Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Getting ready for the Valentine's Day and Birthday Tea Party at Little Jo's Doll Party.

Every one was having so much fun getting ready for the B'Day and V'Day Tea Party that Little Jo and Nora had been planning since Christmas that Grandma Just couldn't resist taking some pictures.  All of the new little babies were in the upper bunk of their new bed playing with the little stuffed animals that they had received for Valentine's Day.  They each received a cute felt Valentine heart from grandma and a cute Ty stuffed animal.  There were bears, puppies, and a silly little fluffy pink guinea pig.  The older doll's wanted necklaces and bracelets to go with their outfits.  Some of the dolls brought their musical instruments to practice on  so they could perform a birthday song for Maggie (Mags turned thirteen years old this week).   My goodness time does march on.  So much has happened over the past few weeks.  Grandma found new friends for the dolls and LOTS of fun things at the thrift stores that every dollie wants and needs.  Like a purple day bed and a pink bunk bed with pink flowers stenciled on the sides......

And a darling puppy plush toy the perfect size to be Nora's new BFF.  He is a black and tan boxer pup that has been named Pugsly.  See Pugsly sitting between our new friends Molly and a doll named  JLY #23 (we all think that is a silly name for a girl) we don't know her forever name yet but we are thinking about it.  That's me (little Jo) with our new baby cousin Genie doll.  Real baby cousin Genie is walking and running all over the place now.  Oh yea, she is starting to talk too!

The most fun we had all week was playing with the new baby dolls.  They are so cute!  First a Bitty Twin Girl Dill with pretty brown hair jumped into the cart at the Goodwill store.  She had the cute pink onesie AG sleeper on and a very messy pony tail scrunched onto the top of her head.  She has a couple of little mark's on her chin and left cheek but Grandma is bleaching them with Zap-Zit Benzoil  Peroxide.  It works best in direct sun light but there is very little sun shining here in Ohio during the month of February.
Bitty Twin being sun bathing in the back yard. 
Our Bitty Twin has her own tiny little bitty baby.

Not too long after that a Bitty Baby jumped in the shopping cart at the VOA store up the street and around the corner (just two blocks past the Goodwill store)  Bitty baby had no clothes on and was just laying there amongst a tangled mess of arms and legs of dozens of baby dolls all in one big laundry basket.
Today Bitty baby has a cute little pink and yellow dress with a pair of yellow and white socks and white bloomers on.  With her forest green heart toting plush frog she looks like she is ready for the V'Day party.  The little fellow between Bitty Twin Girl And Bitty Baby is thought to be a  Berenguer Lots Of Love baby doll. He has a Beanie Baby Pink Dazzler plush bear. He was in the basket with .......
 Our new Genie dolly.
Genie is a BSB (Baby So Beautiful) doll.  She came is this pretty floral dress and she has wigged hair.  The hair is nice and full, very cute!  She has a Ty plush animal named Rosa - that looks like a Guinea Pig to me!
We also came across some big girl dolls over the last week or so.  It all started when grandma got the hankering to go out thrift shopping after dinner (just to walk off a few calories, Hehehe).  We always start in the toy room first.  There are many bags of little things in bags that cost from 90 cents to $2.92 for the bigger bags.  The bag with all of the Ty Mini  plush animals was a $1.91 for all of the cute Valentine toys.  Grandma was kind of staring down to the end of the toy room with a strange look on her face.  She looked as if she had seen an apparition.  She had to get closer to if what she thought she was looking at was really there.  As we approached grandma's face took on a happy look.  A great big smile broke out when she realized that she was looking at a perfect new wooden doll bunk bed trimmed in pink.  She lifted the beds into our cart before you could blink an eye!  Then,  as she looked down to where the bed had been she saw a brand new Battat purple wrought iron trundle day bed with all of it's pieces still attached with plastic barbs.  Again the metal bed was hoisted into the cart in a heartbeat.  Grandma was beaming her happy face when suddenly her mouth dropped open and gasped at the sight of a  Disney princess fold out doll size sofa bed.  She looked at it for a moment and saw that it had indeed been used but it was still very sturdy.  She popped the Disney sofa bed into the cart and walked off to pay for every thing before anything could "disappear".  We were standing happily in line next to the display counter looking at the pricier items displayed on the shelves behind the counter when suddenly grandma's mouth dropped open again and she started looking for one of the clerks to show her a doll that was sitting at the very end of the shelf.  My goodness it was a Molly doll!  Grandma said she would take her before she even saw the price.  Our purchases were rang up and we were out of there with everything for under thirty dollars!!!
The Purple day bed  (speckled in with the bright sunlight 
coming through the shade on the windows.
Every girl has got her own story!  The same goes for our new friend Molly...
She came to us dressed in her original play outfit (except for brown loafers).
She had funny looking bloomer undies on,  they looked very silly!
The rest of her looked just like the kids we go to school with now.  Her shirt was a red white and blue plaid with itsy bitsy red buttons with real itsy bitsy button holes.  Her gray pants look like a nice corduroy with a closure on the side.  The cute saddle shoes came with Molly along with her sweet locket necklace that really opens...
Grandma had some other Molly clothes for her to wear from one of the grab bags she had bought a long time ago.
The shirt with the detachable collar has a label that says The National Wildlife Federation.  The shoes, hat, leggings, and scrunchies are all part of a Molly's red jumper outfit.  All of the other dolls kind of stared at Molly while she was changing.  She looked different from the rest of the dolls.  Her body was white!  It had no color.  It wasn't skin colored, it wasn't tan, and it wasn't brown either!  Just white, plain old powder white!
Well everyone helped her put on her new outfit and we all think she looks adorable now.
 The new day bed fits Molly Just right!
 Her scrunchies are as cute as the dickens.
 Her leggings look great with the navy blue color of her N.W.F. over shirt. Her shoes look just like Doc Marten boots with the gum bottoms.
The ribbon in her hat matches her scrunchies.
 Pugsly and our other new friend (JLY #23 we think) fit very nicely on 
the day bed with Molly.  Lots of room for everyone.
JLY #23 is another funny story.  Grandma's lucky shopping week did not end with finding Molly, nope it didn't.  Grandma came home a few days ago toting her in a white plastic bag.  After her hair was shampooed and her body was cleaned up Grandma redressed her in her freshly washed dress and gave her a pair of little Jo's sparkly pink shoes to wear.
Isn't she pretty.  I think Jimmy Joe may find a new girl friend when he meets JLY #23  next week.

