Dressing up Agata: a straw in Boccadasse

I found this wonderful dress from Chanel's Haute Couture 2013 collection:

Agata pressed  me really hard to have it, and she waited for a sunny winter day to take a straw to Boccadasse:

Boccadasse is a lovely fishermen village stuck right in the middle of Genoa.

In the last century the City grew so fast it simply incorporated all these little villages along the shoreline

In this village you can eat some wonderful pistachio ice cream, but Agata is on a diet, soon it will be summer!

She went in nearby Corso Italia to check our favourite bathouse! Everything looks fine, now we just have to be ready for our swimsuits!

back from Madagascar!

Here I am! We're back from Madagascar, it is a great country, no doll's pictures in this post, but this is just a little extra, to share with
you a little flavour of this wonderful place. It has it all: wonderful people, nature, beaches, sea and, well.....food!

Later I'll post the due article of the week. And of course Odette and Carlo will give you a full detailed report sometime in the near future!

Kisses Billa


Off to Madagascar!!!!!!

Vacation time! Sasha and I will be off for a forthnight to Madagascar. We have planned  a nice tour of the northern part of the island:

We hope to see a lot of great landscapes, some wild nature, and take a plunge in the Indian Ocean!

It looks like we are not going to see any penguings thoug.

"You didn't see anything... Right?"

I'm  leaving you with a teaser of the tartan craze collection (I DID IT!  This is just a teaser: the complete collection counts 8 different outfits)

Armando's new mustaches:

This lovely kitchen my mom gave me for Easter (oven and fridge are missing, but I'm not into complete dioramas, you know, just settings, and this is perfect for the girl's needs):

The misterious "guy with no name", who  arrived yesterday:

Odette and Carlo are ready to go!

Sorry sweethearts, no outdoors adventures for IT dolls. You'll be added in postproduction, as usual!!!

I will see you all on the 24th of April!

Kisses Billa


Cecilia's quest: Meet me at Universal

Alessandro is still in LA, he's going to spend a day at Universal Studio's park. There he hopes to meet one of the gorgeous girls that are lurking around the house.
He's in for a shocker! It looks like I've been in a mischievous mood when I prepared this photosession, as I sent Cecilia and Nasty to meet him there....we shall see.....
Alessandro is wearing one of the Urban Safari outfits, I really love his striped trousers.
Cecilia wears one of the floral dresses I sew for the girls.  I made this one  with her in mind, right down from the fabric, and think this is truly befitting to her.

The trouble with Cecilia is that she's always expecting too much, when she heard she was going to meet Alessandro at Universal Studios she was sure she's was going to have a screen test....so you can imagine how disappointed she was when she found out that they were just going to an amusement park!

"No screen test, and not even the VIP tour of the studios"

"Ok Cecilia, they didn't let us finish the visit, but Nasty shouldn't have bitten the monster...."

"Don't you dare! I don't care if these are the kingdom's best. I won't eat Waffles at a Donkey's"

This was very nice

No, I won't have  brontosaurus' burger. Where are those "nice places to eat a bit" you've been blabbering about?

I won't get back on that silly bus. I'm going at least to walk onto a real set!

So, who  is she?

Ok Cecilia, let's get home......

So, it looks like they didn't really "hit off", Alessandro is really disappointed, she spoiled all the fun, and she is so angry at me!

Best luck next time for both of them....maybe.....

By the way, I loved Universal Studio's Park, I've been there twice, and both times I had a lot of fun. Some of the shows are changed, and I've read they tore down the Monsters Hall, so we'll just have to go again to see all the new things!


Classic Hollywood: Miss Sadie Thompson

Hollywood really loved W. Somerset Maugham's  short story "Miss Thompson" (later retitled "Rain").
It was famously played by Gloria Swanson in the 1929 silent movie

And by Rita Hayworth in 1953

But my favourite version is the 1932 pre-code talkie, starring Joan Crawford. Comparing Swanson's outfit with Crawford's you can see what the great depression did even to glamorous stars!

It is a "torrid (rainy) melodrama" set in the South Seas. Miss Sadie Thompson is an "easy living girl" who is escaping from San Francisco to Samoa and is forced to stop at Pago Pago with her fellow passengers, among wich is notably a righteous preacher.......interesting developements ensues....
As this movie is in the public domain I won't tell you anything more. I rather post the link where you can enjoy it for yourself: Rain (1932)

I like the movie and I like Crawford style and dress. Costanza agreed to model it, she's such a classy and versatile girl!

                                                   I made the dress, hat and bracelets.

  Earrings are IT  (Hot Property Natalia)

Shoes are by PaulZanby. 

Gloves and purse are Poppy Parker's.

I'm pretty happy with this dress, maybe Costanza shall pop up in some future story dressed as Sadie!


Extra: Some of the guys get a face enhancement

I wasn't 100%  satisfied with the faceup of some of the guys, so I checked all the available internet resources  and found out I had just what I needed:
Caran D'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle Pencils! In fact I have a huge box I used for coloring some of my drawings some time ago.

By the way a sample of my drawings (these are illustrations for a short novel I wrote a couple of years ago for my nephews):


so, I picked the colours I needed, sharpened the pencils and with patience started working on the guys.

I damped the tip of the pencil with mi tongue, ok, this is not ladylike, but I did it anyway and these are the results:

Goffredo has got his new mustaches

Enrico had such a bland coloring, now with his new lips I think he's really handsome

Armando got mustaches and lip enhancement

Giacomo has got freckles!!!

As with hair styling I limit myself to little touches, just to have the dolls look exactly how I envisioned them when I bought them.

What do you think?


Bartolomeo: Mad About the boy 5

Taking pictures of the boys in hotel rooms was beginning  to bore me, so I decided to change the style of the introducing photosessions. Of course we will have the "sexy sampdorian" thing, as Sasha can't tolerate any new guy who isn't a true sampdorian to enter the house.

I bought Bernardo some time ago, I really like the Takeo sculpt, and was really intrigued by the Mission Moscow one, but in the end I settled for "In The Mix", as I really liked a lot his screening.

It took me a while to introduce you to him, as I wanted to know him a little better. When he arrived home he looked very sweet but I wasn't impressed by his personality.

He has been loafing around in his underwear and flip flops, until I found out he's an artist!

Nat King Cole - Let's do it