The Humble Little Doll Theater Plays: A Lee for Christmas!

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Another Christmas party. Gifts are exchanged and Edward and some of the girls sing Christmas carols in their corner

The Choir is still singing The Choir sings

Carrie and Elsa sings

 

 

Others just listen and enjoy.

 

 

Others listen

 

A new member of the doll theater was hired recently: The Artist Davinia, a non articulated Painter and stage designer. She´s a bit rough and straight forward , but a nice person, if you know her better.

Davinia is new

 

 

 

 

 

The Miss Ghastly made their own corner as dark and gloomy as possible this year and were ready to quarrel like every Christmas- But then something unexpected happend:

They finally found a friend, with whom they can share their liking of darkness and gloomy things: Thekla the witch, who is now guest with her dragon Draco at the dusty room of Eve and Angeline. And uses some descret magic, to prevent the sisters from fighting again.

Gastlys wanted her room gloomy Ghastlys finally found a friend

 

 

 

 

 

And while Angeline recites dark and sadly lyrics, the other girls have fun with excellent sweets and good wine.

Angeline recites gloomy lyrics

 

 

 

 

Delicious cakes

 

 

 

Helena thinks about learning to play the trumpet.

Helena thinks about learning the trumpet

 

 

 

 

 

And some other girls meet in the notorious “cozy corner”, where they can gossip on soft sheep furs…

Girls meet to change news

 

 

 

 

 

“Have you seen Midnights gown and hat? What happened to her? She seems to have changed her style completely!”

“She has a personal style coach now! That woman did wonders on her”

Have you seen Midnights new style

“She lookes like a complete different person!”

 

She has a style coach now

 

 

 

 

 

But outside in the cold is someone….Watching the girls celebrate….

But there is someone outside

 

 

 

Someone lonely  with yearning eyes,who wants to go in and find some friends and a new home.

Someone without a home This someone is watching

But that´s not quite easy…

A Man

 

“There´s someone outside! I think it´s a man!”

Girls in riot

 

 

 

“WHAT?” The girls are upset!

Have you heard, what they said

 

 

 

“Have you heard? They say, there´s a man outside!”

“Another one?”

Its true, there´s a man

 

 

 

 

“It´s true! There IS a Man!”

I thought men were extiinct

“I thought men were extinct…Except Edward of course!”

I could terminate him with witchcraft

 

 

 

 

“I could use my witchcraft on him!”

No, it could be Mortimer

“No! Please don´t! It could be Mortimer!”

Is he dressed this time 1

 

 

 

 

 

” I hope, he´s dressed this time!”

Please, not another one

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh PLEASE! Not another one! Isn´t Edward enough?

But Edward thinks a bit different about the situation and decides, to go outside and talk to the stranger.

OK feller who are you

 

 

 

“Who are you and what are you doing here?  Are you a kind of Peeping Tom?”

“No! I swear, I´m not! My name is Lee and I´m desperately in search of a new employment…”

“According to the jacket you wear, your last employment must have been a circus!”

“I´m a fashion designer!”

“Well….that explaines everything…You should better come inside. We already have a fashion designer named Elsa. She takes care for the girls theater costumes. But maybe she needs someone to help her….”

This is Lee

 

 

 

“Girls, we have an unexpected guest. His name´s Lee and he´s a fashion designer!”

Why should he stay

 

 

 

“But Elsa is our designer…We don´t need another one!”

But Lee won´t give up that easy!

Please let me stay

 

 

 

 

 

“Please! Don´t throw me out! I´m lonesome and homeless!”

I die out in the cold

“I´ll freeze to death, if you send me back on the streets!”

Hes a very good actor

 

 

 

 

“Now look at him! What an excellent breakdown! He seems not only to be a fashion designer, but a very good actor too!”

Lets keep him

 

 

 

 

“But would it be wise, to have another man here?”

“He looks, as if he ran away from a traveling circus! Have you seen his jacket and hairstyle?”

Ineed a male friend

 

 

 

 

“Oh, come on girls! I like all of you very much, but I feel a bit lonely among so many women! I need a male friend at my side! I know, he looks a bit strange, but that can be changed in time!”

So What, lets keep hin

 

 

 

 

“So what! Let´s keep him for a while…And if we don´t like him, we can throw him out later! And we shouldn´t forget: It´s Christmas!”

You really let me ytay

 

 

 

 

“You mean, I can stay?”

