Friday, July 18, 2014

Dressing a King

 I am making good progress on the lid for my Padded Mirror Case.  I have completed all the flatwork and the stumpwork elements of both the King & Queen's trees, and am now well into the figures themselves. I finished up King's shoes this morning and had to share a little picture with you~ I love how they came out!  King is quadrupley more involved costume wise than the Queen~ he has so many layers to his wardrobe!  The ermine lining to his robe had to be completed first before I could start his legs with hose and shoes. He has breeches, an apron, doublett, robe, collar and falling band all to do  before I can even give him hair poor fellow...I don't think he minds that as much now tho, being as blazing hot as its been here lately~ I bet those wigs got rather hot in the summers......

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Dollye on eBay this week!

Ladye Grace~ Loyalty, c1834

 The second in my new series of virtues becoming a Ladye~ she would love to say hello. I think she is my most beautiful doll to date~ you can see her on eBay by following the link on the sidebar to my eBay specials, or click here

Friday, July 11, 2014

What! A Summer!

I have never been so busy!
  This summer is just flying by, and tho it 'seems' like I get things accomplished each day, it doesn't at the same time. Every spare moment i am working on my Padded Mirror Case, or making them for others just as excited about them as I am. In between I squeeze in dollys and painting and washing clothes and making supper.... Above is a picture of  a pinball I knit earlier this spring/summer ~ it has Cabinet of Curiosities and the date on the front, and the recipients name on the back with the class logo. It kind of looks pink in the picture, but its on a gorgeous blue background with burgundy lettering
 Every now and then, the family will drag me away on a little vacation~ I didnt complain to much this last time, they let me bring my laptop along so I was able to keep up with my For The Lsdye blog :). We went to a wonderful fireworks show, and spent the day before at Bishop's Castle just west of Colorado City~
 A magnificent stone and iron castle built by a single man all by hand~ its so very HIGH, and all the iron work is see thru straight down tot he ground~ not for anyone afraid of heights to be sure. One can walk and crawl over the entire thing, up to the very tip tip top~ and it is privately owned and has no guardrails~ a total enter at your own risk adventure!
 I was right at home inside, ohh yes, I could live here most happily to be sure
 On the way home, two mama big horn sheep walked across the road in front of us....and just look what they had stashed up on the side of the hill~ three wee ones~ so precious!
  While we were gone I did take along my beadwork~ I have finished all the flatwork on my padded mirror case and am now working on the trees and the figures~ I cant wait to get it finished and share it with you!  The leaves above are a variation of right angle weave, all wired and ready to go on the King's tree
 A basket has found a new permanent home as well~ stunningly in near mint condition and huge! Also, a new paint pattern I have never seen before of a central vase holding the typical floral arrangement~ you don't even want to know how excited I was to get this~ words cannot even express!
And dollys~ yes I have been working and working on dollys! This one is on the table now nearly finished, I hope to have her on eBay  this Sunday. I really love this one~ I used a piece of early mattress cover for her petticoat~ I thought it was charming and left the button attached :)
  I hope you all are having a wonderful Summer~ before we know it the leaves will be falling & snow  flying again!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Happy & Safe Independence Day Wishes

     May Ye all enjoy the cherished company of friends and beloved family and partake in the Patriotic Merriment of this wonderful occasion celebrating the birth of our Fine Great Nation.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

An early 17th C Beaded Basket

The Colors! 
 Not many things make my hands tremble these days, but this basket is one of them that does. I hate to even touch it, its so fragile, yet so absolutely beautiful. Glass beads do not fade over time like silks do~ the color it is today, is the same as it was when made.  It was brought to my attention last year, from a Rhode Island estate of a deceased glass collector. That is all I know if its history~ it could certainly be Continental,  and just as equally English.  What brought me to tears, literally, is the wrapping of the frame~ nearly identical to the basket at the Corning Museum in NY, and as well, one in the collection of the Holburne. It is simply superb in form~ absolutely Grande~ one can only speculate what momentous occasion it was made for~ a new home???? A presentation gift of some sort....a prize for a worthy competition?   I have left the photos large~ so please do click on them as study the details!
 The basket in itself is a unique form, I have not seen another of its type or shape, nor has any of the Museum's I have asked. It stands a gracious 13" tall and 14.5" from bow to stern of the basket itself. It 's shape rather reminds me of a boat~ very classical in form. All of the beads strung on very fine wire, with stems wrapped in filament silk~ ah! just like how I made mine last year
 There are all sorts of flowers~ roses, the most wonderfully  detailed rosebuds, fuchsia,  daisies, trailing vines~ all sorts of flowers I haven't even begun to look up yet~ every time one looks at it, one sees something new and fabulous. There are even flowers and leaves around the base
 The techniques are mixed, I have seen some similar to on the Braganza Basket at the Met. It has been kept fairly dust free, tho there are spots that should be cleaned and will be in the near future

  The orange buds are worked over forms of a natural wadded material~ could be wool or cotton or linen
 The basket is made of a wired net in blue beads which is quite transparent~ one can see thru to the flowers on the inside~ yes, the inside too!
 At first glance, the handle and body of the basket look to be the same~ they are both wrapped in a netting of opal and silver metal beads...but upon closer inspection,:: enter a huge gasp here from me::...the handle is wrapped first in a silver metal tape that has now tarnished to black.
 While the body of the basket is wrapped in a narrow linen ribbon first before the beads went on. When new it must have been absolutely the epitome of 17th c sparkly 'Bling!'
 The flowers are made in four separate bouquets~ two large ones and two smaller ones that fit to the middle of the basket
  They can be taken out and arranged how one feels fit, tho I have kept them as close to the original arrangement that I first saw in Rhode Island as possible
I hope you enjoy it as much as I , and thank you for being so patient waiting for me to post it

Saturday, June 14, 2014

New Higgs Type Queen Anne on eBay this week!

You can see Ladye Anne Mary Higgs here on my eBay specials this week!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thankyou Early American Life

2014 Directory of Traditional American Crafts

   I am once again so very honored to have been jurried into Early American Life's 2014 Directory. Each year I strive to make my dollys better than the last, with a more humble, quaint early American feel to them. This year, I chose two of my more simple dolls for my entry, each very different from the other
  It is with great pride and sincere gratitude that I will hang my seventh consecutive plaque in my stairwell~ Thank you to Early American Life Magazine for allowing me the opportunity to share what I love with others,  and  to all of the judges~
Shantina Anderheggen~ National Trust for Historic Preservation
Linda Brubaker~ Historical Society of Early American Decoration
Todd Burdick ~ Hancock Shaker Villiage
Michael Canadas & David Robinson~ Carmel Doll Shop
Barbara Carroll~ Woolley Fox
Larrie Curry~ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Lee Davis~ Southern Highland Craft Guild
Michael Dunbar~ The Windsor Institute
Linda Eaton~ Winterthur Museum
Craig Farrow~ Museum Consultant
Darlene Gengelbach~ National Museum of Play
Suzanne Findlen Hood~ Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Thomas Kelleher~ Old Sturbridge Village
Lisa Minardi~ Winterthur Museum
Aimee Newell~ National Heritage Museum
Candace Perry~ Schwenkfelder Library & Museum
Tara Vose Raiselis~ Saco Museum
Betsy Krieg Salm~ Author, Women's Painted Furniture 1790- 1830
Peter Seibert~ Millicent Rogers Museum
Ann Wagner~ Winterthur Museum
Carolyn Weekley~ Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Richard & Jan Wilks~ Keystone Antiques

 Thank you for choosing my dollys for the Directory~ I am honored to be in such accomplished company with the other participants.