Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Baby Restoration: Invasion of the Barnyard Mice !!

These HAVE to be one of the most popular and adored Baby's of the 40's

Unfortunately, this little lost soul was accidentally placed in the family's barn for many years.

I don't know if this would EVER make the pages of " Where Women Create"..Do You?

Happy Baby is Happy once again and so is her owner. She was a complete restore from the Compo repair to an exact duplicate body taken from a pattern of her old one.There was enough left of her original dress to replicate it AND she was still able to wear her original shoes...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 Well, another year has come and gone before we had a chance to blink twice. Our Holidays were fun and fattening..But, most of all it was fun with Family and Friends. These are the presents that can't be purchased for any Dollar amount. Isn't that the most WONDERFUL thing about Family and REAL Friends? Their love is simply yours for the taking..Pretty cool...
 Now, is also the time to reflect and count our blessings. My blessings revolve around the constant chaos that is created by 5 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandson...My 3 daughters ,little girls who grew into caring and beautiful women...Blessed with our Health and the ability to get up every morning and move forward...Last, but not least,The magnificent creatures that I call my co- workers , compassionate ,dedicated to their patients and to each other......
 As to my New Years Resolutions ? It is to laugh, to believe that if I write something down,AGAIN, that I will resolve to follow through and accomplish said tasks... Oh ! H-ll No ! LOL !! This year, I am simply going to view the New Year as a Blank Sheet of paper...I am the Pencil . ( a pencil with a VERY large eraser) New adventures, New dolls , New Friendships....
  I sincerely want to wish Each and Everyone of you the VERY Happiest and Healthiest of New Years...May it be full to the brim with excitement and fulfillment  in all that this WONDERFUL life has to offer...One thing that you learn quickly in Hospice is that we only get one shot at it...at life..make it count !!! God Bless !!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stone Clay Baby..The Continuing Saga

Clay Baby is at the "body shop" stage..

Nice to see her with her head on..As I have said before, I am the slowest scultptor in the world.I can occasionally peek in on her during the week...Would love to be able to work on her non-stop but I have an aversion to poverty ( lol) so it's " Ho, Ho, It's Off to work I go" ..Stay Tuned

DyDee Baby Save

Dydee Catastrophe.Years of being stored away unprotected from the elements of time.

Put our newly airbrushed head on an original body of mine and limbs from vinyl..(airbrushed to match her head)
 

All put together, even has crocheted booties  made by my daughter, Mary Jr.

DyDee ..All ready to go home to her owner...I made her a brand new little outfit ..Of course, her "value" isn't there , but she is still "priceless" to her owner for she belonged to his Mother...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Work in Progress Stone Clay Baby

 It has been a very long time since I have had my hands in clay.As long as you keep it damp you can work it almost forever. I also find that I tend to "Paint" with the clay for my detailing.
  This little baby ..when completed will be a full sculpt to be molded ( by my daughter) and cast in Ecoflex 20 ( or 30 )...I do the sculpting and my daughter, Mary, is the engineer in all this..( which works for me)
   Again, as I have mentioned before, when in the "doll business" there is always something for everyone. I continue to do my doll repairs and bjd's but really wanted to try my hand at the baby end of it...I did'nt want to do any reborns ( although I think they are wonderful)...I just wanted to create something that would have never existed unlesss I purchased that 10 lb. block of clay....
     Will keep everyone posted....      
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wendy Feidt Handmade Mohair Wigs

   






       In the wonderful world of dolls we are fortunate enough to work with some of the finest people in the world. Passionate about their art and their willingness to share.
        The doll makers, restoration artists, wig makers, cobblers, clothiers..so on and so forth...
        Among this delightful group is the creator of these wigs...In my opinion, they are among the finest mohair wigs anywhere...This amazing artist is Wendy Feidt....She has many sizes, colors and styles to chose from..Each and everyone is meticulously handmade using the finest English Mohair....But as with mostly everything creative and handcrafted there is one minor drawback... There is a waiting list...She does have some immediately for sale but the larger and more intricate styles are mostly made -to-order ...Please treat yourself to a visit on her web site..www.mohairdollwigsbywendyfeidt.com

     
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Original B.J.D. " Little Fingers" series





           This is one of our " Little Fingers" series of fairies...Only 6" tall with 11 points of articulation...She has found her way to her new home.... 
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Antique S.F.B.J. "Pouty"



