furniture for ane thea ema bia

I bought a furniture set for Ane Thea!

greenshot_2011-02-27_08-06-30  The bed is 12 inches long.  The set is modern, but with an simple style that has more of a cottage look.  I like that the bed has two night stands. The modern chair is cute too!  And a TV! Wow, how fun!  Normally this types of wooden furniture are doll house size, but this is Barbie scale.

 

greenshot_2011-02-27_08-06-12 The oven floor-to-counter is 6 inches, so the round table is probably a coffee table.  I am thinking of not taking Miette’s room from her and instead taking my wooden art box and using these pieces of furniture.

 

greenshot_2011-02-27_08-05-38 I will see about this stove, as I am thinking I may convert it to a vanity by adding a mirror,

greenshot_2011-02-27_08-04-59 The table set is perfect in scale for her.  I love the styles and shapes.  I am not sure yet about the purple paint, either I would add rosemalling to sweeten it up or repaint with another colour.  At least the furniture is the type I can really play with the look. 

 

I could go two directions, either a Pixie fairytale type decor of her room box, or with a tropical Hawaii theme.  This set would work easily into either.  It also fits with Danish Modern, so that could be a fun idea too.  Especially if the storyline I am considering ends up fitting Ane Thea’s personality.  I still am hesitant to force anything on her, I want this to all flow in the right direction.  I do think she will like the furniture and can give me ideas on how to dress them up to her liking.

 

At my local dollar store, I did see some rainbow coloured bamboo place mats that would make either fun wall coverings or a floor.  That could be for the Hawaiian theme.  In the meantime, I can dream away what to do, what to create.  I bet Miette will be ever go glad to keep her room!

Cabana

Score!

We stopped at a Walmart for our truck groceries and had enough time to look at other things and walk around.  This Walmart was larger than any other I have been at.  Lots of toys!

 

I found a Liv Cabana!  Now Ane Thea has a bamboo pole cabana with a beach chair, magazine and drink glass with a knotted straw!  The cabana has a string of (non working) lights.  I was so excited to find something perfect for Hawaii for her!

All of My Companions

I continue to admire all that is Planetdoll Mini Elf Renee. I just haven’t had a doll of this small size that was as substantial as she is.  She sits firmly, feels solid.  I find her face so appealing to look at. 

 

I was thinking how “just right” my doll family is right now. Even though I cannot play with them all, I still have many ideas and future plans for them.  I have whittled my dolls down to a handful, grouped them, sorted out who owns what, given them rooms of their own, found a “place” in my heart for each of them.  These are all the dolls I have that are ‘companions”, the OTHERS are a reborn infant, 4 Action Figure/Barbie types, a Pig, a Girl of Many Lands (India)and a hedgehog.  I have a Crissy that I will be selling.  These are all loved, but do not play a significant role as a companion, they are my little amusements for stories or simple play.

 

Here are my companions or significant others….lol:

 

Evie – I believe we will someday get close again, when I can give the one on one time she needs.  She is still my prima donna and I will try to find a way to work with her difficulties in design.  I am not sure how it will all work out in the end, there may be a possibility she needs a new body once again.  I will leave that to the future.  I have about 3 years to work that one out. My main concerns with the body: she has is the wonky knees and the incredibly sad face.  This may balance out happy dolls, but every time I see her, I have the urge to apologize for giving her such a sad life.  Evie makes me feel guilt to the hilt.  My future plans for her are uncertain, but I think that if we could spend more time together, I may find that her sad side may be something I could share as I sometimes feel as sad as she looks.  

 

Allina and Mikko – Never have I felt such a deep contentment with any doll as I have with these two.  I love their cheerful faces, the feel of their wooden skin, the delightfulness in being utterly unique and one of a kind.  They are easy to play with, easy to dress and give a warm hug when I really need it.  These are the only two that have never made me feel like an outsider to their relationship with each other.  It just always seemed that they are brother and sister and yet can give me attention when I need it.  My future plans foe them are mostly photostories in Denmark, simple ones involving trips to the seashore and in the woods, picnics, that sort of thing.  They still represent my childhood play.

