I guess it's no secret that I love dolls. (No! REALLY?) I make them, collect them, and enjoy learning and teaching all the various aspects of them. I belong to a group called MAIDA (Making Antique Inspired Dolls and Accessories, I think) where doll makers share their techniques, challenges, and progress. One of the doll makers I've met through this site is Martha Bishop, who lives in Mississippi and makes wonderful folk art dolls. She posted some really big dolls last year, and one... just got me.
If you have ever collected anything, you know what it is to exercise restraint. The talent and variety represented by MAIDA doll makers alone is enough to fill a doll cabinet. But there is only so much space in a house, and only so much money in a budget. A collector must--if she is not to end up penniless and featured on "Hoarders"--acknowledge these limitations.
But I wanted that doll! Too bad, Jan, that doll is spoken for. Not willing to give up, I asked Martha: can we trade? Will you make me a doll like that Big Girl, in return for one of my Izzie-babies? She said yes, and adopted the wee Izannah Walker doll below, dressed in yellow. She called her Janet. We're so original with these names aren't we?
And yesterday, Miss Martha (a.k.a. Gloriana) arrived--all 27" of her. I am silly over this doll, and consider her to be a fine work of American Folk Art. Sometimes you just have to tell the collection restraints to move over, because this one is going to fit, somewhere.