Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Early presence...er presents

It's Tuesday, and I'm back with the results of our drawings from our Holiday Card event.  What fun!  So without further delay, since Santa is not quite back from holiday, here are our winners!!

Winner Bundle A   Wendy Gilmore-Pollak

From CDS: Mayumi is a dressed OOAK Tyler doll wearing a most traditional kimono, reminescent of those worn in Madame Butterfly.

From Sweet Creations: $15 gift certificate.

From Xxtra Fashionable:  Fascinator hat titled Holly.

Winner Bundle B   Carolyn Edwards 

From CDS: RTW Carrie is a dressed OOAK doll sporting a more modern red Japanese suit much like those worn in Miss Saigon.
From Somethings Old, Somethings New: 3 non-decorated pillows - your choice of color

From Xxtra Fashionable:  Fascinator hat titled Bow. 

Winner Bundle C   Duana Gummo

From Xxtra Fashionable:  Fascinator Hat titled Mulberry. 

From Designs by Jude:  $25 gift certificate. 

From CDS:  2 $10 gift certificates (each certificate to be used in 1 shop of your choice).

I have already emailed the winners, but everyone has not confirmed their win, so if you know these people please encourage them to send me an E so the gifts can be on their way.  

That wraps it up for another year, but we're already planning for the new one - stay tuned in January to "visit" some of our artists - by that I mean we'll be showing some of their Studios, and explaining some of the the possibilities for organizing and using all the wonderful item we gather as we persue our love of dolls, designing doll clothes, and even working on dioramas!!   

I'll save you a place - and hope to see you January!!! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

No time to be fashonably late!


It's coming, it's really coming ... it's here? Oh, NO! That's how my Christmas is going to be if I don't get with it!! I needed to start shopping somewhere around late September, but I just cannot get motivated! How about you??

In spite of all the preparations spinning 'round in my head, I've made exactly ZERO leeway in preparing for the Christmas season that's coming!! Could this have something to do with the fact that I recently spent 2 days cooking, several more shopping, and even more time making up the lists -- all for a Thanksgiving meal that took 30 minutes to devour!! I did suffer some holiday dread after Thanksgiving, I fear!!

But no matter the Thanksgiving reality, it's no longer possible to avoid the obvious. Christmas is coming!! It's time to set aside my Crinch-like attitude, crank up my Pandora radio, and listen to some Christmas music as I weave wonderful popcorn garlands for the tree! Oh what gingerbread villages I must create, too. All the kitchen loaves I'll be gifting can also be made soon!!.

Yes, I think I'll make it if I take it one day at a time. After cooking chores are all lined out I can begin to shop - a "chore" that I have plenty of on the job experience doing!! And, of course, I'll want my dolls and moi to look angelically devine so I'll be making my way to Couture Doll Shop.com for the girls. Boy, I wish I had a one-stop shopping place for myself - but I'll push through..somehow!! :)

No, it doesn't matter that with the coming of Black Friday I didn't instantly go into plan, shop, wrap, and all the different modes it takes to deliver Christmas magnificently. I really instinctively know there's no "good enough" when it comes to the holiday season. So, with my new plan firmly in mind, I'm going to plunge ahead and get all the chores done so I can enjoy the season. This is truly a time for family to gather, good food to comfort us, and for us to celebrate the reason for the season in any way we feel comfortable. So, let me just leave you with this little thought .

May Lovely Happy Times Decorate Your Holiday Season, and May The Wonder Of Christmas Be With You Forever!!

And now a few instructions before we begin the show.  1.  Click on each card to see it better.  2.  Click on the buttons to go to individual shops.  3.  You will notice Bundles mentioned during this blog.  You can enter to win one of these bundles by going to our Events Site; there is a link at the end of this post.  4.  Read carefully to find all the special gifts with purchase, discounts, and free shipping available during this event.  Now on with the show!

Ellowyne is wishing everyone the best of holiday greetings in her new dress entitled "Santas Galore." Ellowyne's gift to you with purchase of her outfit is the Christmas tree orna ment she holds in her hand. The ornament is a Christmas stocking that has a teddy bear wearing a Santa hat peeking out at the top. The ornament is constructed of tiny beads and has a red felt material backing.

Ellowyne's holiday themed dress is constructed from a cotton fabric with an all over Christmas print of Santas and toys. The dress has a tank style bodice and a full skirt with a wide ruffle edge that has rows of red stitching highlights. A red satin ribbon tied into a bow at the front is used as a belt. A Christmas tree brooch is made from green, red and a gold beads on an oval of white felt. Ellowyne's necklace and bracelet are constructed from gold beads. The jaunty beret style hat is made from the same fa
bric as the dress. The cap has an elastic thread around the outside rim and should fit many hair styles.

