Thursday, 10 August 2017

A little bit of retro style

   The last few weeks seem to have been a bit of a go-slow. The cold, rainy weather's meant nothing much has been accomplished in the garden; although my husband has been doing a bit of on-off decorating the small front bedroom ( the walls have gone from magnolia to dark angel ) I haven't even felt inclined to knit or sew either after the failure of trying to add the Phoebe&egg basic sleeves ( 7 infuriating hours over 3 days!! Never again!! ) 😖
   And another disappointment last week. I found 2 small lots of wigs on ebay and decided to have a little bid. There was a small lot of 3 with a deep burgundy bob, and 2 longer light and dark pink ombre types. They were displayed on a Sasha doll and looked really good. However, every time I put on a bid I was immediately outbid by a maximum bidder and they got out of my price range by the time I'd tried 5 bids. So I tried the 2nd lot which was 6 wigs. Blonde and black bobs, a brunette waist length and 2 very long wigs, grey and blonde. Again I put on several bids and was immediately outbid by a maximum bidder and they too were soon out of my price range. Disappointing, but never mind, there'll be others.
   Anyways, onto a happier note. I've pulled myself out of the doldrums this week and got out my fabric and machine again and attempted another dress for Ezri. It's just the basic reversible, but I made this one shorter and I had a go at placing shaping darts on the front and backs ( well, at least it seems I can do that! ) I like these pretty little floral prints and I'm rather pleased with the result. I wonder what the little friends have to say about it 👂

Ayza- Your new dress is quite retro
Ezri- Mum says that her mum used to make little dresses like this for her when she was young
Ayza- That must have been a very, very, very long time ago then!
Ezri- Ayza! Shhhh

Oooohhh, cheeky madam!! 😲

... and other musings
   This week we had our first crop of King Edward's and carrots from the garden

All these from 1 plant!

And our first 4 carrots!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Pink, pretty and practical

   There was further excitement last weekend as yet another little parcel arrived for Ezri! Whatever could it be this time? The little friends were eager to see what was inside

Ayza- There's another parcel for you, Ezri
Ezri- What could it be?

Ayza- Let's open it and see
Ezri- What is it?
Ayza- Ohhh LOOK!

Ayza- Pink shoes!!
Ezri- For me?!

Ezri- They're pink and they're pretty
Ayza- And they're practical!

Ezri- Please help me put them on, Ayza

Ezri- Oh Ayza, you can tie laces too! What would I do without you?
Ayza- We're best friends and best friends always help each other

Ezri- They're absolutely perfect with my pink socks!

Ayza- YAY!! Let's do a happy dance together!
Ezri- I love you, Ayza. You're the bestest friend in the whole world!

   Well, I think Ezri's pink, pretty and practical shoes are a great success! 👍

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Pretty pink socks

   There was a great deal of excitement the other day, mostly from me, as a little parcel arrived in the morning post. Giving the parcel a quick feel I knew what it was! And so did Ezri and Ayza. The little friends were quick to see what was inside!

Ayza- It's for you, Ezri!
Ezri- It must be my new socks!
Ayza- Open it, open it!

Ezri- Help me get them out, Ayza!
Ayza- My hands are smaller than yours. Here we go!

Ezri- Will you help me to put them on, Ayza?
Ayza- Of course I will. They're rather tight and will need a bit of stretching and easing. It might take a minute

Ayza- They're beautiful and a perfect fit! And the colour is just right for you
Ezri- As if they were made just for me!

Ayza- They're so exquisitely made
Ezri- Just perfect. Thank you, Mum

   Two very happy girls! I haven't told them that I've had an email from Ruth this morning and she's made Ezri's shoes and is posting them today!

... and other musings
   The veg are doing phenomenally well this year. We've already been feasting on kale, beetroot, radish, lettuce, snack cucumbers, plum tomatoes and courgettes.


green beans

onions, swedes, mixed bed, peas and courgettes


Thursday, 6 July 2017

A shoe dilema. Whose shoes are best?

