Their first thanksgiving meal

Allina and Mikko had their first American style Thanksgiving.  It was still raining and so dark even though it was only 3 in the afternoon.


DSC00212 The had turkey and squash, corn and apple pie.


I finished Mikko’s hat and he could keep his head warm as it is quite cold out.  Allina needs her sweater next.  I have started a cream wool one for her.

DSC00209 Later, Allina was laughing at Mikko….


DSC00207  because he insisted on wearing his het to bed!


For us, the thanksgiving meal was not quite as nice.  If you want to read about it, I wrote up my frustrations here: Overkill on Turkey Day


We are on our way

Before we left, I shortened an old dress I had made for old Evie.  I didn’t want to cut it, so I made the old fashioned tucks to shorten it.  I put a petticoat under it and was startled to see her looking like Alice in Wonderland!


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Maybe it was in the way she was standing. I love this wig, it is thin enough to not overwhelm her.  It seems to change colours, sometimes it looks light brown, sometimes dark blonde and often a soft red.  I think it works for her, even though I do love her flax wig.  I am also glad I could keep Mikko in a red colour too.  His mohair wig is so cute on him, but he needs short hair that won’t get tangled on the truck.


DSC00115 DSC00114 As you can see, I just marveled over her and took several same-pose photo’s.  I think knee length dresses will suit her and I am so pleased that I have a source of shoes for her (and Mikko) from Deb’s Adorables.  Kish Lark shoes fit her perfectly (as they also fit young Evie).  I splurged and bought them each a pair of sandals, a pair of white boots for Allina and sneakers and brown saddleback shoes for Mikko. 


DSC00117 Here we are now on the truck.  They are sitting at the window at the end on my bunk.  I have decided not to make a cubby room for them, I need the cubby to hold my knitting, extra DVD’s and so on.  The basket is working perfectly, as they can also sit in front with me and be comfortable.


DSC00124 Here they are in the front with me.  Of course they don’t stay down there, only when the bumping gets a bit wild.


DSC00118 Today we are in Kansas picking up a meat load to Philadelphia and New Jersey.  Allina is marveling at the trailers filled with meat at the meat patch.


DSC00120 Mikko is having a ball watching the trucks hook up to the trailers.


DSC00122 I think we are all going to have a great time on the truck.  I sense a real compatibility with these two, me and all the traveling we must do.


I found some lovely wool on eBay that I purchased.  I am so pleased I got a good deal compared to what I found on home-time.  For the price of one skein at the store, I bought 8 skeins!  Lovely moss, honeydew, olive green, and a multicolour in lavender, gold and other colours I can’t remember off the top of my head.  All in fingering weight.  Happiness.


I did bring several yarns with me, plus the two sweaters I started.  I brought a cream white wool, a couple of small amounts of dark green and light blue wool (to work in a design), and two red cotton crochet thread to make Christmas somethings.  I could not find red wool before we left and I am very irritated about that.  I really wanted to make red Christmas sweaters.  It will have to wait until next year.  I am adamant about wool and cotton for these two.  Silks for the Chinaheads and wool for the woodens!  The resins can have the modern fabric and yarns.  I love how these things have fallen into a order.


I bid on and won a very inexpensive wooden doll ($10), I am not sure what I will do with her.  I wanted to see the jointing mostly.  I like her big hips!  More than likely she will become a doll to one of my companions. 


greenshot_2010-11-17_09-13-10 She is 8 inches tall, can twist and turn in her jointing.  She has “metal accents” at her waist and neck (?).  She is unusual and might be fun to see how she moves.

My Little inspiration

About another week, week and a half and we will get home.  This is now the time that I start to plan out what to take off the truck, what to accomplish while home, what to bring back on the truck…etc.


The basket chair was not necessary and not used and only served to get in the way, so that is coming off the truck.  As we are still dealing with heat issues and temp fluctuations, my resin girls are going to stay home and Allina will come with me on the next run.  Not only do I believe that wood will be the best solution for a companion on a truck, but I would like to get to know her, one on one without any distractions, plus I can work on a winter wardrobe for her.  I will take back the furniture I brought, leaving the fold out bed and bring a few books so that Allina can learn English and Danish, she remains Finnish in her nationality.  I also want to print a photo of Jussi and Mikko to put in a miniature frame I have so that Allina will have something of her past to have if she starts to feel homesick.  I have a couple of miniature photo albums, perhaps I can print out some of Siskos photos of the local lake and forest for her to have a whole album of her life in Finland.  That would be a fun project!


Of course this means leaving Evie behind on the next run and I honestly do not know how I feel about that.  It will be a good “test” for me and for her.  Yet, I have to admit that Evie’s legs have been difficult on the truck and frustrating every time I have picked her up and have to twist her legs around.  I constantly worry about the intense heat that builds up on top of the truck and penetrates down on the dolls.  I am putting them down by the air conditioner vents, but then I worry about the cold temp difference and of course, having them up front in the harsh sunlight….it seems I spend more time worrying than enjoying their presence.  My hope is that Allina is the answer.  I had thought about Jollyann, but she is an antique, so I had a bit of worry about bringing her too.  I worried about Miette getting a cracked head, the tiny ones getting lost….trucking is so rough, so bouncy, so limited.  I really need a companion that is hardy and can wear simple, practical clothes and live frugally.  From what Sisko has told me, she seems to be a country folk type and I am sure she is the perfect one that will fit in this crazy lifestyle just fine.


