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January 10th, 2008
Happy New Year from OUR DOLLS!
As January rolls around, Speaking Rain Atonmy is heading south away from Pleasantville, in search of her wyakin. The time has come for her to leave her family and to go and search for herself in her coming-of-age ceremony. When she has journeyed long enough and spent enough time by herself, the animal that contains her spirit will show itself to her and she will be able to return home to her sister Kaya.
Two years ago, Kaya was on the same search herself, and that was the reason that she came to Pleasantville in the first place. She still remembers the day that she found her wyakin clearly- the quick chase through the forest, the voice in her head that said "Kaya, I am this way," and the clearing where skins and a fire were placed everywhere and her wyakin, a tiny mouse, was waiting for her. Since then she has let her wyakin roam free around Pleasantville, it lives in a little tipi near the waterfall and constantly dives over the waterfall in a large shoe. But she has found her spirit self, so that means she can settle down in one place.
After telling Speaking Rain all about how to find her wyakin and saying several blessings to Hun-Ya-Wat, Kaya sent her little sister off into the darkness and settled down moodily next to the fire, all alone again. Now she will have to find something to do- maybe bead a dress or make some food... or even go visit Laura at the Post Office.
Hmmm... that last one sounds the easiest.
Updates: New front page picture
January 21st, 2008
Sometimes one little object can cause a whirlwind of confusion and activity and adventure in Pleasantville.
What you wouldn't expect though, is for a blonde, curly wig to be the source of so much attention.
However, the day that Polly Wickon decided to get rid of her wig started a serious of hilarious events that no one in Pleasantville will soon forget.
Read all about it in this new photo story!
Polly Wickon's Wig
January 23rd, 2008
Cristal's Hair Salon is improved and remodeled and now is back up for business in town square. Cristal would also like to re-open her online hair salon, so she has given us these lovely instructions on how to do a simple french braid:
January 24th, 2008
Some startling new events have happened in Pleasantville.
Yesterday evening Nancy Merriman was working at her family's general store, organizing a new shipment of items and setting them up on display when she made a remark out the window into town square: "The Merriman's General Store is amazing and everyone should come and shop here when we are open, which we are not."
Suzanne Wickon, who heard Nan's remark, immediately grabbed her purse and ran to the General Store, thinking it was open. She'd been eyeing a fine Italian painting in the window and she wanted to be the first one there so no one else could buy it before. She found the door locked, so doing something that made sense to HER, she dived headfirst through the window into the General Store.
"Breaking and entering!" Yelled Nancy, gleefully calling the police.
A court trial ensued, ending with Suzanne sentenced to two days in prison and a ugly chore of some sort for community service. Suzanne will be sharing the new jail cell with Kaya, who brought her dog Tatlo into town square without a leash.
Mr. Merriman did further punish Suzanne with an extra chore after finding many hidden snacks and sweets hidden in her nightcap in order to smuggle them into the jail. He also had to confiscate a framed photograph of Crystal which was hidden in her coat.
February 2nd, 2008
Suzanne Wickon has been busy in her kitchen lately!
Here is her recipe for the Shrimp Cocktail that she so enjoys sharing with the ladies of the Pleasantville Sewing Circle.
February 3rd, 2008
Today Polly Wickon has decided to cook up something nice for her mother and father. She looked in the cookbook and decided to make this recipe:
Antipasti di Gamboretti
In other Pleasantville news, Pierre le Fox and William Merriman have been spending a lot of time working on their Latin lessons together.
It is not unusual for them to sometimes end small arguments in mock duels- swinging at each other with their quills and threatening to throw ink on each others' fine jackets. But they are all in good spirits, and are soon reconciled after a hearty laugh.
William and Pierre are determined to ace their entry exam to Oxford college, and for this they need excellent Latin skills.
February 4th, 2008
Rebecca Parkington was hard at work in her kitchen today, making a fine Minestrone soup for her and Teresa to enjoy while Samantha is away at the Hair Salon over night.
