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I climbed trees when I was a kid, much younger than I am now. I remember spending hours just hanging out up in a tree talking with one my neighborhood friends, watching the world go by. LOL, it’s funny how something that seemed such a simple feat back then leaves me shaking my head in wonder now. You won’t catch me risking a fall (and probably painful broken bones) these days. But what I won’t do, the dolls will…

Misaki Up In A Tree

Misaki Up In A Tree

Today’s model is Crazy Girl Misaki. She is wearing Hollywood Nails Barbie’s bodysuit, shorts borrowed from Dynamite Girls: In The City – You Sexy Thing Jasper, Endless Summer Poppy Parker’s sneakers and a Fashion Royalty necklace. Her photo was taken a few weeks ago in my Mom’s backyard, under overcast afternoon skies.

Back When We Were Young,

We All Ruled The World,

And Never Even Knew It.

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So, nothing says Christmas like kitties. LOL. Okay, if you are a cat lover. My husband and I share our home with two felines: a fourteen year old boy cat named Rabbitt (an abbreviated tail is the reason for his name) and an almost two year old girl named Bella. Rabbitt is a big boy with black and  gray stripey markings on a white background. Bell is a fantastically marked Siamese and tortoise shell mix. They are the joy of our lives and much of the household activity revolves around them. They get turkey on Thanksgiving and presents at Christmas time. Our home just wouldn’t be the same without them.

Phyzzlpyph & Horatio in front of the Christmas Tree

Phyzzlpyph & Horatio in front of the Christmas Tree

Today’s models are both ball-jointed anthro cat dolls from Pipos. Horatio is the Baha model and Phyzzlpyph is the Ringo model. Pyph is wearing a Bratz dress and a Barbie Santa hat. Horatio is wearing woven leggings with suspenders that I bought a few years ago at Target (a Christmas ornament), ooak elf shoes I found at a doll show and a hat that I made for him myself. Their packages are Christmas decorations. The tree was found at A.C.Moore. The floor of their home is a velvet and satin holiday placemat. The wall is foam core with holiday scrapbook paper pinned to it. I used two lamps to light the scene and also turned on the camera’s flash.

Meowy Christmas – From Our Home To Yours.

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When I was a kid, we had a variety of different tree toppers over the years.  The earliest that I remember was a turquoise blown glass thing, shaped like an ornament with a spiked top. We had flashing stars and felt angels and probably others, but I’ve forgotten.  On my own trees, I’ve usually had a doll for the top of the tree and it always goes on last. I’ve had Tinkerbell, Barbie dolls in Santa style dresses and various different Barbie dolls dressed as angels.

Angel Barbie

Angel Barbie

Today’s model is Barbie – though I’m not sure which one.  She’s been the angel on my tree for a couple of years. She’s wearing the dress from Hollywood Premiere Barbie with some embellishments added: snowflake sequins, bugle beads and ribbon. She’s got a ribbon and snowflake button halo and the wings were salvaged off of an acrylic angel from Walmart, with snowflake sequins and crystals glued on and a hole drilled in it to accommodate the ribbon that attaches it to the doll.  She’s hung on the top (or is that the bottom? LOL) of my upside-down Christmas tree with some strong wire.

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!

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I love the holidays. We watched some Christmas specials last night. I’ve made plans for shopping trips and cookie baking later in the month with my mom,  aunt and brother. There’s snow in the forecast for later in the week.  I’ve got presents tucked away, awaiting wrapping. There is a feeling of happy anticipation, a willingness to do good deeds and a thankfulness for even the simplest things.

Eden Playing Reindeer Games

Eden Playing Reindeer Games

Today’s model is Wild at Heart Eden.  She is wearing the gold beaded top from Katiana Jimenez Barbie, a Barbie shrug, a My Scene fashion pack skirt, a silkstone Barbie brooch, Barbie earrings, a My Scene Barbie bracelet, Spring in Tokyo Barbie’s necklace and some gold bangle bracelets that are actually jewelry making links from the craft store. Eden is posed on the back of a golden reindeer that I found at Kohls. Her photo was taken in front of my upside-down Christmas tree. I did some more creative tweaking with my camera to keep the scene warm and twinkling with the feeling of Christmas. I used an 800 iso film speed setting, adjusted the white balance to compensate for the lash, lowered the flash strength and put a gauze mask over the flash itself.

Who Needs Five Golden Rings When You’ve Got A Golden Reindeer?

 

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I finished decorating today. I love the way the living room looks with all the ornaments sparkling in the glow of the Christmas lights.  I’d like to set up a few holiday doll displays, but we’ll have to see if I can find time between Christmas shopping, baking cookies and wrapping presents.

Jenny in front of the Christmas Tree

Jenny in front of the Christmas Tree

Today’s model is the W club exclusive, Spring Forward Eugenia. She is wearing silky reindeer pajamas and has a stuffed plush reindeer, both borrowed from Christmas Morning Barbie. Her photo was taken in front of my Christmas tree. I messed about with the camera’s film speed, white balance and flash strength to get the soft look of candlelight shades in the picture. I also tied a piece of gauzy material over the camera’s flash to reduce harshness and glare. After all of that, I still had to adjust the color balance to get it to look just right.

The House Is Quiet And The Christmas Lights Are All Aglow,

I’ll Linger Just A Moment More And Enjoy The Peace And Solitude

Before Turning Them Off And Turning In For The Night.

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Oh, boy! Well, we pulled out all the Christmas decorations today. LOL, decorating at our house is like an Olympic event.  It usually takes a few days to complete. But we got a good start today. It was awesome. We hang artificial pine garlands around the mirror over the fireplace mantle and all around the living room windows, then they are covered in lights and laden with tons of ornaments. For many years, we had real trees, but last year we got an artificial upside-down Christmas tree that hangs from the ceiling. That also gets trimmed to the gills with lights and ornaments.

My husband took the day off and I  made cinnamon rolls for breakfast as we began the festivities.  Later, he put a turkey in the oven and cooked up all the fixings for dinner. After hours of decorating, we tore into the meal with relish.  Now I can barely lift my arms after all that overhead work, so the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. But it’s already looking so nice. There’s nothing like the sparkle and gleam of holiday decorations to fill one’s heart to bursting with Christmas cheer. 🙂

Aria Helps With The Holiday Decorating

Aria Helps With The Holiday Decorating

Today’s model is Dynamite Girls Electro Pop Aria. She is wearing a dress & shoes borrowed from Barbie and over-the-knee socks of unknown origins. She’s standing on a ladder that I found at a church sale. The photo was taken in my living room in the front windows, among the Christmas decorations. I think I took this picture while using the camera’s “night photography” mode, but I’m not sure. I was messing around with the camera’s functions, trying to show the glow of  the lights while still using the flash to illuminate Aria.

Trim Every Blessed Needle On The Blessed Christmas Tree… – Who Trimming Song, from How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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