Glad you´re here girls are nice but just girls

 

 

 

 

 

“For the moment. And maybe forever, but the girls will watch you closely. So be careful, what you do…

What will happen to Lee?

We don´t know the future. But for now, he´s safe and warm at the doll theater. And the girls are self-satisfied with their generosity…..

Merry Christmas

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018!

 

This time everyting went wrong. I had planed to provide the set a few days before Christmas, but never had the time. So I had to do in a grreat hurry within a few hours at the day before the holiday.

And I cheeted a bit about Lees arrival. Actually, he came month before Christmas, but I never made it , to set up a storyline for him.

The story also had to be very short and I needed so much time for the set´s providing, that I could only shoot after it got dark outside.

Therefore, the pictures are a bit greay. But I did my best, as always…

The Humble Little Doll Theater Plays: Edwards Arrival!

This is a SATIRE.

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People always asked me, why I don´t have any male dolls…I never knew what to say, because the answer isn´t that easy.

First of all, some of the male dolls are not my style. Others have rather simple faces…At least that´s my private opinion.

Kinsman´s are out of the question for some reasons and Iplehouse boys don´t have the right size for my 16″ girls. I would like to have some Jamieshow guys, but they are expensive and seldom to find on the secondary market in Europe.

So I gave up and went on with my bunch of girls….But one day, the “man” subject suddenly turned up again and everything changed….But look for yourself…

The stage is empty, the theater closed. But a few actors are in.

A quiet day at the closed theater

 

 

 

Lunch 2 Others enjoy their lunch together

Some work on the settings, others enjoy  lunch together between rehearsals. It´s a quiet and normal day….But suddenly…

But suddenly

There is a man

“There´s a MAN!”

Hi, is this the humble little...

 

 

 

 

 

“Hi girls!”

Help, a man

“We need to build a barricade!”

Hide in panic

 

 

 

Be carefull, he might bite

 

 

 

 

“Helena, don´t get so close!  Be carefull! He might bite!”

yes, its the humble little...

“Sorry to disturb…But is this the “Humble Little Doll Theater”?

“Yes it is…But what are YOU doing here?”

I m a new member

 

 

“I´m the new member of the theater company!”

“WHAT”????

How could she do this to us

 

 

 

 

“How could our director do this to us?”

“We were totally happy without any men!”

“I don´t know, what came to her mind! Men ALWAYS bring lots of trouble!”

To bring a man in here

 

 

 

“But he´s here now…So what are we going to do”?

Don t you think its awkward just in underpants

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry to interrupt…I don´t know, how you usually welcome new members…But don´t you think, it´s a bit awkward for me to stand in front of you ladies with nothing but underpants? Shouldn´t I have some clothes?

still panic behind barricades

 

 

 

“Be glad for the pants! Some of US came NUDE !”

Do men need clothes....

 

 

 

“Do MEN need cloth”?

I go and fetch some

 

 

 

 

 

“I go and fetch some!”

But stay away

 

 

 

 

 

“But you over there- KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!”

Soon Midnight comes back….

I dont think thats what i meaned

 

 

 

 

“Well…Thanks! But that isn´t exactly, what I was thinking about, when I asked for cloth!”

But htats my best ballgown

 

 

 

 

“But that´my favourite ballgown!”

arentyou a vidious feller

“Say, aren´t you a vidious feller!”

You airhead he needs mans cloth

“O, Midnight! You´re such an airhead! What he needs is MENS CLOTH!”

Mens clothes...Oh

 

 

 

 

“Mens cl….? OH!”

But we havent any

 

 

 

“But we haven´t any!”

Our director must take the responsibility

 

 

 

 

 

“Then it´s up to our director!”

You brought him in, you take care

 

 

 

“If you think, it´s necessary, to bring a man in here, shouldn´t you take the responsibility for him”?

Clothes come in

Of course, a director should….So the cloth come in!

Much better now

 

 

 

 

 

“Much better now! Thank you!”

A bit too much chic for our...

 

 

 

 

“A bit unfamiliar for us girls, but it suits you! What´s your name?”

I m Edward

“I´m Edward….”

Edward, Edward, that reminds me

 

 

 

 

“Edward….Edward…Didn´t I use the name for a hero in one of my novels…If I could only remember, which one it was…”

Its hard to be over 200 years old

 

 

 

“Oh! What a burdon, to be over 200 years old!”

