Sunday, December 20, 2015

Three Little Sisters from Iowa



   The three little sisters are all done, now.


    They are all happy to be finished.  Sitting proudly in the basket, Precious, Edweena, and Jazz, want to wish you a happy holiday season.


   Little Miss Precious looked very pale, but her exterior surface was in good shape, and only needed a light sanding before I painted her.


   With two little teeth in the bottom of her mouth and a sparkle in her brown eyes, we decided on what her wardrobe would be like.

Precious decided on a traditional gingham print, that matched her bonnet that I crocheted for her.


     So, after a long journey from Iowa, the little sisters all tattered and overly loved through the years, are now ready to begin their new lives here in the 21st century.   


Before restoration.


After!

Hope you have a little sparkle in your eyes today!

Happy Holidays!

Smile On!

Audrey














Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rescued 1917 E. I. Horsman Doll


    The little sister in the middle was the next one to "put on a happy face."   She's an E. I. Horsman doll.  The noise box that she had, and no longer worked, was dated 1917.


   The expression on her face, said it all...."help me!"    She had once been an absolute charmer.  The Horsman company was a successful company in making dolls with a special quality.  I was looking forward to bringing her back to her "new" self.

   She was a compo doll , with a soft body, and stuffed with cotton.  Horsman also gave her a nice set of soft legs with adequate feet.  Sometimes the feet on old dolls are just a turned up elf like shape, and too small to match the rest of the proportions.   She was perfect!

  I did the usual removal of the painted surface, careful not to disturb the wood compo under .  I did the head and her arms.  It's a little like scaling a fish, the surface flicks and flies everywhere.  I would like to know what that paint surface is made of, but I haven't come across any information on what it is composed of.

   I kept her body intact, except for the removal of the noise box, which can and had left rust stains on the body fabric.  Then I primed her head and arms with white paint. Followed by one coat of  soft baby blue, in acrylic.  I let that dry completely for 24 hours or more.  Then it takes two layers of flesh color to make her look more human and less "smurf", letting that dry completely between each coat.

   When all of that is done, I bring out the little brushes and start to paint her facial features and her hair.  I use acrylic paint.  She waits for several more days, and then I spray a clear coat of sealer on her, using three layers to make sure she is well covered.


    Her clothes came together when I found this little pink sweater at an antique shop, along with those little vinyl shoes.  I crocheted the skirt, and made the little black stockings out of a black sock of mine!


      I discovered that adorable double chin, and soulful expression she has, after much work and patience.

     I hope you find this blog helpful if you ever decide to do some doll rescuing yourself.  I find it a very satisfying process.  I named her Edweena, after the doll companies founders name, Edward I. Horsman.
    She's 13" tall, and quite happy to take her place amidst my growing collection of restored dolls.

    The third little sister, is nearly done.  She is having some difficulties deciding what she wants to wear, so far I am calling her, "Little Miss Indecisive".

  Think Happy Thoughts and Smile On!         Audrey

Friday, December 4, 2015

Early 1900's Composition Doll



    Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!     This old girl needs a long weekend, in an industrial type of spa!!
I know just the place....Studio 2137!


   She arrived with two of her sisters, and I asked them to pick a number, she won.  She is the one on the far right.  The process started with a new body type. I cut the body from muslin fabric, and re-stuffed her with the original cotton.   She really wanted a slimmer profile, so I took that under consideration.


   She is one cool little girlie!!  We decided on the name "Jazz".  Because she is all that...you guessed it...Jazz!.
   He leggings are a stocking top.  Her tank top is another stocking.  I crocheted her the hat, shoes, and her little shoulder wrap.


                                                     Jazz is 13" tall.  She came from Iowa.

    Hope your weekend is fun-filled and relaxing!!!       Smile On!       Audrey

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Refrigerator Art Extravaganza Returns!


    Way back in November of 2013, I wrote a blog about some refrigerator art I was doing at that
time.  Well, the stash of discarded magnetized calendars called me back. I cut out these leaf shapes and started arranging them all over the frig.


   This is a close up of the cut out leaf shapes I made.  The beauty of these little bits of magnetized outdated cut-outs, they are easily removed and placed in different ways.  The possibilities are endless.


   That big white surface takes on a whole different "artzee" look.   I enjoy seeing the shapes swirl around on the surface, instead of my grocery list, coupons, appointment cards, and other boring stuff like that.


    Looks like a living plant, kinda' don't you think?  I am glad I rescued these calendars from the landfill!!  

                               Smile On!!         :^)   Audrey