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Mother’s Day Cinderella

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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. 

“Belle”

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. 

“Cinderella”

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…………………..

Galina Ulanova

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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!

Galina Ulanova

  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 Cake

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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!  

Love,

Mommy   Beating Heart 

Ellen makes an appearance on my blog!

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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. 

Feya Balabina

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This little ballerina doll is my latest creation.  She is a completely original doll  that I designed myself.  She was crocheted using worsted weight acrylic yarn and baby-weight acrylic yarn (for her tutu).  I also used some sparkly tulle sewn to the under side of  her skirt to give it that lift.  She has  rose trim around her neckline, and organdy ribbons on her ballet slippers. 

Feya

The little rhinestone tiara was purchased at Coco and Toulouse Go Shopping, a sweet little store in the Sellwood/Moreland businees district in Portland.

Feya

The doll is named for famous Ballerina Feya Balabina. 

Here’s a little bio about her.

Feya Balabina was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1910. She studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School (pupil of Maria Romanova and Agrippina Vaganova). She danced with the Kirov Ballet from 1931-56 and made her debut as Tao-Hoa in The Red Poppy. Among her other roles were Masha in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, title role in Esmeralda, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Zarema in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, title role in Cinderella, the Tsar-Maiden in The Humpbacked Horse, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Lise in La Fille mal Gardée, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Jeanne in Flames of Paris, Paskuala in Laurencia and Nuné in Gayané.

Feya Balabina taught at the Vaganova School from 1953-73 and was a repetiteur with the Kirov Ballet from 1953-64.  

I hope you like my little ballerina doll.  I am writing the pattern so that I may share it with all of you doll fanciers.  I will publish it along with my other original doll pattern later on this spring. 

HAPPY SPRING AND HAPPY EASTER      Easter Basket

Meet Sunny!

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 Sun 2 Sunny is a doll that I modeled after my sweet, gorgeous daughter!  Sunny is a nickname that one of our family friends gave her when she was a baby, but it never really stuck.  It should’ve though, because she IS the sunshine in my life! 

Anyway, a loooooooong time ago, when she was receiving her First Communion, I made her a white dress, with a little short jacket, and a little crown of flowers.   This little doll, while not an exact replica, is reminiscent of her on that particular day.  She looked more like an angel than anything else. 

"Sunny" in her First Communion dress

  

Here’s a close-up picture of “Sunny’s” face.  Notice the flowered headband.  It matches the bouquet she’s holding. 

"Sunny"

I’m having so much fun designing making my own little dolls!  I have decided next to try making a ballerina doll.  I think she will be much bigger and taller than Sunny and Danielle. I am planning to go back to using yarn for hair, just because it is so much easier to work with, to style, and it comes in such a variety of colors. 

Eventually, I will put these patterns on my blog too, so that if you are inclined you can make your own little dolls!  Black Cat 2 

Betsy McCall

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Betsy McCall dolls were big back in the 60’s when I was a child.  I absolutely adored them and all the little outfits you could get for them.  This was before the Barbie doll, and to my mind, a much superior product. 

My sister and I each had one, mine was a brunette, and hers a blonde.  I eventually ended up with both of them because she was several years older and not really into dolls that much anymore.  I had a little, round, pink, hatbox-type carrying case, the two dolls, and many, many outfits, complete with shoes and accesories.  

One of my fondest memories is going to Lipman Wolfe, a department store that was near our house, going to their toy department, and choosing a new outfit for my doll.  This was something that only happened on special occasions, which made it all that more special. 

Unfortunately, once I had grown up and moved out of my parents house my Betsy dolls were given away, along with a lot of other childhood castoffs.  I probably didn’t care about them much at the time, but a few years later I became interested again and started going to doll shows, only to find dolls exactly like the ones I had owned, but at 6 times the price!  Oh, snap!  If only I had hung on to my dolls!

Anyway, I purchased a blonde doll at one of the doll shows that I attended back in the mid-1980’s.  I payed $65. for her, and she didn’t even have an original outfit or anything.  It took me a long time to even find shoes for her.  I wanted a brunette too, but I couldn’t find one that was in my price range, so I eventually gave up. 

Several years ago I saw some new Betsy McCall dolls in a store, and I just about went crazy!  I wanted one so badly, but they were pretty expensive.  So one year, for my birthday, I conviced my husband to let me buy one.  There was a cute little doll store out in Beaverton, Oregon that I found on the internet.  Sadly, it no longer exists.  But, my kids and I went for a ride and got me my brunette Betsy McCall doll!

She came with a little camisole, socks and shoes.  That was it!  The clothes were $25. or more per outfit!  So, this is what I did.  I got a pattern from JoAnn fabrics, and then I bought two different colors of fabric, and I made my two dolls matching outfits!  I really enjoyed doing it and I think they look fantastic!  See what you think.  

Betsy and Betsy

  I think I will always prefer the Betsy of the 60’s, but I have to admit, they’re both pretty cute.   Here’s a close-up of their sweet faces.  Eat your heart out Barbie!

 
Two sweet Betsys