March 2, 2013
anole, birds, dogs, dolls, my twinn, sophie
It was sunny but breezy and a bit cool today, so I didn’t really expect to see any anoles around. I was surprised to see this young green anole on the fence on the side of the house. It was turning from brown to green–you can see the green developing on its left front leg.
A closer look at the green anole.
And then I noticed a brown anole watching me from behind a fence post.
A bluebird was perched on a wire out front this afternoon. The bluebirds like to sit there looking for bugs down below. When they spot something they swoop to the ground and then back up to the wire to eat. I took a few photos through the window over my computer.
Two new My Twinn dolls arrived the other day. I have too many Twinns already and didn’t need any more–what I really need to do is move some along to new homes. But My Twinn was having a 50% off sale, and I gave in and ordered two of them whose photos on the website interested me. I didn’t care much for the wig on the first one, but she looked as if she might have nice green eyes from the Denver era of My Twinn. The second one also looked as if she had Denver eyes, probably some shade of blue.
I guessed right on both of them–both had Denver vinyl heads with beautiful Denver eyes. The first doll had very short thin upper eyelashes which I replaced with nicer lashes. I stripped off the wig and changed it to a blond boy’s wig, and painted some freckles. I’m not satisfied with his freckles and I’ll probably redo them a little, but overall I’m pleased with this new little boy. He has the Emma face mold.
The second doll had Denver blue eyes as I’d guessed, but a very uncommon, beautiful dark denim blue, contrasting with her thick dark brown hair and fair skin. This one has the Madison face mold.
One last photo of Sophie in the yard this afternoon.
January 31, 2013
dolls, my twinn
Things are going to have to slow down at work soon–it can’t stay this busy for much longer. In the meantime, after another day of coming home too late for outdoor photos, I have another My Twinn boy for today.
This is Luke, an Asian boy with the Pearl face mold, produced by the current My Twinn company located in Virginia. I prefer the earlier dolls from the Denver era, but I wanted a Pearl boy and Pearls are not very common. So I ordered this doll when I saw it a few years ago even though it was a Virginia product. Luke was actually a girl when I got him. I replaced the original wig with a new boy’s wig and gave him some new eyes that I liked better than his original eyes. I was pleasantly surprised with the vinyl of his head, arms, and legs, which was better quality than I expected. He turned out to be a nice little Asian boy and I like him a lot.
January 30, 2013
dolls, my twinn
Another busy day, so my photos tonight are indoor shots of one of my My Twinn boy dolls. My Twinn dolls are 23 inches tall with vinyl heads, lower arms, and lower legs, and stuffed fabric bodies with an armature that makes them very poseable. There are many different face molds and skin, hair, and eye colors. This is Nick, who has the Kelsey face mold. Kelsey is one of the less common face molds and is retired from production now, so his head is from the old Denver era of nice quality dolls. I like Nick’s eye color, his hair color and style, and his serious, thoughtful expression.
January 19, 2013
dolls, my twinn
Today was a busy day without much chance for photography, so this evening I chose one of my My Twinn boys for a photo. My Twinn dolls are 23 inch dolls with vinyl heads, lower arms, and lower legs, and a cloth body with an armature that makes them very poseable. There are many face molds and many choices of skin, hair, and eye color, so each one is an individual.
This boy has the Emma face mold, a fairly common face but one I like very much. His big green eyes are Denver eyes, from the time when the company was located in Denver and produced nice quality dolls. His head, however, seems a bit small to me and the vinyl seems a bit different from Denver vinyl, so he may be made with parts from several production eras. He came with a rather dry sandy blond wig which I replaced with a carrot red wig. The red hair matches his eyebrows and goes nicely with his eyes. He came with a few freckles and I painted some more.
January 5, 2013
birds, dolls, my twinn
Just a couple of photos for today. It was another cloudy damp day–no anoles around outside, and the only birds I saw were some warblers and mockingbirds up in the trees in the back. Here’s a little Yellow-rumped Warbler.
And indoors, I was trying out my new flash again and practiced on another of my My Twinn dolls. This doll has the Wendi face mold, another fairly common face, but one I especially like. She was one of my first My Twinn dolls and she came from the Denver My Twinn company–the era when the best quality dolls were being produced. She has pale blonde hair and blue eyes, and nicely painted eyebrows, lips, and freckles.
January 1, 2013
anole, dogs, dolls, my twinn, sophie
There was a little head poking out from under the rim of the tomato pot this morning, and at first I assumed it was the anole I saw yesterday. But when I looked carefully, especially at the markings on the head and body, this looks like the anole I’ve been watching all along, the one who’s been in the pot for months. A few days ago I thought the morning freeze had been too much for this anole, but now it looks like it’s recovering. I was really happy to see it sitting out in the sun today.
