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