A Very Busy Week

Artist Rainie Crawford shares an adorable antique bear from her collection.

Artist Rainie Crawford shares an adorable antique bear from her collection.

Painting by noted artest Rainie Crawford.

Paintings by noted artist Rainie Crawford.

You may remember seeing Rainie's dolls and bears in these and many more magazines.

You may remember seeing Rainie’s dolls and bears in these and many more magazines.

Rainie will be selling these dolls, as well as many more of her prototypes cloth dolls and nears in the upcoming months. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing one for your collection.

Rainie will be selling these dolls, as well as many more of her prototype cloth dolls and bears in the upcoming months. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing one for your collection.

More of Rainie Crawford's original prototypes cloth dolls and bears, soon to be offered for sale.

More of Rainie Crawford’s original prototype cloth dolls and bears, soon to be offered for sale.

I had a whirlwind week last week.  So much so that I’m still not caught up and only getting around to posting this now 🙂  Last Monday I had the chance to visit with Rainie Crawford,  she is a wonderful artist and doll maker, who designed an entire line of cloth doll and teddy bear patterns.  You may remember seeing her ads for mail order patterns in many women’s magazines over the years.  My friend Joy and I spent an entire day with Rainie.  She gave us a tour of all of her collections and we had a lovely time talking about doll and bear making, among many other topics.  The day just flew past.  I took lots of photos of Rainie’s collections and dolls which I will be sharing in a later post.  Rainie is going to be selling her prototype dolls.  They are all of the models used in her magazine ads.  She has not worked out all of the details just yet, but if you would be interested in adding an original Rainie Crawford prototype cloth doll to your collection, you may contact me at paula@asweetremembrance.com and I will gladly put you in touch with Rainie.

Some of my favorite purchases from the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  I bought 4 yards of grey polka dot Moda fabric and a whole bag full of vintage grey rick rack, piping and bias tape.  I've really been attracted to grey lately when sewing clothes for myself.

Some of my favorite purchases from the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. I bought 4 yards of grey polka dot Moda fabric and a whole bag full of vintage grey rick rack, piping and bias tape. I’ve really been attracted to grey lately when sewing clothes for myself.

On Friday, a group of friends and I braved the rain to go to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  We had a fun, but very wet, day and came back home with a head full of ideas and bag full of treasures.  I have been wanting to go to a Country Living Fair for several years, but hadn’t been willing to drive to Ohio to attend.

A view of the Harwinton antique show last weekend.  Notice the puddles :)

A view of the Harwinton antique show last weekend. Notice the puddles 🙂

The fair grounds in Harwinton, CT.  Home of the twice a yearly Antique and Design Weekend.

The fair grounds in Harwinton, CT. Home of the twice a yearly Antique and Design Weekend.

The rain finally cleared enough on Saturday for me to go to an antique show in Harwinton, CT, which is held at the local fair grounds.  That meant I was traipsing around poultry and livestock buildings two days in a row 🙂  I’ve been going to the Harwinton show, which was previously held at the polo grounds in Farmington,CT, for twenty years.  Unfortunately the show is much smaller than it was in it’s heyday.  The show has been plagued with bad weather for quite a few years, which may have kept some dealers away.  Even though there was less to see, I did enjoy looking at the offerings presented by some great long time antique dealers, and managed to unearth a few wonderful bits of doll clothing and accessories.

Sunday at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market.

Sunday at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market.

Wear comfy shoes if you go to the Elephant's Trunk because there are acres of things to see.

Wear comfy shoes if you go to the Elephant’s Trunk because there are acres of things to see every Sunday.

On Sunday morning it was back to the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market for my weekly antique fabric hunt.  I shop all summer long, searching for enough antique fabrics to tide me over through the lean shopping months of winter.  At times I feel like a busy squirrel, frantically burying seeds in every possible nook and cranny.   Needless to say, my studio is now piled high with stacks of tattered quilts, bits of lace, well worn linens and the surviving remnants of once beautiful antique garments.  All of them waiting for me to gently take them apart, wash and air them, then fold them safely away and store them on the shelves in my studio, where they will wait until I bring them back to life as part of my dollmaking.

I promise to share photos of some of my best finds in upcoming posts.  Until then I wish you all luck with your own summer treasure hunts!

I hit the lace mother load last Sunday at the flea market!

I hit the lace mother load last Sunday at the flea market!

Little bits of this and that, all waiting for me to clean, repair and remake...

Little bits of this and that, all waiting for me to clean, repair and remake…

Well worn antique wool shawls, destined to become doll clothing for a special doll.

Well worn antique wool shawls, destined to become doll clothing for a special doll.

I was thrilled to find part of a very early tied quilt.  This practically pristine 18th century chintz is going into my Queen Anne doll making supply stash.

I was thrilled to find part of a very early tied quilt. This practically pristine 18th century chintz is going into my Queen Anne doll making supply stash.

Another very early antique chintz fabric.

Another very early antique chintz fabric.

Two tattered and worn antique quilts that are stacked up in my studio waiting for me to take them apart and turn them into little Izannah dresses...

Two tattered and worn antique quilts that are stacked up in my studio waiting for me to take them apart and turn them into little Izannah dresses…

~ by paulawalton on June 13, 2013.

9 Responses to “A Very Busy Week”

  1. This is a fabulous post, Paula. I love living vicariously through you and your journeys! I can’t get out so this is the next best thing. Thanks!
    Hugs,
    Susan

    • Susan,

      Thank you 🙂 What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate it! I always wonder if people are interested in reading about anything that is not strictly doll making.

      Paula

  2. Hello, How lucky you were able to meet Rainie Crawford. I have two complete kits from her. One is Sarah and other is Franklin. I am not going to be making them and wondered if you would be interested in them.
    Judi Chappell

    • Hi Judi,
      Rainie is a friend of a friend and also lives in the same small town that I do, so it isn’t too surprising. I used to see her out and about quite frequently, either at the local flea market or at local doll shows 🙂 She sold me her photographic lighting and backdrop when I was taking photos of my son’s art portfolio… Thank you for the offer, but Rainie’s kits are not something that I am buying. When Rainie was selling off her samples I told her I would be happy to post that information here on my blog and put her in touch with any interested people who contacted me. I think she may have some sample pieces left. She no longer sells patterns or kits, so maybe you can find someone in the market for one on eBay or etsy.
      Paula

    • Hello, I would be interested in the Sarah and Franklin doll kits. I have many of Rainie’s patterns. Linda

      • Linda,
        I’m not selling any of Rainie’s kits. I also do not personally know Judi so I can not help you two connect. As I advised Judi in my previous comment to this post, either eBay or etsy might be a good place to look for Rainie’s patterns and kits.
        Paula

  3. Paula, I want to give away the patterns so you can give out my email address to Linda if you would like. Thanks

    • Hi Judy

      That’s incredibly generous of you, however I don’t really feel comfortable doing that. I keep the email address and all contact information of my blog readers and customers strictly private.

      Paula

  4. Hi, Judi can contact me through Facebook. I live in Shirley. Linda

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