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January 12th, 2007
As the town prepares for their New Year's Ball at the Merriman's house, the Parkington's are quickly taking down their Christmas decorations, catching up with the taxes and making a lovely turkey recipe for the potluck. They are reading essays and practicing the piano as they go, as the recipe tells them to.
Also, the printery has been busy and produced a new issue of The Pleasantville Gazette, which I have now uploaded to the site for your reading pleasure. This is the first one for almost 6 months, so enjoy! Hopefully Suzanna will have more time in the future and plenty more contributions to make the issues more often.
Updates: New issue of The Pleasantville Gazette, Number 17!
January 30th, 2007
The strains of a the Brahms piano trio that Elizabeth and her friends are playing in the music room wafts in through the kitchen door as Samantha and Teresa giggle their way through a recipe. They are having such fun trying to actually cook their own food for once- and now they have so many good recipes to try out! Yesterday it was the strawberry bread and eggs olympic, today they are fixing up a blackberry cobbler for breakfast and cooking a hot cup of tea.
The maids look on from the dining room, where they have been sent to clean the house rather than cook. The Parkingtons, you see, would much rather do their own cooking and let the maids do the rest of the work (including serving the food and doing the dishes when it is all done.)
Meanwhile, in the Pleasantville train station a visitor is stepping off her train... Traveling Emma is here and pictures will be coming soon!
Updates: New front page picture
January 31st, 2007
Traveling Emma has arrived in Pleasantville and is slowly visiting each family and doing lots of fun things with them.
You can see her picture on our Traveling Dolls page. Links and photo stories of her visit will be coming in the next few days.
Also, we have two lovely new Doll Recipes up! Traveling Emma fixed up a beautiful Chicken Pudding while she was at the Merriman's house, and I have added Mushrooms with Oil and Lemon to the Parkington's recipes.
Updates: Several new Doll Recipes, Traveling Emma profile, new front page picture of Felicity and Emma.
February 1st, 2007
I brought back another recipe that was done last year when Traveling Ruthie was visiting us in April of 2006.
February 3rd, 2007
And I can finally offer you quite a treat, as all of Traveling Emma's photos are finished, and there are four new photo stories telling of her adventures here in Pleasantville. Enjoy!
Traveling Emma visits the Larsons
Traveling Emma visits the Merrimans
Traveling Emma visits the Montoyas (quite long, we got a little bit carried away! Make sure to read to the end, it's very funny.)
Traveling Emma visits the Parkingtons
And now it's sad that she has to leave. But we hope you enjoy her visit through these pictures as much as we did. And everyone stay dry, please!
Updates: Four new Photo Stories, updates to the Traveling Doll Profiles, and a new front page picture.
February 3rd, 2007
I have also added another new recipe today:
Eggs Olympic (Parkington)
March 21st, 2007
I must apologize for the lack of updates in the past few weeks. Everything has been very crazy around here lately, and we are leaving in about a week for our trip to Scotland for the world championships. As soon as we get back I expect to update this website much more often. But until then, enjoy the content that is already on the website.
See you then!
April 13th, 2007
I'm happy to say that we arrived home from Scotland yesterday, and i've managed to update the website slightly with audio clips on The Montoya Family, The Larson Family, The Merriman Family and quite a few of the Photo Stories pages.
More updates will definitely be coming soon.
April 19th, 2007
Suzanna Wilson jumped out of bed early this morning, downed a good cup of tea, and sat down at her laptop to begin the latest issue of the Pleasantville Gazette. It was 4 AM, early enough to write and print the newspaper and deliver it before most people were even awake or heading to work.
"Now, what should I write?" She asked herself, drumming her fingers on her wooden desk. "No one has done anything bad lately, everything's going fine, but everyone wants a newspaper! What do people want to read about?"
As she sat there, lost in thought, Alex came downstairs, yawning and stretching in her fuzzy bathrobe. She headed over to the stove and put on the teapot. Alex always put on the teapot, without fail, first thing in the morning. She would make the same pot of tea. Some Chinese recipe for perfect tea.
"Everyone in this town is obsessed with tea," Suzanna observed. "Maybe I should write about tea!" And so, the latest issue of the Pleasantville Gazette has been released. You can read all about it yourself here!
The Pleasantville Gazette
April 19th, 2007
I have just updated the Bad Book with some new entries from the end of 2006 and the first entries from 2007. Just scroll down until you see "NEW" in the 2006 entries. Have fun reading about those naughty Montoyas...
The Bad Book
April 20th, 2007
Today I have added two more yummy Parkington recipes:
April 25th, 2007
I have quite a few new Doll Recipes for you today! Enjoy!
Basic Bread (Larson)
Chili In Spud Bowls (Meg and Ali)
Swedish Potatoes (Larson)
Tomaten Salad (Larson)
Confetti Fried Rice (Meg and Ali)
Swedish Rice Porridge (Larson)
Beef Stew (Larson)
Fried Ham with Gravy (Merriman)
Updates: Lots of new recipes, a new front page picture, and a new picture on the Photo Stories page.
April 25th, 2007
I have very exciting news! I've finally gotten my first video up and ready to share.
