Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope 2012 brings us all peace and prosperity! Just wanted to post a few pics of Christmas at Collina. I try to incorporate the dolls as much as possible in the decor. It is so much fun to set everything up, but NOT fun to take it all down!! Now that I've recovered a bit from the holidays, I am back at the drawing board, ready to start creating again. I will be participating in the huge National Doll Festival at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans July 22-25, and am very excited! My husband hopefully will be participating with me this time, as I have convinced him to start making wonderful doll furniture and displays. He is a great woodworker, having done exquisite restoration work in our old home, and I hope he really enjoys this new venture. For Christmas, I got him three miniature tools to work on doll scale stuff. Most of the furniture and displays will be for dolls around 18-20" (American Girl size) and 12" (Barbie doll) size. It will all be antique reproduction furniture and room settings. We will customize room boxes to your taste in furniture, color, etc., right down to the drapery treatments and bed clothes, such as crocheted spreads, quilts, etc. I'll post pictures of them as soon as we get a prototype made up. Larger versions of these rooms have already been posted; they were my displays for the craft show I did in December.