Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog #400

    Have you ever looked closely at the "weed", Creeping Charlie?    It has delightful little purple flowers.  The leaves are edged in a deeper purple, and their scalloped edges remind me of lace.  I am appreciating the extraordinary tiniest plants that come, now that summer has arrived!

   I am closing my blog today.  I have enjoyed writing this blog and sharing with my family and friends.  Now, it's time to explore some different avenues on the road to creativity.

                  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.     Smile On!       Audrey

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Two 4-String Octagon Banjos'

    Two more octagon banjos came from the work shop!   Ed created these two beauties.  They are
both 4-string, and tuned to DGBD.    They each have a 26 1/4" scale fret board.

    One of them has a paduke fret board, and old time-e fiberskyn head.  The octagon is made out of maple.

    This banjo's fret board is made from purple heart, and the 8" head has a new shiny look.   The octagon is also made from maple wood.

                                           Sweet sounds come from these two sweeties!

                                                         Thanks for stopping in today!

                                                           Smile On!       Audrey

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Big Dragon Head Banjo

    The music man in my life has been very busy creating a new banjo.  This one is a 4 string, with a 13" head.

   The head has an oriental dragon design on it.   The rim is made from maple, and this was my husband's first attempt at bending the wood for the instrument.   The fret board is made from purple heart,with the open hole for the tuners to be placed in.

                                  The maple and the purple heart look really good together.

                                              Here is a close-up of the dragon design.

    This banjo is tuned to DGBD, and the fret board is 26 1/4" scale.    It has an unusually good sound.

                            Thanks for stopping in today!      Summer Is On!          Audrey

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Bisque Doll Called Maggie May

   This little gal came with a set of very bad shoulders.  She is 7" tall, and dates from 1920 (?).  The mark on the back of this sweet darling is JAPAN.

   Maggie May needed a warm cloth to clean her bisque.  As you can see in the picture above, her shoulders are not there.   Instead, her arms are simply sewn to her body.  

    After cleaning her bisque, I decided to leave the original body, just strengthened the fabric on her arms and body, with some extra stuffing and paint.

    Her hair was sculpted with some lovely curls, that even extended to the back of her head.  The bows added a nice touch to her hair style, too.

    When I finished cleaning and restoring  this doll, I mentioned to my daughter that this doll had bad shoulders.  She quickly remarked, "Just like me!"   "You should name her after me," she said.

   Maggie May needed lavender ribbons and a lovely crocheted dress.   The hardest part was making the dress fit properly with "no shoulders".  It all worked out, however.
   My daughter, appreciates having a doll named after her.  Brown hair and brown eyes, on both Maggie's.

       Hope your Saturday is going well!!          Smile On!          Audrey

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dolly Dimples Restored

    Dolly Dimples was an adorable character created by Grace Drayton.  The character was used in a syndicated newspaper, then as a popular paper doll called, Dolly Dingle.

     Eventually, in 1905 Grace Drayton sold the image of Dolly Dingle to the Campbell Soup Company.   The image of the  "Campbell Soup Kid", became an American Icon for many years.

    I purchased this little 7 1/2" doll last January, and just recently restored her.  She dates from around 1910.  The doll is made of a composition of sawdust and glue, poured into a mold and formed.  The upper part of her body is a muslin fabric, stuffed with excelsior or "straw".

    There were over 500,000 Campbell Soup Kid dolls made in the early 1900's.   In the 1950's there was a revival of them to celebrate 50 years with the famous soup company.   On pinterest there  is a  great deal of images of these famous kids!

     I enjoyed restoring this little sweetie.   I took the liberty of painting her little toe nails a lovely shade of pink to match her new dress!    It's so m-m-m good, to finally add her to my collection.

                                           Smile On!             Audrey  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Buster Brown Shoes Mascot

     This little bisque doll is the mascot for the Buster Brown Shoe Company.  He stands 2 3/4" tall.

         On the back of him is displayed "Buster Brown Shoes".   Originally he was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard F. Outcault.   The shoe company adopted this little guy in 1904.

    I discovered I had purchased a box with Buster Brown baby shoes in it, several years ago.   It was interesting to see the way the company used the image on their products.

                                                      I did restore the little Buster.

                        Buster made his first appearance in the New York Herald on May 4, 1902.

                                   Read the comics may get a little chuckle!

                                                    Smile On!                Audrey

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Doll: Made In Occupied Japan

    This little 5 1/4" doll, is a 5 piece bisque.  She is marked "Mada In Occupied Japan", the word  "made" is misspelled on her back.  This dates the doll between 1946-1955.

  She is wearing a formed hat, and a lovely curl turns down her forehead.  Her dress was a handmade one, and was a sign that someone loved her.

   She cleaned up very nicely.  I adore that little hat!   Turned out she had stylish shoes with little socks, and not really big black boots.  I crocheted the mint green dress for her, and added a black ribbon.

    She looked quite French to me, so I named her "Mimi".   Once again, she is loved.

           Thanks for stopping in today!                     Smile On!    Audrey