What was that

 

 

 

 

 

“…What was that….?”

“Oh, don´t give it to much attention. That was only Law, our “Jane”-impersonator. She does it quiet often. ”

Come with me

 

 

 

 

“Come with me, Edward. After your long journey, you should have some food and relaxation!”

While Helena takes care for Edward, the girls start to remove the barricades and clean up the mess.

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Cleaning up

 

 

Soon, all goes back to normal and Edward sits beside the girls…

Edward at the table

 

 

 

“What did you do, before you came here, Edward?”

“Well…..I played a Vampire.”

“A Vampire! that´s usefull! Our director thinks about a Halloween-special this year…Maybe that´s, why she hired you!” You would make a brillant “prince of darkness!”

And we could play your brides

“O Yes! And we could be your brides!”

How many work here

 

 

 

“…How many girls work here?”

“26, including our two Miss Ghastley.”

“26! That´s to much brides, even for a prince of darkness!”

“Don´t worry. Maybe we´re lucky and our director can´t manage to sew all the costumes and provide the scenes and the vampire play will be cancelled!”

“How´s our director”?

“She´s not only our director but also the theaters owner, manager, lighting technician and costume designer … She´s a bit crazy, but treats us good. We can get a lot of nice props and cloth and the work isn´t to hard. You will like it here!”

Directors voice from the off:

“I wasn´t sure, if it was a good idea to put a cat among the pidgeons. But in Edwards case, its more like I put a pidgeon among the cats….But he´s clever, he will do fine and maybe become a friend and mascot for the girls!

 

Cast:

The Man                                                  Edward Cullen

The sensible girl                                   Helena (actually Sidney)

The Airhead                                          Midnight

The whole bunch of actors :

Sidney, Law, Doku, Brenda Starr, Blue Inque, Mama Morton, Cross, Tulabelle, Velma Kelly, Esmé

Costumes by “The House of Eder” on the Humble Little Doll Theater

Wigs: Facetsbymarcia

I didn´t employ Edward for his Vampire-past. The truth is: He was availabel, affordable and I liked his face.

And of course I had many, many issues with my new play. Edward did a good job, he stood sound on his two big feet, but to make high-heeled girls pose without a stand…Well, I whined about that many times before. And the light was another problem. Sometimes too bright, sometimes too dark, but I did my best.

Midnight surprised me this time. She´s not my favourite doll. I employed her, because of her aggressive look and the fact, that she has a “gripping hand”. I don´t have the courage to change the hands on my other sybs, so Midnight was usefull on that matter. She is also versatile. She makes a good villain, excentric and the perfect airhead. I used her with different wigs in former plays, but was astonished, how soft and beautiful she looks with this long wig in a bright shade of hazelnut. But after all, her new beauty didn´t help her- She had to play the airhead again….

To cover the table with all the food items was fun. Thanks to the French and their tradtion of “Feves”, aka “Galettes des rois”, I could get some beautiful ceramic miniature goodies.

Those “feves” (the word means “beans”) were used to bake them into the cake for the day of the three holy kings on 6.  of january. The one who got the feve, was king or queen for a day.  Very simple pieces of ceramic in earlier days, they are now intricate, colorful subjects of collection and available in a wide range of variations .

The Humble Little Doll Theater Plays: At the Millinery

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This time no storyline, just a few sets I made about a milliners shop in the 1920s and another version from the 1950s…well, as good, as I could…I don´t have many items of the 50s nor do I have many matching cloth for my dolls from that period.

But it´s funny, how many 1950s hats I made…And I really enjoyed it. Seems, I like the hats from that time much more than the cloth…

I worked as a milliner myself for years and could use my skills, to make some nice hats for my little actors.

This time I had issues with the light again, so the pictures are not the very best and don´t ask about the problems, I had to prepare the set. In the middle of it, I found out, I had forgotten to sew some smocks for the milliners and the shop girl!

I hadn´t many time, so I couldn´t sew authentic smocks from the 1920s. (Smocks at that time looked more like Kasacks and were much longer with pleats.)

So I grabbed, what I could find on white fabric and made smocks, that can work in some different scenes in the future…even as blouses, if neccessary.

The next issue was to make some kind of hat-stands. With only a small amount of spare time, I took some vintage wood-spools  and a few metal bars, I had left over from another project. Not perfect, but they did the job. Maybe I find the time soon, to make better stands. But for now….

Now enjoy my little scenes!

Wealthy customers gather to see the new hats…

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They came to see the latest Paris-style!

The latest style from Paris

 

 

 

Some hats for summer partys!

Some new Styles

 

 

 

 

And some for every day occasions!

Does the hat suit me

 

 

 

 

 

Does the hat suit me?

Show us more new hats

 

 

 

Show us more hats! But don´t forget, we´re very challenging!

Some lovely hats to buy

 

 

 

So many lovely hats to buy!

Workshop in the back

 

 

 

 

But there is always a less glamourous side of life…In the back, milliners work hard, to make their wealthy customers fashion dreams come true!

Some new hat designs to work on

 

 

 

 

 

Some new hat designs to work on!

Finishing hats

 

 

 

And hats to finish fast! Customers don´t like to wait…

 

Time goes by, fashion is different now, but in fact, nothing has changed…

A milliners shop in the 1950s:

Millinery shop 1950s

 

 

 

 

Wealthy customers gathered, to see the new Paris style…

We need hats

 

 

 

Some hats for Church and garden partys!

Do I like the new Style

 

 

 

 

 

Does the new style suit me?

Coolies are cool

 

 

 

 

 

I love to wear chinese coolies!

I prefer flowers

 

 

 

 

 

I prefer flower hats!

Nothing changed through the years

 

 

 

 

No, nothing has changed. There are still busy milliners in the back and work night and day on the dreams of their challenging customers.

The Humble Little Doll Theater plays: Something strange happened at the supermarket

THIS IS A SATIRE!

DIES IST EINE SATIRE!

Another ordinary day at the little supermarket on the corner.

Ein ganz normaler Tag im kleinen Supermarkt an der Ecke.

A normal day at the little supermarket at the next corner

Customers come and go.

Kunden kommen und gehen.

Some pay and leave the market

 

 

 

Others come tho the cash point

Customers come and go

 

 

 

Cash floates in like every day.

Das Geld fließt herein, wie jeden Tag.

But suddenly...

 

 

 

 

Cash floates in

 

 

 

But suddenly…

Doch plötzlich…

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Look, have you seen that

 

“Look! Have you seen THAT?”

“What do you mean?”

“BARBIES! I had no idea, they let those dwarfs in here!”

“Hast du DAS gesehen?”

“Was meinst du?”

“BARBIES! Ich hatte keine Ahnung, dass sie diese Zwerge hier reinlassen!”

But Barbies have sharp ears...

But Barbies  have sharp ears!

Aber Barbies haben scharfe Ohren!

And they dont run from trouble

And they don´t run from trouble!

Und sie gehen keinem Streit aus dem Weg!

What did you say

“WHAT did you say?”

“WAS hast du da gerade gesagt?”

How dare you to call me a dwarf

“How dare you, to call me a dwarf! Can´t you see, I´m a TALL!”

“Wie kannst du es wagen, mich einen Zwerg zu nennen! Kannst du nicht sehen, dass ich eine TALL bin?”

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“Yes! She´s a TALL! Can´t you see that?”

“Ja! Sie ist eine TALL! Siehst du das nicht?”

You are insulting us

“You´re insulting us!”

“Du beleidigst uns!”

you will be sorry for this

“And you will be sorry for this!”

“Und dafür wirst du büßen!”

Security, quick

“SECURITY!”

“SICHERHEITSDIENST!”

It´s the one in the lilac coat

“It´s the one in the lilac coat! She called us DWARFS!”

“Es ist die da drüben im lila Mantel! Sie hat uns ZWERGE genannt!”

Sorry, Madam. You are accused of Barbie doll insulting

“Sorry Madam, you´re accused of Barbie doll discrimination!”

“Tut uns leid, aber Sie werden der Diskriminierung von Barbies bezichtigt!”

You are under arrest

“You´re under arrest!”

“Sie sind verhaftet!”

Its time, those 16 inchs learn....

“It´s time, those 16″s learn, who REALLY reigns the fashion doll world!”

“Es wird wirklich Zeit, dass diese 16″s lernen, wer WIRKLICH die Welt der Modepuppen regiert!”

And the pay and leave

And so they pay…

Also zahlen sie….

And leave

…and leave!

Und gehen!

What are we going to do now

“What are we´re going to do?”

“Go on shopping! What else?”

“Was machen wir jetzt?”

