Saturday, October 28, 2017


One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

                  --Emily Dickinson

This is Lady Camellia

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friendly Monsters

It's the perfect time of year for Yellow Marshmallow (the Middie) and Mandy Cotton Candy (the Neo) to break out their monster-themed stock outfits. 

Mandy's cute monster purse was the prize in a recent giveaway in a Facebook group--I was the winner! (The maker, Sarah Hearn, sells them in her Etsy shop, ErikosEmporium.) It's been a great week for winning, between this prize and the great things I won at BlytheCon Brooklyn. My luck is so good right now, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn Goody Bag Contents

Last but not least, I want to show off what was in the goody bag I received at BlytheCon Brooklyn. Here it is: 

It was full of so many things! About half of it was donated by people who make and sell things for Blythe; some of them gave coupons, while others included the actual items (I can make a whole outfit with the top from Mota, the skirt from Tiki Doll Designs, the stockings from The Daughter Who Sews, and the hair bow from Earth Angels Studios! The remaining half of the items were bought especially for the goody bags to fit the 1980's theme. They include the cute mug, a rubic's cube for me and a tiny paper one for my dolls, stickers, an enamel pin, lip balm and a note pad. 

Every goody bag had a scratch off ticket that revealed the number that could be redeemed for a prize. My husband was with me, so I got to claim his scratch off prize too! I got this beautiful hand-knit sweater from Suzanne Kamal/Ruby Begoina (I know Suzanne on Facebook!), and a pair of floral dresses with long socks from MiniJijo on Etsy. Thank you both!

I also want to thank everyone who donated and especially the organizing team who worked so hard to put together this amazing event. I truly appreciate this labor of love. It was a wonderful day of talking, shopping, and sharing our love of Blythe.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn Raffle Prizes

At the end of my last post I teased you with a picture of me clutching this box in glee...and one reader actually knows what's inside. Colette messaged me to say that she suspects that it contains a set of bedding, and an actual bed, from Florence and Taylor on Etsy, and she is correct!

Look at how gorgeous this is!! Layer upon layer of soft and beautiful covers, and a lot of matching pillows, two of which have Brooklyn and BlytheCon images on them. The color scheme is so soft and pretty. 

The bed is quite lovely too, with the tufted headboard. What you can't see is that the set also includes a perfect little mattress. I wish I could sleep in this bed, but I have to leave it to my Blythes. Maisy, my Spright Beauty, seems to love it.

I still can't believe I won this fabulous gift. Thank you Abi Monroe!

But wait--there's more! I won another prize in the raffle drawing: this very cute Blythe-sized bicycle. It's pink! Perfect! Bridget (Allegra Champagne) will be the first to give it a try. 

It's hard to believe, but I still need to make another post to show you the rest of the loot I got from BlytheCon Brooklyn. My goody bag was full of fun little things that I want to show off. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn, Oct. 22 2017

To get to BlytheCon Brooklyn, my husband and I left early in the morning and drove to Washington DC (from Williamsburg Virginia), then took the train into NYC. Are we there yet?

When we first arrived at 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn, the crowds were so thick around the 37 vendor tables that I couldn't see a thing! Later in the afternoon I went upstairs to a small balcony to take this picture. The vendors are all in the front half of the space (they also line the walls to the right and left of this picture...I couldn't get everything in). 

Looking up, you can see that this is a wide-open building with lots of light coming in from above. Gidget was quick to make friends with the dolls next to us at our table.

These were my favorite vendor tables:

Zolala! from the Netherlands. I love the Blythe-size wagon and the two custom dolls giving a musical performance! I guess a lot of other people liked this display too, because it won Best Vendor Display.

I Have Wings from Argentina. I adore the hand-drawn city scenery!

Hanon from Japan. Simple and elegant. (This picture was taken later in the day, when most of the items on the table had already been sold.)

Earth Angels Studios from the USA. There was so much to see in this display! Dolls, clothes, stuffed was a feast for the eyes!

Dolly Treasures from the UK. The dolls in her table display were posed so perfectly, with so many little details all around them, that they really looked alive.

Chu Things from Australia. The three girls standing on a patch of grass was simple but eye-catching; and of course the dresses are amazing!

In addition to the beautiful vendor tables, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of Blythe dolls to look at! Stock dolls are my favorite, but I gained a greater appreciation for custom dolls by walking around and looking closely at them all. My two favorite custom dolls are in the next two pictures.

First favorite: I love the girl on the right who looks like a broken china doll.

Second favorite: the duck-face girl in the middle. She is so unique!

I won two prizes in the raffle at the end of the day! In my next post I will show you what I won. What do you think is in this box that I am so happy about?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

BlytheCon Brooklyn, Here We Come!

Tomorrow, Oct 22nd, is when BlytheCon Brooklyn happens!

I've decided to travel light: one doll (Gidget, my Cherry Beach Sunset), one bag (to carry tickets, a map, snacks, and money), and most importantly, my very helpful husband, who will be instrumental in getting me to the Con. We will leave our house in Virginia shortly after 4:00 a.m. tomorrow, and, since the train doesn't leave Williamsburg early enough in the morning, we will drive to Union Station in Washington DC and from there, catch a train to New York City. Then we will take the subway to Brooklyn, arriving at the venue around noon. When everything is over at the end of the day, we will travel back to Virginia, arriving home around 1:00 a.m. It will be a long day, but a fun one! In the coming week I'm looking forward to posting a lot of pictures from the event.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Red Hat

Instead of orange, what about red and black for Halloween?

This is Stella Serendipitous wearing a hat that my husband brought home--MY HUSBAND bought my dolls a hat!! *Faints*

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Getting Ready

Preparing for a trip is half the fun!

Gidget is preparing to come with me to BlytheCon Brooklyn on Sunday October 22nd. I bought tickets many months ago, even though I wasn't sure if we would actually go...but everything has fallen into place, so my husband and I will be on the train bright and early that Sunday morning, heading for Brooklyn! Gidget (Cherry Beach Sunset) is the obvious choice to come with us, since the theme doll for the Con is "tan dolls". There is room in my doll carrier for one more, so I may also bring my most special girl, my Kenner, Jane. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Planning Committee

A great Halloween doesn't just happen, it takes planning. Meet the planning committee. 

Vera Florentine Neo and Nellie Nibbles Middie. The Jiji cat figurines are from the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".

Monday, October 9, 2017


She sleeps well most of the year; but in October, Penny always develops a case of insomnia. 

Cloud 9 Bowl

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nothing but Treats Here

ALWAYS choose the treat.

This is Mod Molly...again...I've had her for several years, but this is the first time I've used her for autumn and Halloween pictures. What was I waiting for? She's perfect!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Decorating

After decorating her room with a Halloween theme, Charity had just one thought: 

"It needs more spiders!"

She is Mod Molly

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Fall!

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, 
fluttering from the autumn tree.
                        --From "Fall, Leaves, Fall" by Emily Bronte

This is Mod Molly in her stock dress and socks (the hat is by Elifins, and the boots are from Supabonbonniere2 on Etsy.) She has the perfect coloring to represent autumn.