You can enjoy the recipe here:
February 6th, 2008
It's always good to have an easy recipe to pull out of thin air when you don't have any time or ingredients. Here is Suzanne's "emergency" dish- a delightful recipe called:
Passato Di Verdure or Cream of Vegetable Soup.
February 10th, 2008
In order to have a fully-stocked Italian kitchen, you must have a good tomato-sauce recipe.
Mrs. Wickon has added her recipe for Basic Tomato Sauce and hopes that you will enjoy it with your next meal!
February 11th, 2008
John Wickon is a huge fan of his wife's Shepherd's Pie.
In fact, he even voted for the Shepherd's Pie as the "most beautiful" in the Masked Ball costume competition. Whenever Suzanne wants to get him in a good mood, this is what she makes.
Here is the recipe for your enjoyment: Shepherd's Pie.
February 14th, 2008
Happy Valentine's Day from all the dolls in Pleasantville! Today I have a very special new story for you.
Josefina has cures for many things, from toothaches to fevers and some of the most common ailments she has to treat during this time of year are shivers.
I hope you enjoy the new remedy and have a great V-day. All of the members of the ladies' sewing circle are currently gathered at the Parkington's mansion for their weekly meeting, which has ended up lasting longer than they expected because Felicity Merriman, Clara Montoya and Sonja Romanakov have all resolved to finish their respective ballgowns before sewing circle is even over! So no one else has gotten a turn quite yet.
February 18th, 2008
The sewing circle began at the Parkingtons' house last weekend, and it is still in full session. None of the ladies can seem to stop working on their various projects, Felicity's new green ballgown is almost completely finished, as are Sonja and Clara's new dresses that they began. The rest of the ladies are so excited about their new projects that they can't force themselves to leave.
I have added an entirely new section to the website, which I hope to update daily for the next few months.
This part of the site is called Doll Dresses, and will hold pictures and information on every dress that we have ever made for Our Dolls.
To start us out today, I have posted Cristal's latest ballgown on her page. You can check that out here.
February 19th, 2008
Today I have added another of Cristal's gowns to the doll dresses page. Here is her Purple Silk Gown.
February 20th, 2008
Kirsten made this dress in the last year as a "Cow-Milking Dress," a name which has slightly confused her friend Felicity Merriman.
"I suppose you'll be making a pig-feeding dress next?" Felicity writes in her latest letter to Kirsten.
"Oh yes, and it'll be pink with brown spots and little floppy ears." Kirsten responded, laughing.
February 22nd, 2008
Today I have added a new dress, Polly Wickon's Blue Writing Dress, to the Doll Dresses page, and I have also added information and links on the Doll Music page about Kaya, the Larsons, and the Montoyas and the music that they listen to.
I recommend all of the music on that page very highly, everything is top-notch music and it always gets us in the mood for playing with each family. Even if you can't buy the music, make sure to click the links and listen to audio clips so you can hear them for yourself.
Edited to add: I don't think i'm going to keep making a news post every time I add a new dress, since there will be so many coming in the next few months. Instead, I will update the section below the front page picture every day with a link to the new dress so you can check it out. Make sure to check back every day for the newest dress!
February 26th, 2008
I've added the last two sections to the Doll Music page, this time with music for the Parkington family (including A Little Princess, The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables soundtracks and lots of violin works and chamber music for Elizabeth) as well as music for the Windmill family.
Enjoy the links and audio clips while you play with your dolls in those time periods! Also, don't forget to tell us what you think of today's doll dress on the message board. The password isnancymerriman.
February 27th, 2008
Since things are thawing off and the snow is finally beginning to drift away in Pleasantville, I have changed the pictures on the Doll Houses page back to their un-snowy-ness.
I will be changing the pictures for the Romanakovs, Purr's, Wickon's, Wilson's and Chen's apartments as soon as I can take them.
February 28th, 2008
I have added another section to the website today. This is the Doll Letters section, with pages for each set of penpals in Pleasantville. We have boxes and boxes of old letters, and we've decided to finally sort and organize them and put together pages for each correspondence on the page. So on that page you can read Rebecca and Kirsten's discussions about Britta's fairy obsession, Nancy and Clara's poems and made-up holidays that they write each other, Britta and Rebecca Montoya's short letters about hay and llamas and proper school exam results, and Felicity and Kirsten's misunderstandings about instruments and jam. Enjoy yourself!
