Joanna you may not have seen (or noticed) before, but she has been "around". Previous to this the head I was using for her had inset eyes and it never worked really well, no matter what eyes I tried with her, mostly because the inside of the porcelain had not been beveled correctly. So here is the new Joanna, with painted eyes!
I don't know .... I'm thinking maybe I need to make her eyelashes and eyebrows a tad darker ..... R.
Mimi, the perpetually surprised or the perpetually singing, has received a face-lift, using techniques learned from Dianna Effner's tutelage. I'm so embarrassed now over my original face-up (of seven years ago) that I won't even make a before and after picture (although you can find some befores if you search "Mimi" in the blog.) The difference boils down to using acrylic paints highly diluted instead of at from-the-tube thickness. It never even occurred to me before learning from Dianna that one could use acrylic paints this way on a 3-D surface (which isn't really surprising, since I've never had basic art training.) The other big step forward in this technique is the glaze that is used on the irises of the eyes to give them sparkle.
So this is Mimi's "oh, chicks come from EGGS!!!!" moment of discovery. R.
If you are lucky enough to be on your way to this year's MDCC convention in Orlando, FL, make sure you go to Andria's presentation on our favorite doll!
Thursday, September 11th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
"Celebrating Robert Tonner’s 10-inch Child Dolls"
"Explore, with Andria, Tonner’s delightful 10-inch dolls with the classic child body from the all-vinyl Linda McCall with straight legs to Ann Estelle and her friends in hard plastic with bendy knees to Patsy with her newly articulated arms. Andria will have displays from her own collection as well as a video showing the major variations."
shhhh ....... Matilda is in her new cradle and Zaliki wants her to fall asleep .....
I think Matilda may have ideas of her own ... bright eyes wide open still!
So meanwhile, please take a tour of the rest of the new girls' bedroom ..... I'm really happy with the change from the pink theme to this bright theme. Perhaps something of a fairy tale feel???
(As always, click on any photo for a larger presentation.) R.
An August rainy day ..... just right for a meeting of Troop 54, Firefly Girls of the World. They decided to have a mini jamboree and chose to join the Fold the Flock project. This world-wide project honors (and mourns) the 100th anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon by inviting everyone to help make 1 million origami Passenger Pigeons. Check out the website at foldtheflock.org --- there you will find the template for the decorated sheet of origami paper and can join us too.
Having lots of fun, but also some somber talk about extinction and how we can, and should be better citizens of the world.
The troop has made ten of them .... now I need to see if I can add our total to the foldtheflock website.
My goodness, girls, look at all of you in your uniforms and hats. Dame Cecilia is very proud of you!
"Thanks dear Dame!! And Happy Birthday to you!!!"
I'm proud of you!! R.
We are going to be playing musical chairs here behind the scenes in our website soon. Hopefully all will go smoothly and you won't notice a thing! Hopefully we won't loose all our encyclopedic volume of pages and the information held therein!!!
But if you do try to contact us through one of the "contact us" boxes, and we don't respond right away, this may be the reason. (Sharon W. - I answered your contact message on the 4th but haven't heard back from you? If you feel I didn't answer you, please check spam files, etc., and/or write again.)
OK, everyone hold your breath and cross your fingers! R.
Well hopefully none of you have fainted from holding your breaths!? It turns out we can't do what we wanted to do without obliterating all the blog entries .... and since I'm attached to my blog entries, that's not a direction we wanted to go!!!
So we're back in business, the "old" way. R.
I've decided to redecorate the girl's pink bedroom ...... have to shoo' all the slumber party kids out of the room first!
"Any one want to volunteer to help??" Ann Estelle says she may help. But the others have "plans"!
I'm not sure if I've "documented" and shared the entire room before, so I took these pictures before it changes. I really do like the view out the window (although it is hard to get a good photo of it.) R.
Here's Goldie. Having finished her, this means I've "made it up" to all three Ashton-Drake/Effner dolls I ruined by trying to insert eyes. Everything is goodness and light again. Goldie is based on the Bedtime Jenny sculpt - one of my favorites - a real sweetie pie.
So, I've run through all but one of the Ashton-Drake Effners (and the one I haven't done has the same sculpt as Brigitte, so I don't feel compelled to find one to do.) Maybe some day I'll do Sunny over again, now that I've taken ten steps farther along the learning curve. Meanwhile, I have a few blank porcelain heads I can try the same techniques on ..... R.
Yuan arrived here (last fall?) with the Cherokee name Salali. This repaint has, to my eyes, really pushed her more towards an all-out Asian look, so we've re-christened her Yuan. I believe Yuan was the Chinese name that my best friend in high school used within her family .... but I might be wrong about that.
I was flattered today when a person on Dianna Effner's Ning group (from which I derive my instruction), seeing the same photos I post here, asked if I was applying the eyelashes (i.e. something 3-D, not painted 2-D) .... so I guess I'm doing something right! Or .... I can fool some of the people all the time or all of the people some of the time?? R.
Henry is eager to go for a walk. Gabriella and Aydie are in their "Walk for a Cure" togs, so maybe there's an "event" on??
Aydie is my eighth Ashton-Drake Effner repaint. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice she has the same face sculpt as Beecie. This sculpt is based on Effner's porcelain Allison sculpt, but the face is a little longer and Aydie's and Beecie's noses are a little longer in proportion to the rest of their faces, compared to Allison. This means there are three Allison clones in the gang now .... Alison, Aydie and Beecie. R.