Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Restoration of a Doll and Her Chair


   I bought this doll at a Good Will store a few weeks ago.  She was well played with, and needed some TLC.  What really caught my eye was her beautiful face.  Not the outdated costume.


                                                                    Isn't she lovely?

    I had no idea who she could be.  After some research, I think she is a "Barbie Celebrity"
doll.  The markings on her head read in tiny letters, BRANDNU INC. 1999. 
    She is Rayanna Norwood.  Ok, I will admit I still didn't know who she was.  She had a television show at one time, and played a character called,"Brandy".



    I decided to discard the "dated" costume she had on, and crochet her a lovely colorful dress with a shawl and hat.   I found an interesting bead and made her a necklace.  Gold hoops were located for her ears in the bling box of goodies I have.

                                                          Then she needed a throne!



    I purchased this little sewing accessories chair for $1 dollar.  It was just the right size for the
doll.  She is about 11 1/2" tall.   I removed the cushions, and painted the chair.   Added some embellishments, and new fabric for the seat.



                                               TA-DAH!!!   Fit for a Gorgeous Queen.


                                                          She sits quite comfortably.


                                                I hope you can find a comfy chair, today.

    Sit back, and enjoy some time listening and watching, this "one" wonderful meandering day!

                                                   Smiling on a Tuesday!       Audrey

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Four Cloth Dolls

                     Today, I would like to show you some cloth dolls I have recently made.


      This is Ricky.   He is an all cloth doll.  I painted him with three layers of gesso, and sanded between each layer.  Then, I painted with acrylic paint.  I made him a new flannel sleeper, and a crocheted bunting to keep him toasty.  He is about 12" long.  He was a blank canvas, just a little muslin face-less doll.   I purchased him at a second hand store.


                                      Here he is in his cloth diaper.  He is a real boy!


                  I sprayed him with a sealer.  He is a collector doll, not really "play" safe.


    This is Tulip.  She is an all cloth doll, measuring 18" tall.  I used the same process on this doll as I did on Ricky.  The dress and bonnet are crocheted, with a fabric slip underneath.  I painted little antique button shoes on her feet.


 

       Tulip was a pre-made purchased doll.  She was well made, reasonably priced  and adequately stuffed.   This is what she looked like before I started  on the little cutie.  My husband came up with the name Tulip..it suits her.


    This doll is a "Mary Chase" doll.  I found the pattern for this doll in a magazine.  She is also all cloth, and painted like the previous dolls.  I crocheted her bonnet.  The dress was a hand-me-down, from another doll.  I added the lace, roses, and the apron to fuss it up a little.


    This doll was a find at an antique shop.  She was a cloth body with porcelain head, hands and feet. Unfortunately, her head was broken.   Major migraine, with no hope of recovery.  The head you see in the photo is made of cloth, and painted.  She just needed to have a good head on her shoulders.  I added a wig. and a pretty dress I purchased from a lady at the Farmers Market.  She had so many cute dresses for the 18" dolls.  It fit perfectly.


    She loves her little porcelain doll.  It came with her, and needed no mending, just a little cleaning.

       That catches me up on all of my cloth dolls, except for one more...maybe another time.

                       Thanks for stopping in today.       Smile On!    Audrey 






Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monster High Lagoona Blue


    Here is a Monster High doll I purchased from my local Good Will store a few weeks ago.  She was made by Mattel 2008.  She stands 11" tall.  Fully articulated, delightful to pose.  But, what a mess.  She had obviously seen some good "play" days.


   Her name is Lagoona Blue.  (I did not make that up).  The Monster High dolls all have very clever names, and a lineage as well.  Lagoona is missing some fins that were attached to the back of her legs.  The shoes were also missing, 


   She had a typical expression on her face for a Monster High doll.  Lovely green eyes and a tiny nose.  The pink lip color matched her outfit.  Her hand is a clear-blue color with webbing between her fingers.  I didn't change her face until after I decided to make her a crocheted costume.


    I removed her make-up, and gave her a new look.  More expressive, and a little more sass.


   Lagoona is holding her favorite sea shell in her right hand.  There is also a shell and a rose in her hair.   After a little hair "treatment", I was able to get the tangles out of her hair.  She insisted on pearl earrings, and gold bangles on her wrist.  She still has green eyes.


  Oh dear,  Laggona's father has stopped by.  He is always making sure his daughter shares the stage with him.   He is an old movie star.  "The Creature From The Black Lagoon", was his moment in the movie world.   Some of the Monster High dolls have famous fathers.  Lagoonas' is known as "The Creature".


