October, I have no excuse for, except that I spent a lot of time crocheting, working and sleeping, as well as trying to keep the dogs entertained.
November saw me visiting Hilton Head with my best friend's family, rushing around like mad for the Thanksgiving rush (since I'm a dog groomer, everyone wants to get their dog looking pretty for any holiday, and obviously Thanksgiving is a big one.)
I may break this down into two posts, since there's a lot to update.
First off, I saw a lot of posts when the American Girl Create Your Own line came out. I spent the last few days playing with the options (late to the party, sorry), and while I like all the different options they have, I only have one or two dolls that I'd really like, and certainly not for $200. I can't justify that for one doll. So, while I'd love a dark skinned Jess mold (pic below this paragraph) and perhaps a light skinned Sonali, that will have to wait for a bit.
There has been another brand of dolls to catch my eye this summer. Zazou dolls is a new company that I believe will take the doll market by storm. I'm hoping to sit down and do an interview with the line's creator at some point, but I can tell you that the customability and variety of wigs, eye colors, and so forth make me so excited to get my first 3 dolls in soon. There will be a full post on them, with plenty of pictures. I am getting a brunette with deep blue eyes and freckles, a darker skinned girl with bangs, and a mythical appearing one with a lovely multi-colored wig and eyes. They'll be here either before or after the Christmas holiday, so it will be my own gift to myself.
(One of the 3 dolls... isn't she lovely?)
I did take the time to redress all the dolls for winter, and to pull 3 more or my dolls out of storage. I need to take better pics, but here are the girls for now.
This is Acacia. She is wearing part of the Enchanted winter outfit (Delia is wearing the rest of it! Versatility!!)
And this lovely little Madame Alexander doll has a new lease on life! I'm thinking of calling her Nyomi Keishi (no last name yet). She makes me smile every time I look at her, and other than the fact that I am still picking out glue from her wig (I was impatient, and didn't braid her hair first before trying to glue it down, resulting in a huge disaster - ALWAYS make sure the hair is out of the way before applying glue, ALWAYS!), she reminds me of a Japanese Alice in Wonderland. I'm figuring that this is going to lend itself to her personality.
I haven't named her yet (also, I think she may need to get sent out for a face up once I actually glue her wig down), but this is my vision of what Maryellen should've looked like. So, she is a bit more mature, and a new name will be decided on. In any case, she's darling.
Dahlia was excited to come out of storage, and of course, the first thing she did was to snatch up the "prettiest holiday dress" she could find. Mind you, we still have the one she wore last year, but she informed me that she had to try this one on, and that she loves dressing up. Somehow, I can see her being my elegant model in the future.
Iris is looking relaxed, comfortable, and as such, stylish. She posed with Dahlia, as well as on her own.
Alanna loves her new hoodie, and I'm pretty sure she will be wearing that most of this winter. Jack decided to join in for the moment as well. He adores Alanna.