Thursday, July 21, 2016

Page Update 2016

Blogs We Visit

Grace, Lanie, Lea, Melody, 2 or more

Doing Research

Okay, I've got the list.
I've got a laptop.
Me too.
I'm ready to take notes.

Working Outside

Okay, so here's the plan. We visit each link and if there is a post this year it stays. Posts in 2015 get moved to another part of the page. 2014 and earlier get deleted.
Yeah, that makes sense.
Not founds are immediately.
Right! Let's get started.

[Melody and Lanie report on links]

I think we have Sabine on the list twice.
You're right. I'll keep the link with the current title.
Another duplicate...and inactive too.
It's sad to say goodbye to these.
Yeah, but blogs are always coming and going.
And some writers get burned out.
Others have life changes that take more time.
New ones pop up too.
Yes, it's fun to see new ones; but also great to visit with old friends.
Don't forget to switch Bess to wordpress.
Got it.
And add Dolls of Texas.
Got that too.
We also have to add Clara, Faking it, Happy House, My Journey, and Small Dolls.

[More searching, typing, writing]

Only took 6 months.

When you have a chance check out the updated page. If you know we follow you and don't see your blog on the list, please forgive us and leave a comment below.

Best wishes,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Glasses 2016

New Glasses are Fun

I got new glasses! Aren't they great?!
I love how they blend in more, you know, not quite so obvious.
Plus look at the awesome pink and purple design on the arms.
They're not quite as delicate at my "chocolate glasses" are, but still aren't as strong as my rectangle glasses were. (sighs)

Do you wear glasses? Do you like choosing a new style when it's time to get new ones?

Best wishes,

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl. Items featured on this blog have been purchased for our collection.  All links are provided for information purposes only; no purchase is required or suggested. 

The Great Doll Blog Award

The Great Doll Bog Award

Back in May Treasured Friendships with a Flair nominated Tea Time with Melody Q for The Great Doll Blog award. We were very flattered. It's always nice to know your followers enjoy reading your posts and appreciate the work that goes into it. We are finally catching up (sort of) and wanted to take a few minutes to get it done and pass it along.

Thank you Christian H. for nominating us!


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate five (5) others who you think have great doll blogs.
  • Notify them that they have an award.
  • Leave them five (5) new questions to answer.

Questions for Us

1. What is one of your favorite things you've ever made for your dolls?
Our Camp Doll Diaries 2013 cabin.

2. What are your top two favorite doll brands?
American Girl and LORI

3. What is your favorite doll related activity?
Designing new outfits from our current wardrobe and photo shoots.
Book and tea reviews are favorites.

4. What inspired you to start a doll blog?
A dear friend's niece's doll blog.

5. Which do you enjoy more: writing for your blog or taking pictures for your blog?
It's a tie; I enjoy doing both. Sometimes conditions makes taking pictures 
extra challenging though. Then it's definitely the writing. :-D


American Girl #1 Fans
AG Doll Play
American Girl Place
A Teenager's Dollhouse
The Fellowship of the Dolls

Questions for Our Nominees

  1. What is your favorite doll find?
  2. Have you decorated rooms for your dolls?
  3. Of your many dolls; who is your go to when you need to put together a quick post and photo shoot?
  4. Do you plan and schedule your posts?
  5. What is your favorite doll food?
Thank you, again, Christian H.! (CH, Feel free to answer our questions in the comments section. ;-) )

Best wishes,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Humble Beginnings Plus

Once Upon a Time

Grace, Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Lea, Melody, Xyra, all

Have you ever found something interesting while reorganizing and wanted to share it?
We debated saving this for January 8, 2017 to celebrate our 4th Blogiversary...
But it was too fun not to share now.

In a Living Room Not So Far Away

If you've read my bio you know that I arrived around the turn of the century. Not Samantha's, but 2000 or 2001 if you're a purist. Well, Xyra and Franz got their first digital camera in 2006 and Xyra decided to practice with it. "Lightbulb!" Catalog my belongings. Don't forget I was an only until 2009. Here are the first few pages of the experiment.

She didn't have the layout quite where she wanted it, but worked with it.
The outfit photo is on back of the page with the description.
So here you see the Urban Outfit next to the Mod Outfit description.

In 2013, Xyra read her first blog and liked it a lot. "Lightbulb!" Start a blog and share these photos with the community. 
We've gone from seasonal shifts in attire to almost daily. (giggles) We hope to continue for a long time.
Isn't this a fun memory?

Now More Fun

Writing a blog uses creativity, grammar, spelling, words, punctuation, etc. That brings us to...

