Monday, December 31, 2007

Meet The Dollies - Baptist And Jael - A Walk On The Wild Side

"Baptist and His Smile" and "Jael Loves Her Smile" are brother and sister and are very alike in many ways and very different in other ways.

They both have flaming red hair which they get from their mother's side of the family. She's 2ND generation Irish and very, very proud of it. When they smile things just start to unravel.

Baptist is an 18" primitive boy doll and is the wildest primitive you'd ever want to meet.

He's so wild his hair just sticks straight out of his head. It cannot be controlled. He's a dare devil and you are just as likely to find him climbing a tree, in his "Sunday Best Clothes" or rolling around in the mud.

Needless to say, his mother is never amused but, she loves her son. She can't help it - he's her "wild child."

Jael, on the other, is a wee bit more conservative than her brother "Baptist."

She's an 18" primitive girl doll who is a little on the shy side until you get her to smile. Then, look out! She can be every bit as wild as her brother "Baptist."

You may just find her climbing a tree. Her mother does not like this at all as she feels girls shouldn't climb trees, especially if they're wearing a dress.

When she smiles her hair sticks straight out and can't be controlled either which is why her mother can't stay mad at her for very long.

When "Baptist and Jael" get going their mother always ends up with a migraine. Wild children tend to have that affect on their parents.

"Their mother shouldn't be surprised as she used to have this very same effect on her own mother. Now her own mother just smiles from ear to ear as she watches her daughter trying to control her own children - her grandchildren.

Her mother used to tell her, "One day you'll be a mother too and you'll understand how difficult being a mother can be." She never believed her because she always thought her children would be perfect angels.

Actually, when she thinks about it they really are. That is until they start to smile. Then, look out.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Meet The Dollies - A Little Tact and Kindness Goes A Long Way!

The "dollies" thought you might enjoy meeting some of them and learning a little bit about them. Of course, this was their way to get an article written about each of them in their new "The Dollie Storage Room" blog.

Given there are 1,796 of them that would mean 1,796 articles which I refused to do. I'd be doing nothing but writing stories about them for years.

They, of course, couldn't understand that. They said, "After all, we have our own "The Dollie Storage Room" blog now. It should contain the stories we want."

To that I replied; "That's true, but I'm the one doing the writing. Whenever one of your develops the ability to do that then you can have the final say in what is written for your blog!"

Helena decided to step in at this point and said, "Okay, Linda! You don't have to be so snippy about it! You don't have to point out the "dollies" obvious flaws. They do try so hard to mimic you and be human. A little tact and kindness goes a long way."

So, I thought about that and, of course, she was right. I apologized to the "dollies" for being snippy and said we'd work something out. I told them we'd start with some of the more familiar names and faces from our "The Dollie Storage Room" stories so far and then go from there.

I decided to begin with one of the sweetest, kindest, and happiest of dolls - "Patience Is A Virtue."

So, I'd like you to meet "Patience - Is a Virtue." Patience is a primitive bunny and is so happy-go-lucky that she has a hard time controlling herself.

She just hops from here to there without a care in the world. Hop, hop, hop! Down the lane she goes. Hop, hop, hop! La dee da! La dee da!

If you ask her, "Patience, where are you going?" she replies, "Just anywhere!" Hop, hop, hop!

If you ask, "Why are you going?" she just replies, "To make everyone happy!" Hop, hop, hop!

If you respond, "That's impossible!" she just smiles and replies, "I have all the time in the world." Hop, hop, hop!

Down the lane she goes. Hop, hop, hop! La dee da! La dee da!

Now why can't I be more like that. Not a care in the world. La-dee-dah! Oh, the life of a doll.


Friday, December 28, 2007

We Have A NEW Blog - "The Dollie Storage Room" Blog - Isn't That WONDERFUL?



Well the "dollies" have finally had their way!

They'd been angling for this for over a year now and decided that the day after Christmas was the best time to ask Linda for their own blog.

They figured that after the mad rush and craziness of the holiday season when Linda was finally able to relax was the best time to attack. She'd be in such a good mood that she wouldn't be able to refuse them.

They all agreed that was a good time, but who would do the asking? None of them wanted to get on the bad side of Linda. No, no that was not a good place to be.

So, they thought about it and decided it should be someone so sweet and kind that Linda wouldn't have the heart to turn her down.

They decided it should be "Patience Is A Virtue." Linda just loved her and loved her wonderful carefree attitude. With "Patience" anything was possible. Including a new blog for the "dollies."

"Patience" decided that she would hop on over to Linda's study and ask her when she was reading some of her favorite blogs. She knew that was how Linda unwinds from a tiring day and figured it would be the perfect time to ask her.

