Friday, January 20, 2017

Read Everywhere

One of the best things about reading is that 
you can do it almost any time, any place. 
For example, you can read in the downstairs hallway 
while waiting for your slowpoke sisters 
to get ready to go in the morning. Like Tess.

Prima Dolly Peony

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Read a Book

Never put off until tomorrow
the book you can read today. 

In a book I once read, a father and daughter ran a book store. Every afternoon they would close the store for an hour, make tea, and choose books from the shelves to read. I think the world would be a happier place if everyone took a reading break every day!

You can easily make little books for your dolls, like the ones I made in this photo. Just google "book covers" and choose what you like. Save the images to your computer, then reduce them to dolly size using a photo editing site or Microsoft Word (which I used). Print them onto card stock and cut out. I filled the book with pages that I cut from an old dictionary. A little glue along the binding edge holds them in place. 

These Blythes are Bow Wow Trad (left) and Petit Dejeuner (right).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Friendly Visit

The road to a friend's house
is never long.

--Danish Proverb

This Blythe doll is Ichigo Heaven.  You might have noticed that I played with the colors a bit...
her hair isn't really this intensely pink! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Hat for Every Head

Sometimes the girl wears the hat,
 sometimes the hat wears the girl. 

When I first got into Blythe, I noticed that there was a huge variety of hats, hairbands, and fascinators available for her, which made perfect sense to me: since her head is her most prominent feature, why not play it up? I started buying and making a lot of hats, with the idea that I wanted something fun and different to go on the head of each of my girls. But as I got more into taking photos of them, I realized that the hat often gets in the way of the little story I want to tell with the picture--a big hat can be a distraction.  Now, I only use a hat in a picture when it helps tell the story; or, as in the case of this photo, when the hats ARE the story!

That's My Little Candy on the left, and Petit Dejeuner on the right.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Skyline Memories

Whenever we see this Dunkin Donuts mug with the New York skyline, Candy and I reminisce about the fun time we had together at Blythe Con New York in 2013. It was the first Blythe Con for both of us, and this mug was a souvenir from that trip.

This year, Blythe Con will be held in Brooklyn in October, and I have tickets! The theme dolls are "tanned girls". I haven't broken that news to Candy yet.

This Blythe is My Little Candy.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Beautiful and Blue

The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you.

--from the song "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles

When I first started collecting Blythe in 2012, I didn't get the appeal of Miss Sally Rice (on the left). To me, she looked a little strange and different from most Blythes, with her translucent face and bigger lips. Then suddenly, I loved her and had to have her! I don't know exactly why, but it may be that the very fact that she is different made her special to me. That, and her awesome blue-green hair. 

Fast forward to 2016, and the moment I saw the announcement for UFO A Go Go, I knew I had to have her--there was no question about it! Her gorgeous aqua blue hair and pale face with salmon lips and blush make her so appealing to me. 

They both have great stock outfits, as you can see here. Aren't they beautiful together?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Best Friends

Be slow to fall into friendship, 
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. 


These Blythe dolls are Cousin Olivia on the left, and Precocious Candy's Mushroom on the right. Because they are BFF's, they are wearing parts of each other's stock outfits.