Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dolls Need Dolls Too

Hi!  I hope this finds everyone happy and well.

I feel myself getting behind with blogging again, but life needs more of my attention than blogging these days.  My granddaughter started junior high over a week ago.  New school, new busing schedule, etc, etc.  Lots of little details to handle, but joyfully done.   She is a doll collector already, which pleases me very much.

On the subject of dolls....do your dolls have dolls of their own?   I think it's quite fun when dolls have their own special dolls and toys to play with.   Right before Sybil got home, I bought one of Sue Sizemore's little cloth Hitty dolls.  I have admired her dolls for quite some time and was happy to finally get one.

Isn't she lovely? This photo does not do her justice at all.  She is beautifully painted.   I decided to name her Hitty Sue, after her creator.   She arrived two days before Sybil on July 22, 2017.

Apparently Sybil likes her a lot.  Hitty Sue has become Sybil's own doll.   Hitty Sue borrowed one of Hitty Jane's dresses to almost match Sybil's pretty blue dress.   They look so sweet together.

Now Charlotte could not be left out.  I had just the perfect doll for her as well.  An 8 inch wooden Polly Shorrock doll I made from a kit awhile back.   I named her Tess.   Charlotte is pleased that Tess is wearing red.  Tess has lived here since December 4, 2015 and was an early Christmas present from my hubby that year.

Most recently two more little ones have come to live here.  Awhile back, one of my best dolly friends surprised me with a little cloth doll made by Jane Davies.  Soon after, I found another one and bought it.  My granddaughter loves these dolls very much, so I found another one just for her.  Last week, I spied two more one ebay and the price was too good to pass up.  So now we have a small group of these sweet dolls.

I re-dressed the first two.  Their original outfits are nice, but the sleeves are too long, which bothers me.   The one in the middle is a limited edition and she is wearing her original clothes and shoes.  Her dress & coat fit her much better than the other's.  We are waiting for two new dresses for the two on each end.  They are about six inches tall, have mohair wigs, and are jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips.  Left to Right, Millie, Mouse, Julia, Maddie and Livie.   Mouse is the one my friend sent to me.

So that's about it in my dolly world for now.  What's going on in your neck of the woods?

I hope to be back soon, as time permits.  Be blessed everybody!






Monday, July 31, 2017

Sybil ~ A Dream Come True

Sybil
In my last blog post, I told you about having a custom Izannah Walker Inspired doll made by one of my favorite doll artists.   This is Sybil, made for me by the very talented Jan Conwell.  She arrived home a little over a week ago, on July 24, 2017.   I am so pleased to have her.  She is better than I ever imagined!

She is 18 inches tall and petite.  She is very demure and has such a sweet face and an "almost smile." Her hands are so beautifully done and she has been given a light aged look, that I love.  Her eyes are a gorgeous blue.  Her creator even put a little gold ring on her finger as a surprise.

 Sybil has very pretty underpinnings with antique lace and a seasonal wardrobe and bonnet.  The dresses were something I very much wanted.  Changing my doll's outfits is one of my favorite things. I am borrowing Jan's photo to show her wardrobe. I hope you don't mind, Jan.   I didn't even think to take a photo of her dresses myself.  

I was allowed to choose the colors, and whether the sleeves were long or short.  Jan and Sybil picked out the fabrics.  I think they did a fine job and each dress turned out beautifully.  Her bonnet goes well with all four dresses.  

Doesn't she have such a serene, satisfied look about her?  I adore this girl!  She has gotten so many compliments from others who have seen her.
  
She also brought along with her, a sweet kitty.  It's made of the same pretty fabric as her blue dress. She "disappears" when she sits in Sybil's lap.
 
Sybil loves to read.  As a retired preschool teacher, this makes me happy.  I will no doubt find Sybil and Charlotte playing school with some of the other dolls who live here.

Her beautiful hands are so graceful.  I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to sculpt hands like this from cloth.   But then, I look at her face and I'm reminded that Jan Conwell is a master artisan.

Sybil loves animals and wanted her photo taken with my small collection of sheep.  I have a few others scattered about.  She fits in so well here.  Can you see her kitty?

I couldn't end this post without showing how well Sybil & Charlotte are getting along.  They have become instant best friends.   I love to see them sharing toys.

These are such sweet dolly blessings!   Thank you again Jan, for making my dream doll and her beautiful wardrobe.

Until next time, be blessed!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charlotte ~ An Izannah Walker Inspired Doll

Charlotte
I made a plan earlier this year, but failed to stick with it. I knew exactly what I wanted, but was a little afraid of committing to it.   It was a dream that I wanted to fulfill and have thought about for quite some time.


Tibby
I have not regretted selling Tibby back to her original owner, but I have yearned for another Izannah doll. I have bought two since then, a little one and a big one, only to quickly resell them. There was nothing wrong with them, but I felt like they were not for me. In the back of my mind, my dream Izannah was waiting to be created for me. I have been selling dolls, clothing & accessories for the past few months and have saved most of it, specifically for this dream doll.
So I decided to contact the artist who made Tibby,  (JAN CONWELL)  and request a custom Izannah doll. She will make custom dolls, but I wanted more than a doll. I wanted a seasonal wardrobe for her as well. I had no idea if I could even afford what I wanted, and in the end, the cost was a lot, but fair. She agreed to make my doll to my specifications! She also agreed to make her dresses and a bonnet. I was thrilled and a little nervous, because I would not get to see the doll until she was finished. I know this artist's work pretty well and I knew I would not be disappointed. I seriously wanted this doll to be the last one I ever bought. I was excited and anxious at the same time.  
As typical for me, my plans did not go entirely as I had planned...

