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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Mom; Most Excellent Woman of All

Mom's philosophy on time mnagement centered on laying out clothes and school books the night before class.  Books and purse when by the front door, easy to grab.  Outfits, down to the last detail, hung on the closet door, ready to wear. She said to me shortly before she died, "of all the thing I taught you, I'm proudest that you learned to get your little things together the night before."

New Book by Shirley Jackson of New Material

This just in!  I spied a new book of Jackson's previously unpublished work, edited by two of her children.  Barnes and Noble carries it.  More information as it develops!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter: Doll Collecting at About.com Newlsetter Week: August 24th By now, many of the "junior" collectors among us are heading back to...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Doll Museum: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Sneak Peek! In O...

Doll Museum: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Sneak Peek! In O...: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Sneak Peek! In Our September Issue : Our September issue truly has something for everyone. Our fantastic ...

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Cycladic Idol; Cincinnati Art Museum
Think of Norman and his "stuffed Animals" or the vicar and his soap animals; Joe Spencer Collection and Soft Sculpture
Here are a couple newly discovered dolls from Gallerie II, and a memoir of someone who helped me along in my own collecting.  A recent interview with Elizabeth Ann Coleman for Antique Doll Collector Magazine Blog reveals that Ann Coleman is researching ceramic porcelain shoulder heads for her most recent project, so here is an update of an article on china heads and all their variations. Finally, as I continue to uncover great finds, I include an encore performance of a tribute to my mother, who encouraged my collecting in all things. More soon about another estate collection, recent find, dolls for fall, and auction updates.  Remember, I try to answer all emails, but give me a few days turnaround, and note I am not a dealer or professional appraiser. I'm just someone, like all of you, who loves dolls!  Happy Collecting!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Joe Spencer Collection for Gallerie II of Gathered Graditions.
Joe Spencer Folk Dolls for Gathered Traditions are delightful works of affordable doll art. If you love holidays, especially Halloween, you will love these original soft sculpture creations. Our thanks to Ryan of Gathered Traditions, too.  Read More
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Uncle Tony and the Supermarket Bride
My beloved Uncle Tony was a big brawny man who worked construction and who bid on dolls for me at auctions.  Read more.
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Earth Angels of the Doll World; China and Ceramic Dolls
This first of three articles about china heads discusses the earliest known Venus ceramic figure through modern examples made in the 1960s.  Many collectors are still interested in traditional china heads, even so-called low-brows.  Sometimes, I'd like to see statistics on how often these dolls were reproduced.  Any ceramicists out there who can help out?
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Mother Daughter Doll Collectors
My mother became a default doll collector, who rescued, dressed, and returned their innocence, to dolls. She was also skilled at dressing dolls and repairing them, and she had an eye for the unusual.  Do you have photos of dolls your mothers have made that you would be willing to share with me for a gallery? Email them to me at your convenience. Thank you!
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Looking for Dolls in all the Odd Places!
Here is a post on some strange places where I've found dolls lately.  Keep your dolly radar beeping, and never give up the search!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Great Article on Tropical Hibiscus also for Dr. E'...

 See below, I think Miss Pym would approve.  

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Great Article on Tropical Hibiscus also for Dr. E'...: From the Martins at Logee's: Growing Outrageously Colorful Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)   By Laurelynn Martin and...