Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bisque Doll 1920-1930


      This little bisque doll was "Made In Japan", according to the mark on her back side.  She is a big girl totaling a grand 4 1/2".


    Someone attempted to restring her with a heavy elastic, that protrudes from her shoulders.  She also needed a good cleaning, coming from somewhere between 1920-1930.   So, I set to work.

  
    After her restoration, I crocheted this little blue dress for her.  Tiny dresses are so much fun to make.

       

                    She has pretty blue eyes and a blue ribbon.  I decided to call her 'Delta Dawn'.

                                Hope your day is going well!            Smile On!    Audrey

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Schoenhut Doll Restoration

    I found a Schoenut doll!  A wooden doll, with compressed metal spring joints.  She is 14" tall, and dates from 1911.   She was in a terrible state, and needed to be restored as soon as possible.


        Her age was showing.  But, she warmed up to the camera and decided to stretch her limbs.



      For a doll that is 105 years old, she was beginning to feel younger, as we discussed her restoration process.  This was going to be totally different from any of the other dolls I have restored so far.

   
                         She leaned in a little closer to the camera, and said, "I am so ready!"



   
  Leslie, decided on a short hair style, rather then a wig.  She wanted a totally new and fresh look.


           Leslie and I hope your day is marvelous!!           Smile On!        Audrey

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Restoration of a Doll Called Frankenstein


      I purchased this doll one year ago.  He arrived in a kimono, with a black skirt attached.  His left foot was held together with a rubber band.  On closer examination, he had the wrong legs!  His arms were to short, and his head had taken some blows sometime on his life journey.
      It was that adorable smile, that sold me on investing in him.  Unfortunately it took sometime to find the correct legs for him.


      The nick name "Baby Frankenstein", started to stick.  He just smiled through it all, a real little trooper!  


   I restored his head to this point, and just let the project wait...until about a month ago.  Almost a year from when I purchased him, I finally found an appropriate pair of baby legs.  I made a pattern from his cloth body, and sewed together a new body.   Frankenstein was on his way to a new life!


      I dropped the name Frankenstein, and now I call him "Baby Frank-ee".   He is one happy little guy!

   
                                            Here he is ready for the baseball season to begin!

                           I hope you have a good day!           Smile On!     Audrey
                     

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thirteen Restored Penny Dolls

    One day, several weeks ago I ordered a group of tiny bisque dolls.  There were 13 of  them.  Some of them were in such a deteriorated state I wasn't able to identify them.  I love a challenge!


    The little girl with her arms off, is 4" tall.  The building or hut(?) is 1 1/2" tall.  The figure next to the building is 3 1/2" tall.  He turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  I thought he was a bear.  the littlest doll is just about 2" tall.  He was listed as a troll.


    The little girl doll, has acquired a lovely little crocheted dress, since this photo.  The hut has a nice antiqued color added.  And, the pig turned out to be a "Walt Disney" figure.  He has a scar on his tummy that I couldn't mend, so I turned it into a tiny blue butterfly.  He looks a lot more cheerful, now!   The troll turned out to be Santa, with his sack of toys.


    This group of bisque figures was another fun challenge.   The little boy on the right, has a delightful surprise!


      The bowl on top of his head is hollow.  You pour water into it, and he can take a little wee-wee!!
 
   This is the last group of the 13, I received.  The little figure in the middle is a high gloss porcelain, she didn't need any repair, just a good  cleaning.


    The rabbit had a lump on the side of his head, I quickly discovered it was his ribbon!  The little man in the suit is from Germany, and is 2 1/4" tall.

             I hope you have a good day!    Thanks for stopping in!       : )   Audrey

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Octagon Banjo


     A homemade octagon banjo, came from the dusty shop of my sweet ol' music man.  He built this with some beautiful flame maple wood.  It's a  4-string, and has a 26 1/4" fret scale.  The black head is 8" in diameter, and the octagon measures 11" across.   It's about 2 3/4" deep.




    You can see the flame maple in the last two photos.  It is one beautiful instrument.  And, it sounds as good as it looks!   It's tuned to DGBD.      (The quilt in the back ground was made by a friend of mine-nice work Pat!)


                                                       One last photo to share with you.

                                                Hope your day is filled with a happy tune!             Audrey

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

8" Bisque Doll


    This bisque doll was made in Japan.  She dates from the early 1900's.  The molded hair, and display of teeth were very well defined.    Over the years she had lost her coloring, and had a broken left shoulder.


    Her little belly button, big girl legs, and molded socks with Mary Jane shoes, were all in good condition.  No chips or cracks.  The hands were nearly perfect, except on her right hand was missing the upper part of the index finger.
    She also needed to be restrung.    I was hoping for the best, as I gave her a nice warm sponge bath, and repaired her left shoulder.


                                   I gave her brown hair, and crocheted a little dress for her.


    I decided to name her, "Sheila".  I knew a Sheila, a quiet little girl with brown hair, and beautiful eyes.

            I hope you have a wonderful day!   Find something beautiful..and smile!             Audrey        
     

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Handmade Retro "Batman" Guitar


    The music man in my life, (Ed, my husband ) has been at it, again.   This time he built this 4 string guitar.  Finding the retro tin sign, of the first Batman comic, he quickly decided to build this little beauty!


    The box measures 9" x 13" x 3" deep.    The fret board is 25 1/2", and made of oak.  He burned the fret marks in.  He stained the box a nice rich dark color.


    In this photo you can see the dark stain, rubbed away to show the grain of the wood.   It works really well with the vintage sign.
   He gave it to the Batman fan in the family, and hooking it up to an amp, our son played the theme song from the original Batman program.     Ahhhh..it really rocks!

                  Sweet Music Man Strikes Again!!!         Play On!                      Audrey

Saturday, March 4, 2017

5 Penny Dolls and One Chair


                          I purchased this group of interesting little dolls, and a chair the other day.
      Cleaned them up, and discovered some interesting details.  The tallest measures about 2 1/4".
 


    The doll holding a sailboat stands next to a comic character.  He has a copyright symbol, and the letters FAS on his back.  The little boy with the red tie, also has the same mark on his back.  I intend to do some research and find out who they are.  They must have been popular in their day...newspaper comics?
   The littlest doll, measuring 1 1/2" tall, is a real cutie from Germany.  The man in the suit, cleaned up very nicely.  Measuring just a little over 2".  He is from Japan.

    The little white chair is porcelain, I just removed what was left of the gold trim, leaving it all white once again.  It sure is fun bringing the little dolls back to color!

            Hope your Saturday, is sunny and fun-filled!         Smile On!      Audrey