The Text Tag

Back in May Kara from Doll World tagged us with this survey.
Thank you, Kara!
It seems fitting to end today's post with it.


  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to them.
  • Answer the original six (6) text-themed questions.
  • Add a typographical/word related question of your own for those you tag to answer. [You'll answer a total of seven (7) questions. The last one is always changing.]
  • Tag 6 bloggers and notify them that you tagged them.
  • Include these rules in your post

Six Original Questions+1/-1

1. What is your favorite letter of the alphabet? 
X (giggles)
2. What are three words that you love? 
adamant, un-pernicious, meow
3. What are three words that you hate? 
Hmmm, we don't really dislike any words. 
Except for the nasty ones we won't use. 
We won't write them out either.
4. If you could create a word, what would it be and what is it's definition? 
akindakkan; it's another way to say "okay." (giggles)
5. What are you three favorite punctuation marks? 
! ; ?
6. What are your three favorite fonts?
7. (For Us) What word do you often misspell? 

7. (From Us) What is your favorite part of speech? Break out your "Grammar Rock." (giggles)

NonWord Related Question
Has anyone ever done a photo shoot of you? Yes, but not published in a magazine or online. My senior class photo session with a photographer other than the school provided one.

Our Tags

Say Hello to My Little Friends
Treasured Friendships with a Flair
Lunaville Dolls
Spreading My Joy
Faking it Mostly
The Doll Wardrobe

Best wishes!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Think Pink Today

Legally Blonde Turns 15

Kaya, Lanie, Melody, 2 or more

Hi! One of our favorite movies is celebrating a milestone today. Legally Blonde turns 15.
Reese Witherspoon shared a request for fans to wear pink today.
And also post photos wearing pink, with their pet, or of their law degree with the tag #LegallyBlonde15.
We don't have any law degrees...(giggles)
But we put on our pink...
And Caramelotta volunteered to pose with us.
Appropriately in a pink purse.

Elle Woods, you're awesome!
You broke out of the box someone filed you in.

Best wishes,

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Coolspring June 2016 4

Home Again!

Every trip comes to an end. It was fun to be away and meet new people, but it's also nice to come home to my own bed and shower. Not to mention my sisters are our furry friends.

This time we went into Punxsutawney for breakfast. Guess what?! Blueberry pancakes. Yum! When we got back to the museum we finished packing everything up and headed home. It's a long ride 4 - 4 1/2 hours.

Yay! Home!
Quick note - if you've been following Lanie's garden updates, our Coolspring trip was before the groundhog started visiting. You can see the lovely lettuce behind me.

Sharing Gifts

[These first couple of photos are a touch blurry. I apologize.]

Grace, Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Lea, Melody, 2 or more

Hi, Haley! What's with the new chair?
Flo found it and couldn't use it for her crew so she and Alya brought it for us.
Have you tried it out yet?
It's nice!
Are the other things from them too?
Yeah! Neat, right?
I love the purse!
Madeline and Genevieve are so cute!
Is this a scrapbook?
Sure! You have to look at it!
I'll pass it around.
Nice outfit! I love the pattern of the shirt.
Thanks. It's comfy.
This bear is so cuddly!
Kirsten! You're in here with Shivan.
Oooo! That was a fun photo. She's so much fun! I wonder what she's up to this summer?
Flo mentioned Louisa went camping. I'm not sure what Shivan is up to.
Hey, let's go check their blog?
Great idea!

Thank you for the goodies, Flo and Alya!

What is the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Coolspring June 2016 3

Day Three

More Exploring

Saturday at Coolspring is a little less packed than Friday. So I could explore the grounds more. But you want to get there early in the day; a lot of people head home Saturday.

After breakfast, boy do I love those blueberry pancakes, I helped with tent-keeping.
It felt nice in the shade.

While walking over to the Power Tech Annex I finally saw "the Jeep." (giggles) 
I'm not sure what the others see in it. This golf cart is more my speed.
Something caught my eye and I found the Hornsby-Akroyd.

I hiked up the hill to the Friends Exhibition building and found the Blackstone.
It's really interesting.

On the other side of the building a pretty red engine called me over.
It's a Backus.
This engine has an interesting hood over the governor.
You can find snacks up in the Friends building. Candy and Timbits and apples. 
It's a nice place to rest. I'll have to remind Xyra she should show Flo this building in the fall.

Pat's Place has this green Ruston among other engines.

And behind that is a new pavilion!
This will be fun when it's filled.

We stopped in Sudlow Station on the way back down the hill. 
It wasn't running, but it was nice to look at for awhile.

Hope you have a great Friday!