Sharron alerted me to the fact that not only was yesterday Doll Day, it was Sewing Machine Day!! So we're having an extra special time here! Some more pictures of the new sewing machine with the thread that I added .....
Somewhat hard to see, but it does go from the spool, across to the dohicky that goes up and down and down to the needle foot.
Thanks for the heads up Sharron! R.
It isn't often anymore that I find a new prop that I want to share. But today's mail brought the exception!
It's a music box (this one plays a kind of high-pitched "Fur Elise").
It is made of plastic, but the "wood" surface is quite good looking. When the music box is wound up and playing, the pressure foot goes up and down, the wheel turns, and the foot peddle moves up and down.
I got mine on eBay (search "sewing machine music box"). The box says "Sartorius Music, No. YL1010". (It also says "Products Show. Fashion style chick here you will find which you uke quickly" .... not sure what that means.) There are lots of dealers on eBay from China selling the same thing, all at about the same price. I bought this one from mgshow - everything was great with the transaction and shipping only took about a week.
So, I think I'll put some thread on the spool and a more interesting shape of fabric under the pressure foot. For use with most of my chairs, it will help if it is raised a little bit off the ground, so I'll make something "custom" to fit under the base (i.e. instead of the pink silicone hot pad!) R.
"Wanna come skip rope with me and Pup??"
This is a porcelain doll made by Dianna Effner for UFDC in 2004 called "Little Mommy". It is the Jenny II sculpt, also known as Bedtime Jenny - an absolute cutie! Try as I may, this is one doll that I have not been able to alter as far as her body construction (other than to take out some of her stuffing at the waist line.) But that's OK - look, she's standing quite well without the stand. Her arms won't do anything other that what they are doing now, but she certainly does hug things well.
I've spent time during the last couple of days painting over her factory-painted eyes. They weren't bad ..... but she did look like she was in a hypnotic trance! I think she's happier now. R.
The International Doll & Teddy Show is coming up in Asheville June 5-7. http://www.internationaldollshow.com/ It looks like it is continuing to grow and expand - I see that this year the Tonner folk will be there! R.
Want to escape from endless pictures of painted heads???
See that little section of the bar across the top of the picture above .... way over to the right (above Sophie's head) ..... that says "Lilyland Blog"?? Well, that's MY blog and I've made a post on it (after years [!?] of silence). Here's a preview of what you'll see if you join me there.
Thanks. Lily Robgoblin.
Ollie spent the afternoon watching birds - all the migrant warblers, tanagers, hummingbirds, etc etc are arriving! He could do this, in part, because his new eyes from Antina's arrived today!
Ollie is made from the "Olivia" sculpt by Dianna Effner, 6.75" circumference (on an "old" Tonner body). The head came to me (several years ago) with cut out eyes, so I didn't have the fun of painting him new eyes. But I did have the fun of putting down his complexion with the air brush - first time I've tried this. I learned right away that it ends up a lot darker than the paint mixture in the cup would indicate it would .... Ollie is perhaps too dark ..... but I like the job I did on his lips. So we'll live together this way for a while and then I'll decide if I need to re-do him again. (I wish I could find a slightly shorter, more "male" wig for him!)
The exciting news for me (besides a new batch of Tenner bodies!) is that I'm pretty sure I've thought up a way that I can use Effner's sculpts where the neck is part of the head (therefore they don't work on a strung Tonner or Tenner body). And this means at least eight new/different kids can be added to the clan and, best of all, I get to keep painting!!!!
If you've been smacking yourself on the side of the head that you didn't purchase Tenner bodies last year ..... if you've been looking at my photos of wonderful Tenner/Tonner/Effner hybrids ..... you're in luck now!!! Andria is putting together another order from the factory!! Please go to her website www.dollycraft.com to check out the offer and put some Tenners in your shopping cart.
Since I myself am no longer part of the Tenner "business", I can tell you with no ulterior sales motives at all, that I have never worked with as great a body as the Tenner body. And I have a fair amount of experience with ball-jointed dolls. Every time I "play" with one of my non-Tenner ball-jointed bodies I am struck by how great the Tenner is -- stands steady, holds a pose, almost unlimited flexibility --- AND fits the Tonner heads AND matches the Tonner color!!!!
Just about all the dolls in photos that I've posted in the last year use Tenner bodies or parts of Tenner bodies - the only exception is Andreas (ol' stick-in-the-mud) so take a look back through the blog posts and think about shopping! R.
P.S. like in all modern ball jointed dolls supported by elastic, the elastic in the Tenner body can get "tired". This is especially true if you are someone like me who is switching heads around ALL the time (I NEED more bodies!) Tightening the elastic is very easy. If you are already a Tenner owner and need guidance with this tune-up, let me or Andria know and we can walk you through it. R.
You may remember that Joanna was one of the first two porcelain heads that I tried painting with Dianna Effner's air-dried paint methods, last fall or early winter. At that point I was struggling with getting a good, even coat of protective "varnish" on the face without lifting off lower layers of pigment and I re-did poor Joanna three or four times, finally settling with "good enough!", even though she looked a little grubby!
So off that all came a week or so ago and here she is again. Much better, if I say so myself! (The "secret" being using an airbrush to put on the "varnish" and .... several months of practice to increase my skills.) R.
with a dual Easter and Alice-in-Wonderland "theme" .... a twofer!! Or maybe a fourfer (two new dolls and two themes??)
This is Marianne on the left and Nicole on the right. Both porcelain Effner heads cast for me by Pat Green. Of all the Effner heads that I've been painting and sharing here, these two have the largest ratio of feature size to overall head size. Hence they are the closest to Ann Estelle/Sophie/et al in their proportions. All the heads that I've painted and shared fit on the same neck and, as far as I can understand it, would fit on the same Effner body (a body about an inch taller than the Tonners). But they vary not only in their overall circumferences (6.5 inches to 7.25 inches) but also in their features-to-face size ratios. Madeline (in the previous post) has a 7 inch head but relatively small features (i.e. the least similar to the Tonners).
Marianne in a bunny suit by Julie Milliron, has a 7" circumference head.
Nicole, in the Ashton-Drake Effner Alice in Wonderland outfit, also has a 7" circumference head.
I have a feeling that Nicole is up to no good!!!
I had been depressed thinking that these would be the last heads that I'd would be painting unless/until Dianna created some new sculpts of the appropriate size. But today I experimented with removing the "glass-like" glaze used on the irises of the eyes (that gives them that wonderful sparkle) and found that I can "melt" it with acetone! This means that I'm now on my way to redoing Joanna ("oh poor Joanna!!!") who I did before I learned to use the airbrush and who really wasn't up to current par. I'm also going to redo Ollie, who I did a number of years ago with pastel powder and lacquer spray - he has set-in eyes but I'm sure I can improve the rest of his face! Thus you will still have to put up with me posting face-up pictures.
But meanwhile ..... best wishes for Easter! R.
(April 1 - added some new photos - I can't get over how pleased I am with this one! Thanks to Randomfish and Shirley for the nice comments. R.)
My latest face-up job - Madeline by Dianna Effner (7" circumference porcelain head, in "Misty Cream", cast for me by Pat Green), on a Tenner body.
I am REALLY pleased with this one! R.
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