Also, the new dress of the day is Lara's Good White Dress. Check it out!
March 1st, 2008
Since it is the first day of a new month, guess what that means? We have a new Website Treasure Hunt on the Contests page! Answer all 30 questions quickly and correctly, email them to us, and the winner will receive a very special prize. See the contests page for more information.
Enjoy the dress of the day, plus a new correspondence between Rebecca Parkington and Josefina Montoya on the Doll Letters page.
Happy March, everyone!
March 4th, 2008
I have added another lengthy correspondence to the Doll Letters page, this time between Teresa Berg and Rachel Merriman. These two polite young ladies are the very best of friends, and in letters that are often over five pages long, they express their feelings and the latest gossip as they see it.
They like to discuss the rude behavior of their siblings and to ask each other what they think about being fashionable and grown-up and whether or not they should speak to Sonja on certain days.
There are accounts of sewing circle meetings, banquets, balls and parties and what they thought of everyone. They talk about their dolls, their latest dress projects and their favorite foods.
Enjoy these long, detailed letters!
March 5th, 2008
I've added two new correspondences to the Doll Letters page, this time between Sonja Romanakov and Teresa Berg, in which they are incredibly polite to each other while really not being interested in being friends at all, and Lara Larson and Lily Merriman, where the two housewives discuss children and methods for raising them, holiday decorations and barn cleaning.
We have our Website Treasure Hunt winner for March! Sarah Cooper will win a recording of the Pleasantville radio station, Nafy and Elizabeth V News.
Check out the Contests page also for a new poll, where you can vote for the next remedy you would like to see a photo story of.
March 6th, 2008
Two more correspondences have been added to the Doll Letters page. This time, we have the responsible yet fashion-minded letters of Samantha Parkington and Francisca Montoya, as well as the letters between cousins Teresa Berg and Britta Larson, who argue about Peder being cute, jumping in haystacks, and eating too much food.
March 7th, 2008
Two new correspondences and a doll dress seems to be the schedule for today. New on the doll letters page are the correspondences of Felicity Merriman and Kirsten Larson, in which they completely misunderstand each other, give advice to each other, and talk about stocking the food stand and baby names for Peder. Also included are the letters of Rebecca Montoya and Anna Larson, which I have written exactly as they appear on the page, spelling mistakes and all.
March 9th, 2008
Peder has gone missing, and Lara Larson cannot find him anywhere. Kaya is searching the woods, Anna is searching the barn, and Mr. Merriman has been alerted to inform the town of a missing child.
Mrs. Larson and Kirsten have all been at the sewing circle for the past month and only just returned home yesterday, to find Anna busily performing all of the family's chores by herself and filling up the food stand while Britta roamed around the woods trying to dig up her fairy houses out of the snow and muttering to herself about trolls.
"Where is Peder?" Questioned Lara, absently putting her sewing supplies away and happily folding up the new dress she made at the circle.
"He's not in the house?" Anna answered, poking her head in the door while heading up to the bridge to search for tomatoes for the food stand.
"Anna- where is Peder? Where is your little brother?" Mrs. Larson said, worriedly looking in every nook and cranny in the cabin.
"I don't know... he's not in there?" Anna said, cringing and realizing she had no idea where her little brother went.
"Anna Larson, you were supposed to be looking out for baby Peder. You are in very, very deep trouble!" Mrs. Larson said, running down towards town square to alert Mr. Merriman and make a radio announcement.
And as of this morning, he still hasn't been found! I will update you as soon as we figure out where he crawled off to when Anna wasn't looking.
Updates: two new correspondences on the doll letters page: Alexandra Chen and Samantha Parkington and Heather Windmill and Megan Ryder.
March 20th, 2008
Everyone can relax now - Peder has been found! The case was so hopeless that Mr. Larson called the two undercover detectives in town (Clara Montoya and Nancy Merriman) to try and discover what happened to the "wee baern."
