This is a photo album of all our little people. There will be discriptions of the doll type and maker, and the material for the clothing.
Since our First Family was Rebecca and Derek Rowbottom and children, we will start with them. Thereafter, photos still will be added by family, but probably in arbitrary order.
``````Rebecca and Derek Rowbottom and children```````
The parents and two children, Antony and Victoria, are quality vinyl dolls made by the Petite Dreams company (this is the same company that made the quality "Original Rowbottom Manse" and many rooms of furniture). They are a Victorian family. The dolls have complete vinyl bodies with jointed legs, arms, and head. The females have "hair" while the males have well-detailed molded hair. The clothes were removable--which was good since we wanted to change the clothes to fit the season: summer, midseason, Christmas. Rebecca's hair was to long for our liking, and we could easily cut it shorter. To make changing clothes less of a bother, we bought a number of sets. The house and the original dolls were bought from Target. Every so often, Petite Dreams items are for sale on eBay and I am amazed at the non-Target prices.
Sometimes we could use the manufacturer's clothes with a little modification, after all, our little people are modern and not Victorian. Some of the clothes for the seasons had to be handmade. The real problem that we had was the fact that the manufacturer gave Rebecca high black boots! This took careful sanding on her lower legs to remove the black color and boot design. Eventually, this was accomplished on the two dolls that needed short clothes.
Victoria, Antony, and Derek had painted shoes but no socks. This was easily fixed with paint.
All except Jeremy have three "changes" of clothing: two casual and one formal.
|Spring - Derek, Antony, Rebecca, Victoria. |
All fine cottons except a very thin suede for
|Summer-Derek, Antony, Rebecca, Victoria. All fine cottons,|
|Christmas-Derek, Antony, Rebecca, Victoria. Derek and Victoria as from Petite Dreams; Rebecca a soft filmy fabric, Antony thin felt jacket and pants.|
``````The Johnson and Richards families (related by marriage)``````
It is very easy to find Caucasian families, but not as easy to find various "ethnic" groups.
My original find was a vinyl brown-skin-tone family (I don't remember the manufacturer), quite inexpensive but with charm. They are the Johnsons: Coralee and Edward (Ted) Johnson and daughter Betsey. Since I like to have my little people in seasonal dress, I bought two more sets. I redressed all of them. One thing "nice" about thses vinyl sets is that the body is continuous which allows for putting them in any style of dress.
|CoraLee, formal (& rewigged)|
Since then, I have slowly found delightful porcelian dolls in my price range. I like to look for kits so that I can personalize them.
|CoraLee, beach (original hair)|
|Bess Richards (Coralee's mother), formal|
|Benjamin Richards (CoraLee's father), casual|
CoraLee's brother Evan is a porcelain kit from MiniKitz and created by Sandy Calderon. I dressed him in casual clothes.
Ted has a mother (MayBelle) and now I am looking for a father. MayBelle is a porcelain kit from MiniKitz and created by Sandy Calderon. She is dressed casually. I tried to put some strands of grey in her hair. It was trickier to do that I thought.
|Evan Richards (Coralee's brother), casual|
|MayBelle Johnson (Ted's mother), casual|