I decided to make a diorama scene, using a couple of kits by Jean Day and Robin Betterley inside a trunk half, made by Jack Gaiser. I used the top of the trunk for the doll presentation board, which was previously seen.
Two dolls are relaxing almost back to back on the floor. The redheaded doll on the left was a kit by Tower House dolls and the white undressed one was an eBay find. The tiny wild redheaded doll on the left was made with a mold, air dry clay and wire
Thank you for visiting this collection of dolls!
This is one of the five large dolls that was made by Tina Squire. Two of the dolls are seated in the box and I had Tina cut the doll legs at the knees while the porcelain was still wet.
A sea of dolls.
The flirty redhead in the center was made by Patty Caster. The one with the blue pleated skirt was purchased at a show unpainted and undressed for $2 dollars and I added a Hearty clay bunny ears cap after I had been inspired by a similar one seen on Pinterest. The yellow dressed doll holds a pom pom bunny made over 25 years ago with a dear friend
Among the dolls on the shelf, the bigger doll heads were pressed into the mold-maker and I used the face/head form of the plastic dolls popularly sold in the baby shower section of the dollar store. The heads are from Hearty clay and the bodies, arms and legs are made with twisted white cloth wire. My children don't like some of these dolls and based on this a friend suggested that "I was losing my touch." Oh well. . . . . when you think about it, in real life, some dolls aren't that cute.
To make the soft dolls in the center of the suitcase, I drew a simple head and body pattern on muslin fabric, backstitched on the line leaving an opening to turn right side out. They were stuffed with fiberfill. I then made indentations for the eye sockets with white thread and with black thread, colonial knots made the eyes and a tiny stitch of reddish thread made the lips. The arms and legs were made from tightly coiled muslin fabric tubes that were cut at a slant then glued to the body.
These Shrinky Dink Mary Engelbreit papers dolls were done in a club meeting led by Linda Hughes and to appreciate the cuteness of them, I displayed them on paper covered mat board rectangles.
Purchased on eBay, on the left side is a tiny acrylic painting scene of a cat in the flowering meadow by Karry Johnson.
Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to make a doll room box. At that time I began acquiring small porcelain doll kits through Ebay, miniatures shops and shows. So nine months ago, when I was ready to begin the creation of this box, I gathered all of the doll kits that I had accumulated over the past 2+ years and counted 60 naked doll bodies! Struck with paralysis, I sat wondering how I would display this overwhelming number of dolls into my 14"L x 9"H x 10"D white box. Then the words of a fellow miniature club member kept repeating in my head giving me confidence, "Well, if anyone can do it, you can." So, after dressing a few of the dolls, I began to recover from my initial shock, and soon began to realize happily that I would be able to incorporate even more dolls into the box. What a relief! Because, through a another club member, I discovered the beautiful doll kits of Diane Yunnie of South Africa that had to have a place in this box. Thanks to Tina Squire, our miniature group was constantly being supplied with new tiny doll kits. Other doll kits were made by Pat Boldt, the late Nada Christensen,Tower House Dolls and Patty Caster. I dressed all of the dolls except for three. Also, I was thrilled to be able to incorporate several quarter scale kits into this scene as they became the doll's toys, furniture, accessories and clothes. A doll scene provides the perfect theme for the mixing of scales, and this box has incorporated items from four scales: full, half, quarter and 1/144. Oh......and how many porcelain dolls did I end up incorporating into the scene? I really don't know because the count varied after several attempts and I gave up. But, it is safe to assume there are over 80 porcelain dolls and that's a lot of dolls!
Completed July 2016.
Nada and Diane dolls posed in front of a Cynthia Howe crib kit.
The blue stove is a Robin Betterley quarter scale kit with a few added embellishments on my part.
The large doll on the left and the smaller blond one dressed in her undergarments are by Tina Squire. In the center of the sofa, stands a brown-eyed doll, one of the three glass-eyed dolls that I have in the box that is made by Pat Boldt.
Dressed dolls by Patty and Tina and the undressed one was an eBay find. The teacups are grommets painted with nail polish and the creamer and sugar were made with beads, bead caps and wire. The two cupcakes were purchased at a show from Ivani Grande of Brasilian Miniatures. To give the table a festiveness, I sprinkled it with chunky gold glitter to simulate confetti.
The quarter scale Cynthia Howe mirrored wardrobe is flanked by dolls by Pat Boldt and Nada Christensen. Hanging below them is a garland made with a different type of air dry clay doll.
I squeezed the doll dressed in her white lace nighty into a 1/2" scale chair.
The googly eye doll in the pale pink dress was made by Diane Yunnie. She also sells on Etsy. Diane paints the most beautiful eyes on her dolls and she is super wonderful to do business with--highly recommend.
Regarding the blond German-inspired forest doll, I embellished a knit dress clothing kit found on http://www.dollproject.com and put it on this eBay find doll which appears to have been made back in the 1980's.
For years I had resisted buying this 1/4" scale saw-horse art table kit by Robin Betterley because I had no place for it in any of the scenes I had been making until now. After I assembled the kit, I glued it onto a rectangular woodsie which was then glued onto a newel post stand. Placed in the back left corner, it is elevated above the heads of the dolls so it would not get lost in the scene.
Right side of the box.
On the back wall hangs a no-hole beaded framed collage of air dry clay dolls, teapot and animals. On the dark wood stained shelf, stands what appears to be a frightened mouse next to a felt elephant with blanket-stitched sides, a project provided by Paulette Svec. While commenting on the two rag dolls, a friend giggled, "They are so ugly, they're cute." And they are so free-form that you can hardly make a mistake!
These wooden doll pictures on the wall were a joint project between myself and my daughter Sage. She drew the little girls with a fine black micron pen and I colored the images with colored pencils.
A grouping of some of my most favorite dolls in the box.
Two large Tina Squire dolls and the baby a Diane Yunnie doll
Left side of the box.
Above the fabric-covered suitcase is a carved toothpick doll dressed in marker-colored crepe paper that is part of a collage in a wooden button.
Hearty clay critters and a peg doll fill this quarter scale kitchen cupboard kit by Templewood Miniatures of England, purchased at Shelly Norris' on-line mini show. I used my ball stylus to mold the plates and flower knobs and used leftover decal paper to cover the doors.
An "antique" doll, by Pat Boldt, is displayed in her presentation box with trousseau, including a "crocheted" purse and hat found in a Jean Day chair kit. On top of the box rests two doll heads and another Jane Harrop kit, a quarter scale rocking horse.
This 3-piece kitchen furniture set was part of the original room box kit by Amy Rauch that was previously seen. I chose to display them on this shelf instead of in the box. The laser-cut letters spelling out the word "dolls" was part of a block kit by Jane Harrop
Upon spotting the above scene in the box, my oldest daughter gleefully said, "Ahhh, a room box within a room box, and Mom, you have even managed to clutter up that tiny tiny scene as well!"
Members of NAME receive a bi-monthly magazine called the Miniature Gazette. The November/December 2015 had listings of Roundtable Treasures to purchase for $5 from the 2015 Indianapolis National Convention. I thought I hit the jackpot because I knew that I could use lots of these kits for this doll room box. (I just LOVE putting kits together.) Among these kits, I used four different ones to make this tiny room box scene which included, the micro scale box and plate shelf by Amy Rauch, the child's kitchen cabinet, table and chairs by Young at Heart, and tea cart accessories by Ruth Stewart. I also included tiny laser cut houses by Jane Harrop of England.
More doll clothes and a dolly sewing kit.
A Bliss dollhouse kit by Cynthia Howe.
Two of Nada Christensen's babies laying in a wooden cradle purchased through Grandpa's Dollhouse in Canada.
Another Cynthia Howe wardrobe kit.
In the green doll trunk, stands a Diane Yunnie doll.
More Roundtable Treasures--1/4" scale crates of herbs by SDK miniatures and the jelly cabinet and pie safe by Charlotte Atcher. The three tiny dolls on the quarter scale chaise are some of the smallest dolls in the box.
A tiny porcelain doll that I have had in my collection forever was placed in my mold maker so that I could replicate many of them with the Hearty air dry clay. Two of them are displayed on a decorated card on the left. The quarter scale pink baby layette displayed on a painted and chalked hexagonal woodsie was a Jean Day kit that I colored with paint and chalk.
Room Boxes by Denise Morales
Center of the box.
"Barbie" dolls from Tina and Nada.
Another Jean Day kit was this French style chair. To the right of it is a darling Diane Yunnie doll in a striped dress. The white porcelain frozen Charlotte and vanity table and stool were purchased at a mini estate sale.
The blond curly-haired doll in the white dress was purchased at a show and was made by Victoria Heredia Guerbos of Spain.