They began their search by questioning everyone about where they were when Peder dissappeared. No one seemed to have an adequate answer, so they went to talk to Mother Nature and Father Winter next. These two were busy having an argument, so Nan and Clara proceeded to Mother Nature's storerooms and questioned the gnomes there. They said that they hadn't seen a little baby, and as far as they knew, no little babies had drowned in the river.
So Nan and Clara went into town square and questioned all of the store owners about whether they had seen a baby crawling through town square.
After that proved unsuccessful, they returned to the Larson's waterfall, where Nan decided to brave the depths of the water and jump in to see if Peder was hiding behind fallls. She came up clutching something soft and furry. "I found him!" She yelled, triumphantly, holding it up. Everyone stuck their heads out the cabin windows hopefully.
"Oops, that's just my tail," Nan said, letting go and crawling out of the water.
Finally, the search returned to the cabin where they'd started. "Everyone out!" Nancy ordered, and all of the Larsons trooped out of their house, mumbling things. "Or I will have you for deliberately blocking our search of the scene of the crime!"
Nearly two minutes later, Clara and Nan had found Peder.
He had quite simply crawled over to the yarn cupboard by the weaving loom, stepped up onto the second shelf, curled up and fallen asleep. He hadn't heard anyone call him through the doors of the cupboard and his own heavy breathing.
"Another case solved!" Yelled Nancy, happily, high-fiving Clara. "Yippee!"
Updates: There will not be any updates for the next two weeks or so. Regular dress updates and news will return on April 3rd, and that is also when the April website treasure hunt will be posted, so make sure you get here first on that day to win another episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V News!
April 3rd, 2008
Well we're back from a very successful trip "across the pond" to Ireland and I have added today's new dress of the day, as well as the much-anticipated April Website Treasure Hunt to theContests page.
Send me your answers as soon as possible to win a free episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V news in the mail!
April 7th, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of our April Website Treasure Hunt, Mariah Olson! She will receive a free copy of the Nafy and Elizabeth V News Station on CD. Make sure to tune in for the next website treasure hunt, which will be posted on Saturday, May 3rd on the contests page.
April 13th, 2008
Everyone in town is preparing for the Easter ball, which will be held at the Parkington's house this year. Even though we have passed Easter already, the Parkingtons are still determined to hold this party since the Merrimans were not able to hold their New Year's ball this year. Felicity, Sonja, Rebecca and Samantha are all trying on their brand new satin ballgowns and Rebecca has started trying to plan the banquet that will be served as a bouffet to the side of the dancing.
I have added new pictures of all the dolls to their various family pages. You can even get a peek at Samantha and Rebecca's new ball gowns!
For those of you who are interested, the three of us just returned from Belfast, Ireland where we competed at the Irish dancing world championships. I have put together a photo story of our experience there, which isn't about dolls but you might enjoy it anyway. That can be viewed here.
April 24th, 2008
Quite a lot has been happening in Pleasantville in the last few days, thanks to the forces of nature on the Larson's farm. Laura Windmill woke up one morning and headed sleepily down to work at the Post office, only to find that it had been completely flooded by the Larson's river, which had been forced offcourse over night and was now flowing right through her shop!
Laura ran next door to the general store to alert Governor Merriman, who called a state of emergency in town square and made a radio announcement that everyone should bring their salt, sugar, and flour bags into town square to stop the flooding and redirect the raging river past the buildings in town square and into a nearby field.
Samantha immediately grabbed her fur coat and hat, pinned up her hair and collected all their many flour bags from the kitchens and headed down to town square to help out. As she was rounding the corner into town past the Wilson Printery, a large wave of water crashed up against the wall and splattered her from head to toe.
"Oh dear," she whimpered, shivering in her fur coat.
"Stand back!" yelled a ferocious Suzanna Wilson, who was scurrying around the wall of her shop with hands full of bags and pillows and chairs and furniture, which she was piling up between the water and her shop. "I've got to stop the water, it needs to go the other way! My shop is RUINED if it gets wet! I don't care if it goes into Cristal's hair salon, she can always restock!"
