Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dolls of a Larger Scale..Madame Alexander Cissy

I have been wanting to write about this gorgeous antique/vintage lovely since I was lucky enough to win her.  Lately, Vintage/antique Madame Alexander Cissy dolls have become an obsession of mine to obtain. 

Last year I acquired one through an auction of dolls that were in a tub, of vintage dolls and really had no idea of the find I had acquired. She was lovely. I knew she was a Madame Alexander Cissy, the ornate gown and hat gave it away. I did my research and found she was one of the lovely dolls in gowns and a hard to find doll. Pictures of that doll can be found in my Flicker Album- Cissy dolls .

Ever since I sold her, I have researched more and become fascinated with the history of the Cissy dolls. I had a customer from several years ago who purchased a large quantity of the large scale Bespaq in 1:3 scales for these dolls so it made me even more interested in the dolls. I also stumbled across this link-  www.dolledition.com  on research, on their in depth gowns, and information since it is hard to find a website, including Madame Alexander's website, that contains information on the dolls themselves with all of the info on their clothing, shoes, hairstyles, body info. 

Cissy dolls are unusual in that they are what might be the 'first' ball jointed dolls. Madame Alexander paid great attention to the details of haute couture in the clothing, after WWll and it is fascinating how she worked with great designers to bring those designs to her dolls. 

The doll I won was a fluke win...Here is the auction LINK

I usually browse the Cissy dolls on eBay and several sites to see what dolls are going for as I have been shopping for months now to get a 'deal'...which has eluded me.  I knew a 'nude' doll could possibly cost me anywhere from $175 -250! with no cracks, splits etc. or possibly that much on a lucky day if she had an outfit and no shoes on. I got a heck of a deal on this auction simply because the person listing did not describe her that well. For those of you who do not know, Cissy dolls measure between 20 and 21 inches tall. 

She did have a couple of issues- her eyelashes are missing a little on one eye. She has a finger that is coming loose that was not described, but that can be fixed. This Cissy is a 1955 wearing #2083 Her orginal outfit with petticoat and undies- she is missing her original shoes and natural straw hat, and little hatbox with letter to mail.  Here are the photos of her . I purchased shoes that would match her original ones as close as possible. 

The furniture is Bespaq in 1:3 scale. The teaset is Samantha Historical American Girl. The fern/plant is a Michael's find. Rug is a dollhouse miniature . The little orchid on the tea tray was purchased from an artist at a Christmas show. The photo/picture hanging on the wall is a picture copied from the internet and put into a  $1 photo frame.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am late, (as usual!) but better late than never, right? I was so busy yesterday I forgot all about blogging! 

We had a fun day and a wonderful celebration meal of traditional corn beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots, onions and a brisket of corn beef. I found a recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it. 

Shown below is our table set with my new vintage Anchor Hocking Emerald Green 'Bubble' effect plates and the goblets. I just adore them. I found the glasses in an antique mall nearby , and the plates on eBay , both at great prices. The vintage Rabbit eating the corn cob Pitcher with the Jonquils is a vintage piece I picked up at an auction. I am an antique/vintage china & glass collector as well. It's a passion of mine. The more weird, over the top the piece is, the more I love it. 
Here is the recipe I used on Pinterest for the Slow Cooker corned beef and cabbage. I used an Omaha Corned Beef brisket with the season packet. Instead of sugar, I used corn syrup for the sweetner. Don't use any vinegar, since the item is packed in vinegar already. 

I will have some more photos of dollies in a bit, as a new one has come in that is on my grail list! ~Lisa

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hinamatsuri Day- Doll Festival day

Happy Hinamatsuri day- or Doll Festival day in Japan. 

I am a day late and a dollar short, as always. I meant to do this post yesterday but I got very distracted and forgot all about it. Hinamatsuri takes place on the third day of the third month, (March 3rd) and is the Girls day Festival or otherwise known as the Dolls Festival. Ceremonial dolls are brought out and displayed on steps covered in red cloth representing members of the Imperial Japanese court, ladies and lords, musicians, ceremonial furniture, with the Emporer and Empress at the very top. Even special food is served at this time. The dolls are not played with, but brought out for this special day.

Here are some photos from the archives. Hope you enjoy. 

Here is Miss Flower at the table, with the Hinamatsuri set all ready. 

Her sister, Miss Happiness is not yet arrived. 

The wooden goldfish set with cups is something I bought as a kid in Chinatown on a trip to New York with my parents. That was the same time I purchased the book The Dolls' House by Frances Hodgeson Burnett in a nearby Bookstore. 

I made the chopsticks from toothpicks
I also handscuplted the sushi 

The Hinamatsuri set made by Re-ment a few years ago. I understand it is now very expensive and hard to find, though there is a Hello Kitty one  not as detailed as this is. I adore this and though I paid for it, it was pricey, not as expensive as I have seen the prices of today.

