Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Life 18" doll desk from Walmart

I'm so happy; I finally found the "My Life" desk at a Walmart store here! It was $35
Canadian. It's so cute!

The desk is for 18" dolls. It comes with a chair with a fuzzy covering (pretend wheels) and a pink throw; a lamp which actually lights up, a little plastic laptop, and various cardboard items.
The doors open, and there are drawers on the left hand side.

It's just so cute!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas doll letter, 2015

My Christmas doll letter 2015

I can't believe it's one week till Christmas! I'm behind on my cards because we went to Disneyland from December 2 - 8th and it was fantastic! I'll post pictures on my blog later, if my computer ever gets fixed. It has a hard drive problem, and it's huge. 

2015 was a good year for dolls! In January I bought 3: Zelia, a Hearts for Hearts doll; Grace, and American Girl doll; and Penny, a Journey Girl doll. I also bought two Target dolls while the store was still open in Canada. In April I bought Josephina, an American Girl doll in Seattle WA and also got to meet a Chatty Cathy doll collector for lunch; Jackie Nelson. In July I splurged and spent my birthday money from Robert and my sister Marie on Maryellen, the new 1950's American Girl doll. It's FUN to have an AG boutique here in Vancouver!

A kind friend sent me a sweet Penny Brite vintage doll, but she is a lot smaller than the 18" dolls so she fits in well! Last week while in California, I got 3 more little dolls; Addy and Kaya from AG and also a little 7" doll from Target. 

My home is looking Christmassy as I decorated before our trip. It was good to stay connected with you all on Facebook this year. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year in 2016!

Love from Loretta and her doll collection

Friday, July 17, 2015

This is the first time posting in 2015.
Ha...ha....this is the most sporadic blog I bet you've seen.
I wonder if anyone comes to visit?
I no longer have access to my Picture It Publishing program; it died the death of old extinct items on the computer. That's because we bought a new computer two years ago this summer.
It's a Toshiba and it couldn't install the Picture It program due to its extreme antiquity.
So now I use a free program called which is marvelous and super easy to use. 
My latest hobby is finding free images on Pinterest or elsewhere, and adding them to collages which I create using my own photos. Here is my original Chatty Cathy doll, Catherine, hard at work in her little kitchen.

I'd love to hear from anyone who read this. Please leave a comment.
By Loretta Houben

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day!

I took this photo 10 years ago. This was one of my first Chatty dresses I made.
It's really hard to believe that it's been that long I've been sewing for Chatty Cathy!
I've always had success at selling my dresses.
My friend Morgan created a Chatty photo show displaying many darling Chatty dolls wearing their green finery for St. Patrick's Day. Please CLICK HERE to view it.

Here is a 18" doll I recently bought at Michael's store; she is from the Springfield collection and I used a 50% off coupon to get her, so she was only $16 Cdn compared to $110 US for an American Girl doll. Now of course, she came without shoes, socks or underwear and her dress is very skimpy, but her face is really cute, her body is OK, and her limbs are great, so if you can't afford an AG doll for your little girl, you could certainly afford the Springfield dolls at Michael's!
Some of my 18" and 21" dolls in 2013.
Aren't they sweet?

Friday, January 4, 2013

A fun project!

Happy New Year 2013!
Alas, I didn't post at all last year, because of my sieve-like mind!
But I remembered this blog today because I was playing with old photos due to getting tired with hand sewing. I love to play with my old computer software program, Microsoft Picture It Publishing Edition 2001! 
It's ancient but it works. I'm getting brave and poking about in it more in my old age.
I love how this turned out.
What do you think?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A very cute Chatty Cathy website...

I love to browse websites with cute doll photos!
These photos are borrowed from this adorable website:

I love how the owner dresses her dolls!

Aren't they all adorable?
It makes me wish to sew some new clothes for Chatty!

Monday, June 6, 2011

An old fashioned Chatty Cathy paper doll!

Here is Catherine, my original childhood Chatty Cathy doll, re-dressed as an old fashioned paper doll!
What do you think? Please click on the picture to see it large sized.