Meanwhile, the Montoya family screeched into town on their horse, Pimientos and wheeling a large pile of mattresses, pillows and woven blankets to pour into the growing pile meant to divert the stream of water now issueing from the Post Office's windows and doors. "Aha! I see we have single-handedly solved the whole problem!" Said Mr. Montoya in a self-satisfied voice, standing with his hands on his hips and surveying the scene proudly.
Slowly the post office walls began to shake. Everyone in town scurried away and hid behind walls and piles of flour bags and mattresses.
The door burst off its hinges and a wave of water poured into town square, heading straight for Suzanna's shop.
"Duck!" She yelled, pulling Samantha behind her barriers.
They waited as the water got closer and closer. It hit the wall and sprayed them with water, but the wall was strong enough, so the water swirled away, heading for the Larson's barn across town square.
The Montoyas and the Larsons braced themselves behind the mattresses and waited. The water washed up against the barrier and gurgled into the waiting field where it started making a lake.
"Phew! That was a close one!" Said Mr. Montoya, shaking water out of his ears and wading into the fast-flowing river to cross town square and talk with Mr. Merriman and Mr. Wickon.
"Mr. Larson and I have decided that the way to get the river to stop is to make it change direction at the corner before it hits the post office. But that means we will have to dig a ditch. We have both decided to do that. Is that alright Mr. Merriman?" He asked, fingering his mustache.
"I will help too, gentleman!" Said a voice around Mr. Montoya's knees. John Wickon was standing up as tall as he could, flexing his muscles and carrying a tiny garden shovel.
"Very good, set off and try your hand at it," said Mr. Merriman, "and good luck to you."
April 27th, 2008
Today is the day of the Easter Ball, after so much planning and preparation! Cristal's hair salon is full of fashionable ladies dressed in their gowns and chatting in curlers while reading the newspaper.
The Parkington maids are frantically fixing the large buffet that will be available next to the dance floor, and Francisca Montoya has only just started working on her newest elaborate hairstyle, which should take a few hours.
Stay tuned for pictures of this fashionable event!
May 2nd, 2008
I have added three new video clips today from the Kitty Kapers DVD that we have for sale on this website. They are pretty funny clips, so check them out!
The Kitty Kapers: Taking the Bus
The Kitty Kapers: Extra, Extra, Read All About it!
The Kitty Kapers: Chasing Sunny
Also, keep your eye out and make sure to remember that this Saturday, May 3rd, will be the next website treasure hunt. Make sure you're here to compete for a new episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V News!
May 3rd, 2008
It's the beginning of a new month and time for the website treasure hunt! Head over to theContests page where you will find thirty new questions that have answers hidden somewhere on this website.
Send us your answers as soon as you can, and don't worry about sending them too late because I still grade them on how many questions you got right AS WELL as how fast you sent them in.
Take some time to make sure you are getting the correct answers. Good luck!
Remember, the winner will receive a copy of the latest Nafy and Elizabeth radio news episode on CD!
May 6th, 2008
Congratulations to everyone who entered the website treasure hunt this month!
This time the winner is Sitara Lennard. Be ready for next month's treasure hunt, which will begin on June 1st.
May 8th, 2008
Check out the new dress of the day, Cristal's Asian Day Dress! This is one of Cristal's favorite everyday outfits, and she especially likes the hat that goes along with it.
I also have a little treat for you today- Willow has put together another doll craft. This time it has instructions on how to make doll-sized envelopes for your dolls to put their letters or bills inside of.
Check it out here!
May 12th, 2008
I have added new pictures to all of the doll family pages on the A Tour of Pleasantville. Go and check them out! There have been some funny things going on lately.
May 13th, 2008
I have added two more sets of doll letters today! We have Angelica Romanakov and Felicity Merriman, who discuss their little sisters Rachel and Sonja and their strange, fashionable behaviors, and the arguments (you can't really call them letters) between Laura Windmill and Josefina Montoya. Enjoy yourselves!
There are more coming, of course.
May 14th, 2008
I have a surprise today- a new photo story! This one tells about all the hubbub surrounding an auction that took place in town square around Valentine's day. Everyone came to the opening of the Merriman's general store after a large shipment of new products and participated in bidding wars over furniture, paintings, bowls, cups and....soldiers.
