Monday, December 15, 2014

'Dollidays Photo Card' - a Vinyl Girls supplement

Our Christmas Card!
(For Jeneca Rose's [Vinyl Girls] Card Swap!)
Kirsten and Charlotte are best friends, and we don't always get to showcase that.
Also, in the past, we've tried to photograph all seven dolls, but it's usually not a great fit for a card. 
So, Blaire and I decided that one of each of our dolls would be featured on this year's card.

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

'IV Dolls of Christmas: Advent Week III' - With Kirsten

Season's Greetings from Kirsten and Blaire!

Even though the third week of Advent (Rose Week!) starts tomorrow, we have made the executive decision to post today, December 13th, because of one very awesome reason...

For all of you who know who she is, you, too, will be excited.
 But for those of you who don't know, we'll let Kirsten explain.

Hi! My name is Kirsten Larson. I emigrated from Sweden to America in 1854 to live on my family's farm in Minnesota. We celebrate Saint Lucia's Day on December 13th each year, to commemorate the Roman martyr who is the patron saint of light. 
So, each December 13th, my girl cousins and I dress up in a white robe with a red sash, a wreath with lit candles on it, and we feed our family breakfast. This is a special moment for my whole family, as we do something that everyone can relate to--sharing our values and love with each other.
I hope that you might be interested in this too, and maybe that you would be interested in sharing this tradition with your family.

As a special gift to you, we have made a sample menu for you to peruse, and use, if you are so inclined!

Here's the menu!
(You can download it as a JPEG)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Oh My Grace! We have pictures of GOTY 2015!!!...

But they are copyrighted, so please go to Doll Diaries to see them!

Her pet is a bulldog, she has blue eyes and a black bob, and she's sitting down in her book's cover image, so she may (I'm completely speculating) be handicapped.

Just a possibly,

We'll keep you updated!!

PS- A happy birthday to our cousin Lyla!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

'IV Dolls of Christmas: Advent: Week II' - with Addy


Addy has arrived!

It is week two of the Advent season, which means that we are one week closer to the joyous birth of Jesus!

Addy is Baptist, and does not celebrate Advent, per se, but she enjoys the festivities and pizzazz.

(Also, she is dressed to the tens in her Face on the Cover clothes. Watch for episode 1.2, out soon!)

Addy, along with Charlotte, celebrates Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrating African heritage in the United States.

Addy would like to point out that though she was born before the 1960's, when Kwanzaa began, she believes it is important to learn about your heritage, whatever it may be.

(Kit is German, Ruthie is English, Charlotte is Irish-Nigerian, Kirsten is Swedish, Samantha in English, Aileen is Irish)

(So, what does that mean??

We have an awful lot of holiday celebrations this Dolliday season!)

But, back to Addy, our dear, brilliant orator:

Hello! My name is Aduke Walker, but you can call me Addy. 
My favorite Christmas memory is from 1864, my first Christmas as a freedwoman. 
I was in my church's shadow play, and my Poppa came home to my Momma and I.
After that, my whole family reunited, and we were happy.
I have found that Church is my joy and that nothing is more special to me than faith, family, and friends (Like Sarah!)
Merry Christmas!
Love, love, love,

So, there you have it.

Look for more Dolliday posts soon!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

'A Visit from St. Nich' - a dolliday celebration- Part II

Hiya, folks!!

He came!

He stuck ginger on our door and presents in our shoes!

(From left) 
A baseball in Charlotte's shoes, because Otter likes to play catch with Kit; a peppermint teabag in Kit's because Otter likes to help K. unwind; An O-P-I nail polish for Ruthie (of course!); and a Lollia parfum for Aduke.


Happy Dollidays, and look for more posts soon!

Friday, December 5, 2014

'A Visit From St. Nich' - a dolliday celebration - Part I


The girls and I are eager for St. Nicholas to come. After Ruthie begged and begged and begged, the other dolls (who though they were too old) put their shoes out for good  ol' St. Nich.
All except for Charlotte, who is somewhat removed from Turkish culture (where St. Nich originates from).
However, she does like Turkish delight (Narnia!!). 
I digress.

(From left-Charlotte's, Kit's, Ruthie's, and Addy's shoes)
So, what do you think the little guy will bring them?
I am just as curious as you!

PS- a Happy Birthday Shout-Out to our cousin Bay!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Four Dolls of Christmas: Advent: Week I' -with Charlotte


Blaire and I have decided to do a 'Christmas Around the States' feature for our blog,

Today, Charlotte, who's Irish and Nigerian, will discuss her favorite traditions.

I celebrates Nollaig na mBan, or Little Women's Christmas, on January 6th, the date of the Epiphany. It is an Irish tradition in which the men and boys of the house cook and clean for the women. Usually, my mum, aunt and I go do something fun in Georgetown. In 1984, when I was nine, I ran around Mount Vernon with my Jewish friend, Rhiannon. 
I also celebrate Kwanzaa with my family. My mum believes it is very important to know my African roots, and she even bought me the mini-series "Roots" (based on the book by Alex Haley) for Kwanzaa a few years ago. Dr. Maulana Karenga started Kwanzaa in the sixties, and my family has celebrated ever since.

Thanks for your time, Charlotte!

(PS- Read all about Charlotte's adventures on WattPad!)