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December 31st, 2006
In my attempts to revamp the fashions page, I have created a new page about the Montoya family's clothes and Mexico City fashions. It includes dozens of photos and some pages from Francisca's famous "Libra de la Moda" or "Book of the Fashions."
I hope you enjoy! Hopefully the other families will be coming soon.
December 30th, 2006
As soon as Christmas was finished at the Montoya's household, Francisca and Josefina left town to visit their Tia Magdalena in Mexico City. Josefina is going to continue her training as a curandera, and Francisca is tagging along to see her friends in the city.
Their journey is not over yet, but the first half is chronicled in this new photo story:
Josefina and Francisca's Trip To Mexico City
Which is a special birthday present to our mother, Lark.
December 29th, 2006
Three days late, but I finally have the winner of our Website Treasure Hunt contest. Let me announce the winner: congratulations to Katie Huey who was not only first to send in her answers, but also got almost all of the questions right.
She will receive a Doll Nutcracker Sweatshirt.
December 24th, 2006
The dolls have returned home now from the Nutcracker, and are getting ready for Christmas.
As a Christmas present, I have put together this new Photo Story for your enjoyment, about the doll's Christmas Eve celebrations.
I will see you after Christmas for lots of new pictures and stories from the festivities!
Updates: New Photo Story: Christmas Eve
December 23rd, 2006
As the final Nutcracker performance of the year approaches, all the dolls are happily chatting backstage about what they are going to do when they get home tomorrow.
"We have to put out all our shoes for the Three Kings! They are going to put sweets in them, like chocolate and candy and things," squeels Rebecca Montoya to her little group of friends, "last year 'Tonio didn't get anything because he got too much wrong in the Bad Book. I've been amazingly good this year, so of course I will get lots of candy."
"Well I usually just go home and decorate," says Rachel, loftily, "Mother needs help putting up all of our stockings, and I am just the right one to help her!"
The trees are decorated at each house in the town, surrounded by carefully wrapped packages and waiting expectantly for their families to return home for Christmas Eve festivities.
Updates: New front page picture.
December 22nd, 2006
A few new updates to announce- first, the current contest will be open until December 26th, when the winner will be announced. Don't forget to try your chance at winning something special!
Also, I have added two new pictures to the fashions page and one new picture to Kaya's page.
December 19th, 2006
How well do you know the dolls of Pleasantville? Through years and years of playing dolls, we have developed tiny details about each of the characters, and some of that information is sprinkled around this website.
Check out our Contests page for more information on our newest contest! Just answer 45 difficult questions (the answers to ALL of these questions CAN be found in the pages of this website!) and if you get at least 35 right and send in your answers FIRST, then you can win a great prize!
Things are heating up at the Nutcracker, as the Mrs. Montoya gets increasingly annoyed at Cristal and Suzanne Wickon, who have taken to calling all the Montoyas "Pumpkin Bumpkin-Heads" and have been giggling about the "Pumpkin Bumpkin-Head Academy of Ballet" during their many hours getting their hair and makeup done for the big performances.
Mrs. Montoya has retaliated in her most superior tones, but nothing she can do will stop those two gossiping. So she has resorted to yelling at the props department. The flying carpet has been acting up lately, and it even got a vote for "favorite dancer" on one audience member's review sheet! So it has taken to strutting around the props department and putting on airs. Mrs. Montoya does NOT approve.
Updates: New Contest, and new front page picture.
December 17th, 2006
As the dolls prepare for their second performance of the Nutcracker ballet this evening for an overflowing house of 17 audience members, I thought i'd share this holiday tradition with our online friends here.
Although the Nutcracker DVD is postponed due to computer issues and might not be available this year, I have created a new photo story with pictures of the production so that you can enjoy the story too in a small form.
Check it out here!
December 4th, 2006
Sorry for no updates recently, we are unable to get an internet connection at our house (I am at the library right now) and so it might be a while before I can update next.
November 20th, 2006
"PAUL! Come inside! It's time to put the star on the tree!" Mrs. Windmill called loudly out the window.
"huh?" Paul said, too busy listening to music on his headphones while cutting out a window in the door.
"Come inside, Paul! We've got pizza and chocolate and a Christmas tree to decorate."
Celine proudly slid a steaming fresh pizza out of the oven covered in tomatoes and olives and mushrooms. She smiled proudly as she sprinkled it with cheese.
Paul was still dancing around outside, saying "humbug" and giggling maliciously as he "accidentally" trampeled Mrs. Wickon's rose bush while putting up the house Christmas lights.
Heather had just finished writing a letter to her friend Megan, and was just reaching for the stamps above the fridge when a scream came from Mrs. Wickon's house.
"Paul! Come in to help us decorate!" Mrs. Windmill said again, looking out the window.
This time Paul scurried into the house and shut the door as Mrs. Wickon's angry face poked out of her window. "OK mom, I'm here. Let's go."
Updates: Make sure to check out our Doll Nutcracker Sweatshirts which are only available during Doll Nutcracker season.