This festive holiday outfit is made of green satin with embroidered red poinsettias and comes complete with a red Ostrich feather Boa.  You won’t have to worry about this gown staining your doll’s skin surface.  It is fully lined with white Glissenette, and has hidden elastic around the upper edge of the gown to assure it will fit snugly. The fabric will not stretch out of shape. 

I chose one of Tonner’s early Tyler sculpt dolls as a model because of her lovely green eyes.  Due to the use of moderate stretch fabrics, this gown will also fit Ficon, Deva, Sybarite, JamieShow, Gene Marshall, and most 16” fashion dolls. Also, please note that an evening bag will be included with each holiday purchase as this shop's gift with purchase.  

Angelic Dreamz resides on Main Street. For their greeting their wonderful JamieShow doll is wearing the beautiful gown that won their At the Opera contest for CDS! The gown was designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture, and is being reproduced in a limited quanity, and will be available on AD soon!

With awesome sales now till Christmas, Angelic Dreamz is the ideal place for great gifts this Christmas. You'll want to check their Daily Deals. Also sign up for their mailing list on their website to make sure to be notified of all the great offers coming your way!

Zebrena is a One of a Kind outfit for Silkstone dolls. Black dupioni silk is used for the jacket.   Black and white printed striped cotton was used for the fully lined skirt closed in the back with tiny snaps. Red dupioni silk was used for the bustier that is lined with white cotton, closed in the back with tiny snaps.

Included also is an embroided and beaded red felt purse, and a beaded red necklace and rhinestone earrings will be given as gift with purchase to complete this outfit.

Evangeline has requested a new outfit just in time for caroling. Walking Suit is a delightful three piece outfit featuring a fitted button up jacket, floor length skirt, long cascading bustle and mini fascinator top hat.

The pattern is available for the 17” vinyl and 19” Evangeline dolls. Tamara will also be gifting a lucky person with a $25 gift certificate in a CDS bundle (Dot wiill contact you). When using your gift certificate, please email Tamara first so she can adjust your invoice.

Mary Watson of Green Thread Design Studio enjoyed creating a holiday dress for Mattel’s Francie doll.  This “granny” dress was very popular in the late 60’s.  Francie had one called “Go Granny Go,” but she needs more!  It is made from all new materials; 100% cotton calico print, black lace trim, 2 black buttons and a silk ribbon at the neckline.  It fastens in the back with snaps.
Francie wore the same clothes that my friends and I wore to junior high, high school and college.  I will be taking a trip down memory lane this year designing clothes for Francie and Twiggy.  You will find this dress and other clothes for Barbie and Skipper at Green Thread Design Studio on Designer Drive. Free shipping during this promotion. Please stop by for a visit.  

This set was made to fit the Fashion Royalty Bed, but can be custom made for larger beds. The set includes: 1 Reversible duvet cover, 1 Body Pillow, 2 Large pillow shams, 2 Smaller Pillow Shams,1 Throw Pillow, and 1 Fuzzy Throw.

 The bed, side table, rug, and tree are not included.  Gift from this shop is 3 pillows included in a CDS bundle.

Gayle of Oohlalaz created this Holiday Gala gown in an amethyst purple taffeta with raised taffeta embroidery in a rose design. Dress is completely lined in a dark lavender satin and it laces up in back with an organza ribbon.

Free with purchase will be (for your 16" doll) 2 pairs of lace trimmed panties, 2 pairs of lace trimmed leggings, and a surprise doll jewelry item.

Exquisitely gorgeous with classic details, this suit adds a touch of class to any wardrobe. The tailored suit jacket is cut from gold and off-white metallic silk brocade, fully lined in silk shantung, and features princess detail, full length sleeves, shawl collar and front pockets flaps. The pant is fully lined with snap back closure.

 The divine, long sleeved double breasted coat dress is cut from poppy red silk dupioni, fully lined, with classic princess detail, shawl collar and button over snap front closure. This little red dress is perfect for any holiday event. Elizabeth is offering $15 off any purchase during this promotion.

Pauline's muse is modeling"Evergreen." No matter where she goes this holiday season, everyone will know she is in a festive mood!

This is a full, festive ensemble consisting of a hand painted dark green Velvet Cloak and Silk and Lace beaded organza party dress.

Aponi Designs presents “Jingle Belle.”  Fashion is made to fit Barbie® , Poppy Parker®, and small busted Fashion Royalty® dolls. Included is a cocktail dress of red china silk with a red metallic lace overlay. It is fully lined and features a crystal button over snap back closure.

