Yesterday, we went to that antique store I have been yammering on about. It was so much fun, mostly because we were out of the truck, we were walking and being able to look at things besides the road and truck stops. A fabulous change of pace…considering the last time we did this was right before Christmas in 2009! Remember the little fun Native American Nativity set we had on the truck…it was from there.
Anyways, there were two floors of over priced pseudo antiques. Lots of things from my childhood days. I am hardly an antique, and neither are cabbage patch dolls and Barbies from the 1990’s. The doll selection was dismal. One true antique with a price tag of $950 that was there the last time I was there, so obviously they aren’t making any sales. There are better chances of a true antique on eBay at half that cost. But the rest was enjoyable, I did find vintage buttons and trims for my sewing, a metal knitting gauge and a very nice Bates circular knitting needles in size 0. Yippy, she only charged $1! I also found a vintage old fashioned metal phone, a tiny used bottle of perfume and a small diary from 1961, which I always look for small books to put on bookshelves in the doll rooms.
A garishly delightful French provincial TV which made me laugh (but I wanted it!), and I adored this old toy stove:
Imagine, that it really heats up! I saw the heat coils under the cooking holes on top. I wonder how many children may have burned themselves on it, perhaps it didn’t get that hot? I wanted this time, but at $55 it was out of my price range. It would have worked for a 10” child doll, or a 16-18” adult doll.
I am still sewing for my little visitor. Because of her presence, I have been giving a tremendous amount of thought to my dolls, my companions, my dolly world in general. The visitor is small, about 12”? I love this size. I am getting use to sewing small again, and once I am into it, I don’t mind at all. In fact, I am pleased with making tiny hand stitches and the control it gives on such small garments. It’s definitely a challenge with fabric and trim selections, but I am learning as I go and having fun doing it.
One of the things I did while in the Antique mall, was to pay attention to objects and the scale of antique things that could be used by doll companions. I am leaning towards the antique world of dolls and really wanting to move into that realm again. I want a companion just like the one I saw so many years ago, a fine antique lady, very small, about 10” in height, wearing a fabulous 1870’s dress, and her trunk was decorated with all kinds of things found on her African safari travels, everything from fine kid gloves to African tribal masks adorned her little trunk room. The whole room was done with the utmost detail, just looking at a photo of it made my imagination soar with stories.
Living on the truck is so bland and harsh. I want a world to retreat into with my doll. A world I can research, make things for. When I had Belsant Tower, I remember the thrills I use to get working on the storyline, making little tea stained letters, finding a candle stick that would fit on the mantel of the fireplace. Yes, I really need to have this place to work from again. Having a companion in the modern world with me, is paying attention to the day to day drag of trucking. I need to escape it.
I am giving considerations to whom that lady will be. Charlotte is too large (18 inches) and a family heirloom, so she will never be a traveler, it is too risky. Saraband is a possibility, she is about 13-14 inches?, but I am not sure how a china head will fare on a bumpy truck and I may tire of keeping her porcelain feet from banging against each other and that goes for traveling too. I also have Miette, at 10” who has traveled with me and was a lot of fun. Miette has a child’s face and body, so I am no sure yet on how to work with that, as I want an adult traveler.
I have a bid on a fine lady, but I seriously doubt I will win her. I had to plead and bargain for the small amount I could bid, as there was a very strict rule to buy no more dolls this year, but I have it in my mind that I want something close to what my little visitor brought to me and I want to pursue it very much. Something about the 10"-13” size, something about finery, something about a dream world, a historical place I can work on. I miss Belsant Tower so much. So many stories I have written about it and never published on the blog.
I have two room type doll trunks. One for a small doll, one for a large. Obviously I cannot drag around the large one, nor could I even get it on an airplane. I am rethinking the possibility of changing the need of a companion for companionship’s sake and instead of finding an antique doll to have a year long adventure story within a historical context. I don’t know if I can move Miette into an adult role, or if Saraband is too large for the smaller trunk or if I need to find a small china head to be the lady. Something to think about, something I am working on.