Friday, June 3, 2016

A delicate Canadian decal bob Chatty Cathy doll!

I bought this very pretty Canadian decal eye Chatty Cathy doll in March 2006, from Elizabeth in a doll group. At that time she was collecting Bleuette dolls and selling her Chatty Cathy collection. I've since lost track of her. This is one of my favourite Chatty dolls.

I think she has a soft beauty, very delicate.

I made the dotted Swiss dress from vintage fabric which my Mom bought for 99 cents at a garage sale! Pale yellow suits this brunette beauty.

I made this pale green dress from another vintage piece of fabric from my mother in law's stash.
She passed away in Sept 2001, and never got to see my passion for Chatty Cathy.
I'm not quite sure what she would have thought!

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vintage doll props re-made by Patricia Floyd

10 years ago I began to purchase doll props.
I loved the 1950 era vintage tin pieces that were available on eBay at that time.
I made a new friend by purchasing items from an eBay seller.
Her name was Patricia Jean Floyd.
She was very talented!
She bought used items and re-painted them white, and added cherry decals.
I'm so glad I bought them when I did.
Here is my childhood Chatty Cathy doll posing beside the vintage fridge which Patricia re-did.

The little mix master set on top of the fridge is actually a salt and pepper shaker set!
It's also vintage. The background scene is from Molly's American Girl set.

Here is the darling cabinet also re-painted and decorated by Patricia.
She made the adorable pie and cake too.
She was certainly very talented.

The set goes well with the American Girl Molly chair and table set.
I purchased this in 2006 too.
That was a great year for dolly props!

Here is a photo taken from eBay's auction when Patricia made lots of food items.
She did really well with her sales.

Sadly Patricia died after a brief illness on August 20, 2011.
I never met her in person, but she was such fun to know online.
I'm very glad to have acquired the three darling items that I do own.
The vintage washing machine is my all time favourite.
Patricia was only 58 when she passed away, so make sure you enjoy every dolly day!

By Loretta Houben

Monday, May 16, 2016

The 1860's...

Long ago, in the 1970's, my sister received a marvelous covered wagon and horse with a matching set of dolls, one male and one female, for a Christmas gift. She was thrilled. So was I.
We often played and acted out adventures for these dolls, using the male which we named Tom as a boyfriend for Polly, my Skipper doll. 

I took these photos back in 2001.
I loved playing with my Skipper, and I would often sew outfits for her.
The above dress was bought from the New Westminster Farmer's Market, made by an elderly woman who had the most amazing table full of gorgeous handmade Barbie clothes. She would certainly do well on Etsy nowadays! The dress above was only $1.25! Every August my parents would go once to the Farmer's Market. They would buy fresh produce and farmer's sausage.

I made this dress and crocheted the trim. I sewed it all by hand and designed the pattern. I also made Polly's little bonnet.

Oh the fun we used to have!
I'm so glad we didn't have electronic gadgets to ruin our imaginations.
I have so many happy memories of my childhood and teenage years.

By Loretta Houben

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Addy Walker came home to my house on April 28, 2016.
I heard she was going to be retired soon.
I should have bought her last year when she was $130 Cdn.
I paid $154 Cdn!!!
That is getting extremely expensive for American Girl dolls.
But I had 2 gift cards for Indigo/Chapters store, and they are good for the AG Boutique!
I went downtown to meet Karen Owen, the author of doll and tea blogs.
She had asked me to sew a dress for her Mother's Chatty Cathy doll that she inherited.
It was fun to meet her and her little niece in Blenz coffee shop across the street from AG.

Afterwards we looked at the dolls and accessories.
I wound up buying Addy, because the gift cards were burning a hole in my pocket, and I never really know how long the AG store will remain in Vancouver.
Plus it was my dog's 15th birthday on that day, and Addy would be my 15th AG doll!
So here she is being welcomed by a few of her sisters.

I purchased the tea cart from The Queen's Treasures online a few weeks ago.
It was very tricky to put together.
Robert had to help me.
That's my maternal Grandma's lace dresser scarf on top.

Addy is very cute. I just love her thick hair!
I feel her Meet Dress is rather skimpy for the era, though.
Her bonnet, handbag and necklace were extra.

Everyone enjoyed hot tea together.
It was fun to get some of the dolls off their shelf, and set up a scene.
I rarely do that anymore.

By Loretta Houben

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Life 18" doll desk from Walmart

I'm so happy; I finally found the "My Life" desk at a Walmart store here! It was $35
Canadian. It's so cute! Here is Yolanda posing by it. She is an Our Generation doll which I purchased while on our road trip to Oregon last year. I bought her in Salem, and have finally decided on a name for her.

The desk is for 18" dolls. It comes with a chair with a fuzzy covering (pretend wheels) and a pink throw; a lamp which actually lights up, a little plastic laptop, and various cardboard items.
The doors open, and there are drawers on the left hand side.

It's just so cute!
Now Yolanda can post on her own blog.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas doll letter, 2015

My Christmas doll letter 2015

I can't believe it's one week till Christmas! I'm behind on my cards because we went to Disneyland from December 2 - 8th and it was fantastic! I'll post pictures on my blog later, if my computer ever gets fixed. It has a hard drive problem, and it's huge. 

2015 was a good year for dolls! In January I bought 3: Zelia, a Hearts for Hearts doll; Grace, and American Girl doll; and Penny, a Journey Girl doll. I also bought two Target dolls while the store was still open in Canada. In April I bought Josephina, an American Girl doll in Seattle WA and also got to meet a Chatty Cathy doll collector for lunch; Jackie Nelson. In July I splurged and spent my birthday money from Robert and my sister Marie on Maryellen, the new 1950's American Girl doll. It's FUN to have an AG boutique here in Vancouver!

A kind friend sent me a sweet Penny Brite vintage doll, but she is a lot smaller than the 18" dolls so she fits in well! Last week while in California, I got 3 more little dolls; Addy and Kaya from AG and also a little 7" doll from Target. 

My home is looking Christmassy as I decorated before our trip. It was good to stay connected with you all on Facebook this year. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year in 2016!

Love from Loretta and her doll collection

Friday, July 17, 2015

This is the first time posting in 2015.
Ha...ha....this is the most sporadic blog I bet you've seen.
I wonder if anyone comes to visit?
I no longer have access to my Picture It Publishing program; it died the death of old extinct items on the computer. That's because we bought a new computer two years ago this summer.
It's a Toshiba and it couldn't install the Picture It program due to its extreme antiquity.
So now I use a free program called which is marvelous and super easy to use. 
My latest hobby is finding free images on Pinterest or elsewhere, and adding them to collages which I create using my own photos. Here is my original Chatty Cathy doll, Catherine, hard at work in her little kitchen.

I'd love to hear from anyone who read this. Please leave a comment.
By Loretta Houben