“Weiter einkaufen! Was sonst?”

Yes...What else

“…Yes…What else….”

“Ja…Was sonst…”

All goes back to normal, but suddenly

All goes back to normal….But suddenly…

Alles ist wieder normal…Doch plötzlich…

Have you seen that...

 

 

 

 

“Have you seen THAT? I didn´t know, they let those…”

“Hast du DAS gesehen? Ich wusste nicht dass sie diese…..”

No, dont say it. Just shut up and run

“NO! Don´t say it! Just shut up and run!”

“NEIN! Sag es nicht! Halt einfach den Mund und lauf!”

They run off

Sister have you seen that strange dolls

“Sister, have you seen those strange dolls over there? Seems, they run away from us, as if they are frightened!”

“Schwester, hast du diese merkwürdigen Puppen dort drüben gesehen? Scheint fast so, als hätten sie Angst und würden vor uns davonlaufen!”

You never know, what goes on in the mind of those 16 Inchs

“Well, you never know, what goes on in the mind of those 16″s!”

“Nun, man weiß nie, was in den Köpfen dieser 16″s vorgeht!”

 

This time, I decided to let the girls play around in a kind of “supermarket”.
Yes, I know….there are far to less items in the shelfs, but I simply couldn´t manage to get more of those little boxes, we use for childrens play shops over here.

But I had some lovely little “feves” from France in stock, that worked well in the set.

And NO, this is a simple satire, no comercial thing.

I used some older Sybs like Cross and Tick. They are beautiful, but don´t pose  well. So I had to use stands again, even if they don´t work the way I want them to….I don´t know, how often the dolls fell of the stands and finally one of the Syb-stands broke….But no harm done to the precious dolls and that is all, that counts!

Cast:

Davincia- The woman in the lilac coat

Cross + Tick- Lilac´s friends

Esmé + Louise Devereaux- The securitys

Doku, Brenda Starr and Mrs. Brenda SaintJohn- Customers

Evi + Angeline Ghastly- Another customers

The Barbies play themselves

Costumes: The House of Eder by Made of Rags

Wigs +Shoes: Facets by Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humble Little Doll Theater plays: A day at the museum!

THIS IS A SATIRE!

My dolls love museums. That´s why they wanted a set on that subject. First I had planed to work with 10-12 dolls, but over the time, they all found a way to be included in this new play!

It took more than two month to provide the set. I needed new winter-cloth  for all 20. That meant a lot of sewing and crocheting. Some of the pullovers and crochet dresses seem to be oversized. That´s purpose. I like the oversized 1980s style and my poor dolls have to suffer from that!

Curtain´s open! Now here´s the play:

All is joy and peace

On a cold day at the end of winter, some visitors come to see the museums new exhibition!

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They walk around from section to section and enjoy the rare artefacts under the observant eyes of the museums watchers.

All is peacefull…But not for long! Trouble comes straight through the front door!

What is this here

“What´s THIS here? That´s no shopping mall!”

That´s a museum

“Of course not! It´s a museum!”

Why on earth should I visit a museum

“Why on earth should I go to a museum? I thought, we´d go shopping and have fun, like we always do in our spare time!”

But visiting a museum IS fun

“But visiting a museum IS fun! Look at all the people, admiring this beautiful examples of rare ancient art!”

All I can see is a bunch of morons

“All I can see, ist a bunch of morons, staring at some rotten old junk!”

Those penguins stare at me

“And this two gloomy penguins over there observe me all the time!”

Those are monitors

“That women are museums clerks. It´s their job to monitor! And it´s obvisious, why they stare at you!”

you mean my new Sergio Lumpo

“You mean, it´s my new Sergio Lumpo Ensemble, they´re looking at?”

Isn´t it amazing

“Isn´t it AMAZING? I bought it just yesterday!”

Not everyone has such a good taste

“Not everyone has such a good taste like me!”

And I ask myself sometimes how we became friends

“My dear, sometimes I ask myself, how WE became friends!”

Waht a fuzz she makes

“Who´s that girl? Look, what a fuss she makes!”

“I don´t know, from where she got THAT clothes!”

Meanwhile, across the room in the “gloomy penguins” corner….

Havbe you seen that parrot over there

“Have you seen that parrot over there?”

That woman must be color-blind

“Yes! That woman must be color-blind!”

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“I know that type: Wants everything, knows nothing, but has an opinion on every subject! Typical airhead!”

