Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nelly..6 inch cloth and clay doll ~~SOLD~~

Nelly has sold..thank you so very much Jacki!!!

Good afternoon all...this is Nelly and she is 6 1/4 inches tall and will listed on the TDIPT site tonight at 9:00 pm sharp. Just click on the link on the upper right of this page. She is a dear. Her delicate dress is so sweet and I think she likes it!LOL. I am only allowed three pictures of each item listed so I added extra pics here. I was hoping to have a link to use paypal but I would not be able to offer layaway. So you will have to email me to purchase my items from there.

I hope you are all safe and warm with all this snow around....
Have a super day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A French Milliner's Head...

SALE PENDING...Thank you!

Good morning all! It is a very cold day here on the bay..only 7 degrees! Yikes! I am so thrilled to be invited to join TDIPT ( To Dwell In Primitive Thymes) website. What an honor to be among such tallented artists! This little beauty will be my first listing with them. She will be listed on the 14th of December at 9:00 pm along with a six inch doll I am currently working on. So please stop by and take a look at all the wonderful offerings from a great group of artists! Just click on the TDIPT link on the upper right of this page.

A couple weeks ago I was sorting through some old County Living magazines, I mean old! I started out looking for holiday recipes when I came across a picture of a living room. Sitting on a trunk was this beautiful French Milliner's head! I knew I had to make one.

French Milliner's heads were popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Milliners were found in every city and town. A hat was designed and created with the help of a "milliner's head." The milliner shaped, cut, pinned and fashioned the hat one the head. Then the finished hat was displayed in the shop.

A life-size head made of soft wood or papier-mache was used. Sometimes the top of the head was made of padded cloth so it was easier to pin the hat to the head. They usually measured fifteen inches tall, more life size.

Also on the back side of the head, down by the shoulder's there was a cut out made for storing scarves or jewelry for easy access when needed to decorate the head. They were sometimes lined with newspaper.

Now for my little creation..

I made this sweet French Milliner's head out of cloth, clay and wood. She measures only 7 inches tall. Hubby made a small wood box that I inset in the doll and lined with french newsprint. I used the same hair style as in the picture of the actual vintage head, I really love this look! She looks lovely tucked in with my other dolls and I almost kept her.

I have her pictured with Tempy (10 inch doll) and a framed needlework, that are not for sale, for size reference.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me,
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tiny Juliet, a 3 inch doll's doll~~SOLD

LITTLE JULIET HAS SOLD! She will be joining some of her little sister's in Hawaii, thanks Jacki...

Good afternoon all...I hope everyone had a lovey Thanksgiving! As you know I purchase an old doll house this past summer. I am busy with renovations and am in the mood for tiny dolls..Meet Juliet.

Juliet is a super tiny doll that is really a dolls doll. She measures only 3 inches! She sure was a labor of love involving readers, a magnifying glass and lots of patience! I dressed her in cream so she will fit in nicely with any other dolls. Juliet will be listed on the Primitive Gathering site on the first of December so please stop by and have a look. You will see her pictured with my little 10 inch Tempy, who is not included in the listing. Tempy loves to get in the pics when she can!!LOL.

Have a great night,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Anna..a 6 inch little girl...SOLD

SWEET ANNA HAS SOLD. Anna will be moving to Maryland, thank you Cindy!

Good evening all...what a cold, rainy day here. I just finished this little sweetheart, Anna. She is a little girl, measuring about 6 inches tall. She has hand molded hair which is my favorite style to create. Anna will be listed on ebay later this evening for a 3 day auction so be sure to stop over and take a look. Just click on "my ebay" tab on the upper right of this page.

Remember it is only a 3 day auction on ebay!

Thanks for stopping by and have a super evening!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Meet Pandora...SOLD

PANDORA HAS SOLD. Her new owner likes to call her Sadie and I think Pandora likes it! Thanks Phoebe!

Good evening all....I am listing a doll on ebay this evening and her name is Pandora. You will have to excuse the shinny spots on her head, the sun was setting as I was taking her pics. Don't let that shy little face fool ya, she is a spit fire! I some how don’t think she likes wearing dresses, happier in jeans. Pandora has a wild child look about her with her flowing hair and her pushed up sleeves, I just love that about her! Pandora measures about 10 inches tall. Just the right size to tuck in anywhere. She has hand molded dimensional hair which is one of my favorites to make.

Be sure to stop over on ebay and check her out.

Have a super evening!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sweet Charity..a ragdoll * SOLD *

Charity has sold..she will be moving to Georgia..thanks Patty!!

