Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Meet June, a new retro Our Generation doll!

Here is my newest 18" doll!
I really do love the Our Generation dolls, and am so pleased that Hudsons Bay downtown has a large collection.
Last week the whole area was on sale 20% off!
If only I had more room...
But June came home with me, and is happy exploring her new surroundings.

 The temps this past week have been amazingly hot, and the sunshine is dazzling! My garden is in full bloom.

 Here is what June looked like before I took her out of her box. She was very sturdily stuck in there, let me tell you!

 June is wearing a beautiful outfit from Maplelea, a Canadian 18" doll company which makes really good quality clothes and dolls.

 I had been eyeing this outfit for some time, and it came on sale for $37 Cdn; top, skirt, jacket, purse and shoes!

 I also got this cute set for only $25 Cdn!
It came with all these things; tennis dress, panties, hat, socks, shoes, towel, hair bands, bag, tennis racket and ball!
It was all shipped for only $9.00 Cdn. Love it!

By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A cold wet spring day.

Nanea and her new friend (nameless so far) are just finishing a pretty puzzle of a Hawaiian scene.
It was bought for only $1.25 at Dollar Tree and was really fun to make. (my new hobby at the moment)

We've had an extremely cold and wet spring.
My flower garden loves the rain, but I can't work in the garden when it's wet. In between the torrential downpours I scurry out and weed a bit. I did get some perennials planted last week and I nearly ruined my right knee. It doesn't like to kneel on the ground anymore!
I'll have to get Nanea to do it for me...

By Loretta Houben

Thursday, April 5, 2018

1960's fashions!

Here I am in 1965!
Yes, I grew up in the 60's and 70's and it now feels rather like the "dark ages"! Do you see my parent's PINK PHONE in the background? It's a landline phone too! And we ourselves still have one of those. I like to be connected to a wall.
I loved the suit above; it was very comfortable. I thought I'd re-create some 1960 fashions for my 18" AG dolls.

 I found a copy of this pattern in my extensive files.
It matches exactly! I have a different pattern for the pleated skirt which I will use, but this jacket is perfect.
Now I need to find blue fabric. Stay tuned!

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jenna, my Maplelea doll which I won in 2009!

Do you like to enter contests? I sure do!
In November of 2009 I entered a contest at Urban Moms (no longer in existence). I submitted a paragraph of why I enjoyed being a Canadian. A few weeks later, Jen, the author of the site, emailed and said I'd been one of five winners! I had my choice of a Maplelea Canadian doll!

I picked Jenna, because she has red hair and green eyes and is from Nova Scotia. She has an Anne of Green Gables outfit which I plan to purchase really soon.

Jenna arrived on December 16, 2009.
She came in a lovely box and has a cute journal.

Here is a comparison of 3 18" dolls;
Samantha, an American Girl doll; Jenna; and Elsie Dinsmore, a Life of Faith doll.

Here is the lovely Maplelea box.
I traded my Jenna to Sarah Jean when I got interested in Bleuette dolls in 2010. Now I wish I had kept Jenna!
By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you all!
I did take a picture of Alika and Nanea but forgot to post it here until today.
It's always a very busy time here as Robert and I were married on April 3rd a long time ago, and then his birthday is April 4th! Usually Easter lands along with all that celebration, so it does get busy.
This year Robert had gall bladder surgery on March 14, then our dear little JRT died suddenly on Mar 17.
It was a hard week.
Playing with dolls and dressing them up really does help. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter day.

By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wearing of the green!

These photos were taken 5 years ago, in 2013. This was before the great flood on my window seat, when the Bleuette's home was still intact. I really enjoyed sewing for them, and dressing them up. I made the dress which Zoe is wearing (2nd from left) and the one on the right.

 I made the little banner and the paper hat too.

 Aren't they cute?
I always made sure I wore green in high school, or my friend Wendy would pinch me hard! I'm glad that I've stepped foot in Ireland, even if it was for only one night. 

By Loretta Houben

Friday, March 2, 2018

Mini doll Valentine scene...and other nice things.

I'm trying to get my mini dolls more involved with my life. Why have dolls if you don't play with them once in a while?
I'm planning to switch out a scene for each holiday for them in 2018.
Here is my little scene for Valentine's Day. I created the banner from foam stickers and ribbon.

I took a piece of foam board and covered it with fabric.
I measured it to fit the back of the cubby on my computer desk. I think it turned out well. It was very easy to do!

The furniture is from Our Generation and is very cute. 
It came with a table, 2 chairs, and the cutlery and dishes.
I added the pillows and the Valentine cake.

This is a Valentine design I created for a few cards I made to send out to doll friends. I love to make cards.

I participated in a lovely Valentine swap online, and this is what my new friend sent to me, including cute items for my dolls. I just love it!
It's such fun to meet new friends online, and send nice things to each other.

By Loretta Houben