November 9th, 2006
Before I make another attempt at burning the Doll Nutcracker DVD and will not be able to use the computer for a while, I am excited to announce that our photo story contest winner's story, "The Princess and the Pauper" is now up and you can view it here.
Enjoy! Make sure to leave comments on the message board to let Ria know how much you liked it.
November 3rd, 2006
Halloween is over, and if you are a constant visitor to this site, you will know what that means! Nutcracker season is approaching and rehearsals have begun on this year's production.
Everyone is slowly getting back into shape at Mrs. Montoya's strenuous dance classes so that they can build up the stamina to last through the entire two-hour ballet during it's performance run this coming December.
The Nutcracker video is near completion, even though there have been slight problems burning it to disc so it may take longer than we thought.
Meanwhile, take a look at our Things to Buy section where I have added a really nice new item- souvenir Doll Nutcracker Sweatshirts!
These sweatshirts are new this year- very cozy and cuddly and perfect for your doll to wear while practicing ballet, doing homework, hanging out, or just wearing around the house. Check them out!
October 31st, 2006
As frost crinkles on the leaves underneath her feet, Clara Montoya is bustling around her busy little sweet shop today.
Everyone is buying their Halloween candy and treats from her, and she has to keep stocked up! A huge pot of chocolate bubbles in the back of the shop, and Clara is stirs, it giggling to herself that she feels like a witch, stirring up a potion in her cauldron. She removes a tray of fresh muffins from her baking oven, and places them on display in the front of the shop.
The Merrimans came in earlier and bought out all of her chocolate so she needs to make plenty more.
As the weather changes, the whole town knows it's time to buckle down their hatches and settle inside as the cold and frost approach and take over the landscape. The Larsons are already experiencing their first snowfall and are quickly getting used to having to stay inside their one-room cabin for long amounts of time!
Updates: new front page picture.
October 25th, 2006
Thank you for sending all your entries in for our photo story contest. They were all wonderful, and Willow, Solana and I had a great time reading them and looking at your wonderful pictures!
And now it is time for me to announce the winner of the contest, and also of a free Kitty Kapers DVD.
Congratulations, Ria! Your photo story, "The Princess and the Pauper" has won our contest.
A copy of this story will be up on the Contests page sometime next week.
October 22nd, 2006
I have finally put together all the pictures from last week's Masked Ball, which you can see in the new photo story called The Masked Ball 2006.
The ball was a lot of fun for everyone and the costumes, masks, banquet, and other things are still being talked about by people in the town, who are back at home and working hard at getting ready for winter which looks a lot closer this side of the ball!
I have been spending literally every minute of free time working on the new Doll Nutcracker DVD which is going to be an exciting new release with lots and lots of really fun special features including tours of Pleasantville during the holiday season, interviews with the stars of the Nutcracker, behind-the-scenes looks at the props, costumes, sets, and rehearsals and a hilarious blooper reel from our many years of Nutcracker performances!
This video will be released in November when I am finished editing it. I'm SO excited about this video.
Keep checking the Movie News page for information.
October 22nd, 2006
This is just a note to remind you all that the deadline for the photo story contest has been moved to October 25th, (this coming Thursday) to give some entrants more time to finish up their stories. Don't forget to send them in though! They are all looking great.
Also- we have decided that besides featuring the winner on our Contests page, they will also recieve a free copy of The Kitty Kapers; Case of the Stolen Dress.
October 18th, 2006
The Masked Ball will be finished tonight, and pictures will be up as soon as I can get them.
For now though, it's time to send in your photo stories!! The deadline is October 20th, this Friday. So if you would like to send one in, it would be a good thing to start working on it. I can't wait to see what you have come up with!
October 6th 2006
Mrs. Wickon is all of a flutter lately- flitting in and out of all the shops in town square, bothering the shop owners, making sure she has enough napkins, invitations, ribbons and money for her upcomingMasked Ball, which was such a grand success last year.
She has hired all the Parkington's maids and plans to cook the grand banquet entirely with her own recipes, including Elegant, Creamy Tomato Sauce and Tartine el Salmon among others.
Cristal Purr has been of the greatest help in the planning of the ball so far. She and Suzanne have spent a fortune on gift baskets for the silent auction after having secured a generous sponsorship by Lavendar Fox. Cristal has also been putting the finishing touches on Sonja's "Little Bo Peep" costume, as well as "Sheep" costumes for her little sisters, Vera and Katie. Cristal herself plans to go as "Cleopatra", and Mrs. Wickon has finished her gown and mask for her "Marie Antoinette" costume.
John, who was supposed to have been a bandit last year but ended up being called a donkey, has decided to go as a Scottish Highlander complete with a kilt. His dog has decided to wear a matching kilt to keep him company.
More news on the Masked Ball soon!
Make sure to send in your entries for our current Photo Story Contest, and send them in before October 20th!
Updates: New front page picture, added new information on "The Doll Nutcracker" movie on ourMovie News page.
October 2nd, 2006
Just a reminder: you have 18 days to send in your photo stories for our Photo Story Contest .
