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My New Christmas Doll

Happy New Year! Sorry, I know it’s a little late; the days in this new year are already full and flying by. I am trying to catch them before they’re gone…

Big news! I have a new Christmas doll. She is the Ruby Red Fashion Friends 2020 Holiday Stella, and I’ve been wanting her in my collection since I saw her over a year ago. Stella is the holiday doll from 2020, so she is pretty much sold out everywhere, however, she was found for me at FAO Schwarz, and I am so happy she was! She has such a sweet face! I LOVE her!!! She is a most special gift!

I think I was drawn to her because she reminded me of Holly in one of my favorite stories, “Holly and Ivy”. Therefore, I am renaming Stella. She is now Holly. This is a first; I don’t think I’ve ever renamed a doll that has come to me named, but she is definitely Holly.

Maybe for Christmas 2022 Holly will be dressed as Barbara Cooney, the book’s illustrator, envisioned her.

Last year I took some video paging through this book on Christmas night. Here is a link to that video. It’s 1:32 into the video. I first came across this charming story at our local library when my daughter was young. That book was the 1985 version with Barbara Cooney’s illustrations. (This story, text only, was originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1957.)

After checking the book out a few years in a row it had become an absolute favorite of mine. I found the illustrations cozy and charming, and the story heartwarming–perfect for Christmastime. I was thrilled to find the book on Amazon in 2009. “The Story of Holly and Ivy” had been republished in 2006. Now, over 10 years later I still look through, or read, this story every year.

Holly looks so sweet in her Christmas fancies, but I am currently working on something a little more for every day, and warmer, for Holly. I’ll show you soon.

I hope you are starting off the new year healthy and happy. Sending you a big hug for 2022. 🤗

My First Holiday Ensemble for the Fashion Friends

Hello to you! Welcome to this the second week of Advent. Today I have my first holiday ensemble for the Ruby Red Fashion Friends girls.

This is for my girl, Bella. Here she is to model it for you.

Her dress is made out of a festive botanical print–white poinsettias, red berries and multiple shades of greenery. I dyed a strip of cotton lace to add another pop of red. Bella also wears red tights and a red ribbon sash.

Bella’s hand knit cardigan is made with two strands of lace weight yarn held together while knitting. (For me, holding two strands of lace weight yarn will equal one strand of fingering weight.) One stand is merino and the other fuzzy mohair/silk. I embroidered tiny botanical motifs in coordinating colors sprinkled on the front of the cardigan. Bella’s cardigan buttons are red glass pearls.

Bella’s wreath is a purchased miniature which I embellished with a tiny deer, flowers, beads, and tulle bow. Bella can’t wait to hang her wreath, however, she is having a difficult time deciding where she wants it to go. Decisions, decisions… I’m sure she’ll figure it out.

How are you doing during this second week of Advent? After a week filled with appointments last week I have this week pretty open to spend at home. It’s time to start wrapping presents and making more cookies. My daughter and I made my grandma’s kolacky cookies yesterday. They’re one of my favorites and I haven’t had them in years. They are yummy, yummy, yummy!!! It’s slim to none that they’ll make it to Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. Sending you warm hugs 🤗 and wishes for a comforting and peaceful week. 💚

My Newest Doll

Hi there! It’s been so, so long! I am sorry about that. I really don’t know where the summer went, but went by it did. Thank you for the messages. I love hearing from my readers.

I got a new doll for Mother’s Day in May. She is my first Ruby Red Fashion Friend. My daughter picked out Bella for me. I love her! Her face is so close to Dianna Effner’s number 3 Little Darling sculpt, which is my favorite. (Dianna sculpted Bella too.) She is such a beauty–so smiley and happy.

It took me almost all summer, but I managed to make a couple of ensembles for Bella. I want to share them with you. The first couple for a new doll are always a bit of a test, but Bella says they are ‘perfect’.

First, I made Bella “Sun Kissed Beauty”. Surprisingly her cardigan turned out to match the coppery roses on her dress quite beautifully. I held two strands of lace weight yarn together–a rust tonal and a pink mohair/silk. Coppery shades look beautiful with her hair color don’t you think?

Her leather shoes are from Boneka. They have them sized for the Fashion Friends, but the straps were too long. I made a new slit with my Exacto knife and cut off the old slit–worked perfect. There is plenty of room in these shoes for seamstress made stockings too.

My second ensemble for Bella involved a little more time dedication since I knew it would be something that she’d like to wear. I made a few adjustments to the cardigan to make it fit better and took more time with the embroidery.

Since finishing these two for Bella I’ve completed a holiday set for her, one for Rose, and am finishing up one for Kaye Wiggs’ MSD sized girls. It’s still a little early to show you those, but I will soon.

The summer here in northern Illinois was very dry. So dry in fact that we were in a drought for quite a number of months. The beginning of autumn has been strange too. Since we are no longer in a drought, the grass is now green and growing long like it should have in the summer. There is hardly any autumn color, and it remains warm; the leaves are turning brown-ish and then falling. We’ve had no frost and the flowers are still blooming. In my mind it is early September, not mid October. I wonder what winter will bring for us. One never knows…

So, that’s my unremarkable summer in a nutshell. Oh, I turned 60 in July! That’s a big one!

I hope to chat more often with you here. Is that something you’d like to see–more blog posts from me? I cannot always promise my posts will be filled with dolly stuff, but there are other things to talk about too… if you’d enjoy reading about other things that is. Please let me know.

Take care. Sending you virtual hugs 🤗, and kisses from my dolls.