But the redhead seems to care for herPro

“But the little redhead with the specs seems to care about her….”

Life isnt fair

“Life isn´t fair! She has a good friend, who likes her and she don´t deserve it! And I have no one!”

But I care for you

“That´s not right! I care for you! We´re colleagues for so many years now and don´t you think, that´s a bond?”

Lets always be friends

“I hope, we can always be friends- And colleagues!”

Now look what the airhead does now

“But now we have to look after the airhead! I hope, she won´t stumble over one of our artefacts while searching for the ladys room!”

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“Can´t we drag her out of here?”

“Maybe, if we could start the fire alarm!”

While our penguins laugh, Tulabelle and Elsa, two sisters who share the same mother, but different fathers, enjoy the Asian section of the exhibition.

look at all those fantastic

“Oh sister! Look at all this beautiful things! I really wish, I could have one of those lacquer-vases for my flat! Sometimes you can find such items in antique-shops, but they´re much to expensive for me!”

If the stock market didn´t crash down

“I would have bought you one for your birthday in June, but the stock market crashed down last week. I´m just glad, I didn´t loose my job at the bourse!”

AndIm just another young designer

“And I´m just another young designer with great ambitions, lots of creativity and no money at all!”

But some day your ship comes in

“But one day, you will be someone! And I will soon get back to success again!”

Walking around can be exhausting. So many visitors use the bench-area for a short rest and exchange of views…

Best exhibition in years

“It´s the best exhibition, they had in years! I´m really glad, we came here! Have you seen the Egyptian fresco?”

“Yes! It´s fantastic! It remained for so long and is still so beautiful!”

Its so inspiring for my painting

“I find so many Inspiration for my own art here!”

“And I look forward to your vernissage next month!”

But not everyone enjoys the exhibition that much…

Oh please cant we go shopping

“Oh please! Can´t we get out of here and go shopping? This place is so boring and cheerless! And it gives me the creepes, to see all this dusty old thrash!”

A woman nearby turns around, looks at the airhead and says:

Awkward look

“That´s no “thrash”, Girl! The flyer says, the big amphora over there is around 100 BC!”

Gosh that ugly pot

“Gosh! That ugly old pot is more rotten, than I thought!”

Just be brave

“Just be brave!”

If you are a good girl

“If you´re a good girl and let me have the museum, I take you to your favourite restaurant, after we´re finished here!”

Who pays

“Who pays?”

“I do!”

“Deal!”

Helena made her friend quiet…Now she can walk around having pleasure without someone constantly wailing behind her back…But maybe, they should have skipped the Egyptian section!

That´s something interesting

“Look at these! Have you seen this amazing dress? Well, THAT´S something interesting! Do you think, a gown like that suits me?

Please dont touch Madam

“Please don´t touch, Madam!”

The mummy is alive

“The mummy! It´s alive!”

Shes unconcious

“She´s unconscious!”

What have we done

“So sorry! We did´n´t want this to happen!”

There is something wrong

“Something´s wrong over there…We better go and have a look!”

Im not sure if it was a good idea

“I´m not sure, if it was a good idea of our management, to hire actresses for a “more lifelike experience” at the exhibition!”

I think it was good

“I think, it was good! At least we can get rid of the airhead and go back to normal!”

Lets carry her out

“Let´s carry her out, als soon as possible!”

Have you seen that

“Have you seen that? Poor girl!”

“Oh yes! Sometimes the beautiful craftmanship of ancient artefacts can really be overwhelming!”

 

Cast:

Midnight: The Airhead

Helena (actually Tyler): Airheads good friend

Esmé: Miss White, a museums clerk

Tyler: Miss Black, another museums clerk

Elsa Lin + Tulabelle: The two half-sisters

Sabina + Inque: Two girls on a bench

Louise Devereaux: The woman with the red pullover

Antoinette: Cleopatra

Doku: The mummy

Grace, Reneé Devereaux, Velma, Phryne (actually another Velma), Brenda Starr, Mrs. SaintJohn (another Brenda), Magic, Law & Davincia: Museums Visitors

Wigs and shoes: facetsbymarcia

costumes: The house of eder by madeofrags

Behind the scenes:

My sets for Christmas and New year were hard work. Such big sets with so many dolls need weeks, sometimes month of preparation. And the providing of the set, the shooting and editing of the pictures takes another two days. But most of the things went well on both sets.

