I came across some very old New Years cards from when I was very little and still living in the Netherlands. I love all the vintage illustrations! Since they are as old as I am, I guess that means I've become 'vintage' too. Anyway, I though I would scan them in and share them.
Today is New Year's Eve, and it's also my granddaughter Teagan's eighth birthday. I bought her a MIM doll, and have been busy making clothes for her the past few weeks. I actually bought two MIM dolls, and here's what they looked like when they arrived back in the summer.....
The dolls were shiny plastic, with their eyes seemed way too big for their eye holes, making them look like 'aliens'. Also, their heads would only turn from side to side, and they couldn't look up and down. I took the dolls to Charie Wilson, who worked her magic on them. She changed the head joints so the dolls could look up and down, she sprayed the dolls with matte sealer, and she gave them smaller eyes, and eye lashes. What a difference that made!
Considering Teagan gets all her gifts from Christmas and her birthday, all at once within
days of each other, I figured I needed to make a decent wardrobe for Jasmine, since
it will be a year before she will get anything again. So here's what I made.....
December 30th is 'Bicarbonate of Soda Day', and after all the over-indulging at non-stop
birthday and holiday parties, some of the girls could really use some relief...
Only thing is, New Year's Eve is tomorrow, so that means even more treats.
Since everyone was dressed up for Nami's party, it was the perfect time for a
group shot of the five girls who recieved lace birthday dresses this past year.
Each dress was made from a one-yard length of embroidered lace from Lace Fun, on Etsy.
Today we are celebrating Nami's birthday. She arrived on this date four years ago, and is the very last of my little dolls to celebrate their birthday in 2015. Nami has always been one of my favourite BIDs, and since she seems like one of the 'older kids', I've decided she will always be 'six'.
All her friends have dressed up in their own 'birthday best' to help Nami celebrate....
Every day is some kind of 'special day', so I'd like to share a few favourites from the archives;
Today is 'National Chocolate Candy Day'
...and it's also 'National Playing Cards Day'....
The weather has been so unseasonably warm that there are actually still dandelions blooming outside. So we went to to high school this afternoon, where we know there are blankets of the yellow flowers in spring, and went looking for some. It had been rainy in the morning and it was overcast, so the flowers were closed, but we found plenty of them....
Picking dandelions on December 27th has to be a first for me.
But it's also probably the last we'll see them, as a big winter storm is moving in tomorrow.
Now that Christmas has passed, I can share some of the doll clothes I've been working on most of December as gifts for my granddaughters. I made two casual Mix & Match sets....
They were more or less identical, except for the scarves and shoes. One of the girls also wanted Star Wars Lego, so I made a bridal party set for the other - one bride, plus two bridesmaids...
Both girls loved the Mix & Match outfits, and Teagan loved the wedding set, but when she opened the box with the long blue lacy dresses, her reaction was muted. She seemed very confused. Apparently because the dress came with a bouquet, she automatically assumed it was another 'bride' dress, but she couldn't figure out why it was blue, or why there were two of them. Kids can be so unpredictable! It never even dawned on me that she didn't know about 'bridesmaids'?
Martha Boers is an award-winning Canadian doll maker and costumer specializing in fantasy and historical-style costumes.