Thursday, December 13, 2012

I Should Have Known Better!



I should have know better. I had a feeling that they were going to cause a stir, but I bought them anyways.

I always prefer handmade items - especially dolls and silk floral arrangements. However, every once in awhile you see something that is just perfect and that you just couldn't make for the price. Such was the case with the BIG wooden Nutcrackers I saw recently at Joanns.

But, I should have know better. You see, I had decided this year not to decorate my mantels for Christmas, opting instead to use some of the big dolls, pine-cone arrangements, and silk floral arrangements I had made. Well, after finishing the decorating and being satisfied with the way everything looked hubby happened to mention that he thought two candles framing the sides of our large family room fireplace might look nice.

In thinking about this, I agreed and mentioned maybe large Nutcrackers would be nice, too. I, of course, knew I'd never find any that were affordable and knew that I couldn't make two in time for the holidays.

Well, I just happened to be at Joanns the other day buying some Christmas fabric at 50% off and just happened to walk down an aisle of Christmas decorations at 60% off. Well, standing guard in one section of the aisle were Nutcrackers of all different shapes and sizes. I saw some small ones, some medium sized ones, and then I spotted the LARGE 3 foot wooden Nutcrackers. And, they were 60% off.

I thought they would be perfect for the sides of the family room fireplace and, well, how could I pass up a  bargain like that? So, I bought two.

Well, during the ride home I started to think about the Nutcrackers that were standing (or I should say seated) in the back seat of my car and wondered how the "dollies" were going to react. All the BIG dolls in the house were handmade and these two were not. I wasn't sure the "dollies" would like it. I started to get so hesitant about it I almost turned the car around to bring them back.

Then I said to myself, "That's ridiculous, Linda." It was only two dolls after all. What's the big deal?

Well, I should have know better. To put it mildly, the Nutcracker reception in the house was stone cold. Nothing. Not one of the "dollies" came out of The Dollie Storage Room to greet them.

Plus, it was eerily quiet. Not a sound coming out of The Dollie Storage Room. Hubby said, "Do you think they all left?" I didn't know. Would they really resort to such measures? Given that the "dollies" think they're human I just didn't know what their reaction would be. It seemed highly unlikely that all 1,796 of them would just leave over this. After all, the Nutcrackers really were cute and really were perfect for the family room fireplace. But, it was eerily quiet.

So, I went to check on them in The Dollie Storage Room. Well, two of the BIG dolls hubby and I had made were standing guard outside The Dollie Storage Room. When I tried to open the door they wouldn't let me. They blocked my entrance and said, "What's the password." "Password," I said. "What password?"

They responded, "Well, Linda, without the password we can't let you in."

"What," I said. "Are you out of your minds?"

They responded, "Like you were when you decided all on your own to bring two BIG manufactured Nutcrackers into house of handmade dolls to stand guard without consulting us."

Then I knew. The "dollies" were angry at me and they were taking it out on the Nutcrackers. It wasn't the fact that the Nutcrackers were manufactured dolls. It was that I hadn't consulted them first. They were mad at me not the Nutcrackers.

Since I knew there would be no peace in the Walsh household until I apologized for this slight to the "dollies" I decided to do just that. I said, "I'm so sorry. I wasn't thinking. I should have consulted all of you first, but I just couldn't resist them. They were just so BIG, so perfect, and such a fantastic deal. I just couldn't pass it up."

To which the "dollies" responded in unison, "Just don't let it happen again."

I couldn't believe it. Here I was - a 58 year old woman being chastised by "dollies." I just shook my head and moved aside as 1,796 "dollies" left The Dollie Storage Room to greet the new Nutcrackers. The "dollies" after all did have manners and well, it was only polite to greet the new additions.

And, greet them they did. The party went on into the wee hours of the morning


Monday, December 3, 2012

You're All Invited To The "Dollie" Winter Adventure



It's hard to believe it's Winter already. I may not be ready for snow but the "dollies" are. They just love the snow and snowball fights, snowmen, snowflakes, and making snow angels.

They also like winter vacations. Last year they all went skiing. This year they decided to go on a winter adventure and thought it would be fun to invite you all to come along. Have fun with the "dollies."

CLICK HERE or click on the picture above to start the show.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You're All Invited To The Dollie Thanksgiving


Welcome To The Dollies Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the "dollies" are already preparing for their feast. They just LOVE the Thanksgiving holiday when everyone gets together for a wonderful feast. There are football games to watch and play, laughter abounds, and, of course - there's shopping. And, we all know how much the "dollies" love to shop. Shop til you drop is their motto!

However, given that Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect and give thanks for all we have they truly believe that we should never loose sight of what Thanksgiving started out as - which is a time to "Give Thanks" for ones blessings.

Enough said - "Let's eat!" You're all invited. Enjoy the show.

CLICK HERE or click on the picture above to start the show.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

You're All Invited To The Dollie House Of Horrors


The Dollie House of Horrors

Pretty soon the month of October will be here and that means the "dollies" favorite holiday will be here - HALLOWEEN.  Now you might be wondering why the "dollies" love Halloween so much.

Well, they get to have a little fun.  You see, it's the one and only time of the year that I let them party.  And, party they do.

That is - until the house starts shaking.

Then, hubby, puts his foot down.  Or lets say he tries to put his foot down.  When the "dollies" get going they don't listen to anyone.  Well, maybe someone - ME!!!!

When they get out of hand and get a little too exuberant I have to gently remind them that since I put them together I can take them apart.  For them that's tantamount to a death sentence. So, they pay attention and calm down just a bit.  At least the house stops shaking.

So, get ready.  It's THE DOLLIE HOUSE OF HORRORS.

You're All invited! So, come on - let's party!

CLICK HERE or click the picture above to start the show.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Dollies Want You To Know - You're All Invited To The Dollie Pumpkin Patch!


The Dollie Pumpkin Patch

Pretty soon the leaves will be falling, the wind will be blowing, and there will be a crispness to the air. Time for pumpkin scented candles and fireplaces burning. Time for jumping into piles of leaves.

But, most of all - time for THE DOLLIE PUMPKIN PATCH.

You're All invited! So, come on - let's go!

CLICK HERE or click the picture above to start the show.