Thursday, April 30, 2009

Have you seen this Doll?

I had the awesome pleasure of holding this antique doll yesterday, yay! This is my mother's-in-law doll, it belonged to her grandmother. It's over 100 years old, but I am not sure how old, exactly. I'm not really sure how to find this doll, but I'd love more information if anyone knows anything about it, or how to find out more about it.

The doll is 14.5" tall, with a styrofoam (?) pate, Sleep eyes, Gusseted Joints on a leather body, Open mouth, painted lashes, black fishnet stockings, and a pink wool dress. The over dress appears to not be the original, but is still just about as old as the doll. Her hair is missing.

The back of this doll's neck is engrave with;
11 5/0 DI
Made In Germany


These two dolls were also made in Germany, though I couldn't get to their necks to find any markings. The clothes were so brittle, they tore too easily to be pulled away from the bodies.

They are each 13" tall, missing the feet. They are have china shoulder heads, with painted hear and faces. The bodies seem to be made of fabric, maybe muslin, and stuffed with hay and wood chips (or something similar). They are missing their hands, but look at the way the arms are stitched. The sailor dress isn't the original, but is just about as old as the doll. I suppose maybe all other clothing is original, but I don't really know. The way the legs look just amazes me. It reminds me of Indian money, lol.

Does anyone know anything about these Dolls?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Check out this Fantastic Giveaway!

This is one of my favorite jewelry artists on Etsy, her work is unique and OOAK.

Featured Etsian Artist~SkylarsCandyClips

SkylarsCandyClips put these up in a blog giveaway, and I won! EEEHH, I was so excited to win! My daughter and I love these soo much. They're soft and comfy to wear and just adorable. The headband goes so well with most of her spring outfits.

Thank you SkylarsCandyClips!

"This little hobby of mine was inspired by my eldest daughter Skylar when she was a baby (now almost 4 years old!) and always losing the hair clips that I bought her. Frustrated by the poor selection of hair clips at the retail stores I shopped from and the outrageous prices they charged, I decided to make my own. From there, it slowly evolved from giving them as gifts, to goody bag treats, until I decided to do retail myself! Skylar always referred to her hairclips as "candy clips" from the many different styles she owned so I thought it was befitting to call it Skylar's Candy Clips in tribute to her for serving as my inspiration, my muse. Thus Skylar's Candy Clips was born!Skylar's Candy Clips...handmade with love and because one is just not enough!!!"

"I'm a mommy of three who LOVES making arts and crafts with her kids! Skylar's Candy Clips was inspired by my eldest daughter Skylar who called her hand made clips her "candy clips". Now almost four years old and a budding fashionista, Skylar took great care matching her outfit with a different clip everyday and we've gotten lots of compliments! Now her baby sister Peyton (who was born with tons of hair!) is following in her footsteps (their middle brother Deacon, for obvious reasons, unfortunately can only admire from afar). Skylar's Candy Clips has expanded to other cool products such as headbands, infant hairclips, ponytail holders, summer hats, baby beanies, and beach bags! Each item is designed and handmade by me with lots and lots of love!"

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Artist~Noel Cruz

I am completely and utterly amazed by these dolls.. Not just these, but look at his website. Looking at all his OOAK dolls is like looking at a photo. Go look, tell me what you think!

"Whew...finally - got both of 'em done. Turned out a bit more challenging than I thought. This is just a preview shot. They'll both be on ebay hopefully tomorrow or Thursday.The dolls used are 15 1/2 inch and 17 1/2 inch Bella and Edward dolls by Robert Tonner. Fulll facial repaint and shading as well as extensive hair style make over to replicate the features of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson from Twilight.The inset photos on the upper left hand corner show the mass produced version of the Edward Cullen and Bella Swan doll as they were originally released.Repaint is a new form of pop art, wherein the doll's face is treated like a three dimensional canvas, with the added challenge of painting within a very small area and an even greater challenge of recreating a real person's likeness. Since dolls are basically miniature pieces, brush strokes and shading have to be very controlled and precise.-- acrylic paint and ultra fine brushes(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with the Tonner Doll company "

The Edward Cullen Doll was sold on ebay for $2,950.00.
The Bella Swan Doll was sold on
ebay for $2,388.98.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Featured Etsian Artist~tinydewdrops

One Little Bird's jewelry collection provides a way for people to support women in crisis and receive a beautiful memento in return. Fifty-percent of profits are donated to The Hiding Place, a residential facility in Baltimore that houses and cares for women in crisis situations. Usually these women are with child.

Each piece of the jewelry collection reflects nature, creating an accessory world rich in flora and fauna with sterling birds, carnelian flowers, amazonite dewdrops and more. The focal point of the line is a tiny dewdrop, either found on the piece itself or within its artistic packaging.

