Archive for October, 2009

Turning Back the Clocks and A Little History About Halloween

Saturday, October 31st, 2009


Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend.

Also to day is Halloween. Did you know that Halloween dates back 2, sales 000 years to the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain, which is pronounced sow-in. The Celts lived in an area that is now known as Ireland. They celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day was marked as the end of Summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. Celtics believed that the presence of these spirits made it easier for Celtic priests to make predictions about the future. These prophecies gave the people comfort during the long cold winter ahead.
Priests built huge bonfires for the Celtics to burn crops and and animals as a sacrifice to the spirits of the dead.


During the celebration they wore costumes, typically of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other their fortunes. You can read more about this celebration, by going to link. I photographed these beautiful 18th century tombstones a few years ago in Charleston, South Carolina.





Lizzie Lapp

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Many of you already know that the Amish shun a fancy lifestyle and dress code, no rx and for that reason they were called the “plain people”. They are a community-minded religious sect that have been charaterized by their hard-working ethic. Amish children, both boys and girls, played with faceless handmade dolls, since toys were not readily available to them. The dolls were faceless and the reason being that they not be made as graven images, which is strictly forbidden in the Book of Deuteronomy. Others believe this was simply because embroidering or drawing faces was a frivolous and therefore discouraged. Early cloth doll collectors are probably very familiar with Lizzi Lapp dolls, especially if they collect the early Amish dolls. Lizzi Lapp is one of the few Amish doll makers that became known by name, since most of these dolls were made by family members for the children. Lizzi Lapp lived near Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, from 1860-1932. She had a severe speech impediment, and earned her living at home by making dolls for her community, as well as for sale to tourists. She even shipped her dolls to California in the early 1920′s.

Lizzi Lapp dolls are recognized by their hourglass shape. Most Amish dolls have long straight bodies. Hands were attached in a glove like fashion, and were mostly made with denim, as were the feet. Lizzi’s dolls wore Amish dresses but wore no bonnets. This reproduction doll has been made from an original Lizzi Lapp pattern. She looks like a very early original Lizzi doll. All early fabrics, that has aged only from the passing of time.
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A Boy Doll

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


Hi everyone. I feel like I have been ignoring my blog lately and I don’t like to do that. I have been spending a lot of my time with family members, sick and have not had that much time to write. The weather has been so rainy, purchase I haven’t gone out much. I guess that’s a good thing, physician it forces me to get some housework done. Yesterday I got a couple of Teresa Carr dolls in the mail. One is a Lizzie Lapp Amish doll. The other is a boy doll was copied from an original early doll. He is made from an old sock and stuffed with rags. He wears blue corduroy pants, a blue cotton shirt and a darling little knitted brown cap, also made from an old sock. The wonderful doll is made from all early fabrics. Teresa never uses new fabric in the making of her dolls. He has the appearance of having had a face at one time, but it looks like it’s been lost over the years from the love it’s been given by a child.


This doll will be for sale in my store soon. If you love old dolls, you will love this one. Teressa’s dolls are so early looking, even dealers would have a hard time telling the difference. Tomorrow I’ll show the Lizzi Lapp doll, a doll that is very sought after amongst early doll collectors.

Until then-

A Little Trip to Virginia

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


This past week we took a little trip to Dinwiddie, mind Virginia, where my son and his wife live. We arrived around 6 p.m. It was a beautiful evening, and everything was set so that we could eat our dinner outside. They live in the country, and they’re property backs up to an old farm, where not too far in the distance, you can see the old barn that once served as a hospital during the Civil War.


The next morning we went out for breakfast in a town called Petersburg. The town is full of historic brick buildings, just waiting to be restored so businesses could open once again. Many did reopen, and there were quite a few antique shops. There was one called The Oak. It was a coop with lots of dealers. There was one particular dealer that sold primitives, and that is where I bought these two early bowls for the store, one yellow ware and one blue and white sponge ware. My favorite out of the two, is a yellowware bowl. It’s a really old one, probably mid 1800′s. It has the usual grazing inside from age, but there are no chips or cracks. The color is a wonderful dark mustard. It’s large too, measuring 12 inches across and almost 6 inches high. I’ll have them both for sale soon in Carole’s Country Store.



We had a wonderful visit. It was just long enough to get away from our normal routine, but to be honest, we don’t mind our normal routine, in fact we really enjoy it, so it was good getting back home again.

“The Face of the Queen Anne Doll by Julie Bailey is here!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009


If you are not familiar with the Queen Anne wooden dolls, mind here is what I know. The majority of dolls found today were manufactured in 1850 on. Dolls representing adults from the 17th and 18th centuries were rarely found. Most of the very early dolls were made in England by craftsmen who carved the dolls of wood, cialis sale painted their faces and made their costumes. Collectors called these dolls Queen Anne dolls, viagra which is always confusing to me, since Queen Anne’s reign ended in 1714. Queen Anne dolls from this period are extremely rare and can cost from $1500 for an early 19th century one, to well over $20,000 for an 18th century one. I know there are many lovers of the Queen Anne doll, and no wonder. I got to thinking about how I have begun to love them too, but with my “country decorating”, how would they fit into my decor? It was then that I decided to approach Julie Bailey, a doll maker whose dolls I have admired for some time now. I had an idea, I wanted a doll that would look good with my country antiques. I was thrilled when she came up with her “The Face of Queen Anne” series, and I wanted to present to you today in my American Artisan Store.


Julie is from a little town called Arena, Wisconsin. She lives on a farm near the Wisconsin River. She lives in the farmhouse she grew up in. She lives on this farm along with 62 cats, 4 horses, 4 dogs, and several goats. Julie is one of those beautiful caring people who rescues animals and gives them a temporary home. She uses the money she makes from her dolls to help care for these animals. She has spent the last 18 years perfecting her doll art. In my opinion, she has most certainly reached her goal! Her dolls are absolute perfection, and I am proud to have her has an American Artisan. Joycelyn and Caroline,the first two dolls in her Face of the Queen Anne series, and they are now available in the American Artisan Store. Welcome, Julie!