1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little, 4 Little Darlings…

I have gotten a few questions about the 13″ Little Darlings that I LOVE to sew for. Recently you’ve seen Janie modeling that leopard fur coat, so I thought I’d take time to show my small collection of Little Darlings to you… I only have four dolls. When I say ONLY, I sort of mean that in a sarcastic way, as I know some ladies who have 10 or 12 (or more) Little Darlings… Oh, how much fun that must be to get them all dressed and photographed. It took me a little while to just get these 4 little girl’s hair combed and a little “bralet” on a couple.

I should have put my dolls names below them, but forgot. Starting on the left, there is Isabelle, Janie, Lian and Emmie.

(Oh… Janie wanted to leave her boots on because she’s hoping for snow tonight and wants some pictures of her in the coat in the snow. I told her we’d have to see… :o) Well, here’s an update… just since I’ve sat down to write this post, (11:00 p.m.) the temperature has fallen from 64 degrees at 6:00 p.m. to 26 degrees now with a wind chill factor of 13. I can hear the freezing rain hitting the window as I’m typing this… oh boy, Janie…

Let’s start at the beginning. Dianna Effner is the artist who sculpted the Little Darling dolls. They are vinyl 13″ dolls that come with blank faces and are then painted by various artists who have been taught by Dianna herself. (this is a picture of Elin with a blank face and inset glass eyes and it’s the same sort of look with the Little Darlings… the artist has to bring the dolls to life, INCLUDING “painting” the eyes!)

The most incredible thing about these dolls are their eyes… They look glass, but they are painted… Isabelle was painted by Dianna, Janie and Lian were painted by Joyce Mathews and Emmie was painted by Lana Dobbs.

My girls eyes (except Emmie’s) look a bit dusty… I should have wiped them with a q-tip before taking my pictures.

In the beginning Dianna only had 2 sculpts…the #1 sculpt has the wider open eyes… like my Isabelle, Janie and Emmie, and the #2 sculpt has the squinted like eyes on my Lian doll. (Now she has a #3 sculpt that is a little smiling face and a #4 that has the bigger sort of sad looking (to me) eyes. )

You have the option when you order a doll of having the wig glued on or left loose so you can change your dolls looks. Janie took off her wig to show you how they look as a baldie! Thanks Janie…

I am showing my girls in the wigs they came in when they arrived at my house… I have never taken Isabelle’s wig off… she’s just my little brown haired sweetie and I didn’t want to change her looks… although I might sometime.

Janie is the one I change the most often… sometimes she’s a redhead, sometimes a blond and she’s even been know to wear a black wig…

Here she is in a few different wigs… one of my favorites first!

Lian is another doll who keeps the same wig on. I once bought a long black wig with bangs and thought it would be fun to change her looks, but she was kind of like Isabelle to me… I didn’t want to change her looks, so I generally always have her in her little black bob. I couldn’t find my pictures of her first day arriving at my house…but she certainly stole my heart…big time! Here are a few pictures of her doing what she does best… looking cute!

Emmie is my newest doll and this is the wig she came in… It called Bea by Monique wigs and I’m not crazy about it, but wanted to show you the wig she came in.

I’ve only made one outfit for Emmie, and here she is in a different wig…

The dolls are 13″ tall and just for comparison, here is Rebecca standing with them… sorry about the nudity… :o)

So that’s basically it… If you’d like to see all the different looks you can get from just a few different sculpts… you should just google “Little Darlings” or “Effner Little Darlings” some time and then click on “images” and see how many come up..You might even see quite a few of mine! You’ll see brown eyes with blonde hair, blue eyes with black hair, red hair and green eyes, and the combinations of eyes, wigs, skin coloring, eyebrows, etc. are just endless. Plus looking at all the different outfits is quite a treat too! It’s amazing when you see a whole page of nothing but pictures of little darlings and realize they all started out with the same (or 4 different sculpts) faces.

Dianna’s website is www.thedollstudio.com if you’d like to visit it… the Little Darlings are called Vinyl Studio dolls and you can see them by clicking on the menu at the left side bar… Each artist has her own creations you can see… and choose from. Most of the artists who paint the dolls for Dianna have their own websites now with all their doll choices on them… Lana’s is lanashandpainteddolls.com.