Before she got to the study she could hear Linda laughing and knew that this was the perfect time to strike. Laughter was the best medicine after all.

"Hello, Linda," Patience said. "You seem to be enjoying yourself."

"Well, hello Patience," Linda Replied. "I am. What's up?"

"Not too much," Patience replied. "I wanted to know if this was a good time to talk to you about something I've been thinking about for a long time."

"Sure! Shoot!"

Patience decided to get comfortable first and hopped up on the sofa next to Linda. Then while giving Linda her sweetest smile she said, "Well, you know that your blog readers just love the stories about the "dollies" and I thought that it might be a really good idea to showcase them and life in "The Dollie Storage Room" within their own blog."

When Linda turned to look at her she smiled the sweetest smile you'd ever want to see and said, "The "dollies" blog could be called "The Dollie Storage Room" and would be about them and their lives in "The Dollie Storage Room."

Linda was listening so she continued, "It could be a fun blog for children and parents to visit. It would be filled with everything and anything concerning the dollies - doll stories, doll graphics, doll stitcheries, favorite "dollie" books, favorite "dollie" movies, FREE E-Coloring pages, FREE E-Book, FREE E-Doodles, FREE E-Patterns, FREE Craft Projects and ideas, etc. "

Linda was still listening so she continued, "The dollies would be in charge and the content to include would be up to them. They'd do all the work. That is, all the work they were capable of doing. So, what do you think, Linda? Isn't that a wonderful idea? It is, isn't it Linda?"

Patience was really giving Linda her sweetest, kindest, perkiest smile ever. She couldn't get any cuter and Linda loved her for it. Linda, of course, already knew that Patience was going to ask her this. After all you don't live in a house with 1,796 dolls without having your spies amongst them. She'd never tell who it was, but it was more than one doll. And, one of them was a male doll.

In any event, Linda had been secretly working on the new "The Dollie Storage Room" blog for awhile now with Helena as she loved the idea of the "dollies" having their own blog.

She'd already started filling it up with some of the stories that she had written about the "dollies' on her Linda's Blog.

She also included her FREE “The Dollie Storage Room” E-Series - A Children’s Doll Story E-Book E-Series Introduction and Book One that she had written and stories about the "personalized" dollie graphics. And, she included some of the "The Story Behind My Doll Series" of articles from her blogs, too.

Linda had already consulted Helena on this and they had so many plans for fun things for everyone to enjoy. Of course, all the fun things Patience mentioned to Linda were the ideas Linda and Helena had talked about. Helena, of course, being a wise old senior had talked to Patience about this before she hopped over to ask Linda.

She figured that Patience wouldn't give it another thought and would think it was her idea. Patience and the rest of the "dollies" would think that they would be in charge and, to a degree, they would be. Helena and Linda both thought that the "dollies" involvement should make for a very interesting and fun filled blog.

So, she replied, "Okay, Patience. That's a fabulous idea."

"It is? Oh, Linda," Patience said, "I'm so happy that you agree. The rest of the "dollies" will be so happy to hear that. I just know they will. Why, I'll just hop right over and tell them"

"They already know, Patience," Linda replied. "Just turn around and look and you'll see what I mean."

Patience didn't realize it but all 1796 dolls had sneaked over to Linda's study to see what Linda's reaction would be and to support Patience if need be. Linda, of course, had heard them. There was no way 1,796 dolls could get out of "The Dollie Storage Room", down Linda's hall, and into the study without making a racket. Linda just hoped that her husband hadn't heard them as well.

Patience was so focused on what she was doing that she hadn't heard them at all.

Patience turned and with the sweetest smile you'd ever want to see said, "EVERYONE! I have wonderful, wonderful news. Linda has agreed that we could have our own blog. It will be called "The Dollie Storage Room" blog. Isn't that wonderful? Isn't Linda just the BEST?"

With that last remark all the "dollies" tried to enter Linda's study and hug Patience for asking and hug Linda for agreeing. Of course, 1796 dolls can't all fit in the study, let alone all through the doorway at once.

So, Linda said, "Okay, everyone. I know you're happy. I'm happy, too. Here's what I want you all to do. Turn around and go back to "The Dollie Storage Room" and start to think about what else you want in your blog. I'll need lots and lots of ideas for fun-filled articles and things to do."

"Oh, great idea, Linda."

"Yes, great idea, Linda."

"Let's see. I want a story about me, first."

"No, me!"

"No, me!"

"Hey, I'm the oldest. It should be me!"

"Well, how about some dollie interest stories. Or dollie news. Or dollie events. Or............

"No, I want.....

Linda knew that this would keep the "dollies" busy for weeks on end and give her time to finalize all the details of the new blog. Ah, just what Linda needed. Another blog. Ah, but what fun this blog would be.