Posts tagged ‘dolls’

May 11, 2012

My Twinn dolls for sale

Edited to reduce prices and remove sold dolls

A while back a doll collector friend of mine passed away. The dolls you are about to meet are now orphaned and looking for new homes.

This is Cookie.

Cookie is a little girl – she has a non-posable “cuddly sister” body. She loves to be hugged and to sit on laps. She wears a brown wig with pig tails, which I can permanently attach (or replace*) if the person who adopts her would like. Otherwise, this wig can be changed out. Cookie has no eyelashes to adorn her pale blue eyes, but I can give her false ones.

Adoption Fee: $40

This is Caitie.

Caitie is a fashionista. If you explore my website you will find many pictures of her in different wigs and dresses. Her current stawberry-blonde wig is not permanently attached (if it was, she couldn’t change it*, and where would the fun be in that?). Her upper lashes are blonde and eyes are gray. Her joints are not creaky or squeaky.

Adoption Fee: $50

This is Lenora.

Lenora is a sweet little quiet thing. In fact, we found her long after the other girls. Her beautiful brown curls are permanently attached and she has long, dark upper and lower lashes adorning her deep blue eyes. Lenora has the darkest skin tone of all of the girls. Her joints are not squeaky or creaky. She doesn’t like to wear shoes, and so didn’t for the picture, but a pair will be included.

Adoption Fee: $75

*I have a number of other wigs. Inquire if you would be interested in another color/length/style.

The best way to contact me is through the comment section. Since all comments are moderated, your inquiries will be private–I won’t publish them publicly here.

Oh, and one last thing. I have handmade dresses that fit these dolls in my shop!

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April 6, 2012

My Twinn doll garden photoshoot

"Katherine" My Twinn doll dress and apron

Photography is not my strong point. Fortunately, I have a sister who is very good at it. Moriah took some beautiful pictures yesterday of my “Katherine” dress and apron for My Twinn dolls.

"Katherine" My Twinn doll dress and apron hem detail

The Katherine dress and apron were designed and named for the woman who gave me my doll and got me interested in making doll clothes again.

I made the dress and apron some time ago, and we had taken some pictures then too, but they weren’t nearly as nice as these!

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February 16, 2011

Literary Heroines

I heard about this blog party yesterday, and knew I must join in the fun – especially since I am working on growing my “Literary Heroines” doll dress line!

What follows answers the questions posed by our hostess…

The essense of a true heroine is a lady who walks with God. A lady~ one who embraces her femininity openly and has a gentle and quiet sprit. She walks with God~ talking to Him constantly, and humbly following His leading in every situation.

Four literary heroines that I would like to discuss are the March sisters from Little Women. Meg I admire for her ladylikeness. She also strikes me as a good leader, even if her sister Jo doesn’t follow. Jo is too much like myself. While I am not a tomboy like her, I share her passion. I’m learning to use it for good (as Jo did in her writing) and not evil (oh, that horrid incident with Amy!). Beth is gentle and quiet, humbly fulfilling her duty to her household. Amy is a sweet girl underneath her predisposition to fashion and what others think. The trouble is she wants to be liked, which can be a good thing so long as she uses it as motivation to love others with Christ’s love.

My top five historical novels would be The Dove in the Eagles’ Nest by Charlotte M Younge, The Wide Wide World by Susan Warner (who also wrote the song Jesus Loves Me), Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, How They Kept the Faith by Grace Raymond, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

My favorite character out of all of those books would probably be Katherine of Stepping Heavenward. She is veery much like me and I first read the book when I was having a lot of trouble with the same things she did. She offered me hope that things would get better if only I grew closer to God and grew to know Him better.

I’m supposed to talk about a dream vacation now… Hmmm. I would love to go back to Pennsylvania and explore at my own pace. Gettysburg would definitely be on the itinerary, the town, the battlefield and the cemetery. The Lancaster area would be wonderful to visit again too. Leisurely this time!

I love to read about the American Civil War, specifically from authors who lived during that time. Being a reenact or of the period, anything I can glean for my portrayal is an added bonus.

If I were invited to perform at a local charity concert my act would likely be comprised of singing and playing the piano, though perhaps a recitation in historical clothing would do as well.

For my 16th birthday (nearly 3 years ago- my!) I held a literary tea, where all the ladies invited we’re asked to dress as a favorite literary heroine. I was Christina, from the Dove in the Eagles’ Nest.

Chocolate~ sharing it with a friend is always nice. I don’t prefer most varieties, though very dark chocolate is quite tasty.

Elizabeth Prentiss is certainly a favorite author of mine, perhaps even my most favorite (at the moment).

As a small, imaginative, red-haired damsel might query; would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good?
Dazzlingly Clever~ it is perhaps the only one I could ever hope of achieving!

I believe that most of the books I read were written in the 19th century, though some are from the very early decades of the 20th.