                                                                   "Really Dad?"

                  Is he smiling?     Difficult to smile with gills.....Smile On!       Audrey

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bratz Restored A -Z

               I would like to share with you the last group of Bratz dolls I've recently restored.


             
                                                                   

                                                           Before and After


            This is Unice, Wilma and Valarie.   The dress on Unice is a crocheted combo, and the vest that Valarie is wearing is also crocheted.   Little Wilma is wearing her own clothes.  They are made so tiny.  I can't believe they are made by a human hand...how do they do that?




                                                                        Before

                                                                   
                                                                     After

    These three are Xenia, Yvonne and Zoe.  I have reached my goal of 26 girl Bratz rescued, now.


    This is what 26 Bratz..(Kinder Kidz) looks like all together.  If you click on the photo it will enlarge so you can see them better.  I started with the first one named Angela, then Bailey, and Carmella.   I won't bore you with the rest of the names.  I did end up using some of my relatives names.  Not because the dolls look like them, but just because they have lovely names.


       The doll on the far left is wearing a crocheted "hippy" tunic, (I use to have one like that).  The doll in the center is wearing a Bratz winter outfit.  Sometimes, their original clothes can still look quite appropriate.  The doll on the right has a crocheted dress, I made for her.  The variegated thread is so pretty, and her shoes match it perfectly.
   

    I decided to display all of the girls, and the 5 boy dolls in the studio.  I purchased a clear plastic shoe holder.  It works perfectly.


                                   All neatly displayed, and in alphabetical order...tee-hee.

                       Thanks for stopping in today.  May you have a "Kinder" kind of day.

                                                   Smile On!          Audrey

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lizzy's New Winter Dress

                                               Good Day To You!

    In my last blog, I shared some photos' of "Lizzy".  She is a reborn toddler doll.  I want to show you the dress we chose for her to wear.   It's a rather big deal, because it isn't something that happens very often.  I am a seasonal "change up" the dresses, sort of person.


                                           Oh, dear.  Lizzy is in one of those silly moods.


                     That's a little better, but we still can't see your cute dress and sweater outfit.
                                           Let me get your hair out of your eye....


                                                         That's better, you little cutie.


                                   Lizzy is proud of her winter dress.  It will keep her toasty.


              Lizzy really likes her pink ribbon in her hair.  Who said redheads can't wear pink?


                                    I hope you have a good day.  Thanks for stopping in.
                                                  Smile On!         
                                                                            Audrey

             

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blossom and Jack O'Lantern

 
  It's time for Blossom and Jack to say good-bye.  Lizzy is thinking about it, and it makes her sad.


           "How come, say bye-bye?"  Lizzy asked.  I responded with, "Halloween is over."


              "They will come and visit again, next year, Lizzy...it will be ok."  I reassured her.


                          "Let's go upstairs and see if we can find a pretty dress for you."

                                                      "Pretty dress?"  Lizzzie asked.

      With a little distraction, Blossom and Jack the crocheted pumpkin people were happy to return to their storage space.  Lizzie and I went upstairs to look through her dresses.

     Lizzie is a reborn toddler doll.  I purchased her on October 17, 2016.  She hails from Canada.  Her full name is Elizabeth Anne.  She weighs 10# and is 26" tall.  Her reborn artist was Lisa Boily, and the sculptor of this little cutie is Jenny de Lange.

     She reminds me of  "Pippie-Longstocking", one of my favorite childhood book characters.

               Thanks for stopping in today!       Smile On!        Audrey


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Addison's Friend From Kenya


     In my last blog I shared a photo of this doll with Addison.  She is a "Kenya's World LLC" doll.
Dated 2012, standing at 14" tall.  She came with her original dress, but no shoes. 


     Her dress was worn and a bit tattered.  In her hair are some lovely tiny braids, and then it was just  overly stressed.  The condition of this doll was really quite good.  I purchased her from Good Will.


     I cleaned and restyled the hair, I trimmed it, too.  It's a lovely head of hair.   I crocheted her dress, and added a little crocheted flower to her head. 


     I did some research, and found the name, "Jamani".  It means friend in Kenya.  She has lovely brown stationary eyes.  Addison and Jamani, have become good friends.  I have them sitting on the cupboard in my studio.   Such a pair of cuties!

               They both want to wish you a Happy Halloween.     Smile On!  Audrey


                                            I purchased this little cutie, many years ago.