Thursday, August 13, 2009

Primitive Folk Art Dolls

This last month and this month have gone by in a whirl wind and it doesn't seem to be slowing down much.

I thought it was past time that I gave you a update, so here it is.

These photos are of some of the dolls I've been working on, there are several more in various stages that are being made that aren't pictured at this time.

The first girl is Ruby and her Dolly. The second girl is Daisy and her Dolly. Ruby and Daisy are 2 of my favorite black dolls that I have made to date(I think) They turned out beautifully. Their big brown eyes seem to hold a bit of that childhood innocence. They look as thought they are going to have a tea party with their dollies. They are bout 23" tall and their dolls are about 8" tall. Both Ruby and Daisy have wire in their arms so they can hold their dollies.

The next little fellow is a Halloween character doll. I named him Pumpkin Head. He has his own jack-o-lantern. His arms are bent so that he can hold it too. His face is needle sculpted. He was inspired by the old Halloween decorations of the 20's and 30's. He is a unique character for sure. He is approximately 14" tall.

Next is a Raggedy Annie and her Baby. Raggedy Ann dolls never go out of style, do they? She looks like the perfect mother, Her needle sculpted face has so much personality she will definitely win your heart. Annie is about 13" tall and Baby is about 8" tall.

Last but not least is Booker and his Pup. Every boy needs a pup and Booker loves holding this little one. The pup is button jointed. Booker has wire in his arms so that he can hang on the that squirmy little pup too. Booker is about 23" tall, Pup is about 8" long. He has the cutest stubby tail too!

If you want to see more photo's of these dolls 0r to read a better description please visit the Doll_Shoppe_Prims Photo Gallery.

Booker Daisy and Ruby are sold (I think, I am waiting for confirmation on that.) It is possible that the Annie doll is sold too.

There are several more dolls in the making. Including, the Fairy - Her wings are all painted now! A Older woman, possibly a church lady or a farm lady, we'll have to see how she turns out. More elves, another version of the Pumpkin Head doll, a brother for my Belindy dolls, and more. Yes, I have been very busy!

I have a busy weekend ahead of me, will be leaving tomorrow and be back Sunday evening. Then back to work on those dollies!

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Saturday, July 4, 2009


Just stopping by to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!

Be safe & have fun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Elves and Fairy Progress

Just finished up 4 more elves.
They all turned out really cute.

Candy Cane Elf is all done up in red and off white stripes. He had on mittens that have a candy canes painted on them, his shoes also have candy canes onnd Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Fairy Progress\Fairy Progress1.jpg them. He has jingle bells sewn to his hat and on his shoe laces. His shirt, shirt cuffs and pant cuffs are laced with green embroidery thread. He has pretty green eyes that seem to look up at you.

Jingles Elf is done up in the traditional colors of red and green. He had jingle bells sewn down the front of his shirt instead of buttons. He has jingle bells on his shirt cuffs and pant cuffs and on his hat. He is holding a big jingle bell ornament. With all those bells what else could I call him but Jingle. His name is painted on the brim of his hat.

Holly Elf is adorable! He is winking. He was a little more time consuming to paint than the others because he has holly leaves painted on his hat cuff, shirt cuffs, pant cuffs and belt. He also has a holly leaf collar that has a jingle bell at the center front.

The Snowman Elf is the 4th one. He is wearing overalls with a snow man painted on the front bib. He has Snowmen on his hat and shoes too!

They are all a little over 17" with their hats on, without them they are about 13" or 14" tall.

Instead of rusted buttons at the joints I used pewter buttons.

Like I said they are all so cute!

More photo's of them can be seen at the Doll_Shoppe_Prims photo gallery

THE FAIRY - Update.......
The fairy is coming along, I made 4 pairs of wings before I was satisfied with how they turned out.
The wings in the picture still need to painted some, I need to line all the colors with black.
I struggled with deciding what type of head to put on her. I thought of making her more realistic looking with beautiful human features but decided she was going to more of a character doll. She has an impish, happy face. She will be funny, cute and sweet when she is finished.

