News Archives: January - July 2009
July 31st, 2009
I missed Story Thursday, but I'll share this with you anyway.
It had been a few weeks now since Nafy had first put her new line of strawberry jam up in her father’s General Store. The jam, titled “Nafy’s Jammies,” was selling out faster than she had ever hoped, and she was busy stirring up new batches of jam all morning and carting it down to the General Store every night. Edward was very proud of his daughter for what he called her “entrepreneurial endeavors.” Lily had tried the new jelly and had pronounced it admirable enough to be part of her afternoon tea cakes that she served to callers. William loved the stuff and slathered it all over his breakfast toast and afternoon biscuits and even served it nonstop to Pierre during their Latin lessons together.
Rachel had also taken to the strawberry jelly, since her best friend Teresa especially enjoyed it, and they often used it on their sweet tarts during tea parties.
Everyone in the Merriman’s house was very pleased by how well Nafy’s Jammies were selling at the store. Everyone in the house except for Felicity.
Felicity was not used to Nan being good at things. She especially was not used to Nan being BETTER at things than she was. She simply couldn’t understand why this simple jar of jam that Nan had cooked up in a free afternoon was selling so well! There had to be an even better way to sell jam.
One day, while the family was all out calling on various people, Felicity ventured down to the kitchens and looked through the old cookbook on the mantel. There were many recipes in that cookbook, from all the many generations of Merriman ancestors.
“I wonder if there is a good recipe I could use somewhere in here,” Felicity mumbled, flipping the pages. She found the recipe for Strawberry jam that Nan had been using and gave a little sniff. It was full of ridiculous instructions like “bottle up the finished jam and give it a happy smile,” and “while the jam is cooling, do a jig around the kitchen.” As if those kinds of instructions could actually make food taste better.
Finally, near the end of the book Felicity found a page with a very old, spotted recipe for Blackberry jam. She smoothed out the page and set it on the kitchen table, reading the directions.
Finally, a sensible jam recipe! Surely, when these perfect directions were followed perfectly by a perfect person, the result would have to be perfect. It all added up.
Felicity set to work cooking up the jam. It wasn’t as easy as she had thought it would be since it took her all afternoon to thrash her way through the blackberry bushes in order to get the plumpest berries and then she had to wash them all in the stream while listening to the random musings of Rebecca Montoya, who was doing the laundry next to her.
Then she spent 5 hours sweating over the large boiling pot of blackberry jam, slowly adding sugar every hour, on the hour, so that it would be the perfect kind of sweet. With her hair frizzy, her dress covered in purple blackberry stains, rips from the blackberry thorns and Rebecca Montoya’s home remedy for “being really vain,” and her cheeks covered in soot from leaning over the fire, she finally put the cap on a finished bottle of “Felicity’s Blackberry Jam.”
Happily, Felicity went upstairs to fix up her hair and wash her face before heading down to the store to try and sell her jam to people who really needed a good quality jelly for their hard-earned money.
After putting her hair back into a neat bun, Felicity changed into a good dinner dress and then brought her jelly to the store to start selling it.
Casting a disapproving glance over at Nafy’s brightly-colored strawberry jam display in the corner, Felicity wiped clean a shelf near the highest quality sugar and butter displays and set her finished jars of jam in neat rows along the top. She stood back to look at her handiwork, gave a satisfied nod, and then stepped behind the counter to see what would happen.
To be continued!
July 26th, 2009
I have a new doll dress for you today, here is another one of the fine pieces of fashionable clothing that the trio brought home after their trip to the Netherlands.
Cristal's Dutch Olive Bonnet
July 25th, 2009
Today I am very proud to present to you the first half of a photo story about Katharine Purr.
Poor Katharine had to wait at home while her sister Cristal zoomed off to the Netherlands with her best friends for five months. And even though she was sad to be left behind, Katharine started to enjoy her new position of authority.
Here we go: Katharine in Charge (part 1)
Let us know how you like it on the message boards.
July 22nd, 2009
All sixteen of the entries are in and posted for the Summer Photo Contest with the "At Camp" theme. All of these contestants have outdone themselves this time around, with pictures of their dolls camping, hiking, climbing trees, sitting around campfires, exploring rivers, and riding horses.
These are all such good pictures, I've decided that in the first round here you will get to vote on yourtwo favorite pictures. Take a good amount of time to decide on your favorites, because everyone worked really hard to bring you these pictures.
To see the entries, click here.
June 20th, 2009
Because today is a Triple Tuesday, and also because I haven't updated in a while, I have three good updates for today.
Mexico City Salsa, prepared by Francisca Montoya
Dill Vegetables, prepared by Alison McCann
and Ana Valasquez's work outfit, which was modeled after the dress she wears in the illustrations from the Josefina books.
Remember, today is your last day to send me your contest entry for the Summer "At Camp" photo contest! The entries I've received so far are fantastic, I can't wait until you can see them all.
July 19th, 2009
Since we're currently on the road, it's going to be hard for me to keep up the weekly updates in their organized form, unfortunately. Instead, I'll just try to post updates whenever I'm able to.
For example, today I wanted to share a brand new doll recipe with you. This one is the first one we have from the Chen's house and the Bamboo Terrace Chinese restaurant.
Please enjoy King Crab with Snowpeas.
Also, remember that this is your last chance to enter the Summer "At Camp" photo contest! Send in your photo following the instructions on the contests page before July 22nd.
July 13th, 2009
Today is doll dress Monday yet again, but today's a special one since it is the beginning of the fashionable trio's dresses that they got made for them while they were in the Netherlands.
Suzanne's Dutch Distalfink Dress
July 12th, 2009
Since it is Solana Sunday, Solana has updated her blog.
July 11th, 2009
Today I'm going to bring you this Saturday's Wildcard Weekend update, which is a little look into Creme DeVecamont's job in Pleasantville. Her job is a little delivery service, which she likes to call:
Creme's Speedy Delivery Service
Also, I updated my blog for the Greta Friday that I missed.
July 8th, 2009
Well well well! After a long train ride (44 hours on the train!) we are once again able to use the internet and bring you a double update for the two days we missed.
First of all, as it is a Willow Wednesday, she has updated her blog.
Second, we have also updated all the bios and the entire family page for the Purr family. To find out what Cristal's cat is obsessed with, I'd suggest you check those out.
July 6th, 2009
All of the Montoya girls take great pride in their embroidery skills, but especially Ana, the oldest. She has embroidered lots of things, including her camisas and her underskirts.
Here is her white embroidered underskirt for you to enjoy on this Doll Dress Monday: Ana's Embroidered Underskirt
Also, as many of you know Willow, Solana and I are leaving on a five-week tour with our show,Celtic Rainbow. We will hopefully have internet access here and there, so updates will still be coming, however the daily updates will probably fall behind.
Remember to work on your photo for the photo contest, and don't forget that the message boardwill still be happily active.
We'll still be blogging, including a tour blog on our show website (if you want to read about the places we're going to be performing at) and when I DO manage to update, rest assured that it will be a good one.
See you, and have a great summer!
July 4th, 2009
Happy Independence Day!! To celebrate the holiday and also as a pretty exciting Wildcard Weekend, I would like to announce the Our Dolls summer photo contest.
The contest is in the same format as our last three contests, however this time the theme is different.
Check out the new contest and the theme right here as well as on the contests page.
July 3rd, 2009
Because it is Greta Friday, I have updated my blog.
July 2nd, 2009
Since it is Story Thursday once again, the story of the trio's adventures in the Netherlands is continued:
The Netherlands Episode #5:
Suzanne rolled over and stretched, and toppled off the ploufy bed onto the floor. “Oh good morning dahling!” Cristal’s voice floated over from the bathroom, where she was removing a cucumber facial mask. “Would you like a special treatment and a hairstyling?”
“Oh yes, thank you dahling.” Suzanne replied, reaching over to her bags and grabbing her fluffy pink bathrobe.
Sonja was sitting over by the window, and peering down with her hands clenched on the window seat edge. She looked quite white in the face. Every time she would lean over a little farther to see out the window, she would pull back very quickly, and grab the window ledge for support. Her legs wobbling slightly, she left the window seat and made her way to the vanity table, where Suzanne was sitting with a mud mask on her face and cucumbers on her eyes while Cristal did her hair up in a fancy style that included lots of pearls and flower bunches. “We are very high up in the air, d-dahlings,” Sonja said in a wavering voice, glancing over at the window furtively even though it was across the room from her.
“Oh yes,” Cristal said in an off-hand voice. “It’s far more fashionable to be high up in the air than down close to the ground. You can be on the ground any day, obviously.”
“B-but dahling, are you sure it’s… safe?” Sonja asked, gulping in between her sentence.
“Of course it is! Why else would Lavender Fox be staying here?” Cristal said, as though this closed the matter from further discussion.
About three hours later, the trio was finally ready to go down to breakfast. They all had their fanciest day dresses on, and Cristal had made sure that they all had elaborate hairstyles full of decorations, and lots of jewelry. They were just stepping out the door, when Sonja let out a squeak. “I forgot my handkerchief!” She said, dashing back into the room. When she returned, she looked quite white in the face again.
“What is it, dahling?” Suzanne asked, looking at her in concern. “My handkerchief was on the w-window seat,” she said in explanation, a dizzy expression on her face.
They had all the way down the hallway and took a left turn towards the elevators when Cristal stopped so suddenly, that the other two ran right into her. “I left my wrap. I simply must go and fetch it!” Five minutes later, they were back by the elevators and stood together, waiting for the first one to arrive.
Ding. One of the elevator doors opened, and the three of them stepped inside, Sonja taking special care not to step on the crack between the elevator floor and the hallway floor. The doors were just closing, when Suzanne screamed. “MY PURSE!” And thrust herself between the closing doors. The other two let out little sighs, and followed her out of the elevator and back to the room. Suzanne bustled inside and returned out into the hallway half an hour later.
“That took you a long time to get your purse, dahling,” Sonja said, sounding irritated. She and Cristal were sitting outside in the hallway, trying to stay amused by discussing a painting of a vase of flowers that was hanging on the wall. Suzanne drew herself up so that she looked more dignified, “I had to retrieve my purse, and I also decided that the dress I was wearing did not suit my mood. And besides, I.. took a look out the window.. and… and…” she trailed off swaying slightly on the spot, her eyes going slightly crossed. Sonja took hold of her arm with a knowing glance, and helped her walk along back to the elevator. Cristal, however, gave a little snort, and looked quite skeptical as she fell into line between her two friends.
When the elevator doors flew open on the floor of the lobby, the trio stepped out, glancing around them for any glimpse of Mrs. Fox. With relief, they saw no sign of her, and thus they began happily discussing what they should eat for breakfast. Suzanne was in favor of some Italian sausage and omelets, while Cristal desired a plate of croissants with raspberry jelly, and Sonja would be happy with a cinnamon roll. They chit-chatted about various things on their way to the hotel restaurant, and when they arrived at the entrance to “The Frozen Pond,” they were all in a far better mood than before.
This changed, however, when the Dutch speaking waitress handed them their menus. “WHAT!” Cristal shrieked. “This is not a breakfast menu, it’s LUNCH!” The other two looked equally unhappy and glared at the waitress. She looked very confused, but motioned for them to follow her to a table.
They sat down, still grumbling, and they all simply refused to look at the nearest clock, which read 2:00 PM.
When the waitress had disappeared, Suzanne picked up the menu, her stomach making a loud noise indicating that food was necessary. “Ehh… dahlings?” Sonja said, peeking over the top of her menu, “do you understand what any of these dishes mean?”
The menu looked something like this:
The Frozen Pond
Lunch & Dinner:
- Pea Soup
- Kroket Frikandel
- Fresh Haring
- Saucijzen broodjes
- Zuur Tong
- Apple Pudding met Geklopte Room
- Schoenlapper’s Tart
- Stroop Wafel
Sonja was not the only one that was confused. The other two looked at each other, and Cristal wrinkled her nose. “What on earth is Kroket Frikandel?”
Just then, Suzanne gasped. “Hide!” She hissed at the other two. Immediately they all three ducked beneath their menus. Sure enough, a few tables down from them Lavender Fox and her elegant friend were sitting down and being handed menus by their same waitress. Mrs. Fox’s voice drifted down towards them, and they strained to catch every word she said. “Yes, I would like a drip of drop in my Karnemelk, danka,” Mrs. Fox said, casually.
They gave each other significant looks, and the next time the waitress passed by their table Cristal ordered three cups of Karnemelk with a drip of drop in each of them. As it turned out, however, Sonja was not allowed to try the drip of drop in hers, because she was too young. She frowned, and tried to get Suzanne and Cristal to let her, but to no avail. They all took a sip of the Karnemelk at the same time, and were about to swallow when they all made sour faces and started gagging. It was with a great effort that they restrained themselves from spitting it out all over the table. “What.. is.. this!” Choked Suzanne. “It’s sour milk! Ughhhh!”
