Monday, February 28, 2011
Annabelle .I believe that Tasha's doll was actually a Lady Jumea. My doll was made by Sylvia Butler, a guilded Doll artisan & member of G.M.D.M. of Tarhill Creations. I met Sylvia at the recent Capital doll club show at the Showplace where I was a dealer this past Saturday on Feb. 26th. She comes to this show alot and I have always lusted after oneof these little ladies! This show I got my wish.
Annabelle is an FG head on a Seeley body, better in my opinion than the Guildebrief body. She has glass eyes and pearl earrings. I plan to start sewing different projects in spare time- what's that? lol to make her a trousseau.
This weekend I started cutting out pieces of muslin for the negligee from a past issue of Gildebrief, to try my hand at sewing for her. Annabelle stook over me nearby and supervised....
For sources on reproduction & antique french fashion dolls, especially the 12 inch ones- here are some useful links which have helped me, a novice and which might start the fever for you to own one of these stunning dolls:
Gildebrief Magazine - this magazine is produced in English as well as German. You can also buy copies on Ebay, it runs about $18.95 each, but extremely useful and cost effective for patterns for these dolls,
Alice Leverett originals creator of the 'Ultimate ' fashion doll. Last year in 2010 her Ultimate fashion doll was the UFDC convention doll, and highly prized. She gives workshops all around the country.
Theriault's auction house known for being an auctioneer of some of the most premiere antique collections of dolls or dollhouses in the world. Florence Theriault is one of the leading experts today and gives classes on how to appraise and identify antique dolls
Jackie's Porcelain dolls Another creator of french fashion dolls, BLuette, Daisy, etc.
Petite Pandore a yahoo group that is devoted to 12inch and larger french fashion dolls. Moderator is Barbara Devilbiss. Lots of useful info from talented collectors and experts on this group- I have learned somuch here!
Dollspart Supply useful site for wigs, tools, supplies to either create your own French fashion doll or to buy patterns, kits, accessories for these little ladies. Also a great source for the hard to find books on French fashion dolls. Highly recommend.
These are just a few of the well known links, there are others and also other talented artisans out there as well. I reommend from my own experience in doing a bit of research before buying your doll, as she is an investment. If you are a purist, and truly wish to own an antique lady, then auctions are probably your best source.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Welcome to my new project! I know this is a post unusual to the one sixth scale dollhouse blog, but I have ventured back in to my 1:12 scale creations and am having a ball. I have been fascinated with steampunk, and steampunk miniatures. The world of steampunk is so creative, whether it be jewelry, clothing or decor.
My steampunk miniature tea table is in 1:12 scale. Not finished yet, but pics are posted on facebook page as well my King William Miniatures facebook page also. I did a special birds' eye maple on the table, and made the teacup/bread etegere, along with the cup rack. If you look closely, you can see the 'hot' water and the cogs and wheels underneath the server working to pump 'hot' water into the teacups. I also made all of the breads on the rack. Doll is from my personal collection by Sherri Colvin.
Enjoy! I will update the photos after I put the finishing touches on this item. Look for more steampunk items coming your way!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Well hello there! How are you? Just stopping by Minuette's shop and picking up some mail. Oh, yes, we've been settling in quite well at the Manor. The pig? Meet Oink...isn't she adorable? Iknow, but I haven't ever owned a piggy before.
I'm heading to the Manor now...maybe you can catch up & meet me there??
So I've also been overseeing the work that is to begin onthe old dollhouse of MIss Lisa's...where all of us tinies will be living...after all this big house is somewhat small....and Mrs. Woodenhouse might want to move back in soon.........
Yeah, those are paint cans and that is a brush Miss Lisa wanted me- ME to pick up with...and just when she had made me a new dress. This house will need more than paint to make it better...is what I told her. hmph....
Even some of the Divas that live in the One Sixth Scale Dollhouse are baking and getting ready for Valentine's day with delicious stuff to eat...Learning to Cook Barbie was packing up this cake in a cake box when I spotter her...I asked Miss Lisa why she was called that...and Miss Lisa just grinned and said, 'Well Dixie, she's still learning to cook!'
(just between you & me, Miss Barbie is a little OLD not to know how to cook! Isn't she like., 50???)
~blog updated by Dixie, resident Brownie of Strawberry Hill Manor