Friday, May 22, 2020
This is the most recent cloth doll I've made.
She told me her name is Phoebe. I said I wasn't sure
if that was a good choice. She said it wasn't a choice but a
fact. Her name is Phoebe. I told her I didn't know for certain
how to spell Phoebe.
Phoebe said, "Google it."
I couldn't argue with a sassy smiling doll.
All cloth, with three tones of yarn hair, and embroidered face.
She is 30" tall, and can wear toddler's size clothes.
Hope You Have A Relaxing Weekend!
Monday, May 18, 2020
Fantasy flowers is what I like to draw.
Quotes and flowers can be a really fun subject to draw.
The crazy flowers seem to be a theme for me.
I start a drawing with some stencils, and a ruler. Randomly
placing the shapes on the page, or create a symmetrical drawing.
This drawing turned into a quilt like pattern. Each
small square developed into a different floral design.
After drawing in the images I use "Joy Ink" pens to create the color.
The pens have a limited color range, and using a few colors to create a
different, but yet varied color palette, is absolutely pure joy.
I heard a wonderful quote the other day.
" Create Art Today, And For The Future."
Hope You Have A Good Day! 😊 Audrey
Thursday, May 14, 2020
I am adding to my collection of china head dolls. This is the just
the second one, so far. The first one I purchased way back in 2007.
It was time she had some company.
This one is a "low brow". She dates from the 1870's, and measures
about 15 1/2". She is rather unique, because of her arms and legs.
She has hand carved wooden limbs.
The antique slip she wore was so badly tattered, it was unusable.
The dress is way to short, and made of a modern imitation of old
fabric that was to stiff. She needed a new costume.
I decided to call her, Mary.
I just love her apple cheeks, and curly hair.
The doll on the right is Lucy, my first china head. She dates
between 1860-1880. Mary being the shortest stands in the front.
The doll on the left is Loretta. She is a reproduction of a doll dating
from 1860's. She was probably made between 1970-1990.
Two dolls is a pair, three is the beginning of a collection.
Loretta is so lovely. Respectfully,the artist who created
her did a fantastic job! Her costume is badly faded. When
the fabric stores reopen I will be shopping to create a fresh
new dress based on the one she is wearing now.
The back of her head shows an example of a waterfalls
hair-do. If she was an original 1860's, I wouldn't be able to
justify adding one to my collection. Loretta was affordable!
Lucy, the first china doll I restored, was blogged on October 7, 2013.
Enjoy Your Day!! 😊 Audrey
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Mission: To clean up and restore this 14" paper mache doll.
This little "Stinker" dates from the early 1900's.
After removing the hand made dress. I discovered the doll
had been stuffed with a type of straw like, natural material. The fabric
used for the body was extremely thin, and probably cost-wise, very cheap.
The arms and legs are muslin fabric, stuffed with cotton, (I think).
The mohair wig was glued on, and very old and dirty.
I removed the mohair wig as much as possible. Sprayed a fabric
freshener all over the doll. I put the little stinker outside on the porch,
and let Mother Nature do her magic
It turns out that little Stinky was a boy! His hair was molded on
his head, under the girly wig. I repainted him, and made him this new
outfit from a couple of socks. Repainted his arms and legs, and gave his
black shoes a new paint job.
Rudy is ready for a new day!
I just love his shy, but toothy smile!
Another doll restored, that makes 313 old dolls.
And still, a sweet sad face found, can call my name, and I just
have to extend a helping hand, and pull them back into a
happy fresh new world. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, April 24, 2020
We have a new member added to the Schoenhut family.
This poodle is fondly called, Shownee.
He is learning to be polite. "Sit," said Gudrun.
Looking for a good place to play.
Gudrun and Shownee have had a grand time together today!
I hope you and a loved one can be together today, too.
Smile On! Audrey
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
I am so lonesome for a group of family and friends gathered together in one place.
The Century kids decided to pull together. Climbed up on the bed
for a big group picture. Bless their little dolly heads!
The Century dolls date from 1909-1928.
They were all made in America, and restored by me.
Olga, Abigail, Inga, Peggy May, Marcia, Charlie Chuckles, Jane, Heather,
and Georgia, and of course the littlest one, Clarabell, all want to
remind you to be safe, stay well, and be strong.
This to shall pass. 💪 Audrey