Several years ago, I came across a treasure. Someone was throwing out a 1978 Barbie A Frame Dream House. It had been sitting in the sun for what looked like years. The doors and windows were all missing. It was just the external shell, faded and filthy. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have the house of my childhood dreams, so I brought it home where it sat….for years. It is finally getting a makeover.
There is still a lot to do, but how about a tour? Right this way… Continue reading
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…..
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…..
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
Princess Simona in her evening clothes
The last few months have been crazy. Can anyone else relate? I haven’t spent as much time in the doll studio as I would like, and that has been a little frustrating. Yesterday, we in the South were hit by Winter Storm Leon. It’s nice to find myself snuggled inside, with all my doll work in front of me. Oh, where to start? Continue reading
Joy to the World
Well, it’s been a bit of a break since my last post, but Joy is here to wish you a Merry Christmas! Continue reading
Big eyes. You can’t avoid them if you collect dolls or kitschy art from the sixties and seventies. As it happens, I’m into that sort of thing, so today I thought I’d pay homage to the queen of big eye culture, Margaret Keane.
I began collecting Blythe dolls several years ago after reading an article about Squeaky Monkey in a doll magazine. My collecting focused on Takara Blythes, as the Kenner girls were always just beyond my financial reach. In all reality, I could have saved my money, foregone all the Takaras, and purchased one perfect Kenner. But, I’m a doll nut. And to quote (or misquote) Dolly Parton, “People say less is more. I say, no, it’s not. More is more!” So I’ve been selling off my SBLs, my RBLs, my EBLs, and I’m about to sell off a BL, so that I can finally enjoy the elusive Kenner! Here she is, soaking off the vintage dirt, in all her glory!
Here is Sylvie, sans eye lashes (see the sad temporary lashes behind her).
If you like fashion dolls from the sixties, you are probably familiar with Alta Moda S Girls produced by the Italian company Furga. These elegant 17-inch tall beauties had fabulous wardrobes and accessories. Their hair could be coiffed in fun styles and they all had very distinct eye lashes. Some might find these lashes bizarre, but what ever your feelings about them, they are an important part of their unique charm. These wonky lashes might have caused some consternation with the original owners of the dolls, because it is common to find a doll today with her lashes cut or removed. But how do you replace those crazy, long, floss-like lashes? Continue reading
Here she is, holding that stuffing with unwarranted optimism.
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