Athanatos post, Props edition:
Those Techno Wings 😍
It's sad that I didn't took much pictures while I was crafting those acrylic wings. It was quite the adventure.
It's been a while since I've had one of those crazy project idea...
The Techno Wings are made with several pieces of cut acrylic sheet, that were hand carved and pierced in order to tie them together (using old earbuds wires) in this shape.
I got a wireless LED ribbon to put around the outer shape of the wing and covered it with thin sheets of foam that were painted and decorated.
The whole structure ended up a lot heavier than anticipated to Athanatos could not wear it as a backpack like I planned it. It had to be supported by a doll stand for the photoshoots 😂
This Prop is one of the best pieces I made, with the LED chandelier and my Victorian padded chair =^.^=
Doll model: Enoch
Resin colour: Syringa
Hey, it looks like I DID took several pictures of the techno wings while I was crafting them, but they were directly taken for Instagram, so they were never saved on my PC. 😭
I guess if you're interested in the Wings' Tale, you'll have to scroll back in my posts until you reach April 2019. ⌛
I only watched Matilda for the first time a couple of years ago. And then I quickly read the book and listen to the musical about a dozen times after that. It’s one of my favorite stories, and I’ve always adored this moment of Matilda walking along the road with her wagon in tow! My mom recreated her iconic dress by upcycling a large women’s one she found at a thrift store. To match the floral pattern, she actually hand painted the red and yellow flowers onto the fabric. It’s one of my favorite things!
Today's 12 Days of Dollstagram challenge on Instagram is Nutcracker! I find it fitting that Kenleigh is watching Barbie in The Nutcracker, both for the challenge and to commemorate the movie's 20th anniversary. That's right, the very first Barbie movie ever made turns 20 this year! I remember when it came out - I was in middle school. :D Ah, the memories!
The Fred Laughon Doll Fangirl Post!
Hello again, doll friends!
I was HUGELY lazy last year. Whilst I was actually making little bits and pieces of doll clothing, as well as adding a few more friends to my collection- would you believe, I barely documented a thing? Can't have that - so, to kick off 2022 the right way, I'm going to write a little piece on one of my favourite things at the moment: wooden dolls.
(some of the wonderful reproduction wooden dolls craved by Fred Laughon, a 20th century art doll-maker from Virginia)
If, like me, you loved Felicity of American Girl fame and the gorgeous little wooden dolls she and Elizabeth had in their sets :
(d'aww... these were so detailed and accurate: thanks, AG!)
then you might be interested in the lovely Fred T Laughon reproduction dolls, as shown above. If you're lucky enough to live near Richmond, Virginia - or in and around Colonial Williamsburg - then you may actually have seen some of them on display in the Mantuamaker's shop:
(I do love how in the above picture, they've clothed the doll in a blue gown; so it's almost a dead ringer for Felicity's!) They still have some of the smaller ones on display today, too, I believe - and they update the tiny shop with different accessories and outfits.
There's not much information out there on the Internet about Fred Laughon himself - which is a shame. What I've found comes from an article in the 2015 UFDC magazine, and an online obituary.
Frederick Laughon was a well-known local figure and retired preacher in Richmond, Virginia. He was also a talented cabinet maker in his retirement, and he was fascinated by the simple jointed wooden dolls of the 18th and 19th century. He began making reproductions of his own, and the quality and skill he put in meant they were very popular
The Laughon dolls were very much a family enterprise, throughout the 1980s and 90s. Fred would hand-carve the dolls, whilst his wife Helen and daughter Nel would make the outfits for them. They made a limited edition range of dolls (known as the "Charity" doll)for the 1994 UFDC convention:
They came with a sweet little story about a mother adopting a little orphan girl!
Sadly Fred died in 2002. But his legacy lives on, as his wooden dolls are still much sought after online for doll collections. And you can see why - the love and care put into the Laughon family doll creations absolutely shows.
the lady and gentleman above are a set of 2 dolls known as 'Mr and Mrs Tyler' - I do love the gorgeous little period hairstyles!
I'm lucky enough to own the taller 'Charity' Laughon doll, as well as the Mr and Mrs Tyler couple. I'll post some more on the ones in my own personal collection later on. But for now, just wanted to share how well-made and enjoyable the wooden Fred Laughon dolls are!
In honor of the new Babysitters Club season, I just couldn’t help myself. I still need to read the books, though! I grew up seeing them in droves at the thrift store and was always curious. Now that I adore the show, I’m sure I’d love the series. Did you grow up reading the books?
It's a rainy, dreary Memorial Day here! It's a good day to play board games, since a BBQ is out! So Kenleigh and Damian have broken out some of their favorites. Some games, like Monopoly, have so many pieces that one table isn't enough to properly set it up. :D What are some of your favorite board games?
Kenleigh is buying Oriental Avenue!
Damian got a chance card that told him to go back three spaces. He doesn’t look amused.
Kenleigh has the T-Rex pawn, while Damian went for the classic car!
Sometimes, a game has so many components that one table isn’t enough!
Next up: Operation!
Damian’s going for the broken heart!
One of my BJD customized as Byleth from Fire Emblem Three Houses
Base doll is Dreaming Doll Misora. All else (wig, eyes, makeup, clothes) done by me. 😊 If I ever make the sword of the creator too I’d like to take some more pictures in the forest.