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 →
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!
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 →
It’s long overdue, and I’m finally getting to all the wonderful things that I’ve been planning for months! Sometimes, stuff just happens and it takes a while to get projects finished. Well, here are a few of the things I’ve been playing around with. I hope that you like them.
For my fellow Dianna Effner Little Darlings fans, I have a few new outfits to show you. Does everyone love the number 3 face mold? Well, I do. So much so that I had to get two so that I can have ‘twins’. And here they are, in the above photo, dressed in their winter coats and hats. Let me tell you a bit about the outfits. Boiled wool is not an easy fabric to find here in the States. I happened to find something very close to boiled wool in some really fun colors and I knew that lots of dolls were going to get coats out of that material. Boiled wool cuts clean, meaning it does not unravel. It has a nice lofty, wooly texture and is a dream to sew. This material, my faux boiled wool, is a bit thinner than the usual boiled wool and that makes it perfect for little doll clothes. Check out the coat sets and other things I’ve put together!
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….
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 →
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 →
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 →
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!