Even Doll Makers Need a New Dolly Now and Then

I did something  recently that I haven’t done since 1975.  I bought myself a new doll.  What???  I can see all those puzzled looks on your faces.  You are thinking, “Is this woman nuts? She’s a doll collector. She buys dolls all the time.  What the heck is she talking about?”  It’s very true that I do buy quite a few dolls, but they are all old dolls and the operative word here is new.

The last time I bought a new doll for myself was when I was first married and saw two tiny dolls dressed as infants, which came with a frilly baby carriage and cradle.   I could just see those little dolls sitting on a nursery shelf!

The dolls never made it out of their boxes.  I stored them in a closet, patiently waiting for a baby girl.  Instead I had three boys whose nurseries had primary rainbows, brown teddy bears, and Peter Rabbit (separate nurseries and different themes).  Eventually I sold the tiny frilly dolls on eBay, where they found a good home.  After all, by then they were over 25 years old and collectibles!

This time around I bought the new doll just for me.  She is a replica of a Queen Anne style wooden doll.  I love Queen Anne woodens, and I’ve gone so far as to price antique ones.  If you have done that too, then you know why I haven’t purchased one yet.  To be honest, I pretty much love most things carved from wood.  I have a real soft spot for carousel animals, Noah’s Arks, ships figure heads and of course wooden dolls.  I already have numerous carousel animals and arks, so wooden dolls just had to be next.

I bought this doll from Kathy Patterson. Her reproduction Queen Anne dolls are the most authentic ones that I have seen.  If you would like to be amazed, go visit her blog babesfromthewoods.com.  Caution: only do this when you are completely alone, as drooling may occur!

To top it all off, not only is Kathy extremely talented, she’s a genuinely nice person too, and I hear that she has a great studio to work in!  Kind of makes all your little green envy monsters stir, doesn’t it????

~ by paulawalton on April 16, 2010.

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