“Dahling, it’s fashionable though, Mrs. Fox is drinking it, and so is everyone else in this restaurant! We must pretend that we like it!” Cristal said, shaking her head and taking another sip. She made a very strange face as she swallowed, but then rearranged the grimace into a very artificial smile and said in a higher-pitched voice than usual, “I love Karnemelk!” The other two gritted their teeth, and followed her example. Soon, they were gulping down the Karnemelk, exclaiming about how ‘delicious’ and ‘wonderful’ it tasted, and they all ordered another cup. “I shall have to write a letter to Rachel about how delicious Karnemelk is, and how everyone over here drinks it.” Sonja said as she took out a piece of pink stationery from her purse. After the second cup of Karnemelk, however, they simply could not gag down any more.
“We must listen for what Mrs. Fox orders to eat,” Cristal said conspiratorially. When the waitress returned to Mrs. Fox’s table, she had her notepad ready to take down the order. Mrs. Fox looked down at the menu briefly, before ordering ‘Apple pudding met geklopte room.’
“She’s ordering dessert!” Sonja said, looking back and forth between Cristal and Suzanne, wondering what to do. “Oh dear,” Suzanne said, “I suppose we shall have to take a chance and order something off this menu which we can’t understand.”
“Maybe if we all order different things, there will be at least one that is tasty,” Cristal said reasonably.
They placed their order, Cristal getting the Stampot, Sonja the Saucijzenbroodjes, and Suzanne the Zuur Tong.
When their order arrived, they all inspected their plates. Cristal, it seemed, had received a plate of potatoes, carrots and kale. Sonja’s plate had little sausages rolled up in white dough, and Suzanne’s…well…
“EEEEAAAAUUCHHHHH!” Suzanne screamed, flinging herself backwards, away from the plate and almost toppling off her chair. It appeared that she was about to taste pig’s tongue with onions.
Mrs. Fox looked over at the table with a piercing stare, and her and her friend moved to a different table, which was far away from Cristal, Suzanne, and Sonja’s. Suzanne looked slightly guilty, but refused to touch the food in front of her. They picked away at Cristal’s vegetables and Sonja’s sausages, but when they waitress came by asking if they would like dessert, they immediately ordered stroopwafel, schoenlappers tart, and apple pudding met geklopte room.
They were happy to find that the desserts were absolutely delicious. “Now this is more like what I expected!” Sonja said, licking her fingers and helping herself to more stroopwafel.
Finally they had eaten enough, and the waitress brought them the bill. Suzanne picked up her purse and glanced at the total. This time, she actually did fall off her chair.
“What dahling?” Cristal said, looking at the bill as well. “It isn’t really that bad actually, only 45Dutch guilders!”
Suzanne looked mortified. “Yes, which, in American money, comes out to about two hundred dollars!!!”
At this news, Cristal fell off her chair as well. Sonja, however, calmly took out her purse and paid for the bill. “I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” she said. “The stroopwafel was delicious.”
At that moment, Cristal noticed that Lavender Fox had just left her table and was exiting the restaurant.
“Dahlings, she might be going to the fashion boutiques, we must follow her to see where the most fashionable stores are!” They all leapt up and grabbed their purses and wraps. Without a backwards glance at their messy table, they marched purposefully out of the restaurant and after Mrs. Fox.
TO BE CONTINUED!
July 1st, 2009
It's the beginning of July already! Wow! So I have published a new photo of the month contestfor the month of July. Also, you can view the winner for June right here.
Since it is a Willow Wednesday as well, Willow has updated her blog.
June 29th, 2009
Today is another lovely doll dress Monday! Continuing with Ana Valasquez's collection, I've put up her striped pueblo dress, one of her work dresses that she wears everyday around the house.
Also, we're nearing the end of the month here so it is your last chance to vote on your favoritephoto of the month, and also to vote for us on the top doll sites. Let's go out on top this month!
June 28th, 2009
Solana Sunday is here, and with it is Solana's newest blog.
June 27th, 2009
Today I have a really awesome Wildcard Weekend update for you.
I'm very excited to announce that we've added a new video clip from our 2001 movie, "Our Dolls and the Great Outdoors." This one is the first 10 minutes of the movie, re-edited with music added.
The clip shows all the dolls playing at their favorite summer camp, camp Piney Point.
Right here: Camp Piney Point
June 26th, 2009
Because it is Greta Friday I have written a new blog which you can check out here.
June 25th, 2009
It's Story Thursday!
Kirsten Larson was a horse person. That doesn't mean she looked like a horse, it just means that she prefers horses to any other kind of animal, sometimes even humans. She just loved to talk to horses, to take care of them, to ride in the hills with them.
So you can imagine she was pretty upset when Peder announced at breakfast one day that instead of getting his very own horse for his fifth birthday like his dad had planned, he would like to get a pig.
"What?! Peder, why would you want a pig?" Kirsten said, sitting up straighter and looking across the table at her baby brother.
"Anna has three pigs." Peder answered, as though there could be no other reason.
"But you can't RIDE pigs, Peder, you can't groom them. You can't feed them carrots and you can't move fast at all!" Kirsten argued.
"Anna says that pigs are beautiful," Peder said, patting Anna on the shoulder.
"They are! They are the sweetest little animals on the planet." Said Anna, who had named her three pigs "Beauty," "Sunshine," and "Precious Penelope."
"Peder, dad has offered to buy you a horse. I think you need to think really seriously about this because it's a big deal." Kirsten said, trying to spell this out in a way that Peder would understand.
"I have thought about it, Koofen, and I want to get a pig like Anna." Peder answered, solemnly.
Kirsten let out an exasperated sigh and turned to her younger sister.
"Anna, this is all your fault. Not only is Peder starting to talk like you, he also is obsessed with pigs! Little boys should not be obsessed with pigs! They should love HORSES!" Kirsten said.
"You're not a little boy." Anna answered, taking a little sip of her apple juice and winking at Peder.
"Whatever." Kirsten frumped.
She was not pleased. Why should her little brother be interested in getting a silly sloppy pig when he had the option to get a new horse? Kirsten had saved her money for YEARS in order to buy her horse, Blossom. This was totally unfair.
But Peder will do what he wants to do, and he and Anna are very close. Perhaps they will find a way to ride their pigs through the hills, you never know what will happen in Pleasantville.
June 24th, 2009
Since it is a Willow Wednesday, head over to her blog to check out her latest thoughts on things.
June 23rd, 2009
And what a lovely day to post a Triple Tuesday. Today, instead of the usual doll letters updates, I'm bringing you three separate new updates for the website.
1) The Message Board is back up, and now it has quite a few new sub-boards (extra categories to post under.) There is now a NafyCast section, a reviews section for doll-sized purchases, a section to discuss different kinds of dolls (American Girl, Magic Attic, My Twinn, Pullips, etc),crafts, and discussion about everything here in Pleasantville.
It's pretty empty right now with all the new categories, so head over there and fill them up with your thoughts and ideas!
2) I finally fixed the paypal buttons on the Violet's Clothes Boutique pages for the two Felicity gowns, the Proper School Uniform, and the Kirsten necessities. I hadn't realized that they were down. Sorry about that! Check them out and get some birthday shopping done!
3) I've made a separate family page for the DeVecamont family (Lisa and Creme), which you can now find on the Tour of Pleasantville page. Enjoy reading about this little family and looking at some of their pictures.
June 22nd, 2009
Today for Doll Dress Monday we will continue adding Ana Valasquez's collection to the website with her beautiful Mexican Lattice Shawl, which is made with a complicated but sturdy fabric and decorated with a long black fringe on the bottom.
The message board is down for maintenance today, but it will be back up tomorrow with a few new sub-boards for your viewing and posting pleasure.
June 21st, 2009
Happy Father's day!! Today is the day when all of the fathers in Pleasantville take a well-deserved break from the daily grind and spend the day playing with their kids outside.
One of these days last year was when Peder and Anders Larson spent the day together and Anders told Peder a very exciting story about how the town troll ended up in town square.
You can read Mr. Larson's yarn ended up right here: The Blustery Day.
Also, since it is Solana Sunday, Solana has updated her blog.
June 20th, 2009
Have you ever had your doll sit down to a nice bowl of spicy salsa that you made her, or a good soup, and wondered what she could eat it with? The Montoya family often eats tortilla chips with their salsa and soups, to scoop it up and eat it with instead of utensils.
Here is a very easy way to make doll tortilla chips, which I have added to our crafts page:
How to Make Tortilla Chips.
June 19th, 2009
Today's another Greta Friday, so I've updated my blog.
Also, if you are looking for some more to browse, check out our other website, which is growing (slowly) and not nearly as big as this one, but coming along. It also has blogs for the three of us and is about our show that is touring this summer, Celtic Rainbow.
June 18th, 2009
It's Story Thursday! Hooray!
"OUCH!" Kaya sat up so quickly that she hit her head on an overhanging rock in her cave. She had been sleeping on one of her furs, when a very strange dream had come to her. She couldn't remember the details, but it had ended up with her sitting in the Hair Salon on a fluffy pink sofa, with a lacy pink dress on and a huge satin bow in her hair.
Feeling slightly panicked, she reached up and touched the back of her head, just to make sure there was definitely no satin bow. All she could feel was a big bruise where she'd bonked her head from sitting up so fast to try and rid herself of the terrifying image.
The sound of barking came from outside, and Tatlo came bounding in through the furs hanging over the cave entrance, letting in a bright stream of sunshine. Since Kaya had no time to adjust to the light from the cool darkness of the cave, she accidently walked right into another jutting piece of rock that she usually avoided. "OWWW!" She yelled, clutching her forehead. She could already feel a big bruise there, and it hurt.
"Grrrr.. Tatlo!" She growled. "Go outside!" But Tatlo did not pay her any attention, and started helping himself to the berry cakes that she'd made for the afternoon ceremony instead. She snatched them out of his reach and stormed out of the cave. She stalked off in the direction of town square, muttering to herself and kicking aside branches here and there.
The branches that were laying across the path, however, became bigger and bigger as she moved along, and finally she tried to kick a large one aside and stubbed her toe on it. This caused her to hop up and down on one leg, yowling like a wolf cub, until she lost her balance and tripped over another branch, tumbling down into a prickly bush, the berry cakes flying out of her hands and splattering all over her face.
Just then, the sound of a humming voice came from down the trail, singing a tuneless song that sounded more like a chant than anything. Speaking Rain came into view, picking up the branches that were strewn all over the path as she sang. She stopped right in front of Kaya, and turned to stare at her.
She stood there for a while with a straight face, and then burst into laughter. "Ha ha ha ha!" She yelled. "Ha ha ha! You look so funny Kaya! Ha ha ha!"
"That's ENOUGH." Kaya said, wrenching herself out of the bush, and trying to look intimidating. "I not have my little sister laugh at me!" She said, glaring fiercely at Speaking Rain, who was still chortling and holding her sides.
"Oh noooo," Speaking Rain replied in mock respect, "must look up to older sister! She so graceful and good at stalking. If me like her, me catch big animals." She burst into renewed laughter, and continued along the path, picking up the branches and shaking her head.
Kaya yelled after her, "It your fault I fell down! What all these branches for?"
Speaking Rain turned around. "They're from tree I cut for new teepee. I no live in dark cave."
Kaya didn't reply, but strode off in the opposite direction from Speaking Rain, towards town square. The truth was, she had been meaning to make herself a new teepee for the last few days, but had not even got around to starting it. She couldn't stand that Speaking Rain, her little sister, was going to have one first!
She made her way through town to the Post Office, where she found Laura sorting through some mail and snacking on some potato chips. Laura looked up and almost started laughing at Kaya's appearance, until she saw the ferocious look on Kaya's face.
"Uh, hey, what's up Kaya?" Laura said, trying to sound casual.
"I had nightmare about being in hair salon wearing ugly pink things in my hair!" Kaya said, leaning against a wall moodily.
Laura had to think about that for a second. "Wait.. you look like that because of a nightmare?"
"NOO," Kaya said, looking irratated. "Nightmare messed up whole morning! I hit head on cave wall, run into other wall, Tatlo eat my berry cakes for ceremony, then stub toe on branch in path, trip over other branch in path, fall in prickle bush, and sister laugh at me!"
"Dude," Laura said, looking sympathetic. "That IS a tough morning. What if Hun-Ya-Wat sent you that dream to see how you would handle it? Maybe it was a test to see how you would deal with the worst? Who knows, it could just have been to make you feel thankful that you aren't Cristal or Sonja, y'know?"
Kaya thought for a minute, considering this interesting statement. Finally she sighed. "You might be right, Laura. I should not be so angry! Probably fail the test. " She hung her head and started to leave the Post Office.
"Hey wait," Laura said, catching up with her. "How about we go up to my house for lunch. Mom's barbequing, want to come?" Kaya didn't take much convincing. The two of them turned in the direction of Laura's house, passing right in front of the hair salon. Kaya resolutely stared anywhere but at the pink building. "That's right," Laura said, "It was ONLY a dream."
June 17th, 2009
Because it is a Willow Wednesday, Willow has updated her blog.
June 16th, 2009
I have three letters for you today, which is Triple Tuesday.
The first one is a long one from Rachel to Teresa,
the other two are both between Anna and Nafy.
Also, just a note that the message board is going to be down next Monday, June 22nd all day while the moderators do some changes and additions to the board. It's rapidly expanding and we're going to add some great new features!