Read on! The Pleasantville Auction .
Also new today:
Dress of the Day: Britta's Pink Dirndl
Letters: Anna Larson and Nancy Merriman, Josefina Montoya and Kirsten Larson.
May 15th, 2008
I have three more correspondences for you today!
Britta Larson and Rebecca Parkington
(discussing how Peder Larson being born is actually a good thing- because Britta doesn't think so.)
Angelica Romanakov and Alexandra Chen
(Angel and Alex gossip about stoves and recipes and Mrs. Wickon.)
Elinor Wilson and Britta Larson
(Elinor keeps up a steady stream of letters to Britta, who answers them occasionally.)
I have also added a new craft for you to try out. These are instructions on how to make a skirt for your doll. There are measurements for all different sizes of dolls, so even if you don't have an American Girl doll, you should try this pattern out!
If you make one of the skirts, make sure to send us some pictures so we can see your handiwork!
May 19th, 2008
I'm sure you all remember the hubbub surrounding little Peder Larson's disappearance last month or so, since everyone in Pleasantville was quite "distraught." I have compiled a funny new photo storytoday of the method in which he was found, by the cleverness of Clara and Nancy's detective team.
You can read it here: Finding Peder Larson.
May 20th, 2008
Even though she lives in a location far away from town, ("over the mountain, through the valley, over the stream and through the woods"), Kaya Atonmy also keeps up a few correspondences with her "cool" friends Laura and Angelica. You can check out their letters on the doll letters page.
May 21st, 2008
Another two longer correspondences have been added to the doll letters page.
This time we have:
Felicity Merriman and Samantha Parkington
Laura Windmill and Kirsten Larson.
June 1st, 2008
Updates have been scarce to the website for the last week or so, and I'm hoping to get back on schedule with the doll dresses and letters soon.
However, in the meantime I have added some cute new drawings to the letters between Felicity Merriman and Samantha Parkington, as well as some funny pictures on the Merriman andParkington family pages.
It's also the first day of a new month, so that means it's also time for another website treasure hunt! Head on over to the contests page and check out this month's 30 questions and send them in.
I'm off to do a show with my sisters, so I will check back to find all your answers this afternoon. Remember, the first person to get all 30 questions right will get a hilarious episode of the doll radio station- Nafy and Elizabeth V news on CD.
Send in your answers to email@example.com.
June 1st, 2008
Since I haven't been doing the doll dress of the day updates for so long, I'm going to give you all the ones I missed last week in one bunch. Then hopefully I can start up again tomorrow.
Nancy's Sonata Dinner Dress
Francisca's Shawl Bordado
Rachel's Purple Work Dress
Clara's Red Chile Dress
Keep sending in your answers to the website treasure hunt! I haven't picked a winner yet. I'll keep the contest open until Wednesday, and then I'll decide who won.
June 4th, 2008
We have our contest winner! Once again, Ruth Stein sent in the correct answers to the 30 questions in the Website Treasure Hunt.
Check back here on Saturday, July 5th for the next treasure hunt.
June 4th, 2008
Here are the dresses for Monday, Tuesday, today and tomorrow and Friday since I will not be here to post them.
Monday: Teresa's Plaid Christmas Dress
Tuesday: Lara's Nightgown
Wednesday: Nan's Exotic Garden Dress
Thursday: Francisca's Ivory Blossom Church Dress
Friday: Elizabeth's Blue Floral Nightgown
June 11th, 2008
I have updated the site with some new information on our newly released Celtic CD.
It is called "Daughters of Erin" and features some original compositions by myself (Greta) and my sisters and I on fiddles, bodhran, guitar, dance taps and voice. Check it out on the merchandisepage.
I have also added it to the Larson section on the Doll Music page, since this is exactly the type of music that Kirsten enjoys playing with her dad in their "jam sessions."
You can buy the CD through either CD Baby or Paypal, and it should be available on iTunes in a few weeks.
You can also listen to samples on the merchandise page.
