Apr 19, 2016

It's been HOW long???

I have neglected the blog.  I would apologize, but that would solve nothing.  So without further adieu, some photos of the doll show.  The site was terrific--the Four Points Sheraton--and the hubs and I treated it like a mini-vacation, staying overnight.  We felt positively wicked leaving the pets with the in-laws and running off kidless. 

My set up still needs tweaking, which it likely will need until I'm dead in the ground.  A forever work in progress, I guess, because even after four years of doll shows, I still can't leave well enough alone. 

The show itself was not as well-attended as I might have wished, but all in all, it was a good time and I felt the time was well spent.  I met some great new people, and had a good visit with like-minded people.  (And the husband watched lots of golf on the lobby TV.  :~) )

Mar 14, 2016

A new doll finished, and eyes.

Looks like I will be having further eye surgery.  First there is a retinal scar tissue issue.  But in order to correct that, there will need to be first a cataract surgery.  So...two eye surgeries in two months.  I don't like the idea, so I don't think about it a lot, but I do look forward to seeing well again.  It has begun to effect my work, so, that won't do.

Speaking of work (or play?) I finished this girl.  I call her Rosa.  She is 25" tall and her hair is very silky.  I enjoyed making her jewelry this morning (even a ring!), and I'll be making shoes for her in the next couple of days.  (I guess that means she's not really finished, doesn't it?)

Hope you all have a great week.

Feb 19, 2016

Lesson Learned.

Don't buy old celluloid dolls.  They--at least the ones I bought--are as fragile as eggshells.  I have long admired the old German "Turtle Mark" dolls.  I finally found a pair at a reasonable price, a sweet little Hansel and Gretel type pair.

The little boy doll's head had some damage, but the seller included the pieces, saying it could be fixed.  Like an idiot, I believed her.  

So they arrived, and the boy's head was further broken.  I tried to glue it all together, but it was an awful mess.  Try to reassemble and egg shell and you'll know what I mean.  It was well enough that his hat would cover it, so I figured I'd cut my losses.  Then as I was holding the girl doll, and gently moving her legs to see if she would sit (because I don't have a stand to fit her), her leg crumbled in my hand!

I was really looking forward to these dolls, and now they're just...sad.  So.  Don't buy old celluloid dolls, unless you've got them in your hand and can see that they're in good shape.  Or better yet, just get really good photos that you can frame.  Less heartache. 

EDITED TO ADD:  I wrote to the sellers to relate my disappointment in these dolls...they have kindly refunded the money for them, minus shipping.  They would have refunded even that, but I decided to keep the clothing, so we're agreed that only the doll-cost would be refunded.  I guess there is another pair of Hansel and Gretel cloth dolls in my future!  But they'll be tiny--these are only 10" tall.  :~)