Can you believe it? The first day of school was today~ where the heck did the summer go??? Today I was home all alone for the first time in 15 years...nope didn't like it at all. Tressa is in high school, Josh & Em are in Elementary, and lil Pip in preschool. I was actually doing very well this morning, as I have been given the family crying gene, and cry at the weirdest things....anyways, I was holding it all together until a little fellow came and sat beside Pippy and was just a crying his little eyes out. That was it. I couldn't help it, I started to cry, so gave her a kiss real quick and left before I made too much a fool of myself....and yes, I cried the whole way home....while I was doing the dishes....while I swept the floor, and I had to stop reading my emails for a bit, cause I couldn't see to write. How pathetic. I had made a whole list of things for me to do today, to keep me busy, so one by one, I did them all and then some, crying the whole blasted time! I spent about 6 hours finishing up Abby's dress~ what a patient girl! Would you like to see how she came out? I'm really quite smitten with her
Doesn't she look FABULOUS!? This is a very special dollye of mine~ she is a HUGE MS Superior Mache head~ (Edyth, shes a wonderful and very proportionate 51" tall! ) This same mold was used by the German firm of Kloster Veilsdorf and can be found in china heads~ I love her bubbly curls all over hear head~ short little things, not sausage curls....Anyways, I'm getting off the point. In order to truly appreciate her, as I do, I need to share a bit of her history with you. Abby was one of my Dearest friends dollys, Edyth O'Neill~ we both like the larger dolls, and she held a place of honor in Edyth's lovely Cape, sitting by the window in this gorgeous Windsor rocker.
One stormy day in 2005, lightning struck her precious home, and so many dollys perished in the fire, it was devastating. Our Abby was drenched and burned as the heavy sooty smoke billowed out from her window. The firefighters saved as much as they could, including our Abby. Here she is afterwards, resting.
To save what she could, Edyth removed the heads and hands from so many, and set them to dry out in an o-zone chamber for many many months. Here you can see our Abby girl, heavily smoked, in the upper left of the picture below. Her original painted features blackened by the smoldering smoke
She is always helping me, and as time has passed, she has picked up some things here and there, to wear for herself. I let her borrow the early child's mull undersleeves~ they fit her perfectly.
She is happy to model an early, 1840-60 child's inked apron over her dress. It ties in the back, and the bib pins in place on the bodice. I was elated to find this earlier this year, as so many early Izannah Walker dolls wear dolly sized ones...but I had never seen a child's size one. It fits her so well, it was like it was made for her.