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!
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
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!
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.
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
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
Helena by Berdine Creedy, not my photo.
There are some truly wonderful people in the doll industry and I have been fortunate to meet a few of the artists that I admire most. Berdine Creedy is one of them. As gracious and kind as she is bold and creative, Berdine sculpts whimsical, child-like dolls with unique personalities. I thought I’d share some of the clothing design work that I have done for her.