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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fun stuff from a Friend

Last week a friend came to visit me.  She had recently emptied a storage unit and found some doll items she thought I might like. Some of the items had been her daughters, and some had been hers. Of course I would like them!

 These are some sculpy clay creations that her daughter played 
with when she was little. They are all the perfect size to fit in Toni's kitchen.

 Aren't these adorable?

Toni getting ready for a feast.

 Next was this vintage hand knit baby sweater.

Very sweet.

 This adorable flannel night gown that was made for THEIR
Kirsten doll nearly 12 or 13 years ago.

How cute is that?

And the best thing in my opinion...
This little fur coat and hat made by her mother for her 
when she was a girl.  The coat would fit a 14" or possibly a 16" doll,
 I decided to put it on my Cricket.

 She needed some furry boots, so I made her these.

 I added this bit of color and bling to the hat.

This pink buckle is just a pin that happened to be in the bag with the doll clothes.

Cricket is ready for some cold weather now!

Thank you my dear friends for sharing these with me!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Some things lost and somethings new

I recently did a really dumb thing.  I put a small box in the donation bag without looking inside.  I didn't bother because it was so light I was sure it was empty.  SIGH, I didn't think how little small doll clothes would weigh.  Yes, I accidentally threw out a whole batch of doll clothes I had made.
These 2 dresses were in the box.

These 2 nightie and robe sets.

These shoes I had made.

  This plaid dress and her 1956 wool coat!

 This evening gown.

 This little dress.

And this original Alice in Wonderland dress!

Well, I was distraught, as you may imagine. It is not the dollar value of these items, but the fact that I made most of them and the ones I didn't make are not easily replaceable.


I pulled myself together and took a look online to see what was out there.  Maybe some vintage dresses for Toni would make me feel better?
  I found this brown dress first.

It is vintage from the 1950s.  

Next I bid on this 1950s Circle P doll and lot of vintage dresses. 
I won the bid!
 I didn't keep the doll, so she is now with another doll lover.
I washed the dresses and gave them a press. The red and white dress needs a slip and the green taffeta plaid did not fit, but I will do some research and see what doll it is meant for.

This red and black print dress is adorable.

 I have to say the same of this blue gingham. 
OH! and the 2 pair of shoes you see were in the package with the dresses, 
but never mentioned on the ad!

 This evening gown is lovely.

I added the little jewel to the waistline to add some bling.
You can see close-up that the skirt used to have spangles of glitter or something like it.  I decided to leave it alone and just add a bit of sparkle on the waistline.

Then I started remaking and creating some new dresses.
 You'll recognize the red plaid I remade.

I used a different ribbon for the bow, but I may switch for a lace bow like the original.

Then I saw this red stripe dress on Pinterest and thought, 
"Hey I have some small stripe fabric!"

Not identical, but I like it.

 I had started this evening gown, but decided to make it a lounging gown.

 The replacement Peignoir.

I did happily still have the pink houseshoes!

Lastly, as I was searching ebay for possible dress additions I came across this...

I won the bid and it's on its way!

I have yet to start some new dresses for Alice, but they are next. 
And always look inside boxes before they are sent to donation!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My First Hitty Doll

I have always been interested in wood dolls and thought in some vague 
way that I might want to carve one myself one day.
So I was looking for some doll items online and came across a picture of
the sweetest little wood doll.  She was called a "Hitty" doll.
I had never heard of a Hitty doll!

Below is the original Hitty, doll who lives in the Stockbridge Library Museum, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  She was found in an antique shop by Rachel Field in 1927.
Two years later Hitty, short for "Mehitabel", was the heroine 
of her own novel, "Hitty, her first hundred years,"
written by Rachel Field.

Well, I ordered the book and started reading it immediately.
At the same time I went in search of a Hitty doll of my own.
Most Hitty dolls are carved from wood, some are made from fabric.
The more I researched the more I was amazed at how many people carve their own Hitty dolls!

Challenge accepted!
I decided I would carve a Hitty of my own.

I found this starter kit and ordered it from:
I had no idea what to do next!
More research about wood carving and after ordering and receiving 
a set of carvers knives, I was off!

The most helpful  video I watched was this one:
This showed me some basic carving technique and I
 just rushed ahead in my normal impulsive manner.

 Next I started on the torso, how hard could it be?
These dolls are deceptively simple in appearance.

Creating facial features is tricky, but I persevered.

 Next her arms.

Getting there.

 Here is my first try at putting her together.

Not too bad for a first try!

 Painting her face was another puzzle.  The paint kept leeching
out into her face, hmmm.
I tried again with less water and the features were better.

My husband, the woodworker, was a great help at this point.
I decided to use tung oil as a finish.

The tung oil gave her skin a nice warm color and set the paint. 

I like her!

 Here she is all dressed.

 One thing I learned as I tried to dress her is that you must leave 
space between her arm and torso, or her dresses won't fit easily.

I was originally going to make her a puff-sleeve dress, but the arm situation  
made this impossible and I had to try a simpler style.

And a view of her pantaloons.

 Well, what's next Hitty?
(maybe a sister)

Final note:

I kept thinking my Hitty reminded me of something and I finally figured it out!

The mother from the original Fisher Price toys! HA!
I actually had these toys when they were all made of wood. Funny.