The days are getting cooler and a gentle breeze is sweeping by. The first few days of pleasant weather is finally here.
Aurora can't wait to get outside. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and its time to prepare for a delicious meal. She heads out to gather pumpkins and squash and to soak in the hearty feeling of Autumn.
Aurora wanted to be a flower fairy for Halloween. She wanted something cute and cheery, so we made her up a costume based on one of the fairies in a book by Cicely Mary Barker: Zinnia.
We couldn't resist to take pictures of her with actual zinnias. She looked just like a real flower fairy.
The dress is constructed out of two different color silks-one woven in pink and magenta and the other woven out of green and pink giving the fabric an iridescent effect.
Aurora just loves her costume. She's already planning her costume for next year!
After a long evening of Trick-or-Treating along the street, Aurora, Zoe, Mya and Chloe went back to the comfort of their home and threw a Halloween party.
They had spent the day preparing scrumptious desserts and they couldn't wait to sit back, relax and eat.
Zoe and Aurora pitched in to make a delicious batch of spooky cupcakes, while Chloe and Mya decorated the room and the table with leaves and pumpkins.
Mya chose the witch-hat cupcake with orange, mint and chocolate frosting. They're spooktacularly delicious!
It was so much fun this Halloween! The girls can't wait for next Halloween to celebrate and share memories!
After Wonder Woman came out, we couldn't wait to make a miniature replica of the outfit for one of our dolls. The construction of the attire was a delightful and interesting adventure. We wanted an almost exact replica, so we ended up hand making the bracelets, shoes, crown, shield, and outfit. The result was miniature battle-ready Amazon warrior gear.
The shoes, skirt and bodice are made out of thin leather, painted with acrylic paint. The shield, bracelets, and crown are made of metal. We will post a tutorial later on showing the construction of the attire with pictures.
Close-up of the shield which we made out of metal and painted to match the patterns on the actual shield.
Back-view, including a cross-belt to hold her sword.
A cool breeze is sweeping over. Leaves are beginning to fall in a cascade of colors. Halloween is just around the corner.
Aurora, Zoe and Chloe just went down to the pumpkin patch and gathered the largest pumpkins they can find............
It's time to open the pumpkins. "Can I help, too?", asks Chloe.
Scooping out the seeds...........
Zoe knows exactly what to carve on her pumpkin--a creepy, toothy grin.
Chloe's adorable Jack-o'-lantern
"Finished! I can't wait to light them up!", exclaims Aurora.
Tiny Talyssa is here! When the preorder for Tiny Talyssa was posted, we couldn't resist ordering her.
Like us, Alexis couldn't resist opening the package and helping to unpack.
She was getting a little lonely, since Laycee and Talyssa are away.
Meet Fleur! As soon as Alexis opened the box to let her new little friend out, both girls knew they were going to be best friends.
Fleur is about 10.5 inches tall.
My mom knitted this gorgeous sweater for our Little Darling dolls. Made with thin silk and wool yarn and tiny needles, it is a perfectly scaled-down version of a real sweater.
It looked stunning on Diana, because it brought out her sapphire-blue eyes.
Roses have always been our favorite flowers and this spring they are blooming in a kaleidoscope of colors--pinks, reds, yellows and even touches of orange.
Best of all, the sun is finally shining, so it is a perfect day for Emily to take a walk in the garden.
It has been a very busy spring this year, filled with new and exciting projects.
One of the projects came to life from a set of ideas to a drawing and finally to the finished piece.
The drawing above was drawn from a list of ideas. When the dress was made, we added more to it.
The completed ensemble--we added embroidery down the center of the skirt for an extra touch.
We also made a dress for one of my sister's birthday. The dress is made out of pink floral Liberty of London and is smocked on the sleeves and front bodice.
We also decided to make a matching dress for Aurora, so we scaled down the smocking to make it proportional.
Bella and Aurora decide to take advantage of their extra apples and make a scrumptious apple tart. " This is going to be so much fun!", exclaims Aurora.
First they make the tart shell. Bella slices butter sticks while Aurora starts to mix the tart dough.
As Aurora presses the dough into the tart pan, Bella carefully pokes a fork into it. "This will prevent the dough from rising and bubbling", she explains to Aurora.
The completed shell. Now for the oven!
For the filling, Aurora slices the apples and Bella combines the filling.
Bella fills the tart shell carefully with the filling. " It already looks delicious", Aurora tells Bella.
After the filling is set, the girls lick the bowl. Mmm!
Finally, Bella and Aurora place their sliced apples all around the surface of the baked tart shell.
Ready for baking! "I can hardly wait for it to come out of the oven!", exclaims Bella.
The tart is finished! "It looks so delicious!", says Aurora. "I can't wait to taste it !", exclaims Bella.