First Day of School for Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings

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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

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Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings! Such Sweetness!

The new Matilda Pink

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!

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Talita by Berdine Creedy

Talita by Berdine Creedy, shop exclusive at Fabric Friends and Dolls

Talita by Berdine Creedy, shop exclusive at Fabric Friends & Dolls

The weather has been pretty miserable in much of the US lately, but our hearts yearn for spring!  My latest project for Berdine Creedy was to dress this adorable girl in spring-like shades of blue and violet, with a flower thrown in here and there.  Talita is available in tan and light tan skin tones.  Don’t you just love her sweet face?!?  I’m a sucker for big, soulful eyes, and this girl has them! Continue reading

Lonely Lisa in the Great Woods

Alone in the Great Woods

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

Lonely Lisa gets a bath….

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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!

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Lonely Lisa doll by Royal

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Lonely Lisa in 17″ and 22″ versions

Love them or hate them, big eyes were everywhere in the sixties and seventies.  If you were alive, you might have had a Margaret Keane-like painting of a sad waif on your bedroom wall.  Or maybe you knew someone who had weepy, creepy clowns decorating their family room.  At the time I had little appreciation for this artwork (it gave me the willies) but I did (and still do) love the dolls born out of this era, especially Royal Doll Company’s Lonely Lisa.

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