A Trip to Glasgow

2013-03-23 Glasgow 001  A huge thank you for a gift received from Lorraine!  Adorable vintage tray, easel for school, and the most incredible cuteness….mini skeins of yarn, in perfect dolly scale! 

2013-03-24 Glasgow 001 A recent photo of Rosey.  She was dancing and prancing and making me smile.

2013-03-28 Glasgow 005 We went to Glasgow yesterday.  It was cold, but we really wanted to just get out and about.  We’ve been there only a handful of times, so I knew of a couple of places that have dolls, but so far, nothing I would want.  At one shop there were 3 Gotz dolls and while not my style, they were adorable and I was tempted by their sweetness.  In particular, I liked their plump chins and pink mouths.  The were £15.

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And  this tiny one, a Mini Muffin:

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All had that wonderful glowy vinyl that has such a nice quality to it.  I could feel their weight by holding the box.  I saw a lot of Monster Highs, running about £12-£22. 

2013-03-28 Glasgow 017 At a variety shop, I saw some dolls that I had not seen before.  These were not high quality, more like the old super-market dolls.  Still, I was somewhat pleased to see less of the Bratz look in teen dolls, even though there are Bratz icons on the boxes(?).  I would guess the smaller one was about 14 inches, the taller one about 18 inches.

2013-03-28 Glasgow 018  These girls were really interesting.  About 22 inches tall and the tallest, may have been 28-30 inches.  They had sweet faces.  I couldn’t find a price on them.  Having a restless husband along, I didn’t get a chance to check out the quality.  The more I look at them, the more I wished I had insisted on checking them out.  They were either really cheap plastic and looking good or better than I initially thought.   I do not remember the name or where this shop was.

This lack of dolls here in Scotland depresses me.  A few fashion dolls, a few pram dolls, but nothing that grabs me.  There was such a burst of artistic dolls in the 1980’sand 90’s, it seems to have faded away.  Modern dolls are looking so cloned and lack personality in my opinion.  Babies and fantasy fashion dolls….what about the vast in-between?

We went to the People’s Museum.  I found a cute photo of a girl and her doll in Glasgow

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The only other doll related item was a couple of doll houses being used as models for types of housing.

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I was fascinated by this one, because it showed a tenement block of flats and how they were refurbished over the decades.  The bottom photo shows the bed closets which is what is now my kitchen.  I can still see the rounded inset corners.

2013-03-22 Glasgow 005  My kitchen was divided in half by a wall so that there was a bed closet on this side, and on the other side that led into the second room, which is now our bedroom, but once was a large kitchen.  Both rooms had fireplaces, the one being  more of a cooker

2013-03-28 Glasgow 055 Sorry for the bad photo, but this is exactly how our bedroom is shaped, see the rounded corner next to the chair…that is that weird indent I have written about, it was where the bed closet was.  I could show lots more, but this is more of side hobby of mine, exploring architecture in history and oddly, the Scots seemed to have stuck religiously to the exact same lay out all of their tenement flats.  I get a kick out of watching for the ones that come on the market and can see those who still have their fireplaces and those who have converted these bed closets into smaller kitchens and or small nooks….but never, so far have I seen them remain bed closets, which is a shame, what a space saver they are.

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These are the other dollhouse, all handmade, including all the furniture.  It was fascinating and made me crave to build one of my own.  I really liked this approach from the top, it made it so much more real in the sense it was all self contained.

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3 thoughts on “A Trip to Glasgow

  1. Fascinating Elisa. Thank you for sharing your day with us. I love reading and looking at the old architecture as well, it is fascinating – I love the history and the way things have changed.

    Those dolls houses are great. I sold the one I had over a year ago now I think it was. It was great, but it had already been ‘finished’ when I got it, and I think that was the problem – it lacked any challenge and imagination for me. One day when I’ve got the room I would like to make my own. I like the idea of the approach from above as well and thinking about it, reminds me of something from my childhood…somehow something seems familiar about them.

  2. What a great museum. Back in the early 50s, one of my first memories is of my Mum and Scots Auntie Mary cooking on a Victorian range like the one in your photo. We also had one in our little hafod (summer dwelling) on our family farm and it was there, still working, when the farm was sold in 1977. I loved them both, much nicer than an Aga!
    Did Rosey go to Glasgow with you?
    Jenni

  3. I love to go into stores and look at dolls too. The super-sized grocery store here has just brought in some Monster High dolls. I find them really appealing and I saw a cute blog where they did up a bedroom for one of them–very neat. I can’t figure out the allure but I think it’s the names and stories associated with each doll, and their weird outfits, perhaps similar to the inventiveness of the Lalaloopsy dolls?

    But I still haven’t sewn anything for my three 16-inch Tonner fashion dolls or my 18-inch doll, so I give them a miss. I always wanted one of the 22-inch Tonner model dolls, but again I have limited space and I’m not making things for my current dolls.

    I also have three dollhouses and two of them aren’t finished! I love looking at dollhouses online and in catalogues too. Maybe it’s just a matter of what a person’s passion is, and how we enjoy looking and comparing and daydreaming without actually buying?

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