 

Audrey and Hammie  – Sigh.  Such incredibly delightful children.  I really want to play with them more often.  I love their chunky bodies and their natural posing.  For a long time now, I had an idea in the back of my head of a mother for them, having considered a Dollzone lady many times (she would need to be tanned).  I had worked out a long storyline of their history and how their mother found them once again and were re-united.  As I plan on having one more BJD before I leave the USA, I still am considering this option.  If I did, I would have them in the Regency period so that I could have all the fun of the costuming.

 

Jollyann – Well she is one doll I keep feeling such a strong pull to, but I fear Allina and Mikko put a damper on her coming out.  She has all the feel of an Antique, the shape of her face, the appeal of an old doll.  She is like an oversized Bleuette to me, and one that I long to play with.  I feel a bit of guilt with her too, as she came too soon after Evie and Allina and Mikko came before I could settle in with her.  She also went through major renovations that I wanted to spend more time with, there are clothes I want to make, stories I want to do.  My future plan with her is to include her with Mikko and Allina’s adventures and stories as “the woodens”.  Since this sort of conflicts a bit with timelines, I may join them together in perhaps the 1920’s or 30’s so that they can share clothing styles.  Allina and Mikko’s bodies are very similar to hers, so that they would fit together well.

 

Charlotte & Sarabond – the china’s.  Wow, how I have often wished for the time to sew for these two.  I have written up a long storyline on these two, how they met, the breakup of Charlotte’s pending marriage, oh, how I have so many ideas for these two that keep getting put on the back burner.  Someday, these two Victorian ladies will have their moment in the sun.  I need their fancy primness, their lace and fans, their little debaucheries under cover.  lol.  I need them to look at and dream about.  I don’t need to play with them as I do the others, they exist mostly in my imagination.  To me, they are like peering into a dollhouse and watching them go about their business running a household. 

 

Miette – ah, my little French girl.  She is certainly full of antique play.   I love her in her trunk room, filled with antique things.  I see her writing on her fine engraved monogrammed  paper, her minute scrolling handwriting, her perfect pronounciation of words, well modulated and with precise meaning.  She plays her piano, has tea, and keeps all the perfect order to a well planned life all for me to admire.   Everything in Miette’s world is perfect and gives me great pleasure to watch.  She is the one who sits on silk cushions and holds the perfume scented handkerchief.  How sweet of her to care for her baby brother, she makes the best of her circumstances.  She also has a story I have written and I look forward to letting her come out to play.

 

Ane Thea – Wow, what can I say about this little Pixie?  She is the much needed travel companion.  The Pixie on the shoulder, much like the Pirate’s Parrot.  Just moving right on in as the sidekick, the commentator, the otherworldly imaginary playmate.  She is the fantasy I had as a child, the deep desire to find a “little people” of my own, the one I could have as a secret friend, the one I could keep in a cigar box and no one would ever know I had a real little person in there.  This yearning was so deep in me as a child, that I have come to realize what that intense “one and only” companion thing was coming from.  I kept thinking it was all about having just one doll, but I believe I have stumbled upon it being about having one very small sidekick, an equal, the parrot on my shoulder kind of companion.  She is my secret world of pixies and represents the stories I loved as a child that had anything to do with miniature people, Tom Thumb, Thumbelina, The Borrowers….etc.  She is Fiddy, she is Mimosa, she is all the small dolls that I wanted that relationship with, but were too small or not stable in their body designs.  This companion is definitely all I could hope for in a tiny body.  By virtue of her Pixieness, she does not compete in any way with any of the others, nor my relationship with them.  That is a HUGE relief to me.  I was so worried about bringing in a new personality and having all the conflicts that can bring.  Nope, Ane Thea is her own world and my delight.

 

Now there is one doll left that I own.  I have tried to sell her a few times, but she didn’t sell.  She is Lizzy, a repro shoulder head that had the goofiest staring eyes.  I found her head in a thrift shop for $3.  I made her a body and she ended up a fun character.  She was nearly forgotten, as she is the only doll I had boxed up, in readiness for a sale.  Recently, I realized her French Fashion Doll potential.  She definitely has the face for it.  And I am not sure why I never considered giving
her beautiful glass eyes!  With the right body shape, she would be a perfect French Fashion!  So I will be working on that in the future too.

