09 April 2017

Collectable Porcelain Doll "Hilda"

One of Nataschas latest creations is sweet little porcelain doll which is a reproduction German Kestner doll called Hilda. Natascha poured and fired this 25cm doll , crafting her shape very carefully along with meticulously painting the body and face to create a very collectable item.
To dress the doll Natascha chose crochetted pantaloons and cotton petticoat with lace trim. The dress she crochetted in a dusty pink batiste cotton with a soft pink beret and shoes (with clay soles). The hair is fashioned from mohair dyed coffee brown along with crochetted socks. As an added artistic touch Natascha hand felted a bear to finish the works.
This and other dolls may be viewed on www.curiozityshop.com.au



Doll Repairs Itallian Vintage Doll

As part of our services we carry out DOLL REPAIRS. A recent request to repair and dress a vintage plastic doll was an interesting task which we would like to share with you.
This doll was a post war "Italian" plastic in reasonable condition. We started by stripping the doll and restringing it to enable movement and strength to display quality clothing.
Her hair was intact but needed cleaning and resetting with curlers which when released gave a nice kink to the hair as well as allow her new hat to sit nocely on her head. The doll was cleaned and paint touch up as required to smooth the appearance of the doll.
Dressing than began . We designed suitable underware with flaied petticoat to allow the dress to flow outward. The client chose a base colour od pink which we took liberty to emphasise the colours to make a statement and create a greater value to the doll. Good quality cotton fabric was used (as for quilts we do) in a design by Nataschas Dolls just for this doll (one of a kind). The design we used was a reflection on styles of the past to capture the era of the dolls age.
The hat was styled in a peasant bonnet style made specially for this doll so as to fit the hair and face.
Finally the doll had her face painted in an emphasis mode to give character and accentuate the European era.
We believe we have added considerable value to this doll, we may be viewed on Curiozityshop.com.au


04 January 2017

Have a couple of items for sale to Blog .... Farm sitting till daughter is finished with the By-pass.
till the time comes I am going to do the markets and Fairs advertising myself and letting people see what I am doing....
Dolls Sugar Britches with eyes open and Sugar Britches with eyes closed and Baby Gloria

Quillo for child to go to Grandmas overnight or travel with. It is appliqued with Funky Chickens.
Cot size large than a normal travelling quillo, but large enough for cot size or staying over wanting a sleep. Includes separate pillow and folds into a bag you can include your Pyjamas when you stay over. Handy too for an old Person in a home or sitting in a chair watching TV.. Very colourful and easy to wash....Sewn on machine and drawn (freemotioned) around the chickens...

 Quillo folded into a bag with pillow (Pyjamas) ready to travel/visit on overnight stays....
Sewn Collage, stamped, free-motioned, trims, applique, button, stappled to canvas frame....

02 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017

I am at the farm contemplating what to do. I had a lot of trouble finding my Blogger, oooh the thought of losing it made me realise how important a Blogger can be and for me to work on it.

2016 had been a tough year indeed. Actually a mother's nightmare but that is another story at least I can sort my creativities out and build a business that I enjoy and have been given a gift so that I can I suppose we cannot have everything perfect in this life. It certainly is a challenge though... I still miss my little Belle at least I did experience a love of a creature my second daughter didn't want and her mate Brucie who died earlier in May so suddenly but she just wouldn't go she loved us so... she gave us the love that my daughter could never show or give....this little creature gave it all.....


It still beaks my heart how the last days she lost all her fur, so painfully thin but she still wanted to be near us, when we warmed up the food her head popped up and she got up waiting, she was blind but she still enjoyed it, even sucking on chicken bones till the last weekend before we came down to the farm she had, had enough and we knew.................... God rest her little soul how strong and loving such a creature of God was to make our lives so worthwhile, such a loss, we have had many dogs, many even Brucie we loved them all but this creature was so damn special yet the day I first saw her I thought my daughter mad to buy this stupid little yappy creatures, little did I know they would tug at heart strings so...... REST IN PEACE sweet Belle I always used to sing to her RING MY BELLE? Even when she was so sick, and when she had the pancreatic attack in Jan, she was on tubes and such in the Vet Hospital ...she fought so hard for her life to live another 11 months........she rang our Bell.....


Am working on my site, bloggers and FB media...........learning how to bring them together......will be in touch....

03 November 2016

XMAS NOT FAR

I am doing too much and I am so far away from my Barn I want to go back desperately. Still have learnt a few things up here on the Sunshine Coast. I go for a drive to look at what's cooking here on the coast. I keep thinking things are just not the same anymore?  I like Xmas to have the look of Xmas I have all my Vintage decorations and stuff back at the Barn... I have sat down and made table settings all starting with a humble coaster ... I am not happy with the fabrics they have sold this year so I have used my old stash and kept it as simple as possible to begin with. I have not much room but at least here are some of the things I have done ready to sell,
 In this pic I have a large runner with whimsical Xmas Icons rather cute, six placemats to match with pockets which have your eating utensils, coasters to match and two oven gloves to match too, plain square ones. A whimsical angel to match have sitting nearby.. There are other coasters as well that you twist your wine glass into so when you have had too much you do not make a mess.
 These are cross stitched ornaments, like the vintage days, of classic santas.. then tinsel edging glued on with a hanger for the tree..
                                                                Classic Vintage Santas










                                                         "Green Pod Baby"
Baby in a Bauble



                                                             Xmas Handmade Display
                                                      4inch Vintage All Porcelain Babies
                                                          Whimsey Angel
More Whimsey Angels
I have started late I couldn't find a market or fair anywhere to display what I had done. I did join a group but you had to do what they wanted you to do. I work independently creating my own ideas. I love Xmas I guess going back to my childhood.... Please let me know if you are interested in any of the Xmas items they are for sale.......Or if you want to have a setting made it's very hard at the moment to show off the settings in their right order... I have moved so far away but soon I will be back to the Barn but at least I have made a start.....Xmas is a wonderful time ... Most of the stuff is easy to send or can be picked up.....

