Have a candy heart???
And here are the results of all that creative energy in the kitchen ......
The justifiably proud crew of chefs .....
Since Jack is one of the kids that is so busy in the kitchen right now (see post of February 4th) it is a good time to spotlight him -- my next "meet the Joe Pye Clan" post. And Jack is also the best kid to start with in introducing the Effner sub-clan, since he was the very first Effner chimera I created.
The "back story", for those of you patient enough to put up with my blathering on and on, starts back in 2006 when I first became aware of the possibilities of doing head transplants using vinyl heads from Michele Severino dolls which were/are just about the same size as the Tonner ten inch doll heads. I quickly added three new girls to the gang! Actually, I'm wrong, the story starts even farther back than that, back to a time before I'd even moved to Wisconsin (which happened in 1991) - I used to visit at cherry picking time each summer, which also coincided with a smallish, yearly doll "show" in the smallish town of Algoma. So after I moved to Wisconsin, it became a happy habit for me to go to the show each year. At the show in 2007 I spotted a porcelain doll head that, fresh from doing Severino head transplants, caught my eye as being very similar in size. "Porcelain head transplants???!!!!" I said to myself. "Oh boy, an entire un-tapped source of new personalities!!!!!" The head, entirely finished and painted with a lot of talent by an unknown doll lover, was made with a Diana Effner mold called "Lacey".
And yes, the head fit OK (but not entirely well) on the Tonner ten inch body. I must admit I had qualms working with a porcelain head (as opposed to vinyl) and the high tension of stringing - and I still do, to this day, but happily have not broken one yet (knock wood!!) Thus was born Jack, named after a grandson of a good friend. There was never any question that this doll was meant to be "Jack" and not "Lacey"!!
Right after this I was extremely lucky to find a large lot of various hard-fired but not painted Effner heads for sale on eBay and began to add more and more Effner personalities to the gang. (I'll hopefully introduce each during the year.) Although I've made a fairly thorough study of the "problem", I have yet to find a fool-proof way to predict whether a certain Effner head will work on/with the Tonner body/neck or not. Her molds are categorized by the height of the doll, and sometimes a head said to be for a twelve inch doll will be smaller than a head said to be for a ten inch doll ..... the "Lacey" sculpt is one of the smaller "twelve inch" doll sculpts, with a diameter of 6.5". (I love Effner sculpts and think she is the most habitually talented doll artist in the industry these days, but my compulsive personality would be happier if there was a more systematic way that the heads and bodies were sized .....) So anyway, even though Jack's head did fit on the Tonner neck, it "sat" a bit high and looked a bit odd from the back, especially if he was wearing a shirt without a collar to cover up the area. I began to wonder if I could find a better resin BJD body to fit the head, all the while keeping in mind that I like to have all the gang sized closely enough to each other that they can all wear the same clothes and shoes.
The solution came in 2011 when I found him a J'aime Rosebay body. (J'aime = the Chinese company; Rosebay = their name for this particular YoSD size doll. In case you go looking, J'aime is no longer in business.) The Rosebay dolls were 10.25" tall, thus just about the same height as Tonner dolls, but, as is true of the current trend in similar sized BJDs, with smaller body proportions (i.e. the proportions of an older child than the Tonner dolls or some of the earliest Asian 1:6 BJDS like the Luts Cutie Delf.) As described in "Whose head is that?" in the "New Looks" section of our website, I painted the pale resin with acrylic paint, leaving the joint areas free of paint since I have yet to find a way to render the painted areas safe from abrasion in the joints. So now Jack not only has a neck to fit his head, he is thoroughly articulated!!! (After the picture below was taken, Michael too got an articulated body [a Luts Cutie Delf] so he is no longer jealous of Jack.)
So there you have Jack's story! Stay tuned to see what he and the girls have prepared in the kitchen for Valentine's day! R.
Oh dear. Had I known there had been a bereavement, I would have sent condolences, but no one told me. Poor Patsy has taken a funerary, "loo-goo-brious" turn!!! Maybe Andria or Claudia can write a more supportive blog post about these dolls and outfits? But not me, sorry! R.
I have to admit that, unlike the rest of the female members of my family, I don't like to cook. Food magazines have no interest to me. But I do seem to be drawn to the February issues of Martha Stewart's "Living" ... I think mostly because they seem to always have a nice late-winter gardening feature. So this year's issue found its way into my shopping basket. Sophie, who does like to cook, was very excited to see it and asked to take it to the kitchen at Joe Pye Towers, where she shared it with Jack and Ann Estelle.
Very soon, exciting Valentine's day culinary plans began to take shape!!
Mixing!! Blending!! Whisking!!! Rolling out!!! Cutting in!! Flouring pans!! Measuring spices!!
One more (new) picture of cookies coming out of the oven. Try "scratch an' sniff" on your computer screen over the cookie pan - maybe you can get a wiff??
So many good smells!!! Just wait until you see the results!!! It is a good thing!!!!! R.
"Stuck a feather in her cap and called it macaroni!" Well, not really, but it was Ann Estelle's idea to add the feather and diadem to the ensemble!
..... the new Tonner Patsy ballet tutu!! Very cute!!!
Meanwhile, next door to the music room, in the kitchen, artist efforts are also underway! Pictures soon. R.
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