Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello everyone!   Well, I am back from the wonderful 30th National Doll Festival in Orlando!  A great time was had by all.  Once again, many dealers were there displaying for sale their beautiful collections of antique dolls, fabrics, trims, accessories and other treasures.  I was the only doll artist there, but was so happy with the show.  It is so much fun to see old friends from past shows and make new ones.  I sold a lot of my dolls and took special orders for more!  
Plans are already being made for the next show, which will be in Phoenix.  Having never been that far west, I am looking forward to that adventure.
 Here are some pictures from my display tables... 







I encourage all of you to try to make it to one of these shows; they are so much fun, and help promote our shared passion of dolls!!   I will be posting some dolls on my Etsy shop very soon.  I just need to get into my studio now and try to straighten it up so I can begin work again.  It looks like a hurricane blew through it right now!  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

WIN THIS DOLL

Hello Everyone!  I have an exciting proposition for all of you!  I am on the Board of my local Historic Association, and we are having a fundraiser.  I created the special doll shown above to be raffled off to a lucky winner!  Her name is Lizzie, and she is about 26" tall.  She is hand-sculpted of paper clay, and is oil-painted. Her wig is beautiful light brown mohair.  Lizzie's exquisite costume is from the 
Civil war era.  Her short jacket with pagoda sleeves is made of  rusty red velvet with black velvet and braid trim. Full batiste undersleeves are trimmed at the cuff with antique lace; the same lace forms a little collar. Her skirt is red and black plaid, with an inset border of plaid cut on the bias with braid trim.  Lizzie's bonnet is of the rusty red velvet, with antique black lace brim, and black ribbon and black roses trim.  Her boots are sculpted on her feet, and are black and tan with tiny brass buttons. She has beautiful batiste underdrawers and slip trimmed in antique lace.   Lizzie's little doll has a paper clay head which has been antiqued to look like an old paper mache doll.  Her dress  and underthings are entirely hand-sewn.  The dress is made from antique fabric from the 1860's.  For those of you who have bought my dolls in the past, you know the quality and attention to detail I lavish on my creations.  These two dolls would sell for about $800 at one of my shows.  But, for just $10 a ticket, or 3 for $25, you could have a chance at winning her!  All proceeds will go to the Jefferson County Historical Association here in Florida,a non-profit organization.  If you wish to purchase tickets and use a credit card, please email me at:  dollmaker@bellsouth.net or call me at  850-766-5117 so I can get your 
 information.  Or, you can send a check made out to: Jefferson County Historical Association.  Mail it to me,  Terry Merritt,  710 W. Washington St.  Monticello, FL  32344.  
The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, May 13th.  Please take a chance on winning this beautiful doll, and helping a worthy cause!!   GOOD LUCK and thank you so much for participating.  Here are some more pictures of Lizzie.  

                                                 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DOLLS MAGAZINE ARTICLE

I got a great gift today in the mail; the latest issue of DOLLS magazine.  I am so excited to have been featured in an article this month, highlighting my historic dolls.  What an honor this is for me, and it makes me even more determined to create more dolls that speak to you, my wonderful collectors!   Also, I am being featured on the Doll Chronicles blog that is found on the home page of DOLLS magazine on-line (www.dollsmagazine.com.)   I hope you are all well, and also hope to see many of you in August in Orlando at the National Doll Festival.  I am working on many new dolls that I think will be fabulous!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SHOW CANCELLATION

I just got notification within the last few days that the "Kreativity" doll and teddy show that was scheduled for the end of January in Sarasota, FL. has been cancelled due to the ill health of the promoter and apparent lack of follow-through on the part of vendors.  I am disappointed about this, as it should have been a good show.  Anyhow, this means more dolls for sale at Rowbear Lowman's "National Doll Festival" which will be in Orlando August 1-5 at the International Palms Resort.  It is always held at the same time as the UFDC annual convention, so there is a lot of doll excitement in one place!   For more information, go to www.nationaldollfestival.com. and see the ads in Antique Doll Collector magazine. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CHRISTMAS DECOR

Just thought I'd include a few pictures of the Christmas decorations here at our home in Florida.  It's called the "Pasco" house, because Senator Pasco of Florida lived here after the Civil War.  The home was built about 1850.


Entry Hall tree

Bannister arrangement

Stair garland

                                                    Mantel décor


This is my "teacup" tree; it has many porcelain tea cups and tea-related items


This tree is in my breakfast room, and is my "wildlife" tree.  I love birds and wildlife, and have an abundance of pheasants, birds, and other little wild animals on here.  Pheasant feathers adorn the top.


Mantel décor in French parlour



Pink Victorian tree with antique doll beneath


Annalise, Grace and Jewell at their Christmas tea


I put up four trees this year, each with a different theme.  I have made a lot of the ornaments myself that are of small dolls. 

I hope this finds all of you well, and getting ready for Christmas!  It's been really busy around here with holiday parties, etc., and I am getting ready to do a new doll show in Sarasota, the Kreativity Doll and Teddy Show at the end of January.  Here are a couple of new dolls I've been working on.




This is "Annalise" having Christmas tea.  She is about 18" tall, and has a synthetic mohair wig.  Her dress is of fine batiste with cotton laces.  I decided to changer her hair style; a previous post had her as a blonde!  Which one do you like better??


"Suki" is about 14" tall, and is holding her sampler pillow.  Her wig is synthetic mohair, and she is dressed in a simple ruffle yolk dress.



                        
                                        "Violette" and "Suki"
 Miss Violette is 22" tall, and represents a young mixed race girl from 1890's New Orleans.  Her dress is made of dotted swiss, with lace trim and blue satin sash.  Her wig is synthetic mohair.


Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and I'll see you next year!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween everyone!   Just thought I'd show you one of my new dolls.
"Annalise" is getting ready to enjoy a tea party with her friends.  Her dress is made of fine batiste trimmed with cotton netting and laces.  She is sculpted of paper clay with a cloth body, and has been oil painted.  Her beautiful curls are synthetic mohair.  
   I want to remind everyone about the exciting new doll and teddy show, the Kreativity Show that will be held in Sarasota January 27-29.  I will be exhibiting there, and looking forward to seeing all you art doll lovers out there!