This past weekend Samantha and I traveled to Atlanta, Ga. The main reason for this trip was fr Samantha to take a doll making workshop. She is trying to become a doll maker.  Thursday was a day of traveling. At the airport while waiting to be picked up I indulged in a snack of french desserts.



Friday Samantha’s class started. She I was on my own during the day. I rooted around in the doll studio meeting new friends and getting into things I shouldn’t have been in into. But enough about that.


The next day the class was the same length of time but afterwards we went to the circus! And not just any circus……Cirque Du Soleil! The show was called “Kurio’s” or “Cabinet des Curiosites”. It was great! I saw daring feats of acrobats, an invisible circus and funny clowns. I was told I can’t join the show. There goes my dreams of adventures and romance!


The last day of class I had to say goodbye to my  new friends. But I said I would see them next month. Samantha finished two new dolls and we are becoming fast friends!

Excuse the nudity! Samantha is working on clothes for them right now.


Monday we left for the airport and in the afternoon we were back in Gettysburg, Pa.I cant wait to return to Atlanta next month for Samantha’s next class. We will be there for a whole week too! Can you imagine the trouble I will find….er…..I mean the adventures? See you soon!


Doll Parasols, A lesson in scale. Part deux

Since publishing my last post I was challenged (Yay a challenge!)to look for size comparisons of doll parasols with there original owners. So I went to the best place for great dolls with great (orginal!)wardrobes; Theriaults . They are the premier doll auction house.

jameauparasol First photo is of a pre 1880 Jameau parasol. This sizeof 16.5″was made for a 24″ doll.

1870parasol doll17 This doll is circa 1870 and measures 17″ tall. Her parasol is almost half her height. Hers might measure about 8″ or 9″ tall.

1878theriults This doll is circa 1878 and measures 19″ tall. Her parasol is almost the same height as the one above. This is going into the era when parasols were larger so that could explain the large size. This parasol could measure about 15″ or so.

1866theruiltsThis doll is circa 1866 and her parasol looks to be in better proportion to her her height. She measures 17″ tall. If we figure that the parasol is almost half her height, then it might measure about 8″ or 9″ tall.



I will leave you with this photo of original doll parasols circa 1865-1880. There is no matching doll to these beauties so we wont know how tall there original owners were. The measure from 7″ to 10″.


*All theses images and the information is from Theriaults auction house and Doll Shops United.*

Doll Parasols, A lesson in scale.

I wanted to start off my post showing what parasols for regular lady’s looked like in comparison to there height. First off we see a fashion plate from 1861:

Le Follet, August 1861


Obviously its quite small. Most original 1850-1860’s parasols are like this for regular  lady’s. Here is a real life example aka the original cast:

lady with parasol

Now for the doll sized examples:

orginal parasol 165-1870

This one is not quite as dainty even though it dates to about 1865-1870. Showing that the doll industry fudged with there sizing. I’m not sure why but its common. As with this original parasol that Samantha will be recovering for me.

calicobuttons 003

The next posting will be of the recovered parasol itself! I picked out a lovely blue silk with black lace to decorate it!


Stay tuned!!!



Mini hat post #1:

A few weeks ago during the symposium, I received a lovely untrimmed hat from Anna Worden Bauersmith.

img_3868It was made to imitate many hats found in illustrations and fashion plates depicting casual outdoor wear, more specifically playing croquet. So Samantha and I poured every one of these examples and picked out the perfect one for me.

Woman's Hat United States, mid to late 1850s

I thought the hat’s simplicity would be perfect for many outfits! So we went shopping at the symposium for the brown silk ribbon and then came the waiting. Samantha had a few other projects to finish before she could decorate this hat for me. The other night she finally added the last details and it was ready for me to wear! Here is the finished product!

PS: You can see a sneak preview of my parasol that Samantha is going to recover next!


For more information on 19th century millinery and where to buy a similar hat click the links below: