Tuesday, May 23, 2006

some stuff to share

This is Terri Lee in her "natural state". She looked worse than this when I found her- just absolutely filthy, poor little dear. Here's another photo of her all fixed up:
The wig was something I already had, so it didn't cost me anything which I love. And it makes a world of difference for her. It took only an evening to make her sundress which also includes matching panties with the requisite Terri Lee ruffle butt! Anyway, she's listed on ebay and I have a feeling she's going to do pretty well for me, which is good because I bought a Cissette on ebay last week and she needs stuff!

If you're not familiar with Cissette, she is a 9" fashion doll by Madame Alexander. The cutest ones are from the fifties, but there are new ones being made today. Here's a picture of a Cissette, not mine, but very cute just the same:

I just love her delicate, fifties look. And she's very fun to pose. I have a feeling that this is going to be one demanding doll! She also has a little sister named Wendy and she wants to be reunited with her. I think I'm in trouble...(!)

In other news, we have been busy in my family! Last November, we bought an 18' Tracker fishing boat. The weather has been so nice, we are finally getting out and about with it. This was Mother's Day:

Lots of fun, that day! Great weather and we all went swimming too. The day before this, I met dear Sandra in SF to see Menopause, the Musical! Very funny presentation! We had dinner at Pier 39 and did a little shopping. I got a teeny tiny cable car charm for my bracelet which was originally my mother's. I'll have to share that someday- I love that bracelet. Anyway, Sandra suprised me with cute earrings that she made to match a bracelet that she had previously made for me. And then, this weekend she sent me another bracelet-I'll take a pic of it soon- so cute! Green and gold glass leaves and tiny gold dragonflies- I love it so much! It was a great visit- we try to get together every Mother's Day weekend. We both lost our mother's in the same year, so this is our way of honoring "mom"- we honor each other.

This Sunday, Earl and I went out on the boat on our own which was great until the rain started pelting us!

And finally, we spent a great afternoon on Saturday at my brother and sister-in-law's house to celebrate all the May birthdays in our family. We have lots of them! Stepfather Sheldon and his girlfriend, Delores:

Brother Jonathan with celebratory googly eye on his forehead:

Stepbrother-in-law Dwane, also with googly eye:

Husband Earl with his googly eye! And sweet Carmen is a May birthday too, but was not with us for the party. She was invited to go on a weekend trip to see the giant redwoods. I couldn't stand in the way of that! She had a good time too, but we missed her. So, it was a good weekend- I'm still recovering! Hope you all had a good weekend too!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Thrift Score!

You might not recognize this doll, but I assure you, she is a fifties' icon! She didn't look like this when I found her this afternoon. I will show you what she looked like, but not right now! It's late and I need to get to bed.

P.S. It's Terri Lee

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Look what I can do!


In a suprising move away from my cloth dollies, I listed a composition doll today on ebay. Unlike my mom's Ideal baby that I posted about a few weeks ago, this one was already in very good condition. My main contribution here was her outfit. Isn't it fabulous? (Modest, yes, I know!) The description on ebay is long, so if you link over there you can read more about it. I will say here, I couldn't have done it without the new book I bought. It's actually an older book, but it is terrific! It's called "The Doll's Dressmaker" by Venus Dodge. The book includes patterns in four sizes, but the best part of it is the way it encourages you to put together the basic patterns in new and beautiful ways. The author is extremely talented and there are lots of great color photos throughout and really great line drawings too. Oh, I even made this dolly's shoes! There is a chapter in the book on shoemaking! And one on accessories and another on hats. It is a really comprehensive book- I highly, highly recommend it!

For those who might be worried that I've strayed from my roots- no fear! Now I am free to start the new play dolls for my darling niece and nephew in Maryland. Hugs to all!