So today I decided to finish up the Lonely Lisa doll I started fixing this week. I am cringing a little as I think about the following pictures coming your way. Don’t judge me! She’s still a pretty thing, she’s just far from perfect…..Remember, I rescued her from the landfill….. Continue reading
About a year ago, a dear friend sent me an unexpected package. I love vintage fabrics and trims, and the box was full of those treasures. The amazing thing is that Adrian included this lovely doll as well. Continue reading
I thought it might be fun to blog the make-over of a vintage Lonely Lisa doll, from start to finish. I’m not a doll restorer, so my methods might not be the best. However, the dolls that find their way into my hands are usually one step away from the land fill, so I don’t think I’m ruining anything precious. Here we go!
Love them or hate them, big eyes were everywhere in the sixties and seventies. If you were alive, you might have had a Margaret Keane-like painting of a sad waif on your bedroom wall. Or maybe you knew someone who had weepy, creepy clowns decorating their family room. At the time I had little appreciation for this artwork (it gave me the willies) but I did (and still do) love the dolls born out of this era, especially Royal Doll Company’s Lonely Lisa.
Before I move on to other dolls by Royal, I wanted to show a few comparisons of Joy and her knock offs. Continue reading
I was thrift-store shopping with some friends and stumbled upon this lovely vintage jewelry box. It had one problem. It smelled vintage. It made a great project and I thought I’d show it here. I know it’s not a doll project, but I will be using it to store my doll’s jewelry, so that will be the tie in.
Joy was a very fashionable little girl. I found this vintage newspaper insert from the New York Times with lots of toys that were available at Abraham & Strauss. Joy popped up throughout the catalog. Take a peak- Continue reading
Let me just say, Joy is a lot of fun to dress. A toddler with that much eye makeup makes an interesting model. Anyway, most of these outfits are available at my etsy shop Lemieux Doll Boutique .
In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot about a certain family in England and the birth of a little boy named George. To commemorate this event, I thought it would be fun to focus my first few blog entries on Royal Dolls….That is to say, I’m featuring dolls made by the Royal Toy Manufacturing Company. Royal dolls would later merge with Jolly Toy Company, but I won’t bore you with details. We’ll just say that the company no longer exists, but they left behind a legacy of cute dolls that are fun to collect and not too difficult to find. Continue reading