June 15th, 2009
Because it is Doll Dress Monday, I've got the first of Ana Valasquez's dresses for you to look at! She came to Pleasantville with all of her clothes in a large painted trunk, and this green dress is one of the more special dresses:
Ana's Green Sari Dress
June 14th, 2009
Because it is Solana Sunday, Solana has updated her blog.
June 13th, 2009
I've added a new letter from way back in 2006. It's between Francisca Montoya and Samantha Parkington and Samantha wails about how busy she is to someone who *might* be able to understand it. It is dated May 17th, 2006 if that helps you find it.
Have a good Wildcard Weekend!
June 12th, 2009
And now it's Greta Friday, so I've updated my blog with some musings about the Merriman's house among other things.
June 11th, 2009
It's Story Thursday! Here you go.
Early in the morning on a summer's day town square was found quiet and empty. But not for long. A door opened and closed sharply and into the square came Lisa Devecamont in a white dress with a very long black sash that perfectly matched her white cat-eye sunglasses. Lisa walked across town very quickly and hurried into the bank. She filled up her coffee pot, and her candy bowl before going behind her desk and opening Mrs. Merriman's management column to read while she waited for her first costomer of the day.
Across from the bank, delicious smells were wafting out of the Wickon's house. Mrs. Wickon was frying up some Italian suasage for breakfast and singing "I could have danced all night!" from "My Fair Lady" at the top of her lungs.
Cristal was next door having a very light breakfast with Katherine. The meal consisted of two cinnamon rolls with Karnemelk (a dutch drink.)
Kirsten Larson stumbled into town square wearing her night gown and a very sleepy expression. She flopped down in the chair next to the foodstand and started to write back to all of her letters.
Kirsten's opposite was walking towards the General Store at a fast walk. The door's bell jingled as Felicity Merriman opened the front door and stepped inside flipping the sign to OPEN in the shop's window. While she waited for costomers, she straightened the fabric display and organized all of the tea boxes. Soon the door jingled open again and Louisa Hawkins entered. "Ah." Said Louisa walking over to the patch of the store that was bright pink, "How much for two more of these Nafy's Jammies?" Felicity's eyebrows rose so high that they were in danger of disappearing under her straw bonnet. "Very well, that will be five dollars." Said Felicity in a very skeptical tone of voice.
More noise filled the town as more and more people opened up their shops or started making breakfast.
Constable John Wickon was patrolling near the bank eating and drinking his coffee and donuts, staring at all of the passers by and trying to find something that they were doing wrong. John looked towards the post office and saw Laura Windmill wearing her normal sweat pants and T-shirt. Laura dropped her heavy backpack inside the post office and than hopped onto her bike to start the morning mail rounds.
A very strange noise was coming from the bank roof. Vera Purr was was playing on her musical saw again which was driving Lisa mad. "WoooooooOoOoooo WWWwahhhhyoooo Weeeeeoooollllleeeee" went Vera's saw.
Everyone was at work now and various people were jogging or talking or (in Vera's case) playing musical instruments all throughout town square. Daily life in Pleasantville had begun once again.
June 10th, 2009
As your Willow Wednesday update, Willow has added a new entry to her blog.
June 9th, 2009
It's Triple Tuesday! If you enjoy "Laura's Letter of the Week" on NafyCast, here are some more letters for you to enjoy to and from the characters in Pleasantville:
1) Samantha Parkington and Francisca Montoya
2) Felicity Merriman and Kirsten Larson
3) Angelica Romanakov and Alexandra Chen
June 8th, 2009
And here we are after many weeks without one, with a brand new episode of NafyCast, ourdolls.net's official podcast.
For podcast Monday, we bring you NafyCast episode #5:
- Nafy, Kirsten and Teresa host
- Main discussion interview with Pleasantville's new residents, Ana and Tomas Valasquez.
- Tomas plays us some flamenco guitar
- We review the new American Girl doll, Rebecca Rubin!
- Nafy sets you a new challenge...
Running at 51 minutes, this episode should automatically download to your iTunes library if you are already subscribed. If you haven't subscribed yet, check out the NafyCast page for instructions on how to listen and subscribe to our podcast.
June 7th, 2009
Solana wrote a blog for Solana Sunday, you can check it out here.
June 6th, 2009
I have a really fun update for you today on this lovely Wildcard Weekend, it's a new photo story about Proper School, called "Rachel's Triumph."
You can check it out here:
June 5th, 2009
Today is a Greta Friday, so I've updated my latest blog.
Also, today we are having a group chat thread on the message board at 7:00 EST, which then would be 4:00 on the west coast. If you would like to join in, we're also trying to break the record for the number of people posting on the board at the same time.
Create an account (if you are over 12) and join in the fun! See you there!
June 4th, 2009
It's Story Thursday, so we bring you:
THE NETHERLANDS, Episode #4:
“We would like a room for three please,” Cristal told the concierge at the front desk of the Hotel de Dutch. “Actually, a suite would be nice on second thought. What do you think dahlings?” She turned to the other two for confirmation. Suzanne nodded, “yes, only the best for the best of course.” The man wrote down their information. “Very well, that will be $1000 per night.” Cristal practically choked, and Suzanne gulped loudly. Suzanne let out a nervous laugh. “Em.. ehehe.. actually perhaps it would be better for us to take a normal room, as there are only three of us. We wouldn’t want to get lost in a room that large now would we Cristal dahling?” Cristal still looked like she was about to be sick, so Suzanne completed the reservation and had a bellhop bring their bags up to their room.
Meanwhile, Sonja had been tugging on Cristal’s sleeve for the last fifteen minutes, a terrified expression on her face. Cristal, who still looked quite stunned however, had not even noticed. Finally, Sonja gave up on Cristal and turned to Suzanne. “Dahling!” She wailed, “You simply won’t believe who I saw in the lobby.” Suzanne was trying to fasten her bulging purse and did not hear her correctly. “Who is eating sloppy?” She asked, absentmindedly. “Noooo, dahling listen!” Sonja said frantically. “I saw Mrs. Fox in the lobby!” Suzanne and Cristal whirled around to face her so fast that a few of people walking nearby had to jump out of the way.
“What did you say?” Cristal said sharply. “Mrs. Fox. In the Lobby!” Sonja repeated. Suzanne closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Stay calm dahling.. stay calm. We MUST NOT be seen by her! Do you realize we look like we’ve been stuck on a dratted airplane all day?” Sonja looked confused, “but we have been stuck on a dratted airplane all day!” Suzanne took another deep breath. “I know that but look at your curls! They are a mess! A disaster! We cannot make a favorable impression on her if we look like ragamuffins.”
“Ahem..” Behind them the concierge gave an annoyed little cough to get their attention again. “Excuse me ladies, but here is your room key.” Suzanne and Cristal both reached for it at the same time. “I’ll keep the key dahling.” Cristal said imperiously. “But I should be the one with the key,” Suzanne disagreed. “No no no,” Cristal said, “I will make sure that it doesn’t get lost.” Suzanne glared at her. “And you think that I would lose it?”
“Well, I have room in my purse for it.”
“So do I, and besides, I’m the eldest.”
“Oh, yes I suppose you are quite a lot older, but that means you might forget you have it.”
“How DARE you say that I’m old!”
“Well you said it first!”
“At least I’m not a stingy know-it-all!”
“How DARE you say that I’m stingy!”
“Well I’m just telling the truth!”
“Well you’re an ungrateful little bag of laundry!”
“Well you’re an unfeeling nuisance!”
“Well in that case, I never liked your Spinach Souffle!”
“How DARE you!”
“Dahlings….” Sonja cut in, “people are staring!”
They looked at her, and then realized that quite a few people were staring in their direction, annoyed looks on their faces. The concierge looked like he had swallowed something sour, and worst of all, Mrs. Fox was starting to turn her head in their direction.
“DUCK!” Cristal whispered loudly. The three of them ducked down under the concierge’s desk, all trace of the argument forgotten. Ignoring the incredulous look on the concierge’s face, they began whispering frantically. “What are we going to do?” Suzanne peered out from under the desk and looked around. “We will have to make it up to our room undetected by Mrs. Fox. Follow me.” She sprinted out from the desk towards a large vase of pink flowers by a pillar, and crouched behind it, before turning around and motioning for Cristal and Sonja to follow her. She then tip-toed behind a coffee and tea table, and ducked underneath the lobby’s grand piano. On all fours she crawled under the piano, and then hopped behind a pillar on the other side.
Meanwhile, Sonja had made it to the piano and was attempting duck under it without hitting her head. Cristal, however, had stopped at the coffee and tea table, and was helping herself to a cup of coffee with five lumps of sugar in it. “Sonja!” Suzanne hissed, waving to get Sonja’s attention from behind her pillar. “Get Cristal!” She mouthed, pointing behind her. Sonja was not very excited about this idea, but obediently turned around and tip-toed back to the table. “Come on dahling, this is not the time for refreshment!” Sonja urged Cristal once she made it back to the table. “I know that of course, but this coffee is for free. Would you like some tea, dahling?” Sonja looked at the tea bags and pointed to one of them. “Ooh, that Dutch Almond tea looks quite delicious. I shall have a cup of that.”
Suzanne could not believe her eyes. “How dare they enjoy tea time without me!” She sniffed. A few minutes later, Suzanne had a cup of coffee in her hands, and the three of them slowly made their way back under the piano, trying not to spill their drinks. As they were about to emerge on the other side of the piano, Cristal suddenly gave a squeak. They all froze as they heard footsteps nearby and the sound of two voices.
“You know how it is, Brinkerhoff, if they don’t let me have my way then I shall just have to go with someone else.” Said one of the voices.
“Certainly, Lavender, you are quite right.” The other voice agreed.
“It’s HER!” Sonja whispered. The three of them scooted back as far as they could go under the piano and waited until the footsteps were far away. Then they all let out a sigh of relief and got out from under the piano.
“That was far too close,” Suzanne said, looking quite exhausted. They found the nearest elevator and flopped inside, riding it all the way up to the seventeenth floor. Cristal, who had snatched the key at some point down in the lobby, opened up the door to their room and they all three collapsed on the bed and fell fast asleep.
TO BE CONTINUED
June 3rd, 2009
It's Willow Wednesday, so check out Willow's latest blog post.
June 2nd, 2009
Triple Tuesday is here again! We had a lot of fun recording Podcast: NafyCast last night so it should be up and running sometime this week. Keep your eyes out for the news post announcing its release.
Now here are your three updates:
1) The June Photo of the Month Contest needs your votes! Check out the pictures and vote on your favorite one.
2) The winner of the April Photo of the Month Contest is posted! You can see the winner on thePhoto of the Month Winners page.
3) There are two new pictures on the Parkington Family Page, one of Rebecca and Snowball (see above) and a picture of Elizabeth camping out under the piano.
June 1st, 2009
Since it is Monday, I'm going to give you this recent dress that Solana made for Kirsten, which is called Kirsten's Blue Flowered Town Dress.
We didn't finish the podcast today like we were hoping, but keep your eye out for it another day this week, sooner than next Monday.
Also, breaking news! Last night, Suzanne, Sonja and Cristal returned from the Netherlands after being away from 5 months. Katharine was so relieved that she couldn't let go of "Miss Cristal!" and Suzanne immediately fainted when she saw the state that her house is in with all its vines and overgrown bushes.
Josefina got called to the scene to sort everyone out, but it was very dramatic. The three of them are all sleeping happily now, trying to forget about their problems here at home.
May 31st, 2009
It's Solana Sunday, so check out her blog.
May 30th, 2009
It's another Wildcard Weekend... and I am very pleased to bring you a beautiful dress of Anna's, which she has been wearing a lot lately. This is one of her fancier dresses, but she loves how "pretty" it looks so she'll wear it while she's tidying up the treehouse or working at the food stand.
Anna's Dainty Town Dress
May 29th, 2009
It's Greta Friday! Check out "a little bit of everything" in my blog.
May 27th, 2009
Unfortunately I've been a little bit behind the updates lately, and I apologize for that. I'm hoping to get back on schedule soon.
For now, here are the Triple Tuesday updates:
Clara Montoya and Nafy Merriman
Britta Larson and Rebecca Montoya
Felicity Merriman and Kirsten Larson
And Willow updated her blog yesterday for Willow Wednesday.
May 25th, 2009
Today is doll dress Monday, and we'll be featuring one of my favorite new dresses that I made, Kirsten's Calico Town Dress. I designed the pattern for this dress from a picture that I saw online.
Also, Solana updated her blog for Solana Sunday in case you missed that.
May 23rd, 2009
I've updated the bad book for the first part of 2009 as your Wildcard Weekend update. Enjoy the hilarious mis-doings of the Montoya family!
May 22nd, 2009
It's Greta Friday again, so check out my latest blog post.
Also, I've gone through the site and added some new pictures to each of the family pages so go ahead and check those out. There are some cute ones!
On the message board we've added quite a few new layouts, including one for Nafy's Jam, the trio in the Netherlands, and a Camping one for summer. If you are not a member of the message board yet, jump on board! It's lots of fun and a great community of people to join. Signing up is easy, you just have to be over 13 to join.