Nancy FIVE News Special
This video is one of the behind-the-scenes features that I made for the Doll Nutcracker DVD. It is a series of interviews with the top stars of the Nutcracker ballet, including a commercial for Cristal's Hair Salon and Nancy Merriman reporting live from town square in Pleasantville. Enjoy! And please leave your comments as feedback for the DVD!
May 2nd, 2007
I just updated four pages today (Kaya's Page, The Montoya Family, The Larson Family, and The Merriman Family) but there are plenty of new pictures.
To enjoy yourself completely, make sure you turn on the music clips at the top of the page while you look at the pictures. : )
May 12th, 2007
I have a few new goodies for you today!
First, a new youtube video. This will probably be the last one i'll post before the Doll Nutcracker DVD is released. It's a video of Mrs. Montoya, Josefina, and Felicity teaching viewers how to do "Doll Ballet" moves, with clips of the moves being used in the real ballet. You can see it here: Mrs. Montoya's Ballet Studio .
Also, I've added lots of new poems written by Nancy Merriman, along with cute pictures of her which you can see here.
There are also pictures to accompany Josefina's journal which you can see here.
Although you may not have noticed any changes to the website in the last week, i've been working very hard on it behind-the-scenes to get ready for some plans I have coming soon! This will probably take a long time, so you might notice some broken links and pictures not showing up. If you do, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know, and I will fix them a.s.a.p.
June 5th, 2007
This video documents the proper school students practicing and preparing for their final exam, and also shows them taking the exams with Miss Samantha, testing their singing, recitation, sewing, handwriting, and tea preparation and serving.
Proper School Final Exams
I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately, I just got a new computer and it's taking me a while to get used to it, even though it will eventually be great for the website.
June 13th, 2007
"FRESH FISH!" echoes the cries of Kaya across town square as the sun peeps up over the green fields near the Larson farm. It's 5 AM and the only Mr. Larson is awake, but as soon as Kaya sets up her screaming along with her mat of salmon and trout, the whole town stirs.
Not everyone is pleased that it's another day in Pleasantville, however.
"Would she quit that horrible racket?!" Cristal Purr mumbles as she grabs the nearest fluffy purple pillow and presses it to her ears. She rolls over in her little canopy bed and tries to regain her dreams about buying up Mrs. Fox's mansion and becoming the richest person in town, but sadly it's lost forever.
"Drat it all," Cristal growls and crawls out of bed to her set of drawers to find a dress to wear. "I hope she knows she will never ever get any business from me. Hmmph."
As Mr. Larson puts on his hat and takes his morning walk down to the food stand from his house, he sips his coffee slowly and smiles at the rising sun. Today should be a good day, he thinks, slipping his free hand into his pocket and ambling happily along the trail.
When Mr.Larson reaches town square, it's the signal for all of the other businesses to open up shop. Mr. Merriman and Clara Montoya have arrived from uptown, and are flipping the open signs on their stores. Suzanna Wilson emerges tiredly from her apartment, carrying a stack of newspapers that she wrote the night before along with a huge notebook full of story ideas. She didn't get much sleep last night because Mrs. Wickon kept calling her with last-minute changes to her popular gossip column.
Laura and Paul swing into town on their bikes, stopping by to say good morning to Clara and pick up some frosted donuts for breakfast at the sweet shop. Then the two of them take their places inside the post office, Laura making new stamps and Paul sitting down at the switchboard to take the town's calls. The two of them pick up where they left off reading each other ghost stories out of a book from the library.
In the apartments, Megan hurriedly showers and runs out the door dressed in her Parkington maid uniform, leaving Alison snoring and drooling on her pillows, murmering something about cowboys and lizards. She doesn't have to wake up for another 5 hours at least. Angelica also hurries over to the dress shop to get ready for the new dress shipments that Mrs. Merriman promised.
As the sun takes it's place in the sky and the Parkington maids make the first purchase of the day (food for the Parkington's 4-course breakfast), Cristal finally makes her way towards the front door of her store. Because she was awoken so very rudely, she found large purple bags under her eyes which were hideous to behold, so she took an extra 2 hours to give herself a relaxing bubble bath and a facial before flipping the sign on her window.
And by the time the rest of the town begins to wake up, (first the Montoyas, followed by the Larsons and finishing with the Parkingtons late in the morning), Kaya continues her happy yelling as she waits for today's customers.
Today's another day!
Updates: New "Fun Question of the Week" thought up by Solana on the Feedback page.
June 21st, 2007
Today I have quite a treat for you: the first half of the Merriman family's fashion page. This shows you what is fashionable in the Merriman's household, and the many layers of clothes they have to put on every day! The second half ("what the boys wear") should be coming very soon, I just have to take a few pictures.
Here it is:
The Merrimans (1770-1790)
June 22nd, 2007
I've finished up the Merriman's fashion page now, adding the boy's fashions. These are quite ridiculous by today's standards, but the Merrimans stick by the rules of fashion by wearing wigs and stockings every day to work.
You can view this page here.
I've also added a new section on the page for "how tos" and crafts you can make for your dolls. Our first one is How to Make Tea. (Doll tea, that is!)
