Happy Birthday, Maryellen! My Maryellen with Mini Maryellen and my mom's Maryellen (Christmas dress) posed for a few quick pics before a rain shower started.
Susie just updated her blog with an entry about both Easter and her new Mini Tenney that arrived! You can read the post here: Easter and Mini Tenney Arrived.
Christmas Eve night and the first night of Hanukkah are upon Star Valley. Soon it will be time for all of the children to get to bed. The first candles of the menorah have been lit and tonight Santa Claus will be coming to bring presents to all of the good girls and boys.
Over at the Larsons' cabin, Mrs. Larson is wrapping up a gift for her sweet daughter, Kirsten. Meanwhile, Uncle Gard is reading The Night Before Christmas to his family. They have just written their letters to Santa Claus.
Martha Merriman, with the help of Santa, will figure out which of the children in the Merriman household will get coals in her stocking. Felicity hopes that it is not her this year.
For tonight's update, I have a new Holiday Doll Rooms Tour 2016 video for you to enjoy!
I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of you how thankful I am for your love and support of my doll collection as well as Cherished Playtime and all the other sites linked to it. I love sharing my collection through photos, videos, crafts and more and I hope that they inspire others in their doll play.
Whether you've been a fan since Cherished's beginning, ten years ago, or have stumbled upon this site more recently, thank you for being a fan! From my dolls and me to you and your dolls, we hope that you have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!
In 2014, Martha Merriman decided to start a Bad Book for the children in her home. She had gotten the idea from the Montoya family of Pleasantville (ourdolls.weebly.com).
The Bad Book is a notebook where Martha writes down who has misbehaved and what they did. In December of each year, she counts up who was bad the most times and that child receives coal instead of candy, in her stocking at Christmastime.
I have put up all of the entries for the Merriman Household Bad Book thus far. (It can also be found on the Merriman page under My Doll Play -> Meet The Dolls -> Merriman).
I have added a new section to the site which can be found under Your Doll Play. This is a section that I have been wanting to add to the site for years now but for some reason or another I hadn't gotten around to. Nevertheless I've added it now! The new section is called Doll Play Ideas and as the title suggests, it is where you'll be able to find ideas for activities and events that you can do with your dolls.
The first activity that you can do with your dolls is to set up a Mending Basket as part of their chores. It's a perfect chore for them to do on a rainy day so that they can take an item that has started to wear out and fix it up again. "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." ~Boyd K. Packer.
Hello! It's been awhile since I've last updated, I know. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter, I've still been active on those sites. I do have some more updates which will hopefully be in the works soon, so stay tuned for those. For now...
The tenth episode of the doll podcast, Clarfycast, has been released! In this episode, Clara, Rilla and Izzy are joined by Josephina Montoya of Waterloo and Susie Kent of Star Valley. Join the crew as they figure out if they would rather have the power go out while they're in the bathroom or kitchen, learn the fear for being tickled by feathers, and more!
You can listen to the episode and download it below. Also, if you're on Facebook, be sure to check out (and like!) the Clarfycast FB Page.
Happy Dolliday Jubilee!
Yesterday, Kirsten Larson had to get up very early so that she could make her family a special breakfast of Saint Lucia Buns and coffee. While the breakfast was cooking, Kirsten quietly dressed into her long white gown, red sash and the beautiful wreath with glowing candles. She then finished cooking the breakfast and prepared everything on a tray. In the darkness, Saint Lucia's candles glew as she welcomed her family to breakfast and welcomed winter and the Christmas season.
Here are is a brand new video of Kirsten getting ready to play Saint Lucia, as well as new photos on the 2015 Larson Photo Page.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Happy December everyone! The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is getting underway. If you're looking for a beautiful, unique ornament to decorate your tree with, check out the new 2015 Cherished Playtime Ornaments! There are two different choices and each ornament is $5 plus $4 shipping. $1 from each ornament will also be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation of America. These ornaments are perfect for any doll lover and make great gifts as well!
The dolls of Star Valley are busy preparing for Hanukkah which is going on right now, as well as for Christmas! There are still plenty of decorations to be put up and gifts to wrap. The children are getting ready for concerts at school and for the town Nativity play and the residents are also gearing up for the Winter Festival!
Tonight I have new photos of the Cohen, Adams and Larkin family decorating their apartment for Hanukkah and Christmas! Maryellen June Larkin, who moved to Star Valley in October to live with her cousins, Shirley and Mischa, convinced them to get a new pink Christmas Tree. She wanted to bring a bit of her Daytona Beach Christmas with her by having a pink tree like the one her family has at home. Shirley and Mischa loved the idea and the three of them quickly picked out the perfect tree.
I've just finished my newest stop-motion video! It is called Late For Ballet Class and it stars Isabelle Palmer and Cornelia Edwards, along with Rose Hopkins, Heather Hardin, Brooke Soriano and Tutu the cat.
A brief description: A distracted Isabelle finds herself late for ballet class. After getting ready, she arrives at the studio where she keeps messing up. Will she be able to succeed with her dance steps?
And also, check out an old short stop=motion video of Kirsten and Felicity Dancing, here: Kirsten and Felicity Dance. It was filmed back in 2008 and I finally got around to editing it a few days ago.
welcome to my doll site, Cherished Playtime! Here you will find photos, stories, videos, and more about my dolls and stuffed animals who can usually be found residing in the little doll town, Star Valley. There are also contests to enter, crafts to make, hairstyles to try on your dolls, and more! I hope you enjoy this site! Thanks for visiting!