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The Making Of : Dinner Time In Our House

The Making Of : Dinner Time In Our House

I’ve been wanting to take a picture of my whole family of girls for some time but as you can imagine its quite a challenge to get them all in a picture without it looking a mess. The inspiration for this picture came from the street parties held in England normally to celebrate a royal occasion such as the Queens Carnation or Jubilee.   This picture would enable me to get all the girls in in an organised chaos… haha… If you know what I mean! My starting point was the long table and bench. I used two 240cm (94 inches) long pieces of wood for the benches and a plank the same length for the table. I propped the table up with two cylinder containers at each end. I’m not very good at DIY so i made the job as basic as possible! I then put elastic bands down the lengths of the benches to keep the girls in place and crochet needles to help position them at certain angles.     I had to take the picture looking down over the girls in order to get their faces in… some looking up and some looking away in the most natural way as possible.   It took so long to set up that by the time I was finished it was too dark to take the picture so I had to wait for the following day!! The funnest part of setting up this picture was setting the table! As soon as the table cloth was on and the places were set it looked just like a real dinner setting!...
Teds Holiday Snaps!

Teds Holiday Snaps!

Clairel and RanRan after a long day at the beach! Prune having a drink in the shade. Teds new best friend Pongo! The girls heading down to the beach One Rum Cola too many Poolside Prune can’t get to the beach quick enough! Sparrow and Brony ready for their close...
Meet Eileen and Bernadette

Meet Eileen and Bernadette

Let me introduce you to my daughter Bernadette whom I actually call Dolly! She was my first little dolly long before any of the girls came along! I’ve called her Dolly from when she was a baby as she was the sweetest little creature I’d ever seen! I was the older sister to five brothers! My first child was a boy, a darling boy may I add called Christopher so you can imagine how over joyed I was when a little girl finally came along! Dolly has grown up into a beautiful young lady and we share many interests and do most things together! We love going to the ballet, hunting for treasures at car-boot sales and travelling… particularly Hong Kong! Oddly enough one of the things we don’t have in common is the love of dolls! At least not for the moment! When Dolly went off to the University of Arts London – London College of Communications it was her idea that i started an Instagram account. Little did we know it would lead to us publishing our own book. We began the project of ‘The Little Mischiefs’ in December last year. Between the two of us, we make a great team. Dolly is the organised and level headed one who pulls everything together whilst Im engrossed in taking pictures. Last year I was asked to create a behind the scenes film for the Blythe Con Europe. With Dolly’s knowledge of film and photography we were delighted to accept the opportunity! We had great fun filming all over Paris and managed to capture some wonderful moments. Dolly Treasures has brought me so much happiness and...
The Girls’ Clothes And Belongings

The Girls’ Clothes And Belongings

In a house with so many girls there needs to be a place for everything! Every nook and cranny has been filled, every drawer over flowing, and every clothes rail bowing. I have a secret staircase where I stash all the girls’ things. This is a real treasure trove and fills me with delight every time I’m in there. With a house full of girls comes a house full of little furry friends. Hardly a day goes by where the girls don’t bring in a stray cat or dog off of the street and of course these need a home too. All the little furry friends sit on a shelf so they can see what’s going on. They don’t like to be locked away and most of the time they’re not sitting on the shelf at all but getting dragged into all sorts of mischief with the girls!   Most of the girls’ clothes and shoes have an old fashioned look to them so I like to store everything in old vintage cabinets and drawers. These little drawers are perfect for neatly storing shoes because of all the compartments! In the top drawer I store all the girl’s 1950’s Barbie Ballerina tutus and bags. Amongst the girls’ things I keep all my haberdashery which I’ve collected for years. Silk ribbons, vintage cotton reals, silk threads and cards of antique lace! The list goes on and on! These things are such a feast for the eyes that I like to keep them on display where I can see and admire them.       These old office drawers are perfect for...
Meet The Girls!

Meet The Girls!

Can you begin to imagine what it’s like living in a house with so many girls?! Each girl has their own little personality so I thought I would introduce you to each and every one of them!! Name – Clairel Adopted From – Vainilla Dolly Hobbies – Being very, very naughty! About – Clairel never goes anywhere without her beloved Teddy. She may be very naughty but she’s the sweetest little girl you could ever wish for and is always very, very sorry when she gets caught doing things she shouldn’t!             Name – Nona Adopted From – Erregiro Dolls Hobbies – Nona loves taking care of  little orphaned animals About – Nona is our little Russian girl who travelled by train all the way from Moscow with her little Kitty to Needham Market here in Suffolk. She has many interesting stories to tell the girls and she has a lovely little singing voice.     Name – Robin Adopted From – Umami Baby Hobbies – Robin loves poetry About – Robin is a day-dreamer and spends all day secretly writing notes in her poetry book. One day she hopes to get published.                 Name – Peach Adopted From – Tiina Customs Hobbies – Eating Ice Cream About – Peach is a very good little girl but is easily led astray and ends up getting into trouble when it’s not her fault. Most of all she loves to gobble all things sweet and you’ll normally find her in the corner with an ice cream or a marshmallow. Name –...
The Story of Dolly Treasures

The Story of Dolly Treasures

I have always loved dolls and over the years I’ve amassed a large collection of vintage and antique dolls from doll fares, antique shops, flea markets, carboot sales, anywhere I could hunt them out. Whilst searching on eBay I came across a Kenner Blythe. I’d had a beautiful red head one as a child but my brother had broken it whilst opening it up to see how the eye mechanism worked so on rediscovering them all the nostalgia came flooding back to me and I was hooked! When my daughter Bernadette went off to university she suggested that I created an Instagram account, it would give me a place where I could post pictures of my Blythe’s. She thought it would be an interesting site and a fun thing for me to do. At the same time it would be a way for us to communicate while she was away as she knew I would miss her. Looking back now I see how astute she was! Oh what fun it was! They no longer sat sadly on the shelf gathering dust, but were dressed and fussed and photographed just like little girls. It was so exciting, I’d post my picture and at once there would be a like or a comment, and vice versa! A whole new world was opened up! There were already a number of Blythe accounts on Instagram and I soon had an insatiable appetite to learn all there was to know… and oh my goodness how much there was to know! It didn’t take me long before I started to seek out all the wonderful...