Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wooden Shoes and Pyrography

    I found this pair of wooden shoes at the Goodwill store.  They are about 10" long and about 5" across.  They were in need of some sanding, which Ed did for me.  It cleaned up the surface really nicely.

    I worked out a design, and drew it out on the surface, with pencil.  Making sure to match it on each shoe as close as I could, I then started to use the wood burning tool on them.

    It took them into a whole new look.  The pyrography  process is so fun, the wood burning tool I use is rather big and clumsy.  I do only parts of the design, and then take a break, to give my hand a rest.  All together, it took several hours to complete the shoes.

                        Got Hot Shoes?          Smile On!        Audrey

Friday, July 22, 2016

German Papier-Mache Doll

    Welcome to the restoration story of a German doll.  This little worn out, man doll, has a papier-mache head, composition hands and shoes.  His body is stuffed with excelsior.  I am not sure about the date, could be around 1920-1930, I suppose.   He apparently was greatly loved, quite dirty and faded, as he looked.

   The stamp on his back, reads "Germany".   He could be a copy of a bisque or china headed doll.  The papier mache being less expensive, and more durable, became quite popular.   He measures 10" tall.

   Otto cleaned up nicely.   He insisted on a full dress uniform.  After a long period of time, "out of uniform", it only seemed right to oblige him.

    I thought maybe the ribbons on his wrists were a little over the top, however, Otto liked the way it all flashed about when he saluted.   His boots polished up, and he was quite pleased to see his reflection in them, winking at his new look!

   Such a handsome man!   Otto, hopes you have a safe and happy weekend!  He is looking for a parade to strut his stuff...oops, he just corrected me.  He wants to march proudly to the sound of a good drum beat.  

            Thanks for stopping in today!!                       Smile On!      Audrey

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Room With Dolls

    Restoring dolls is a very interesting process.  Each doll I attempt to return from the abbess of the landfill, presents me with it's own particular problems.  The challenges have been quite extreme, to just a mere touch up of the eyes and lips, to a gaping hole in the head that needs to be mended, or missing limbs that need to be replaced.
    The next situation, as I acquire more and more of these little darlings, is where do I put them?  Luckily for me, there is a spare bedroom that provides the necessary space.  I call it, "The Nursery".

    Let's take a tour, and visit my restored doll collection.

    Before we go into the Nursery, we can take a peek at the Queen Anne, dollhouse.  The quilt under the dollhouse was made and quilted by my sister, Cora, many years ago.  The photo above the house is a picture of my Grandfather, Henry Proffit.  The photo was probably taken in the early 1900's.

    The basket holds two little reborn dolls, I purchased this spring.  They came from England, and required no repair or restoration.  My brand new dolls!!  Gwen and Grace.

The first thing you see in the Nursery is this old crib, filled with five of the restored dolls.

       My parents bought this crib in 1931, for my brother.  Twenty-two years later I came into the world, and slept in this crib, as well.  My two children slept in this crib, and my daughters' two children, also slept in this crib.  Many a little weary head rested in this crib through the years.  Several of my nieces and         
 nephews were encouraged to take their afternoon nap, so the women folk could play a game of Scrabble.  

        Now the dear old crib doesn't meet today's standards, but it provides a safe haven for the dolls.                                       

Let's take a "wander" around the room.  

My collection of restored "Century Dolls".

                                                                      The Boys!

     Well, as you can see the room is well populated!  

This wall has just enough room for the Glenn House.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour!

Smile On!        Audrey

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The One Hundredth Restored Doll!

    This little doll is a 1924, Petite American Character Doll.   It measures 12" and is a little brother to a larger doll I have in my restored collection.  That one measures 14".  The right hand is shaped to hold a bottle,  and the mouth is open.  The tin eyes open and close.

    The face of this doll looked pretty good, until I checked the back of the head.  There was a problem that needed to be resolved.

    I decided to remove the outer layer,  which then presented some more problems.  The composition under the first layer of paint, was not of the best quality.  I carried on, and did what I could to save the little fella'.

    From a distance he looks quite handsome, so, if I hold him at arms length, he looks...good.  I inserted a tiny bit of felt inside his head to make the  mouth more appealing, instead of a gaping hole.  The composition was rather rough; however, 92 years ago he was a pristine little tyke!

   I restored his little vintage nightie, and added ribbons to his booties, and the nightie needed more lace.

   My one-hundredth doll, now rests in the nursery, with his little blue blanket to keep the old boy comfortable.  I decided to call him Henry, after my Grandfather.

        Thanks for stopping in today!!    I will carry on, and restore!    Smile On!    Audrey