Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Dreamer From Holland


   Now, here is a sad little fella'.  He arrived from Indiana.  The challenge was to make him handsome, and cheerful once again.

 
    He measures about 10", and his feet and hands were completely worn away.  His body was tightly stuffed, with excelsior, and  he had been patched many times through his lifetime.

   
    He turned out quite handsome, after prepping him, and painting with acrylics.  He needed to be a blond, and of course he told me his dreams were of Holland, and traditional wooden shoes.


    I used paper clay to sculpt the shoes on him, and added some mittens for his hands.  His feet and hands are nice and toasty, now!


       His costume is made with wool and felt, and attached to his body.  Guus Aaron stands proudly, for his portrait.


Before!

                               
                                                                    After!

    It just goes to show you, never- ever, give up!   Guus Aaron didn't, and he feels like a brand new boy! Considering he could be 100 years old.

    I hope your new week is filled with calm, and contentment.     Smile On!!     Audrey

                                             

Friday, September 11, 2015

Little Ol' Gal From Texas


    I would like to introduce you to a little gal' that came all the way from Texas!!  She  looked road weary, and was loved very much, as she came with a pretty blue cotton dress, and a coat of many colors.  The fabric is vintage, possibly dating from the 1920-1930's.    Someone even made her a braided necklace.


    She sat patiently for awhile, until I decided what could be done to freshen her up, and consider how to use her lovely clothes in a new way.


    She measures about 14" tall.  Her head and arms, minus one thumb, are made of composition.  Her body and legs are cloth, stuffed with straw (excelsior).

 
    On closer examination, she required some attention to a bad injury to her head and shoulders. Her cloth body was soiled and mended many times through the years.   I made her another cloth body, stuffed with clean white batting.


    Here she is, in her all together!   She was really excited about the restyle I did with her outfit, and couldn't wait to try it on.


    It's amazing what a little rick-rack will do for a gal.  A few satin ribbon flowers added to the neckline of her dress added a nice touch.  A new hat from some old fabric, and a yellow rose added to that.  She is one happy girl from Texas!


                       I just couldn't resist that sweet little face, so, from this to......


                                                                    This!!

    Her name is Matilda.  She is currently establishing a dancing studio in the local area.   Her specialty is waltzing, of course!   Line dancing can be quite a hoot, too!  

      Hope you can take the time to do a little dancing in your life!!!      Smile On!       Audrey

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Victorian Baby Carriage


    This is a Victorian baby carriage.  Dates from the late 1800's.  Ed found this, showed it to me, we negotiated with the owner, and came to an amiable agreement.

    We have taken on a challenge.  Never having done this before, we decided to go easy and only do what was necessary.  Warm water and some special wood soap, a gentle scrub.  The carriage took on a refreshed look.

   

   The upholstery is another story!   We carefully removed the musty old stuff, excelsior stuffing and large cotton balls.  Tacks were placed in abundance all over the edges.  It was interesting to see how it was all put together, actually. We discovered it was originally a lovely golden colored fabric of corduroy.


   The parasol was intact for the most part, but it will be a winter project for me to replace, with a fresh new one!  I will need to take the old one apart carefully, and use it for a pattern.  Should be interesting.

  We are in the process of reupholstering it, so I have no photos of it done, yet!!   I just wanted to stop in and blog what I've been working on.  There are two more dolls waiting, and two more that I finished a few days ago.  I will be posting about those two little darlings soon!

                   Thanks for stopping in!       Smile On!!        Audrey