Thursday, December 13

No idea...

No idea where this post is going, I just have a few minutes (shocker!!) so I thought I'd sit and chat. After peeking through my vast image file, I found these pics of an antique replica doll I made a few years ago. It took several months of work, but she was so much fun to put together. Every step was detailed, and the results just thrilled me!

She sits on her settle bench in our living room. I also made a tiny quilt for a doll that she had, but my dog ate her. Yes, my dog ate my dollie's doll. :) It was quite upsetting as the tiny doll (about 2" tall) was just so small and cute (and quite difficult to make!). The larger doll has little black boots with buttons that are painted on and I painted her face as well.

This is not my design. (I'm not that clever!) She came from a kit set. Once I can get back upstairs and shuffle through my boxes, I'll let you know where her design came from. My daughter loves to dress her, and is tries to be careful. T knows that she is momma's special doll. I found that the hardest part was sewing the tiny seam allowances. It helped me become familiar with my sewing machine and all it's special features. The settle bench and the pillow on it were another kit from the same very talented lady. I do have some more dresses to make, but the sewing machine is put away until all the little fingers learn to stay out of the way. Her hair is mohair and so soft. It is getting a bit fuzzy from all the love from my daughter, but her black Amish bonnet covers it nicely.
I have yet to name her, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear. Or if you have a special doll that you treasure, I'd love to see.

The tiny white pitcher is from G, my mother in law. I was chatting with her this summer about how I'd love to find an old, large doll house to decorate. (Melissa has one that is absolutely gorgeous! ) G found the tiny pitcher and said she used to have a doll house and this was the only thing she had left of it. I took it graciously, and it is another tiny treasure to share with my daughters some day. Hopefully, someday, it will find a home on a miniature table in a tiny kitchen.

Not a Christmas post, but more a winter one. The weather here is cold, it was only 7 degrees out when my husband dropped Z off at school. Settle benches were traditionally positioned in front of the fireplace and had a high back to help keep the heat around the people who sat on it. something we could use right now. Alas, I don't think we'd fit.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

She is great! I have a real hard time doing sewing projects with little makes me nervous .... LOL So, I am always so impressed with people who can make dolls or bears or even quilts. Good Job!

Junie Moon said...

How beautiful! I love reading the stories behind the dolls people create. I've not ever made one myself--maybe someday I shall try this. In the meantime I can enjoy wondrous creations like yours. Thank you for sharing this delightful post.

ELLIE said...

The doll is absolutely BEAUTIFUL....what a grand job you did...I really love it!!!
I do have a doll that some one gave me when I was about 10 at the most...I absolutely treasure it...and have not seen anything like her around...when I dig her out of storage I will be sure to post something about her..just for you!!!
Thanks for sharing it all...KEEP WARM.

Rhondamum said...

What a magical story. I love your post and all of the details behind it.

I wish I knew how to use our sewing machine. I don't know why it intimidates me so. Maybe that will be my new years resolution.

This is a great idea for a blog. I have a doll my grandmother made me that I treasure, and a very old one that belonged to my dad's mom, my other grandmother. I will have to get them out and do a blog just for you.

So happy to read up on you - hope you are doing well!

Anke said...

Wow! She is so pretty! I think I would have the patience to do something like that. I had it being pregnant with Lars making a Quilt but making a doll, maybe someday....who knows......hope you find the fitting kitchen set for her soon :)

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Is that a Gail Wilson doll? It looks like the kit I have...but that's as far as it got. Very cute...had to have it...didn't make it or the furniture and clothing kits that came in the mailbox for about 2 years. Maybe someday :-).

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I just love her! How upsetting that your dog ate her dolly :( I had a rabbit when I was little and it ate one my dolls shoes...sniffle, still upsets me to this day! LOL