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And that’s about all I can do.  We haven’t had a significant snowfall yet this year. I’d love to take some outdoor snow photos, but the weather will not cooperate.  Not that it hasn’t been cold. We’ve had below average temperatures all month. And the wind has been howling like a hungry wolf.

Holiday Agnes

Holiday Agnes

Since there is no real snow, I decided to put together a snowy display for my dolls on top of the entertainment center in my living room. I put a layer of fleece artificial snow down and scattered some paper punched snowflakes upon it. I taped together three foam core boards to form a trifold background. I added braces across the top and strung it with blue lights.  I adorned the front with silver ribbon and hung dollar store snowflakes from the top. Then, I added a pair of pewter candlesticks and topped them with a silver shelf.

My model is Optic Verve Agnes. She is wearing Winter Concert Barbie’s gown (it was sewn onto the original doll, so I’m going to have to add snaps to it – for now it was just open in the back). I also made a little advent wreath for her head, but I  didn’t add any candles.

I shot the scene with a full strength flash and still had to lighten the pictures up a bit. I didn’t do any color correcting as I liked the silvery tones I ended up with.

May Your Days Be Merry And Bright,
And May All Your Christmases Be White.

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Do you remember cutting out paper snowflakes when you where a kid? I do. It was a lot of fun. I remember cutting shapes into the pattern, especially hearts and Christmas trees. I also remember the mess of little white bits everywhere. Good times. 🙂

Cole And The Paper SnowFlakes

Cole And The Paper SnowFlakes

Today’s model is Odd Girl Out Colette. She is wearing a Barbie Santa hat and Christmas dress, Red Rabbit Misaki’s stockings, Urban Outfitting Nadja’s gloves, Fire Fly Agnes’ boots and a scarf that I made myself. She’s holding a paper snowflake garland that I found a Target a few years ago. She’s standing on a ladder that you’ve seen in previous shoots. And if the background looks familiar, it’s because it’s taken in front of the Christmas tree and decked out pine garlands surrounding the front windows in my living room.

Since There’s Still No Snow Falling Outside,

We’ll Have to Make Our Own Snowflakes.

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I know where snowflakes really come from. But I’m a dreamer. And when those perfect little crystalline masterpieces  begin to tumble and drift down to earth, I imagine something a bit more magical.

Making Snowflakes

Making Snowflakes

Setting The Snowflakes Adrift

Setting The Snowflakes Adrift

In my mind’s eye, I see a maiden dressed in white reposing on a glittering cloud. Wishing the snowflakes into existence, each appears in her hands for a moment before she expels a gentle breath, sending them out into the world.

My model for the recreation of my vision is Bonjour Misaki. She is wearing the long coat from Holiday Visions: Winter Fantasy Barbie and a silver Barbie fashion pack mini dress. Her cloud was created by laying down a piece of white poster board in the sun by my front door. Then I layered Buffalo Snow (polyester batting with iridescent plastic flecks used in miniature Christmas village displays) on top of it and pushed, squished and moved it around until it looked cloud-like. After adding my model to the scene, I sprinkled some sparkly fake snow around and added some snowflakes that I made out of copy paper with two different snowflake-shaped hole punches.

I took a lot of photos, because I was having fun. I tried some with and without the flash. I also had a blast with my camera’s different white balance settings. The tungsten and fluorescent light corrections add an aqua blue and violet blue tinge to the photos that I really liked.  LOL, it makes them look cold and dreamy, I think.

Pretty Snow Flakes Falling Down From The Heavens,

I Wonder Where You Come From No More.

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So, I still have a cold. And I’m sick of it. Sick of being sick. Blech! Anyway, when we had those flurries yesterday, I did think to grab another dollie and drag her outside, too. Though I have shared her photo in this outfit before, now she’s also wearing one of my ooak scarves accented with a Fashion Royalty “W” pin. Enjoy.

Erin In The Snow

Erin In The Snow

December Snowflakes Taste The Best. Can You Catch One On Your Tongue? Don’t You Agree? Mmmmmm, Brrrrrr!!!

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This morning, as I was having my coffee on the porch, it started to snow flurry. It began with tiny bits of icy shimmer dancing in the cold, weak sunlight and then it grew. The sun lost it’s battle with the clouds and then the snow fell in earnest. The wind picked up and began to swirl the ever-growing multitude of flakes. Fascinating.

Though I am still in the grips of a terrible cold, I could not let this opportunity pass me by. I ran inside and grabbed the doll from yesterday’s photo shoot.  I wrapped one of the new scarves I made around her and zipped back outside.

Poppy In The Snow

Poppy In The Snow

Here is my favorite of the bunch of photos I took. There are more on my Flickr pages, should you like to see them.

Oh, and the flurries did not last too long. Before I knew it, the snow stopped falling, the sun peeped back out and melted away all trace of what had happened. Almost as if by Faerie Magic, the sparkling spectacle was simply here one moment and gone the next. How lucky I was to have the time to enjoy it.

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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It snowed today. Fat, fluffy flakes wafting down from the heavens, covering everything in fantastic whiteness. The sun slipped in and out of the clouds changing the scene from dreary to bright and back again. A perfect day to dress up a dollie and run outside with the camera.

Poppy In The Snow

Poppy In The Snow

Reluctant Debutante Poppy Parker was photographed with my wintry backyard as her backdrop. I washed out her hair and made a beaded elastic to hold it back from her face. Her earrings are from Shapeshifter Natalia, the necklace is an ooak made by me. Her dress is Trace of Lace Barbie’s and her faux fur coat is off of Kimora Lee Simmons Barbie. The snowflakes in her hair and on her coat are pure nature.

“The land seemed to luxuriate in its silence and whiteness, knowing that the snow had rendered it more beautiful than before.” John Connolly – The Book of Lost Things

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