June 14th, 2008:
Happy Father's Day everyone! I hope you all spend the day showing your fathers and uncles and grandfathers how much they mean to you.
I have added some hilarious new entries to the Montoya's bad book, as well as several funny pictures.
June 21st, 2008
There is a lot going on in the Montoya's rancho at the moment. There was a sudden outbreak of remedies for Josefina to take care of all around the town. She had to mend fractured bones, bruises, poison ivy and a stomachache. (Photo stories of all of these are coming sometime soon!) But while she was wrapped up in her remedy cupboard in the watch tower, there was a storm brewing in the household. Mr. and Mrs. Montoya started blaming everything on each other and having little arguments.
Finally it grew to be so bad that they were sitting at either ends of the room with their arms crossed and Josefina resolved that the only cure for THIS kind of illness was a vacation for each of them from the difficulties of life on the rancho.
So Mr. Montoya will be going to visit his sister Magdalena for two weeks, and Dolores will be staying with the Larson's for the same two weeks, although she is currently still refusing to budge from her kitchen, even with her daughters' patient insistence that it will do her some good to go stay with a friend.
We'll see how this rest does for both of them.
June 26th, 2008
Elizabeth Cole likes getting into mischief. She doesn't usually mean to, but she always tries things that are a little bit too dangerous for her. So you can imagine that she sustains quite a few injuries.
We have a new addition to the doll remedies section of the website. Elizabeth Cole was recently treated at Josefina's house for a severe set of bruises which she gained from goofing around on some sports equipment. Enjoy!
July 6th, 2008
I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately, we were out of town performing for fourth of July and now we're back, so there is another new dress of the day.
Also, I think the site was down for a while, but hopefully it's back up again and you all can see it just fine.
Since this website is getting so huge (almost 400 pages!! Woohoo!!) I've decided to add a link to a "random page of the day" to highlight some of the pages that can get lost in the shuffle.
So check back every day to see the pages that we showcase right underneath the dress of the day.
Happy fourth of July!
July 7th, 2008
I have added a brand new section to the website! It is called Violet's Clothes Boutique, and it is here to provide the doll world with quality clothing and pattern instructions.
This is our first time selling doll clothes on our website besides the very popular Doll Nutcracker Sweatshirts. We currently have three Felicity-style dresses available, and I plan on making different kinds of dresses for all the families and time periods. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the dresses!
I also plan to add patterns and instructions which will be available for purchase and download in the future.
July 11th, 2008
Even though it is now incredibly hot outside, the Merrimans still spend a lot of their time in the stuffy kitchen making meals every day.
Sometimes it's nice when they select a recipe like lemon-tomato soup, which I have just added today, which requires them to visit the Montoya's cool stream so they can sit by the waterfall for a while.
Enjoy the recipe!
July 12th, 2008
The Merrimans are a very fashionable family, and are well-known throughout Pleasantville for their very clean house, well-run store and household, and well-behaved, scholarly children.
However at home the dynamic is somewhat different. Rachel and Felicity are always eager to help their mother with sewing and cooking and household projects, but Nancy and William have always been a bit on the wild side. In fact, they have been running around and playing in mud puddles together since they were little babies. The story goes that the reason why Nancy has such a funny accent is because she tried to copy William's British one when she was little, and it went sadly badly wrong. But that is just a rumor, of course.
Anyway, Nan and William were out playing the other day when they were *ahem* not really supposed to, and they ran into a spot of trouble with a plant.
You can read about it in Josefina's latest remedy, poison ivy.
July 13th, 2008
Today we have a new recipe from Lara Larson, who doesn't usually have enough time to put together photo stories of her recipes because of Baby Peder. But nowadays Peder is getting old enough to help out with recipes.
Here is Poached Trout with Thyme for your viewing pleasure.
July 17th, 2008
Poor Antonio Valasquez. His goal in life is to be rich, and for that he believes he must be fat. He thinks that the more you eat, the richer you must be because you can afford more and more food.
One day he decided to eat as much as he possibly could in one day. Unfortunately, it did not end as well as he had hoped.
Click here to see Josefina's new remedy, the Stomachache.
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