Tuesday, March 23, 2010

playing with dolls

When I was a little girl I LOVED dolls....I made my Barbie dolls clothes, pierced their ears, made pillows, sheets and pillow cases for them, accessories, shoes, painted their nails, fixed their hair and cut it.  I especially loved making paper dolls and designing clothes for them.   I meticulously cut out and colored every tiny detail and spent hours, even days on end conjuring new things to make.   My big dolls all had a place on my bed and if any one of them had been moved I knew it.....  To this day I still love dolls.....mostly altered and especially old ones, but some people think they're creepy.  I have never felt that way.   I have been working on lots of projects for the last couple months and things are finally starting to come together.  I started painting some very old doll heads and bodies to add to my jewelry and assemblages and am really excited to see what comes of that.   About a month ago I won a large lot of very, very old rosary centers.   I made a pair of earrings with some that I really like and will probably make more.  I will be a vendor at Glitterfest, May 22 and there is nothing like having to have some inventory for a show to put a fire under my patootie!  So here is a tiny preview of some of the parts....more to come.  Let me know what you think.

18 comments:

Esther said...

first , earrings are GORGEOUS!! very vintage, all i love!!
and 2 , this doll is so cute with the little "beret"!! beautiful work Robin!!

Mrs. Spotts said...

Hi Robin, I love love the earrings. Now I just have to have some pierced ears....haha

I love this little doll with the hat, so sweet. I am really hoping to take one of you classes soon, we have a baseball game every weekend until the end of time so I am struggling a bit....I need to work it out though.

xxoo
Lorrie

Narrative jewelry said...

Oh, i can see Esther was the first to say how much the earrings are gorgeous. Love too their vintage look. And how cute is the little girl with her french beret.

Diva Kreszl said...

your post today brought back many happy childhood memories, I too loved my dolls and spent a great deal of time creating my very own paper dolls and their wardrobes!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

lovely jewelry - love that tiny doll with the oh-too-chíc chapeau!

lilylovekin said...

Your post reminded me of the days that I spent making paper dolls and all the little dresses to go with them. It was so much fun. Good luck at glitterfest. I'm off to ARTFEST this morning. Wish I was seeing you there.

lindy said...

Love Love the earrings! The dolls are so sweet. I spent hours as a little girl with paper dolls. I guess that is where my love of paper started.

Lindy

Gwynnie B said...

I did the same thing with my Barbies, Robin! My mom thought I was torturing them but I was having a creative good time.

Adore the small doll and that precious little face. You're such a talent!!

xo
Gwynnie

robin dudley-howes said...

Thanks everyone for such sweet comments. I am having a heck of a time posting replies on ya'lls blogs....I will when I can get past the blog police!
oxxoo

Holly Loves Art said...

Gorgeous earrings! And the dolly is oh-so cute! I loved dolls so much when I was little too. I used to save up the bounce sheets and stack them and make beds for my Barbies. So creative! I look forward to seeing you at Glitterfest. I'll just be a shopper this time around.
Have a great day.
Holly

Riki Schumacher said...

Here's another comment! Hi Robin, love the Frenchy girl, so so cute! Riki

Denise said...

I think those earrings are my faviorite thing you have posted... Very vintage and I am a vintage person...(haha)

I love the little doll and I guess I need to read and catch up on what you have been up too since I took my blog break.......

Happy Spring !

chrissy said...

robin....these are beeeeutiful earrings. i love how you photographed them. the one on the flower is divine!
i loved the reminder you gave me of my own dolls. i was a huge "doll" girl and did all those same things, once cutting my moms favorite silk shirt into a doll blanket...opps!
where did you ever find such a little hat to go on your little dolly? you paint very well and i am super excited to see where she ends up!
i remember you telling me about GLITTERFEST and i really want to try to come over to it...it sounds delicious!
huge loves to you
c

Juliette Crane said...

these are just beautiful! i especially love the earrings. so very elegant! best of luck to you at glitterfest! xoxo, juliette

Recycled Rita said...

Well, I told you today how much I loved the earrings and now you show me those dolls that are TO-DIE-FOR!!! You never cease to amaze me! hugs! me....

Maija said...

That dolly is so cute!!
I'll see you at Glitterfest!!!
oxox

The Tragic Queen said...

Will you have Marie?

Sherry Goodloe said...

That little frozen charlotte doll is just TOO sweet! The French beret just really *literally* topped it off :)

Looking forward to seeing you and more of your work in person at Glitterfest. I will not be a vendor at this show, but I will be there as a shopper LOL!