Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Little Sis Tuesday: Little Miss No Name Is The Cutest Doll In The World!!!

It's time for the last Little Sis Tuesday of the summer. Once more, I turn the blog over to my 8 1/2-year-old, who has taken some pictures of one of her favorite dolls to share with you today. She used both my Canon Rebel camera and Samsung Galaxy phone, then I helped her a bit with editing. All words are hers! I fixed spelling and punctuation, and added a few links. - Danzel


I got Little Miss No Name for my 6th birthday. I wanted her for 2 years before I got her. My mom and I found her when we were looking up old Blythe dolls on the internet one day. Old dolls are cool, especially when they have big eyes. Everyone says I have big eyes, too, except mine are blue and hers are brown.

She used to come with a tear, but when I got her, it was glued on with icky glue. My mom scraped it off before she gave it to me. I wish I could get a replacement tear.

That's it. That's all I want to say.

And she's outta here, folks. Oh, well. I hope you enjoyed her posts this month. She loved making them. - Danzel

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Mad Little Tea Party

"Which way?"

Alice wondered.

The clock is stopped. It is tea time.

It is always tea time.

Alice sat down to tea.

Alice wakes.

What a lovely dream... ?

Thank you for joining us for our Mad Tea Party! Be sure to visit A Fanciful Twist to see our hostess's amazing party, then follow the links to drink your fill at all the lovely parties.

And for more Alice-y goodness, Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes-style, click here.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Little "Mad Tea Party" Inspiration

Saturday is Mad Tea Party time! For inspiration, we re-checked out a couple of fabulous books.

 Taking Tea With Alice by Dawn Hylton Gottlieb and Diane Sedo (Warner Books, 1997) is about planning the perfect Victorian tea party. There are several Alice-inspired parties (Tea with the Mad Hatter, Tea in the Garden, and a Nursery Tea), as well as ideas for Valentine's Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. It's a favorite book that I turned to when planning both girls' Alice-inspired birthday parties.

Mushroom Meringues!!!

The other book is The Art of Alice in Wonderland by Stephanie Lovett Stoffel (Smithmark, 1998), and it is basically a collection of Alice illustrations. I just like to thumb through it. It's larger than All Things Alice, which I own, but with fewer pages. In other words, it's less overwhelming!

Illustration by Blanche McManus, 1899

Illustration by Figueiredo Sobral, Portugal, 1960

1940s magazine ad for Philco refrigerators

We're braving the heat to plan a sweet little MAD tea party! Be sure to stop by this Saturday!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Little Sis Tuesday: Super Chickie (a comic)

It's time for Little Sis Tuesday again, when my 8 1/2-year-old takes over the blog. Tonight, she wants to share a comic strip she created, inspired by our pet chickens! I helped her type it (and fix the spelling) so it makes sense, but the words are all hers, even "Author's Note," hee hee. - Danzel

Evil was there.

Peep peep. It's Super Chickie! She sees the chicken signal. Oh, no! FEET.

"PEEEEEP!" Translation: "Nooooo!"

Peep. Pow. Peep.

Yay!  Woo hoo! Peep pow!


More feet.

"A baby!"



Author's Note: This is based on my real chickies. Their names are Prissy, Henrietta, and Leeroy. Prissy's Super Chickie, because I wanted her to be Super Chickie. She's the one looking straight at the camera, down front.

I only have one Little Sis Tuesday left. I'll give you a hint. BIG EYES.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Christmas in July: The Night Before Christmas (Roger Duvoisin)

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore,
illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.
Originally published by Doubleday, 1954.
Reprint edition by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Kansas is still hot and stormy, and the world is still scary. Let's pretend it's Christmas! A cheerful, retro Christmas, as imagined by Roger Duvoisin (again).

Oh, man, those endpapers. I just love Roger Duvoisin.

And on a serious note, I wish everyone out there peace and love. The world is scary, and at times, it feels too small.

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