Enjoy! I am sorry I did not set up an entirely new room scene for the Doll festival. I wanted to do a Japanese Western style room scene. My Miss Flower is now Amy for my cast of Big Bang characters I am collecting so I am going to need a new Miss Flower for my Miss Happiness/Miss Flower cast of characters from that children's beloved book Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumor Godden I have about two or three copies of this book I have collected through the years, plus the sequel, Little Plum  was really amazing as well and tells about the Japanese doll festival and how Nona and Belinda created it doll size.The original book gave plans how to make a real Japanese Dolls' house that was quite ingenius and I have always wanted to build. 

For those of you curious how I created the Japanese type looking shoji walls in my scenes, Click HERE FOR MY FLICKER ALBUM giving you a photo tuturial on how to create a faux shoji door/ wall with foamboard and the opposite wall with screens and wall hangings. All you need is foamboard, stripwood, stain, shelf paper, scrapbook vellum paper, and scissors, and exacto knife, ruler, and glue. And maybe some tape. Quite simple. I use these walls alot and they can be used for other backdrops with plants, props for fashion photos too. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Poppy-Planning the Big Event!

I have finally put together enough photos to pick up where I left off on the photostory of Poppy and Ryan's BIG DATE which happened on Valentine's day when he proposed.  
Alot of the photostories took place in 2013 archives. 

So if you want to play catch up here you go-
Preparations for the first date

A Phone Call to a Friend

Poppy and Ryan

Poppy Visits a Friend

When oppurtunity Knocks- part l

These should be the diorama archives, to catch up on the stories I did. I may change some of the dolls to the characters as they have been sold/moved on, but the characters, like Poppy's best friend, Cindy Sometime, have stayed the same. I have added some new characters, like Cindy's boyfriend, and Ryan's buddies, Butch, Bubba , Joe, Mike to the mix. And a whole bunch of friends for Ricky, Ryan's little brother.  I am working on re-vamping Ryan's sister Hannah too. 

It's Saturday. Poppy Parker is with her best friend, Cindy Sometime, at her apartment and has arranged to meet with a wedding event planner, Penelope Webster, of Webster Consulting Associates. Penelope, as a favor to Cindy, has agreed to meet Poppy and Cindy at Poppy's apartment for a more private pre-interview planning session on finding out what type of ceremony, reception and guest list Poppy and Ryan have in mind. 

Poppy, this is my friend, Penelope Webster I was telling you about of Webster Associates. Penelope, this is my friend Poppy Parker. 

Poppy : 'Thank you for coming, it's a pleasure.'
Penelope: 'Pleasure is all my mine, Miss Parker. '

The two shake hands warmly, to Cindy's delight. 
'Won't you sit down?' Poppy asks.
'Thank you,' Penelope replies.

Everyone sits down and gets comfortable, settling purses, and bags. 
'You have a beautiful apartment Miss Parker,' Penelope states, looking around at the eclectic travel vintage poster art on the walls.
'Thank you, but the decor is really all due to my fiance Ryan, he collects vintage travel art,' said Poppy
'Very colorful. Perhaps we could include some of this into the reception somehow. Maybe the favors?' Penelope says
Penelope begins to take her iPad out of her purse to begin the session.

'Now first, tell me about how you see your wedding- the ceremony to begin with. That is the 'bones' as I like to call it. Do you see it 'Formal' chapel length train, cathedral length, is your dress casual, short, etc. ?  The ceremony sets the tone for what the reception will be, and essentially, the cost. But overall, I have to ask before I begin - what is your budget?'
Poppy is pleased at how she goes right to the heart of the matter. She is used to people dancing around this issue, and appreciates a person blunt and to the point. 
'Well, we are on a fixed budget, but I have the budget worked out on a spreadsheet that I can give you, that is itemized, if that helps., what can be spent on each catagory, - food, tuxedo rental, flowers, church, gown, etc. ...--'

Penelope immediately breaks into a smile and interrupts, not letting her finish!
'MARVELOUS! Miss Parker, if you just knew how easy you just made my job, I could kiss the bride!' 
Penelope turns to Cindy and says-'You never told me this job would be this easy!'

Cindy: 'Poppers is really organized! You're looking at a number one organized whiz kid over here!'

Poppy: 'I think Cindy exaggerates, but yes I do love to organize. And I didn't want to waste your time. I believe in getting down to business.'
Penelope: 'So do I. If I have alot of information ahead of time, these meetings can be less about pulling it out of you, and more about getting the tiresome stuff out of the way. '

The meeting continues pleasantly, with Poppy giving Penelope her information and preferences, as well as the spreadsheet info. So far the dress and group wedding attire is still not picked out, nor are the wedding colors. 

Penelope: This has been a very eventful session. I want to thank you and now that I know what to start on, we can get dates, and the church and reception area locked in NOW.'
Poppy gulped. 'Now? Shouldn't I ask Ryan first?'
Penelope laughed. 'He's already done the hard part. You both have decided on a date, now it's my turn to make it happen. I have to track down the churches you have looked at and see if they have corresponding dates, if not, we will have to see if some closer dates will due for the two of you. OK?'
Poppy. 'Ok, I see.

