Happy Kidz

Bunnies from Maxine!

Dear readers, look what I got in the mail yesterday!

package from UK

It was from Maxine, the wonderful proprietress of the My Doll Best Friend online doll shop in the United Kingdom. I bought several dolls from her last month, including my first Gotz Happy Kidz dolls. Just a day or so after my final purchase was made, Maxine put a special Easter offer up on her website: a free doll-sized plush bunny with each purchase until the 23rd of April. I was so disappointed that I had just missed the offer! I adore rabbits (I’ve kept rescued rabbits for years), and collect plush ones, and my dolls love bunnies too! My husband sent Maxine an email asking if it was too late to add a bunny to our last order. We got a very kind reply from Maxine that indicated the order was already shipped, but that she was sending a bunny separately in the mail! From the wording of it we weren’t quite sure, and the very idea of her paying for overseas postage just to send a free gift was so very kind that we didn’t like to presume, so we just waited hopefully. Yesterday a squishy pink package arrived! So here’s a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to Maxine from me and all my dolls, especially my new English girls, and a small tribute to excellent customer service:

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

From left to right, that’s Beatrix (Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012), Lucie (Gotz Happy Kidz Emily 2013) and Abigail (Gotz Happy Kidz Katie 2013), with Rosalind (FAO Claudia) and Emily (Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia) looking on.

My girls were very excited, and waited impatiently as I made them hold still so I could snap a picture.

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

What’s inside?

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

It’s a white bunny!

They were all so thrilled, but especially Beatrix, who loves animals (she’s named after Beatrix Potter, after all!).

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

Ohhhhhh….. it’s so cute!

But wait: that’s not all! There’s something else inside!

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

There’s a second one!

This bunny was my favorite color: light fawn, or oatmeal colored. Beatrix just loved this one!

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

It’s love at first sight.

And wait… is that a third peeking out?

Gotz Happy Kidz dolls, FAO Claudia doll, Las Reinas Lidia doll

Three bunnies!

Yes! THREE free bunnies all the way from England! Thank you Maxine!

Folks, this is what excellent customer service is all about. It is this kind of sweet, generous gesture that seals customer loyalty. It may be possible to find lower prices elsewhere, but I am happy to pay a little more for my dolls when I know they are coming from a wonderful shop. Shopping is so much more than just trying to find a “deal.” It’s about buying from the heart.

Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012 doll

Thank you Maxine!

A huge thank you to Maxine at My Doll Best Friend from California! We’ll be back!

The new dolls tea party

It was a lovely workday evening in early spring, and Ali was eager to take a break from chores. She asked the dolls if they would like to have a tea party on the back patio, and they happily agreed. Emily, one of the newest family members, was nominated by group consent as “Queen Mum,” both as a token of respect for her stature as the tallest doll in the family, and as a gentle pun on her identity as a Paola Reina “Las Reinas” (“queens”) doll. The dolls agreed that this party was to be attended by all the newest dolls in the collection, to help Ali get to know them better. The blankets were quickly spread, the tea was brewed, and the dolls arrived.

Dolls tea party

Emily poured out. She had arrived only a few days before, along with Beatrix. The other dolls were at first awed by her beauty and majestic stature and the fact that she came express all the way from the United Kingdom! Their awe was soon transformed to affection when they observed the extreme sweetness and graciousness of her manners. They all felt her English accent was charming.

Las Reinas Lidia doll, Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie doll, Pleasant Company Felicity doll

The conversation was diffuse as the girls sipped their hot tea (white peach!). With gentle poise, Emily offered gingersnaps and graham cookies, and then turned to Caoimhe. “May I refresh your cup?”

Las Reinas Lidia doll, Kidz 'n Cats Rieke doll

Caoimhe had a name everyone could pronounce (KEE-va) but hardly anyone could spell! She had arrived on St. Patrick’s day, so Ali had chosen a true Irish name for her. Heather the JellyCat pup sat patiently between Emily and Caoimhe, hoping for a cookie! When any of the dolls looked her way, her tail began wagging, but she stayed quietly seated.

Beatrix, the other brand new doll, sampled her gingersnap. She had made the trip with Emily from London, and she too spoke with an English accent.

Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012 doll

“These gingersnaps are delicious!”

Beatrix loved gardening, and she was particularly excited to come live in a place so full of nature.

Meanwhile, Georgette tuned to Mary. “May I please pet your lamb?”

Kidz 'n Cats Tinka doll and Anne doll

“Of course!”

Georgette was so excited to touch the lamb’s soft wool, that she accidentally upset her tea cup. She surveyed the mess with distress.

Kidz 'n Cats Anne doll

She blushed. “I’ve spilled my tea!”

“Never mind,” said Emily kindly. “Here’s a napkin. Please pass her cup, Melinda, and I’ll pour her a new one.”

Las Reinas Lidia doll, Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie doll, Kidz 'n Cats Rieke doll

After passing the cup, Melinda turned to Matilda, who was rather quiet and a bit shy.

“Have you heard that two new dolls are on their way?”

A Girl For All Time Matilda doll and Pleasant Company Felicity doll

“Yes, indeed! I heard it from Ali. A Gotz doll and a Schildkroet doll, isn’t that right?”

“Yes! I’m so looking forward to meeting them both.” Melinda had recently retired from a career as a model  for a doll clothes retailer, and so was particularly happy to be living in a family with lots of sisters to visit with. “That’s such a pretty dress, Matilda,” Melinda added. “It suits you so well.”

“Thank you. It is handmade and came all the way from a dressmaker in Singapore!”

Caoimhe suddenly spoke up. “Do you see that tree over there?”

Kidz 'n Cats Rieke doll

“Where?” they all asked together.

“Over there.”

Kidz 'n Cats Rieke doll

“Isn’t it beautiful? I think it’s a plum.”

“I see it,” said Emily. “It is lovely.”

Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll

“Isn’t April the most beautiful month?” said Mary to Georgette. Mary was not very talkative, but perfectly friendly once you got to know her, and rather thoughtful. Meanwhile her lamb, feeling a little frisky, was trying to reach Mary’s cup of tea.

Kidz 'n Cats Mary doll and Anne doll

Melinda turned to Beatrix. “What a nice bag!”

Pleasant Company Felicity doll and Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie doll

“Thanks! It came with my outfit. It is nice, isn’t it?”

Dusk was coming on and all the dolls knew it was just about time to go in. They finished their tea and cookies and admired the evening light settling on the pines. Heather the pup was resting in Caoimhe’s lap.

Kidz 'n Cats Rieke doll and JellyCat Heather Blossom pup

“Time to clear up!” Emily said at last. “Let’s have another party when the new dolls arrive, shall we?”

“Definitely!” the girls agreed, and set to clearing up the cups and plates.

“There’s nothing quite as lovely as an afternoon tea party in spring,” said Mary to Matilda, who shared her interest in literature. “It reminds me of that beautiful passage in The Secret Garden when Mary and Dickon take Colin into the garden for the first time, and they have tea under the blossoming plum tree. I always love to imagine that scene.”


Emily is a Paola Reina Las Reinas Lidia doll; Beatrix is a Gotz Happy Kidz Sophie 2012 doll; Melinda is a very special original Pleasant Company Felicity doll; Georgette is a Kidz ‘n Cats Anne doll; Mary is a Kidz ‘n Cats Tinka doll; Caoimhe is a Kidz ‘n Cats Rieke doll; Matilda is from the doll line A Girl For All Time; Heather is a JellyCat Heather Blossom pup. Matilda’s dress was made by Swish and Swirl, and purchased on Etsy.com.