Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Giveaway Alert: MDC

Giveaway - Last Call!

Nonna from Mommy's Doll Club is having a giveaway to celebrate her1000th post to Dollation.

What Could it Be?

Who has mini dolls in their collection? 
Now, do you have any mini boys
Ah, there it is! 
The LORI line's fall release includes an equestrian theme, horses, and boys! 
Or a boy. The giveaway is for an Evan doll. 
He's cute, right?
Of course, Evan could also be restyled to be a girl with a pixie cut. 
Head over to Mommy's Doll Club for all the details and to enter. But the deadline is tonight (Wednesday, August 17, 2016), so go quickly.
While you're at it, check out Dollation too.
It's a neat and informative site!

Best wishes!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Goschenhoppen 50th Anniversary

Celebrating the 50th Goschenhoppen Folk Festival

Grace, Kirsten, Melody, 2 or more

Getting Ready

I don't know. You could wear my blue dress.
It might be cooler than the red dress Lanie wore.
On the other hand you could wear my pink dress.
But that might get dirty. I wouldn't want to get anything on it.
My baking dress could work.
Will I blend in okay.
Not for Xyra's demonstration. She's 18th century. Much more to wear. But for the 19th century you'll do quite nicely.
What about this dress? It's seems nice.
It's the right century, but some might take notice of the buttons.
Oh. That's not good?
No, but you're not a volunteer so it doesn't really matter. Addy's summer plaid would be nice.
I'd be afraid of getting that dirty too.
Hey, what are you up to?
Trying to find a dress for festival.
Didn't you hear the news?
It's going to be too hot. 98 degrees and with the humidity it will be more like 110. Only Xyra is going this year.
[plops in the chair] 
Oh, no! That stinks!
There's always next year.
But THIS is the 50th anniversary. I was looking forward to sharing.
Yeah. You'll get next year. Xyra has a plan for this time.

Linney Takes on the Festival

As Melody mentioned it is hot and humid here. Way too much for any of the girls. No safe place for them either. What to do? Be like the Goschenhoppen - make do, fix it, wear it out. After setting up the butter area and starting the fire under the cauldron - yes, I still needed a fire to make hot water (I felt really bad for the women working over hearth fires all day and the blacksmith and even those with cookstoves. Yikes!) - I headed over to the tow doll area and made myself a true Goschenhoppen Girl doll to share the anniversary festivities.

Introducing Linney

Here is my finished doll with her other doll friends. 
Linney is on the left next to Maisey and her brother Husk and Towie is on the right. Don't they make a cute group?

At the Stage

Part of the living history of the festival includes performances and reports from experts on the area. Nearby Linney found this beautiful display of flowers.
Then she found the printed timeline of the Goschenhoppen Historian group. So many people involved over so many years. 
There were photo displays too.

Heading Over to Butter

Since it was after 10 we thought we should get back to our display area. On the way we stopped to watch the weaver. This is his first year at the festival. Linney was impressed by all the work he put into restoring the historians' loom.
The next stop was for a taste of homemade peach ice cream. This is where I, Xyra, first apprenticed at the festival. (My second year the ice cream lady had more help coming so I moved to butter.) The ice cream mix is in a pewter bowl. The bowl sits in a wooden bowl on a bed of ice. Salt is added to the ice. Then you put the lid on the bowl and spin the pewter bowl until the cream mixture starts sticking to the side. Then you stir it in and keep doing that until it is ready.
We made it back to butter where Linney posed with the butter bowls, paddles, and presses. 
Despite the heat we made 7 pounds of butter on Friday. Saturday morning the churn needed a bit of repair help. Luckily we are right next to gunsmithing and the men there were happy to help fix the churn.

Linney is hand sewn using linen, running stitches, whip stitches, natural stuffing of tow and cloth, and yarn. So what do you think of my Goschenhoppen Girl doll?

Best wishes,


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lazing on a Summer Afternoon

Lower Temp and Humidity - Yay!

Kaya, Lea, Melody, 2 or more

Out and About at a Local Park

Centennial Park. This looks like a nice place to walk.
Sure. Some sun, some shade.
Let's go! To the right!
That was a long loop!
I'm glad the last part is in the shade.
I see our car from here.
Let's check out the bleachers first.
They're kind of hot.
We won't be long. Pose!
Mel, What were you looking at?

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Grace, Haley, both

The house looks great!
Yeah, I think so too.
Tea and cookies for Rebecca and felicity.
Holly and Tama are hanging out talking and surfing the net.
Too bad the ceilings are too short for Madeline.
Well, she's used to old, French buildings.
Yeah, but estates not cottages.
Well, she's doing okay hanging out on the lounge chair.
We need to get a ladder to reach the third floor.
(giggling) Yeah! One of those library ladders would be cool.
Remember we need to pack things up when we're done.
Right. Why again?
Wow! Glad we had everything cleaned up!
Well, almost everything.

How do you spend your summer afternoons?

Best wishes,

Monday, August 8, 2016

Model Monday: Grace #3

Looking Cool

Nonna dropped by the other day. She had been to AG Place in Nashville and was our personal shopper. She brought back Melody's new glasses, a new tee shirt (you'll see that later), and a purchase with purchase outfit. I could NOT wait to try it on! Then we headed out to the garden.


Staying Cool

Which is your favorite photo?

Outfit Details

Skirt, hoodie, beaded bracelet: Summer Hoodie set (AG PwP July 2016).
Charm bracelet: My own (AG retired GOTY 2015)

Xyra's Notes

  • Hoodie: Opens in the back up to the hood; not too hard to put on but could be challenging for a very small person. There is a gap at the base of the hood before the Velcro starts for long hair go through.
  • Skirt: Very cute. Easy on and off. Some might think it is too short.
  • Bracelet: Fun, but if you have OCD the bead order might could cause some tension.
  • Colors: Love these colors. All represented will coordinate well with the new separates. 

A bientot!