Monday, December 31, 2012

On the Sixth Day ...

On the Sixth day of Christmas... Six Dracalauras were hanging out and getting ready for the ringing in of the New Year.  All the best to all for 2013!!.

And one for the New year (it's from last year but works for tonight)

A safe and Happy New Year to all!! Feliz Año Neuvo!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

On the Fifth Day continued...

Well, on the Fifth day my true love gave to me five golden dolls....
I spent the day looking at the different dolls, deboxing some that were still in their cages and realizing that I had more than 5 favourites, 10 at least but I weeded them down to 5 so here they are:

In the FR category, I picked Truly, Madly, Deeply Agnes.  I have only two Agnes in my collection, a woeful representation of such a Diva, but for some reason they elude me.  My favourite is actually Regal Estate Agnes and even last year at convention, I managed to miss getting one of the heads.  This year's Webinar offering though has the snotty look and the interesting wardrobe to remedy my loss.  I love both the chartreuse dress and the Valentino copy suit.  The jewellery, especially the cuff is wonderful and I would wear in big size. 

In the Nu face category, I was stuck between Rocking Ever After Lillith and Frame by Frame Imogen.  I have the other Imogens and I have liked this sculpt since she came out but this doll has a subtle, simple, elegant look to her.  She turned out to be a great convention doll for me.  She really is a Miami girl.  The turquoise jewellery stands out beautifully with her tan complexion.

My Poppy turned out to be Sea Breeze, the table centerpiece at the Luncheon and this makes two for two centerpieces at my two conventions.  I adore Poppy and except for a few girls, have them all since the beginning.  She reminds me of my love for Vintage Barbie and the time that I love in fashion.  I was a child of the 70's, which is not a wonderful fashion time, but she harkens to a more favourable clothing time.  Plus who doesn't love clam diggers with seahorses on them.

For Victoire, I luckily have all the releases so far and I love them all but I had to pick one so - Place Vendôme it is.  As I was unpacking her today to take pictures, I realized that she is missing her earrings and pearl choker.  This is the first time that I have missed something from my FR boxes, but I made do with some other earrings and I guess I will email patient care about another set.  I should have checked while at the hotel.  Anyway, she fits in nicely with my gowned Silkies and that 40's, 50's glamour girls.

Lastly, I had to include one Silkie as this year was wonderful in the selections and I ended up getting all 5 girls.  Last year, with the Russian theme, I sat on the fence too long and missed out on all of them except for Darla, but this year I made sure to get them before they sold out and 3 out of the 5 did. Her pale yellow gown is diaphanous and the red hair is perfect with it.  The grey accents just lend a sophisticated air to the whole look and she rounds out the 5.

Till tomorrow...

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

For the fifth day I am trying to post my 5 favourites from 2012 but am having a very hard time to decide on only 5.  That's like asking me to pick what to take on a deserted island if I could choose.  I am going to try and pick one from each group below.  And I am only going to pick from dolls I have in my collection so High Profile Eugenia is out as I didn't win her.  (Sad face)

I have narrowed it down to the list below and will post the picture later today.

Monograms -  Inspiration or Admiration
FR - Haute Societe Vero, The Sweet Smell of Success Vero or Truly, Madly, Deeply Agnes
Victoire Roux - Place Vendome or Champs-Elysees
Nu Face - Frame by Frame Imogen or Rocking Ever After Lillith, (I know she's from last year but she came this year)
Poppy Parker - Sea Breeze, The Happening, Baby It's You, Dream Teen or Lilac Frost
Barbie - one of the Silkies, they were all great for me.

Stay tuned for picture later.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

On the Fourth Day of Christmas....

On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave me 4 Calling Birds...

Today I'll post 4 pictures of some of my Mini Lalas having fun, as they tend to wherever we go.  They hide in my purse until I take them out for random shots of things and places.  The bigger dolls are too cumbersome to travel with sometimes so these are the perfect size to carry around.

Watching the sun go down in Montego Bay, Jamaica on a perfect summer night. 

Looking for buried treasure on the beach.

Hanging around the Hyatt during the FR convention waiting for the big girls to take over all the action.

Niagara Falls in the Fall. 

Till tomorrow.

Friday, December 28, 2012

On the third Day of Christmas...

On the Third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me Three French Hens.  No, I'm not Martha Stewart so I don't have three french hens pecking around so I will post Three New Pictures of my Poppys.  Yesterday I spent some time deboxing some of the dolls that came throughout the year, both from my dealers and from the W club.  It was like Poppypalozza here.  I love all my dolls but I think that I especially love the Poppys. 

The Happening in all her grooveness, (I know it's not really a word) and She's Not There who is very Twiggiyish.  I know some people didn't like her eyes, or the fact that she didn't look exactly as her promo shots did, but she is charming and elfish to me. 

The tanned beauty known as Sweet Confection from last year.  She is finally free from her box.  

The two Club dolls this year - Dream Teen, the upgrade doll and Lilac Frost, the club offering.  Both are terrific, but DT has the facial screening that I prefer in my Poppys.  Playing with them certainly brightened up the day yesterday, where we had our first significant snowfall of the year. 

Till tomorrow!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

End of 2012

Well, the year is finally coming to a close and 2013 is around the corner waiting for us with open arms.  It has been a most wonderful, exciting year.  I have had the good luck to travel, meet new people and especially new doll people, get wonderful new dolls and thoroughly enjoy myself this year.  Every year it seems as though the days fly by, and this year was no exception, but still, 2012 managed to be a great year.  There is a saying that I heard once and that I like to repeat around this time as we make a toast - May your best day this year, be your worst day next year.  I have my family, my health, (with a few twinges in my back), a wonderful job and the means to enjoy my doll collection. 

I know that in October I said that I would be posting again and then nothing, as once more the days went by.  I had wonderful ideas but did not execute them and now here we are in the last few days of the year.  I thought that I would try to post a picture a day as I count down the Twelve days of Christmas leading up to the Spanish tradition of the Three Kings, Los Tres Magos, arriving on January 6 with presents.  Even though I was born in  Canada, my parents are from Spain, and they tried to keep up with traditions from there.  Of course, at home we celebrate a lovely Christmas with many presents and such but I still try to get everyone a Three Kings gift. 

Now yesterday, our Boxing Day, would be the First day of Christmas and no I don't have a Partridge in a Pear tree, but will post a favourite Christmas picture from my tree this year. 

This year I also started working on my doll/media room for the first time since we moved to this house.  I found some great new shelves at Ikea and have started that as my winter project, because it also means fixing the basement where most of the dolls live right now, in boxes and out.  When it's nice outside, I don't want to be in the basement so it's perfect for this year of the year.  I just need two more new shelves and then, hopefully all the beauties will be displayed.

Now, today is the Second Day of Christmas, so I will post another picture...

The Mini Lalas are having fun hanging out by the Christmas Illuminated Balls.  These little cuties continue to travel around with me and I must post all their adventure pictures as I get caught up with this blog.

On that note, I leave you all until tomorrow.