The sorting of my dolly world is almost done. I have broken down my dolly world into these groups:
The Bisques – Miette and Henri (antiques) I will practice making clothing in the late Victorian era for these two.
The China’s – Charlotte (antique) Sarabonde (reproduction) both will become my “French fashion” dolls, their garments will be made in the style of the mid-Victorian era. Included here is Charlotte’s baby Kameko who is a vintage Japanese gofun baby.
The Vinyl’s – Sinatra, Lucy and 2 other 12 inch vinyl dolls (all for future photostories)
The Little’s – Girl of Many Lands Neela and someday Yupik, the miniature world I adore.
The Resins – Evie (Dollstown Seola), Audrey and Hammie (Dollzone BB’s Ani and Kay)
The Others – Olivia the Pig, Holger the Hedgehog, GML girl from India are all special character dolls for occasional photostories of their own, in the “fantasyland” genre.
The Woodens – Jollyann (Antique Schoenhut) and Allina (modern carving by Sisko of Finland)
With the upcoming major changes I will be going through, I have found some relief in organizing my dolly world, trying to find simple solution to the many things I will soon face. I started the process by writing in the evenings, everything I could think of about each doll I owned. Histories, backstories, inventory of their clothing and things….after awhile I discovered that I was at a loss for the reason some of them were a part of my doll world that was taking shape. Asking myself what I wanted and needed from each of my dolls, I soon found which doll filled that need and everything started to fall into place, much to my great relief.
I want antiques and I have a couple. I want a lady doll to dress, I have that in Charlotte. I have my fine resins that I enjoy for their realism. I want goofy soap-opery characters to make a story someday and have that in the 12 inch fashion doll crowd. I have the odd ones (The Others) to fill in the fantasy side I love so much, with a pig and a hedgehog, I am sure they will bring a delight. The girl from India will be my miniature. Someday I want to get the Inuit girl too. They can take over the dollhouse miniatures I love and cannot let go of. And then, the ultimate of my dolly dreams….I have my woodens. My Schoenhuts that I refinished a couple of years ago and sold have been the only dolls I sincerely regret selling. I missed them so much and bringing Jollyann home and refinishing her brought that all back and I want to explore this more.
In my hunt for another wooden, I was offered the chance to own one of Sisko’s fabulous hand carved dolls. Beyond the fabulous opportunity to have one of her dolls, when I saw the photo of the wooden, I was so excited to find she was perfect in every way that I need for a wooden doll to be. No cloth body, well formed limbs, a cheerful face, and not thin and fragile. She is about the same size of my Schoenhut, and should be able to share clothing with her. I love that she has the vintage/antique look. My plan at this time is to give her a go on the truck to see if she may be the sturdy travel companion I so sorely need. Here is Alli, which Sisko has named her, I have added na to the end of her name to bring it to Allina.
Pleased to introduce Allina (photo’s by Sisko)
She is 16 inches tall. I am so excited about her impending arrival!