Well, I hope you enjoyed visiting with my 4 Little Darlings. I love and treasure them very much! EVERYONE should have one of these dolls!
When Dianna named them Little Darlings she was so right!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~Winter Charm~ Leopard Coat set for the Little Darlings is revealed…

I hope you like the name… I had narrowed it down to three… “Old Fashioned Winter”, “Fur Baby”, and “Winter Charm.” I just thought it was the best of the three. It is now listed on Ebay and you can see it by cliking the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE.

It was sort of misty and dreary all day today but I ventured out with Janie in her coat and we had a short photo session outside. It was productive and I hope you can see the details of the coat much better in my outside photos. She looks so cute with her head all wrapped up in that furry hat!

I mentioned in my listing that this was a Victorian Styled Leopard coat… That sounds kind of strange, but I did it anyway. Sometimes the “out of the ordinary” is what grabs peoples attention… I guess we’ll see.

Well, I won’t add any of my previous pictures, but you can see them all in the listing… if you didn’t look earlier, you can take a peek… (HERE.)
Everyone seems to be wondering who will be next… I guess I better go decide! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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You asked for mittens and a muff….

…so I tried to deliver! There wasn’t any snow coming our way, so taking pictures outside sort of got derailed. I had to be creative inside so I used some silky like white fur for my snow… I got out an evergreen tree, and we’ll call this a white out!

The next thing you need to know is BLACK IS VERY HARD to photograph. I tried setting my lights in all different places and that coal black fur just didn’t want to show its true colors. Some of my pictures I intentionally made a little washed out so you could see the details, otherwise, it would have just been a black blob.

I found a piece of black stretchy (almost like a boucle knit) fabric and stitched a piece of stretchy velvet ribbon with a ruffle at the top section and then sewed the mittens in “mitten shapes!”

Rory stole them once and was trying to bury them in the snow…

I found some small black pom poms in a package at Joann’s and stitched them to the ends of the shortened bow ties. It makes the neck area look more finished off, especially if the capelet isn’t worn.

The muff was made of the same fur fabric as the trim on the coat. It’s just padded and rolled and stitched up like a pillow case would be and then turned…hand stitched closed, and a cord attached that goes over her head and around her neck.

Again, it’s one of those outfits that only the winner and I will know just how sweet it really is. My camera just cannot do this one justice.

I didn’t get it listed, but hopefully I can ASAP.

Hope you like it,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Christmas Snowflakes” is finally finished… calling all Little Darlings…

When I started Lian’s dress (a while back), I thought it was going to be a piece of cake to finish… and it would have been, had it not been for all the interruptions in my life… but *alas* it’s done now and you can see it HERE. The listing on Ebay started Monday evening and ends Saturday evening. You can also click on the picture at the top right side bar and be taken directly to the Ebay listing.

I am technologically challenged! There is NO other way to put it! You could send me to buy a new sewing machine, or pick out the best serger, or choose a new iron and I could figure all those things out on my own… but a computer? Not so much… That’s where Kristoffer came to the rescue…The computer I was using was on borrowed time… Kristoffer checked and it only had a small amount of space left before it was totally full… it probably had something to do with the 65,850 photographs I had on it…YIKES! I think we got it in 2009.

Anyway, I won’t bore you with the details, but this new computer has Windows 10 and I’m about to lose my mind! Literally! I transferred all my pictures over and it looked like things were going well, but when they got “sort of organized” and together, there were no titles on them… so I can’t go in to my Media Library and type in “Lian” and all her dresses pop up, or I can’t search for my “Civil War” dresses, because there are no labels on anything… and some of the dates on my pictures are totally wrong.. I was looking through the pictures and saw one that had 1970 on it! What’s up with that? The ones I transferred for Lian’s dress today, have them listed as 2005! Beats me what’s up… so I need some lessons or something to try and figure this out…

Also, my camera won’t sync to my new computer… it’s too old and there are no drivers for it… I can take out the SD card and do it manually, but I have no idea where my pictures go when I do that… SO…I’ve been a little crazy around here… Somehow, and I really don’t know how… I got Lian’s dress listed… but it was purely by accident, because I didn’t know what in the world I was doing…

Okay, enough technical talk… I’m sure you may have seen Lian’s dress by now, but I’ll have to show it here, because I spent 4 hours doing the listing, and didn’t have time to do anything else…

This is the dress without the pinafore… using the lace piece around her waist…

Lian sure can wear red well, can’t she?

I may have made the slip just a tad too full… but some ladies like their dolls in “fluffy” dresses… this is the fluffy version…

…and here’s the “not quite so fluffy” version… without the slip…

Well, ladies, I’m heading to bed…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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