But there was just something about this one that had me ready to break my own budget to have her. Sheri and I hit upon an idea: a doll swap. How perfect is that? So I sent her Lucy, whom Sheri will dress with her spectacular hand work and costuming skills. To be honest, I'm a little jealous of Lucy, not only because of the dress, but also because she seriously gets to live in the woods in a beautiful cabin in Missouri!
|Taney Butternut, w/ brooms and tiny wax cabin.|
|Yes, that's cartridge pleating on her dress skirt.|
If you were to research antique rag dolls, you'd see just how wonderful a reproduction Sheri has in this little doll. If I were to have a collection of antique dolls, you can bet there would be a gorgeous "granny made" example or two in the mix, because they speak to me of that American Folkart tradition, of making do, but making art, too. Taney is my constant reminder that tradition, and I am so pleased to have her live with us.
When the big box came, I was shocked to see it, because Taney's only 14" tall. But Sheri'd also sent a couple of little straw brooms (tomorrow you can see who was overjoyed with THAT little gift) and this tiny log cabin made of beeswax. The wax is to treat hand-sewing thread, keeping out tangles--I have already used it and it works really well, but it's hard to make thread cuts on that cute little house. Last, but definitely not least, Sheri sent two big bags of cedar stuffing! My house smells incredible.
Just about the last thing I need right now is incentive to start a new doll, but just as soon as the August doll show comes and goes, you just hide and watch me. I'll make a cedar-stuffed cloth doll (or dog? or bear?) to keep Taney company.
I hope your weekend was lovely and the coming week brings you pleasant surprises.