We are stuck in either Utah or Wyoming. It’s crazy sometimes not to know where you are. I-80 is closed (due to a snow storm) and the company shut us down (meaning we can’t drive). Apparently this happens a lot in this town, as we received a map of all the local places that trucks can park. We are luckily parked in a Walmart, so we got some fresh veggies, a few packages of sausages and pantry items for the next run after home-time. It was a little hard to walk past the fabric section of the store….I really wanted to roam around in there, but husband was with me and that bores the heck out of him. What was nice, is that the cashier had a pumpkin filled with candy and I was able to take two small rolls of candy that I can give to Audrey and Hamlet for Halloween! That worked perfectly!
I wanted to do a little Halloween story yesterday, but everything was so up in the air with the shut down and husband needed to sit in front at my worktable with his computer to watch for any changes. So I just played games on my computer. I will see if I can dress the children up when it gets light out and at least take a picture.
I also spent some time pouring over names for the new girl. I liked Annamerete, Merete was my mother’s best friend and we use to visit her. I have a hard time with names that I know someone by, because I feel it belongs to them and I am stealing it! lol. I also like Rosemarie, and just plain Anna. The problem I am having is that the seller’s photo’s are washed out, so she looks very sweet and plain, the DDE photo shows her quirky look that I love so much. I tried to switch back and forth on the pictures as I say a name out loud, but they look like two different sculpts! I think naming will have to wait until I have her in person.
I have been thinking about her quick wardrobe that I have to make while home. I am thinking of making a couple of thin fabric under dresses and then making several over the dress pinafores. It would be nice to be able to mix and match them to extend the wardrobe without too many pieces. I have at least one dress so she has something to wear while I pull it all together.
While home, I want to also create better bedding for the cubbies. There is a metal edge along the side and I am always afraid of resin noses and ears getting chipped from all the bouncing. I would like to pad it somehow, but how to get it to stay will take some creativity. At this point I am thinking of padded fabric that fits like a basket lining inside and over hangs on the outside with pockets for their books and toys.
I went through many names yesterday, and decided on all three of my Dollzones will have Danish names. I am writing down the different names that appeal to me, and then spend time with each companion and see what fits.
Names for girls that I like:
I also bought a lambs wool hair wig today. It is called honey in the colours, but the photo looks sort of beige-y. I would prefer not having any yellow tones, but if it comes as a horrible colour, I will dye it myself. I will eventually switch the children’s hair to the same type of wig. I really love the feel of it and the fun wildness. Perfect for little Nisse’s.
I also collected lots of pictures of traditional Danish and Sami folk dress. I will be using them as an idea base for designing their clothes. I started collecting some old style house interiors for the room I will eventually build them.
I think I was smiling all evening thinking about DZ Fei. I played with her photo, changing the color of her hair and eyes, I even added freckles to see the look! I looked up tons of names, I just gazed at her and dreamed. I cannot wait to try on wigs and eyes and find her.
So many dolls that have come and gone were quick decisions, someone that caught my eye and was affordable at the moment. Few have been chosen after a long period of desire. Evie was chosen. I poured over her picture, longing and wishing and hoping I could find a way to buy her. I had Denver Doll hold Evie (DIM Eunbi) and a Souldoll Clara. As soon as DDE opened the box, I knew I had found my companion girl.
Audrey wasn’t even conceived of when I found her, but what I found in her I had long desired. In fact, I had been looking at many different dolls that appealed to me, as I wanted a smaller or a single doll as a companion on the truck adventure we were about to have. I had a whole list of dolls to look at when I went up to Denver Doll, but one, right after the other seemed somehow “not the one”. Then, while gazing through the many gorgeous dolls, I spied Audrey. I picked her up and smiled. She smiled back….I was hooked. In one previous visit to Denver Doll, I had picked up a Dollzone Megi and was so surprised by him. He did not have the look I liked, his eyes were crazy slanted, his nose tipped up, but the more I held him, the more he grew on me. He had a wonderful weight to him, he had such clear and bright eyes and such smooth resin skin……I really liked him! He was more than I could afford that day, and I set him down, thinking that I wasn’t there to find a boy anyways. But I never forgot him. Finding Audrey was like finding that DZ Megi, such a delight. And it was odd, because I never liked her DZ stock photo! In fact, both Audrey and Hammie had the most hideous yellow eyes. *shudder*
Hamlet was desired next, because I loved Audrey and wanted an interactive play between two children. But all along, I have been missing my Evie something fierce. She is simply too big to be a comfortable situation on the truck. I bought a Tonner Judy Garland, who has been so sweet and intense, but I dislike holding her. It’s those Tonner bodies I can’t stand. I had a Tonner Kitty Collier that I felt the same way about. Loved her when looking at her, but holding her was like holding a hollow shell. This is why I love resin so much, there is weight to it. I also bought Nanny, thinking of more interactive play, but they are both sort of “characters” and not a companion to me. I kept thinking that if I could only find a companion that was sort of personal to me, yet could fit in with the children, I would be able to have 3 companions on the truck and have everything I needed, children to play with and an older companion to talk to.
Finding DZ Fei on eBay was such an exciting moment. I think Dollzone creates the worst stock photo’s of their dolls. Looking at them make me wince. But Denver Doll had a “owner” photo on their website (the one I posted yesterday) and her face appealed to me. This is why I knew the one on eBay was the one. She was ready, could come to me by my birthday, and well, all the rest. So by that one photo, I had wanted DZ Fei for a very long time.
Thinking about this last night, I realized that I now have two “families”. I have Evie and Noah whom are both DIM dolls and now Audrey, Hammie and Fei who are Dollzone. I like that feeling of completeness. Another thing that has come together is the family story, the overall purpose of their being, the creative play I can indulge in. I’ve had bits and pieces of it over the last few years, but now, it all seems to fall into place.
Everyone will have a new name and a new place in my companionship world. I am still working out the details, but soon I will reveal it. Right now, it is dream-time!
I don’t think I could be more shocked.
Last night, I laid in bed thinking about DZ Fei. I thought about the first photo I had seen of her on DDE:
I have been so sad and indecisive the last week or so. Indecision has a way of putting everything on hold. I noticed that when I get like this, I stop playing and enjoying my companions. Then I see them and their sad faces and feel the most awful guilt and I feel even worse.
One day I saw Audrey looking so forlorn, so I picked her up. I kept her by me all day, alternating with holding her and sitting her next to my computer so that I could touch her. She did soothe me. She always does. I love this child.
The next day I did the same with Hammie. I kept thinking that there was something not quite right about Hammie, something that keeps him a boy to look at, instead of a boy that is mine. I finally figured out what was wrong, it was his eyes. I tried the side glance to take away the bug eyed stare.
Since his eye sockets are so large, the eyes needed to be almost cross-eyed to appear as though he is looking into your eyes, rather than always appearing wall-eyed, or glancing off into the distance. Once I changed the position and he actually looked at me, I was suddenly overwhelmed with love for him.
It was Nanny who woke me up this morning. She was insistent on getting to work on at least one of her unfinished dresses first thing this morning. She tapped her foot as I made coffee and clicked her fingernails on the table as I got dressed. She was very impatient.
We piled the unfinished dresses on the table and she picked one out for me to start on. That soon became a big problem for Nanny. Apparently, I do not sew as fine as she does. My stitches were not small enough, my thread was too long, I wasn’t wearing my thimble, I knotted my thread….”We NEVER knot threads, dear”.
So Nanny shook her head and went and got her own sewing tin and proceeded to lecture me on proper hand sewing.