Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat....

It's that time of year!  I've been awfully busy, though you wouldn't know it from this blog.  You know me...I mean well, just keep procrastinating.   I did manage to get my Christmas Izannah off to a fabulous new home, and I imagine she's quite happy there.  I made Mr. Whaley a smoking/lounge cap for the Whaley House Museum, an item that had been on my 'to do' list for quite awhile.  Also finished up that reproduction papier mache doll I made for the museum, specifically to wear a dress that I made from the innards of Mrs. Whaley's supposed wedding dress. The gown disintegrated in my hands this summer while cataloging it, and the only parts salvageable were the lace and polished cotton lining.  It lent itself to an 1850's style of wedding dress, so that's what I made out of it. Thomas and Anna Whaley wed in 1853. So I figured it was appropo. Originally, it was a late 1880's early '90's we know it wasn't really Mrs. Whaleys, nor that of her daughters.  Just too late a period and besides, the gown was for someone at least 4 inches taller than I am...and I'm about 4 inches taller than any of the Whaley women.  So no way could they have worn it.  Just a donation from the '60s to the museum and touted as something it wasn't.  But...the doll dress came out great.  Dolly and dress are under a little Victorian tree swathed in strung popcorn at present.

We got the Whaley House and Marston House museums all dandied up for Christmas, had our big SOHO Holiday Party.  Did some Christmassy this'n'that events.  Currently I'm awash in pink and green glitter.  The two little angels in my life asked Santa for a pink princess gown and a Tinkerbell costume.  I'm 'almost' done with the princess gown, just finishing up the lining.  Next comes the Tinkerbell costume.

Now, I know...I haven't taken any photos but I swear I will.  Hopefully Friday I'll get pictures of at least Whaley House all decorated, along with the smoking cap and the papier mache repro doll in the 1850's wedding gown.  And by next week, some pretty girls wearing glittery pink and green costumes!

It's been an eventful year, particularly the last few months.  Some losses...the good kind and the bad kind.  Lost 3 friends to cancer in the last month.  But there's more angels in Heaven to look after us.  Lost 60 pounds since September, so I feel much better, that's for sure.

Trying to keep up momentum of creative activities.  Working on another doll, but not sure when she'll see the light of day!  Hopefully by the end of January at the latest.  Will sure try and get some photos posted on here of my handiwork.  Till then, if I don't make it back on here before...

Happy Holidays!


  1. Merry Christmas to you, too! I look forward to seeing the Whaley house pics!

  2. Oh please do take photos of the Christmas in the Whaley House! And I want to see your new doll.

  3. Busy post! Thanks for the update, and I look forward to the Pink Princess and Tinkerbell pics!

    Be well and have a blessed Yule.

  4. I am always glad to hear from you. Sounds as though there has been sadness. Sorry. keep the faith, this too will change. I will also look forward to the holiday pictures and the new bride doll. Thanks for sharing, settle down, rest and Merry Christmas from My Old Historic House to Yours. Richard

  5. Hi ...I love Vintage and what you are,doing here... your dolls and their gives me a unique feeling.... And I am adoring the name...."Robins egg bleu".....glad you connected to me....Colleen.