May 21st, 2009
It's Story Thursday:
Lara Larson was in town square because she was working at the food stand, when the bright purple signs hanging on the general store walls caught her eye.
"Hmm, I wonder what all that is about," she said, walking across the square to the General store and pushing open the door. The bell tinkled and Felicity hopped to her feet, straightening her cap.
Lara looked around, saw the happy jelly display, and immediately pulled out her purse to purchase two jars of strawberry jelly.
"Can I interest you in anything else?" Said Felicity, hopefully, looking resentfully over at the dwindling pile of jellly jars.
"Oh no, this is enough for now," said Lara, "I'll be back later for the animal's feed though."
And with that, Lara left the store and headed back up the grassy slope from the market to her farm. Britta was inside, coloring in her coloring book and muttering under her breath about how nobody at her birthday had cared that she wanted fashionable dresses as presents. They'd all just bought her candy.
"Look Britta, strawberry jelly!" Lara said, holding the little jars up.
"Oh wow mommy!" Britta said, looking up from her coloring book, her expression changing completely. "That will be perfect for when Rachel comes over today. I will have to find some bread to spread it on. Mommy, make some bread!"
Lara frowned. "Shouldn't you say please?"
"What?" Answered Britta, vaguely, because she was already halfway up the little ladder to her loft, carrying the strawberry jelly with her as she went.
"Oh never mind," said Lara, and she left the house to go make a batch of bread for Britta's tea party with Rachel.
Later that afternoon.........
The doorbell rang and Britta jumped to her feet, knocked her chair over, flipped a spoon sitting on the table out of the window and tripped over her untied shoelaces until she was sprawled on the floor. "It's Rachel!" She whispered to herself, excitedly, quickly running to the fireplace and dumping the fresh bread on so that it would be nice and warm when Rachel sat down to tea. Then Britta hastened to answer the door.
"Hi darling Rachel!" Britta said, breathlessly, opening the door.
"Why hello little Britta," Rachel said, daintily walking right past her into the little kitchen. "And how are you this fine afternoon?"
"I dunno, ok I guess. Can I take your coat?" Britta said in a squeek, almost forgetting this important part of the polite doorside conversation that Miss Samantha had taught them.
"Britta, I don't have a coat on today, it is such a fine afternoon." Rachel said, condescendingly.
Britta stared, as she realized that Rachel was right. She didn't have a coat. "Ok whatever." She said.
The two of them settled down at the kitchen table, which Britta had decorated with every piece of silverware and linen that the Larson family owned. Britta thought it looked beautiful, but Rachel said, "ugh!"
"What?" Said Britta, slightly hurt.
"What is that awful smell?" Rachel said, pinching her dainty little nose and looking around the house. "Is something burning?"
Britta wheeled around and knocked her chair over in the process. The bread that she'd put on the fire to warm up was burning and blackened. "Oh NOO!" Britta cried, running to the fire and trying to take the burning bread out of the fire. Finally, she just found a bucket of water and dumped it all on the fireplace. The bread looked black, soggy and smoking.
"Well, I guess we don't have any bread left!" Said Britta, picking up her chair and sitting down at the table. "Let me offer you some strawberry soup."
And she unscrewed the top of one of the little jelly jars and spooned a glop of jelly onto Rachel's plate and handed her a spoon.
Rachel looked at the glop of strawberry jelly on her plate. "Am I supposed to eat this?" She said, slightly worried.
"Oh yes! Didn't you know that it is the latest fashion to eat strawberry soup? Or whatever? OK whatever just eat it." Said Britta.
And so Nan's jelly was also used to rescue tea parties.
To be continued.....
May 20th, 2009
Willow has updated her blog, since today is a Willow Wednesday!
May 19th, 2009
Today is a triple Tuesday, and along with the usual doll letter updates that I do on Tuesdays, I have some interesting ballgown artwork today as well. Check out today's updates:
1) a new letter added to the Francisca Montoya - Samantha Parkington correspondence
2) a new letter added to the Anna Larson - Rebecca Montoya correspondence
3) The original picture that inspired Nan's Orange Silk Ballgown, along with Nan's sketch of herself in her ballgown that she made to help her start sewing. Check them out in Nan's dresses.
May 18th, 2009
Today is another doll dress Monday! I hope you enjoy today's beautiful dress, which is one that Samantha just made a few weeks ago. It is called her Library Rose Dress.
Also, I didn't make a front page post yesterday, but Solana has also updated her blog for Solana Sunday.
May 15th, 2009
Check out some behind-the-scenes photos in my blog for Greta Friday!
May 14th, 2009
Teresa Berg was skipping lightly past the community bulletin board in town square when a flyer posted there caught her eye. It was a very unusal flyer. It was completely purple, covered in bright pictures of strawberries with eyes and kitty ears, and random musical notes in patterns all around the edges.
Teresa stopped skipping and walked closer to the poster so she could see it better. It proclaimed, in large, bright words: "BUY STRAWBERRY JELLY." Underneath that was a large signature, which had a duck quacking as part of the cursive. It was Nancy Merriman's signature.
Teresa giggled. She looked again at the strawberry that had ears and eyes and whiskers just like a little kitty. She giggled again. And then she turned around and towards the Merriman's general store instead of the sweet shop, where she had been heading.
She pushed open the front door and the bell tinkled. She saw at once that Nan was not at the General Store. Instead, Felicity was running the counter and busily re-arranging the soap display so that the expensive lavendar face soap was closest to the laundry and household display. She wanted to force Francisca Montoya to abandon reason and purchase some when she came down for laundry soap later today.
Teresa looked casually around, and politely sounded interested when Felicity tried to sell her the lavendar soap that she was now stacking in a neat little pile with real sprigs of lavendar balanced here and there to add to the visual display. She then meandered over towards the jelly jars in the far corner, which were under a similar bright purple sign with drawings of strawberry kitties.
She grabbed up one of the cute little jars of jellies and brought it to the counter. "Thank you very much, I don't think I will be getting the soap today because I already have so much, but I would really like to buy this jar of strawberry jelly." Teresa said, showing Felicity the jar.
Felicity gave her an extremely sceptical look, her eyebrows dissappearing into her hair. "Are you sure?" She said.
"Oh yes!" Said Teresa, nodding her head vigorously and handing her the money. "I definitely want to try this strawberry jelly today!"
Felicity's eyebrows carefully settled themselves back to their normal height as she took the jar of jelly from Teresa and rang it up for her.
Then Teresa skipped out of the store and headed back home, a brand new jar of Nan's strawberry jelly clutched in her hand.
To be continued....
May 13th, 2009
Check out the newest blog for Willow Wednesday!
May 12th, 2009
I just had too much fun with the doll letters today for our Triple Tuesday update. These three letters that I added are hilarious, and one (from Nafy to Clara) has a picture added of the little pictures that she drew to illustrate her new "hollyday," SPOOKABLES day!
Check all three new letters out on the doll letters page.
May 11th, 2009
Here we go with another doll dress Monday! This one is Heather Heaven's best dress, which she got from Mrs. Montoya for Christmas this year. It was made in a miniature version of Josefina and Francisca's church dresses:
Heather's Sunday Dress
May 10th, 2009
Happy mother's day to all you mothers, and if you are not a mother, then show your mom that you really care today. Even if you just let her do what she wants to do for a little while.
Today is also a Solana Sunday, so you can check that out in her blog.
May 9th, 2009
For this Saturday's Wildcard Weekend, I've done something I haven't done for a while. Check out the Windmill family page for their four updated bios. I didn't realize how outdated they were! Now you can read more accurate descriptions of each member of the Windmill family. Have a great weekend!
May 8th, 2009
Check out the update for Greta Friday in my blog.
May 7th, 2009
It's Story Thursday again! My my, how time does fly. :)
Nancy Merriman was very excited. She had just put the cap on the top of a nice, clean jar of strawberry jelly, after cooking up the recipe herself, creating a very tasty treat.
She resisted the urge to stick her paw right back into the jelly to taste some of it, and fastened the cap tightly on top of the jar.
She lovingly placed the finished jar of jelly on top of a pile of other filled strawberry jelly jars, ready to be carried downtown to her father's general store for when she would start to sell her very own strawberry jelly to her father's customers.
After making sure that the balanced jar wouldn't fall off the pile, Nan dashed into the music room, scribbled something down onto some manuscript paper, flipped up the lid of her spinet, and began to play some very quick notes.
William, who had been napping under the spinet after a hard study session, woke with a start and yelled "jolly what?! You just bally well ruined my sleep! What do you mean by this, old flesh-and-blood?"
Nancy stuck her head around the edge of the spinet so she could see William, who was rubbing his head with two fingers and fighting to uncross his sleepy eyes.
"This, little brother," Nan said, happily, "Is my symphony number 467, which is going to be called 'Strawberry Jelly.' Isn't it magnificent?"
And she started to play little tinkling notes in the upper part of the keyboard. "You see, this part is called "strawberries in a sunny field." William cocked his head at her, slightly confused.
"That is only the first movement though. Here is the second movement," Nan said, moving her hands down to the middle of the keyboard and pounding out some marching quarter notes, which kept making uneven rhythms. "this is called, 'Nafy goes strawberry-picking.'"
Nan went on and on, until she got to the 17th movement, which was called "putting the cap on," at which point she stopped. Completely oblivious to the fact that William had fallen asleep again and was creating very odd sound effects by making the piano vibrate with his snores, she leapt out of her seat and ran back into the kitchen.
"But what happens next?" She wondered aloud, grabbing up her little jar of strawberry jelly. "That can't be the end of the story yet. Because somebuggy has to EAT my strawberry jelly, which means somebuggy has to BUY my strawberry jelly, which means that I have to SELL my strawberry jelly. But how will anyone know that I am selling jelly?" She sat down on a bucket and thought.
Mr. Merriman walked into the kitchen to pour himself a cup of coffee and straighten his wig before heading back into his early morning government meeting. He noticed Nan slumped on top of the bucket and inquired after what was the matter with her.
Nan just sighed.
Mr. Merriman turned around and walked over to her so he could see her closer.
A little tear squeezed out of the corner of Nan's eye as she looked at the little jar of jelly in her furry hand.
"Nan, what is the matter? Why are you crying about your strawberry jelly? I thought it tasted very fine, indeed!" Mr. Merriman said, putting a comforting hand on her back.
Nan sighed again and let out a frustrated noise. "YESH!" She said, suddenly looking up at her father, "but how will anyone know to come and buy my jelly and actually eat it? I have to finish my symphony, daddy!!"
Mr. Merriman relaxed. "Well, that is simple. You have to market your product! Which means" he said, quickly, "that you need to advertise. No one will know that we have a new kind of jelly that you made especially on your own unless you tell them!"
Nan sniffed and sat up straighter. That was what she should do! She nodded at her father and then ran flat out up to her room, grabbing quills and different colored inks and all of her best paper. The rest of the afternoon was devoted to creating posters. She made blue posters, she made red posters, she made rainbow posters, and she even made a pink poster, just for Suzanne Wickon's house.
Then, humming happily and with a little jar of strawberry jelly tucked into her pocket, she went waltzing around town, nailing up her colorful posters, which all announced the new addition of strawberry jelly to the Merriman's General Store.
To be continued!
May 6th, 2009
Check out the entry for Willow Wednesday on Willow's blog.
May 5th, 2009
Happy Cinco de Mayo, everybody! Today is one of the Montoya family's favorite days to celebrate, so they are planning to hold their fiesta for the arrival of Ana and Tomas at their rancho.
On Cinco de Mayo, all of the girls spend a long time getting dressed up and looking their prettiest, using flowers to decorate their hair. Then they always hold a beauty contest. Mrs. Montoya has won it for the last five years because Andres was always the judge, but now that Tomas is here she just might lose her throne to her daughter, Ana.
Anyway, today is triple tuesday, so I've got three new things for you:
1) A new addition to the Britta and Teresa correspondence
2) A new addition to the Alexandra and Angelica correspondence
3) A brand new photo story about Ana and Tomas, called "The Arrival." You can see how the Montoya family reacted to having two new people join their family.
May 4th, 2009
After a successful week last week, we're going to start out this Monday with a new doll dress, since the podcast is a bi-weekly update. (That means it is supposed to come up once every other week.)
Today's doll dress is a dress that Rebecca Parkington got from her sister Samantha as a Christmas present this year. She's wearing it right at the moment that I'm publishing this, as well!
Rebecca's Green Tea Dress
May 3rd, 2009
It's the last day in our week at OUR DOLLS, and Solana has capped it off in her Solana Sunday blog.
We'll start over again tomorrow with a new doll dress, hopefully.
Also, it's a new month on the top doll sites voting page, and we would like to try and keep our #1 spot. So if you think OUR DOLLS has what it takes to be the best doll site online, just click the "vote here" button at the top of this page. Thanks!!
May 2nd, 2009
Well today is a Wildcard Weekend, which means I could have given you anything. Any kind of update at all. But today you are getting a brand new photo story!
In this story, Lisa DeVecamont is determined to take on one too many challenges for herself until she takes on one challenge that didn't turn out too well for her.
May 1st, 2009
Happy May Day, everybody! Today is a Greta Friday, so head on over to my blog to get the latest update.
