Do you remember the first doll you ever made? My first doll was actually twins! Two identical dolls made for my oldest two son’s first and third birthdays. I made them in February and March of 1984, from a pattern that my mother gave me. She had purchased the pattern ten years or so earlier, when my little sister was small, but had never gotten around to actually making a doll from it.
At the time I made the dolls we had just moved 6 weeks earlier, from Nebraska to Minnesota. My husband was traveling a lot, and after I got everything unpacked I worked on the dolls during nap times and at night, after the boys were in bed. Since the dolls were the same, Blair got to open his two weeks early, on Ian’s birthday in mid-March.
Later that same year I made my very first teddy bear, as a Christmas gift for my then 20 month old son. I remember frantically sewing away, trying to get the bear done around midnight on Christmas Eve… Somethings never change! 🙂
Due to a death in the family A Sweet Remembrance is closed until sometime next week. I will check email as I am able to and telephone messages when I return to work. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. ❤ Paula
Lately,if I have a poured and dried composition head sitting around in my studio, when I’m ready to begin painting one of my pressed cloth heads I will paint them in tandem. It always feels like the painting goes much faster when I’m painting more than one head at a time. 🙂 I’m not at all sure that is actually true, but it is convenient and I do get to cut down on the number of brushes I have to wash!
Were you wondering what ever happened to the beautiful papier-mache doll that I was restoring several months ago? She has finally gone home. ❤ I had planned to return her to her owner at our March doll club meeting. Unfortunately the weather interfered with our meeting, which was cancelled due to snow 😦 I couldn’t attend the April meeting because I was out of town, so this doll got to stay with me until May. She was a perfect house guest!
Here are a few photographs of her after I did some minimal restoration. Just enough to let her beauty shine through, without erasing her age and grace.
I’ve been in Nebraska for the past two and a half weeks. My siblings and I, along with our various spouses and offspring, were having an estate sale to sell all of my dad’s things that he didn’t move into his new apartment and cleaning up his house so that he can sell it. I’m currently about half way back home. I’ll start catching up on emails and phone calls and be back to work on Monday. Thank you all for your patience ❤
Next weekend on November 14 & 15 the Wilton Connecticut Historical Society is presenting it’s 24th annual Fine American Craftsman Show. I’ll be exhibiting at the show again this year and I’d like to invite you to visit the show and to stop by my booth for a chat.
I will have a good selection of some of the various things that I make. Currently I’m rushing against the clock to finish painting an antique Parker carousel horse. In between coats of paint I’m frantically gluing crepe paper and glitter on to spun cotton ornaments and stitching antique white mohair into teddy bears. I’m not going to be able to take along every that I make (for example I’m not taking patterns this year). So if there is something in particular that you want to buy, you can email me ahead of time and if I have one available I’ll bring it to the show and hold it there for you to pick-up.