - try to make the whole photo, with the exception of the doll’s vinyl and hair, various shades of a single colour, it can be your favourite colour, or if you’re like me and don’t have one, any colour. 

Well for today’s prompt I had wanted to stand the items up, but for lack of space, I ended up having to do a Flat Lay which wasn’t what I originally intended for Monochrome - so this probably isn’t exactly what is looked for, but I have stuck to the theme of one colour predominantly of yellow.  There is a mixture of childhood dolls, various toys, misc items and a doll Mum gave me a couple of years ago before her Alzheimer’s got too bad. She thought the doll was her childhood doll, so that in itself makes her special.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sasha & Gregor Friends.

To all my Sasha & Gregor friends, followers and those who might happen to pop by to read my blog - (not sure how many there are now, as there are few 'followers'  and as mentioned before, not sure whether this represents who actually DOES read my ramblings anyway), I wanted to say sorry for the severe lack of posts related to your favourite dolls.  I am not sure if I am 'all storied' out, a 'been there photographed that', told such and such story/set up such and such scene, or what is the case, but I just don't seem to be able to think up anything to actually write about.  I don't want this to just be a blog where I just post photos of the dolls in clothes, and leave at that, I like to tell stories, only I don't have any stories to tell. Why this is I am not quite sure.  Actually I don't really have any stories to tell about any of the dolls at moment, apart from the daily photos I am taking of Mini AG Julie for the  June Photo Challenge.  I thought at first it was because I had lost my main 'photography area' which I use during the winter months, but now of course it is much brighter I would normally be taking lots of outdoor photos for stories, but they are just not happening.

So that is where I am at at the moment - in limbo, looking for inspiration, but not really finding it.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

ADAD June Ravelry Challenge - Days 1 - 7

I'm taking part in a photo challenge on one of the Ravelry Groups I belong to at the moment.  I am quite enjoying it as I haven't really been able to take part in the group for ages as I am unable to knit at present (still!)  As it is on the American Girl Doll Knitting group, I chose Mini Julie to take part.  

The first seven days are as follows:

June 1 prompt: pick your doll and take her photo. That’s it. Easy peasy, right?

June 2 prompt: Take a photo with your doll and a pet. Any pet, yours, your doll’s, the neighborhood stray…

 Julie feeds Bailey and Felix some dandelion leaves.

June 3 prompt: With another doll.

Nancy, Julie and Frog enjoy the hot weather, but have sensibly chosen somewhere in the shade to relax.

June 4 prompt: When you were young. Some ideas - with a picture of you as a child, dressed like you dressed as a child or with something that reminds you of your childhood.

4: Mini AG Julie, meets 'Mini Me, and Mini Michelle (my sister).  

I actually did a series of three photos leading up to this one for this prompt.

Excuse me, are you from the seventies?

Why yes?  Who are you?
I'm from the seventies too, my name is Julie. 

Hello Julie

June 5 prompt: With a book - on your bookshelf, with a book that has meaning for you, one of your children’s picture books, your doll reading, lots of possibilities here.  
I couldn't decide which photo to use, so currently have two!

5b: Julie with my favourite book from my Mum and Dad, given to me on my 10th birthday.

5a: Some of my childhood books.  Just loved these when I was little, as did my boys.  I still think the stories are wonderful.

June 6 prompt: Non-needlework or doll related hobby or collection. If you don’t have one maybe someone in your house does. I’ve heard that three of the same type of items is the beginning of a collection. Just saying.

Nancy shows Julie the Cavy Collection.  

June 7 prompt: With a beverage, your favourite

  Julie thinks this MUST be my favourite beverage as I drink so much of it...but actually my favourite must be L&P (Lemon and Paeroa) 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Blue Monday

There was lots of 'blue' today, we had quite the gathering of Sasha boys and girls dressed in blue,  but the one featured today is little Bonnie, who was given a new outfit by DollMum and her daughter.

She is showing how well she can walk on her own. 

There are not so many Forget me nots left, so I should have perhaps photographed several dolls in one day, not one doll a day!  Oh well, never mind.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Finally Friday

Another photo with the Forget Me Nots, the final for this week.

This time the pretty Maddison.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Thankful Thursday

The other day whilst browsing through some of my old posts I came across this photo of Weaver taken in 2013:

I wrote this about her on FB that same day:
I've had this gorgeous girl up for sale since I think around September time last year and despite being negotiable there has been no interest in her...seeing this photo that I stumbled on today while looking for some 'hat' photos I really can't understand why, she is stunning! I think she might just have to stay!

Anyway I decided to give her a freshen up, and redress her in that gorgeous pink dress and add the charming jacket that goes with it so beautifully.

Looking a little pensive

I am thankful that I have such beautiful dolls.  

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Terrific Tuesday

Weather wise it is indeed a Terrific Tuesday.

Whilst Emily doesn't have the classic beauty of Everlee, her beauty is in her strength of character.   She was one of Henry's original travel companions.

Changing out of her warm clothes at long last she choose this lovely red smocked gingham dress.

Emily also chooses the same spot to have her photo taken as Everlee did.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Blue Monday

With the warmer weather, Everlee Rose Morgan has changed out of her fabulous lilac/purple outfit into something blue, just in time for a bit of Monday Blues.  

Just love the Forget Me Nots, they make such a pretty back drop. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Sasha Dolls For Sale

Just a reminder, I still have some beautiful dolls looking for new homes.  Details can be found on my 'Dolls For Sale' page which can be found by clicking either the icon on the side bar, or the top menu.  Included are these two stunning Sasha dolls.  I am negotiable.

1969 Sasha Kilt, Full Centre Part 

Full details can be found by clicking: here


1969 Side part Sasha Doll

Full details can be found by clicking: here. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Comparison of Mini American Girl Dolls.

For Valentines Day I got a little gift of the Mini 'Beforever' American Girl Doll Julie Albright.  I already had an earlier cloth bodied mini AG Julie, so thought I would do a comparison between the two.

The boxes are different...On first appearance I guess you could say that the newer box is 'fancier' but with more plastic on the front it is flimsier. 

On the back there is a picture of Julie on the older box, but not on the newer.  I like the description on the older box as well, it tells a little bit more about the actual character of Julie Albright.

Opening up the box, you can immediately see that the earlier book is bigger.  It is also a hardback compared to a paperback that the newer ones are.

The older books are lovely, they are just big enough that you can read them, and they are also illustrated and have a dust cover. 

I think these first books were very good quality.

The newer books are tiny!  They are much harder to read as the print is a lot smaller, plus there are no illustrations.  I can imagine they wouldn't last as long either if they were used due to have a soft cover as the pages are glued not sewn in.  This is one of the biggest disappointing things in my opinion of these newer Mini American Girl dolls.  The price of them isn't cheaper, despite the lower quality book.

Comparing the two dolls side by side we can see they are similar height with the older soft bodied doll being not as slim as the hard bodied doll.  She also has a more rounded face.  Cloth body Julie wears the original outfit, whereas the hard bodied Julie has the newer 'Beforever' outfit.  I think they are both fun outfits, but I especially like the yellow waistcoat.

Their hair is long, but the new girl has a blunt cut as shown compared to the original Julie's more layered look.  The girl on the right has especially soft hair, but possibly not as thickly rooted as the girl on the left.

The cloth bodied Julie also has more two toned hair than the hard bodied Julie.

They both have very pretty faces.  I can't quite decide which face I like best, they are both different even though similar.

Are you my twin?  Julie One asks Julie Two

Julie Two stands better on her own, partly due to her full plastic body.  

I can foresee that the newer Julie will probably see more action than the older Julie, who up until now has remained in her box.  Sad though that is.  I was a child in the seventies, so Julie is my era.  I also had long blonde hair as a child.  I think I will have fun with her.