BiBi has claimed this classic plain black one-piece swim suit.
The photo-shoot was at Brighton Beach with those wonderful beach sheds as the perfect back-drop.
This cossie is more 'vintage' style with a modesty skirt - I'm thinking of opening another Etsy shop, to sell clothes etc for Blythes & this might just be the first item made for it.
The dolls love going to Melbourne and catching up with their friends there ...
|BiBi & Lillian enjoy nice long chats|
Took the grandkids to the museum one day - the Melb museum has this wonderful whale-bone on display. I've made reproduction corsets, I've handled real Victorian corsets and I've done a lot of research on corsetry - so to me, this is fascinating.
The whalebone that was used in corsets and clothing is not really bone, it is the baleen. The filter-feeder business in the mouths of the baleen whales that feed on krill. And look - it is like compressed hair - this is why it was so strong yet flexible (so much better than the modern plastic boning and thinner than the spiral steels we use). It is made of keratin - just like our hair & fingernails, also birds' feathers & beaks. It is also practically black, though I have seen old 'whalebones' in vintage garments that were cream colour (also some very dark ones) not sure of the reason for such variation in the colour.
I also did some crafting with the grands -
cheap little kits to make Chrissie Decorations but we'd lost some of the bits and so the children had do be imaginative ... I love what they came up with.
Naturally, we all did plenty of eating - and I realised that I'm constantly taking photos of my granddaughter eating - she does enjoy her food!
Now for some random Melbournian photos -
saw these pretty lead-light windows in a house not far from Brighton Beach. Love that one window had green round the edges and the corner window had the pink...
Finally - some more Brighton Beach photos - the dolls didn't mind the E. Coli count!
Audrey made sand-castles...
|Violetta & BiBi play beach ball, despite the wind!|