Why the dewdrop? Because the jewelry line's purpose is to supply nourishment to life, which is the same purpose of earthly dew. The jewelry itself is also tangible encouragement to the buyer:

"It's easy to remember the terrible or frustrating events in our lives, and it's easy to remember the huge, glorious moments that are our milestones. But what do we have as a reminder of the seemingly small things we do for others? A smile to a child, a couple of dollars for a friend's drink, a picture we snap for our grandma; these memories tend to fade away as we continue to walk through life, yet these occasions can be some of the most important moments we live. This is one of the many reasons why One Little Bird jewelry was birthed. May we remember those 'little' things we do that refresh others - like the dewdrops to the flowers - and may they give us motivation to carry on in our daily walk." ~ Gina (Creator of One Little Bird)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Blog Giveaway! tinydewdrops

Begins 4/26th-Ends 5/10th at midnight (MTN time)

Hiding Place Website
"~ Dewdrops are my theme! You can be a DEWDROP in someone's life ~ "

"I created One Little Bird jewelry as a way for people to support a woman in crisis and receive a beautiful memento in return. It's easy to remember the terrible or frustrating events in our lives, and it's easy to remember the huge, glorious moments that are our milestones. But what do we have as a reminder of the "small" gifts we give to others? A smile to a child, a couple of dollars for a friend's drink, a picture we snap to email to our grandma: these memories tend to fade away as we continue to walk through life; yet, these occasions can be some of the most important moments we live. This is one of the many reasons why the dewdrop jewelry was "birthed." May we remember the seemingly "little" things we do that refreshes others - like the dewdrop to a flower - and may it give us motivation to carry on in our daily walk~"

tinydewdrops was kind enough to allow me to host a giveaway for her.
The winner will receive this lovely brass necklace which holds freshwater pearls. Lucky YOU, I'm jealous that I don't have the chance to win this beautiful necklace ... But that's okay, because I get the pleasure of making some other fortunate person very very happy!

Now For The Rules Of The Giveaway

To enter this giveaway you MUST follow the tinydewdrop BLOG

If you are not a (new or old) follower of her blog, you will be disqualified.

Go to the tinydewdrop Blog and become a follower, come back here and leave a comment to let me know that you are now following her blog. That's all you have to do to enter!

For EXTRA Entries

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For one extra entry follow my blog, come back here and leave another comment letting me know that you are a follower.

For one extra entry, go to the tinydewdrop store and leave another comment telling us what your favorite item is.

For one extra entry, Blog about this giveaway with a link back here. Come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog.

You can earn more extra entries EACH day that you twitter about this giveaway! Just leave a new comment everyday with the new twitter link.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Vintage Toys and the fun we had!

Here are just a few more wonderul vintage toys that you might remember.
Toucan Sam, this is probably not the Toucan that was mentioned in the story, but he's still cute!
I remember having an Easy Bake Oven myself. Couldn't really make much. I had 3 siblings and there was just never enough for all of us! I only recall using it 2-3 times.
Strawberry Shortcake is just...sweet. I didn't have her as a child, but I see that she is quite popular with children now.
Do you have a story you'd like to share? Email me at

This is the Solo In The Spotlight Barbie. My MIL owned this Barbie, at one time... Mattel did a very tricky thing.. There was something different about this Barbie (I can't remember what). They told everyone that if they brought the old Barbie back to the store they would give them the new Barbie. They must have realized this Barbie would be worth something someday, and they didn't want it circulating. Kids were excited to get the new Barbie and give up the already played with one.. Till they were older and realized what had happened. My MIL never opened the new one, then she had kids.. She needed to make room in the house for her kids and their toys so she had a yardsale. And YES, this unopened Barbie was sold for just a few dollars, about 20 years ago. She regrets it now.
This story made me sooo very sad.

kjbeads says:
I have to thank my Father for all the easy bake oven cakes I sat in his lap and made himeat with no chance of ditching as much as a crumb. I should have owned my own bakery with all the crap I made. BLOG

movetheneedle says:
I loved stuffed animals, which I think never get old. My first toy I can remember was a stuffed toucan that squeaked when I shook it. But I gave it a "bath" in the sink and it didn't squeak as much after that, haha and I couldn't understand why at first. BLOG

breedingfancy says:
You just made me go on a little stroll down memory lane...If I could go back in time and retrieve just one toy from my childhood (the 80s), it would be my Strawberry Shortcake toy rotary telephone. It was the most adorable thing. My little sister and I, like all of our Christmas presents, had both received one. You picked up the phone, dialed one of the numbers, and a voice recording would play depending on which number you dialed. The only message I can remember clearly is a sweet voice saying, "Hello? Blueberry Muffin here."Oh, it was awesome!I kept it all the way through high school. Then, after sophomore year in college, I had to get rid of all of my stuff leftover back home. I couldn't very well bring that back to the dorm, right? So. I. TRASHED IT!! Or maybe I gave it to the Goodwill. Either way it goes, I totally regret it... And I've tried searching for a picture on the Internet-- no go! BLOG