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.
Now, it’s back to work for me!
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
I make things. Whether it’s a set of drapes for my family room (which, btw, I do not enjoy doing) or a very small dress, or a box to store stuff in, it’s what I do. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. I admit that. Sometimes it would be the wiser thing, the more cost effective thing, to just buy something already made. But that would be easy… I would be cheating myself of the experience of learning how to do something….I mean, why spend $25 to buy a set of custom made labels when I could spend two days and $30 doing it myself? So that’s what I decided to do. I would make labels to sew into the tiny clothes I make… 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!
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!
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
Elise by Madame Alexander
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
The before picture
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!
Joy as a brunette with bangs.
Before I move on to other dolls by Royal, I wanted to show a few comparisons of Joy and her knock offs. Continue reading
In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot about a certain family in England and the birth of a little boy named George. To commemorate this event, I thought it would be fun to focus my first few blog entries on Royal Dolls….That is to say, I’m featuring dolls made by the Royal Toy Manufacturing Company. Royal dolls would later merge with Jolly Toy Company, but I won’t bore you with details. We’ll just say that the company no longer exists, but they left behind a legacy of cute dolls that are fun to collect and not too difficult to find. Continue reading