Friday, 10 February 2017

Pretty in Pink

Hitty Madge was delighted to get a new shawl and hat knitted for her the other day.

It seems quite some time since she had some new dresses made for her and has put in a request for at least one to be made this weekend...we shall see!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Look! It's Arrived!

Hitty Mary Jean came running up in excitement this morning.

Look!  Look!  She cried. Our little book from the Robertson Hittys has arrived!

It was a very timely arrival as we had just been thinking about it this morning and hoping it hadn't gone astray, but fortunately not.  

She couldn't wait to start reading it and the other gathered round in excitement.

Sunday, 29 January 2017


Two Hitty ladies have new 'Lyra' hats and very pleased with them they are as well, and I think more of our family will be putting in orders for one!

Hitty Moana thinks the colour of hers brings out the colours of her dress and also her eyes.

She has been checking on the chard.  

Hitty Madge has a matching shawl to go with hers.

She was surprised to find a lettuce growing in the trug!

The camellia has buds on it so will be flowering soon. 

Monday, 16 January 2017


Hitty Madge wanted a new coat...  she selected some fabric, as she though it would be lovely and warm.

It certainly is, but I think it is more like a dressing gown!  It possibly needs a cord round the waist, but she doesn't mind if she doesn't get one as she said it is the perfect 'house coat' to lounge around in on cold miserable days when one just wants to stay in in the warm.

Back to the drawing board, or rather the fabric drawer...and Hitty Madge spies some other fabric she thinks might make a nice coat...

Yes this is just what she was wanting.  A nice warm fur coat for the cold days when venturing outside.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Getting the house in order.

It has taken us a while, but we have finally got Rose Cottage back in order after the Christmas holidays.  To think we are two weeks into the New Year already and we have only just managed this!

I have my little office area back and although it can bet a little bit lively up here if the children are listening to stories and Hitty Ethel is busy sewing, it is generally not too bad.  Of course Hitty Madge's art studio is also up on this level.

The library is well stocked with lots of interesting books.  Hitty Annabelle is keeping the little ones entertained today.

Hitty Ethel is pleased to get back to her little sewing room and has a few works on the go.

Downstairs is where we all tend to gather during the day.

The boys Miles and Noel are busy playing with their dinosaurs they got fro Christmas, Rufus is watching them.  Becassine has been helping Hitty Phoebe with the arranging of the flowers in vases.  Hitty Rimu and Hitty Moana fancy a game of chess.

The others are enjoying a good ol' chin wag.

Hitty Mary Jean is heading off to the shops to stock up on supplies.  Hitty Leonarda and Hitty Carol Faith look like they might be up to something....

Anka and Piotr are still making eyes at each other!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Less is More

No not dolls at the moment, although this is also on the cards...but blogs!

I am cross posting this on all my blogs.

There has been much thinking going on here recently - it started months ago with my uncertainty with the dolls and feeling overwhelmed by it all...but when blogger changed its layout recently, it really made me think about what I want to do and how I want to go about doing things.  Having lots of individual blogs is now even more time-consuming than it used to be and it is time to probably amalgamate them back into one again.  I split them up initially due to various reasons, perhaps not wisely thought out, and it is time to take back control for me.  The saying 'Less is More' is probably true in many ways and it really will be.  Less blogs, but more posts in the one place.  After all most of my dolls interact with each other anyway, regardless of whether they are Sasha, Schoenhut or American Girl dolls etc...  

My main characters are of course Henry, Peggy Sue and my little wooden Hitty Madge.  I currently have five doll blogs!  Which really is quite ridiculous.  One of which was originally set up as  a joint project with several friends, but that never came to fruition and they all backed out.  I tried to keep it running for a while, but it is hard work on your own, so although I won't close it down, it won't be starting up again. 

My four main doll blogs are:

Sewing for Sasha
How Many Dolls
Holidays with Henry and
Hitty at Rose Cottage.

I think that my Hitty blog will continue as a stand alone blog, as they tend to live in a 'different world' to the other dolls here at Rose Cottage.

Whether to keep Henry's blog separate, just for the holiday posts is something I am still currently debating.

Certainly Sewing for Sasha and How Many Dolls can be amalgamated as I often have to cross posts as the dolls do interact with each other in my stories.  Of course the question then is whether to retain one of the names, or have a brand new name.  Whatever I decide name wise  I will merge the two blogs so that all posts still remain.  I want something that reflects the essence of what my blogs are about...the stories, the dressmaking, sewing and knitting and of course being 'Henry's Mum'.  

So in the New Year changes will be afoot one way or another.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

It is starting to look a lot like Christmas

Here at Rose Cottage there is a hive of activity...

Hitty Mary Jean has almost finished trimming the tree.

Hitty Annabel and Hitty Ethel have been having a change round in the living room and moving furniture.

Outside Hitty Moana and Hitty Rimu have been decorating the largest pine tree.

Hitty Natalie Rose has been putting up the Nativity Scene.

Still more to do, but it is looking just lovely.