Today was a big day for the Tonner Doll Company as they merged with One World Doll Project to become Tonner One World. It’s kind of exciting to think what that might mean for doll collectors young and old (like me). I can tell you what it meant for me today! The My Imagination 18″ doll I ordered from the Tonner Doll Company arrived at my door step today! I collect all sorts of dolls, mostly vintage and big eyed girls, but there will always be a place in my heart for the classic 18″ play dolls like Magic Attic, American Girl, Gotz Happy Kidz, etc. so I couldn’t resist ordering this latest addition to the club. Here are a few quick pics of the new girl. They aren’t great pics, but you’ll get the idea… Continue reading
Hi Dolly Friends!
Just a quick note to let you know I haven’t forgotten about Mamzelle de Paris! It’s December and this girl needs appropriate outerwear! I’m posting these in my Etsy shop , Matilda Pink. As a special gift, you’ll also receive a pair of faux leather white boots with the purchase of each coat. After all, it’s hard finding footwear for this girl!
Cheers and Dolly Hugs!
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!
The dolly shelves have gotten a little crowded and some girls have to go. These three Joy dolls from my personal collection are going on eBay tonight, starting at 6:45 PT. I hope that they find fun adventures and appreciative homes. Check out some more pictures…..
Perhaps many of you are already familiar with the amazing uniforms designed by Emilio Pucci for Braniff Airlines. It seemed very appropriate to dress Italocremona’s Corinne in my own version, as both the designer and the doll are Italian and both the uniform and the doll are dated 1965. Of course I took some liberties with the suit here. The original version was part of the “Air Strip” set. I’ve only made the lined magenta zippered jacket and wrap skirt with a pretty snazzy pill box hat. Oh, and let’s not forget those boots. I hope you like what you see. Anyway, the doll and her entire outfit will be going on eBay this Thursday (March 5, 2015) if anyone is interested in bringing her onboard. Until then, check this out….. Continue reading
Today we continue the vintage stewardess theme with United Airlines. Another Furga Alta Moda Simona doll plays the model in a red dress with white accents. Furga Damina wears the navy and white dress. And just how gorgeous is Damina? Check them out here:
There is a certain romance about air travel ‘back in the day’. Flying anywhere was a precious experience and passengers dressed with more concern for style and propriety than comfort. No one took that idea more seriously than the flight crew. Could there have been anyone more glamorous than a stewardess? I remember my first flight, when I was only four years old. I can’t confirm any of my memories, but there are some things which left indelible marks on my psyche. The smell of jet fuel, for one thing, takes me right back. One whiff and I’m four years old ready to embark on a thrilling adventure. And the smell of the waxy crayons they gave my brother and me to scribble with has been forever linked with a memory of flight. But one of my best memories is of the absolutely stunning stewardesses. I had never seen women so beautiful in my short life until then. For years I would imagine that nothing could be better than to grow up and become one.
Things have changed, obviously. For one thing, don’t bother to correct me about ‘flight attendant’ being a more appropriate term. I get it. But what I have done recently was revived my old fondness for the stewardess of way-back-when and paired it with my passion for vintage dolls. I hope that you’ll like what you see. Continue reading
If you’re reading this blog, you already get it. I’m into big eyed dolls and the sixties in general. I’m usually all about the vintage doll, but I’ve been looking at Wilde Imagination’s Patience doll and quite frankly, she’s become a new muse for me. She’s just the right mix of Audrey Hepburn and Colleen Corby. If you’re not familiar with Colleen Corby, you’ll want to google her. She was one of the most adorable teen models of the mod era:
When I see Patience, I see that quintessential teen model of the 1960’s. She’s all fresh faced and innocent with just the right mix of zany. Patience really has personality and possibility galore and I’ve spent a little bit of my free time playing with just that. I hope you like what I’ve come up with, and what’s more, I hope that you are able get a little Patience of your own!
Years ago, I sold doll clothes at craft shows and art fairs. It was interesting to me that most crafters/artists were not too keen on sharing their sources for materials when asked. I guess I can’t blame them. If you happen to find a great resource for unique notions or fabrics, why would you want a potential competitor to know? Well, today I’m going to let you know about one of my favorite “secret” stores. It is an online shop called Farmhouse Fabrics. This is not an advertisement for them. It’s just a great place to find tiny prints and trims, and I wanted to share my experience with them with all of my fellow doll clothes designers. Continue reading
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….