Maud Humphrey

Maud Humphrey

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gotz Classic Kidz VRONI --finally!

Oh, my, it's been awhile.  What can I say?  I really have no excuses!  Just laziness and procrastination, I suppose.  But here I am again, ready to share more dolly love!

Gotz Classic Kidz VRONI!

I have been wanting this doll ever since she first came out several years ago.  But I also wanted Louisa, another Classic Kidz that came out at the same time.  Since I could only afford one, I ordered Louisa.  And I loved her.  But I could never forget about this one, Vroni.  I made up my mind recently to add her to my collection.  The only problem being, she is no longer in production and very hard to find.  Of course.  Everybody loved her and nobody wants to sell her!  So I resigned myself to the fact that I would just have to be grateful for Louisa.  When she did become available on the secondary market, she was always way out of my price range.  Until recently.

I found out through one of the Gotz Facebook groups I'm on that a doll shop in Australia still had her available for purchase!  I immediately contacted them, only to be disappointed that she was still WAY out of my price range.  Oh, well.  We can't get everything we want, can we?  Or can we?

A few days after the disappointing realization that she was out there but I couldn't afford her, I received another message from the Australian doll shop.  They just happened to have a VRONI still in stock that had an eye defect--her right eye is placed a little off center.  Because of this, she was being offered at HALF PRICE!  I didn't have to think twice before saying I'd purchase her.  I knew I could fix her eye once she arrived.  I was getting one of my dream dolls!

And after about two weeks from the date of purchase, she finally arrived!  I love her.

Waiting to be let out of the confines of her box. 

Took a few minutes to undo all of the twisty ties on the back

Free from her box!

The difference between the Gotz Classic Kidz and the Gotz Happy Kidz is the detail in their costuming.  Vroni wears a very detailed dirndl, blouse, and undergarments.

Her dress hits about 1" above the floor

Here she is with my Gotz Louisa

They look as if they're sharing a secret.  Perhaps Louisa is just happy to have another sister!

A Gotz booklet was included in her box

As we were having a bit of nice weather this afternoon (no rain!), I took Vroni outside to smell the daffodils.  She found a little lamb amongst the flowers.

Such a sweet little lamb...Vroni tried to pick him up

She finally got him onto her lap!  (Lamb is a little "Fur Real" animal I bought several years ago around Easter time to put in my daughter's Easter basket.  He is battery operated and "baas" and wiggles when you stroke his back.  He is just the cutest little thing!)

Vroni thinks she'll be happy here, although it is much cooler here in the states than the country she came from!

Such a pretty girl, even with her "lazy eye". 

I am so happy to finally have added this beautiful doll to my collection.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Etsy Listings for American Girl and 14" Dolls, plus a Gotz Pottery Barn Doll!

I've actually sold more than half my stock on Etsy since I opened my shop, so I decided it was high time I added some more!  I've found that the sweet, feminine, dresses have sold the best for me, so that is more of what I made in the past couple of days.  First up, this sweet dress with puffed sleeves which I created for the 18" crowd:
I sized it to fit my Pleasant Company Samantha, so it will also fit the thinner American Girls of today.

I had fun with the self-fabric ruffle detail at the bodice, and also along the hem band.

Matching hair band

Closes with ultra-thin Velcro under decorative, vintage buttons.

Another version of the puffed-sleeve dress:

I wasn't sure how much I really loved this fabric when I first bought it, but once I put it together with the apricot colored contrast, it quickly became a favorite!  The colors are calm yet bright, and the print classic, yet whimsical.


This fabric just looked so retro and cheery to me!

More ruffle trim at the hem

I loved this Mickey/Minnie Mouse fabric the first time I saw it!  I've also made a camera bag and camera strap from it.  So Disney.

