Here are two of my latest dolls. As you have probably noticed, I love everything to do with the Civil War era and most of my dolls reflect that.
I love this civil war reproduction fabric for Delilah's dress that I found on line. The design of the dress is very typical for young girls of the era, and for many years to come. I made her little side-buttoned boots of soft leather.
I found this wonderful little quilt in an antique shop, which blends beautifully with her dress. Delilah is going to a new home in New Jersey very soon!
Miss Flora is dressed in a homespun plaid dress and also has hand made leather boots. As all of my dolls , her head is paperclay over cloth and is oil-painted and antiqued. I saw an old tintype of a little girl of this era which inspired me to create Flora. I imagined her sadly thinking of her father or brother who was far away fighting, and hoping for his safe return to his family.
A dear friend of mine suggested something to me the other day that I thought would be a great idea. After the holidays, when I start on more dolls, I am going to post a series of photos and descriptions of the doll making process from start to finish. I think some of you might enjoy seeing how the doll progresses from the idea to the finished piece.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Even though my husband Doug has to in for a little knee repair surgery in the next couple of weeks, we are hoping to drive down to Miami for a few days to visit his two daughters before Christmas.
Doug and I both had careers there; he is a retired Homicide detective from the Miami Dade police department, and I was a forensic scientist doing DNA analysis for 16 years. It was a good career, but I am so much happier now, creating beautiful things instead of seeing the very worst you can imagine. Will talk to you all soon in 2013!!!