Tomorrow is going to be a fun one. Don't forget to check back for our great Wildcard Weekend!
April 30th, 2009
It's story Thursday:
Rebecca Montoya was extremely excited. She kept fidgeting around on her little straw chair and craning her neck to watch her bigger sisters, Francisca and Ana. The two of them had hit it off right away and were now singing together while they fixed dinner. Rebecca was fascinated by Ana. She was tall and beautiful, and she liked the fashions! Mama never liked the fashions, she was too practical. But here was a grownup who liked the fashions!
Ana also had a beautiful red trunk full of treasures that she had brought with her from Mexico City. The first night she was there, they had all sat around her and watched her take items out, one by one, and tell the story behind it. Rebecca had been excited when Ana had taken out some packets of new seeds for garden plants, but not nearly as excited as her and everyone else had been when Ana unfolded her glorious wedding dress and trailing vail. Rebecca had never seen a dress so beautiful and fancy. And the pressed bouquet of flowers! They were both enough to make Francisca almost faint, anyway.
Rebecca made her way noisily around the campfire that Francisca and Ana were cooking over and walked across the river towards the deserted rancho. They were all living in the goat shed right now, so there was no one in there. She was hoping to see if Ana's trunk was in there so she could look at the wedding dress again.
However, as she rounded the bend towards the dusty walls of the rancho, the strains of a flamenco guitar tune reached her ears. She perked them up. Whoever was playing the guitaro was pretty good. It was definitely not Juan or Antonio. She walked a little faster to find out. As she entered the deserted grand sala, she saw Ana's husband, Tomas, seated in a corner of the room and practicing his guitar. He was so fast and so skilled at it that Rebecca's mouth dropped wide open. She didn't know that Tomas was good at something! She thought that he was just a funny, sort of goofy man who was married to her sister.
Now a little bit shy, she walked into the room. Tomas stopped playing and looked over at her. "Oh!" He said.
"Now, I was wondering when you were going to come and say hello," he said, smiling a sort of crooked smile at her.
"Hola," she said, sitting down in front of him.
"I found this doll lying around," Tomas said, taking out Rebecca's cloth doll and showing it to her. "I knew at once that it must be you, because this doll is beautiful. And you are the only one around here who looks like her."
Rebecca blushed. No one had ever called her beautiful before. She knew she had sort of ratty hair and a squished-up face, but Tomas seemed to think that she was beautiful!
"Is this doll yours, Rebeccacita?" Tomas asked, handing the doll to her.
"Si," she said, taking the doll and hugging it. "You are very good at the guitaro, Tomas," she said, looking up at him.
"Oh si I am." He said. He wasn't really boasting, it was as if he had been told this many times. "But it is always lovely to hear a compliment from someone like you. Did you know that you are a very kind person?"
Rebecca squirmed. She was very, very happy right now.
"Let me tell you something. Do you know the difference between a guitar and tuna fish?"
Rebecca laughed loudly. "NO!! What?!"
"You can tuna guitar, but you can't tuna fish!" He answered, "HA HA HA!" he chortled, hitting his leg and leaning forward and backward while he let little booming laughs out.
Rebecca was laughing very hard. Tomas was really funny, too. She thought that she was going to like having Ana and Tomas around.
Check back in the next few days for more news and stories about Pleasantville's brand new residents. :)
April 29th, 2009
Today is the first ever Willow Wednesday! Willow has updated her blog with some interesting thoughts and plans.
So head over to check out the blog here:
Willow Wednesday: patterns and may flowers
We've also added two new moderators to our message board team, welcome to Kylie (purples) andAmy, who will be taking care of the members there and creating a fun atmosphere to keep chatting in! This is a big move for our message board, because it means we're growing in all sorts of ways.
April 28th, 2009
Introducing..... the week at OUR DOLLS. I've put together a new program for daily updates, which will make sure that there is something new and exciting on here for every day of the week. Every day has a theme, as follows:
Monday - podcast or a doll dress, whichever one is ready
Tuesday - triple Tuesday, three updates of various sorts
Wednesday - Willow Wednesday, Willow writes a blog
Thursday - story Thursday, a story or photo story of some sort
Friday - Greta Friday, Greta writes a blog
Saturday - wildcard weekend, it could be any kind of post at all!
Sunday - Solana Sunday, Solana write a blog!
And then we start all over again. Yesterday was a Monday and we got a new podcast. NafyCast, episode four is out and ready for download through our podcast page.
Today is a triple Tuesday, so I've updated the following three things:
1) there is a new correspondence on the doll letters page. This time, read the beginning of the letters that penpals Rachel Merriman and Creme de Vecamont sent to each other!
2) Check out the Montoya family's bad book to read their latest misdoings. Scroll down until you see the bright red *new!* to show where the latest updates are.
3) New front page picture. I've updated the front page (above) with a picture that you've never seen before!
What do you guys think? Let us know on the message boards, or by sending us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back tomorrow for the first Willow Wednesday!
April 27th, 2009
NafyCast Episode Four is now up and ready to listen to! If you already are subscribed to NafyCast through iTunes, it will probably already have downloaded into your library.
If you are new to NafyCast, learn how to listen and subscribe for free on the NafyCast page. There are easy instructions for you to read on that page.
In this episode:
* Special guest host, Josefina Montoya
* Main discussion on Rebecca Montoya
* What does Nafy dislike about the colonial era?
* Suzi's newsclips interviews Lisa about Polly's messy house
* What is a spinet?
All this and much more on our latest episode, which is 53 minutes in length and will provide lots more talk and gossip from the three cohosts, Nafy, Kirsten and Teresa.
April 24th, 2009
As usually happens around this time of year, change has once again come to Pleasantville. Dolores and Francisca Montoya returned from Mexico City yesterday with two extra people in tow, Francisca's older sister Ana and her husband Tomas.
The couple had been living in Mexico City but completely ran out of money and simply wanted to live with their families and be reunited with their two little boys, Antonio and Juan. So they came along with Dolores and Francisca, and are now settled in with the family of eleven, who are all currently living in the goat shed because they are rebuilding their walls.
It is a very tight fit to keep eleven people in such a tiny building, but somehow they are pulling it off. They all have to take turns sleeping and cooking though.
Francisca especially was fascinated to have her older sister back among them, and spent hours with her, going through Ana's painted red hope chest and looking at her most precious things. She ooohed over her wedding bouquet, aaahed over her wedding veil, and practically fainted when she saw her long, trailing wedding dress. She was also incredibly interested in Ana's book of face washes, perfumes and moisturizer recipes.
Tomas, on the other hand, came trundling into the rancho joking and laughing and ruffling up (what's left of) his son's hair. He pulled out his own book for the little girls to look at, and soon had all the younger children and Andres roaring with laughter with his "libro de broma," book of jokes.
Today the Montoyas plan to show their new family members around the town of Pleasantville, and to start planning the fiesta that Dolores wishes to throw in Ana's honor.
If you'd like to discuss this big news, you can head on over to our message boards and either create an account, post as a guest, or just read the lively discussions that are going on.
Here's also my chance to wish Solana a happy belated birthday. She had a great day yesterday and was very patient to wait through rehearsals and lessons and everything before we all got to have her beautiful cake and open her presents. She told me though that the end result was well worth the wait.
April 22nd, 2009
Happy Earth day! Do something today to help out this planet that we all live on. Plant some flowers or trees. Start a recycling program in your home. Turn off all your lights when you aren't using them. Dress your dolls in green and take them outside for a while!
I also have a new doll dress for you today. Well... actually it's a doll kilt.
This is Anders Larson's McLaughlin clan tartan kilt that his wife made him for Christmas this year. Have a look.
April 15th, 2009
Here is the next installment of the trio's adventures in the Netherlands. The funny story on this one is that Willow actually wrote it while we were on an airplane to Philadelphia. Haha!
“Finally!” Cristal exclaimed, sitting up in her seat on the airplane and craning her neck to see down the aisle. Sonja and Suzanne were both asleep; Sonja with her head leaning against the window, and Suzanne leaning against Cristal’s shoulder. “Wake up, dahlings!” Cristal said, shaking the other two out of their peaceful slumber, “they are going to serve us some fine cuisine!”
Suzanne sat up immediately and looked around her, all trace of sleepiness gone. “Fine cuisine? Where?” She said brightly. Cristal pointed down the aisle to where a stewardess was pushing a cart of food and drinks. Across the aisle from them, the two girls who spoke a different language had put down the food trays in front of them. Suzanne nudged Cristal and nodded her head towards them. “I think these little trays are our own personal tables so that we can be waited on hand and foot.” She whispered, putting her tray down. Cristal copied her and looked over at Sonja, who was taking a little bit more time to become aware of her surroundings than Suzanne.
“Where are we, Cristal dahling? A yacht?” She said, a confused expression on her face. “Why are we floating up and down and what is that dreadful racket?” She frowned as she said the last bit, and put her little hands over her ears.
“We are on an airplane, remember little dahling? That awful racket is the airplane engine. I do wish they would just turn it off, it is hurting my ears, too.” Cristal answered her.
“Oh I remember now, we’re on our way to the Netherlands, tra la!” Sonja trilled, trying to fix up her curls, which were all matted together on one side.
By this time, the stewardess and the food cart were in the row in front of them. “What do you think we should order to eat, Suzanne?” Sonja asked.
“Well,” Suzanne said, thinking carefully. “Nothing too heavy. I wouldn’t want to feel sick after having not eaten since breakfast. Perhaps a well done fillet mignon, a sampler of fine bleu cheeses, an Italian red wine, and chicken Caesar salad with croutons and parmesan. What do you think?”
“Quite, dahling. That should be enough. I’m sure they will come back around to take orders for dessert, so we’ll think about that later while we are eating dinner. “
“Hello ladies, what can I get for you to eat today?” The stewardess said brightly, pulling her cart backwards into line with their row. “We have beef casserole, pizza, and hamburgers.”
The three of them looked incredulously at each other and then back at the stewardess. “That’s ..all…. you have?” Suzanne said, her voice shaking a little.
“Yes ma’am,” the stewardess replied, looking bemused. Cristal sat back in her seat and stared at the roof of the plane, wishing this was a nightmare and that she was going to be woken up in a moment to the smell of chocolate donuts from Clara’s Sweet Shop. Her stomach grumbled very audibly, and she frowned at it. Sonja was the first one to speak up. “I shall have the beef casserole,” she said in her most dignified voice, glaring at the stewardess. Cristal sighed and ordered the beef casserole as well. They both looked at Suzanne, who stuck her nose in the air before saying, “I shall have the pizza. At least it is Italian!”
“Alrighty,” the stewardess said, handing the food over to them and giving them napkins and plastic utensils as well. “That’ll be $10.00 each please.”
“WHAT!!!” They all screeched in unison. “That is absolutely ridiculous,” Cristal said, icily. “I shall not pay $10.00 for rubbish like this.” Her stomach grumbled again, louder this time. “Dahlings, we don’t have anything else to eat,” Sonja said unhappily. “Perhaps we ought to try and eat something, even if it is horrible.” They all sighed resignedly and handed over their ten dollar bills.
The three of them were silent and grumpy as they slowly tried to force down their food. Occasionally Cristal started muttering words like “rubbish,” and “ten dollars,” under her breath until the person in the row in front of them turned all the way around and said “shush!” Rather angrily. Suzanne sat there staring at her pizza while the other two worked their way through their beef casseroles. She was just about to take her first bite of the pizza after fighting a long internal battle between her incessant hunger and her disgust at eating fast food, when the airplane began to shake back and forth and the pilot’s voice came crackling through the speakers.
We are sorry, but we are experiencing a slight bit of turbulence. For your safety, please ensure that you stay in your seat and that your seat belts are securely fastened. Thank you.
“AAAH!” Suzanne looked down at the floor. All the sudden bumping around of the airplane had caused her slice of pizza to fall down right on top of her dainty little fashionable shoe. “How DARE they allow all that bumping around! I PAID TEN DOLLARS FOR THAT PIZZA!!” She shrieked.
People in rows all around her turned around and stared very pointedly at Suzanne. She sank low down into her seat and fumed. “I despise airplanes.” She declared haughtily. Cristal nodded in agreement.
Sonja, however, was writing a letter to Teresa in which she gushed about the exquisite food on the airplane and the luxurious lounges they were sitting on. She smiled conspiratorially and began writing another letter to Rachel as well.
Soon Sonja tired of elaborating her experiences to her friends back home and peered out the window. “Look dahlings, aren’t those pretty clouds?” She said, pointing out the window. Cristal and Suzanne, who were both still in a very sullen mood, glanced half-heartedly out the window. “Hmm.. I suppose.” Cristal replied, without much enthusiasm.
Her mood changed abruptly, however, when the pilot’s voice sounded through the speakers once again, but this time with some very welcome news.
Ladies and gentleman, we are beginning our descent into the International Airport of Holland. Please return your seats and tray tables to their upright position and fasten your seatbelts. Flight attendants prepare for landing.
Cristal, Suzanne, and Sonja all squealed with delight and hopped up and down in their seats. “We’re almost there! We’re about to land! We survived!”
