Toni’s Beach Vacation

My Toni doll likes to have outfits for all occasions. This summer, as people started to travel again, she requested some resort outfits. “Where are you planning to go?” I asked. I think she gets these notions from watching television.

She said she could go to Florida and stay at a beach resort and then take a cruise. I played along, but knew that this vacation was not happening in 2021 with the horrible pandemic in high gear in Florida. At least, planning her wardrobe for the trip would keep her occupied for a while.

She decided that she needed a swim suit, a summer dress, and a few other pieces. She tried on this flamingo swim suit. I think it might look fun as a top with a long pink skirt over it. Her black shoes will be fine as they coordinate with the black on the flamingo’s beak.

“You’ll need a cover-up for your beach outfit in case you feel cool when you get out of the water,” I told her. Already, I was wondering where to get a Toni-sized beach towel. Do dolls need to wear sunscreen when they go to the beach?

For a dress to wear when she goes sightseeing or goes to lunch, I talked her into this one. Pastel colors are great for summer. I’ll need to make a sun hat for her and also get her some sunglasses.

I need to fix some summery sandals to wear with her dress.

The outfits are all from a batch that I found on Amazon that were listed as Baby Doll Clothes (for 15 Inch Bitty Baby Dolls and American 18 Inch Girl Dolls). They would fit the larger Toni dolls better than my small P-90.

Toni’s Hats

Today is National Hat Day. The last few days, we were hunting for better storage solutions for Toni’s hat collection. The girl is a bit of a fashionista and has accumulated quite a few hats. Since this was a special day, we rounded up all her hats to store in one place.

Here’s a sampling but that’s not all of them.

I rummaged in my closet to find a belt hanger that didn’t work for me. It made a good rack for some of the hats. Then I remembered a zippered case that a set of sheets came in. It was clear on the top so you can see the hats inside easily. Even with those two storage solutions, there were hats left over.

Storing the hats for Toni doll.
More of Toni’s hats.

Don’t tell Toni that I said this, but I think she’s getting a little carried away with the hat obsession.

Y is for Yesterday

Yesterday was Christmas Day and I shouldn’t be surprised that we felt a little letdown today. The magical time that comes around every December was almost over. The day after the holiday we make a big pot of turkey soup. Toni didn’t help with that as she was busy trying on her new outfits.

“They are all too big,” she fussed. I reminded her that since they were American Girl outfits, we knew they would be too loose on her. She still wanted to wear one of the outfits, so I adjusted it with pins as a temporary solution. It was a rainbow-colored pair of bell bottom pants and a halter top. Since it was a chill 53 degrees today in Florida, I figured she would need a sweater with that soon.

Toni in her colorful bell bottom slacks.

Then Toni remembered her Christmas wish list. “Santa forgot to bring me shoes,” she said in a wistful voice. I told her that Santa knew that I was making her some shoes, so that’s why he didn’t bring any. Before she could start thinking of the other things she didn’t get, I had an inspiration to distract her.

“Let’s make some hangers for your new clothes,” I said, “we don’t have enough.” She was puzzled about how we could make hangers. Some of hers are wire hangers and some are plastic ones. I brought out a cardboard box, a marking pen, and a plastic hanger to use for drawing around.

Making cardboard hangers for Toni’s dresses.

I had to do the cutting since the cardboard was very stiff. They worked OK (one side was plain and the other side was teal).

That project didn’t last long, so she returned to the topic of her new dresses. “When will you fix these so they will fit me?” she wanted to know. She added that the pins were sticking her. I told her that I’d gotten a new miniature sewing machine that fit in my hand but first I needed to learn to use it. That was one of my Christmas presents for myself.

Handheld sewing machine that I got from Amazon

I suggested that she show her Teddy Bear friends her new outfit. My hope was they would settle down together under the tree and I could have some quiet time to read the instructions for the cute little sewing machine.

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