Little Darlings “Alice in Wonderland”

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Just in time for Halloween, or maybe you’re a fan of the classic story “Alice in Wonderland” but either way, I hope that this outfit speaks to somebody for their Effner Little Darling.  I wanted to create something that immediately recalled the iconic Alice dress and pinafore set, but with a little twist.  The touches of red were my homage to the Queen of Hearts.  And the red roses on her apron waistband?  Well, maybe Alice has some explaining to do….

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The latest outfit…..

The sketch

The sketch

 

So here’s another inside look at how I get things done.  I wanted to make a preppy school outfit for the Little Darlings doll, and this is where I started.  A few things changed along the way, but hopefully the spirit of the thing remained.  Oh, and check out the tiny hanger taped to the page in the upper right hand corner.  My husband made that while he was on a conference call.  Totally random, I know….. Continue reading

Wig Weekend

Chocolate Brown mohair wig

Chocolate Brown mohair wig

Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings dolls are precious, and I would LOVE to have a dozen of them, but since that’s never going to happen, I have decided that having a little wardrobe of wigs for them is the next best thing.  I can have a brunette, a red head, a blonde, a pinkie, all with the switch of a wig.  Oh, how fun.  I’ve been collecting a nice little stash of Monique wigs over the last couple of years, but this weekend I decided to try my hand at wig making.  I stumbled upon  this amazing website loaded with lots of fun tutorials, and found a very simple pattern for making doll wigs.  Check out Antique Lilac and see all the wonderful (and FREE!) information Martha Boers has generously made available to the world…. Continue reading

First Day of School for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings

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Ah, the first day of school.  I remember spending way too much time choosing my outfit for that occasion, and I have to admit that I’m pretty happy that those days of my life are long (long) behind me.  I thought it would be fun, however, to celebrate the back-to-school season with a couple of outfits for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings doll.  I’m letting you in on my secret sketch book, so that you can see how my designs begin.  There are always changes along the way, so what I end up with is sometimes not exactly how the idea started.  Check out the end result….. Continue reading

Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings! Such Sweetness!

The new Matilda Pink

The new Matilda Pink

 

Last month, a friend and I attended the International Doll Show in Asheville, NC.  What a treat!  There was lots of eye candy and I could have lingered over the tables all day long.  There were so many gorgeous dolls and so many talented doll artists attending this show!   Unfortunately, the show was scheduled over the Father’s Day weekend, and I think that may have negatively impacted attendance to the event.  I hope that the organizers and exhibiters will give next year another try  because I’d love to go again!

Anyway, it was at IDS that I discovered this lovely girl.   Many of you might already be familiar with Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings dolls.  This particular doll features the newest face sculpt in this series, and I love her!  I found this fabulous wig (I think it’s by Michelle Hardy) at Berdine Creedy’s booth and my new mascot was born!  Meet the new Matilda Pink!  Finally, the name of my blog has a face to it!

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Mamzelle de Paris

 

feeling chic!

feeling chic!

It’s been a while since my last posting, but that doesn’t mean I haven ‘t been busy with doll business!  Today I’m going to show you a unique and rare doll.  This is Mamzelle de Paris, and she is a reproduction of a French doll from the 1960’s.  Created after the illustrations of Edmund Kiraz, the original vintage doll was called La Parisienne de Kiraz.  A vintage Kiraz doll is almost impossible to find, but happily for us, a reproduction doll was recently created and made available in very limited quantities.  Have a look at the Mamzelle de Paris website to find out the latest info.

 

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Dolls with Mona Lisa eyes….

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.  Patience from Robert Tonner's Wilde Imagination can do it all!

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Patience from Robert Tonner’s Wilde Imagination can do it all!

 

It had to happen.  Wilde Imagination’s latest incarnations of cute made their way to my home and I had to share it with the web world.  They may not be for you if you have an issue with eyes following you across the room, but if you appreciate dolls with big eyes (check), dolls with eyes that move (check),  dolls with sweet faces (check), and dolls with highly articulated bodies (check), this may be something you’ll want to look into…..

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Talita by Berdine Creedy

Talita by Berdine Creedy, shop exclusive at Fabric Friends and Dolls

Talita by Berdine Creedy, shop exclusive at Fabric Friends & Dolls

The weather has been pretty miserable in much of the US lately, but our hearts yearn for spring!  My latest project for Berdine Creedy was to dress this adorable girl in spring-like shades of blue and violet, with a flower thrown in here and there.  Talita is available in tan and light tan skin tones.  Don’t you just love her sweet face?!?  I’m a sucker for big, soulful eyes, and this girl has them! Continue reading

Grannykins by Royal

 

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So it may come as no surprise to anyone that has seen my doll collection that I tend to prefer buying ‘fixer-upper-dolls” instead of pristine, NRFB (never-removed-from-box) dolls.  It’s the satisfaction of fixing something up.  Well, I don’t have any before pictures of this Grannykins, so you’ll have to take my word for it.   She was not so nice when she first arrived.  She’s feeling much better now, thank you very much.  She reminds me a bit of the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey…. Continue reading

Lonely Lisa in the Great Woods

Alone in the Great Woods

Alone in the Great Woods

Months ago (has it really been that long?) I started a Lonely Lisa project.  Lisa was a floppy, filthy mess.  She was cleaned up, re-stuffed, accidentally ripped and mended.  Today, she’s a tidy girl, and warmly dressed for woodland adventures….. Continue reading