This Past Week & Looking Ahead

I wonder… do your days and weeks fly by fast, fast, fast?  I try to hold onto each day, but it just seems to slip through my fingers before I can get a hold of it, and before I know it the entire week is over.

So, I am wondering, what did I accomplish this week that is out of the ordinary?  Anything?  Well, here are a few things that happened… ordinary or not.

This week I added a link to my Instagram account.  The link is located within the right column’s paragraph below my photo right here on this blog.  I am trying to keep my Instagram photos casual and different than those you will see elsewhere, so you might want to follow me, or if you don’t have an Instagram account you can click that link every now and then to see what I am up to.  Here is the link to my Instagram account too.  My Instagram is still very small and new, but everything takes time, right?  I only have 5 followers right now, so if you follow me I will greatly appreciate it!

I spent the entire day on Thursday photographing my next set of dolls that are looking for new homes.  There will be 5 of them on eBay tonight and will start as the other two auctions are ending.  Thanks to everyone who is willing to bring my dolls into their homes; it helps me a lot knowing where they will be going.  Here are a few preview photos.

tamsin 423Kish Tamsin is one of Helen’s bent leg vinyl babies who fit nicely with the 14″ Chrysalis girls.  She was very attached to Song (who is up for adoption now) and spent her time in Song’s lap while living with me.  Wish I had a photo to show you of the two of them together, they were so cute.

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avery 461I have 5 Riley and friends dolls.  My daughter has fond memories of Riley and Tulah, so I am keeping those two dolls.  I have decided to part with Avery, Zsu Zse, and Anjali.  All three have had a successful modeling career with me, so are used dolls and quite nude as their outfits are long gone. It was very heart breaking to me was when I pulled Avery from her storage box and saw that one of her thumbs had a brownish stain.  I have no idea where that came from and had never seen it on her before.  Boo hoo, poor thing!  A little doll manicure is what she needs.

avery 453Aside from a few rubs on their vinyl, Zsu Zse and Anjali are in good shape.  Their hair has been taken out of pigtails and braids, but can be put back to its original style.

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anjali 471My last doll that I am putting up for adoption this week is the only doll that I have ever bought from a local doll shop, long since closed; all my other dolls have been purchased online.  It is funny, but when I purchased her I had no idea what her body would be like underneath that rabbit costume.  The costume was stuffed with fiberfill and it looked like she was a stuffie with a vinyl head and hands, but I bought her anyway.  She is the 12-1/2″ White Rabbit doll, companion to the 16″ Alice in Wonderland from 1996.  Now that I have read Helen Kish:  The Artist and Her Dolls by Louise Fecher, I know that The White Rabbit is part of Helen’s first multi-jointed vinyl dolls and is the Jesse sculpt (a boy doll).  I made a few dresses for this doll, but mainly used her (or him) as the Easter Bunny for the Riley and friends line.  Oh, Kish and Company graciously restrung her for me a while back, so her elastic is nice and fresh.

white rabbit 505White Rabbit’s 2-piece bunny costume is made out of a nice wool felt and has a fluffy bunny tail.  I didn’t use the vest when White Rabbit was acting as the Easter Bunny.

white rabbit 490To be taken to my eBay “items for sale” page click to the photo in the right column.  These 5 dolls will be available for bidding at 9:00 pm CST, tonight.

Also this week, I finished knitting Talyssa’s sweater in Diadem, a super luxurious (mulberry silk/baby alpaca) single ply yarn, and yesterday I completed the embroidery on it.  Working with a single ply yarn did get easier after I got used to it, but I cannot say that I would buy more single plied yarn.  It is very slow going as you have to be careful to catch all of those threads with every stitch.  With multi-plied yarn each strand is twisted together, so it tends to stick together.  On the plus side, the sweater is very soft and slightly fluffy with a beautiful sheen from the silk.  Her new ensemble will be available very soon.

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I have to share this one last photo with you.  It was about 7:00 in the morning and this little bunny was enjoying an apple that had fallen from our apple tree.  I had to take this photo from inside the house, so I didn’t scare it.  It had already seen me however, and had stopped munching.

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Wishing you all a great week!

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6 thoughts on “This Past Week & Looking Ahead

  1. Catherine

    All your dolls are beautiful and I’m sure they are going to find quickly a nice mother!
    Talyssa’s new ensemble will be a work of art!
    The little bunny is adorable! Squirrels walk often in my garden!
    I wish you a good week.
    Warm regards.

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Catherine, I hope they all find good homes too. I simply cannot take care of them all.
      Oh, we have squirrels too, black and grey. They are fun to watch. One day the feral cat made one of them run up into the tree. The squirrel stayed in that tree for hours and “yelled and yelled” at the cat.

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Heather, I was just thinking about you a little bit ago and wondering what you were up to??? We’ll see about Instagram. I like how easy it is to snap a photo and publish it quickly. That’s nice.

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  2. Jeanne

    HI Cindy,
    Well, it looks like you are serious about getting new dolls matched up with new moms! From the list of dolls you mentioned earlier, you certainly have your work cut out for you! I wish you good prices for all of them…
    Reuben has seen a bunny or two in our yard and if he weren’t on a leash, that bunny would certainly give him a good run.
    I like the little sweater that you are creating for Talyssa… it looks very soft and comfy! She is one fortunate little girl to get to model such pretty things from you!
    I hope this Monday finds you sewing and knitting… It is beautiful here today! I want to be outside but I must do dishes… UGH!
    Blessings, Jeanne

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Good morning, Jeanne. Yes, I am serious about downsizing. So far, three dolls have gone one to start new lives. We shall see if all five of the next group do too.
      Thank you for the compliment on Talyssa’s sweater. I don’t think I like knitting with single ply yarn, so this will probably be the only one with this yarn. I guess it’s a good thing because it is quite a bit more expensive, but it is very soft and silky.
      Monday did find me sewing and knitting, not taking pictures outside (too windy) and not doing household chores, although I managed a load of laundry, washed a bit of the kitchen floor, and the bathroom sink. That’s it. Hope you got your dishes done. I agree, UGH, but hope today you will have your turn at sewing.

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