Accessories include a black mink shoulder wrap lined in red china silk with a Swarovski crystal bow brooch, a black ultra suede evening bag with a Swarovski crystal bow and snap closure, a black ultra suede belt with crystal buckle, and black gloves. Gift with purchase is a doll scale Christmas stocking.

Eugenia is modeling her casual West Coast apparel that is just right for an après ski, or après turkey, or just a walk in a winter wonderland. The Cowichan style sweater, toque, and fingerless gloves are hand knit from pure cream wool with a Fair Isle design in chocolate brown. The sweater closes with tiny silver snaps, and has three brown faux wood buttons.

Her close fitting narrow legged "jeans" are a light wash cotton with a back placket and snap closures. The boots are hand sewn of very soft, fine grained genuine leather trimmed with real red suede. Free Gift with purchase: Hand knit Cowichan style shoulder bag with a leather strap, a button clasp and a bright red watered taffeta lining.

Annabella is anxiously waiting for Christmas, and what better way to wait on a cold Winter's night than in a snuggly, warm flannel nightie! Dressed all in pink and white, her outfit consists of the flannel gown with a matching duster, both trimmed in lace, long cotton batiste bloomers, and the little scuff style slippers. Hurry Christmas!

Connie is offering Free Priority Shipping for purchases during the promotion dates, and she is having a drawing at the end of the promotion for TWO winners of $15 gift certificates; one for those customers who made a purchase during this event (Connie will contact you), and one will be in a CDS bundle (Dot will contact you).  When using either gift certificate, please email Connie first so she can adjust your invoice.  

If you're looking to add some pizazz to your wardrobe this year, you'll definitely want to check out all the great wigs for your fashion dolls and BJD's at Facets.

From the tallest BJDs to Ellowyne's tiny friend, Amelia Thimble, and lots in between, Marcia probably has a size that will fit your needs. And, if you have time, you'll want to check out all her accessories. Remember proper styling will always make you stand out in a crowd!


Phin and Theo sail down the Mississippi as performers on a paddle wheel showboat. The pair are dressed in leather, lace, and silk in Steampunk styling that also includes watch parts, top hats and googles.

Theo stands on the gangway and fiddles on her modified violin while Phin wrestles an octupus!  Be sure to check out this item in her shop for larger pictures.  Durelle is offering free shipping for her NRFB dolls on her Resale pages - see her website for details!


Xxtra Fashionable's Flirty Flapper crochet pattern features a fully beaded shift style dress that closes in the back with 3 snaps. The hem has several rows of beaded fringe that is sewn on. The beaded headband incorporates a jewel-like beaded decoration and sculpted feathers. This outfit is crocheted in #20 cotton with variegated glass seed beads.

Karen Daniel will be giving 3 fascinators from her Hatitude collection for this event in our CDS bundles. As you might know, fascinator hats are a top fashion trend for fun parties and special occasions. Your doll will enjoy this Christmas-themed accessory when she attends her next party.

Madeleine Rose Couture's Evergreen is gorgeous in shades of green.  A floral taffeta makes up a voluminous skirted gown with corseted bodice, raw edged bows and ruffles galore. Underneath is a hooped skirt to add more volume and glistening black stilettos.

Accessories of black mesh hosiery and matching arm mitts complete the ensemble. Naeara, a Numina Devon by Paul Pham is modeling.  And don't forget Lori is offering free shipping for the month of December.

The holidays are upon us and this gown is stunning, Done in a kelly green satin with tricolor ribbon design on the left with Kevin's signature holly berry design on the right bodice top. The gown is beaded down the front onto the center of the ribbon tie, with a seed beaded right shoulder strap. It flows for fitting down to the knee, and flares out onto a HUGE Bell shaped hemline.

The First person to purchase $100 in product will get this holiday gown at a big discount; see the shop for details. Also, with every gown purchased you get a FREE pair of from stock earrings of Kevin's choice to go with the gown. 

And that concludes our Holiday cards for another year.  I hope you've noted the specials the shops are offering and also have seen some of the things that are in the CDS bundles.  For a complete listing of these bundles and to enter for a chance to win one, you will need to go to:

Just be sure to enter only once, and to come back here to this blog Tuesday, December 11, 2012 for the results.

Now I must bid you adieu - lots of eggnog drinking, shopping, and human as well as dolly doings to get done! But please know just because everyone didn't get a chance to do a holiday or winter offering, each and every one of the shop owners of CDS think YOU are important enough for a holiday salute.

We're all blowing you a kiss and sending good holiday vibes that all you do will be special - and especially fun! We all hope you'll visit us when you have time, and that all your dolls will be dressed wonderfully for the rest of 2012 and all through 2013!

May you sincerely have a wonderful Holiday Season and may you be Happy and Healthy in the New Year!!