Cristal was much more excited about looking out of Sonja’s window now, as they all jostled each other over to try and catch the first glimpse of the Netherlands.
The airplane lowered slowly through the clouds, and Holland came into view, all covered in sparkling white snow. “Good thing we brought our winter coats, isn’t it?” Sonja giggled, excitedly.
The runway grew closer and closer, and Cristal’s eyes grew wide with worry. “What if we crash! Dahlings!! I don’t have a Will! Who would inherit my fortune? I have not left my affairs in order!”
Just then the airplane hit the runway with a large BUMP. “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Cristal screamed, her eyes squeezed shut and her hands covering her face.
“….Em.. dahling, you can look now,” Suzanne said, prying Cristal’s hands away from her face. “It’s alright, we landed safely.” Cristal opened one eye, and then the other. “Oh. Well. Of course I knew we would land safely.” She said, matter-of-factly. Suzanne and Sonja exchanged a withering glance. “Yes, of course you did,” said Suzanne.
The three of them were the last people out of the airplane, as Suzanne needed some space to wrench her large carry-on bag out from under the seat in front of her. As they left, the foreign girls from the row next to them said "Bedank goedheid die over is. Ik wil nooit naast die vervelende dames opnieuw zitten!"
Suzanne was going to complain to the stewardess when they exited the plane, but for some reason she was nowhere to be seen…
When they emerged into the airport, Cristal turned to Suzanne. “I’m not completely sure what to do next. Where are our bags?” Suzanne sniffed. “Isn’t it rude that all the signs are in Dutch? I mean, shouldn’t they know that not everyone likes speaking Dutch? It seems awfully conceited if you know what I’m saying.” They followed the flow of people in front of them that had exited their airplane, all the while discussing how difficult it was to find one’s way around a foreign airport. When they stopped for a moment to rest, Sonja gave a shout. “That’s my suitcase! The pink one with the roses on it!” She was pointing to a bag a few feet away from them that was slowly moving around on a baggage claim conveyor belt. They hurried over to the bag, and Sonja snatched it off the conveyor belt at once, hugging it tightly. “Someone thought they were going to get away with stealing my beautiful suitcase did they? How completely horrible!”
Just then, Cristal pointed back to the conveyor belt. ‘”There’s my suitcase! The white one with the pearls on it. And there’s Suzanne’s bag! And Suzanne’s suitcase, and Suzanne’s five hat boxes! We must snatch them back!” They did just that, looking around them all the while to make sure that whoever stole their luggage wouldn’t try and steal it again while they weren’t looking.
When they had counted their bags multiple times and were sure that none of them were missing, they headed off with Cristal as the leader, going towards what she thought must be the exit.
“Wait dahling!” Suzanne called. She had stopped and put all of her hat boxes down, and was staring at a shoe-shining station. “I must get my shoe cleaned, it has that dratted pizza all over it, ugh. I can NOT be seen walking around the Netherlands with pizza on my shoe. That is so vulgar!”
“Alright, go ahead,” Cristal called back. “Yoohoo!” She called to an airport worker. “What is the fanciest hotel in all of Holland?”
He gave it a minute of thought before replying, “that would be Hotel De Dutch, ma’am.”
“Oooh that sounds right. Perfect, actually,” she said with a satisfied smile. “You can find a taxi outside the revolving doors,” he said, pointing towards them. She thanked him graciously, and returned to Suzanne and Sonja, who were examining Suzanne’s clean and shining shoe. “I found out that the most fashionable hotel in the Netherlands is called ‘Hotel de Dutch,’ so we must stay there.” Cristal told her friends.
When they arrived at the revolving glass doors, Sonja stopped short, looking quite terrified. “Don’t worry dahling, they’re harmless. Really.” Suzanne said, in an off-hand sort of way. With her nose in the air, she walked through the door, and pushed it around with her many hat boxes in front of her. The trouble was, she didn’t notice that she had already passed the outside exit, and was continuing back to where she started. She must have been quite preoccupied, because she kept striding around in circles, her nose in the air and her hat boxes pushing the doors around faster and faster until she was a blur and a large line of people had lined up behind Sonja and Cristal to exit the airport, tapping their feet and looking at their watches impatiently.
Finally, Suzanne whirled out of the exit in a tumble of boxes and bags. A few people nearby glanced at her with eyebrows raised, and muttered "toerist..." to each other.
Suzanne immediately recovered her composure and her haughty expression as well, and tried to ignore Cristal and Sonja’s quiet giggles as they made it through the revolving doors and to her side.
“I found all the taxis.” Suzanne sniffed, not meeting their eyes. Sure enough, a line of taxi drivers was waiting by the curb, all of them laughing openly. Cristal and Sonja did not comment, fortunately, and Suzanne marched over to the nearest taxi driver. “We would like to be taken to the Hotel De Dutch if you please.” He nodded and reached for her bags. “That will be $100, ma’am.” He said, opening the trunk of his taxi. Cristal and Sonja glanced at each other incredulously. “A hundred dollars?” Cristal hissed, under her breath. The taxi driver smiled encouragingly. “I’ll give you a deal,” he said, “only ninety dollars for you are such nice ladies.” Suzanne, smiled and shook his hand. “Thank you. Now please let’s be on our way. I have had far too much of the airport today!” Suzanne said, glaring at the other taxi drivers who were still looking very amused.
However, one of them looked quite furious, and came striding over towards them as they were about to sit down in the taxi. He began speaking rapidly in Dutch to their taxi driver, who spoke angrily back to him. After they had been arguing for a few minutes, the angry man turned to Suzanne, who looked quite frightened. “I am sorry ma’am, but this driver is cheating you into paying more than twice the usual amount for a ride to the Hotel de Dutch. I can take you there for thirty dollars.”
Cristal jumped out of the taxi, pulling Sonja along with her. Suzanne followed suit, and they grabbed their bags from the trunk. “My name is Pardon, at your service,” the man said with a bow. The other taxi driver glared at him and shook his fist. He got back in his taxi and zoomed away. Sonja let out a sigh of relief and sat down on a hat box.
Once in Pardon’s taxi, they relaxed a little and began exclaiming at everything visible outside the windows. “Ooooh, look at the building!” Sonja said, pointing up at a stone building many stories high. “Never mind about the building,” Suzanne answered, “look at that dress!” She exclaimed, pointing at a lady walking down the street. “How fashionable we shall all look when we leave the Netherlands,” sighed Cristal dreamily.
Sooner than they expected, Pardon pulled up to the porte-cochere of a very fancy looking hotel. “This is it, ma’am,” he said, removing their bags from his trunk. “If you are in need of a driver during your stay here, please give me a call. Here is my card.” He handed them a business card, and, after receiving their effusive thanks, he drove off and left them in front of the extremely elegant Hotel de Dutch.
To Be Continued!
April 5th, 2009
The smell of coffee brewing and bacon sizzling in the kitchens woke Teresa Berg up in the early morning. She crept out of bed, shrugged into her silk dressing gown, and slowly padded down the creaky staircase to the dining room.
No one else was awake yet, except the servants in the kitchen, and she was determined to see the sun rise. She always slept in so she ended up waking up when the sun was already up in the sky, but today she was going to see it come up in the East. She had decided that she really wanted to.
So Teresa slipped out the front door, listening carefully to make sure that none of the maids noticed her, and silently made her way down the street, smelling the wet dirt in the flower beds and the faint scent of the flowers that were just starting to pop up. Crocuses and daffodils first, then the beginnings of rose buds. She skipped a little, but stopped. It was still pretty dark and she didn't want to trip over anything!
When she reached town square, she was surprised to see it so deserted. She had never seen it so quiet! All of the shop owners were sleeping or eating breakfast at their houses, and none of them had even gotten to work yet. She smiled to herself, proudly remembering how early she had gotten up this morning.
She walked across the square, past the food stand, and right into the Larson's fields where she was certain she would be able to see the sunrise. She plunked herself down on a little log and stared directly into the East. She was sleepy, but she blinked her little eyes and focused. She wasn't going to fall asleep and miss the sunrise after all of this work!
Slowly, the woods and the fields around her started to wake up. The birds started chirping even before the first rays of golden sunlight started to pop up over the edge of the Earth. They seemed to sense it before it came. A group of ducks waddled across the field toward the stream bank. Teresa giggled at the funny way they walked.
And then the light started pouring out over the fields, lighting up the dew drops on the grass and leaves of the trees and making everything so stunningly bright and golden that Teresa had to cover her eyes for a little while.
Then the animals all came alive. The birds chirped joyfully, the ducks swam happily along the stream, and a bashful doe peeked out at Teresa from behind a little tree.
She got up and did a little spin around in the sunlight. "Jiminy!" She exclaimed, "that was better than they describe it in the novels! Everything is so fresh- like it is all starting over again."
And she turned around to hurry home. As she hurried back through town square, she saw sleepy people creeping toward their shops. Suzanna Wilson had her collar pulled up around her and was slowly sipping some coffee while balancing piles of newspapers and stationary pads. Lisa DeVecamont was right behind her, hurriedly straightening the clip in her perfect hair and carrying a smart briefcase. Laura Windmill was staggering around, still wearing her pajamas and trying to find the keys to her shop in a bulging soccer bag at her side, and Paul Windmill was just propping his skateboard up outside the Chinese restaurant before heading inside.
Teresa smiled. She felt like she had a glowing little secret inside her that these busy people didn't know about. They had no idea how wonderful this moment was. The sun had just risen! It had been glorious! Why didn't they notice how joyful the whole world was right now? They were a little too busy, she supposed.
"Well I have just had a wonderful day, and it hasn't even started yet." She told herself, making her way back up to the house on Lilac Avenue. "Maybe I should wake up early more often."
I've added the voting page for the Photo of the Month contest for April. Head on over there to vote for the picture that YOU think describes the month of April.
April 2nd, 2009
Hahahaha April Fool's, everybody! Our entire post yesterday about not being able to update the site anymore was an april fool's joke, which fooled some of you (thanks for the extremely nice notes and email messages with best wishes) and didn't fool the others, (*ahem* all you message board people who figured out the "service notice" link at the bottom of the page, lol!), and was, on the whole, entirely successful!
If you missed yesterday's joke, you can read the post below to see what it was about. Basically, I wiped the site blank for a little while and wrote a fake entry about needing to quit working on the website because of the time and expense. ...NOT!
We are not intending to stop working on this site ANY TIME soon, it is really fun to keep putting things up here, and we have so many huge ideas to enhance the site that it would be terrible to stop now.
So thanks for all of your support, and the site is now back up and running!
April 1st, 2009
Hello everyone, and happy April. I'm afraid I have some bad news. Due to our ever-increasing schedule and the time it takes to be performers and musicians, we've decided that a few things need to be cut down to make life a little easier.
Unfortunately, OUR DOLLS takes a lot of time, effort and money to run, and with the current economy it's hard on everyone, especially people running free websites like this one.
Therefore, we won't be able to update as frequently as before; in fact, it will be several months before we will be able to work on the site again. Thanks for visiting ourdolls.net all these years.
Greta, Willow and Solana
March 30th, 2009
I have a new photo story for you today! This one is a fun little project we did of illustrating a Robert Louis Stevenson poem with pictures of all the dolls in Pleasantville.
It is a poem about how little children should act if they wish to become good, rather than bad.
So here is Good and Bad Children, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
March 28th, 2009
Join Pleasantville, the Gothard Sisters and all of the members of the message board in a worldwide event that is happening tonight!
Turn off all the lights in your house from 8:30 -9:30 PM wherever you live to help make a vote for the Earth as our priority.
For more information: www.earthhour.org.
People from around the world are taking part in this hour of darkness, including the Las Vegas strip, the Great Pyramids of Giza, tall towers across Asia, and of course, the (very large and significant) town of Pleasantville.
Simply turn off your TV, lights, and computers for ONE HOUR. Can you do it? I dare you.
Join us on the message boards afterwards to talk about how it went for you! See you later!
March 26th, 2009
We've just been taking a lot of pictures lately, or something, because I've added some more new pictures to the following family pages:
The Town Residents (poor Megan has been getting chased by this little bear cub for the last week or so)
The Windmill Family (Paul and Laura sharing a delicious lunch break)
Kaya's Page (Kaya's been very active lately, probably because the weather is finally getting nice again.)
Also, there are only TWO DAYS left before the winner is announced for the Cooking Photo Contest. Don't forget to vote on your favorite picture out of the finalists.
March 25th, 2009
I just added another video to our videos page. This one is a clip from a while ago when Suzanne and Cristal had their second dinner party at Suzanne's house. Everything was going well until Suzanne mentioned something about "vegetable stew."
You can see the rest for yourself here:
Suzanne's Dinner Party
March 22nd, 2009
I've just added a lot of new pictures to each of the family pages. You can check them out on each page:
The Larson Family
The Merriman Family
The Montoya Family
The Wilson and Chen Families
The Town Residents
March 21st, 2009
Well, the results are in and I've tallied them all up to get our SIX finalists for the last round of voting in the Cooking Photo Contest.
Two of these pictures tied for their amount of points, so I'm letting six pictures through to the final round.
Head on over to the Contests page to see the finalists and vote for your favorite. The winner of the contest will receive an awesome cooking-related prize from Pleasantville.