19 August 2016

CHANGES

Been in queensland now for two years it's a lovely place to visit but not my lifestyle at this stage to live. Must admit I have learnt so much, not good putting things down and giving up, no I am getting ready to go back and do things much better. I love excitement in my life and moving forward, don't want to give it up and rest, go travelling and just laying around. No I am going to create life into an interesting tale.... Have been busy in perfecting my game, looking around at the creative or craft scene up here even the creative business made me go through all my things and even the website and such it all needs a lot of improvement ... so!

I made a quilt a certain size for a competition down south but when I received my pack I just wasn't happy. It just didn't do anything for me no Pizazz nothing, blimp.  I wasn't going to do blocks of any kind the rules were you had to use the blocks with just a colour to make it interesting...

So here is the first stage of my quilt I did like a window design and put a couple of sillouette cats, then embroidered some butterflies, it needs more I thought I didn't make the competition deadline and I would love to do something to get rid of it.. This is the first stage of my thinking!!!
This one is outside on a cloudy day

This one is on the kitchen table so you get the idea.................keep tuned still working on it needs quilting to pop it too... and a border I think I shall make a lap quilt out of it so it can have many uses, cot, sitting in a chair or lounge on a cold night .....

19 December 2015

MEIN LEIBLING .....2

Now for Mein Mein Leibling as they say she will be put into my new gallery/Musuem and she will be for sale as the rest I am working on. I have looked all over the countryside and am perturbed there is no place to look at dolls from the past made in their glory. I  remember when I was young and that was years ago now there were collections all over to meet whatever you desired. Now with the modern life wow..... They are sold by the thousands but I have never seen a beautiful display not even the Antique ones. I have been so saddened by people when they clean out an estate they just throw them in the skip bins...wow I call that murder.....a society that has disappeared!

So instead of competing with this Textile Art and the art of today I am going to go back to what I once saw and restore the beauty of time, I believe in beautiful workmanship Art than will always be in time and never, never forgotten....

Now I begin My MEIN LEIBLING from the Company of Krammer and Reinhardt in the early 1900's producing character dolls or children. I was born in Hamburg Germany and we migrated here I so wanted one but my mum said she had them back in Germany hoping her sister would send them but sadly not she sold them to my mum's heartbreak. That's how I began my journey with dolls of the past and even Art Dolls creating them myself the way they were and even creating my own!  I didn't like my mothers sewing she made me dresses that didn't fit properly and the kids laughed at me, so too I started sewing and creating...... so let the journey begin... I also do have orginals... But first....
She is very authentic I copied her from an original..she  also has sleep eyes...that open and shutd, her head is porcelain. She has many firings to get her  accurate and the fine lines of her eyebrows. Body is composition and I have thickened up with other compositions her weak parts the head socket, arm sockets and so on. Her eyes are hollow glass  eyes which I have made them into sleep eyes, with eyelashes to keep them open and closed...  Her  hair is mohair side parted...short like a German child like my daughters when they were young...and their sweet chubby chops features the Germans have like when I was little.... people say you come from a European country.... You can see why I am so blown away with this doll, I have a lot of French dolls too but first I shall do the German I haven't seen a display of many of the German dolls, mostly French....which I love too and some of the early modern dolls ..... the modern, modern I leave to my grandchildren to collect I think this will keep me busy enough..... so I begin... keep tuned.....

MEIN LEIBLING CONTINUED....


I am working on her petticoat cannot do a wasted type it would have to be three quarter or I cannot fit her dress she already has to the waist.... She had her own shoes and socks and hat...I Just embellished them and the stand to clean it all up and make her look appealing as I could.






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MEIN LEIBLING

Working on a client's doll she received as a present from a friend and asked me to finish dressing it......
Here she is as you can see the body is not the right size her head does not fit into the neck socket, her eyebrows are too high but still she can look rather sweet, she wouldn't be authentic but she still is a sweet doll you can dress and admire...beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and the Germans made dolls for the Toy Market not for fashions like the French....In the next pic her finger was broken so I put a piece of wire into it and created a finger this was roughly made and then sanded back to match the rest..her lower arms the paint crackled it was fine I just sanded it and matched it all up including the ball joints.  She had to be restrung elastic just doesn't wear years and years of hard weathering...                                                                                  e
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

new finger!

Crackled lower arm

ball joints

Painting

Sanded...

When finished her chamoise is sewn here pinned ready for the button holes hand sewn for authenticity..


Here I pinned the back for the darts where to go..


Here she is all done....