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Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Day at the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art

Friday was a fabulous day. My dear friend, Mary (Stivers), and my wonderful husband ,Gregory and I enjoyed our trip up to the Seattle area of Bellevue and had a beautiful time exploring the incredible collection of antique dolls at the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art. The only pictures of dolls here are those for sale in the gift shop. Note how I have shown TWO pictures with that incredible wooden doll centered. I think she is marvelous.

The lovely lady pictured with the big museum scrapbook is Sigmunde Potgieter who told me that they have in it the clipped article of me as The Doll Maker for The Country Living Artist's Guild! I am so very honored to be in that scrapbook! Of course, I did mention them in the article and that is the primary reason for my being included. And of course I mentioned Rosalie Whyel's museum of dolls because this was my greatest inspiration to become a doll maker. I have to say I was delightfully stunned when Sigmunde recognized me as I walked into that darling little gift shop! And that was how the story unfolded.


  1. oh! how perfect! I just received a book from that very place on friday :) The HEart of the Tree. Love it sooo much! you're so lucky to have gone and seen the pretty ladies in person!~

  2. Isn't it a fabulous museum, world class. I have been there several times, the first time for my birthday one year. I try to go someplace or do something I have not done before each birthday. And as a doll collector, this is perfect place.
    It is amazing!

  3. I have that book too, Heather. Isn't it fabulous?

    And, Linda, next time you're thinking of going to Rosalie Whyel's, let me know!

    Christine ~ Zwee!!!!!!!!

  4. So wonderful! I am green with envy! Thanks for sharing GREAT photos. I just love the Lenci style cloth doll in the Becassine style costume. (But, I love everything.) Looks like a Stieff doll there, too.

    That is so nice that you were recognized...that has to be such an incredible moment! You, your husband and friend are all so photogenic...looks like a fun day!

  5. Oh, how I have always wanted to visit this place! I bet it was fantastic...looks like it!

  6. Boy ,do I need to get out more often.I have never heard of that museum but it's going on my top priority list when we see family up there next!
    Great pics, especially the one with your hubby..haha:p

  7. Christine,

    It sounds like a truly wonderful day. Each one of those dolls had a little child that loved it. Your trip stirred memories of my childhood and my "special friends" that I loved so dearly.

    Thank uou for sharing.

  8. What a wonderful day you had! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I would love to have been there with you taking in all the magical wonder of the dolls of days past.

  9. I agree..the wooden doll in the center is incredible!

    So glad you had such a great time...looks like you were having fun :)


  10. What fun! And of course you were recoginezed Zwee! Your dolls will be there someday too I have no doubt!!!
    Is that incredible wooden dolly for sale??? I want her! And the George Washington doll too please! ;-)

    Wish I coulda been there too!

  11. Oh my Christine...what a wonderful looking place...I would love to visit it someday.
    You look wonderful and right in your element there...loving all things doll!
    Hubby loves having a bit of fun!!

    Thank-you so much for sharing this most perfect little museum!
    Hugs, Nancy

  12. Lol, love the photo of you and Gregory...I have a few "joke-sters" in my family when photos are being taken!
    Looks like a wonderful day! I'll be sure to plan a visit when we are in the area visiting relatives.

  13. Looks like you had a marvelous day Christine! I drool over the building alone, let alone all the wonderous dollys within. A person could spend weeks there and always see something different!
    xoxoxo rachael