Other News
The rest of today I will be re-organizing my work room. I have acquired a 1893 Singer Sphinx Treadle Machine. It is wonderful! It is made with such a good quality to be 116 years old and still working like a dream.
I learned to sew on old treadle - it brings back good memories.

I will be working on the fairy in between working on filling orders. I'll keep you all updated on her progress.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Primitive Folk Art Fairies - The Body Designs

The Primitive Folk Art Garden Fairy Dolls are coming together.

I have designed the bodies for both the medium sized fairies and the Fairy Queen.
The Medium sized body is similar to that of the Patriot Dolls but thinner and with a bit of a waist line. The arms and legs are thin with delicate ankles and wrist's. They will have little shoes that are turned up at the toes.
I haven't yet decided on what kind of head to put on her, I will be thinking of that today and making that tomorrow.

The Fairy Queen Doll has a much more adult style body. She will be approximately 22" - 24" when finished.

I haven't yet decided on what type of wings to put on them, I think the medium sized garden fairies will have colorful butterfly style wings.

Today I am taking the little ones to the zoo, tomorrow back to work.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Newest Primitive Patriot Dolls

Just finished up these 4 dolls today. I was getting bored with the plain faces so I spiced them up a bit.

The Town Crier Patriot Doll has a rusty bell with a wooden handle. He is approximately 14" tall.
I painted his mouth in a open position, after all a town cryer is not a quiet fellow.

The Winker Patriot Doll is so cute. He is winking of course. He is wearing a green shirt and his eye that is open is green. His hair is a reddish color and he has the cutest little freckles sprinkled across his cheeks. He looks like he could be a mischievous little fellow. He is carrying a Gadsden Flag. He is also approximately 14" tall. I have attached his arms and legs with pewter buttons instead of the rusty tin ones.

The Blond Patriot Doll is carrying a 13 star American Flag. He has blue eyes and is wearing a reddish/brown colored shirt. I really like the way his shirt color turned out. He is approximately 14" tall.

The Uncle Sam has got to be the cutest Uncle Sam I have made to date. He is approximately 14" tall with out his hat. His hat is about 4" tall and when he has it on he is about 16" tall. He is wearing the tradional red white and blue colors. His hat band has 13 stars painted around it. He is carrying a 13 star American Flag in one hand and a Gadsden flag in the other. His boots are painted and laced with heavy waxed thread.

You can see more pictures of the new dolls at my Doll Shoppe Prims Gallery

The Belindy dolls that I had listed in my store have sold.

I had to raise the postage fees on the dolls listed in my store to reflect post office's raised rates. Remember at the new store the postage cost is figured into the dolls price.
There is only one doll listed there now. Doll Shoppe Primitive and Collectibles at the Olde Primitive Sisters Marketplace.

I will be leaving for 12 days on Thursday the 21st. Hopefully I will have one more update before I go.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Belindy Dolls Are Now Available

Belindy Dolls Are Available.
These 2 primitive black folk art dolls are now available in The Doll Shoppe Primitives and Collectibles store at the Olde Primitive Sisters Marketplace.
Thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Belindy Primitive Dolls Are Finished

Three of the new Belindy dolls are finished.
And finally I had a nice day to take photos of them.

They are all approximately 14" tall. They are made of muslin and painted in layers, sanding between each layer and given a final coat of stain to give them a primitive look. Their clothing is also distressed, aged, sanded and patched.

All of these have mohair hair that is lightly glued and needle felted into place.

There are a lot more photo's of each doll in my Doll Shoppe Prims Photo Gallery. Check them out.

If you recall, I did have 4 that I was working on. I ran out of mohair and had to order it for the 4th doll, so she is sitting in my work room bald as a newly hatched blue-jay waiting patiently for her hair.

One of these Belindy dolls has been spoken for. As soon as Rose picks which one she wants the other 2 will be listed in my store at the Olde Primitive Sisters MarketPlace.

The cost for a primitive Belindy doll is $50.00 + 7.50 shipping to the lower 48 United States. If you live elsewhere please email me and I will figure the shipping price for you.

Now I must get to work on the Patriots. I know the ones who ordered them are looking forward to seeing them finished.

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