Have a wonderful evening!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Little Jo's Holiday Doll Party - Part Two - More Cousins

In part one of this story you met five of this doll families girl cousins.  They all modeled their Christmas outfits that Grandma had put together for them for Little Jo's Holiday Party.  Their outfits came from many different sources like thrift stores and eBay.
You met Kate, Nora, Brittany, Little Jo, and Becky  posing on the top row left to right respectively.  Today  for Part Two of Little Jo's Holiday Party Cindy, Tina, Maggie, Summer and Jimmy will show off their Holiday outfits. From left to right on the bottom row.  First is pretty little Cindy,  Her outfit was bought from eBay and was shipped direct from China.
 This cute little dress is made of a satin like fabric bodice and a skirt overlayed with a semi-sheer
organza with tiny shiny silver dots over the satin like under skirt. A sash like belt with two butterflies offset to the side complete her stylish little belt.
Cindy's shoes are from Springfield brand from JoAnn Fabric store.  They were bought with a 60% off coupon .The tights are from Ebay (shipped from China).
This outfit came together from bits and pieces of doll clothes. 
 Tina's sweater came in a grab bag I think,  grandma made the leggings and the bright red patent leather type of shoes look like OG is stamped on the inside of the shoes.
Tina will be getting a new hair style soon.  Her haircut did not turn out to be so pretty, we will be looking for a new look for her (the real life Tina has long dark hair now) a more trendy modern look wood be good.
Maggie has my favorite outfit on.  Grandma bought it off of eBay
The pretty navy blue sweater has an apple border around the bottom and cute little apple buttons.

Fish net stockings and eBay shoes from China.
Summer is as pretty as she can be.  She is so tiny that grandma thought she would 
look charming in the elf outfit bought on eBay.
This cute little outfit was bought on an eBay auction for about two dollars
with  free shipping from China..
This cute hat was included. 
These really nice red boots were also bought on an eBay auction 
 the whole outfit was under four dollars.
Jimmy did not want to model his outfit for everyone but grandma managed to take a few photos of him when he wasn't looking anyway.
 Little Joe and Nora are enjoying their new chairs that grandpa John and grandma
gave to them for Christmas. Kate would be a little jealous except that the little cousins really
 enjoy all of their doll stuff so much. 
 Becky gets right down on the floor with the younger kids and plays with the dolls too.  
She is a bit to old to get her own dolls for Christmas but she can enjoy 
playing dolls with the younger cousins.
Aren't they cute little sibling dolls?
Cute AG doll chairs bought on eBay.
Baby Eugenia is the youngest of the (real) cousins.
She is far more interested in playing with the wrapping paper
and boxes than the toys.  Grandma said that she 
will have the perfect little ginger red haired blue eyed 
baby girl doll for her to play with next year
Part three of Little Jo's Holiday Party will be ready to post next week.  
There will be old friends and more cousins.  They wanted you to see their outfits
and they wanted to help grandma clean up after the party.