Literally, a couple of days after I placed my order with Jan, I saw a gorgeous Izannah doll on ebay. She was amazing! Sadly, I bid at the last minute with the best bid I could make, but my bid did not even register. It would not have been enough anyway. So that was a little disappointing. The very next week, the same artist listed another one who was just as lovely, but different. I really liked her too, so instead of waiting for the auction to end, I contacted the lady and asked if she would be willing to do a buy it now. She said there were so many watchers that she didn't want to do that, but had another doll ready to list. So she sent me lots of pics to see if I liked her enough to buy her, Of course, I fell in love with her! So I paid the price and waited for her to come home.  Charlotte arrived home on July 8th, 2017.
She was made by Ukraine artist, Tetyana Bronytska.  She is simply amazing! She was expensive, but worth every penny! I'm so happy I did this! Photos do not do her justice at all!
She is so well made and heavy, she can sit by herself, all of her clothing and shoes were made of antique materials, she has been aged to look genuine, she is stuffed with excelsior, but her arms and legs are stuffed with cotton. She even made her some little leather shoes,. She has applied thumbs like the real Izannah dolls and she also has bare feet with toes under her shoes. She is just fantastic.
She came with a red beaded necklace, but I'm not sure what the stone is. It's heavy and not glass. She also came with a handmade stuffed dog and came inside a heavy canvas travel/storage bag. Please indulge me as I share several photos.


After Charlotte arrived, it made me even more excited for my custom Izannah Walker doll to come home.  A few weeks have passed and she is home now.  I could not be more pleased with her!  She is truly a dream come true and deserves a post of her own, so it will be coming in a few days, with lots of photos.  

Izannah Walker's 200th birthday is coming this September 25th.   What a great way for me to celebrate this wonderful Godmother of Doll-making.  

Blessings!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Greta

This blog post is from May 2014.  I looked for it and couldn't find it, so it must have gotten deleted by mistake.   I want to save this, so here I am writing about it again.

This is Greta.  She started life as a Robert Raikes Hope doll.  I really liked everything about her, except the cheap, straw-like wig she came with.  So I took it off and decided to make her one.

I got out my paper clay.  I sanded her head a little to make sure whatever I put on it would stick.   I'm not very skilled at sculpting, but felt I had nothing to lose in trying. After several attempts, I finally settled on a very simple style I could live with.
 

It looked messy, but after it dried overnight, I gently sanded down all the little burrs sticking up everywhere.  I was so excited to paint her new hair!
I mixed up a light red color and painted one coat and let it dry.  Then I antiqued it by wiping on brown oxide paint and quickly wiping it back off.  I left just enough to fill in all the little details of my "sculpting."  I love how doing this seems to make things "come to life."


When the oxide paint had cured overnight, I wrapped her up, covered her face and sealed her new hair with matte sealer.
I have to admit, I was so happy that it turned out so well. It's not perfect by far, but I love it.  She got new hair and a new name.  So long Hope.  Now meet Greta!

I really wanted to do this again someday and got my chance with a Madame Alexander 95th Anniversary Raggedy Ann Woodkin doll.  I do believe I blogged about this too.  It was much more difficult, but so happy that I did it.  Here's a quick photo so you can see how she turned out.  She also got a new name.....Woody Ann.  


I will be back soon to tell you about some very special new additions.  
Blessings to you!  




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Long Time, No see!

It has been a long time since I last blogged.  Being busy is part of the reason, but also because I have bought several dolls that I was not satisfied after getting them.  Not really sure why, but they have come and already gone.

The one exception to this parade of comings and goings is Lexie.  She is a Wichtel doll, pronounced "Wish-Tell" made by Schildkrot for German artist Rosemarie Muller.  Rosemarie Muller also makes handmade dolls, which are even more beautiful and much more expensive.  I was so smitten that I bought three of these dolls, including one of Rosemarie's handmade dolls.  All are wonderful, but it was too many, too fast.  Lexie is the only one I have kept.  The Wichtel dolls have many different face sculpts.

Lexie started out as "Rosi" which is the Mio sculpt.  Above is how she looked brand new out of the box.  As cute as she was, I planned to change her when she got here.  I changed her wig and re-positioned her eyes to face forward.   She turned out exactly like I wanted.

This is Lexie now.   I love the changes.  She was very cute before, but now she is amazing.   I'm so glad I took a chance and made her into what I wanted her to be.  She is such a fun doll.

And so much fun to find cute outfits for.  A friend and I started a face book group for them and are having a lot of fun with other collectors.  We have over one hundred members already and some of them are seamstresses who make wonderful clothes for them.  Let's just say that Lexie has a lot of outfits and shoes already!  

She makes me smile.  If you would like more information about these dolls, please visit this link:
http://rose-puppenkunst.de/RoseWebsite/Willkommen.html
This is in German, but can be translated.   Enjoy! 

I have so much more to share, but will save it for another time.  I will try not to stay away so long again.

Be blessed!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Well, Hello There 2017!

Wow, it has been quite some time since I last blogged.  The moths leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day are always very busy.   Our family enjoyed all the holidays and I hope you all did as well.

I did add some dolls to my collection.  I have always had a special place in my heart for Raggedy Ann.  The first doll I remember having was a Raggedy Ann.  Several have come here to live.  All three are handmade one-of-a-kind dolls.  I will spare you all the details, and leave you with a cute photo of them.  This photo does not include Woody Ann, my custom wooden Raggedy.  She has a post devoted to her already.



This first month of 2017 is fading fast.  Time seems to go by so quickly these days.  I hope your New Year is wonderful  and blessed!