   When I was making a cup of tea, the girls made a beeline for my laptop. What were they up to? What were they looking at? 👀

   Ayza- Quickly, find the page while Mum's in the kitchen
Ezri- Do you think we should?
Ayza- Of course! Mum won't mind

Ayza- Type in 'doll shoes' and see what comes up
Ezri- OK, let's see. Ah here's some
Ayza- scroll down until you see some you like

Ayza- I like the pink ones, they're so pretty
Ezri- Mum might think the lace ups would be more practical, but I do love pretty things

Ayza- and Mum loves pretty things too
Ezri- You're right, she does
Ayza- Perhaps she might even buy you both pairs. Let's show her them... MUM!

And here's what the little friends were looking at

   So now I have been looking to buy some shoes for Ezri. However, reading your blogs about shoes that some of you have bought I have taken note and am being cautious. However, I have sent a message to a lady named Paula ( *4*angels ) who sells leather shoes on ebay. Ezri's feet measure 6cmL x 2.5cmW x 9cmC. Reading about Sasha dolls it seems there is an enormous difference in foot sizes. There is also this Ruthsdolls shoes that the girls were looking at and her shoes look very nice and only £12 a pair, so I have sent her a message too. In the meantime I have ordered a pair of pale pink knee socks from a lady called Lesley Shaw on ebay. It says for 16"-17" dolls so I don't mind if they're a little big, better than being to small and being stretched on her foot. Ezri is quite excited about the socks, but I've told her to be patient until I sort out some shoes.
( Update:- Friday. Ruth replied to my email. I have ordered a pair of laced latchet shoes in either deep cerise or fuschia leather. Pink, pretty and practical )

... and other musings
   The constantly changing weather; from very hot, to very cold, to very hot again, has meant a lot of hit and miss in the garden. However, we got these from my dad a few of months ago. We were going to build a wall, but decided against it. So they have been moved to the bottom of the garden until we decided what to do with them

And remember those bargain flowers I planted? Just look at them now!

They have soaked up the rain and been fed lashings of Tomorite!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ayza's new clothes and getting to know one another

   The past week has been soooo hot! That muggy, humid sort of heat that makes you feel tired and listless. Ezri's been so glad of her new lightweight summer dress to keep her cool. Little Ayza managed to preserve her modesty with a piece of pink gingham wrapped and tied around like a sarong, but she needed some proper clothes. Ezri found some of the green flower print fabric that I made her first dress from and suggested there might be enough for a dress for Ayza. I said I wasn't sure that I could make a dress, but I could make a skirt and perhaps a knitted sweater to go with it. Here is Ayza's new outfit. I wonder what she thinks of it 💭

Ayza- My new sweater and skirt are soooo trendy and I love this sweet, flower print fabric and the shape of the skirt

We settled on a very simple semi-circle style. I decided to make it reversible. I cut out an identical semi circle from the pink gingham, placed them right sides together and sew round all the edges leaving a small opening for turning out. My machine skills are still not so honed yet as to sew perfect curves; so the waist and hem are rather uneven. I put a snap fastener on the back and it's a passable attempt. I decided to take the easy option for the sweater and knitted one. Just a simple ribby with a fold over collar

 Ayza- You can see the whole effect much better if I stand up. I think it's just perfect and I can't wait for Mum to make me something else

Ezri and Ayza have been getting to know one another and I hope they will become good friends. It seems they also share a love of pretty things. I thought I'd listen in and see what they have to say ( I hope it's not eavesdropping 👂 )

Ezri- Mum got these lavender and gerbera flowers from The Range
Ayza- What's The Range?
Ezri- It's a shop that sells all sorts of pretty things
Ayza- They're beautiful and they look so real. I love pretty things

... and other musings
   Because of the heat, work in the garden has been a bit slow. A little work here, a little rest, a little work there, a little rest... However, a trip to the garden centre got us a load of flowers being sold off cheap. 9 pack plug punnets, normally 4 for £10, now £1 each! A lot of the plants were in a bad way and some were overflowing the punnets, but I picked out the best and now the filled in area behind the new sundeck is full of flowers! I gave them a good watering, lots of Tomorite to feed them and I think they'll do OK

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A new friend, a new dress and a new sun deck

   The search for another doll, of any kind, similar to Ezri's size and build, is proving fruitless. I've found lots of baby dolls with poked out eyes and curly-permed nylon hair, and Barbie dolls and those Bratz and Monster High dolls. I did make this small purchase of a nude Monster High doll for 20p that has white hair and red eyes. She is articulated, about 11" tall and very slim. She's a pretty little thing. I've named her Ayza and hopefully she and Ezri will become good friends.