More news soon!
September 21st, 2006
And.... another surprise for today- I have added a new recipe to the Doll Recipes page. This time it's off to the Wickon's house to make a quick lunch of Tartine el Salmon.
September 20th, 2006
Surprise! We have started a new interactive feature on this website, our new Contests page. The current contest will run until October 20th, giving you one month to put together your own photo story, in order to win a chance for your story to be placed on this website!
This new feature is in celebration of our 100th page on the site. Can you believe that? 100 pages of Our Dolls! Hooray! I hope you enjoy the updates.
Make sure to start working on your photo stories! Check the Contests page for all the information.
September 19th, 2006
I've updated the Montoya's "Bad Book," the book in which Mr. and Mrs. Montoya write down all the bad things that their children have done to give to Santa at Christmastime, when he will choose which one will not get any sweets. There are some very funny new entries. Enjoy!
The Bad Book
September 17th, 2006
Added another new recipe:
Liberty Biscuits (Merriman)
September 17th, 2006
We've been busy around here, and I've added several more doll recipe photo stories:
Frijoles Bueno (Montoya)
Sweet Potatoes and Apples (Merriman)
Elegant, Creamy Tomato Sauce (Wickon)
As well as several new pictures on the Wilsons and Chens page, Kaya's page, and the Purr family page.
September 8th, 2006
I've just added a new section to the site, called Doll Recipes. I'm making mini photo stories out of each of the dolls many recipes. Right now there are two Montoya recipes up, Torrejas andQuesadillas. Enjoy!
September 6th, 2006
Both Nancy Merriman and Teresa Berg held their proper school tea parties today. The students of proper school are required to hold a tea party with a person whom they have defined as their perfect idea of a proper lady. Nancy and Teresa both picked Samantha Parkington, so she attended both of their tea parties in the same day. A new Photo Story, entitled Teresa's Tea Party, is up that has pictures and a story to explain just what happened.
Updates: New layout, (like it?), new photo story, Teresa's Tea Party, music clip on The Larson Family page.
September 4th, 2006
The Merriman's General Store is finally open in downtown Pleasantville! Using the old printery building (which has now moved to the old gift shop building), the Merriman family has been working hard to fill their shop with the finest quality imported and handmade goods to sell and rent, such as coffee, tea, fabric, thread, jams, and livestock feed like oats and corn. They also sell fine spices.
However, this is not the end of their goods- they've only just begun! In the future, they hope to sell soap, pots and pans, sugar, flour, salt, bowls, spoons, maps, dolls, toys and much much more! But because of their code of excellence, it will likely take them a while. The opening of the store triggered an amusing string of events, which you can read about in a new photo story .
Things are going well in the town, and the latest talk is of the upcoming Masked Ball, held by Suzanne Wickon. Everyone is planning their costumes and beginning work on their masks, and are very excited.
Updates: New photo story: The Merriman's General Store Opens, new front page picture.
August 8th, 2006
I worked all morning, and I finally finished uploading all of The Pleasantville Gazette issues, as well as some ancient issues of "The Official OUR DOLLS Newsletter" which we used to send out to people on our mailing list.
These are filled with pictures and fun stories, so I hope you enjoy the hours of perusal available in all of these!
Updates: new The Pleasantville Gazette issues, and The Official OUR DOLLS Newsletter .
August 7th, 2006
A new issue of the The Pleasantville Gazette was written this morning and delivered to the townspeople. It tells the great news of baby Peter Lars Anderson's birth, even though it is four months late. I have started a page with scans of the Pleasantville newspaper so you can browse their stories, doll recipes and advertisements. Keep in mind that the recipes are written for dolls and doll food, NOT humans! Please don't try to make any of them, they wouldn't taste very good.
We have many, many back issues sitting here right now, I just need to find the time to upload them all. For the time being however, enjoy issues #14, 15, and 16.
Updates: New Page: The Pleasantville Gazette
August 3rd, 2006
I've just added a new photo story using the pictures from the Parkington Twins' Travels in Europe. I have also added Purr Family, Town Residents, and Wickon Family pages to the Tour of Pleasantville page.
August 2nd, 2006
We are back now after a long hiatus, and Pleasantville is alive and humming once again. The sounds of a poker party are happily drifting out of the Larson's cozy cabin, while Suzanne and Cristal happily gossip about as many people as possible.
The Parkington household is glowing with pride at having recently won the "Most Beautiful Home Garden" competition, and all the credit goes to Mr. Hawkins, who takes great care and time into making the front garden and the grounds of the estate the most beautiful for miles around.
I have updated quite a bit today, although there is still a lot to do. If you take a look at the A Tour of Pleasantville page, you will see that every family now has a new family portrait, with each family member labeled in it. The picture is of the family in front of or in their house, accompanied by tags that identify the different people. I still need to upload the Wickon family and the Town Members and the Famous People pages, but for now I've got quite a lot of new pictures up! Also, be looking ahead for some new photo stories coming soon!
Updates: A Tour of Pleasantville and all of the family pages!
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