Sunday, June 26, 2016

Some of my childhood dolls:

This is the first look-a-like Barbie doll I got, for my 5th birthday.
My Mom wouldn't buy me a big bosom doll!
She also gave me the case. 

I also had a pretty velvet dress.

My first Stacey bendy leg doll!
A gift from my aunt Frieda.

A gift from my parents.

A lovely dress my Mom made.

Another gift from my parents. I played with her often.

A Dawn doll (friend) and another small doll from my my aunt Pat.
By Loretta Houben

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