Sunday, January 16, 2011

Doll Collector March 2011

What a delightful surprise to find out that a childhood photo of me and my dolls was recently published in the March 2011 Issue of Doll Collector Magazine!

Doll Collector is a wonderful magazine and so supportive of doll artists around the world.
I am truly honored to be a part of this publication.

I thought while we were on the subject I would share a few more photos of me and some of my dolls as a child.
Finding some of these old photos really brought back some memories that I had long forgotten.

Friend?...or Foe???
This photo was taken when I was a little over a year old. 
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this big ol teddy bear but it didn't take too long 
before he became one of my favorites!
What a soft, sweet fellow he was!
Perfect for snuggling up to on my naps.

What little girl doesn't enjoy having a tea party with her dolls. Here we were enjoying cinnamon rolls and milk. 
I can't remember this doll at all. She is one of the ones that got lost somewhere along the way.
I was pretty good about
taking care of my dolls. I hated it when other kids would come over and try to pull their hair out or throw them around. I was always pretty gentle with them. Perhaps that is why I still have some of my old dolls...I always took good care of them.   ;-)
I still like having tea with some of my best girlfriends. We try to have a special tea a few times a year.
When we do get together we try bring along something to share ...a favorite doll, recipe, craft or special tidbit. Always so much fun to get together!   ;-)

Me and my dolly at Christmas.
My mom had a thing about "Pixie" haircuts.

You can't tell by this photo...but I really was scared of this doll and the shoes I had on really hurt my feet!
I remember that very vividly!   LOL  :-D
I was told to pose with her for the Christmas snapshot.
My mom bought her because she thought we looked alike with our "Pixie" haircuts.
I guess we sorta did...but there was something about this Giant Doll that I just never could
warm up to.  Maybe because she was sooooo BIG...a monster of a doll!  LOL   :-D
I remember that I named her "Furlinda" and where I ever came up with that name is beyond me!
Things we do as kids...where are our minds?????

Notice the little paint set in the background? Another little glimpse into my future self.
I have always loved painting and used to paint in oils and acrylics before doll making took over most of my time. I try to get back to it now and then whenever I get a free moment. One of my favorite things on earth is the smell of turpentine and oil paints in my studio!

Me and that same little mystery doll.
Hmmm...I wonder where she went????

There is that purple cat again (Loved animals both stuffed and real...still do to this day)  and
sweet little Shrinking Violet!
I loved her...but unfortunately her voice box didn't last more than a day or two.
I was heartbroken that she quit working. My dad tried everything to get her fixed but to no avail.
I still have her...she was a classic!

One last photo
Christmas with my stuffed beagle dog, a rubber jester and Cheerful Tearful.
Cheerful Tearful would cry and frown when you bent her arm down.
The rubbery jester doll I have is sitting up on my sculpting table as I speak.
I never could figure out what he was made of. It had such a squishy, strange feel to it and has somehow lasted all these years. 
You wonder sometimes what some of the toys were made of.
Kinda like Stretch Arm Strong was when my boys were young.
(Always wondered what was inside of him) ???

I have always believed that the toys we play with as children give us a glimpse into adulthood what
our interests will be and what we become later on.
I have found this to be true with so many people I know.
Dolls are recorded to have been found clear back 
even B.C. in ancient tombs and
When I find an old tattered doll I wonder about who the previous owner was, where she may have lived, what her life was like. When I sculpt a doll I wonder where her new home will be and what the new owner will be like.
It is so obvious that dolls have played a major part in civilizations for many, many years. 
It is no surprise that they continue to play a large role in our lives as doll manufactures and doll artists produce thousands of dolls every year and doll collecting is still the number one collectible.
I believe they play an important role in our lives and can teach us so much about our history.
I know my dolls were a big part of my life as a little girl and continue to be an enjoyable part even now as an adult.
Thanks for sharing with me a trip down memory lane....  ;-)


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Marcie.. How very exciting.. Congratulations.. This is one of my favorite magazines, I really need to pick up a March issue..

What a darling child you were... All your dolls look so familiar.. This is going to drive me nuts.. The doll you mentioned that was lost, her name is right on the tip of my tounge and can't remember..
Thank you so much for sharing these photos, what a wonderful walk down memory lane with you.
Love and blessings,

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Penny!
Thank you so much!!
I have wondered for years about that doll. Never have been able to figure out who she was. If you think of her...please do let me know!
Always a treat to here from you Penny!
Take Good Care!
xoxoxo ;-)

Dessa Rae said...

I was thumbing through my new issue of Doll Collector and at the very end of the magazine I was so surprised and thrilled to see the name Marcie Hart with a picture of the cutest little girl I have ever seen!!!

I thought OH My Gosh I know this person!!! What a great surprise for you!! We must be around the same age because I have a Madame Alexander Kitten doll, she is still my favorite.

I too had a Patty Play Pal (monster Doll) lol.

Those are some precious pictures and I am glad I got to see them. Congratulations on your wonderful article!!
Dessa Rae

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Tomorrow I will ask my sister to look at her and see if she can remember.
I hope you are doing well. Have a good week

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Dessa! LOL :-D
You had one of those monster dolls too!!! How funny!
And a Madame Alexander Kitten too?
Yes... we must be about the same age... no question about it!! They were sweet little dolls. I still have my doll and the wooden knob that makes her squiggle around still works. She was also one of my favorites...something about her soft little skin that made her feel like a real baby. Loved her!
I hope you still have your doll???
But then again...those little darlings you create are just as precious!
Thank you Dessa for the kind words and for stopping by. You are so sweet! xoxox ;-)

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Oh...Thank you Penny! That is very sweet of you. I can't for the life of me figure out "Who" she was! I always thought if I knew I would try to find another one like her. Like I really need another doll in my collection!!! LOL ;-D
Thanks so much!!!

Dessa Rae said...

Hi Marcie,

Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my dolls!!

My Kitten was life size and had no wooden knobs. She had really short white hair. She was made in 1962.

I am 58, born in 1952. I think now as I look at your picture, you may be younger than me...

I always wanted a horse...Is that your horse that you are kissing?
Love that pic...

Bonnie Jones said...

What wonderful pictures of your childhood holding those precious dolls. Congratulations on the picture of you and your dolly in CDC which is the best doll magazine out there.
Thanks for the memories!!

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Dessa!
I was born in 1957 but we are pretty close in age. ;-) My Kitten doll had white hair too although I tried to cut her bangs when I was little. LOL I really didn't do too bad of a job considering how small I was! ;-D I guess we as doll artists start young fiddling around with hairstyles. LOL ;-D
Yes...the horse is my horse Benta and I love her alot. She is getting up there in years but we have had many wonderful memories together and she gets her treats everyday for being such a great companion. You should get a horse! I am sure you would never regret it! Hugs ;-)

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Bonnie!
Thank you so much! It is so funny to look back on old photos of children. They have the silly haircuts and the giant permanent teeth that seem too big for their heads until they grow into them. It is kinda silly but a good laugh now and then!!! Great to hear from you...thanks for popping over!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Warm winter greeting Marcie
Just wanted to stop in and say hello. A little note to let you know you are in my thoughts.
I hope you are well.
Enjoy your weekend.
OH! Good gosh, I saw my sister today and forgot to show her the doll. I'm on it. teehee

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Penny!
So nice to hear from you today. You always lift my spirits! ;-)
I will be popping over soon to catch up with you.
Hope you are well and having a wonderful week!
Hugs, Marcie ;-)

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