Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Laly Mille and Encaustic

I haven't been here in a long time! My mind has been turned toward learning new art forms, and these are the first results from a delightful class by a lovely French artist. This is, of course, an online class. Her name is Laly Mille, and here is where you can go to see all about her:

These are my first ever encaustic pieces. Utilizing burlap and plaster to create the substrate, that Laly taught us was such a pleasure! This is collage art too.

This series of three has a wee story. Laly beautifully explained to us how to gather the words we long to use in art. 

I am still learning from her, and so I shall be back soon with my next piece.

Happiness to all of you!!!



Friday, November 11, 2016

Queen Anne Doll by Kathy Patterson

Kathy Patterson is a magician among doll makers. After what seems like an age, I have at last met my little beauty in person. Yesterday my Susannah arrived here at her new home in Oregon City, Oregon. I named her before her arrival. Susannah is a pretty and very old name, and I decided it is the name for my girl. You see, I have a condition wherein I see words and names in color.  The name Susannah, for me, has always been the palest of blue combined with the palest of pink; my two favorite colors. (The condition I refer to is quite common and known as synesthesia.)

I am sharing Susannah with you, because I am so delighted to own this wonderful creation by the great Kathy Patterson.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Purple Doll, Pink Castle and Purple Santa

I just added an Amy doll in purple, a cloth wall hanging of My Pink Castle and a purple, maché Santa/Belsnickle to my Etsy store. Amy sold immediately. The other two are still there. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Where Are All the Bloggers?

It has been a very long time since I even looked at any blog. Now I cannot find many friends' blogs at all, and cannot fathom how I managed to misplace them. This shall take some looking into.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Goody Fae and Her Cat Feasel

Goody Fae and her cat Feasel were created by me some time ago. They now reside in the Seattle area.  Goody Fae is a large doll.

Here via Wikipedia is an explanation for the use of the word Goody prefacing a female name:

Goodwife (ScotsGuidwife), usually abbreviated Goody, was a polite form of address for women, formerly used where "Mrs.", "Miss" and "Ms." would be used today. Its male counterpart is Goodman. However, a woman addressed by this title was of a lesser social rank than a woman addressed as Mistress.
"Goodwife" and "Goody" were used in EnglandScotland, and Colonial America, with the earliest known use circa 1325.[1] By the mid-18th century they had become archaicoutside Scotland, and they are perhaps best known today as the forms of address used in Arthur Miller's historical fiction The Crucible, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown", the novels Magnus by George Mackay Brown and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.
Although the expression 'Goody Two-Shoes' is sometimes credited to the children's book The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765), the expression appears as far back as a century earlier.[2]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mary, Maggie, Tillie and Elizabeth

Four of my old-fashioned, early styled maché head dolls awaiting completion.

From left to right: Mary, Maggie, Tillie and Elizabeth.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

My Little Santa is Real

This little man Santa has moved to Maryland. He was a special order. I am so happy with him. He is only 9 inches tall, and the dolly he is carrying is truly minuscule.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Annie, A Small Cloth Doll

This little cloth doll, Annie, was recently made for a client, because she had seen one other that I did that I called Annie. Of course, they are not exactly the same. This one is dressed entirely in very old fabrics dating back to the 1800's.  Even her body is made from very old muslin or even plain homespun. I am not sure. I'm just sharing her here because I think she is darling. She does seem to be either a little angry or puzzled, but I rather like that in her. Annie is tiny. She is 9 inches tall and has a 3 inch waist. She stands very nicely, if leaned against something. She is not a sitting doll. And there you have it!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This is my milliner's head, Alena. That is a Russian name. She is one of my gypsies.

Below Alena you will find Misha.

They are 10 inches tall and each is spoken for. 

Just sharing.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Spring Dress

I failed ever to have this creation of mine on my blog, and as I love her so much and she has sold, I am simply putting her picture here now. This is a style wherein I sew two pieces of muslin or any kind of fabric together in the shape of something I want to make it into. I then turn it and paint it. These are wall hangings or table toppers. I love the finished feel because it is so like a doll, yet not really. This one is based on an old Godey Ladies Magazine fashion called Spring Dress. I do not have the date but am guessing the 1860's.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Little Black Chair and The Oregonian Plate of 1907

I have to say that I love this wee black chair. I found it at a local Chocolatier called Enchante from Milwaukie, Oregon. The antique doll leaning against the pretty plate does look as though she would be able to sit in it, but she truly does prefer leaning on the lovely, old plate, which, by the way, is a repaired one of many pieces.

The plate is a calendar advertisement, 1907, for the local newspaper, The Oregonian. Gregory was a journalist in several newspapers first in Michigan, and then in Vermont, and was hired by The Oregonian when we first moved to Oregon, my childhood place, but he never started work for them, because he got a better offer in the high tech business world as a writer of their communications needs. I am very proud of all of his writing.