Check out the finalists here:
Cooking Photo Contest Finalists 2009
The winner will be announced on March 28th, one week from now.
March 18th, 2009
The Merrimans are going through a massive remodel at their house right now, although they are making sure to keep at least one room looking nice in case they get callers during the day.
Meanwhile, William has been getting incredibly hungry because Mrs. Merriman has been too busy with her spring cleaning to cook food for him lately.
So finally, he took things into his own hands and decided to just cook the food himself. And because of that, I bring you this new Merriman recipe, the instructions for Dressed Eggs.
I also added a few more pictures and instructions to the "Microphone" craft, since I accidentally published it before it was all finished. Woops! You can go and check it out now.
March 17th, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody! Today is the day when everyone gets to be Irish, and Pleasantville is celebrating it well.
Teresa woke up early in the morning to prepare her Irish dance performance that she puts on every St. Patrick's Day for her cousins, Samantha and Rebecca. She rearranged all the furniture in the green parlour and laid some shamrock decorations around the room. Then she got Mr. Hawkins to help her hang a giant Irish flag over the back wall to use as a backdrop to her dance performance.
Climbing the many steps to the top of the house, she retrieved her old dance dress out of the attic and practiced her jump 2 3s and sevens to an old record of her uncle playing fiddle.
When everyone had gathered in the parlour after breakfast, she turned on the record and started to dance, hopping and gliding gracefully across the green carpet, keeping time to the music and smiling a shy little smile at her audience.
After showing them all her hop jig and her light jig, she brought out her Irish doll and did a short story about the history of St. Patrick's Day to get her breath back, and then she started working on her grand finale.
"I am going to need some volunteers!" She said, pulling on the hands of Megan, Allison and Heather, who were all hurriedly looking in different directions, as if they had all dropped something at the same time.
"Come on, it will be fun!" She insisted, and they finally gave up and got to their feet.
They all put their heads together for a while and then Teresa turned on the music. The maids stepped to their right at the same time, then stepped to their left, keeping time. Teresa started the audience clapping, merrilly, then skipped out in front of the swaying line of maids and did her best three reel steps with her hands in the air.
When she was done, they all grabbed hands and took a huge bow.
The audience burst into tumultuous (but very polite, of course) applause, and Samantha burst into tears of pride at how beautiful it all was. Teresa beamed back at her.
May the luck of the Irish be with you, and I hope you have an awesome day! Be sure to wear something green, or Nafy may just find you and pinch you. Hehehe!
March 11th, 2009
Today I have a new craft for you! This is a pretty easy one, but you can sure have a lot of fun with it. Here is where you can make your very own doll microphone, like the ones that Nafy, Kirsten and Teresa use to record NafyCast:
Make a Doll Microphone
Also, thanks to ivyfan2009, our message boards are going to be holding a fun event this friday evening, March 13th. We're going to see if we can beat the record for the most people using the message board at the same time. So sign on to the message board (or create an account if you don't have one yet) and come chat with other doll fans at 7:00 Eastern Standard Time.
If you are on the West coast, that means we'll be on at 4:00 PM.
Willow, Solana and I will all be there as well. See you then!
March 9th, 2009
I've revamped the "OUR DOLLS shop" now to be much easier to use, and also to include all of the items we currently have in stock. More will be coming soon, including printable patterns for dresses like the ones worn by the dolls of Pleasantville. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notification as soon as they are ready!
Along with several of the other clips from Pumpkins and Candy Canes (one of our older stop-frame animated movies) that we've put up on youtube, I've added the "ballet practice" scene, which shows Felicity and Josefina getting ready for their Pas De Deux scene in the Nutcracker ballet.
You can see this clip right here:
Also, don't forget to vote for your favorite picture of the month and cooking photo contest entry!
And.... for those of you who are especially interested in random updates, I've added a twitter box to the "about us" page. Check it out to see what we're up to lately!
March 7th, 2009
The latest episode of NafyCast, the official podcast of ourdolls.net, is now available! This show is lots of fun and our favorite one yet.
- Kirsten, Teresa and Nafy review the Chrissa movie
- A hilarious "live in the studio" guest group
- Our best fan question YET!
- Special guest host William Merriman
- The latest Pleasantville news with Paul Windmill
And, in Nafy's own words:
Nafycast is so much fun,
it shines as bright as the sun.
We make lots of jokes
about Pleasantville's folks,
and have a rollicking good wonderful time!
Head on over to our podcasts page for the links.
If you are having trouble downloading the episodes or just would like to know if you will be able to download NafyCast, check out our handy "how to subscribe to NafyCast" page.
March 5th, 2009
Here is a new doll dress for you. One of the most elegant dresses of the year, this is Cristal's ballgown that she made for the Masked Ball this year.
You can see it here:
Cristal's Mermaid Pearl Ballgown
March 2nd, 2009
Celine Windmill likes throwing parties. Every once in a while she gets this crazy urge to entertain people at her house, and cook a bunch of food, heat up the barbecue, and hold a sleepover for her kids. Luckily, this time she didn't need much of an excuse, since it was her daughter, Laura's, birthday.
See the photo story right here, to see how Laura's party went!
March 1st, 2009
It's March already, who would have thought this year would go by so fast? I've added the March "photo of the month" page down on the left navigation, so you can go check out the new batch of March-themed pictures and vote for your favorite.
Nafy Merriman would also like to thank everyone who voted for the picture of her in the February contest, since she ended up winning. You can view all of the winners on this page.
The Merrimans are currently in an upheaval inside their home, as Lily has taken on a large re-modeling project which involves completely moving out, laying down new walls, floors, windows and curtains, getting rid of any furniture or accessories that are not time-period accurate (a lot of the Merriman's things are more Edwardian, and therefore will be given to the Parkingtons instead) and creating things that are more authentic in an effort to make her house the pride of the town again.
She started with the kitchen yesterday, stripping the carpet and putting up new walls, as well as installing a new window and window seat, which doubles as William's new bed. The plan is to put in a brick floor for the kitchen, but Lily's only problem is where to get the bricks!
Don't forget to vote for your favorite entries in the cooking photo contest. Happy Irish month!
February 28th, 2009
All the entries are in and the page is up to submit your votes! Everyone worked hard on their photos, and they are all very well done. What talented people you all are!
Head on over to the contests page to check them out, and CLICK HERE to view the pictures and vote on your favorite one, the top five pictures will be finalists for one more voting round on March 21st.
February 27th, 2009
Springtime has come to Pleasantville! So I've changed most of the doll house pictures to their Spring versions.
You can see them here:
The Montoya's Rancho
The Merriman's House
The Larson's Farm
The Parkington's Mansion
Send in your cooking photo contest entries! Today is your last chance!
February 26th, 2009
Only one more day left until the Cooking Photo Contest deadline! Send your pictures of your dolls cooking or baking together, and you will be entered for the chance to win a great prize from ourdolls.net for you and your dolls.
I've received some great entries, and I can't wait to see your picture!
Send it to me at email@example.com along with your name, age and state. Thank you!!
February 25th, 2009
Injuries happen in any kind of sport, and quite often in dance forms as well. You have to be careful and take care of your body when you exercise so you don't hurt yourself. We have an example of that in today's new remedy, which was photographed by Willow.
Felicity Merriman is preparing for her role as Clara in the Nutcracker, when all of a sudden something goes terribly wrong and she has to call Josefina in to save the day. Remember- only 3 DAYS until the cooking photo contest deadline! Send them in!
February 23rd, 2009
As they sat in their gate at the airport, Cristal, Suzanne and Sonja sat close together with their purses clutched under their arms, staring around at the people around them.
"Dahling, this is so very fashionable to be doing something so adventurous, isn't it?" Sonja said to the other two.
"Well yes, naturally," Cristal said matter-of-factly. "It was my idea!"
Suzanne frowned and glanced accusingly over at Cristal. "No dahling, it was MY idea." The two of them began arguing back and forth about whose idea it was and Sonja sat back with a sigh, deciding not to mention that it had actually been her idea.
Finally after they had been arguing for more than half an hour, Suzanne and Cristal agreed that the idea was both of theirs, and began chatting about other things.
"Ooooo!" Cristal squeeled all of a sudden. "We're in gate number F3! 'F' must stand for 'fashionable,' and the 3 stands for the three of us!!" They burst into giggles and received annoyed looks from the people sitting around them.
"Twenty more minutes to go!" Suzanne said, glancing at the clock.
"Um, dahlings, I'm quite hungry, aren't you?" Said Sonja, her stomach grumbling slightly. The other two realized that they had not eaten any breakfast before they left in the morning.
We will be boarding for the Netherlands in five minutes!
came a voice from the loud speaker.
"Quick, we must be the very first ones in line so we can sit in the best seats!" Suzanne explained to Sonja and Cristal as the three of them gathered up their large, frilly bags and made their way towards the walkway to the airplane. Cristal handed everyone their boarding passes and soon enough they were walking onto the airplane. They sat down in the spacious seats at the very front and arranged their skirts and feather boas around them. "This is lovely, isn't it?" Cristal said, reclining her seat all the way. "If only I brought my cucumbers and facial masks, we could all have special treatments." The other two nodded in agreement.
All of a sudden, however, a small but very obnoxious voice said from the aisle, "excuuuuuuse me, but you're in MY seat, and I want you to GET OUT." Looking over, they saw a very short, round-faced boy with huge glasses and a designer suit on. He stood there looking at Suzanne with his arms crossed and a smirk on his face. "Look, it says on my ticket that I'm in seat number 1A. That means you need to MOVE. And you both need to move too," he said, pointing at Cristal and Sonja. "It's my birthday party and all of my friends are coming with me."
Suzanne could not believe that this pompous little boy was telling her to move to another seat. "Now see here you little.." but she never got around to finishing that sentence because that's when she saw the humongous man in a jet black suit and dark glasses come to stand behind the boy with his arms crossed in a menacing fashion.
"Ooh, ahhhehehehe," Suzanne said reaching for her bags and purse and hopping up off the seat, "why I was only.. ah.. testing the seat, of course.. ah.. because I wanted to make sure it was suitable for someone like you. Yes, I'll just.. ah.. move now, shall I?" She said edging past the boy and scurrying down the isle as fast as possible. Sonja and Cristal were right behind her. "Perhaps I should take a look at our boarding passes," Cristal commented, getting them out of her purse. "Oh drat." She said, holding them out. "We're in seats 25 D, E, and F."
Scowling, the three of them tried to fit their large bags under the small seats at the very back of the airplane. "It won't... ooph.. fit!" Suzanne gasped, after trying to fit her bag under the seat in front of her five different ways. "Just cover it with your hat. No one will notice, dahling." Sonja said, reaching into her pink travel bag and getting out her best floral stationery. "I'm going to write a letter to Rachel and tell her how wonderful it is on an airplane!"
Two girls sat down in the seats across from the trio and began jabbering away in a different language.
"Ik ben zo gelukkig terug te gaan!" One of them said to the other.
"Mij ook, is het weill mooi goed voedsel opnieuw te hebben," the other replied, nodding vigorously.
Cristal glared at them and turned to Suzanne. "That is so rude to speak in a language we can't understand," she hissed. "They could be saying anything about us at all and we would never know!" Suzanne nodded and glared at them as well.
"Die dames zijn heel eigenaardige kijken." One of the girls said.
The other burst into giggles and replied, "zij heeft een lange neus!" They both looked over at Suzanne and Cristal, who stuck their noses up in the air and pretended not to notice.
Just then, a stewardess came by checking all the baggage.
"Excuse me ma'am, but your bag is too large to fit under the seat in front of you. Would you like me to have it checked?"
Suzanne leaned over so that she was blocking the stewardess's view of the bag. "Whaaaat?" She said, innocently.
"Your bag, ma'am," the stewardess said slowly and patiently. "It is too large."
"Oh, hahahehehe no. No it isn't. It is perfect." Suzanne said, trying to look convincing.
This did not, however, convince the stewardess. "Ahem. I'm sorry ma'am, but I will have to check your bag."
"But it has all my things that I neeeeed in it!" She complained, handing it to Cristal, who reluctantly passed it to the stewardess.
Meanwhile, Sonja was half way through a letter to Rachel, in which she was describing how elegant and friendly the people on the airplane were, how comfortable the seats felt, and how the catering was absolutely divine. Her stomach gave a very audible growl as she wrote the last part.
Pretty soon all the seats were full, and the sound of the engine started up.
"We're moving dahlings!!" Sonja squeaked, excitedly. Since they were in the very back row they did not have a window but they could feel the airplane bumping along.
"Do you think we're almost there?" Said Suzanne anxiously after five minutes had gone by, "my feet are starting to feel cramped."
"Probably pretty soon, dahling." Cristal assured her. She was feeling a little cramped too, not to mention very hungry.
Thank you for flying on Pleasant Airlines.
Came the voice of the pilot through the speakers.
"Oh lovely," said Suzanne, "we have arrived!"
We will be taking off in about five minutes. Please make sure that your cell phones are turned off, your seat belts are fastened, and your bags are stowed safely underneath the seat in front of you.
"Whaaaat!" Shrieked Cristal and Suzanne, (Sonja was busy writing her letter.) "We haven't left yet?!"