My mind is filled with going over some items that will be exclusively hers.  I have a lovely pewter mug, a plain pottery bowl, a lovely silver spoon and a red leather photo album that will be just for her.  I will make a quilt by hand for her too, that is something I can work on in the truck.  So far, I think I will have enough time to make these things while home:


  • Slip or chemise
  • Drawers with a tie or button (would really like to try the old method of making a crocheted button.
  • Grey wool skirt
  • Brown wool plaid skirt
  • stockings, brown, black and cream
  • Simple hooded cape.
  • flannel night gown

I think that some clothing I have made for Jollyann will fit, so I can’t make some of the above items, I do already have a couple of dresses, a nightgown and a cape.  I am inspired to try my hand at knitting socks too….woolen socks on wooden legs just seem right.  lol. 


I love how she is inspiring me before she even arrives!

Organizing the dolls

The sorting of my dolly world is almost done.  I have broken down my dolly world into these groups:


The BisquesMiette and Henri (antiques)  I will practice making clothing in the late Victorian era for these two.

The China’sCharlotte (antique)  Sarabonde (reproduction) both will become my “French  fashion” dolls, their garments will be made in the style of the mid-Victorian era.  Included here is Charlotte’s baby Kameko who is a vintage Japanese gofun baby.

The Vinyl’sSinatra, Lucy and 2 other 12 inch vinyl dolls (all for future photostories)

The Little’s – Girl of Many Lands Neela and someday Yupik, the miniature world I adore.

The ResinsEvie (Dollstown Seola), Audrey and Hammie (Dollzone BB’s Ani and Kay)

The OthersOlivia the Pig, Holger the Hedgehog, GML girl from India are all special character dolls for occasional photostories of their own, in the “fantasyland” genre.

The WoodensJollyann (Antique Schoenhut) and Allina (modern carving by Sisko of Finland)


With the upcoming major changes I will be going through, I have found some relief in organizing my dolly world, trying to find simple solution to the many things I will soon face.  I started the process by writing in the evenings, everything I could think of about each doll I owned.  Histories, backstories, inventory of their clothing and things….after awhile I discovered that I was at a loss for the reason some of them were a part of my doll world that was taking shape.  Asking myself what I wanted and needed from each of my dolls, I soon found which doll filled that need and everything started to fall into place, much to my great relief.


I want antiques and I have a couple.  I want a lady doll to dress, I have that in Charlotte.  I have my fine resins that I enjoy for their realism.  I want goofy soap-opery characters to make a story someday and have that in the 12 inch fashion doll crowd.  I have the odd ones (The Others) to fill in the fantasy side I love so much, with a pig and a hedgehog, I am sure they will bring a delight.  The girl from India will be my miniature.  Someday I want to get the Inuit girl too.  They can take over the dollhouse miniatures I love and cannot let go of.  And then, the ultimate of my dolly dreams….I have my woodens.  My Schoenhuts that I refinished a couple of years ago and sold have been the only dolls I sincerely regret selling. I missed them so much and bringing Jollyann home and refinishing her brought that all back and I want to explore this more.


In my hunt for another wooden, I was offered the chance to own one of Sisko’s fabulous hand carved dolls.  Beyond the fabulous opportunity to have one of her dolls, when I saw the photo of the wooden, I was so excited to find she was perfect in every way that I need for a wooden doll to be.  No cloth body, well formed limbs, a cheerful face, and not thin and fragile.  She is about the same size of my Schoenhut, and should be able to share clothing with her.  I love that she has the vintage/antique look.  My plan at this time is to give her a go on the truck to see if she may be the sturdy travel companion I so sorely need.  Here is Alli, which Sisko has named her, I have added na to the end of her name to bring it to Allina.


Pleased to introduce Allina (photo’s by Sisko)

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She is 16 inches tall.  I am so excited about her impending arrival!

Turn Off the Heat!

Yesterday we sat all day at a truck stop in Texas.  Being past mid October means nothing here, it got to 97 degrees outside and baked the truck to a much higher temp.  We melted and suffered.  The truck being black absorbed the heat, and my upper bunk became an oven.  We will have to get a small fan the next time we are at Walmart to circulate the heat up there.  The vents for the air-conditioning are down at mattress level, so all I could do was lay down and face the vent to get partial relief.  Imagine having to lay most of the day.  Crabbiness happens, I tell ya.  The lower bunk is enclosed so the air conditioning cycles better there, so at least husband was comfortable..  When the truck is shut off then the APU takes over and runs the air-conditioning in back, but there is no air-conditioning in the front of the truck where the passenger seats are.  So eating a meal or sitting in our seats is like sitting in an oven.  We can’t win and this just is a miserable experience all around to have to sit out a day in the high temps.  Once the sun went down and the metal of the truck roof cooled off, the air conditioner was able to cool the interior down, but at dinner time it was still hot and was it miserable for my husband to have to sit up front while I sat at on his bunk to cook.  He was drenched in sweat and turning beet red, I really felt bad for him.  We switched places when the meal was ready, I thought he would have passed out if we didn’t. 

This of course also affects my companions.  Their room is right up there at the top of the ceiling and I had to get them down and put them in front of the vent.  I stripped off their clothes and hoped to keep them cool.   I really didn’t think we would have this heat issue on the new truck, but I was wrong.  It makes me not only crabby dealing with the heat, but angry that it can ruin my dolls skin tones.  High heat can turn resin yellow.  I laid there with my girls under the air vent and felt guilt for subjecting them to this kind of life just because I don’t want to be without them.  This is a time that a wooden doll would be the best selection, but as much as I enjoy my Schoenhut Jollyann, I cannot imagine 5-6 weeks at a time without Evie and now, Audrey.  Also, sitting up front while driving, Evie at best can only be in my lap which means no computer or knitting.  She manages only an hour or so each day in my lap.  Audrey is more flexible about being up front with her small size, but then there is the sunlight issue.  I am so frustrated about the whole deal right now.  At this moment, I intensely wish that Evie and Audrey were made of wood.