Sunday, August 16, 2009

Playing Dolls

Summer Fun item #41 was to attend the Sunapee Fair up in New Hampshire, and so we did! Creativity abounded under each and every tent there. . . . . .wood carvers, basket makers, jewelers, and fiber artists galore. We even got to see a glassblowing demonstration and try our hand at weaving on a loom. But of course, as you well know, the main event for me was the Gail Wilson booth. Lily Red spied it first and headed directly for the dollhouse display. We both shared a few moments of silent awe and then proceeded to make quite a spectacle of ourselves oohing and ahing over every little detail.

Gail Wilson herself was there, for which I feel I must interject a mighty little "yippee!" Unfortunately, the excitement of the moment had me practically tongue tied but I did manage some sort of request to take photos to which she kindly responded in a positive manner and even gave me some tips to avoid the glare from the glass cases in which the items were displayed. At this point let me say, photographer I am not, so any help I can get is most appreciated! I use my little blue Canon ELPH which I have permanently set to "Digital Macro" with no flash. I aim, click and hope for the best.
It was quite humbling to see the amazing quality of her work. I am especially impressed with those braids!

After seeing her doll's doll I'm afraid my little Sally Anne is in desperate need of a makeover in the hair department! And some clothes wouldn't hurt either.

I fell in love with this wonderful wee wooden dolly! Her creation will have to wait, however, as someone else is next in line. . . . .
. . . . .Hitty! She was so lovely I wanted to just snatch her up and take her home with me that very day. But it was necessary that restraint be employed in this matter as I had it from a very reliable source that one such doll kit would be awaiting me at my birthday celebration next month (thanks mom. . . .and dad too although I'm sure he's not aware of it yet!)

Another Hitty and wee wooden to ooh over.

Hitty actually had her own display case filled with little treasures to collect for her. This tiny quilt and sewing set was my favorite.
Eventually it was time to return home where I meet with a small troop of my own creations awaiting completion. Many of them were quite anxious as they have places to go and people to see. Some undivided attention was promised but not before this little Maybelle Sweetie. . . . .

. . . . . .was delivered down to Cape Cod!

After that the real work began. Fabric choices were made. . . . .

. . . . . fittings were conducted. . . . .

. . . . .and final touches were deliberated.

I do believe I see the influence of the Gail Wilson basic doll kit popping up in my own work here what with the wee doll's doll and the braids!

This little one was actually a hoot to make. She could possibly be the first of the Pick-a-Little Pals to come down the path.

Petite in stature she may be, but short in personality she's not! Barely a day old and already she's a hit with the the other girls in the neighborhood.


  1. The Gail Wilsons are so cute as are your darlings. I am glad you had so much fun!

    Erin :)

  2. Your doll pincushions as just adorable! You do such a fantastic job with the face and hair!
    Have a Blessed Day,

  3. Oh, my! We had hoped to go to the fair also - with the main purpose to see Gail's booth! this was the next best thing! I'm soooooo glad you took pictures! That little dolly of yours is adorable. Better keep an eye on her. ♥

  4. Had I known you were coming up here I would have insisted you stop in for an iced tea as you'd have to drive right by my house! :)

    I thought of you the two days I was at the fair... the second day I went back w/o hubby so I could spend extra time in Gail's booth and buy things! Had a lovely chat with Gail as I do every year. I love her animals... so simple yet so perfect and fun to gaze at! I bought her patterns for them some years ago but it's more fun to buy one or two each year all finished, right from her at the fair!

    Glad you got pictures! It was fun to go back...again!! :o)

  5. Your little rascal with the braids is wonderful. I love her. How I should have loved to have been at the fair!

  6. I love seeing your work and wish we had been able to go to the fair, too!
    Your dolls, and those you photographed to share with us are just precious.