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.
Vintage Cynthia doll
Thought it would be fun to do a “Throw Back Thursday” entry today. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a Cynthia and her wardrobe box. Cynthia was made in 1971 and featured little records that could be inserted to allow her to “speak”. My girl has several records, but I don’t have a battery handy so I can’t test out her mechanism. She’s just under twenty inches and is a fabulous clothes horse. Check out her wardrobe! 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