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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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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Sorry, another pictureless post…

When I chatted with you last night, I was so excited that Kristoffer was retrieving my pictures from my external hard drive in order to transfer them to “the right places” on my new computer. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m. this morning and my computer said it still had 7 hours to go to finish loading my pictures.

I had to wait all day for Kristoffer to come over so he could finish things up…but he found a few more folders with pictures and documents in them and wanted to make sure they were included.

I couldn’t believe it when he got all the pictures/documents into one file called “Pictures.” Now it was finally time to copy them all onto my new computer. He got it started and then he and Rebecca decided to go see a movie. I watched as the number of pictures and documents kept going higher and higher…until it finally stopped…at 2,229,547 items!!
Now, I’ll say it myself, “Good grief, that’s a lot of pictures!”
I’ve been sitting here at the computer for almost 3 hours, reading a book and keeping an eye on things. It’s at 41% now so I’ll probably go to bed soon…and tomorrow it should all be over!!! YAY!!

I don’t have any pictures again today, as I’m writing this on my phone again, but JUST WAIT….I’ll have all my pictures soon and can hardly wait until I can share some new…or maybe “old” doll dresses with you… hold on just a little bit longer!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Part 2 of my 2017 Doll Dresses in Review…

I know it’s Saturday and you might be scrambling around trying to finish up what’s on your Christmas lists, but I hope you’ll take time to peek at the rest of my dresses from 2017. If you missed yesterday’s post, you might want to go back and see it, as it was the dresses I made the first half of 2017. (HERE)

Let’s get started on what was happening in May. Kirsten was looking awfully sweet in “Pretty on the Prairie.”

My top seller of 2017 was this next dress set, being modeled by Addy. I called it “Southern Charm” and she certainly was charming in this one. I bought this fabric at a little quilt shop down in Cape Girardeau, MO, and after it had sold, and I was back at the shop, I showed the ladies that worked there, some pictures of it on my phone…and I’m not kidding, they ooooohhhed and aaaahhhhhed like nobody ever has before. They told me when I came back through Cape, to come on a Tuesday, because they would both be working and they wanted to see what else I would be making… :o) (Sorry for the picture overload on this one… I guess they weren’t the only ones who liked it!) :o)

“Blissful in Blue” was a beautiful Regency gown modeled by Elizabeth.

Now we’re getting into June and Molly is showing off a set that I had a lot of fun with. I called this one “The Babysitter.” I had fun redoing a little baby doll I found…

It’s Felicity’s turn again and she’s showing off “Colonial Rose.” This was another favorite of mine for the year…

Another new girl came to live at my house… Meet Nora in “Victorian Elegance.”

…and then finally, after a 3 year long wait for my doll to be painted, Emmie was finished and this was her debut dress… “Dainty and Demure.”

It’s Ten Ping’s turn again… this time with a “new face” by Lana Dobbs. Here she is in “Teddy Bear Tea Party.”

We are in September now and Rebecca is modeling a Civil War dress called “Apple Butter Sweet.”

Patsy Tonner was thrilled to be modeling a dress made form this pretty fabric. I called this one “Autumn Leaves.”

Molly takes a turn again and is in “Autumn Lace.”

We’re almost out of months AND dresses. Felicity gets the second to last dress of the year… This was called “Fall Fancy” and believe me, it was… I made a custom hat for it from straw and think Felicity looked darling in this set.

My last dress of 2017 was modeled by Lian, my 13″ Dianna Effner, Little Darling. Unbelievably, this was the only dress she modeled for me all year long… Here she is in “Christmas Snowflakes.” What a little sweetheart she is!

Okay, now that I’m officially out of dresses, you may go shopping! :o) I hope you enjoyed today’s…oops… this years dresses!

See you in a few days… If you’re leaving to go somewhere for Christmas, drive safely and have a wonderful time!

Blessings, Jeanne

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