 

Having found where the need is, what the companion brings to me, what the future may hold, all seemed to pull it together into a good working plan of play, stories and period piece sewing.  Each have their place, their world of existence, their ability to delight me and comfort me in their own ways,  Evie is the only one I feel an estrangement to, and I am hoping to repair that as best I can.

Rock of Gibraltar

I continue to thoroughly enjoy my PD Elf Renee, who is now Ane Thea Ema Bia. A handful of wonderment.  We are certainly getting to know each other and I think I have found a little something that missing in my dolly world.  I am not even really sure what it is that feels different, but I feel it. 

 

The more I look at her, the more I cannot wait to get home and experiment.  I have some wonderful sewing projects too, more clothes for Ophelia, and it looks like I will be making a body for a china head and a starter wardrobe.  I still have Lizzy, the shoulder head doll that I found in a thrift shop, that had staring eyes and a gorgeous red mohair updo.  I had packed her up for a sale quite a while ago and forgotten about her.  Well, now my idea is to make the same body for her as the visiting china head and then I will have a “model” for her and have fun creating that French Fashion look I have been wanting to play with.  I think this time I will replace those eyes with better ones.  Her face paint is lovely and her sculpt is quite antique looking.  She is a reproduction, but will fit the bill of a French fashion for fun.  lol.

 

But what my little Pixie’s style is, is still unknown.  While it is fun that she can wear Ken pants and stretchy Barbie tops, there is not enough variety there.  I know the Ken sandals fit, but I have no idea if the shoes fit.  I know that my Large Moona (Aloe Vera) could wear the Ken shoes, but I do believe that Ane Thea’s feet are slightly bigger.  Until I am sure of her style, I do not want to invest in shoes for her.  I also think that our year in Hawaii, she isn’t really going to need shoes, so I may just get a couple of Ken sandals and leave it at that.  Which also makes me think that clothes are probably a moot point with living in Hawaii.  Sun dresses, shorts and tops are all that any of them wear.  Guess it won’t be hard to clothe her.  lol. 

 

2011-02-16 019 Here I am sitting on the top bunk and she is sitting on my knee.  That is how well balanced she is, she never topples on me.  She can even stand on a box on a bed, not the most steady thing when I am sitting next to her:

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And setting her down while I am on the computer or knitting, she is as steady as a rock:

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I have to admit, she is right there with my little Audrey as the best poser, the best balanced bjd I have ever had.

Pencil Faceup Orange Sandals

We stopped at a Walmart yesterday and I bought a pencil!  I was lucky to find a #2 that was already sharpened, so that it would be soft enough to be dark. While I didn’t have much control over the size of the lead (it was a thick pencil made for a child to hold) I just wanted a taste of thicker, darker eyes and eyebrows.  I “see” her this way and until I get home again, I can play with the shape of the brows until I find exactly her look.

2011-02-13 036 It was very difficult to get a flash photo that didn’t leave a shine on one brow or the other from the reflection in the graphite. The brow on the left is exactly how I would like the one on the right to be.  I put her waterfall eyes in, to see the stark contrast and I could instantly see how these eyes with the white wig would look great together as probably the black wig and black eyes will, but perhaps the opposite could work too.

 

2011-02-13 047 Thicker, darker brows give her the more mature look too which is important. 

 

2011-02-13 052 I see that darker lips will be necessary, I would love to create deeply blushed lips without a lipstick look.  I also think just a bit darker around the eyes, smoky in appearance would be right, using plum and browns.  I am so glad I got a hold on a pencil to at least see the potential.

2011-02-13 053 I also bought a Ken swim/beach shorts, shirt and sandals package, the sandals and the visor fit her perfectly.  She is not the visor type, but the sandals were such a perfect fit and do not slip off that I will be keeping an eye out for more in the future.  I bought the Ken outfit for another doll I have, but looks like the sandals are definitely hers!  I am sure the clothes would have fit her, but I don’t want to try them on, they are too boyish.  Oh, and posing?  I am finding out just how thrilling it is to handle her, how natural she flows and moves.  Such a tiny little Diva!

 

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2011-02-13 055  I have to say, Ane Thea Ema Bia is really blossoming!