In my opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… Strong in character; loyal to God, his wife and family; humble; tall and handsome;
Oh, that probably isn’t what you were asking for… Let’s see, Master René from How They Kept the Faith matches that description rather well.

My ideal dwelling place would have many books, and room for me to design and sew. I place to write, draw and paint would be nice. It shouldn’t be too big, but large enough to entertain guests.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?  I can’t say that I have!

Javert from Les Mis came to mind first as the most dastardly villain in literature, though perhaps a worse one could be found.

Three of my favorite non-fiction books would be the Bible (that is one amazing masterpiece), The God Who is There by Francis Schaffer is also wonderful and Mimosa by Amy Carmichael is one of the latest biographies that I have read (Ms. Carmichael had a wy with words).

My duties met for the day, I would spend a carefree summer afternoon reading, writing, drawing, painting, or sewing!

My hat would be classic, not overly feminine, though distinctly female. Extra decoration would be minimal and the color must be practical so as to go with any outfit. Sun protection is a must for this pale redhead, and I would like to be able to wear my thick hair up underneath it.

A very significant event that I have experienced this year would be the addition of a sister for just two months. She was a foster child and terribly affected what had happened in the first four years of her life. She attached herself to me, and I was thrust into many mothering duties. The next significant event was her abrupt leave of our home. Everything I had learned about love was reenforced by that loss.

An inspiring Bible passage:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

And lastly, my views regarding those adorable little items – namely pin back and mirror back buttons.
1). Where would you choose to display a button badge to best showcase your unique style?

Perfect for the handle of my book bag (the one made of dark denim and lined with fabric printed with books!)

2). What image and/or sentiment would most make you smile were it inscribed on your very own compact mirror?

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…

March 28, 2010

Nissa dress

This is Nissa. She lives in a small country in Africa in an orphanage with about 19 other children. Nissa is a Heavenly Princess, but she doesn’t get to dress like one.

This is the Nissa dress. Read on my other site about how this dress will help Nissa and the other girls in her “family” to dress like heavenly princesses.

February 27, 2010

Little Women week~paper dolls!

I designed these paper dolls in the style of the fashion plates of the 1860s. My goal is to make them available for sale in the near future! The original paperdolls are simply outlines, as they are in the images above. I’ve colored them and “dressed” the dolls below to give you an idea of how they would look.

Because Meg is 17 years old and work outside of her home caring for the children of a wealthy family, she dresses in adult styles. She likes to follow fashions, but understands how to do so practically, with limited means.
This dress is inspried by one that Meg wears in the 1994 movie of Little Women. it is adult-length, nearly touching the floor. The full skirt is box-pleated to the waistband. The buttons in the front are likely decorative–would you want to make so many buttonholes by hand? There are likely hooks and eyes closing the front opening.
The bodice is gathered to fit, as is typical of cotton work dresses, but the trimming and tucks dress it up a bit. The sleeves are curved coat sleeves with as exaggerated elbow as fashion dictated.
She wears her hair up in adult styles. Her small shoes are fashionable two-color , side-lacing boots with a low heel.

Like Meg, Jo works outside the home helping out her Aunt Josephine and keeping her company. At 16-years-old she is old enough to begin wearing her hair up, but she threatens to “wear it in two tails ’til she’s twenty!” if wearing it up means that she must act like a lady. Fortunately, as she matures she finds that being a lady isn’t as bad as she thought.
Her dress is made of very lightweight sheer fabric, so even though it has long sleeves, it is cool to wear in the summer. The full sleeves and bodice make the most of the the sheer fabric’s qualities. Jo sometimes wears a sash of a different color to add interest to the dress. She wears her sturdy balmoral boots whenever she leaves the house.

Beth is 14 years old and generally not in the best of health. She tries to do her part in the family and carries some of the load of housework that her older sisters leave to her, since they don’t spend a lot of time at home. She doesn’t bother to wear a hoopskirt in the house–it would just get in the way. Instead she wears multiple petticoats to get the full-skirted look which is so popular.
Beth wears dresses in this style almost every day. Details like sleeves are different to add interest, but all of them close in the back and have a skirt hem that is about mid-calf length. This summer dress has short puffed sleeves and the bodice is gathered to fit. The skirt is gauged to fit the waist with tiny pleats.
Generally she wears her hair braided to keep it out of the way and she wears houseshoes or just stockings on her feet.

At just 12 years old, Amy is still a child even though she may try to act older. Her skirts are shorter due to her age. Her dress is a hand-me-down from her cousin so to add her own personal touch, she likes to tie a ribbon sash around her waist when she wears it. It is made of lightweight fabric with an open neckline and short, open sleeves, so it is very cool to wear. It closes in the back and the front bodice features a yoke with pleats. The skirt is also pleated.
Since Amy can’t wear her hair up like a grown woman, she wears it in natural ringlets. Her small boots are colored leather to satisfy her fashion taste, but still sturdy because she is a child, afterall.