I also created a couple of dresses for 14" dolls, like Wellie Wishers and Hearts 4 Hearts:
I'm just now realizing that I don't think I mentioned that I recently bought another Wellie...this is Kendall!  After reviewing Willa and Emerson last year, I really didn't think I'd buy another.  But then I happened to be at Toys R Us one evening after having a bad day, and there was Kendall, smiling back at me with her toothy little grin from inside her box!  Before I knew it, she was in my shopping cart.  Seriously.  It happened that quickly!  It did take me several days before I decided to unbox her, just because I kept thinking that I should probably return her, that I shouldn't have bought her on impulse.  But I finally succumbed to her cuteness, and now she is my favorite out of all the Wellies.  She makes a pretty cute model, too!

I wish I would have bought more of this fabric when I found it on the flat fold table for a good price.  White, silhouetted horses on a lavender background?  Yes, please!

And here is Rahel, my newest Hearts 4 Hearts Girl, modeling the same dress.   Funny story...I bought Rahel on the same evening that I bought Kendall (I can't even remember now why I was having a bad day and what caused me to impulse buy TWO new dolls!), but I decided to return her a couple of days later.  Then, a few days after that  I couldn't stop thinking about her) I returned to Target and bought her again!  I don't regret it, either.  She is absolutely adorable.  Her hair is springy and soft.  I think she is every bit as wonderful as Wellie Wisher Kendall, and she only costs 2/3 the price.

Hearts 4 Hearts Girls are a bit slimmer than Wellie Wishers, so everything that fits a Wellie will also fit the Hearts girls.  I do find it most convenient when different dolls can share clothing, don't you?
I named this dress "Elephants on Parade".  Such a cute, whimsical print.

Here you can kind of see how I made the dolly head bands:  it's simply a strip of fabric (9"x 1 3/4"), folded in half lengthwise (right sides together and sewn down the long edge), and then turned right side out.  Iron with the seam going down the center of one side of the strip.  Fold each end of the strip around a child's elastic ponytail holder and stitch in place.  Add an embellishment (like a bow) if you wish.  Voila!  A cute head band that stretches easily around your doll's head.  I think the 18" doll head bands are cut a bit longer, like 11".  I got this idea from somewhere on the internet, so I can't take credit for it.  I have also made these head bands with just a piece of regular elastic joining the fabric strip, too.
I also added this pretty girl to my Etsy shop, because I made her a cute dress and head band as well:
She is a Gotz doll, made for Pottery Barn.  I believe her original name was Megan.  She has the most beautiful, coppery red hair and gray eyes.

My daughter-in-law has hair like this!

Gotz Pottery Barn dolls are quite a bit slimmer than a lot of the other, popular, 18" dolls on the market, so I made her this cute dress and head band.  I also gave her a pair of shoes which I got for 60% off at JoAnn's.  I recently discovered that JoAnn's has an aisle for doll crafting supplies which is different than their regular aisle for 18" dolls which has clothing and shoes.  I just happened to stumble across it one day over in towards the wedding/floral department, while I was looking for something else.  Not sure why they don't keep all their doll things in the same aisle, but I thought I'd let you all know, just in case you didn't know about it, either!  This particular section has doll shoes, umbrellas, glasses, and some other accessories I can't remember.  There are also blank, cloth doll bodies and craft hair, so I suppose this section is for making your own dolls.  Still, the shoes fit the 18" dolls, so I really think JoAnn's should keep them in the other doll aisle as well.  Had I not been searching for something else, I would have never known that JoAnn's carried these items!
Tomorrow, I am heading up an hour and a half north to visit my son and daughter-in-law at their new home.  While there, we will go visit Hobby Lobby!  This is the closest one to my home, so I only go there once a year or so.  I will make a point to visit their doll aisle too, just to see if they have any good deals on doll shoes and other accessories.  I'm also excited to check out their Christmas decorations (yes, it is quickly becoming THAT time of year!), and fabric department.  I will take my camera and make sure to get pictures.  For those of you who have a Hobby Lobby in your town, lucky you!
And just in case you're interested, here's a link to my Etsy store: