Sunday, August 17

Rose Has a New Space


I converted an old doll trunk into her own little hideaway. Now she can live on my dresser in my bedroom, instead of lost on a shelf with the other dolls in the guest room. She doesn't seem to get as much attention when she's with them as she does when she's alone. I repapered the interior, moved the drawer up to create a little nook for a blanket and book, and added a couple of shelves for knick-knacks.


Her she is in her "window" seat. I want to make her a little felted wool pillow and maybe a little blanket. I would also like to find a few more small books for her to read. 


Complete left side includes: black and white framed photo of trees in winter, embellished with a metal bird and floral stem, drawer, faux elk skin from American Girl Kaya's bedding set, a blank notebook found at a local bookstore.


Complete right side: black and white framed back of a playing card, framed metal butterfly, two paper flowers, floral head wreath from Ball Jointed Beatrix, little bird nest I made out of found objects, salt shaker with glitter, WISH tickets, my grandmother's pearls, a found silver sugar container, a trunk from Pier 1, and a little felted wool pillow I made. 



Sunday, August 10

Harley Girl: What's Going On Inside


Harley is gearing up to go back to school. She's signed up for 7 classes this semester instead of the usual 5. She and Crow talked about it, and she's going to cut down her hours at the coffee shop to 2 days a week, instead of 5. She wants to be able to get through college in three years, instead of four. She feels like she's in-between and she wants to be able to marry Crow, but she feels like she should finish school first. 


Her parents still refuse to speak to her. Harley can barely even remember why they have shut her out. It seems so insane, just because she wouldn't go home for the whole summer. She's tried calling them twice, but they've hung up on her, so she's done with that now. She feels very much like an orphan and it's a little scary. She's also afraid of her parents getting on a  plane and coming here to kidnap or kill her, since they are still so super angry with her. But she knows these feeling are irrational. 


She and Crow talk it all through and snuggle until she feels better. She wonders if she's too needy, if he'll get bored with her and her family's craziness, but she knows that's not going to happen, not really. She sees the way he looks at her, as if his soul was attached to hers and like he'd die without her. So there is some contentment and safety in that. She just wonders how long it will take for her to feel whole again and less wounded by her parents' choices.

Saturday, August 2

Revamping the Doll Space

Left Side of My Doll Shelves
I took pics of my doll space today. I am in the middle of completely revamping it: moving and reassigning furniture to different dolls, stripping the walls bare, and designing different aesthetics for each of the dolls. Of course, since I've only gotten back into American Girl, they are the ones with the least amount of stuff. Glacier did manage to snag a complete furniture set, but there's absolutely no accessories in her room. I'm also not a big accessory fan, but I definitely need to come up with something for everyone.  Poor Bodhi, doesn't even have a bed at this point, nothing for a rug on the floor. 

Right Side of My Doll Shelves
Ironically, the American Girl Dolls have more shelves, even though the bjds out number them by two to one. But the AG's clothing takes up more space, so I don't think the bjds mind too much. 


Harley and Crow's Bedroom

I switched out the bed for Harley and Crow. It's the first bed they shared together, and I just seems more masculine and "woodsy" to me. I really need to do something with the walls, to evoke a woodsy theme. I need to find some paper or fabric to hang on them, and then hang up my wolf postcards again for decor. 

Isabella's Bedroom

I also decided to skip making the coffee shop, as a room, and instead gave the sofa to Isabella and Jace. This is Isabella's bedroom, but Jace and the two tines visit her here often. I want to go for a shabby chic look. I want to attempt to make a fitted sofa cover instead of just tossing the blanket over it. I have a locker chandelier resting on the bed while I wait for the metal plate to dry to the ceiling. I love her bed, it's one of my favorite's that AG has made. Rose enjoys hanging out there while Isabella is still a ways away from coming home. 

I'm still thinking that Rose needs a smaller daybed, so she can live on my dresser, but I haven't figured that out yet. I want to find just the right one for a very good price...er, or at least, just the right one. 

I probably won't be posting much for a month or so, since the school year officially starts on Monday, so it's back to work for me. And as some of you may know, gearing up for the start of the year takes a lot of hours of planning, prepping, getting to know the kids, etc., so I won't have as much doll time as I did this summer. 

PS: If you want to read more about the American Girl Doll rooms, you can click on the link in the sidebar for my other blog. :)


Sunday, July 27

Dream Child


I am a Dream Child. I can't explain it exactly. I was a baby once, I know that, but now I am 10, and I will always be ten. I've been ten for awhile, it's a great age to be. I'm real. I'm not invisible, but most people don't see me. I'm part of the fairy and elf world and spend a lot of time in the woods and in my home, with my parents, (who became Dream Parents and stopped aging when I did)....and time with Jace of course. I come and go as I please, but I'm connected to him, so when I feel him searching for me, I come to him. He thinks of me like a little sister, which is a good way to view me. I have the wisdom and knowledge of a fifty year old, but the dreams and desires of a ten year old.....a very special ten year old, who knows fairytales can be real.