          Found these gorgeous examples of this doll on Pinterest..(www.Pinterest.com)...I have her mold and sooooo looking forward to pouring her...( need to wait for the temps to cool a bit..Kiln in family room ) She is a VERY rare treasure, indeed.....Have a Blessed day..   
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cassandra Restoration....Composition

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Opening Our New Etsy Shoppe


   After putting everything off until tomorrow we are, finally, opening our Etsy Shoppe under the name "Marys Little Memories"..My daughter ( the other Mary) and I have so many ideas..It is a collaboration of talents, tastes and techniques....Our dolls will be our primary feature (  vintage dolls and new one of a kinds)..There will be clothing created for dolls of all sizes and shapes...I primarily focus on the collectable's and antique's  while Mary Jr. is more "up to date" and has a VERY modern vision.... We certainly won't be forgetting our furry friends....bears for every age and taste....
 Please stop by and visit...Truly hope that you will enjoy our shoppe and while you are there, please take the time to visit the other amazing Etsy artisans and merchants...There is something for everyone in every price range...
 
 
 



    

Monday, March 11, 2013

Composition Bride Repair



 

Beautiful composition bride from the late 40's...Original box.. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Porcelain Repair of 32" German Head # 171

 
This is a prime example of what happens to Porcelain when it is dropped...It is NOT fragile BUT it is breakable....Her owner was given the doll by her mother and did not wish to have the head replaced....Unfortunately, her monetary value has vanished into thin air but her sentimental value is there....beautiful as before.....So much of her face was missing and needed to be sculpted ,her eyes were broken as well... This is why Doll Doctors " Do what they do"..LOVE before and afters!!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

BJD Mito from New York Doll Produsts

  Always looking for something new..This is a new doll mold from
New York Doll Products...When completed she will be a beautiful 
22" porcelain BJD ...Her mold set is quite pricey (975.00) but well worth it
IF you are going to sell her greenware . Lets face it, not all of us can
sculpt...let alone tackle the engineering issues of a ball jointed doll.
BUT there are those of us, given a beautiful piece of greenware, can
create stunning works of Art.
    Yes, these are for all intents and purposes, considered reproductions 
AND are sold as such. No,not originals, but done masterfully, they are stunning works of Art. Many reproduction artists today , whether they replicate the charm of yesterdays dolls ( Bru, Jumeau , Kestner...) or re-creating one of todays modern sculpts from artists such as Effner, Nissen, Gunzel , have quite a following and their creations are highly sought after.
        As far as this young lady goes, according to NYDP copyright requirements on her, one can ONLY sell her SFGW to customers. You can create her for yourself, BUT she cannot be sold as a finished doll for profit. I have only seen photos of the completed doll and she is truly an engineering
and gorgeous work of Art. ( She reminds me of the beautiful sculpts of Koitsukime ) Poured in
porcelain , the creative possibilites are ENDLESS.
      As I have stated before, unless YOU have tried,it is impossible to realize the countless hours of
trial and error original artists put into their work. The engineering and sculpting skills of the Original Doll Artist, learning AND mastering new materials..not to mention mold making, the special nuances of paint and decoration.and so on...So for the reproductionist, these molds are an invaluable tool from which beautiful works of art can be created..ALL reproduction artists mark their works with their signature and it is also marked as a reproduction ( it is a moral and ethical requirement, not to mention legal)..
     As of this post I have not been able to find anyone ,yet, selling her SFGW...I don't believe that it will take long AND I will be the first one in line.....www.newyorkdollproducts.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vinyl"Mama" Baby Repair



                           
                            Popular "mama" doll of the 50's..early 60's...One of the many types
                    of damage that can occur to these vinyl dolls. I reinforced the tear with muslin
                    permeated with silicone...Then applied thin layer upon thin layer of "Liquid
                     Sculpey"...heating the vinyl ( EVER SO CAREFULLY) between applications.
                     Tear is still mildly visible but the repair is cosmetically acceptable and very
                    strong....Her momma is pleased ( and so am I)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Trio of Forever Friends
      
                  She is the last of my customers trio of antique dolls. She was in remarkably good
            shape (aside from her neck socket disappearing into her body) and required what is
              considered to be "maintenance" repairs.

                       
                          Her sleep eyes were perfect and her mohair wig only needed mild
                      cleaning...Of course, she spent a few days with perm rods in her hair to
                       achieve a lasting curl...

                               
                                                                Pretty in Pink