Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Black Cats and Dolls





















I love this old paper plate graphics..







I have a few of the vintage John Martin child magazines and the covers really are eye catching








A vintage child's costume seen on eBay.



A unusual Christmas kitty postcard and a cute vintage photo
















Black cats were definitely a popular icon at the turn of the century as have dozens of advertising's of black cats on so many products, its quite amazing












I didn't take out all my Halloween this year as my husband decided we have to replace all the windows in the house and install a sliding glass door in the kitchen, because in the spring we will be putting in a new deck and sunny room.. so I will be taking stuff down when they come to do all the installations and that will be a job in itself!


Anyways, have my tree and vintage paper plates up and a few things here and there..just started on a couple of custom orders yesterday, so will be focused on them the next few days, then it will be time to start doing Christmas stuff and maybe a few turkeys and pies for Thanksgiving...









I wasn't going to take out my Kewpie but then... well she's so darn cute I did it anyways..






I won this fabulous piece of crepe paper on eBay last week .. it is so cool the colors are bright and rich.. and now what to do with it?!






For awhile now I have been buying leather doll shoes on eBay for all my antique dolls and this lady does a wonderful job..


Here is a close up of the big dolls face a AM 1894 my favorite doll head..second favorite is Kestner 154 a cute dolly face.
Love the big eyes big brows and fat cheeks.




Here is another new old doll, a baby.. I don't have very many babies mainly girls.. I buy fixer uppers as like to clean them and do all the fussy stuff.. its just something I like to do and affordable to do.







Both of these babies needed their bodies repaired and new mohair wigs and to reset their glass eyes.. and here is a little head waiting for a body I reset her eyes and made her new teeth, original wig.








This witch mask is too toxic to wear so hung it on a plate.. thats it till next time have a great fal

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Around The House and Treats

Fighting a bad bug here something I brought home from my trip..was in my head now my chest ..yuck.. so think I'll stir up a old witche's stew.. I hate to cook when I'm sick..and besides who wants to eat something a sick person made...ick.. not me!! A pie I made and sort sums up how I feel today..


Door decoration in the kitchen,a painted jol on a old cake pan and a cat face on a pie pan and faux garland from Hobby Lobby.

Well ,when I got my new issue of Celebrate 365 http://www.365celebrate.com/

I had to buy the cat face print!


A sweet vintage kitty card for you..and my sweet old fatty Rufus in his basket..


Do you see a resemblance? That's Scott Smith's kitty and crow nodders..and yes, I keep moving things around on the shelf..

Now a little Show and Tell..



Kristen's wonderful wonderful ornaments, I call them art ornaments as they really are a small piece of art..[pssst..Kristen if your reading this.. I need 2 piemans, a whole pie head and a slice]..and she does best packaging
just too pretty to open .. but I did!



Vergie was my neighbor at the show and I finally was able to buy one of her kitties!


He's so forlorn looking , he needs a hug..



One of my most favorites..Jerry and Darla Arnold's batting ornaments..A must was this black bunny, he will be out year round and think he needs a sister!



Had to add to my veggie collection 2 tiny 'veggies and their buggie's and a handsome garlic.. I ordered a few other pieces so will be a delight to see them soon! Bought a pretty box just for Arnold ornaments..



The Acorn head by William is so cute and a nice go with Mr. Garlic..think he got a whiff of garlic..
and Turnip head was a wonderful treat from William ..Thanks much!!!


My son-in-law liked the 'Bone Babies' so the Baby Skelly's new home,is hanging on my tree!



and had to get these cute pumpkin heads and loved his 'big versions' tonight is Williams' blog sale so check it out ! http://www.williambezek.blogspot.com/ Debbie was across from me and I wanted everything! but limited myself to this skelly on a pumpkin!




Well, was going to take more pictures.. but my camera battery died and left my charger at my daughter's house.. so had to buy a new one, should be here in a few days... till then here are few pictures around the house as late getting my decorations out. Retro Rudolph postcards framed, a French chalkware rabbit, old plastic pumpkin light, Pat Murphy's felted kittycat..


and in the kitchen window is a trio of slab glass Owls , I put lights in them and they look so neat when it's dark...



On top of the fridge along with the chocolate Rabbits I added Owls and candles..



Under a lamp is a collection of old and new pieces , I made the collage ornament that hangs on the light.



Most of my Celluloid Dolls are rather tiny, but this trio will be dressed up in some vintage crepe paper. They all had holes in their feet so... hmm.. had a idea.. put dowels in blocks and slide them on ..now they stand on a good base to display..



This poor girl a Kestner, has been waiting to get her Halloween costume and a new wig, so will pull out the sewing machine before Halloween and get it done..maybe..




In the bedroom I keep all my vintage Papier mache and composition Dolls and small bisques..I literally have Dolls hanging on the walls ..which is really a nice way to display the long gowns.


This girl in her original paint and brown glass eyes [and really cute molded shoes] has a replacement brown human hair wig and long christening gown, wearing a 'Calamity Kim' hat for Halloween. The moon face hat is on another papier mache doll that I accidently bleeped off the page.. sorry she's a cutie.. another time will show her..


A big 25''Chalkware Kewpie type I repainted.


Another corner in the house with some Halloween touches..





Finally one of my latest addisions to my Doll family.. got 3 others but need to be cleaned up before they get a picture.. this poor girl also needs arms.. I added a replacement mohair wig ,when I was a toddler this was my hair color.. really!


Here was a special order done a couple weeks ago for Robert Brawley, 'Halloween Fanatic'.
Decided to do in Paper Clay rather than Papier Mache.

Twinkles his dog.. I was happy with the results and think he was too..was the first piece to be painted in the new line of acrylic paints I bought, Golden acrylics, they come in a jar, nice rich colors and bought them here http://www.dickblick.com/ ..
This is a peek at some of the work that I didn't finish in time for the Show..plus I have another table with a pile of Dolls, guess those will be winter projects.. Ha!



Think alot of these big pieces will be saved for next year's Show..



I did up alot of Fairy Folk and veggies will post them on my Etsy when they are done..that's all for now..gotta go get me a cup hot tea and watch some Netflix and be a veggie..


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Ontonagon, Michigan, United States
Self-taught Artist and Collector of Stuff..grew up a city girl now a Happy Country Grandma! Been married 38 years to a loving Husband,we have the best Daughter & 2 sweet grandchildren..We have 2 fat Cats to keep me company, Rufus B. Wolf & Baby Girl! I have a weakness for vintage Rabbits, old holiday decorations, vintage photos and childrens books, old dolls and stuffed critters, primulas and hostas, old roses, transferware,teapots,old tins, barkcloth and toile,watching movies, staying up late, cozy flannel sheets,perfume.. Coffee or Tea with lots of Real Cream..All types of naughty carbs like pies, cakes and fancy pastries, savory breads.. and now digital scrapping and silver jewelry!