Several years ago, I came across a treasure. Someone was throwing out a 1978 Barbie A Frame Dream House. It had been sitting in the sun for what looked like years. The doors and windows were all missing. It was just the external shell, faded and filthy. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have the house of my childhood dreams, so I brought it home where it sat….for years. It is finally getting a makeover.
Here is an ensemble I recently made for the Mini Maru & Friends Doll Luncheon hosted by the Mid York Doll Club in Liverpool, NY. Who is Maru? Well, let me start by telling you about her first cousins, the Little Darlings….. Continue reading →
I started collecting Blythe years ago. Back then there weren’t many options for Blythe bodies. I had swapped one of my Blythe doll’s body with an Obitsu body, but it wasn’t very practical. The little thing tipped over constantly from the weight of her giant head. Ugh! So much for fun posing possibilities. Other than a couple of Licca body swaps, none of my other girls were subjected to head transplants…Until recently. It was time to hop on the bandwagon and try one of the fabulous new articulated bodies for Blythe. I bought a Sweetiiger body and did the switch with my beloved Saffy. It was so fabulous that I bought a complete doll from the company (head and body this time) and I look forward to customizing her a little…(don’t count on that happening any time soon…). Anyway, I can’t believe that I waited so long to get on board with this. True, most of the shoes I collected for Blyhe won’t fit the new body. Oh, well. I look forward to getting some new shoes for her. For now, you can see that I’ve been doing a little sewing for her. I hope you like what you see…. Continue reading →
Busy working when I can in my little factory. Made some new coat sets for the shop. This year I decided to forego the extra accessories and make them hat and coat sets. I hope that everyone likes them! I’m in love with teal blues, mustard yellows, dusty pinks and ivory this season. Can you tell? Anyway, you can see them at Matilda Pink as well.
This weekend was great. I had a chance to catch up with one of my best doll friends and we got to spend a few hours talking dolls and taking pictures. The above photo was taken by my friend Allison and it is of her doll wearing one of my new outfits for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings dolls. I hope you’ll check them out in my shop. Continue reading →
I make things. Whether it’s a set of drapes for my family room (which, btw, I do not enjoy doing) or a very small dress, or a box to store stuff in, it’s what I do. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. I admit that. Sometimes it would be the wiser thing, the more cost effective thing, to just buy something already made. But that would be easy… I would be cheating myself of the experience of learning how to do something….I mean, why spend $25 to buy a set of custom made labels when I could spend two days and $30 doing it myself? So that’s what I decided to do. I would make labels to sew into the tiny clothes I make… Continue reading →
Well, my friends, it is the end of June. We are now over half way to Christmas! Are you getting ready? Only 177 days to go….Just kidding. I’m still reeling that it’s almost time for the 4th of July. July?!? Didn’t we just have Father’s Day? When did life get so fast?
Sorry for the blabbering. I’ve actually been happily sewing some bright and summery outfits for the Little Darlings. They are so fun to sew for. And they are the cutest models, too! I hope you’ll enjoy what I’ve come up with! And FYI, they are currently listed in my Etsy shop, Matilda Pink.
Just thought I’d add a quick close up of the first Little Darling in my collection. She was painted by Gwen Peard. She is wearing a pink and orange cotton shift dress. It definitely has a mod edge to it. I’d kind of like to make one for me!
Salut mes amis! Here’s a quick update on a few things that have been going on in the world of Matilda Pink. The sweetest thing was an article by the wonderful Ian Price in FDQ magazine. If you can’t find the magazine at your local bookstore, check them out here. For vintage doll lovers like me, you’ll immediately appreciate Francie on the cover. And it gets better! This issue also introduces Anouk, a new fashion muse with vintage style. And for my fellow Blythe enthusiasts, Dolly Treasures, the Instagram Superstar, is also featured. Doll friends, you MUST see it!
Now, as far as what I’ve been sewing…..well, not as much as I want to! There are a few new items for Mamzelle de Paris in my esty shop. And before that, there was a very fun project for a dear friend, but I don’t have any of my own photos, so that story will have to wait!
Several years ago, I discovered a sweet-faced vintage doll from Spain called Nancy. I’ve blogged about her here, so I won’t repeat myself now. I’m very grateful for that discovery, because through our shared love of Nancy by Famosa, I found one of my dearest friends, Allison. It seems that there was more for me to find, however. Among the flickr photos of fellow Nancy collectors, I stumbled upon a new collection of dolls by Vidal Rojas in Spain. I have no knowledge of Spanish so I rely heavily on Google translate in these situations. I can’t tell you much about these pretty dolls, but I wanted to share the little I do know. Continue reading →
It’s time for spring! If you aren’t seeing tangible signs of the new season where you are, maybe you’ve been finding catalogs for fresh, warm weather clothes in your mailbox (so old school!). Some of the preppy looks from Vineyard Vine’s latest ‘look book’ landed on my kitchen table and inspired me to dress my Little Darlings accordingly. But instead of dresses, I decided we needed some spiffy boy ensembles to celebrate the warmer days ahead. After investing in some new Monique wigs (these are the Johnny wigs by Monique, if you’re curious) my Little Darlings were darling little boys, ready for some Easter outfits! Continue reading →