   Ezri has been very patient with me and now she finally has a new maxi sundress. I made it from an old dress of mine that had gotten badly stained and then musty from being in the bottom of the wardrobe ( it was to nice to chuck out and to grubby for the charity shop ) So I salvaged what I could ( it was made in narrow panels ) I had to sew 3 pieces together to make the width and I simply pleated the top and attached a folded band and shoulder straps. It overlaps a fair bit at the back, for modesty. Even though I pressed it well it still wants to fold into pleats ( perhaps I made them to wide ) Anyway, Ezri and I are happy with it

It's a nice tropical print

A very simple style

...and other musings
   Things are moving apace at the bottom of the garden

Shiplap fastened to the tree stumps and filled in with the soil from levelling the ground for the decking base frame

A nice new sundeck at the bottom of the garden

   There is still an awful lot to be done, but it's a start. The weather has brightened up and the veg are growing like crazy! We are already feasting on kale and courgette, snack cucumbers, lettuce, radish and beetroot. We planted leeks yesterday; out first attempt.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Looking for a new friend and big changes in the garden

   Since my last post I have been searching for a friend for Ezri. When we have been in town I have rooted through the toy boxes in the children's areas of the charity shops and I have daily looked through Ebay. I don't mind what kind of doll she is; she doesn't have to be vintage, but she needs to be affordable and about Ezri's size and build. I haven't found anything apart from a few 'feed and wet' baby dolls. With hindsight, I do wish I'd kept 'Anne'. She was one of my 'like' dolls. I had a Tiny Tears 'like' doll, a doll 'like' the one off the Kellogg's cornflakes packet and a few others. 'Anne', this was her name on the box she came in, wore a purple print maxi dress and had blonde hair. If you held he hand and tipped her slightly forwards she walked. I can't remember how tall she was, but she seemed quite tall to such a small girl as I was. When I got into my late teen I suppose that was the time I put my childhood away and all my toys and things went to charity shops. I actually gave away my entire Star Wars collection, many of the figures were STILL in their unopened packets!! Hindsight is a fine thing LOL. I haven't made anything new for Ezri as I haven't really had the time. I planned to make her a summer dress, so hopefully I'll find time to get around to that.

... and other musings
   The last fortnight has been very busy. The glorious week we had meant we spent every hour in the garden and the wet and stormy week past has been one of rather late spring cleaning. There has been a lot of change down the bottom of the garden. The 40' leylandii trees have been cut down after a lot of branches were rotting and breaking off in the winter storms, one almost smashing into our neighbours greenhouse!! These trees had been there for almost 25 years. It was very cool, damp and shady under those trees and there were frogs, toads and newts and lots of ferns, but alas they are all gone now :(

The stand of Leylandii that had become dangerous with huge branches breaking off in winter storms

One of the tree surgeons at work

Daylight coming through

From the back bedroom window ( you can see the neighbours greenhouse )

nearly there...


all gone

and the garden suddenly looks so bare!! There's a lot of work to be done

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ezri ventures forth

   In the time I have had Ezri she has never been outside. I see everyone's Sasha dolls enjoying the great outdoors, so I felt it was time Ezri ventured out into the world.
   So yesterday we ventured out onto the decking and Ezri seems to share my love of the garden and all things growing

   The chives in flower in the herb bed

The little aeonium

 Ezri learned that the scent of Rosemary improves your memory

The aeonium potted up next to the cordyline

   Ezri enjoyed the warm sunshine and her first adventure into the garden.

... and other musings
   We came home from a week on the Isle of Wight on Saturday and it was a glorious week. We love to visit old churches and the church of St Boniface in Bonchurch is my favourite. In fact, Bonchurch is my favourite place on the IoW. It's sheltered spot and the warm sunshine make it almost feel Mediterranean. So I'd like to share a few photos of Bonchurch with you. We parked the car at the duck pond and walked down the winding road to the seafront. There we met a chap from NYC who comes over to the UK every other year for a walking holiday and this year he picked the IoW.