Princess Xenia has arrived for a visit with her best friend, Lily. Their shared love of books and tea has enriched their friendship for many years. Lily's cat, Blanca, loves these visits, too, because she always gets extra attention from the Princess. Lily is reading "Midori's Sea Voyage Diary", a book from the dolls' library.
The other girls are playing a word game that at times is very serious and at other times brings forth gales of laughter:
Sometimes Esme gets impatient: "Come on, Martha, I'm not giving any more hints!" Martha, who is younger than Esme and Olivia, wants to play with the "big girls" but this doesn't always work out well. "You gave Livy lots of hints!"
"Oh, for heaven's sake,don't be such a baby!" Esme can never resist the temptation to remind Martha that she is the little sister.
Then she heard Lily's voice over her shoulder: "Esme, try to remember that the Princess doesn't like it when we are not kind to one another." Esme hung her head. It was true--the Princess was always so gentle and sweet and, of course, all the girls wanted to be like her.
The girls continued their game with softer language and better manners prevailed....because it was very special to have the Princess come for a visit.
Note: Princess Xenia's beautiful mohair sweater and Martha's pink cabled sweater (and matching skirt) were made by Heidi Bakes, an artist with knitting needles if there ever was one! Emilia's aqua sweater and skirt in my last post were also made by Heidi.
And now for a look at further organizational efforts in the studio.....first, a small cupboard for all the Little Friends and the smaller dolls under 7":
Not everyone needs a special cupboard for their little needle-felted and stuffed owls but I do! Now, what to do with my 21" Hannah and 22" Poppy? Why, place them together with a few of their favorite friends on top of a high cupboard:
There are now three clean work tables available for projects--what a great feeling! Great vistas of clean work space:
My first projects on this lusciously junk free work space? A new quilt for Clemence's bed in the dollhouse, and only the gods know why I decided to make a miniature Star of Texas--all those points, groan.
The colors go nicely with the needle-pointed rug my mother made so long ago, and it's fun sewing it together. Stay tuned for the completed quilt, which should happen sometime this year.
Note to my readers: My laptop died bigtime four days ago. Mr. Bill is working very hard to get me up and running on a new machine with a new operating system but I don't know how long it is going to take before I can compose new posts! Fortunately, I had done two in advance--this one and one other. If there is a pause of a week or two, it is because I am still trying to make the transition, so please know that I am returning. You can count on it!