Sophie in the yard this afternoon.
I got a Speedlight flash for my camera for Christmas and I’ve been trying it out with a few indoor photos lately. This is one of my My Twinn boys. My Twinn dolls are 23 inch dolls with a soft body and armature, and vinyl lower arms, lower legs, and head. They are very poseable and stand up by themselves easily, and they come in a very wide variety of face molds, skin, hair, and eye colors, and hair lengths and styles. This little boy has the Madison face mold, a fairly common face. He’s an all-Denver doll, made during the years when the company was located in Denver and producing the best quality dolls. He has blond hair and beautiful green/gray eyes, with nicely painted eyebrows and a sprinkle of freckles over his nose and cheeks.
December 22, 2012
dogs, dolls, flowers, lulu, my twinn, sophie, tomatoes, trees
It wasn’t frosty all day long, but we did have a freeze in the early morning hours today. I covered the remaining tomato plant last night, hoping it would come through the freeze, but it was wilted today. Yesterday I picked all the tomatoes that were ripening, so we do have the little tomatoes.
However, there’s a new volunteer tomato plant that randomly sprouted in the the yard recently. I’d been thinking about putting it in a pot so I could try to get it through the winter, and when the freeze was predicted, I did just that. I dug up the tomato plant and settled it in a pot with some good soil, and put it in the utility room for the night. When the weather warmed up this morning I put the pot out in the sun for the day. The plant seems to be doing fine so far.
The Mexican petunias have pretty much stopped flowering. There was one small withered bud on the plant today.
Dying leaves on a tree branch. It was much too chilly today for anoles, even with the sun.
I took one of my My Twinn dolls outside today for a few photos. This doll has the Emma face mold and she is an all-Denver doll–dolls produced during the years when the company was located in Denver are generally considered the nicest quality Twinns by collectors. This Emma has very fair skin with a few freckles, curly brown hair, and green eyes.
Sophie in the yard.
And Lulu taking a nap on the couch. She sometimes tosses her ear over her eyes when she sleeps.
The big pine tree at sunset tonight. There’s going to be another early morning freeze tomorrow.
September 20, 2012
dolls, my twinn
The Homecoming Carnival was tonight at the high school where I teach. It rained, but not quite enough to get them to call off the carnival. Our Best Buddies club had a booth, so I was obligated to be there in the rain. I finally got home around 7:30, tired and damp, and I took just one indoor photo tonight.
This is one of my My Twinn boy dolls. My Twinn dolls are 23 inches tall, with a vinyl head, lower arms, and lower legs, and a stuffed cloth body with an armature that makes them very poseable. There are many different face molds, hair and eye colors, and skin colors, so no two dolls are exactly alike. This boy has the Tasha face mold, an African-American face with a slight smile. He has dark skin, curly black hair, and dark brown eyes. His eyebrows are very nicely painted. He’s always been one of my favorite boys.
March 2, 2012
dogs, dolls, my twinn, sophie
Long busy day at work, followed by 2 unscheduled hours at the vet’s office with Sophie after I got home. She was suddenly limping today and I wanted her checked before the weekend. The vet examined her and took x-rays, and the bad news is that she has hip dysplasia. On the positive side, the vet felt that medication and some weight loss will make a difference in how she feels. So we came home late with medications she’ll start taking tomorrow, and I didn’t even try to go outside for photography–she would have wanted to come with me and she was limping too much to follow me around.
Instead, I took an indoor photo of one of my My Twinn boys. He has the Rosemary face which is still being produced and is not considered rare or hard to find. He has a Denver head with lovely Denver hazel/green eyes, and a 2007 Virginia body. He came from Virginia My Twinn with a blond wig in a cute brushed back style. Unfortunately it looked as if someone had been practicing hair cutting on him–there was a big patch that was almost bald in the back of the wig. I left him in that wig for awhile since it did look okay in the front, but finally I changed him into this blond wig with loose waves and curls. Settings were f/2.8, 1/10, ISO 400.
January 19, 2012
dolls, my twinn
I had an appointment after school and didn’t get home until after dark, so I took indoor photos tonight with my 50mm f/1.8 lens. This is one of my first few My Twinn dolls. She came from My Twinn about 10 years ago when the company was located in Denver, the prime era for the best quality MT dolls. She has the Danielle face mold which is one of the more common faces, and one that is still made at the Virginia My Twinn. This sweet Danielle has very fair Denver vinyl, blonde hair, and pretty blue-gray Denver eyes. Settings were f/1.8, 1/80, ISO 400.