Recent additions to the family

In the last few months a few of the later, pale vinyl Gotz kids have come to live with us. Usually the first thing I do when a new kid arrives is change them out of their clothes and store them away, partly to keep them safe and partly because I don’t usually like the original clothes they come in. But these later Gotz dolls have really well-made outfits and they suit them very nicely so today I asked the kids to huddle together for a family portrait in their best clothes and provide me with the makings of a weekend jigsaw. They were quick to remind me that the family’s not complete without big sis Anika and little baby Matti, oh, and a few toddlers as well, but the search is still on for them  🙂

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They are, from left to right, back row first, Yvette, Stella, Carmen, Wibke, (front row) Meike, Simon, Lars and Stine  ❤

Spring is when thoughts turn to Babies …

..and this Spring we have had two new Gotz Babies in the space of two weeks 🙂

From left to right we are ..

Baby Simon,  Baby Meike (who joined us a few weeks ago) and Baby Lars

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and our two big sisters are (left) Stella and Yvette so now we are the Fabulous Five . We know there are still a few members of our family missing so we are looking out for them wherever we go.

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But then, just as we were starting to settle and get to know each other, another little one came to live with us and she was a bit younger but she can already stand up and walk ! She’s not like any of us.

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She says her name is Lisa and her Mum/maker is Sieglinde Frieske who makes dolls for some nice people called Schildkrot. She’s tiny;  only 28cm tall, has real hair (!) and hand-blown, glass eyes. She looks ok now so maybe that wasn’t as painful as it sounds.

She arrived all ready for an English Spring, with a raincoat and an umbrella..

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but then she noticed the other little ones were enjoying the sunshine and didn’t have raincoats OR umbrellas so she took hers off and set them down.

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She has very nice manners. When she noticed that  both Simon and Lars had sun-hats but Meike didn’t, she offered to make some room under her umbrella – now re-purposed as a sun-shade – for Meike.

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Will you come and sit with me Meike?

We’ll leave them there for now, getting along very well in their own secret sun-hideaway, while the boys enjoy playing with their toes, the ways boys do.

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Welcome to the family Lisa, Simon and Lars ❤

 

New boy gets a new hairdo and new best friends build something together..

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New boy (Greg for now in his temporary ‘new arrival’ Greg jumper) was so embarrassed about the trail of hair he was leaving that he asked if he could have a new haircut. He has a very short cut now and while it grows ( 😉 ) he’s chosen a dark auburn wig. I gave that a bit of a trim too because it wasn’t quite right and now he’s feeling a lot better. It’s a bit darker than Cameron’s red hair, but still definitely red and he likes that.

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He and Cameron are bonding over a construction job today….

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eBay photo on a cold desk at Oxfam HQ

PROJECT :

Today the boys wanted to build something (I think they just wanted to use some big boy tools) and they’d seen Henry’s bookcase and wanted one like that. I don’t think there is another one just like Henry’s so they got the next best thing.

They asked for a little Ikea Ivar bookcase for their bedroom and promised to put it all together themselves. When it arrived they raced for their toolbox and both thought they knew exactly what they would need..

…but when they opened the box they found the nice people at Ikea had included the perfect screwdriver for the job and some tiny little screws too.

They took turns following the funny little picture drawing instructions and screwing the little screws that hold the cross-bar supports on the back and had fun trying to read all the different languages. There are people all over the world with a bookcase like ours, they marvelled 🙂

Once the supporting cross-bar was on they stood the frame up and began to slot the shelves onto the tiny little supporting bars and in no time at all they had a bookcase !

 

Little Ted pulled up his Ikea Poang chair and claimed he’d been there all along, encouraging and directing proceedings and that if it wasn’t for his input it might not have gone so well.

The boys smiled and winked at each other. They knew they’d done a great job all by themselves and all that was left to do now was clean up a bit.

Cameron got the Henry out and swept up the mess and then they posed  for a triumphant photo in front of their creation.

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They are feeling very pleased with themselves now and making a list of things they absolutely must have on display on their new shelves, but that will have to wait until tomorrow…..

Valentine Weekend Jigsaw

20170210_103339Yes, she is another new girl but she really is the last for a while. I need to save up now for Nottingham 🙂 She is a lovely 1968 girl who has been completely re-rooted by Alison Parnell and given  luscious locks and a sweet, slightly curled fringe/bangs. She’s trying on a hand-me-down Vintage Sasha dress and navy shoes by Marti and making sure she’s ready to meet the rest of the girls. Her ‘new arrival’ toy is a sweetheart nose bear, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Weekend.

