Saturday, July 8, 2017

Miss Lily Meets A Horse

My great grand daughter Lily was introduced to horses today by her Aunt Nora and she was delighted. Lily will be three in August.  Where has the time gone?

Monday, June 26, 2017

A New Project Started

I had a request to make a painted lady on a paint brush so I decided to give it a try. I have some used paint brushes to work with, here are a few I have finished so far.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Queen Anne Inspired ~ Altered Art Antique "Masher Maidens"

My creative side could not take a break for long. It has been non-stop raining here so I decided the hoeing out for a huge barn sale will have to take the back burner for a little while. I hope to finish a total of 21 (for now) that I am working on by this weekend. Of course I ran out of paper clay which is due to arrive in the morning.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

House Hunting is Fun!

I have been spending a lot of time searching the internet for houses for sale in Vermont trying to get an idea of market prices and the style of house and location we want to live in. It is interesting to see what is available but more importantly, what is affordable. We have a long way to go in our search as we won't be listing our house for sale until next Spring but I am having fun looking. Here are some homes that caught my eye in both exterior design and interior layout. Some houses are in the city limits and some are in the country, some are one level, some are two, some are old and some are new, so many decisions to make!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

So Proud!

My grand daughter Meagan (Lily's mommy) graduated from Norwich University yesterday. We are all so proud of her for her persistence in accomplishing her dream.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Miss Lily

It has been a while that I have shown a photo of my great granddaughter Lily who will be three in August. Here she is resting in the forest after taking a hike with her Dad. She loves being in the middle of nature, can you tell?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Adventures Coming in 2018

It is with both sadness and excitement that the time has come to move from our current home. When we purchased our house in 2003 it was so we could build an attached house for Mark's Mother Connie. She was able to live in her home next to us for six years before her dementia forced us to put her in a nursing home. She passed away on February 11, 2017 from pneumonia a few months shy of her 94th birthday. It was always our intent to buy our "retirement" home someday so this year is the year to start hoeing out our "stuff". I am sure there will be numerous barn sales and perhaps items on eBay. Needless to say I will not be making dolls for a long, long time. Thank you all for visiting and I hope to send a few updates as we enter this new phase. God Bless,♥

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Introducing Charlotte and Bunny. Charlotte is a life size toddler mannequin that is made of heavy cloth on a wired armature with stitched hands and feet and can be posed in many positions. My goal was to bring her to life by painting her face and hair, dressing her in a fabulous antique dress, a linen cap, leggings and leather shoes and giving her a name. Here is Charlotte and Bunny along with a picture of her before she came to life.

Sellers picture of mannequin: 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A New Little Brother -"Christoffer"

"Christoffer" is my third German Bing doll that I have purchased this year. He stands 9" tall and joins Hanzel and Gretel who are both a bit larger at 11" tall.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Second Pair of Lederhosen

I was able to purchase a plastic doll for $12.00. The outfit on the doll fits my German Bing doll just perfect. It consists of suede leather lederhosen, a felt hat and a jacket to match. He insisted I take a picture. I really should name these dolls, perhaps Hansel and Gretel.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brother And Sister Gebruder Bing Art Dolls

My other doll has arrived and is dressed in her antique undies, dress and bonnet. She joins her brother who is dressed in his new shirt, lederhosen and hat. They are both 11" tall and have identical bodies with swivel heads which are hand painted with oil paint.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Outfit For My German Bing Doll

Today I made an outfit which will be for the Bing doll I have arriving on Tuesday from California. Since both dolls are the same size I thought I should get a head start on the outfit for the boy doll pictured in a previous post. Not bad for first attempt without a pattern. I used some fleece fabric that I had on hand. Mark (my German Swiss husband) informed me that proper lederhosen were made of leather..I told him to go shovel some snow, :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Winter Storm Stella Has Arrived!

When I opened my front door this morning (9:00 am) my yard stick measured 20 inches of fresh powdered snow. The problem is that it is still snowing and will continue throughout the day and night and tomorrow morning. I wonder what the total will be by then, perhaps as much as 30 inches?

4 hours later and we have 4 inches more! (12:00 noon)

I found this chart on the local news just now. (5:23- Fairfax has 30") It is still snowing and the latest news say it will be snowing until 5:30 pm tomorrow!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

And Now There Are Two!

I was fortunate to find another 11" German Gebruder Bing Art Doll. Billye B. Harris was kind enough to give me expert advice on dating and pricing for these dolls so I was able to negotiate a fair price ($80.00 less than the asking price is a lot!), thank you Billye.  I think this doll will become a boy doll and I will be making lederhosen and a vest for him. The outfit he came with
will be used on the doll I purchased earlier as her clothing had some issues with moth holes. In the future I hope to build a modest wardrobe for both of them.

Some history of the Gebruder Bing dolls:

The Fabric Dolls Of Bing Brothers Art Doll Company

The Bing Brothers (Gebruder Bing) Art Doll Company was founded by the brothers Ignaz and Adolf Bing in 1866 and it initially manufactured kitchenware and then subsequently moved to toy manufacturing.   In 1882, the company participated in the Bavarian State Commercial and Industrial Exposition and had the largest selection of toys and other goods in their catalogue.  The German doll company in Nuremberg was also known as the Bing Werke and the Bing Wolfe Corporation which was the only doll manufacturing company that continued its operations even during the World War I.  The dolls produced by the company had the markings Bing Beauty Baby or Bing Beauty Art dolls.  

The dolls created by the Bing Brothers competed with the fabric art dolls manufactured by fabric doll makers Lenci and Kathe Kruse doll companies.  In 1928, the doll company grew and was already a huge corporation made up of 4,000 employees in its 31 subsidiaries.  One of its subsidiaries produced bisque head porcelain character dolls and this was the Louis Wolf and Company which manufactured dolls from 1870 to 1928.  The company used the trademark Excelsior and the dolls’ marking was  L.W. & Co. which was made by Hertel, Schwab & Co.

From 1910 to 1925, the American and Canadian rights for the Bing Art dolls was already held by the John Bing Company, which also happens to be the agent of the Heinrich Handwerck and Kammer& Reinhardt doll companies.  Subsequently, Max Bing took over the management of the company and the art doll section was then known as a division of the huge conglomerate Bing Wolf Corporation.  Most of the Bing Art dolls were made of fabric which the company had perfected using the Nuremberg style of producing toys on steel sheets for lithography . Some of the trademarks or trade names that were recognized under the Bing company were the Sunshine Girl and Sunshine Kid(1912), Baby Irene (1913 to 1914), Baby Darling (1915), Pitti-Bum (1922), Baby Sister (1925), Baby Sunshine (1925), Happiness Doll line, G.B.N. (stands for Gebruder Bing, Nuremberg), B.W., and BIN.

In the late 1920’s, several German industries were affected by the declined of the German Mark’s value.  Thus, several companies had been forced to sell its products cheaply overseas including the doll manufacturing industry.  The Bing Brothers Art Doll Company suffered from several setbacks caused by the war including the 1929 stock market catastrophe which significantly reduced the demand for its toys.   In 1932, the company filed for bankruptcy thereby ceasing its doll manufacturing operations.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A German Gebruder Art Bing Doll for my Collection

I love Kathy Kruse dolls! Unfortunately I can't afford them but I found the next best thing, an antique Gebruder Art Bing doll. She is 11" tall and so darn cute, I fell in love with her when I saw her listed on eBay. She was very affordable for my budget so now she resides with me and I could not be happier.  She even has her original clothes and pointed felt shoes.