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Have you ever gone ice skating? I did when I was younger. They put an ice rink up by the mall and my girlfriends and I would go there, skate badly and make googly eyes at the boys. LOL, I was a teenager back then. 😉 I enjoyed the music and the colored lights,  but the actual act of staying upright on skates without falling and bruising my butt was a tough one for me to master. I did slightly better on roller skates, but I think that’s only because of the removal of frigid temperatures – I’m not so limber when I’m cold. Nowadays a walk in the snow is more my speed.

Bess Helps Rachel  Stay Up On Her Skates

Bess Helps Rachel Stay Up On Her Skates

Sometimes I get little doll story ideas that pop into my head.  Just like when I was a kid, I imagine what the dolls would be thinking if they could, consider the personalities they would have and what they’d like to do. That happened today.

I’ve been wanting to do an ice skating photo shoot ever since I found a pair of skates that actually fit Misaki’s big feet. Since then, I’ve imagined my Misaki girls have been giving me big puppy eyes and asking who’s going to be the lucky one to wear them and if it’s going to be any time soon.  It’s been wicked cold here for days, but there’s no ice or snow to be found. So, last night, I put out some water in a round tupperware container to create a mini skating area. This morning it was frozen solid.

I chose Best in Brocade (Bess) and Crazy Girl (Rachel) to get dressed up today. All the clothes that Bess is wearing are borrowed from Barbie: a black turtleneck, Jam & Glam Teresa’s fuzzy pink arm warmers, white fur cuffs, a white fuzzy shrug, a pink fur collar and  Fashion Fever tweed trousers. Her ponytail holder is actually a Fashion Royalty cuff bracelet. She’s also wearing Monogram Best Drama’s earrings, a silkstone brooch and Odd Girl Out’s shoes. Rachel is wearing a Fashion Fever tweed dress, a fur shrug from My Wardrobe Barbe, Muffy Roberts silkstone gloves, Future Bound Luchia’s tights, a pale pink ooak scarf made by me and the infamous Barbie ice skates.  The skates fit because instead of slipping them on, they open on a hinge and clip shut.

I imagined that this was Rachel’s first time on skates and that the ice form I made could serve as her practice rink. I set it out on the lawn in the front yard and had a blast taking pictures. I was bundled up in a whole lotta layers because it was evil cold and windy, too. At one point, I had Rachel standing on the ice block and she slid forward (still standing) when a heavy gust of wind blew. It was too cute.

C’mon, Let’s Ice Skate.

We’ll Do A Figure Eight.

And Jump And Dance And Spin,

Until The Cold Air Sends Us In!



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So, I guess you figured out that I had a wonderful time dragging four Misakis all around Skylands for photos. I hope you aren’t tired of seeing so many shots from our visit. If you have, you’ll be happy to know that this is the final picture from the shoot at Skylands. (And if you haven’t seen enough, there’s plenty more on my Flickr pages, just click the link on the side. 😉 ) I’ve saved the best for last, a group shot of the girls…

The Misaki Girls Invade Skylands

The Misaki Girls Invade Skylands

Whoo-Wee! This was a tough one setting up. They went over like dominoes a few times, but no dollies were harmed in the making of the photo. 🙂 No trick photography here, just careful balancing and patience. It was much like building a house of cards, LOL. The photo was taken in the afternoon in bright (and hot, whew!) sunlight.

If One Is Good, Then Four Are Better – Gotta Love The Dollies.

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If you haven’t figured out by know, I like flowers almost as much as I like dolls. Put them together, and I am powerless to resist. I guess it’s the combination of two beautiful things, each enhancing each other’s beauty, that makes me pair them so often in my photos.

Misaki Among The Hydrangea Blooms

Misaki Among The Hydrangea Blooms

The last of the lovelies to accompany us on our trip to  Skylands is Amazon exclusive Crazy Girl Misaki. She’s wearing a Barbie dress and bangle bracelets, a Bratz Pirates cross bracelet and a necklace that I made myself. Her photo was taken in the perennial garden under overcast skies.

When A Bouquet Of Hydrangeas Is Given, It Symbolizes Heartfelt Emotion / Friendship, Devotion And Understanding.

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A sweet little sprinkle of buttercups has appeared in my poor attempt at growing grass in the side yard. It adds a cheery touch to an otherwise sparse patch of lawn. When we were kids, we’d pluck a bloom and hold it under each other’s chins to see if you liked butter. If the yellow reflected strongly, then you did. It was silly and fun – as most children’s games are. To this day, I can’t see buttercups without remembering…and it always makes me smile.

Misaki And Her Pony Tricycle

Misaki And Her Pony Tricycle

Amazon exclusive variant Crazy Girl Misaki is wearing a one of a kind summer dress made by me. I paired it with a bunch of  Mattel bracelets, a dog tag necklace, wild sunglasses and work boot style shoes to keep the look funky and casual. Her pony tricycle is yet another fabulous flea market find. She’s standing in the side yard among a smattering of buttercups in the early evening sunlight.

Buttercup, buttercup, yellow and bright

Shining with joy in the afternoon light

Tempting us all to dance and play

And save our work for another day.

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