Also coming soon are pages for each of the doll's chores. Every doll has a list of chores that they do every day. We will be releasing one of these photo stories every day for the next few weeks, so make sure to check back every day for a new chores story!
Updates: New pictures on the Montoya, Merriman, and Kaya pages.
June 22nd, 2007
Today we have our first day of chores! Lara Larson is the mother of the four Larson children, Kirsten, Anna, Britta and Peder. She is of Scottish descent and is very proud of her heritage from the highlands. She works hard, but enjoys her life up in the hills of the village.
Lara Larson's Chores
Which chore do you think is the most fun? Reply via the Feedback form.
June 23rd, 2007
Happy Saturday! It's the second day of our month of chores, and today you get to see what Kirsten Larson's daily responsibilities are.
Kirsten doesn't like doing chores- she'd much rather be playing her fiddle, visiting with friends, or running around outside. But she likes taking care of animals, and luckily her chores let her do plenty of that.
See her chores here.
Don't forget to check back tomorrow and the day after for the next month for more chores from everyone in Pleasantville!
June 24th, 2007
Today i've added our third chores list out of the twenty five or more lists that we have coming this month. Today's character is Louisa Hawkins, Teresa's nanny and the Parkington's housekeeper. She has been serving the Parkingtons for over 20 years, and is respected throughout Pleasantville for her fine cooking and excellent management of the Parkington staff.
Her chores can be viewed here.
Updates: I'm not going to keep posting little blurbs about each person on the main page, instead i've added a doll chores page with all the previous chores lists that have been posted, and there will also be a link to the current chores list at the top of the home page, which will be updated every day. Make sure to let us know what you think of this, and what else you think we should add via the feedback form or with our email at email@example.com .
June 26th, 2007
Today i've added a new poll to our contests page. How often do you check www.ourdolls.net? Everyone please vote, I'd like to get an idea of how many visits i'm getting so I can decide how often I need to update.
July 4th, 2007
It's a busy day in Pleasantville as the Independence day arrives, the Wilsons have just finished eating their breakfast of pancakes with strawberrys and blueberry sauce and they are now all searching the attic for extra fireworks leftover from last year. Alex was just saying, "I think I saw some fireworks in this corner the other day," when suddenly they heard a racket coming from uptown.
"OoOoOOOOOh Saaaay caaahn you seeeeeeeeeee.... BY the DAWN'S eeeearrrlllyyy liiiiiigggghhhtttt..." sang Mrs. Wickon, loudly.
She was very happy because John had just told her that he would buy her the extravagant "Miss America"dress in the dress shop window that she had been wanting ever since she had first seen it. John had only given in when Suzanne had threatened to not make shepherd's pie for dinner. Suzanne was just finishing her song, when Laura Windmill poked her head out of her window and called out to Mrs. Wickon, telling her to "be quiet!" for once in her life. Mrs. Wickon's happy spirit was not broken though, and she continued to sing even louder.
In the Merriman's house across town everyone was bustling about getting ready for tonight's events. Mr. Merriman was practicing his speech while he put on his curled wig, because as he was the Governor of the town he was to make a speech before the fireworks began. Mrs. Merriman was laying out her daughter's dresses on their beds when Rachel walked in carrying her doll who she had dressed up in a dress just like her own. Rachel put her doll down by her dress on her bed, and went outside to see what Nan and William were up to. She was quite angry when she found out that while she had been helping her mother pack the picnic for tonight, Nan and William had been jumping around in mud puddles from last night's rain!
The Montoyas, on the other hand, were quite relaxed as they had already made their dinner of fish tacos and they were now relaxing in the sun while they drank some of Fransisca's "agua de jamiaca" which was a drink of cottonwood blossoms with sugar and lemons.
The Larsons were approaching the Pleasantville independence day celebration with high spirits and were stocking up the food stand with butter, cheese, milk, ham, green beans, lemons, and seasonal berries. The Larsons had an important role during independence day, and that was to keep the food stand stocked up for the many costumers that usually come to buy food for parties and social events.
Peder had a fun time saying "boom, crash!" whenever fireworks were mentioned.
The Windmills were just lighting the barbeque when Angelica, Megan, and Alison arrived for dinner. Laura had a fun time showing her friends the amazing firework collection that she had, and after dinner they all sang the national anthem before walking downtown to the large grounds that the Larsons had offered to use for the fireworks. Soon, the rest of the town arrived and set up a blanket on the large expanse of grass. A white convertable pulled into the parking lot at a breakneck speed, and Cristal Purr hopped out and went to join her friends Sonja and Suzanne who were all wearing fancy red, white and blue dresses with patriotic jewelry. Suzanne Wickon had a fun time showing off her new dress and Cristal and Sonja took turns ooooing and ahhhing at just the right times. Once everyone had arrived, Mr. Merriman made his well-rehearsed speech and everyone settled down for the fireworks to begin. Happy Independence Day!*
July 7th, 2007
We've got one week left in our week of chores, and I will be out of town so I don't know how often I will be able to update. I will have computer access, so hopefully I can keep posting one list per day, but if I miss a day, you all will know why. Enjoy Felicity Merriman's chores today!
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