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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Bit of From Nancy's Heart History II

PART TWO: the doll years

Hello again! So last time I left you with the promise of seeing some photos of the dolls
I made years ago.
A few of them were tucked away, poor babies, but this doll (seen below) is
sitting in my newly painted sitting room. You know, I forgot to check her out to see what year I made her, ( I would date them) but I know it was before 2000.
Well for a dolly that's over 10 years old, she's aging pretty well!

Her body is soft but the trick to give her some weight ~ split peas!
Yes! A part of her bum is filled with split peas.
Back in the 90's, my mom was in charge of making the bodies; she had a bag of dried split peas on hand and thought, "this may work"~ it did!
She, the dolly, not my mom, has a wooden head and a hand made wig that I finally figured out how to make after a year of gluing strands of hair piece by piece onto their heads!
I believe I was the one at the time who also had a wooden head. :D

Her dress is made of Calico and Corduroy; but what always caught a customer's eye ~ her shoes!
I ADORE shoes, so of course why wouldn't I put them on my dollies?!
I have to tell you about this great pair of red patent Mary Jane's I .... oh, I'm sorry, the dolls, yes. I had, just had, to put lacy socks on her too. It would be a sin not to have lacy socks with a nice pair of Mary Jane's

Below, are photos of dolls that were named: Halo Dolls.
And for the life of me, I can't remember now why I gave them that name!
At the time, especially when making dolls, I needed to have several different sizes and price points. Back then, they always had a problem standing.
I think they drank too much while I had them stored away... I know I would always hear music while in the workroom! ; D

I must say, thinking back to the times making these wonderful dolls, I did have fun and it gave me a bit of diversity; plus when I got bored painting... I just moved onto sewing!

The doll (above) is made of a combination of wood and of course her hand sewn dress.
So, there you have it in a quick nutshell ~ my dolls.
The dolls you see in this post were my samples and I've had offers to give them new homes; but I just can not bear to separate myself from them. That means something, right?
Well, I think 2011 may be the year of the dolly comeback!!
Are you happy to hear that Mom? I know that you are!

Tomorrow: My Greatest Dream Realized; but was it a Nightmare?


  1. A great pair of posts. I can't wait for the next installment! --Judy

  2. Sweet dolls. What fun that you used split peas!

    Btw, thanks for joining my blog hop. :D


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