Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ozark Folk Art Doll Artist-Kay Cloud

 In the late 1980's I visited a little shop in Reed's Spring,
Missouri called the Sawdust Doll.  The owner and doll maker
was Kay Cloud.  Her shop was full of the most amazing creations.
 Her dolls and primitive animals were my first introduction into
American folk art dolls.  I visited several times, she was always
so friendly, enthusiastic & informative about her dolls.  I recall
 being so amazed she used no patterns & fondly remember her
sitting at her little treadle machine sewing clothing for her dolls.
As I look back, I know that her work was a great influence on me.
This book by Kay has wonderful patterns for simple sawdust dolls,
with painted and embroidered faces.  A must have!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

For Your Enjoyent-1930's Raphael Tuck Postcards

 This set of six cut-out postcards is called 
"The Dollhouse Series".
They were illustrated by W. H. Ellam and sold in the 1930's.
I love the soft colors and sweet designs.  So typical of the time,
right down to the teddy and Golliwogg dolly.  Wouldn't these
postcards have turned an empty box into a little girls delight?  

The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg

This whimsical set of six cut-out postcards called the
"Zoo Zoo Series" were illustrated by A. L. Bowley
and sold in the 1930's.  They make me smile!!
I can these as unusual stuffed animals......

All is well at the cabin.  Steve is still recovering, 
much slower than he would like, he's ready to get
 back to his little's gonna be a while!  
I've moved my bachelor brother in with us.  He's 
improving too.  They are both good grateful patients 
with no complaints & I have really been enjoying them.
Hope your new year is off to a great start!