Naturally I grabbed this wonderful newspaper plate while at an estate sale! It reflects my true love, Gregory the writer/journalist as well as my true home, beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dunham's Cocoanut Dollhouse

I was fortunate while out antiquing yesterday to spot and procure this treasure!

Where? In Sublimity, Oregon, not far from our beautiful state capitol city of Salem. Why? A beautiful antiques show at the Union Hill Grange in some of the most beautiful scenery that planet earth has to offer.

 Molly Mo's is the name of the show, and a fabulous and enchanting show it was; not too small and especially not too big. Just right with a group of very clever vendors.

Here is the story that came with my treasured dollhouse:



"Originally used as a packing crate for Dunham's shredded cocoanut packages, these dollhouses were an advertising premium.

No one is really sure how the houses were distributed after the cocoanut was sold, and they are hard to find today.  Considering their original purpose, most remaining examples are in rough shape now, with water staining, torn and missing paper, and a prominent crack down the back, caused by the joining of the two planks used to fashion the crate's bottom. Even so, the house, with its fantastically detailed wallpapers, is a treasure, providing a peek into late Victorian domestic life."


The furniture that came with the dollhouse was provided on a sheet and was cut out and created by the owner. I gleaned this picture off of Google. In printing it out, it became a little blurry. I would love to have someone print it out for me to actually make my own, but if not, I will just figure it out to the best of my a ability.  And I certainly respect that one would never copy it to try to pass it off as old. 

The furniture is extremely rare.

I was approached by a good sleuth, owner of the blog Flimsies and Fripperies, who shared some wonderful information on these rare doll houses. Do visit her and read what all she found! I am excited to report that in Salem, Oregon there was a grocery store ad claiming to have two of the doll houses. Well, the lady who sold me the dollhouse, said she got it at an estate sale in Lebanon, OR, which is a small, old town very near Salem. The people were hoarders and had mass stuff. So, I'm pretty sure my Dunham's Cocoanut Dollhouse, was one of those two! Thank you for the information, Kathy!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Victorian ~ Edwardian at an Estate Sale this Past Weekend ~

The following are only a few of the wonders I bought at a fabulous estate sale this past weekend. The sale was conducted by the estate company All My Favorite Things, and was in an old home just a few blocks from my house here in historic Oregon City, Oregon.

Of late, I have greedily fallen head-over-heels in love with late Victorian and the Edwardian era in decor, and so I had a heydey on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Of course, I have really always loved those eras, but having been raised by a mother who is thoroughly ensconced in the earlier days of America, my heart also claimed that period. If it is a doll, or if it is art, I love it all.


The 1920's Doll is one of my new finds. She sits next to a lovely porcelain doll that I bought many years ago at Stars & Splendid in Portland. That one was in a big bag all in parts. I enjoyed putting her back together. She is my Rebecca. I have yet to name the new dolly.

A Boy Doll!

The newbie in this picture is the doll in the brown velvet jacket on the right.

Sitting to the right of Prudence, by Barbara Mabry of Loving Olde (Etsy) is a small porcelain doll that I acquired this past weekend.

My new baby here is the bisque girl in blue between some of my beloved rag dolls. One on right with penciled in face is by Pam Haber of Ghost Island Primitives and the one beneath her is by Betty Baker of Square Nails. The one on the left, I do not know. I acquired that one at a shop in Ohio.

A little bisque flapper girl!

This sweet lamp ~

A darling doll pewter teaset to emulate the then popular silver plate designs. I love silver plate even more so than silver itself. It is so fancily adorned.

I love this style of painted frame from the early 20th. century. I forgot the name of this style of painting even though I actually once learned how to do it, and then managed to sell the book, or perhaps I donated it. Sorry about that. The mystery!

Another small porcelain doll wearing a very pretty black dress.

A wonderful boxed puzzle 5x8 ~

My large China doll that came broken. The picture below shows the beginning of my repairing her. Of course, she is now all better and dressed in beautiful whites down in the dining room. I love her blue shoes! I just used Paper Clay for the repaired shoulder.

The bust was in three pieces, so here they are glued together. I glued it onto the doll's body, and then sculpted in the Paper Clay as seen above.

Below, the doll on the left, in white silk, came with that repair to her shoulder. I love mended items. This makes her more wonderful for me.

The one next to her is yet another one I bought years ago. She required some repair work too. I did name her, but since then have forgotten it. I used to put notes on dolls as I named them.  When I say I repair my dolls, that does not mean I am professionally trained for doll repair. I just make-do to the best of my abilities. My doll making consists of only that, making my own. I do not actually repair old dolls for others. I just make my dolls and that's that.