Good evening all! I bet everyone is ready for Halloween!!! Well I have another little ragdoll that will be listed November 1st on The Primitive Gathering site..just click on the tab to the right of this page to visit.

This is Sweet Charity. She measures 10 inches tall and as with the original from 1892 she is a one piece doll, her legs and arms are not seperately attached. I did sew her joints at the hips and shoulders so she can sit or stand proped up. She is weighted and her face is inked in a warm chestnut brown ink, which give her a soft "faded" appearance which I dearly love.

Her dress is a muted barn red, much darker in person. Her bloomers are made from vintage fabric and her slip is from a vintage doll slip. I painted her little shoes and flowers at the top of each shoe then distressed them for a well worn, loved little doll.

Be sure to stop by and visit all the offerings by this group of talented artists!

Have a safe and very spooky Halloween!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eleanor and Sarah Ann moving to Hawaii...

Now that Eleanor Rigby's companion Sarah Ann (a little 10 inch doll, with legs)is ready, they both are making their trip to Hawaii in the morning. Thanks Jacki so very much and I know the girls are anxious to make their journey home.



Another little girl has made her trip home. Ruth has just arrived in Colorado, thank you very much Kathy! She is sporting a red dress for the trip (a much deeper barn red in person), I think it suits her nicely....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meet Eleanor Rigby...SOLD

Where has this summer gone!! I really can't wait for the 15th of October when we will finally be closed for the season and I can sew! I have been able to keep up with special order but that is about it. In a couple more weeks my sewing machine and clay will be my best friends once again..LOL!

I was looking a one of my favorite doll books and kept coming back to this little treasure, Polly Ann. She is a rag doll and dates from 1795 and now resides in the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, Rhode Island. She was always the Grandmother to all the other dolls in the family. I just love that about her! It is interesting that her facial features are inked and drawn in the same manner as the features of carved wooden dolls of that period, including her dotted eyebrows. I just had to recreate Polly Ann.

Meet Eleanor Rigby...yes, I know..hubby named her. I really think her name suits her. Eleanor measures about 12 inches from the top of her head to the bottom of her dress. She is heavily weighted so she sits wonderfully! I also added weight to her arms. As with Polly Ann she has NO legs and is a stump doll. Her dress is made from a lovely reproduction civil war print in mustard and chestnut brown. I have distressed the fabric to add age and softness that you find with antique dolls. I also added a false hem in a coordinating fabric. Her bonnet is in a matching print and I added a bit of vintage trim to her bonnet and the bodice of her dress along with a vintage glass bead. Her slip is made from a vintage doll slip and has also been aged.

As with Polly Ann, I inked Eleanor's facial features with black India ink. I love the sweet Grandmotherly expression it gives her.

Eleanor will be on sale on the 1st of October on the Primitive Gathering website so stop over and take a look. I hope you all have had a lovely summer!

My little office manager in training!LOL!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Doll's House...finally!

Good morning all...A friend and I went to a barn sale this past weekend. I was looking around waiting for someone to put down a old photo album he was looking at so I could get a look when I turned and saw this fabulous doll house! I went and got the owner and asked her if it was for sale and she said, hesitating, "yes" followed by " there are doors here some where"! I started looking and found them. I was afraid to ask again how much she wanted for it but I did. She then said "25 dollars?? I could not get my money out fast enough!!

I got it home and asked hubby if he could make a stand for it. We decided on a book shelf attached to the bottom of the doll house. This is a few pics of the progress. He still has some finish work to do on the bookcase part and I have tons of work on the house its self. I already have wallpaper, windows and a door that all fit PERFECTLY and tons of other stuff that I have been collecting over the years. This will be the perfect winter project for me to work on along with lots of tiny dolls!

I will post pics as it continues along...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A new dress for Millicent...

Well..Millicent has been sitting on my desk since I created her. She kept telling me she did not like her dress. So this afternoon I redid parts that she did not like and I think we are both happier with the results. LOL! Just one of those things that nags you to death and you just have to fix it!

I have changed the pics in the post below to the updated dress so you can have a look.

Have a super day all!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Millicent..a Queen Anne inspired doll

Good day all..this is Millicent, a Queen Anne inspired doll and she is my first one. I have been wanting to try this style of doll for awhile now and can't wait to start the next one! She was so much fun to make. Millicent is only 8 inches tall. She will be for sale on the Primitive Gathering website on Sunday. Just click the tab on the right of this page to get there.

Hope you all are staying cool! It sure is hot here...