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Overhead: First night in the treehouse

After building a rough platform in their last episode, Fern and Olive are finishing off the floor of the treehouse.

Well, maybe Fern is doing most of the work.

When it’s all done, they relax and admire their work.

Then Willow puts on a record . . .

. . . and everybody dances.

All three sisters decide to spend the night in the treehouse.

The sisters sit up in the treehouse
The sisters sleep for their first night in the treehouse


I loved every part of working on this episode, from the sweet vibe between the siblings, to being able to totally forget about developing a plot and really focus on the moments.

I tried to get real moonlight for the two nighttime shots, but it’s been extra especially hazy up here in Portland and the quality of the light just wasn’t all that great. So I relied on the toy lantern and a long exposure for the first shot (with the sisters awake), and I rigged up a small flashlight on a microphone stand for the second one (with only the dog still awake).

We’ve got one more week in the trees, where I’ll try to complete the treehouse structure. Then I have to catch back up with the Mia Fiorello story. Surely they’ve made it to the island by now . . .

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Building the treehouse

Early morning, and Olive and Fern are busily discussing the treehouse.

Olive scouts out a likely tree.

And then the sisters get to work.

Willow arrives with some refreshments

and all three sisters admire their handiwork.


Next week is going to be a little discontinuous. I’d planned a little dance session for the three sisters – I’ve managed to snag both a record player and a radio in 1/4 scale – but after I took the dancing pictures, I ended up re-wigging all three of them. Now I’m not sure how to merge the dancing scene into the next scene where all three will look entire different.

In any case, the floor of the treehouse is all done, now I just have to figure out how I’m going to attach the sides. I *think* I’ve ended up with a good template that I can use for all of my dollhouses, but we’ll find out on Tuesday (I’m at the coast on Monday, so pushing back a day) how that all worked.

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Episode 34: Worlds in motion

After the flurry of activity in Rosie’s last episode, it’s oddly quiet today. In Silverton, OR, not a creature is stirring.


And everything is quiet in Syracuse, IT as well.

I wonder where everyone could have gone?

Ah, *there* they are.

Well, looks like they’re all taking off. Let’s hope that Rosie’s map is right, and we’ll see you next week.

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A sense of place, revisited

In one of my first posts, I wrote about trying to find a place for Camellia in the real world. Her location was difficult to find, since I needed a livable, sparsely-inhabited island which might house a panther.

Since there’s not going to be a real reveal on place for her (just far away shots of Rosie’s map) I can say that I imagine her on one of the islands near Venezula at a time before there was much tourist traffic to those islands.

Daisy, Rosie, and James are somewhat less defined. I’m imagining that they’re somewhere in Oregon, but I never did find a town for them that I loved.

Lily, however, is in a very definite place, and I’ve been using shots of that place throughout her episodes. She’s in Syracuse in Sicily, not too far away from my grandfather’s birthplace in Nicosia, Sicily, and a few hours away from my grandmother’s birthplace in Coreleone, Sicily. I’ve never been to Sicily – on my one trip to Italy, I never got beyond Florence and Rome – but I like the feel of Syracuse from the distance of my living room.

But, in this week’s episode, everyone is leaving where they are and converging on Camellia. Oh look, here are Lily and Daisy arriving at the airport now.

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Episode 33: Back to the beginning

Camellia recalls the night she fled.

There had been a dance.

Camellia dances with the stranger, and then sees that Cado is watching

And then, when she realizes that Cado has left, she goes upstairs to find him . . .

and finds him holding Daisy, with a gun to his head.


As the late publication might suggest, I had a terrible time with this episode. I’d finished taking the photos with my original ending, and then felt like it was just too much – too much threatening of Daisy, and too much vilifying of Cado.

Here are those picture:

But, really, holding a gun on a toddler Disney Rapunzel? It’s just not right 🙂

So, we’ll go with this as the beginning, and, next time around, I’ll figure out a clearer way of moving towards it. And Camellia will shoulder a little more of the blame.

But, that’s it for the beginning. Now we’re on to the end.

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In the Picture: Endless summer

The start of summer finds two sisters luxuriating in their freedom.

OK, maybe they’re the tiniest bit bored.

By evening, they settle in to watch a little TV.

Oh, great, it’s Night of the Living Dead.

Hearing a sound at the door, they go to investigate.

And quickly slam it shut.

Well, *that* was certainly odd!

And welcome to In The Picture, where two sisters find themselves, well, in the picture.

Guess they’re going to have to be more careful about what they watch 🙂

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In Scene: Plotting out the final storyline

Strawberry (now Fern) threw all of my plans into disorder.

I was going to have four un-related 1/4th scale dolls hanging out in a treehouse. Then I fell in love with this somewhere-between-1/6th-and-1/4th-scale doll, who fit so well with two of the 1/4th scale dolls that they ended up becoming a family.

That left my other two 1/4th scale dolls with a very diminished role in this now-family adventure.

So, I’ve spent the last two weeks figuring out what to do with them. And yesterday, I finally go an idea.

They’re going to start out having a very boring summer, and then start imagining themselves into old books, movies, and maybe, eventually, their own world that they’re creating. To support the writing-yourself-out-of-a-boring-place-and-into-your-own-world idea, I’m going to name them after two of the Bronte sisters.

So, meet Charlotte and Emily, just starting out their summer vacation:

That’s Charlotte, the older sister, on the right. She’s a Souldoll Bonnie. On the left is Emily, the younger sister. She’s a Dollzone Gill (also available with a set of cool metallic wings, but I just couldn’t imagine how I would work that into a story :)).

I’m still figuring out how they’re going to insert themselves into plots. There’s a big storehouse of films in the public domain (anything made before 1923, and some films made after that that were surprisingly left to slip out of copyright – like Charade and Night of the Living Dead. But, I’m still not sure I’m up to doing stop motion, so I may just insert them into stills.

Having them enter books is trickier. Do I just recreate bits of plots, and build the scene? Or do I find illustrated books they can enter? I know the British Library has released about 1 million images into Flickr commons (you can see them here –, including a ton of fantastic Gustav Dore sketches, so I may just plow through that. Or I may try to figure out what illustrated books I love are in the public domain.

Eventually, they’ll build their own world to slip into (something the Bronte sisters also did). I’ve been meaning to build my own Rainforest Hut (ala the incredibly expensive one from American Girls), so I may make their world a tropical island. Plus, I still have all that sand from Camellia, and it gives me something nice to work on during the rainy Oregon winters.

So, anyway, that should be the final storyline:

My Doll Adventure: The four Wildflower dolls

Underfoot: Three 1/6th scale dolls and two critters, living in a 1/1 scale world

Up Above: Three 1/4th scale sisters in a treehouse

In Between: Teacher and apprentice, 1/3rd scale, moving between a real and wizardly world

and this one

In scene: Two 1/4th scale sisters imagining themselves into other worlds

And that ought to be enough to keep me amused for awhile 🙂