See you real soon!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Jo's Holiday Party Part one.

Little Jo wanted to have a doll party to celebrate the New Year,  but everyone's calendar was already booked full for the holidays.  So much family and so many places to go, so many cousins, so many aunts and uncle's to visit......  Ok thought Little Jo,  How about we celebrate on the Sunday after New Years Day?   Grandma thought that would be ok and started getting everything ready for the party.  The Christmas tree has always kept up until after Orthodox Christmas (the Saturday After New Years day this year) perfect!  There were plenty of Grandma's cookies left from the holidays, enough to share with every one attending the party and there would be plenty of sparkling grape juice to serve in the pretty red glasses that Grandma kept in the china cabinet to use for special occasions.  Indeed this would be a very special occasion for Grandma because she wanted to take pictures of her lovely grandchildren all dressed up for the holidays.  Everyone of the dolls would have a pretty holiday outfit too (maybe not new) but certainly a pretty outfit.  She nipped and tucked every festive piece of doll clothing she could find and managed to dress every one of the doll cousins for this festive holiday party (plus almost all of the doll friends too).
Jo's Holiday Party - Journey girl, Madame Alexander dolls, Boy Lotus doll
Top left is is our Kate doll, she is the Journey Girl Doll Meredith that we renamed Kate.  The pretty little out fit she has on came from a grab bag of American Girl clothes bought at a Thrift store.
Jo's Holiday Party - Journey girl, Madame Alexander dolls, Boy Lotus doll
The pink velvet pants, sparkly headband and jacket were among several AG items that were bagged and sold together at our local VOA store. This is called the Snowball outfit.
The pink and white shoes came from China via eBay.  If you have not bought 18" doll shoes from China you should give it a shot on one of their auctions. I do think the straps can be easily trimmed.
The Madame Alexander doll  second left on the top row is our new Nora doll.  She has a very sweet little girl face.  This doll has the same face mold as the original Nora doll.  The original doll is now residing with four year old Granddaughter Nora. 
Nora has long dark wavy hair, brown eyes and a very pretty face.

Nora's little out fit is a mix and match of clothes.  The skirt and headband came from a Journey Girl outfit,  the shirt and vest Came from China via eBay.
The black shoes are a pair of My Life shoes bought couple of years back.    There are a lot of threads hanging on the edges. Very sloppy workmanship on this pair of shoes.  They are from China too,  Via Walmart!!!
Brittany is the doll in the middle of the top row of the cousins picture..
Little Jo's Doll Party - Madame Alexander Doll - Holiday doll party.
 Her jacket was on the Madame Alexander that was our original Nora doll.  Her little dress has no tag, it  was in a grab bag of thrift store doll clothes.  The tights are AG from the same grab bag. 
Little Jo's Doll Party - Madame Alexander Doll - Holiday doll party.
The red shoes are from China via eBay
Little Jo's Doll Party - Madame Alexander Doll - Holiday doll party.
Her neck scarf was a little scarf for a miniature dog. XS size. 
Little Jo is the second to the right doll on the top row She is a new doll with the same face mold as the original Little Jo doll.  And yes,  you guessed right, Little Jo is now living in her forever home with the real eight year old girl that our doll was named after.  
Little Jo's Doll Party
 This doll came with the mixed pattern outfit she is wearing and pretty gold flower ear rings.

Her hair cascades with wild frizzy curls tumbling down the back of her head.  The curls are very soft and very fuzzy.
 Little Jo's boots were ordered from an eBay store - they are very cute and they were modestly priced.
 The dolly on the far right top row is our Becky doll. She is named for my oldest granddaughter.  Becky is all grown up now but she will always be the precious little baby that I hold so dearly in my heart.
She has a blue sweater and sparkly skirt and white tights that came in the grab bag of outfits I found  a couple of years back at Goodwill.

Her necklace is a child's bracelet that stretches.
Silver shoes from eBay.
Grandma set the table for the dolls to have cookies and juice.

The Nativity was displayed to remind one and all
why they are gathered to celebrate.

 Of course their were many more doll friends that were gathered for Little Jo's Doll Party Holiday celebration.  There is even more cousins.  They will be modeling their pretty Holiday outfits in part two of this post.
Pretty Kimberly.

We'll be back on another day to see the rest of the cousins.
 See you all real soon.
New friends and old friends
more cousins.