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A letter from Dianna

I wrote to Dianna to ask her about the Keepsake Playmate.  I was totally wrong about it being vinyl.  Her letter provides an update on what she's been doing and about the Keepsake Playmates.

Hi Laura,

Would you believe we haven’t even seen the article yet?  I let my subscription laps.  I have had an extremely busy time since Christmas.  It’s been one project after the other.  After I worked on the article we had various projects to do relating the the next MDCC including  costuming the prototype for the souvenir doll and the centerpiece doll.  I decided to design the souvenir costume myself even though I am not very fast at designing costumes. I just love it! I am also working on a souvenir for a regional UFDC convention souvenir.  Meanwhile continuing to work on Little Darling orders.  A group of the artists were here the first week in March to work on our proposed workshop projects.   After they left it took me until now to finish the projects and clean up the mess that we made. I submitted the photos and the proposals to the MCDD board of directors last week.  We did have a lot of fun and I think we came up with some really fun ideas for the workshops. We all just love to have an excuse to craft something for our dolls.  I hope MDCC accepts our proposals.  Nelly and Maritza are continuing to work on the costume design for the centerpiece dolls.  

When I submitted the info for the Dolls article back in February, my plan was to create a page on Expressions web site so folks could order the kits and other supplies.  This is an idea I had a long time ago but it has been on the back burner.  The ad in the magazine gave me the incentive to do something with it.  Regretfully my time has been eaten up with these other deadlines so I didn’t get to it. The Keepsake Playmate page is the next major project on my list.  To answer your question I’m sorry to say that at the moment I don’t know where you can buy a finished Keepsake Playmate.  Our mold company, Expressions is selling the porcelain parts to make the doll.  We will soon be offering the bisque kits and all the other supplies. I have a forum on the DollCrafters ning group with a long video tutorial on how to paint the Keepsake Playmate with acrylic paints. My hope is that this will awaken some new interest in porcelain doll making since a doll crafter could make a doll without a kiln.  

Did you see the video on how to make the pose-able body on the Expressions site?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iFAEaerEMA I hope some doll makers will recognize this opportunity and make some of these 18 inch dolls.  They are so much fun because there are so many things available for that size doll.  It would be a wonderful project to do with a daughter or granddaughter.  There is bound to be a market for them too, among collectors.  I challenge anyone to do this.  I have made all the instructions available for anyone who is ambitious enough to try it.  And I think if there were a demand for the bisque-kits there are folks who have the molds and could make the parts. FYI there are quite a few different head molds available for different heads that would fit this body.  

I did renew my Dolls subscription and called the magazine to request a few extra copies.  

Now I am  going to work on the Keepsake Playmate order page.

Thanks for all your help.  

Warm regards,

Dianna

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Elementary, My Dears or GET to Know Me!

What in the world does all that mean? Well.............. remember when there was a discussion among a few of our members about dressing our Little Darlings to look like we did when we were younger? Those who went to elementary school in the 1960's would dress their doll with clothes that represent how the member looked while attending elementary school. Even though the styles may have been more fun for older children or young adults, our girls are really elementary level students, so they would dress like the younger children of that time. You can purchase, make, borrow, etc., clothes to complete the look. And don't forget the hair styles of the time(if you need to use a wig that is a different color than yours was, that's fine). Elementary school level will include grades K - 5 for our purposes. So, what does this have to do with GET to know me????

Well, our group is gaining members - at least one a week, sometimes several a day! In an effort to introduce ourselves to one another, we'd like you to take a photo of your "little you" - your doll dressed the way you did - and write up a little information, for example: name, date or era, school, location. Please send both the photo and description to me: through the group or at laurasey@wavecable.com and I will post them in the best location that Elizabeth and I think will be best for viewing. We want this to be a way of introducing ourselves to our new and long time members, so have some fun with it! Take the photo in front of your old school if you can. Have some props, if you want. This is not a contest and there are no rules about whether or not you sewed, crocheted, knitted, bought, etc., your outfit. Just try to make it as close to the type of clothing you would wear when you were 5 -9 years old. Remember those cool shoes, that perm your mom gave you, etc. Have fun with it!!

Deadline for your picture and description has been extended to: September 9, 2016.

Alternatively, you can add photos yourself here: http://ourlittledarlings.ning.com/photos/Elementary+School+Outfits.  Be sure to choose the "Elementary School Outfits" category when you post, and add your information in the description box.  Or feel free to email them if you'd like and we can post them.

If anything changes about sending the photos to me, I will let you know. Until then, we'll just continue as described above. Hopefully, this will give us a little more of an idea about each other in a fun way! You should not send a picture of you as you look today. I hope each member really tries to participate in this getting acquainted activity! As always, if you have a question, send me an email through this group or at laurasey@wavecable.com. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

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Knit Along - Come Join The Fun!

Some of you have discovered the Knit Along group on your own, but here's the official announcement!  We are having our second annual Knit Along.  We've chosen a few easy pattern options and you can join in whenever you want.  Post your progress as you wish and ask questions as you wish.  Here's the group to join in the fun:

http://ourlittledarlings.ning.com/groups/winter-knit-along

Just click the "Join" button.  If you can't figure out how to join, send me a private message (click on my name) and I can add you manually.  :)  We are using two patterns from Cynthia (Dolls West Designs).  Here's her site to browse!  http://www.dollswestdesigns.com/home.htm

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T-Shirt Dress Contest

Here is our T-Shirt Dress Contest!  Please browse all the photos below and then go here to vote. T-Shirt Dress Contest Survey

Please be honest with your voting.  Each member should vote only once and please do not share the voting link with friends who are not members.

To see the photographs larger, please click on them individually.  If you have trouble with this process, please email me: elizabeth.r.wood@gmail.com

Please also note that the entry number is ABOVE the entry.

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