Cindy: 'Poppers, don't forget the HUGE list of family you will have to send out invitations to as well. '

Penelope: 'One more thing- that reminds me. Do you want to have  a pre-family dinner for both sides of the families to get to know each other before the wedding? Apart from the rehearsal dinner of course. Rehearsal dinners are stressful enough without introducing family, especially if they are flying in from other parts of the US. '
Poppy: That might not be a bad idea. My mother and aunt would definitely want to arrange something I know. But I would have to check with Ryan- on his other family. His parents are dead, he only has his brother and sister, unless he has cousins he would like to invite.'
Penelope: 'Who are your parents and aunt, if you don't mind my asking?"
Poppy: My aunt is Baroness Von Weiss and my mother & Father are Dr. Peter and Patricia Parker .

For a moment, Penelope is struck dumb. Thoughts are racing through her mind at the clientele that will be coming to this young womans' wedding- she has hit the jackpot!  Wait until I tell....No, I won't tell them. I will keep this to myself. Imagine the money I will make off of this account??
Remembering Cindy is watching her facial expression, and keeping herself calm, Penelope composes herself, though secretly she is exploding with joy inside.
She stands up to end the interview.

Cindy, very observant, has noticed the change in Penelope's demeanor when she heard who Poppy's parents and aunt were. Cindy smirks. She knows her oppurtunistic friend all too well. 

'Miss Parker, thank you for your time, and I will be emailing you shortly with a synopsis and dates. I will also drop off a contract after I set up another date to meet with you and your fiance, so I can meet with him as well. I think it important to meet with you both. '
Poppy is taken back at how quickly Penelope switches from friendliness to business. 
'Of course. Ryan would like to meet you. ' Poppy decides to catch her off guard.
'Please send me your rates first. I need to see if they fit in with the budget plan I gave you on my spread sheet. You see, my parents and aunt are not paying for this, Ryan and I are. '

Penelope pauses, a long time, but does not flinch. The business contacts from attendees at this wedding are too good to pass up.
'Of course, I will email them to you this afternoon. My first consultation is always free. It was a pleasure meeting you. Cindy, great to see you!'
And with that, she leaves. 

An hour or two later, Poppy and Cindy are sitting on the sofa, hugging pillows and giggling.

Cindy: 'I almost laughed out loud when you told her hey, we're poor and it's just me and my broke fiance paying for this wedding so don't look at my rich-a$$ aunt and parents to soak! ' Cindy chortles...

Poppy: 'Well, I'm used to it. People would always jack the price up on items just because they knew who Mother was or my aunt was. It was really infuriating when you think about it. They were willing to pay. So when I was a kid, it wasn't unusual for Dad to send one of his colleagues in to buy something for him, or eventually we ordered alot of items online and had them delivered. My parents became very reclusive because of the price gouging of shops in town. So did my aunt, who traveled abroad alot. She said if you had to pay for it, at least they kissed your butt !' 
Cindy really starts laughing at this.
'I can just imagine your Aunt Agnes eating that up! Penelope doesn't know what she's in for!'
Poppy: 'Pillow fight!' and slings her pillow at Cindy-

Who also slings her pillow at Poppy-

---with more giggles and laughter that ensue...as well as gossip.

Cindy: 'Well, this has been fun, but I gotta run. Butch is going to be wondering where I am.'
Poppy: 'Oh, don't go. You know darn good and well he's with Ryan and Bubba. '
Cindy: 'I know. But he was supposed to start getting out on the river and practicing for the tour circuit - with this ice cold weather it has set him back, ya know.'
Poppy: 'How has his fishing suffered? I know he had some problems with his boat?'
Cindy: 'Yeah...well try living with someone who is obsessed with bass fishing. Thank goodness I have my photography. He's adorable, I love him, but ick. Fish. He's good at it and it brings in the money. ' 
Poppy: Well Cindy you always could pick 'em. Remember the beach bum?" 

Cindy:'You said it! haven't thought of him since our college days! At least I learned how to surf! That has really helped me with Butch. He can't believe I know my way around the water like I do...'
Poppy: If only they knew....lol'

Cindy: 'Well, it's been great Poppers. We'll go shopping for dresses soon. Do you want to get some of the other lucky bridesmaids together for a party?"
Poppy: 'Sure, why not? I think I already have an idea on the dress. It would be fun to just get all of us together for a little dinner." 
Cindy: 'Ok, see ya then. Bye.'
Poppy: 'Bye then."


Poppy Parker
(doll- Pillow Talk Poppy Parker Integrity Toys)

Daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Peter & Patricia Parker, well to do couple in Smallville. Niece to the wealthy and occasionally scandalous Baroness von Weiss. Very well connected to the upper echelons of Smallville society. Engaged to Ryan McDonald.

Cindy Sometime
(Sparkle GLOSS Poppy Parker Convention 2014 doll Integrity Toys)
Friend of Poppy Parker
Boyfriend- Butch Ellis, BASS tournament fisher and friend of Ryan McDonald
Self-employed photographer

Penelope Webster
(Barbie Basics Tea made to move doll)
owner of Webster Consulting Associates, an event planning business
Friend of Cindy Sometime & has been hired to plan Ryan and Poppy's wedding and reception. 


As characters are introduced, I will tack them on the stories so people can keep up.