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❤  We’d both like to wish you all a very good weekend !  ❤

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Click on the link below for the jigsaw

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How could I forget !

I am a bad Mum and I don’t deserve to have these lovely dolls. Well, I certainly deserve a slapped wrist this week ! Because she was perfect when she arrived and didn’t need any new clothes or even a hair-brush, this little girl joined the other big kids upstairs straightaway and then Mum completely forgot about her debutante photo-shoot.

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Better late than never, here is yet another new family member to introduce. It will slow down now, it’s not usually like this 😉 . She doesn’t have a name but she does have a lovely dress by Ginny,  socks by Ruth and shoes by Paula. Her completely re-rooted red hair is by Alison Parnell and has beautiful layers, a full centre parting and shorter pieces framing the sides of her face but no fringe or bangs.

For her ‘new girl’ toy she chose a tiny baby doll, about 2″ tall, dressed in an amazingly tiny knitted dress, cap and bootees and who sucks her thumb continuously.

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So we now have five redheads in the family and they will have to appear together one day in all their titian glory when I’ve managed to colour coordinate their outfits to do them justice 🙂

Another little Gotz joined us

…….Baby Simon  ❤ ….all the way from the Netherlands and he arrived in record time..two days, door to door !!

20170205_164720_richtonehdr-001Big sister Stella, who came to us last week, has taken him under her wing and has asked me to please make him some socks or find him some shoes because his little feet look cold. She’s right, he is dressed for warmer weather. He’ll have to borrow some for now though because that’s what happens to all the new kids for a little while.

Another, bigger kid came this week too. This little lad had been given to an Oxfam shop and they listed him on eBay which is where we found him, looking very neglected, cold and very dirty, with only a pair of crimplene pants, held up by a rubber band.

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He had to come and live with us, we couldn’t leave him there, shivering on a cold desk

He arrived quickly too, we can’t complain about the post this week  🙂 and had a spa and a hairwash…(that wasn’t all good because quite a few hairs fell out but his hair was very dirty) and then dressed himself warmly in the ‘just arrived’ Greg jumper and corduroy trousers that everyone wears when they first arrive until Mum finds time to knit something just for them. Mum’s not sure what to make of him yet. His hair and eyes say 1969 but his stringing is white and brown so that makes him 1972-3. Hmm. In any case he’s a bit floppy so he’ll have new stringing soon.

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Every new arrival gets their very own toy and this lad chose a wind-up robot that Mum was chuffed to find on the £1 table at last year’s SCW. He’s much, much happier and cosier today and is even sharing the babysitting with Stella tonight so he’s going to fit right in 🙂

Stella has her own outfit now (she only had to wait a week) and her original Gotz dress and clogs are stored away. She loves her new dress by Karen Warneka (via Aunty Shelly) and I knitted her a very quick hat to keep her hair tidy and her ears warm. Her boots are a good match for her dress in burgundy leather, by Gayle Rotheim.

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This week’s jigsaw is dedicated to the new and almost new arrivals. Click on the link below to solve this one…

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Please excuse the cat sleeping on her own furry blanket in the background. I didn’t spot her until it was too late .

New arrivals

Well, I said Baby Meike was the only Gotz doll in the family so far…..but not any more.

20170126_112410Yvette and Stella have joined us now, thanks to Aunty Shelly and as they arrived for their turn in the photobooth, Pintucks was just leaving from her photoshoot.

20170126_112331They were keen to ask her what it was like here. All Pintucks thought they needed to know was that there will be a lot of trying things on and then posing for the camera in tickly jumpers.

Well that’s true, but for now I just wanted to share their sweet faces with you….and Yvette’s amazing hair !! ❤

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Featured girl of the day

Please meet a little 1969 waif who came to live with me through the kindness of a friend.

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I haven’t given her a name but she deserves one, she’s a trouper and maybe you could suggest one for her.

She has her original flecked stringing which is still going strong and beautiful soft brown eyes and peachy lips, and today she’s looking lovely in a green velvet jacket by Frances Trickett, a sweet, tiny check dress by Ruth, and shoes by Rosie Bloom…..

…..and the other thing she’s wearing is a wig,  because she has lost most of her own hair.

She doesn’t mind though because she gets to wear all kinds of different wigs and look different every day. Who knows, she may be a blonde tomorrow….and then curly maybe.

She looks lovely to me in all of them and deserves a bit of the limelight. All she needs now is a name ……any ideas ? 🙂