The West Enders Sneak Preview: A new pizzeria opens in the village

I haven’t posted any episodes recently but I have been working behind the scenes to create new dioramas for the village, make final decisions on the characters, and try to make my doll room a bit more user friendly. Many of you probably aren’t aware that I have a rare lung disease called chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It is progressive and incurable. I use oxygen when I’m up and active and over the last year, it’s become clear that putting up and taking down dioramas is just too much for me so I’ve been trying to create some permanent fixtures for the West Enders and plan future stories around them. Next month I hope to post a wrap up of events after the arrest of Bigly. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of one of the new permanent fixtures, a pizzeria, opened by Lexi Lombardi!

As you can see, some of the secondary school students have gathered to celebrate Ginny’s birthday with her. Teddy has quit his job at the café and is the new cook/chef at the pizzeria. Trichelle is working as a waitress. There are a few more things coming to add some finishing touches, but I’m pleased with the result so far. Next up, a grocery store!

Interlude: A West Enders End of Year Update

The West Enders haven’t had an episode in a while, but I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the next one on 20 January – the fate of Bigly! I know many of you will be interested to know what happens to him once the man on whom he is based has left office. So hang in there – I know you’ll enjoy it! I’ve also been working on a character page and that will be posted on 20 January as well. Some characters have left, others have arrived, so hopefully that will keep you straight on who’s who. For now, I’d like to introduce a few of them.

First of all, there’s my mini-me, created by Bee Hale of Bee Real Dolls, who you can find on Facebook and Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeeRealDolls.

Next, we have three of the new collector Sindy dolls. Because West End Village is located in England, I was thrilled to be able to add these quintessentially British fashion dolls to the cast. They have been having fun trying on clothes since they arrived and have redressed for the cold weather. They can be found at https://sindycollectorsclub.co.uk.

As you can see, West End Village has had a white Christmas. Having grown up in Israel, snow is a special treat for Noa. She’s all bundled up and ready to go in her warm clothes from LexDesignsByDoyle on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LexDesignsByDoyle

Let’s catch up with the Panenkas. Over Christmas, two new cousins arrived, Penny’s sisters Candi and Carli. They chat by the fire.

Bonnie and Ivana enjoy a cuppa with scones, clotted cream, and jam.

Steffi and Claire have taken the little ones outside.

Hang in there fans! The West Enders will return soon with plenty of drama. In the meantime, rejoice at the end of 2020 and be hopeful for a better world in 2021. That’s what Gudrun is doing.

Almost all of the clothes worn by the Panenkas and Gudrun are also from Etsy, so if you would like more information about any of them, please let me know in the comments. To be honest, I’ve had some of them for so long, I can’t always remember from which shop I bought them.