Friday, May 31, 2013

More classes from Ankie Daanen

Dutch Touch doll class.

During the NIADA conference in June in San Francisco I will teach:
A 2-day class: How to make an Arty-Heartbreaker face 
A 1-day class: How to make the perfect doll body         

June 2013 New Online class´How to make the perfect doll body":
Host: Adele Sciortino :

February 22 through February 26, 2014 Five day class in Chapel Hill,NC : How to make a lovely Girl
Host: Lynda Baddour :

March 3 through March 7, 2014 Five day New Dutch Touch Class on Vancouver Island with Marlaine Verhelst and Ankie Daanen
Host: Marla Limousin :

Dollmaking Holiday Class in Spain for 2014. 
Because many students are interested to come to the Dollmaking Holiday Class in Spain
I can offer this class in June and in September.

The classes fill up quicly!!!
For more info:

April 17 through April 20, 2014 Four day class in Manahawkin, NJ : How to make a Cute Boy
Host: Colleen Athens :

April 23, 2014 One day class in Mount Vernon, NY : How to make the perfect doll body
Host: Gwen Jackson :

April 24 through April 27, 2014 Four day class in Mount Vernon,NY : How to make a Lovely Girl
Host: Gwen Jackson .

Artists Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Philadelphia

April 30, May 1 and 2
Program will be announced later

Dear Dollfriends, you can always ask me for information, and within a few days my website will be updated too.
On my website you also will find more details and pictures of the class dolls.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doll Auction at Bonhams

Los Angeles Fine Art, Antiquities and Collectibles Auction House, Bonhams, will be holding an auction on June 24, 2013 featuring the gorgeous dolls of the Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon collection. Predominating are numerous Lenci felt dolls all in remarkable condition, and some including extraordinary accessories such as trunks or the easter egg trouseau pictured. However there will also be a selection of antique teddy bears, bisque head dolls and other character figures on offer.

The online catalog is beautiful, clickable and detailed. Plus there are viewings of the collection in Los Angeles during the three days prior to the auction. It really is an extraordinary collection.

Sidney Sheldon was a best selling and award winning novelist, screenwriter and tv producer. The couple were well known as collectors of American Arts and Crafts as well as dolls. Alexandra Sheldon now serves on the board of the Bighorn Institute, dedicated to conserving native wild sheep.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Fanciful Twist

I love Vanessa Valencia's aesthetic as revealed on her website and blog. I love the colors, the stories, the lettering. I love the way her sweet faced dolls are dressed in crumpled text. The word that comes to my mind is "enchanting".

I also enjoy how her message is consistent across different media and sites. You will always know one of her pieces, and her sites are well organized and fun to explore. So kudos on several counts.

And by the way, she has a bunch of tutorials that feature free printables, both doll/miniature related and just charming graphic applications, as well as an Etsy shop.