Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Be Still My Heart!

I was just tagged on Facebook by my daughter-in-law with a pre-school picture of our grand daughter Violet. Violet is now 3 and 1/2 years old and of course is the smartest, cutest girl in the world according to G-nana and G-pop Hunziker. I love her hair worn up like this so this particular picture warms my heart.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Babyland Rag Doll

I just finished a rag doll using a newly released Babyland Rag doll pattern by Dixie Redmond of Northdixie Designs. You can purchase the pattern here:  http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/. My Babyland Rag doll is 27" tall made of cloth that has been stained with a tea and cinnamon mixture then baked in a 200 degree oven for about 30 minutes...15 minutes on each side. I painted her face with artist acrylics with a skin tone to match her body. She is dressed in an antique one piece slip underneath an antique baby dress. Her prairie style bonnet has a ribbon insert which can be drawn to gather around her face. I hope you like my new doll as much as I enjoyed making her. I have been searching for a large doll body pattern that is easy to use and I found it in this pattern. Thank you Dixie!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Repurposed Composition Doll Named Thomas

Thomas Walker

I recently purchased an old composition American Doll Co.doll in very sad shape with the idea of re-purposing it into an Izannah Walker style boy. Here are the before and after pictures. Thomas is 27" tall in his new cloth body which was adapted from a newly released Babyland Rag doll pattern designed and sold by Dixie Redmond of Northdixie designs. You can purchase the pattern here: http://northdixie.blogspot.com/
The only changes I made was making the waist with a curvature and stitching the legs to the outside of the body rather than inside the bottom of the body. I also added separately applied thumbs in the likeness of a Walker doll.

I removed the shoulder head from the original body which had many holes in the back which rendered it useless. I applied paper mache to form the eyeballs and a broader chin around the mouth, sanded and gessoed the head then he was painted with artist acrylics and a final coat of stain was applied to give him an antique look. I applied a paint wash (50% water mixed with 50% acrylic paint) all over his body so he is no longer a stark white color but has a warm skin tone. I like to use a wash on rag dolls as the cloth stays soft and subtle after sanding like a rag doll should feel like.

Thomas is dressed in period style clothing, a shirt with a wide lace collar and black bow tie, wool grey and white houndstooth knickers with a matching beret and very old soft leather baby shoes. I hope you like the new Thomas Walker.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll For Sale~Laura

Laura is 16" tall made of wood with peg joints at the shoulders and hips and fabric joints at the knees. She has German glass eyes and a human hair wig. Laura is for sale, if interested please contact me for details.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall in Vermont Means Antiqueing

I adventured out on my own today while Mark was finishing the cider making operation he has been working on all week...60 gallons and counting! There are two places I love to visit in the fall located in Jeffersonville, Vermont which is about a twenty minute drive from where I live in Fairfax. One shop is called The Village Sampler Gift Shop which is full of antiques and new products. This is where I scored the yardage of antique lace I posted a while ago. Today I scored seven lace trimmed collars which will make wonderful little bonnets and aprons for my dolls and a wall paper covered box to hold a special little doll. Traveling from the village of Jeffersonville about three or four miles east is a huge antique barn.  The business name is Rewind Time to 1829. I found a picture for you on their facebook page, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/rewindtimeto1829 . Inside the barn are two floors full of all kinds of antiques from many dealers around the state. I found two baby dresses and a lace trimmed linen dresser scarf. I love it when I find little pretties for my dolls and bargain prices to boot. The total for my purchases came to $45.00. :~)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lady Mary~A Wooden Queen Anne Doll~WIP


Lady Mary is 13" tall, made of hand carved wood with inset glass eyes and a wool wig. She is shown here in her lace chemise, pantaloons, petticoat, hoop, day dress with lace cap and a raw silk over dress. Lady Mary is a work in progress. I have to make some slippers and perhaps a pocket purse and another dress, stay tuned for more,♥
Lady Mary loves her new slippers!

10/09/2013~ Today I finished her bonnet.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A China Doll Made of Cloth

This cloth china doll is 14" tall. The MAIDA doll group is having a Fall doll challenge with the idea of making a doll out of material unlike what the originals were made from so I made a 100% cloth china doll. It will be very interesting to see what the other doll artists come up with. If you haven't already, join the MAIDA doll group to find out, the link is here on my blog.