July 24, 2010

For the Dress you Wore Once

Many brides wonder what they will do with their wedding dresses after the wedding day. Some brides happily store their dresses away, hoping that they will be worn in the future. Some brides love their gowns, but hesitate to place the gown in storage. They would prefer to reuse the gown for something special.

A special way to reuse a wedding gown would be to make another gown or dress from it. As a doll artisan, I could recommend some doll projects that would beautifully reuse a wedding gown. Two projects, which would elicit many admiring smiles, are:

  • a porcelain baby doll wearing a long christening-style gown (If the gown is made for a newborn or young infant, the gown could be worn by the couple's baby.)

  • a little girl or toddler doll, wearing a gown and carrying a small basket filled with dried flowers from the bride's bouquet

I am currently using the fabric from a wedding gown that was created in the 1950's. I am making a gown for a young girl doll, who is also from the mid-20th century. Later this month, I shall have photos of the completed ensemble.

  This lace and tulle gown was sewn by the bride in the early 1950's. Now, her daughter has asked me to create a new gown for her mother's favorite childhood doll.




July 17, 2010

Music for Miranda

Earlier this week, I heard a song called Dark Waltz. It is sung by Hayley Westenra.

This song is rich and enchanting. I think it is the perfect song for Miranda's Winter wedding.

Listen to Dark Waltz.

I hope you enjoy it!

June 02, 2010

A Rose for a Winter Bride

I think I have found the perfect rose for a Winter bride. It is called the Baccara rose, or a black rose. The color of this rose is not truly black. However, it is a deep crimson or burgundy rose with black undertones. I think it is gorgeous, dramatic, and romantic.

I am currently designing a small group of bride dolls. Each doll has a season. Ideally, my Winter bride, Miranda, will carry a cascading bouquet of Baccara roses, small cream roses, and ivy. I think this will look stunning against her ivory velvet and satin gown.

 A Baccara Rose


Baccara rose 2


December 02, 2008

Peek-a-boo with Crystal

I made this delightful, laughing baby for my daughter. Her name is Crystal. She is a very happy and playful baby. She is patiently waiting for her twin sister and a couture dress fit for a princess.


laughing baby

When I glanced into my daughter's room the other day, I noticed she placed a magician's hat on Crystal's head. This is the perfect hat for playtime!

You may wonder what kind of dress this little darling wants. She will wear a long gown of white embroidered organza with three tiers. Her gown will be dappled with clear crystals and white pearls.

Crystal is a unique, handcrafted porcelain doll, from the Reese mold by Doll Artworks. She has violet silicone eyes and a dark brown mohair wig.

December 01, 2008

Queen Daenerys, Mother of Dragons

I know I have been very quiet these past few weeks. Although I have not shared my thoughts, I have been quite busy. I recently completed the bisque firing (turns the cleaned greenware into hard porcelain bisque) for a new doll.

This doll is a 23" lady who will become Queen Daenerys. I have been planning this doll for a long time. She is a portrait of a literary character from The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. 

I shall share more about her during this month.