Enjoying my PD

I continue to enjoy my Planetdoll Renee, who has revealed to me a very long name, but all short and easy to remember, it even has a rhyming sound to it, Ane (pronounced ana) Thea Ema Bia.  She is so full of personality and so very different than my other companions, as I suppose Pixies ought to be.  I continue to marvel over her fabulous movements, her posing ability and her delightful feel in the hand.  Her smallness is not too small, just right for traveling, for keeping her with me, for finding fun things for (1:6 scale).  She definitely sparks my imagination, but in a different way than say, Allina or Miette, so I don’t feel as though I am replacing anyone, or making a choice of one over the other.

 

The thing that is bugging me right now about her is that I cannot change her faceup.  I “see” a certain face and look in her, but I cannot produce it yet.  I am glad I gave her a hint of colour before leaving, but it is not her at all.  She is not soft and whispery, she is bold and outgoing, such a perky little thing.  I did buy one more wig yesterday, just because it was a nice snow white and with the black one I have already bought, something should spark as suitable to her style.  Bold and direct.  I guess in many ways she is Aloe Vera and Fiddy and Mimosa all rolled into one.  I like that very much, because each of those dolls were so incredibly small that I worried more about losing them than I could enjoy them!

 

The one thing I don’t have on the truck this time around is a simple pencil!  If I did, I could play around with eyebrow shapes.  I have asked a couple of truck stop clerk for one, but no one seems to use them anymore.  Hopefully we will be able to go to a Walmart soon and I can get one.  Looking at her as she is now seems like I am looking at a blank mask.  The blue eyes are not working either, they need to be black or the waterfall…I can’t wait to see how the black and white wigs work with the light and dark eyes! 

greenshot_2011-02-13_09-25-27 greenshot_2011-02-13_09-26-17  eyes are actually an ice-white, not creamy.

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Well, all I can do is muse until I get home.  Sigh.  I haven’t even begun to think of shoes yet!

I stand Corrected

I spent most of yesterday pouring over potential names, nothing came that seemed even remotely right.  Even so, we continue to get to know each other and her voice is now beginning to be heard, rather poignantly.  One thing I stood corrected on with no uncertain terms, is that she is indeed a PIXIE and that she is not to be compared to, or thought of as, a fairy or as an elf, as they are different races altogether.  Well, I knew that, and it wasn’t me that mistook her for an elf, I reminded her that the company that released her claimed the elf-hood.  My, I can see I have a feisty one on my hands!  it took me an hour of apologies for having written Elf Renee on my correspondence when it wasn’t her name nor her being.

 

Anyways, this was important for me to know, as the ideas I have about her traveling with me are often being corrected to HER ideas of traveling in style, and tsk-ing my ideas right out the window is coming more vehemently as her voice strengthens.  She says I keep treating her like a HUMAN and that is not acceptable.  So while she is being tolerant in being dressed in ill fitting fashion clothes for the time being, she is expecting to have a decent PIXIE wardrobe as soon as possible.  She is sitting up on my bunk, drawing out suitable designs as I am completing this entry.

 

While she is not here guiding my writing, I can say what “I” think!  I love her creamy tan skin.  It’s not a brown skin, nor does it have any warmth of the sun to it, like Audrey has.  It is a pale creamy beige.  It suits her. It brings out a softness to her lovely face.  I only wish I could finish her to her upcoming look, it is then that I think a name will come and we can move beyond this suspended time or the wrong wig and the wrong faceup.  I have decided that if the black hair and eyes do not work (or a trade with Miette’s violet eyes) that we will simply head up to DDE and try on wigs and eyes until we get it right.  It seems we cannot get past the clothing issue, the era issue until we have her sense of self established.  And I cannot help her experiment while on the truck!

 

Yesterday, I was able to take some photo’s of her outside the truck, but they are more descriptive of her than any photo I have taken so far, so I decided to create another blog about the experience of being with her.  As it is so simple to merge blogs I will merge Allina’s blog with this one so I can keep the number of blogs I have out there limited.  I will be working on that today and will post links as soon as it is all done.

 

For now:

2011-02-07 001  I just wanted to share that I found a tiny set of kitchen stuff that works perfect in her scale at a truck stop of all places and for only $2.39! Happiness!