Cats and books and fabric! And then add a doll!! What can be better than that? I found this wonderful fabric on Spoonflower. It is a design by Heleen van Buul of the Netherlands. http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3694028-library-cats-small-by-heleenvanbuul
(The other fabrics in this outfit come from my humongous stash. One thing to keep in mind when buying from Spoonflower is that the printed area of their "fat quarters" is approximately 21" X 18", so this may be a bit smaller than you are used to working with in "fat quarters" cut from a bolt of 45" wide fabric. It will be enough for a dress with a full skirt, but maybe just enough.) R.
In the "good old days" when Tonner was producing Ann Estelle dolls, for me one of the really fun things was figuring out which Mary Engelbreit illustrations the outfits were based on when the much-anticipated photos of the new dolls would go up on the Tonner website. I myself ended up with a huge collection of ME calendars, for "reference".
As some of you may know, if you saw a "spat" I got into with a woman who used our photos for her own presentation of a history of Ann Estelle that she shared on Mary Engelbreit's Facebook page, it was our original hope/desire four and a half years ago (?!) to be able to present our photos of the Tonner dolls and outfits side-by-side with the Engelbreit inspiration artwork. We asked the appropriate people in Engelbreit's corporate structure but were never actually given permission to use her drawings, and so we did not use 'em (well, except those that I sneak in for the occasional blog post .....)
Good news came at the recent Tonner convention when Andria met Mary Engelbreit and discussed the idea with her again. This time she gave her blessing!!!!
So hopefully, sometime in the future you will see "new and improved" pages under the "Ann Estelle Story" pull-down menu! I'm not sure if Andria is interested in working on this part of the project so it may be up to me alone .... yikes, I'll have to tear myself away from my genealogy work and re-learn how to put Weebly pages together!! I think that once this "feature" is included we can, without a doubt, declare this to be THE magnum opus website for the ten inch Ann Estelle dolls!!!!!! R.
The Mary Engelbreit/Ann Estelle event is occurring as I write at the Tonner 25th anniversary convention in Ohio!! Here is a picture from Tonner Co. on Facebook.
So obviously one of the Ann Estelle dolls is the new Tonner 18" doll. Holding my breath for a 10"er!! Andria is there so hopefully she'll share news and pictures with us?? R.
Update #1: lunch is over and the 10"ers have appeared!!! Looks like they are dressed to match the image in the ME illustration at the table settings (top photo). These photos are also from Tonner Co. on Facebook. Sooooo good to see little Ann Estelle's sweet face again!!!!!!!
Update #2: I see someone has already put one of these up for sale on eBay - so you can see her there. Brown eyes!!!! (And there is an Ellowynne-sized doll in a look-alike outfit.)
Update #3: from Mary Engelbreit's Facebook page: "in Columbus, OH today for the 25th anniversary of the Tonner Doll Company! What an amazing event! Robert Tonner, The World's Nicest Person, made my dolls starting about 17 years ago. We took a little break and now he's going to make them again! We'll have an 18 inch doll, suitable for kids to actually play with, not just for collectors, that will be available in the fall. And lots of new outfits for my old dolls, Ann Estelle, Georgia, Gracie, and Audrey Ann! Today they showed 2 beautiful new dolls that are only available today at the event. Luckily we have a couple and will be raffling them off later this week when we get home." (Italics mine.)
June 6 - Update #4 Tonner has posted studio photos of the new dolls, in anticipation of their sales period later in the week. So here is the official Tonner picture of the new Ann Estelle!!
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