The flight will take approximately nine hours and thirty-five minutes. Please make yourself comfortable. Hot meals will be served once we are in the air for an extra fee of five dollars. Thank you.
Right on cue, Cristal, Suzanne and Sonja's stomachs grumbled in unison. This was going to be a looong day.
Coming Soon- The trio arrives in the Netherlands!
February 21st, 2009
The second episode of NafyCast has been published and is available for download! Check out theNafyCast page for more information, or check out our handy page on how to subscribe to a podcast.
The latest podcast includes:
- A main discussion on Rachel Merriman
- "Live in the studio" with Laura, Elizabeth and Kirsten
- Decipher the gossip
- We see all the new items on American Girl and talk about them together
- Nafy gives an exclusive look into how she used to sound when she was younger, including audio clips
- Special guest Juan Valasquez gives many pearls of wisdom...or not. And manages to forget his name.
All in one exciting episode of NafyCast! Head on over there to subscribe, or if you've subscribed already you should find the new episode in your podcasts already downloaded.
Send any questions or feedback about the show to
firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you like it and what you think!
Also, discuss the newest episode and leave us ideas for the next one on the Our Dolls message board.
February 18th, 2009
I have two new Merriman dresses for you today, firstly Felicity's new blue workdress:
Felicity's Blueberry Dress
and Nancy's famous poufy fluffy ballgown that caused so much trouble in the Masked Ball outtake:
Nancy's Orange Silk Ballgown
I would like to announce the winner of the February website treasure hunt! It is....(drum roll please)... Megan Nickell from Washington! She answered all thirty of the very difficult questions set out by Solana, and got nearly all of them right so she will be receiving a free episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V News.
Speaking of which, stay tuned this weekend for the second episode of Nafycast, the very popular official podcast of www.ourdolls.net led by Nafy, Kirsten and Teresa as they discuss people in Pleasantville, decipher gossip, and take on the latest news outside of Pleasantville in the doll world.
February 14th, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day everybody! The dolls of Pleasantville are all celebrating the holiday by gathering at the Parkington's highly decorated mansion for a Valentine's themed sewing circle. All of the little girls are invited as well, and Teresa is planning to run some fun games for them to play, such as charades and a treasure hunt.
The Parkingtons spent the whole day preparing for the sewing circle, sewing new tablecloths and cutting out paper hearts to hang everywhere. The maids were just as busy putting up decorations in the dining room and preparing tasty sweets and snacks for the guests.
Stay tuned for pictures when I get them all together.
Have a great day today and show someone that you love them!
February 13th, 2009
I have a new recipe for you today from the Montoya's kitchen. It is Clara Montoya demonstrating how to make their yummy burritos recipe.
Also, I have a new dress of Clara's to share with you on the doll dresses page. It is Clara's chocolate church dress.
February 11th, 2009
I am very pleased to announce the newest feature of the ourdolls.net website. After a lot of brainstorming and researching and fiddling around with things, we now present to you:
NafyCast - the official podcast of the ourdolls.net website.
A "podcast" is a pre-recorded radio show, complete with news, hosts, special segments and more, which can be subscribed to for free through a feed on iTunes and which will then be updated every time a new episode is posted.
The word podcast is a combination of "iPod" and "broadcast," since it is a radio show that you can download for free to listen to on your portable iPod or mp3 player. And if you don't have either of those, you can always listen to it straight from your computer.
All you have to do is click "subscribe," and the new episode will be added to your iTunes library every time we post a new episode.
The first episode is over 50 minutes in length, and features all kinds of fun and exciting discussion segments, news talk (we talk a little bit out news in the doll world outside of Pleasantville as well) and answers to some email questions we have received in the last few months.
Please let us know what you think about our new podcast and send all your questions and comments to email@example.com.
February 10th, 2009
Sonja, Cristal and Suzanne arrived at the airport feeling gleeful and excited, having escaped John miles back and facing a wonderful trip to an exotic location.
They parked the convertible and looked around for the servants that would take their bags and escort them to their private jet. No one was there, and Suzanne's pile of luggage was starting to get some strange looks from the people walking by.
Cristal approached the ticket counter and had their boarding passes printed out. Then she asked the clerk where they should put their bags.
"You will have to go through security first ma'am," the clerk entered, indicating the long security line behind her. "And there will be a $15 charge per check bag."
"Whaaaat?!" Squeeled Suzanne, looking at her mound of luggage and nearly fainting. "But why can't I carry this all on with me, it's a private jet, correct?"
"Um, actually darling," Cristal said in a low voice, "apparantly the ticket price I thought was so good was not for a private jet. We have to fly on a plane with. other. people."
Suzanne's eyes popped and she became suddenly angry. How much would all her bags cost her?
"That will be $75.00," the clerk said, heaving Suzanne's bags onto the moving belt behind the counter and panting slightly. Suzanne bit back her criticism and paid up.
The three of them wandered around the airport for a while before finally boarding their plane. This was going to be the adventure of a lifetime and they weren't going to let small, insignificant money troubles hamper their enjoyment of how fashionable they were being.
Stay tuned to see how the trio does on their trip to the Netherlands in pursuit of the latest fashions!
Also, remember, we only have 19 days until the cooking photo contest entries are due. I've received some very cute pictures so far. I can't wait to see the rest! Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a doll-sized, cooking-related prize!
February 4th, 2009
The fashionable trio have left for the Netherlands. When word got out (throught Suzanna's new fashionable lady's magazine, the Pleasantville Lady) that everything fashionable for this Spring had gone Dutch, an idea instantly formed in Cristal Purr's head.
"Darling," she said to her best friend Suzanne Wickon, "I really need a vacation. Maybe we should fly somewhere exotic, like Paris."
"OOh yes!" Suzanne crowed, excited to get away from her messy house and from John, who was still randomly throwing furniture around the house ever since she quit her job at the Fox Mansion to become a singing instructor.
"But darlings," Sonja interrupted, a gleam growing in her eyes, "let's go to the Netherlands! Everything has gone Dutch! And we can be there to see it while it happens! Maybe we can get some dresses made for us in the latest Dutch fashions while we are there!!"
After that it was hard to distinguish any kind of conversation because the squeels and screams and giggles of delight were too shrill.
The three of them called the airlines, booked their tickets, and proceeded to pack their things. Cristal and Sonja both packed a trunk of their finest fashions, a hat box, and a handbag each. They finished packing and settled down to have a final cup of tea.
While they were sipping their India Spice Chai, they heard some huffing and banging from Suzanne's house next door.
"Oh dear, what is John doing now?" Wondered Sonja, peering towards the source of the noise.
"John!" She yelled, haughtily, "stop making such a racket, we are trying to have tea here."
"I'm not JOHN!" Said Suzanne's voice from next door, followed by another loud BANG.
"Darling, what are you doing?" Inquired Cristal, daintily setting down her teacup and walking over to Suzanne's house to see what was going on.
"I am packing, of course," Suzanne panted, lifting her potted plant out of a corner of the kitchen.
"But darling you are packing...." Cristal started,
"My house, yes!" Suzanne answered, carefully wrapping up her teaset and a box of tea bags and placing them on a pile of luggage nearly as tall as the ceiling.
"I will not leave ANY of my things here for John to throw about while I am gone!" She reminded them, and instantly their looks of confusion turned into agreement, and they nodded along with her, very seriously.
When everything was packed, the three of them headed off towards the Lincolnville airport in Cristal's white convertable. John gave them a parting gift by chasing them at top speed out of town with his police siren wailing, trying to catch them to give them a speeding ticket, but Cristal was too fast for him, and they soon lost him along the miles of highway between Pleasantville and Lincolnville.
Stay tuned to see what happens as the trio explores the Netherlands to see what is fashionable this season!
February 3rd, 2009
I have three new dresses for you today to add to our collection of doll desses, which showcases the dresses that were handmade by the residents of Pleasantville. These are three very different outfits:
Lisa's Fireworks Gown
Rebecca's India Sunrise Gown
Heather's Knitted Shawl.
You can check those out as well as the other dresses, accessories, and ballgowns featured in the doll dresses section of the website.
Also, just a reminder that the website treasure hunt contest is still open. Send in your answers to the thirty questions that Solana picked, and you could win a fantastic prize! Remember, the contest is not so much about speed as it is about accuracy. Do you think you know a lot about this website? Check out these tough questions and let us know.
February 1st, 2009
The website treasure hunt questions are up, it is 9 AM and the contest for February is ready for your entries! Head over to the contests page to find the list of thirty questions, and then send the answers to me as soon as possible! The person who gets all the correct answers to me first will win a free CD episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V News.
Also, check out the new pictures in our photo of the month contest for February and vote for your favorite one. You can view last month's pictures in the Photo of the Month Winners section. Have fun!
January 26th, 2009
Congratulations to Sarah Wright from England for winning the January Website Treasure Hunt. She was the first person to send me all of the answers first. Willow went through all of the answers and found them correct, so Sarah will be receiving an exclusive free episode of the doll radio station, Nafy and Elizabeth V News.
Also, we have a new doll dress to look at, it is Rebecca Montoya's new fancy dress, her flore print dress. She is very proud of it.
Stay tuned for next month's website treasure hunt and a chance to win a prize. It will be published this Sunday, February 1st, at 9 AM Pacific Time, which will be noon on the east coast.
Also, even though the cooking photo contest's deadline has been pushed back to February 28thdue to our busy schedule, send us your picture of your doll cooking and baking something sweet or savory, whatever strikes your fancy. You can find more information on the "contests" page.
January 15th, 2009
I have a new dress up on the doll dresses page for you. This time we can have a good look at one of Nancy Merriman's Christmas presents - a gift of a cooking dress from her mother.
This is Nancy's Calico Cooking Dress.
Don't forget also to vote on the January Photo of the Month.
January 10th, 2009
Happy Saturday! I have two new contests to announce today. First of all, our newest Photo Contest is ready to go and it's time for me to announce the theme. It is.......Cooking!
I am proud to announce the Cooking Photo Contest of 2009, which will involve photos of your dolls cooking their favorite kinds of food. Rolling out dough, mixing up ingredients, frying, baking, grilling, whatever they like best.
Send me your entry today at email@example.com. You have until February 7th to send me your picture entry.
Also, head on over to the much-anticipated Website Treasure Hunt for January, with some of the toughest questions yet, compiled by Willow. Test your knowledge of Our Dolls and see if you can get me all thirty correct answers before someone else claims the prize!
The winner will receive a free exclusive episode of Nafy and Elizabeth V News, the doll radio station of Pleasantville. Quick!
January 8th, 2009
Over the holidays, many of the fashionable ladies in Pleasantville either made new gowns for balls and parties, or received new dresses as Christmas presents from their friends and family. This means that we now have several new doll dresses to add to the website.
Here is the first one:
Suzanne's "Belle" Gown
This is the gown that Suzanne wore to this year's Masked Ball. It is made to look like Belle's dress in "Beauty and the Beast."
Also, I've added a new January Photo of the Month page, so you can head on over there and vote on your favorite picture.
Stay tuned for information on the next Website Photo Contest theme, as well as the January Website Treasure Hunt which will be up at noon on Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.
January 6th, 2008
I've just finished adding pictures of our final dollhouse to the doll houses section. This is the Windmills' house, which is the oldest structure in Pleasantville, since we moved it from our old house, almost entirely intact.
It is the home of Laura, who runs the post office, as well as her mother, sister and brother.
You can see the pictures here:
The Windmill's House
Also, stay tuned for a new website treasure hunt, Saturday January 10th at noon, Eastern Standard Time, as well as information on the next Our Dolls Photo Contest.
January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year, everybody! It has been a great year here on Our Dolls, as well as for all of the dolls in Pleasantville. So many great things happened this year- Polly lost her annoying wig, there were balls and parties, (the Easter Ball and Masked Ball to name a few), Juan got coal in his shoes again from the three kings so he didn't get any chocolate, but Francisca was happy because she has been worrying about it all year! Alexandra Chen opened up her Bamboo Terrace Chinese Restaurant in town square to great acclaim, and Cristal's Hair Salon became more and more successful than ever.
On this website, we added a new message board, which has become more active every week (if you haven't signed up to post on this board, head on over there and create an account so you can talk to other Our Dolls members and doll fans!), plenty of new recipes, remedies and videos.
We started holding the Our Dolls Photo Contests, and had great success with first the Lemonade Stand contest and then the Holiday Photo contest, as well as the regular Website Treasure Huntcontests.
Violet's Clothes Boutique opened as our exclusive doll clothes sales site, where you can buy some clothes for your dolls that look like the ones you see in Pleasantville, and we added pictures of all the doll clothes we have made on the doll dresses page.
New also this year was the doll letters section, the doll jobs section, and the frappr map that you can put yourself on so we can see where the visitors to this site are from, all over the country and the world!
It has been a great year, and I'm sure that 2009 will be even better. Thank you so much for visiting this site and contributing on the message board and in the contests, as well as always sending me your thoughts in my email. I read all the comments and appreciate all of your ideas and suggestions. You guys rock!!
Happy New Year from the three of us and all the dolls of Pleasantville!
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