Ribbons are a big hit with the resident dolls!


I had a lovely surprise this week when I found out that I had won some beautiful ribbons from Crafty Ribbons 

The competition was held last week and was to win seven bags of coloured ribbons, all with the theme of jam pots. Each bag held enough metre lengths of coloured ribbons to fill a jam pot and each bag was colour-themed ie: a bag of pinks, a bag of reds, a bag of purples etc. etc.

Anyway, the prize  arrived mid-week and I was amazed to see seven plastic bags, absoloutely stuffed full of beautiful themed ribbons.

Seven wonderfully colourful bags of gorgeous ribbons!

There were gingham ribbons, organza, looped edge, polka-dot, satin, narrow, medium and wider, stripy, fancy, glittery and even gross-grain. The colour schemes of each bag were: orange/yellows, reds, blues, pinks, purples, greens and peach/creams. 

So I thought it would be a good idea to photograph the ribbons in jam pots so that I could show a friend

Ribbons displayed in jam pots.

Well, just as I had finished photographing the ribbons in the jars, the phone rang and I had to leave the room. I was gone some time (you know how it is when you get chatting!).

The dolls are busy playing dress-up with the new ribbons!

When I came back in, just look what I found! Absolute  mayhem!!!

The ballerina doll has made herself a make-shift tutu with some of the pink ribbons and is busy twirling around with them. Whilst her friend next to her has decorated her own pink corset and made a most unusual hat with some of the purple ribbon. She is also busy pinning another of her creations in green to Mei Lin’s head whilst tiny Ann has actually climbed right into the pot of peach and cream ribbons!

Meanwhile, pretty blonde Emily is helping young Marley select some lengths from the blue and orange pots. Heaven knows how Little Miss Pink Hair will ever disentangle herself from all those lovely red ribbons she is playing with!

Of course, as soon as I came back into the room, there was not one movement from any of them……..but they had all been caught red-handed on camera, hadn’t they?!!

Well, as I said to my long-suffering husband, this is the type of thing that can happen when you live in a house full of dolls.

 Good job the resident fairies never joined in as well!!!


Following on from my previous post about the tutus I made for ballet student Katie’s NYCB ballerina doll, I thought you might like to see some video footage of young Katie actually dancing.

Katie dancing Esmeralda.

Seventeen year old Katie is currenty applying for a New Zealand scholarship to help fund her dance training in Australia. This application involves voting by members of the public. As I understand it, the applicant with the most amount of votes wins the scholarship.

As an ex-professional dancer and ex-ballet teacher, I believe that Katie has an enormous amount of potential and deserves to be given a chance. She is absolutely passionate about dancing and is also very good at it.

I would like to ask you all personally if you would visit Katie’s special scholarship voting page where you can watch her dancing. 

 If you click here it will take you to her page where you will see a box on the left hand side with Katie’s picture in it. (If I have not done this link properly……I am a technical dummy with a computer!….you can copy and paste this link below to your browser)


Underneath the picture are some options that will  show you a video of her dancing Esmeralda and also a link to a U-Tube page where you can see her dancing Giselle. You can also see some lovely pictures of her with one of the other options and also read all about her love of dance in another.

According to Katie’s mum Sue, Katie was only fifteen when these videos were taken and I can tell you, from my experience as a teacher, she was doing some very difficult steps very, very well indeed for a fifteen year old! For those of you familiar with ballet steps, you will see near the end of the Esmeralda video a series of releves on one foot (snatching up and down onto full pointe), executed one after the other on the same foot. In the Giselle video there are some beautiful temps leves (hops) on full pointe…..all of which are very difficult to do….and she does them beautifully.

If after seeing Katie dance, you would like to vote for her, you can do so. There is another button on her scholarship page, above her picture that you can press to vote. There is only one vote per person allowed and this lovely dancer needs votes.

I hope that you will join with me in wishing Katie the best of luck with her application. GOOD LUCK KATIE!!