Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ohio Composition Dolls

    Two little orphans arrived from Ohio, the other day.  The biggest doll measures about 23".  The head has tin eyes, and an open mouth, with teeth.  It looked as if someone painted the hair.  The label on the back of the head, read, "Hug Me Dolly".  With a little research, I found the date it was made, 1935.  This is a composition doll.

   The littlest doll measures about, 18".  There is no label or marking on this one.  It is a composition doll, with a cloth body and legs.

   I started working on the Hug Me doll, first.  The eyes were a little wonky, so I decided to do some work on them, and the challenge was quite difficult.

  In reconsidering my approach, I probably should have left them alone.  I removed the eyes, and after repainting them, I had a really difficult time getting them back in.
   The mouth piece was also a separate part that I could remove and clean. The teeth had red paint on them.

   All together once again.  Shiny and clean.  I decided to name this little guy, Karl.  The clothes he wears are some I picked up at a second hand shop.  Love those little bib overalls!  Karl Harold, agrees!!

   Restoring these old treasures is very rewarding.  I am not a professional doll doctor, I wing it, and bring them back from the brink of neglect.
            Thanks for stopping in today!    Smile On!     Audrey

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jessie's Crocheted Dress

   The last time I blogged, I showed you a little tin headed doll.  I finally have the photos to show you her finished dress.

                                                       Here she is waiting to be dressed.

       Once I had the dress on her, I realized it looks like the dresses my nieces wore to my wedding, ions ago!   My sister crocheted all three of them, all in different colors.  They looked so cute!

   As I snapped the pictures, I could almost hear Jessie start to giggle.  She seems so happy to be cleaned up and pretty once again.  Nice to have a giggle, when your 95 years old!

               Hope you find the time to giggle today, too!    Smile On!   Audrey

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tin-Headed Doll

   I found this little tin headed doll in a local antique shop a few weeks ago.  I wasn't familiar with this type of doll.  Her legs and arms are a composition, which is saw dust and glue, poured into a form to create the parts.  Her body is stuffed with what looks to be wool.

   Over all she was in pretty good shape.  Her head had taken some abuse, and the paint was chipped off her nose.  She measures about 18" tall.

   Her hair color was a very light yellow, nearly completely faded.  The eyes are also tin, and open and close.  She was down to bare metal on the left side of the back of her head.

   I decided to sand and then paint over the rough areas on her face with an enamel paint.  I also patched up her shoulders with glue and muslin fabric, as the material was tearing away.

   Here she is, all freshened up.  A nice coat of acrylic paint on her body, and limbs.  She decided she wanted to be a ginger!  After being a blond since around 1920, it was time for a big change.

   I decided to name her Jessie, after my paternal grandmother.  She was a ginger, too!
I have since crocheted her a lovely dress, and added a few accessories.  I haven't taken any photos, yet.  I will post them as soon as I get them done.  

   I am quite pleased with  my tin-headed 1920's doll!!   She's a keeper!

                                  Smile On!   Audrey


Monday, June 8, 2015

First Post in June

    Ahh!  The lovely month of June!!  Like natures sweet nectar, I savor every moment.  The hostas' are in full bloom, they always exceed my expectations, each year getting bigger and more beautiful.

    Even the "weeds" have a certain charm, when you look closely.  Have you taken a close look at "Creeping Charlie"?  It has the most exquisite little lavender-blue flowers!  Nature truly has me spellbound,  at this time of year.  This little yellow bloom is an intruder, but I love it's flower and the leaves are similar to clover leaves, except they droop downward.

    The studio is a flurry of activity, too.  I opened the "new" window, and natures' sounds filter in, and I am once again in my happy place.   I will show some pictures of the projects next time!

   Thanks for stopping in, I hope your summer months are filled with sunshine, and warm breezes!!

                                                                     Smile On!    Audrey