Dolls & Ordinary Life

11:26 PM

Somersaults of life

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An old, but Christmassy photo of Noomi.
Well, we all know that feeling - we plan a thing or things, we prepare and we feel comfortable with the goals and hopes we have put on a list for the coming year. And when it comes to the day to revaluate and look back, we just hope that we made it. Did good, checked the list totally and feel like a new person. Grown, learned and ready for new goals and hopes.

But sometimes it is just ”meh” we meet in the end of that list with goals and hopes. 

I had five small goals and even if I did all of them - painting, crafting, reading, photographing and bonding with my dolls - it still feels like I did not do a thing. I did paint, mostly journaling and some tiny canvas paintings, but I did not keep it going as I would have loved to do. I did crafting, mostly crocheting, small tiny things, shawls and boots for the dolls. Reading, yes, a book a or two. Have one going on now. So, that is good. Photography - yes, took a lot of photos during the year, but have not posted so many on Flickr or Instagram by the way. Had some good moments during the summer time, but not much after. Bonding with the dolls - not so much until late October. Just cleaned some of my MH and EAH dolls and started to make wigs and repaint the dolls’ faces. Still have a feeling to let some go, but a piece of me is listening to my hubby. "Give them a chance. It will come."

It will be some kind of rebuff on this. Or as we call it in Sweden, "bakläxa". It is time to learn that lesson again and do the homework properly. Or maybe I am just a bit harsh on myself.

Enjoy the week that is going on! It is snowing over here, a lot! But it will probably rain away, before some new snow comes.
12:28 AM

Just a little mixed post

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Our pumpkins. Photo by my oldest daughter. She, her sister and friend made them.
Foggy morning, cold as in a freezer.
Sky is on fire!
Halloween is long gone and there are just a couple of weeks left of November. Time is really going by fast. Said to my husband today, that it was not so long ago it was summer and now it is dark, cold and snow in the air. The last weeks have been rather busy - family, work, school and other appointments. Or as I say, "too much monkey business".

Some of the gifts.
In the green little gift I found a tiny Merida and a cute new friend!
And that is why it was such a joy to receive a wonderful parcel from Alasse. It was filled with so much cute things - it really felt good to just explore this parcel and enjoy the things I found. So, thank you! Just to pick some of the things in the box - a tiniest tiny Merida doll, a chair for a doll, candy, some clothes for my Pure Neemos, pens and erasers (cute as can be) and two Monster High Dolls to practice face ups on. A great idea and generous too!

Yes to legit, no to recast.
And today, on the 19th November, it is the #proBJDArtists and I took a photo of my "new" star. Well, just the head is new - a Dollmore Zihu. More about her later on, in another post. When it comes to this day, you can as a collector show your support through buying legit dolls. The artists put a lot of work, love, tears, blood, sweat and make originals just for you. Theft is wrong, in any way. It is just hurtful for the artists. This new head did not cost so much, but I had to save for it and then I waited for two months. She is an original, she has an certificate and she is made by an artists, just for you and in this case just for me.

Have a wonderful new week ahead!
2:02 PM

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween has not been a holiday over here in Sweden for so long, just a couple of decades. It came originally from USA, through immigrants from Ireland, as a popular culture to us. In the beginning it was a fun feast for children, who dressed up to something in the theme of horror or death. Lately even the adults have started to dress up. From the 1990’s it has become a popular thing to celebrate. The English term ”trick or treat” has been translated into ”bus eller godis” - mischief or candy!

And from candy is not so far to sugar and from there we end up on ”Dia de los Muertos”, a day that is celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1st and 2nd. Even if this in one way collides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, some combine their beliefs with the ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. Here in Sweden we celebrate that day on the 4th November this year. It is a church day, remembering them we lost, praying and lightning candles. The graveyards look so beautiful with all those lights in the darkness.

I do not celebrate Halloween, but I thought that I could take some photos of Esther, with a sugar skull face up. I have always like sugar skulls and think that there is something beautiful with it. So, I thought I could give it a try. Made her a new pair of eyes too, of FIMO Clay. It was fun and I learned a lot. These eyes are not in the perfect shape, but I do love the purple color. Next time I will make the eyes a bit more rounded on the top. 

Husband drove me to Hammarby Hytta, a place with an old foundry and a nature reserve. The foundry was active between the years 1858 and 1923. The nature reserve has a valley that is from the time before the ice age. It was sunny and chilly day, but so lovely to be outdoors.

Enjoy the new week, have a Happy Halloween and say welcome to November.

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