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.