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What Do YOU Think Of When You Hear The Number 101..?

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I confess, I have over 100 Once-Loved Dolls already at my house, just waiting their turn. In the lulls between when a fresh face comes to my door (which are frequent), I’ll peek inside the bins where they raucously play as they wait their turn.

This time there was an unusual hush when I lifted the lid. All the O.L.D.’s contained therein looked at me with shining eyes and pointed their fingers downward. Curious, I set them aside one by one to see what – or WHO – they were pointing to.

“Hello!” I said to the naked little girl. “I remember you! I repaired your lip! That was a long time ago…” I could feel the eyes of the rest of the girls upon me. I glanced around before I looked back at that naked little girl, to the cheers of all the other dolls. “Would you like to be next?”

Thus begins the description of Louella De NICE, also known as O.L.D. No. 101. You can see her adoption page HERE. Our Louella is SO nice, the other dolls – who just as desperately would like their turn – spoke up on her behalf. Or at the very least, pointed.

And lucky for Louella, every time I happen upon fabric that is mainly black and white, I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a doll entirely in black and white. And what better time to do it than on the number 101, as in “101 Dalmatians”?

And isn’t it lucky for me that just like black and white are opposites, Louella’s personality is the opposite of Cruella De Vil’s?

Not to mention how much I love these little 13″ composition dolls, and it’s been so long since I’ve had one. Why, in the first 20 dolls alone there were THREE of these girls!

O.L.D. No. 1 (ONE!). Carol Jane

O.L.D. No. 7. Harriet Peabody, dead ringer for Hazel Twigg.

O.L.D. No. 20 Annie Oakley











So I’m glad that this sweet little girl is finally getting her turn.



I confess, I had to make the second outfit in secret, because JULIE.

It’s no secret that I’m very, very slow. And I have unrealistic expectations of what I can accomplish in any given time. Julie helps to keep me in line by trying to sprinkle reality into my world. But she gave me a bunch of vintage wool sweaters that she’d purchased at thrift stores over the years, and I desperately wanted to give Louella a second outfit with a vintage cream one, complete with a little embroidery! So I DID IT. Without telling Julie! But you know what? Julie likes the second outfit best!

I have a new plan of attack to try and battle my slowness. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I like to watch movies over and over as I sew, kind of a background music for me. I’ll watch the same movie for months on end. Well, now I have a unit of measure for the hours I work! I’m currently watching “Misery.”

No, no! I’m not some dark and evil person, who enjoys watching innocent authors hobbled in the middle of the night! I’m just a fan of dark humor and Kathy Bates excellent portrayal of this well written character.

Even Louella’s watering can is black and white.

Anyway, “Misery” is 1 hour and 47 minutes and 29 seconds long. So if I work four “Misery”s a day, that’s about eight hours! Another favorite, “Phantom of the Opera” with GERARD BUTLER is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Three Phantoms would about do it! So far so good. Not that I was slacking off before, but now I can think to myself, “I’d like to get these buttons sewn on before Annie Wilkes spills the soup and loses her cool for the first time.” GENIUS. Har.

Hey! Michelle also happens to have one of my 13’s! This little Viking was one of my favorites. They all are, really…

Three cheers for the alumni of the Rolfe Community School! They got together and almost, almost won Mary Lou the vintage Cheerleader. I imagine there will be another Rolfe-themed doll in the future.

However! The person who won her is a faithful Hazel Twigg-er that we haven’t seen in a little while…Michelle E. of Hudson, Colorado! THANK YOU, Michelle!

And with that, I leave you! Pick GOOD when you can – unless there’s a little dark humor involved….You’re my favorite!

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Masquerade2I will be the first to admit: when I like something, I really, really like it. To the point of obsession. Past it, even! My latest obsession is “The Phantom of the Opera.” I’ve got it on the brain!

Masquerade1masqueradeOne of the big production musical numbers is “Masquerade,” and all the cast is in costumes of black and cream. I love it! A feast for the eyes! I knew that I wanted to do one of my own for our next O.L.D.

I was inspired by one dress in particular. I didn’t want to duplicate it, I only wanted to use if for my muse. I sensed pompoms in my future. And Napoleon.

masqI drew a sketch of what I wanted my dress to look like:

ENTER KRISTI, who thankfully had a waist, which this kind of costume would need. Many of my girls don’t! They have more of a toddler build. Lucky for me, Kristi liked the idea of the dress. I modified the design a little as I went. Here she is!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe giant flower she holds is a nod to a doll I’d done long ago in the same color scheme. He was a little Nippon china doll and I loved his impish expression. I wanted Kristi to have a pop of color too.

I made a hoop skirt for her. My first!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also made aaalll those little pompoms, since I wanted them to be natural materials (I used wool yarn) rather than the pre-made polyester, and I wanted to control the size of them. All part of the obsession. And all done whilst watching “Phantom.”


Here’s her “Before.” Her wig lightened several shades after it was washed. Ick! Yes, it slightly creeps me out too, to wash a human hair wig that contains years and years of dirt. It’s all for love…

Kristi is an Effanbee doll named Suzanne. She sports her original human hair wig that I carefully washed, in addition to repainting her lips that had been done with fingernail polish and, as constantly happens, wiped off with remover, which also removes the skin tone around it as well.


Kristi’s predecessor.

You can see Kristi’s adoption page HERE. She is O.L.D. No. Sweet 16 and she is THIRD in the Halloween series!

Her trick or treat pumpkin contains tootsie rolls, because they are the closest thing to black and white candy that I could think of that would fit into a trick or treat pumpkin of diminutive size.

O.L.D. number 15, Rory, for some reason never took off. If she had to go for a song (which she DID), then I’m glad she went to the Mother of All Adopters, our friend Michelle E. in Colorado. Good heavens, I wonder if she gets any sleep. Must be like a slumber party over there! Thank you, Michelle!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd thank you also, Andrew Lloyd Webber! And whoever cast Gerard Butler in the role of the phantom. ‘Tis no hardship to sit in that room and sew, I tell you…

And with that, I leave you! Happy Tuesday! You’re my favorite.