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Bonus: Portrait


Saturday, July 26

Beautiful Rose


I am so happy with Rose. She is just beautiful in her new wig. Wish I had thought to get this for her a year ago, but oh well. She's also very happy being an only littlefee. Not that she minded sharing. She's a very giving and loving spirit, but someone she was often overshadowed by the other littlefees I had. Now she gets all of the attention and doesn't have to compare her beauty to anyone else. 


The lighting isn't the best, because it's late in the evening, but I'm hoping to have some time to capture her during daylight hours tomorrow. We have company, so it just depends on what we end up doing tomorrow. She's very happy on my dresser, as all the bjds are. I'm wondering if she needs to take up a permanent residence there. I might have to buy her her own doll sofa, just so she can have a place to hang out. 


Friday, July 25

Harley and Crow: It Just Multiplies


Are you meddling again?

Yeah, kind of...well you know, Jace is all alone and since you guys hit it off at the coffee shop the other day, I thought we could invite him for dinner....but you know, we could invite some other people, too. I'll invite MJ, not to set them up, because I don't think they would exactly fit together, but you know.....

I know you....and if you think it's broken you try to fix it. I bet you were always coming home with baby birds, injured frogs, and lost kittens and puppies. 


Well, I would have, but my dad would have just broken their necks and .....

Ugh.....well, I'm not your dad, I won't break Jace's neck, and if you want to bring baby birds and frogs home, that's fine with me. I can't promise we can fix them though. 


Yeah, you're not the bird strangling sort. I'm more interested in helping people, anyway. Well, people and the occasional wolf I meet. Those this wolf we both know has helped me more than the other way around. 

Yeah, well, you didn't see my doom and gloom days from before you came around. Invite Jace, invite MJ, and maybe a few more. We'll have a BBQ outside, so people can mingle. Hell, invite everyone you can think of, if you want. We'll have an "end of summer" bash. 


That sounds great! We'll see up the volleyball net, and the slip and slide......

You go for it. Just tell me what I need to do. 

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Bonus shots:

The Happy Couple

My Favorite Girl
Well, we're having company for a couple of nights, so of course the dolls have been moved out of the spare bedroom and into the master bedroom. So what else could I do, but tell a story?! I told you I would be back! :) 
I love Harley. She is truly my favorite doll in my entire collection (which isn't very big, but still). There are some close seconds, but she is like my touchstone doll. I adore her on this Moe line body. It is much sturdier than the Active line body. Her head isn't a perfect fit on it; it's a tad loose, but it doesn't impact posing and photography. 
Tonight I went through her wardrobe, and Isabella's (the incoming MNF Ante) wardrobe as well. I have a Brennil order coming up soon and wanted to see what I might need. I actually don't feel desperate for anything, and I have limited funds, so besides a pair of undies for Isabella, I think I'll just pick out one outfit for Harley. I realized the only things in her closet with patterns are two pair of tights, everything else is a solid color, so I probably should attempt to remedy that. 

Saturday, July 19

Rose and Twig: The Little Girls


The little girls got new wigs yesterday. The are from 1mim on DoA, and I love them. Her wigs are worth waiting for, since they completely conform to the scalp and fit perfectly. It was a breezy day today, so the only pic of Rose without hair completely distorting her eyes is this one. I love this pic, though, she looks so comfortable and relaxed, and enjoying the warm sun (and her new dress from Spampy).

Here she is with Twig. Originially I planned this wig for Fawn, so I asked that the two wigs be the same color. But Fawn has moved on (shocking I know, but I just never connected with her, and I really wanted 6 beds instead of seven). She and Rose are going to be best friends, when they finally meet. Of course that will have to wait until Jace meets Isabella. And I don't expect Isabella until October, at the rate Fairyland is moving these days. 


Sweet girl in her Nixie Pixie outfit. I still have her other two wigs, but this one fits so beautifully, it's definitely her primary wig. 
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I know I haven't been here much. I've been giving the AGs most of my time and attention. And I'm panicked about going back to work (it happens every year) so I've been sewing and napping to avoid thinking about it. Anyway, I haven't been here much, won't be here much for a while longer, but have no fear, I haven't lost my love and need for storytelling with the bjds. Everyone who is here now is staying, as is Isabella, when she arrives. I'll be in and out. With a story or two as the need arises, and a resurgence when Isabella arrives if one doesn't hit sooner than that.