Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Story Behind Penel

Best Laid Plans

Well, talk about a monkey wrench being thrown in the works. I thought we had a great plan for posting and then last week the photos didn't come through for the Taste of Britain post. Ugh! Well, I hope I have that fixed now. I checked on the PC and my phone. so far all looks good. But now I notice some issues with our signatures. I may have to redo those. Not looking forward to that. Oh, well. One day at a time. Now to the real post.

The Story of Penel

The newest member of the Silverleaf family is Penelope Blaire Silverleaf. She is to represent my other favorite aunt. Lanie is my dad's sister-in-law. Peni is my mom's (Gramma Enne's) younger sister. 

Peni is American Girl of the year 2019 Blaire Wilson. I thought she was lovely from the release photos, but her eye color was wrong. My Peni had blue eyes like her mom, Grace. Yep, no coincidence I also have a Grace in my collection. 💗 Then near Christmas someone mentioned she thought she would make a good Peni (or Penel as Gramma Enne called her). And weighing all things adding Blaire and renaming her slightly was more economical than a create your own.

If you check out Penel's Friday Factoids most of those choices are based on my aunt. She had a great smile and laugh. She was super talented and fun to be with. Mom and I miss her a lot. So I dug through some photos and found these of Gramma Enne and Penel with their dolls.

And this one of Grace with Gramma Enne and Penel.
Here is the Silverleaf version with Melody (aka mini Xyra).

If you're wondering, yes there is at least one create your own looming in the future. As we need to have Gramma Enne represented too.

This week, Blaire will truly become Peni. The waterfall braid has to come out and I know I will never get it back. I'm okay with that; She's Peni anyway.

Hoping everyone is staying safe in the latest crisis. Think of you first. Catch up on blog reading and commenting. Maybe think of some great new posts. 

Warmest wishes,


  1. Dear Xyra, I love the photos, the new ones and the old ones. I have named my dolls for family members also.

    1. Aren't they great! I love looking at photos - new and old.
      I kind of started naming that way thinking of the important people in my life then realized I should include my besties too, but then I need at least 10 more dolls. :-)

  2. Love the old photos, so fun! I love how you've named your girls after some of your family members.

    1. Thank you! My grandfather was a photographer; we are pros at being the subject of photographs. :-)