Sunday, November 11, 2018

Autumn Dolls

It is finally November. The Halloween decorations are put away and the Autumn themed decorations are up.

This year I did a simple display, utilizing the cornucopia and two dolls I haven't showcased before.

On the right is a Trendon Sasha Doll - #108 "White Dress". She is my first Sasha doll. I had been coveting the Sasha dolls my entire childhood, and when I got my first well-paying job as a teenager, I took my first paycheck to the toy stores. Unfortunately, the dolls were no longer being sold, and I was out of luck. This Sasha joined my collection in the last year, and I am very happy to have her.

The other doll is a cute, little vinyl doll by Linda Rick, called Apple Annie. She is a doll that I won in the helper drawings at the Region 11 Conference. As a child my mom would some times call me Apple Annie as a nickname, after the Betty Davis character in one of our favorite movies, Pocketful of Miracles, 1961. Seeing her name, I couldn't resist dropping a couple of tickets into her bucket. (Though she doesn't look anything like Betty Davis.)

Here is a photo of Apple Annie in the movie. No resemblance. LOL

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Monday, November 5, 2018


One of the many ways doll collectors show their creativity is by costuming their dolls for competition. For the Region 11 conference, I dressed Crystal (BUtiful Maya) as a Duckpin Bowler. Duckpin Bowling is a little known version of bowling that is popular in Baltimore.

Crytstal's team is the Old Baybs, a play on Old Bay, the crab seasoning.

Her belt and hair ties are printed with the Maryland state flag, and she holds a pin in her blue jean shorts' pocket.

I even found cute bowling shoes for her (the rules stated that the shoes did not have to be handmade, thank goodness).

I actually made the shorts almost 3 times, I kept messing up and forgetting how to make pants. In the end, I had a good pair and had sewn pockets for the first time in my life. I also discovered that my too old, beat up sewing machine does not do well with thin, knit material. The shirt was almost impossible to finish with my machine. 

All in all, I think I did a good job on her outfit and got to exercise a bit of creativity with it. And I am now looking for a much better sewing machine, before I start my next sewing project.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween.