Sainte Genevieve

I’m not Catholic, but I was enchanted by this tiny, French fashion doll representing Sainte Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. So I bought her. Ste. Genevieve was born in the 5th century AD and saved Paris from an invasion by Atilla the Hun by getting everyone to pray. Why did I buy her? Well just look at her. Paris is my most favorite city and DH and I are taking … Continue reading

It’s A Boy

I bought this new doll in early December, because the deal was too good to pass up. He’s a 12″ (30.5cm) painted-eye F.G. (Gautier) french poupee. I found him at a very low price on eBay and after checking out the description and pictures, I was surprised that he had no bids and no “watchers”. Then I noticed that that the seller had a feedback score of 1. So this was … Continue reading

A New Wispy and a New BLUE

The first weekend in December I ticked two of my favorite collecting boxes at the Gaithersburg doll show. And I saw and talked with several doll friends that I haven’t seen in a while. It was a good day. First, I found this charming French papier-mâché doll with the short, wispy hairdo that I find so appealing. She’s my first papier-mâché doll and I have to admit that I don’t … Continue reading

Painted-Eye FG

I have written numerous times about how good it is to whittle down a collection. But, over time, it seems that the numbers have increased again.  Best laid plans… My collection isn’t as large as it once was, nor as small as I had planned, but sometimes I just NEED another doll. When I bought my Huret, one of the dolls that I sold to pay for her was a … Continue reading

A Finish and a Fix

The other day I started trying to get a handle on all my unfinished projects and gave up. My solution was to just finish something. Anything. So I finished my Huret’s slip. Sorry the photo looks like a mug shot. With her kid body, it’s hard to get her to stand straight in her stand, so I just photographed her lying down. I love how the slip makes her skirt … Continue reading

Simon & Halbig 1159

Episode 1 of Downton Abbey, Season 5 just premiered in the US last night. Set in 1924, it got me thinking about all things flapper. I just loved Lady Mary’s black, above the elbow gloves. Back in May of last year, in Shoes, Socks, and a Pair of Stockings, I gave you a peak at my Simon & Halbig 1159 flapper doll. In honor of Downton, today she’ll be the star. … Continue reading

A New Project

It’s taken 2 days of struggling with my computer to get it to upload pictures to my blog. I’m pooped, but happy that I got it working again. That computers can be working perfectly one day, then all fouled up the next makes my head explode. Since I’m practically finished with the flip girls, I need a new doll project to work on. Since the other projects I am working … Continue reading

A Beautiful Mystery

When I bought this doll 8 years ago, I didn’t ask many questions. I just knew I had to have her. The dealer wouldn’t budge on the price, maybe because she saw that I was hooked. I have no regrets, except that I didn’t learn more about her when I had the chance. The lovely woman who sold her to me is no longer around for me to ask. But … Continue reading

Costume Inspiration

Sometimes aimlessly wandering around the internet reaps rewards, but not often.  One such serendipitous journey led me to The Portrait Timeline website. It features portraits and historical paintings from ancient times to the 1930’s. I first searched the 1600’s and was surprised by this colorful costume on a 2 year old girl, c. 1602. I love this embroidered jacket and skirt from 1617. And what décolletage! Then I moved on … Continue reading

New French Fashion Accessories

The UFDC national convention is next week and I’m sadly not going. With my new, expensive 17th century embroidery obsession, I had to make a choice. I went to my first one in 2000 and have only missed a few since. It is always fun and reassuring to be around so many other people who share my interests. And the shopping is fantastic. Over the years, I have collected French … Continue reading