Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Dolls at The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Shop

When I was approached by Monticello's buyer to place some of my dolls there for sale, my heart filled with joy and pride. Monticello is a magical place. Here are some of my Bella dolls and my Emma dolls that have traveled off to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia to be sold at the shop. You will want to put into the search space the word Doll, and dolls for sale there will suddenly appear. My Emma dolls will show up right away. They do not yet offer online the Bella dolls, (at their behest, each with human hair). No names of artists are mentioned. But they do say they are from Oregon, which is where I live and make my dolls.

I will no longer be making Emma's or Bella's for sale from my studio, for a while. If one wishes to own one of these models, please go to Monticello's shop.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Polly Ann, A 1795 Stump Doll Reproduction ~ SOLD

Polly Ann is a stump doll like one from 1795 that was owned by the Wylie family of Connecticut. I believe that doll now resides in Rhode Island.

My Polly Ann was created for a client and is therefore SOLD. She is dressed entirely in antique silks and laces. I have altered aspects of the original design in using embroidery for her face, rather than ink, and in adding legs to her whereas the original has no legs.

Stump dolls are not named as such due to coming from a tree, but because they are stumpy in bodily design.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Little Gabby

Little Gabby is a dear, small doll that I enjoyed making. She is sold, but she wants to be seen here. Her beautiful robin's egg blue, AKA turquoise, velvet skirt is made from very old, wonderfully vintage velvet. I enjoyed making her funny little flat limbs with stitched fingers. Gabby has human hair, which I love.

Paige, A Sweet Cloth Doll

My Paige sold right away, but I wanted to share her here, because I had such pleasure creating her. I love her wee poem on her little, white Valentine heart, and I love her human hair.

I frequent estate sales whenever nice old things are shown in the photos on estate finder. A couple years ago I found at one of the sales a book of poems all doll related.

Here is Paige's little poem that I deliberately wrote onto the heart in an almost horror vacui style, which I love, for it wastes no space and that is how many olden days people utilized all of their precious paper.

Doll was lost
Outdoors at night;
She saw the moon,
Enormous bright,
A dewdrop fell
Upon her nose.
A beetle ran
Across her toes.

Miriam G. Potter
Golden book of Little Verses

Definition of horror vacuo:

horror vacui |ˈvakyəˌwī|noun [ in sing. ]fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces, esp. in an artistic composition.ORIGIN mid 19th cent.modern Latin, literally horror of a vacuum.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Loving Olde ~ Queen Anne Dolls on Etsy

Loving Olde is the name of the Etsy store of a friend of mine wherein she hand-sculpts darling dolls in papier mache and then clothes them entirely in beautiful vintage whites. Most of her fabrics come from France. Barb Mabry is her name and she hand-stitches every little detail.

Please visit to see what sweet little beauties Barb has listed now:

                                                             Loving Olde

Here is a doll, Prudence, that I recently bought from Barb. I absolutely love this little work of art.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Emma Reborn an Angel

Remember Emma from a while back? Well, she is now for sale on my Dolls and Fancywork Shoppe, as an angel. If  interested, please go see her along with all of my new offerings as of today!

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goody Fae and Her Familiar, Feazel, & I, say to all, Happy New Year!

I failed to write Goody Fae on this picture. Although Goody Fae runs with the fairies, she asked me to clarify. I have promised her that any further pictures of her will have the correct title. Fairies don't have "familiars" you know. In some circles fairies are familiars!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Peggy Flavin's Dolls on Christmas Morning

Peggy Flavin has shared with us again, her beautiful Kathy Patterson Dolls.

Here is what is said by


The little Wooden Sisters were not disappointed! 

They found their stockings sitting on handsome Mr. Clock , with his Christmas headdress of princess pine and dancing paper children. 

 Yes! Even little wooden dolls, can expect a Christmas surprise....all things are possible when you apply a little imagination!  

Life is a mystery, forever explored....... as is faith....

                                      Oh, Sister! Our stockings are full of special things!!

                                               Elena! Quick , pass them down to me! 

Eugenia, this is a great story..."Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house"!
Elena, I got a new dollie! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Peggy Flavin's Dolls Again ~ Wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Please go to Peggy Flavin's Blog, Dolls In The Neatest Manner to read all about her Kathy Patterson made wooden, 18th. century dolls as they delightfully decorate for Christmas. I am only providing the images, but it is so much more charming when you read Peggy's words for the dolls. Enjoy and indeed, have a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Style

I have returned to the blog design created for me by wonderful Karen Valentine the first time. She designed my second one that I recently used, but alas, I missed the original one and asked Karen to restore it.

I am purely into my concept of beauty which encompasses more than strictly one time period in one specific country.

I am back to my castles and imaginary world!

To get the full feel of this design, if you cannot see the sides very well, open your screen by dragging from the right corner and there you will see my favorite aspect of this design.

And with that, I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bella ~ Extreme Queen Anne

Here is my model, Bella, done up in a very broad Queen Anne styled skirt. I believe this could be a bit extreme, since it seems like a table top. Bella has beautiful natural blonde human hair. She is permanently affixed to her fancy stand. She is a small doll, being 9 inches tall. Her stand is 1 & 1/2 inches tall. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Milliner's Model Emma with Cloth Limbs

When I make this milliner's model that I call Emma, she invariably has poured, liquid maché limbs, but with this one, I experimented and made her arms and legs from cloth. She turned out a little shorter than the other Emma dolls.

This old dress has been on one of my other Emma dolls, but for some reason, people are not enamored of the fancy paper embellishments. And so, soon I will have this Emma in this dress for sale at a lower price than my other Emma's. Stay tuned for my next doll announcement. One-of-these-days....

Friday, November 21, 2014


Lulu is 26 inches long, and is the newest edition to my next bevy of dolls that will be posted for sale before long.

I so enjoyed making this doll as well as her "vintage" flower, which is actually one that I made of vintage fabric.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Playing with Kathy Patterson Dolls From Peggy Flavin

I so love the dolls of many of my doll making friends. Kathy Patterson is my dear friend and maker of the most beautiful Queen Anne woodens of the 1700's and even earlier on occasion.

Peggy Flavin is a lover of these dolls who happens to own some of them. I asked permission of Peggy to share her pictures from her blog Dolls In The Neatest Manner. You will want to go there to read what she says and of course, you will have to explore her blog more closely to get all of this wonderful story down right.

I have only beautiful and delightful pictures of hers in which to enchant you completely!