My Alpine Home

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Fair Ladies. . .

Hello my friends,
 
Have you ever heard of 'frozen Charlottes"?
 
I hadn't until recently.  Oh, I have always seen the doll parts, but had no idea that poor little Charlotte was frozen and that's what they were called until my friends told me.
 
Well, lately I've have been on a bit of a frozen Charlotte
 find frenzy.  :)
Now if that makes sense, chances are you've been following me for some time.  lol!
 
Last week craft group #2 got together at my home and we made wire cloches. 
They all turned out gorgeous and I'll be sharing those with you along with the 'how to's next week.
 
But today I wanted to share my fair ladies.

 
Two cage dolls made from chicken wire.
 
This one I've named 'Sweet Savannah'.  Doesn't her skirt remind you of those full dresses those Georgian and Charleston girls wore?
 
 
She is actually made from a pincushion doll.  I bought two of them at the Fleology vintage sale that I sold at on Saturday.

The pincushions were nasty dirty, but that's o.k. because I knew I was tearing them apart.
 
 
I kept her cage vey simple with just a bit of rust and bling.
 
 
I've also learned that the frozen Charlottes are sought after and that they can be a bit pricey.  I did have to pay up for the little blonde gal I found in S. Carolina.  She looks a bit like a painted lady, but I love her!  I learned on Saturday from a fellow junk lover that the blonde ones are hard to find. 
 Who knew?
 
Maybe it's because they have more fun.  ha, ha!
 
 
 
My friend, Joanne sent me this pin quite a while ago.  That's when the passion began.  This is what is on the agenda for blondie.
 
 
I call this one my 'Garden Gal'.
I had so much fun playing with her!
 
 
I just picked up the handmade lace and keys (used on both dolls) at an estate sale last week.  The millenary flowers were scored in
 South Carolina.
 
 The bird is another Carolina find.  It was love at first sight!
 
 
 Using linen thread I tied fresh Lilacs, dried Lavender, and a couple of seed packets to the wire cage.
 
 
Every 'Garden Girl' needs garden gloves.  These mini's were given to me by my cousin, Betty.  I tucked more millinery flowers inside.
 
 


Isn't her lace shawl divine?  (wink)

 
Oh how I love my 'Garden Gal'!

 
This is a new board I started, so not a lot of pins.  But it has some more fun, fair ladies.
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 
 
 
 

34 comments:

Susie said...

Jann, You ladies are so clever and talented. Those are really different and cute. You could just about hang anything on the wire parts. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

vivian said...

Your dolls are lovely! Ive made a couple mixed media dolls sort of similar to yours and pinkeeps in the past. But I havent really been doing much crafting lately, but I am feeling a little inspired now!
have a great week
xoxo
vivian

Laura Beth said...

Very cool wire cage skirts. Love it!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Dear Jann, I have never seen these dolls before! I do hope you have a lovely week! Hugs, Roxy

Lynda Shoup said...

What a lot of fun you must have had making these! They are so whimsical and bring a smile to my face.

lynn cockrell said...

Jann, your gardening gal is (chuckle) a Real Doll! Seriously, I love this idea with the chicken wire and your Frozen Charlotte.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh i love them Jann. I bet they are fun to make. i hope you do a DIY on them. I will have to be on the look out for some doll heads.

Enjoy making these ......

Have a great week.
Hugs,
Mary

Kim said...

I have not heard of frozen Charlottes, either. Fascinating name. Love your gardening gal and love, love that sweet little blonde! She is so sweet. Love the wire, what a clever idea. You are just too clever, lovely lady!

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
You have the cutest ideas and your crafts are so fun and fresh! I love it all and thanks for sharing and linking Jann.

Patti said...

Ok Jann - NOW I AM GOING PURE CRAZY wanting one of these cute dolls! I think I have a bisque doll head somewhere. Never knew what to do with it. I'm thinking of hanging jewelry off the wire - earrings and pins. But, I really like the dried flowers, too. YOU just come up with the MOST darling and creative things! WOW! You inspire me to no end!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
I LOVED this post and truth be told, it was just what I was looking for!! I recently acquired a few doll heads and other parts and was wondering what I could do with them. Now I know!! Thanks so much for sharing!! And thanks for always taking the time to stop by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Sharon@bluewillowhouse said...

Oh Jann you have introduced me to Frozen Charlottes and I feel a new obsession coming on. Your dolls are all so lovely. I can't wait to try one myself.

Art and Sand said...

I love your new creations.

I need to look in the attic to see if I have any of my grandmother's doll heads. I think I might just have a few.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jann, I don't know how you do it. I'm just all thumbs when it comes to crafts!

Shirley Hatfield said...

Jann, you amaze me! How do you find the time to be so prolific? You must exist in more than one dimension...lol!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Jann, I love your dolls you have made and decorated. How clever and creative of you and sounds like fun!!
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)
Enjoy the week.
Julie xo

Jess said...

So cute! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

BarberryLane Designs said...

What an adorable idea! My mom made me a Victorian lady doll parts in a porcelain ceramics class. In her style, she never finished it...so I have legs and arms and a head---all ready to go---I will have to rethink this and perhaps use an armature of some sort. I couldn't let the pieces go---because her hand made them with love for me.

Love this and thanks for the fabulous idea! Sandi

Creations By Cindy said...

Loving your sweet ladies! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anne's Attic - Design said...

I love your fair ladies, it's such a great collection. I love what you did with the chicken wire. Perfect my friend. xx Jo

Rose L said...

Cute doll parts. Frozen Charlotte's are full body. I have 5 or 6 of them. Have had them for years, and they are in a display frame but I have not had them displayed for a long time. Actually forgot about them until your mention! I think someone had repainted a couple of them. Maybe I should consider selling them.

Susan Clayton said...

Love your new creations!

Jeanie said...

Oh Jann -- she's wonderful! I especially love the gardening creation although all are terrific. I have some tiny frozen Charlottes but all white and somewhat broken. Actually, I may only have one and I'm not sure where she is! But now I'm motivated for find her!

I also wanted to thank you for your recent comments on Marmelade Gypsy -- I hope you find some springform pans so you can make that lemon loveliness! Your visits are so appreciated!

Connie said...

What a whimsical imagination . . . I love your dolls :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Jann, those are just amazing and beautiful! What fun to get together and make such wonderful dolls!

Nancy
xo

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I had never heard of these, no...but oh how darling! :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You come up with the best things when you play! I love your garden doll! I have a similar looking doll on a scented sachet....I wonder if she is a frozen Charlotte? I will have to look into it. Love the wire cage skirts!

Curtains in My Tree said...


Your garden gal is wonderful and so creative
I think she screams , I'm so pretty

Sharon@bluewillowhouse said...

Well I am now constantly looking for frozen Charlottes everywhere I go. Thank you for sharing your ladies with us at Vintage Charm.

20 North Ora said...

Don't know how I missed this post!! Adorable. That Garden Girl is the most precious thing I have ever seen. So cute!!

Judy

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