Volks’ White Rose: Ladylike Dress

Pintucks & poufy sleeves, I cannot resist! It’s been awhile since I’ve bought dolly outfits, and as I’m still unpacking what I already have and need to sort through it, I really have no business bringing any more home.  The White Rose collection from Volks usually consists of Victorian & Edwardian inspired “whites”… so much love!  I just happened to check the website late Saturday night, and The White Rose Ladylike Dress was one of the only sets that hadn’t completely sold out. Joy!

Aaaand a sneak peak at the Doll Nursery being unpacked… STILL!  Look at all the treasures, I’m unpacking goodies that haven’t seen the light of day for 4+ years, and two moves ago! Oops!

Sweet dolly chaos! Oy! What I'm doing today...

Happy Volks Dolpa 21 Regular Items… woo!

First time in nearly two years I’ve managed to schedule myself for a Volks USA shopping event! But I made it, 10:59:47 fingers poised at the ready for Dolpa 21 Regular Items sale! It is like getting concert tickets, oy! Too stressful.
You can go see what is left over now.
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Cutie Witch Dress & Whiterose Tea Brown Dress Set are comin’ home to meeeeeeeeeee!

Who’s That Girl? Noël!

The first addition to the Noël collection for WTG since their debut four years ago! Noël Autumn/Winter 2007! Also the Selfish Winter collection is on the dark side as well. Yay!

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I’m in love with the the Goth-Slavic-Bohemian winter look. Very different! I hope they have this stuff at LA Dolpa. And that reminds me… I’m so excited for Dolpa! Volks spoiled us with all those tea parties last year, I’ve gone into withdrawal. It is a good thing though, I would have been completely punished as this year we’ve been so busy/harassed.

By the Sea

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When it rains (on the high seas), it pours (on the high seas). Everybody’s got their summer sailors on. Ondine has dragged Lysander off to the sea side for his health. Miss Ardelphia is helping, of course.
The scenery is not google-sourced, I might add! An actual shot I took of the Brighton Pier last summer. (kisses to Alex–we miss you!) Please ignore the fall garden in the rest of ’em. Masking is laborious, and I’m not frugal enough to refrain from showing all 2837434 pictures of my pretties. Including Butter, of course, who was cavorting in the background throughout.

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October Sun

I actually caught Mr. Kallisti off-guard yesterday. I had repainted Miette last week, and did her up properly last night with a new frock from Volks and new wig from Leeke (both the girls are wearing the new “champagne pink” color). I told him she was my NEW DOLL. Knowing that I’d gotten a box from Volks that day (which was really just the outfit and art supplies), and then I kicked him for not recognizing her.  Not fair really.  :p

Anyway, some new pix of Astræa and Miette in the garden. Not good for showing off Miette’s new face-up, or anything other than my sucking at the chiaroscuro with a camera :p But you can see Astræa’s new dress that I somehow whipped up between hell & high water this summer. It is made out of three different scraps of embroidered edwardian batiste, over tea dyed seersucker. I luvs it.

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And here, my lovelies, are my first plants planted.

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We get coastal fog and are much breezier than most of California, but
our yard is on a sun facing hillside and gets the full blast all
day. So I’m going full-on mediterranean. Not intentional at first, originally just a matter of taste, until I started reading up on it and how all the hot, dry, low
water plants (aside from native) that I’ve chosen are common med
varieties. Just starting with the fragrant shrubs that I can eat:
lavender, rosemary, with oregano and thyme in the tiny herb patch we’re
putting in what was once an oval pond!  About ten by three feet, there are still traces of blue paint.
This was entirely covered over with dirt when we arrived, only much
scraping has revealed it. I put in a little bird bath in the corner. We
hadn’t even gotten the lavender and rosemary in the ground before the
bees and butterflies were fluttering. This garden is amazing. So many
birds. We have four hummingbirds that hang out at our feeder, Mr.
Kallisti (and Biscuit) can tell them all apart!

Yeah, so I’m a famous plant killer. One of the reasons I really need
shrubs etc that thrive well naturally. I’m going to try to baby them to
get them started. I love the smells already! Gah! It is a start anyhow,
we’ll be getting more top soil to pretty up the surfaces soon. Our
nursery was out. Meh!?!?

And on that note, I’m cooking pasta with fresh garden vegetables given to us as a welcome to the neighborhood prezzie from one of our lovely neighbors.  We’re the only couple under 85 on our block, and most of them have been here since just after WWII.  It is really lovely up here! Sigh…

It must be (almost) October in Dollyland!

Lost Angeles Dolpa! Something to look forward to:

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Baby the Stars Shine Bright… we get a second chance! Waaah! Good thing, cuz I’m not jonesing for any of the other special releases. Heh.
Trick or Treat! Volks’ October Collection… swoony!

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I love the crazy boy shoes with that outfit. They’re also getting better with the hats. I’m not hating them so much.
I’m still here though. Still fixing my blog. Working on the backend at DoA. Working at work.
But I’m flying out to Chicago at 6am tomorrow to attend the Adobe Max conference and taking Mr. Kallisti with me so I don’t have to fly alone :p
I’m such a noodle.
But we’re staying at The Allerton, which looks super swank, and is right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile. So go me! I may be a Flash in the pan, but it’ll take some Ajax to get those Flex out. Or I could just photoshop it.
Har-har.
OMG, look! A couple of my dolls!
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Astræa & Aphra sitting on their new mantle. Astræa is wearing a dress I made between all the chaos. The over dress is out of scraps of embroidered edwardian batiste, over green and white seersucker I tea-dyed ages ago. My own pattern *proud*

Alice & the Pirates

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After having lost the Volks lottery for the A&P outfit last month, I pulled myself up and made the pattern included with Volume 8 of DollyBird for the Alice & the Pirates dress. If I weren’t so overwhelmed this month I’d make all three patterns… but I have stuff to do! Lulu looks fantastic, don’t she? They didn’t include the hat pattern, so I had to figure that one out myself. Oy! I used inkjet decals for dark fabric to get the patterns on the dress. It turned out really well, I think!
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I also had the very great fortune to get invited to have dinner with the Isobe’s of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright here in San Francisco a few weeks ago. I’ll make more hay about that at a later date.
I just want to say though, that VIZ Media/VIZ Pictures, the lovely folks who hosted the dinner, will be building and opening the VIZ J-Pop Center in San Francisco’s Japan Town some time in 2008. Including a small theater featuring anime and Japanese live action films. It sounds like it will be all kinds of amazing!