I haven’t been posting for a while because I’ve been busy creating new dolls and a new blog with my daughter! So from now on, we will both be using the same blog, laughingcatcreativeenterprises.blogspot.com and will not be posting anything more on our wordpress blogs. So please check out our new blog, but give us a week or so to get our new creations posted. Thanks!
My family always asks me what I would like for Mother’s Day and I usually come up with about 10 things I need or would like to have. This year was no different. But this year I asked for a doll. That’s right, you heard me correctly. I asked for a doll.
Now, this is all my daughter’s fault, because she’s the one who introduced me to them in the first place. On one of her trips home from college we went shopping and we were just about ready to leave the mall when we saw a huge display of dolls in the Disney Store. She’d been shopping with some girlfriends and had seen these dolls before and wanted to take another look. I never say no when it comes to looking at dolls, so I went enthusiastically along.
Inside the store they had these Disney Princess dolls that looked like little children. They’re called the Animator’s Series. Anyway, there were so many choices and they were all so cute, we had a hard time deciding which one we liked the best. We ended up getting Belle for my daughter’s 21st birthday.
Well, after that I really wanted one of those dolls too, only it took me forever to decide which one I wanted. I finally chose Cinderella, although Pochahontas and Rapunzel were my other two favorites. Here’s my Cinderella doll.
Here’s some advice for you too. Unless you have a lot of will power, do not go into the Disney Store! You won’t be able to decide which doll to buy, then you’ll spend way more money than you should, then your husband will be extremely mad at you and you won’t enjoy your new doll. Better to stay away! Or not…………………..
That’s right! You heard it here first! Feya Balabina and Galina Ulanova won a First Premium Blue Ribbon at the Multnomah County Fair over the Memorial Day weekend! I entered the pair of them in the crochet/original design category. In addition to my blue ribbon, I also won a small amount of cash. But really, I just did it for fun. I really enjoyed looking at all the other entries as well. Now I know what kind of talent I’m up against and will probably prepare an entry for next year. I might even enter something in the Oregon State Fair. Since it’s not until the end of August I have a while to think about it.
Anyway, here is their photo as they appeared on display at the Multnomah County Fair. If you look very closely you can see my reflection in the display case as I’m taking their photo.
Feya and Galina at the Fair
It seems as thought they’re having a little trouble standing up, but I think they were just not put back in their stands properly. Here are the two prize winners at home showing off their ribbon! I am so proud of them. You can see they really like each other as well.
Feya and Galina with their blue ribbon
My daughter Assunta also won a prize at the fair, but I would be spoiling it for her if I gave you any more details. To see her entry and her prize go to her blog peculiarcrochet.wordpress.com.
Feya Balabina and Galina Ulanova have been entered in the Needlecraft Department in the exhibit hall at the Multnomah County Fair this year! My daughter, Assunta, has also entered her wonderful Jack Skellington and Sally dolls, from the Nightmare Before Christmas! You just have to see them to believe them.
The fair is at Oaks Park in the beautiful neighborhood of Sellwood, in Portland, Oregon. It starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 26th and runs through May 28th. The hours are from 12-7pm all three days. The fair admission and parking are all free. So go down and enjoy the fair and take in all the exhibits. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite item while you’re looking at the exhibits!
This doll is a representation of a famous Russian ballerina named Galina Ulanova.
Galina’s bright blonde hair and rosy cheeks
I had a lot of fun making this doll. I love her because she has such bright hair. She is very fond of lavender, so she has an outfit made from variegated lavender yarn, accented with tiny lavender rhinestones. She even has purple earrings. The accent in her hair has purple and pink rhinestones. I am planning to enter her, along with my Feya Balabina doll in the Multnomah County Fair next weekend. Wish me luck!
Here is some information on the real Galina Ulanova. Enjoy!
Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova
(born Jan. 8, 1910, St. Petersburg, Russiadied March 21, 1998, Moscow) Russian ballet dancer, the first prima ballerina assoluta of the Soviet Union. She trained with Agrippina Vaganova in Leningrad and in 1928 joined the Kirov Theatre (formerly Mariinsky Theatre) company, where she began to dance leading roles and to develop the unique lyrical, dramatic style that won her wide acclaim. In 1944 she moved to the Bolshoi Ballet, and during the 1950s she toured to great acclaim with the company in Europe and the U.S. She retired from dancing in 1962 but continued as ballet mistress and coach at the Bolshoi.
Galina Ulanova as Giselle
Having retired from the stage at the age of 50, she coached many generations of the Russian dancers. She died in 1998, aged 88, and is buried in the cemetery of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.
Hello Kitty Birthday Cake and candies
My daughter is turning 21 tomorrow! She requested that I make her a Hello Kitty cake for her birthday. But, she wanted a chocolate cake instead of a white one. That makes frosting it difficult, but it came out alright. The hardest parts were the ears. I had to cut the cake into the proper shape, because, as you know, Hello Kitty’s head is not perfectly round. Then I had to cut out ears and “glue” them to the other part of the cake using frosting. Usually this works pretty well, but since it was such a warm day they kept trying to fall away from the rest of the cake. Maybe if I’d secured them with toothpicks it would’ve worked better. At any rate, it turned out cute and was extremely edible evidenced by the fact that it no longer exists. My daughter made cute little Hello Kitty candies to surround the cake with. You can see photos and a detailed account of how she made them at peculiarcrochet.wordpress.com.
Anyway, here’s my cake surrounded by her cute little candies. Let me know what you think.
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!
Oh, you thought I was talking about the other Ellen, Ellen Degeneres. Sorry if I misled you. Well, this Ellen isn’t quite as famous, but she is very special. And, I think, very beautiful.
Ellen is part of the Barefoot Children series created by doll artist Annette Himstedt in the 1980’s.
I believe that Ellen was one of three dolls in the first series. I fell in love with this doll the first time I saw her, and even though she was very expensive, I knew I had to have her. My husband actually made the last payment on her for me as a surprise Christmas present. He knew how much I wanted her.
Anyway, Mattel Corportation produced these dolls and they are very fine quality. All of Ms. Himstedt’s dolls are amazing. Ellen just happens to be my personal favorite. Sometime, when you get a chance, look up Annette Himstedt on the internet and see some of her other creations. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.