But this time, the set was a horror.

Often enough, there is a lack of light. But this time, I had much too much. I had to shoot some of the scenes from different angles and the sun-spots more than once ruined the pictures.

And some of the dolls didn´t work the way, I was accustomed.

Usually I can depend on Elsa Lin and Tulabelle. But this time, it was almost impossible to make them stand and hold the poses, the way I wanted. Finally I had to change the complete scene and place the dolls on a bench. Maybe, they didn´t like their parts in the play? Who knows!

It was the same with Sabina and Inque. Both are third-hand dolls and don´t pose very good anymore. So I use them for scenes where they can lie down or sit somewhere. Good background girls, but never the leading ladys…

For Helena and Midnight, I had to use stands. They act in front of all the others and so I had no choice this time, but to fix them, while posing.

In this situation, I found out, that all the rumours about useless doll stands are RIGHT! None of the stands really worked. No matter, what kind of stand I used, the dolls kept on swinging und I don´t know, how often they dropped on the table and caused a domino-effect on everything in their surroundings.  The reason is, some of the stands are not solid and others don´t allow the doll to reach the stands base with their feet. They “float”.

Another issue was Midnights wig. (She´s a real Diva!) Whatever I did, the wig constantly fell of her head. And that´s though I used a silicon-cap. It was the same with the little facinator, she wore, even if I fixed that thing with a needle….hopeless case! And that´s the reason, why this headpiece changes positon on some of the pictures.

In the last scene with her, when the museums clerks carry her out on a stretcher, she lost her wig finally…And I didn´t notice, until the shooting was done. I can´t recreate the set , so it´s the way it is! Fortunatelly, the mistake isn´t that striking.

For the stretcher-scene, I had to cheat. No 16″ doll on earth, not even a solid old Tonner, could carry a stretcher with a heavy-weight Sybarite on it.  And the older Tonners hands are not made to hold anything. So I scoobed a stool under the stretcher (actually a tray) and covered it all up with the heads of the dolls in front of the scene.

 

 

The Humble Little Doll Theater plays: Antheas Visit

This is a rather weird little scene from ancient Greece…I made the costumes (like always!) from recycled and vintage fabrics and for the style, I used a costume book. It´s not really genuine, but good enough for me.

I wrote the letter in real ancient Greek. But don´t ask me, what it says- Its something about philosophy, a text I found at the web….

The story is simple: Two sisters life in a small village near Athens, where they share a house.

One day, bad news arrives: Anthea, a professional dancer and  relative of the sisters, announces her visit in a letter…and the trouble begins!

Is it true, what the rumour says...    On a hot summers day in a small village, somewhere in ancient Greece, bad news arrives.

A neighbor comes in a hurry: “It´s all over the village! Is it true, what the rumour says?  ANTHEA is coming for a visit?

 

That´s her letter. She arrives today!

 

 

 

“Yes. Unfortunatelly, it´s true! This is her letter….She arrives today!

I don´t like her!

 

 

 

 

 

“That´s horrible news! I really don´t like her! She is vain, selfish and talks about nothing but dancing!”

Nobody likes her, she´s a horror!

 

 

 

 

 

“Nobody likes her! But what do we expect? She is a professional dancer and that is all, she cares about- Exept of her own beauty! That woman is a horror!

Anthea for a visit! Can´t we pretend, we´re out...

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh sister, can´t we pretend, we´re out? Or left the country in a hurry? ”

“You know, we can´t! She´ll find us everywhere! So we must try to be good hosts on all costs!”

Not even the philosopher have a good advice

 

 

 

 

 

Not even the philosphers have a good advice for the poor sisters!

She makes us dance until we´re edhausted!

 

 

 

 

 

“Yes, we must be good hosts! That´s the morals! But she´ll make us all dance again, until we´re totally exhausted! Think at her last visit! We needed three weeks after she left, to get back on our feet and recover! I´m still limping a bit”

I go and get some! Maybe from the poisoned well!

 

 

 

 

 

“Anyway! She´ll need some fresh water, if she arrives.”

“I go and get some….Maybe from the polluted well!”

Welcome Anthea! How...ähm...good to see you!

 

 

 

 

There´s no way to hide…Soon before noon Anthea arrives in her travel-clothing.

“Welcome Anthea….How….good….to see you again!”

“Oh girls! I had SO MUCH FUN!”

I danced at the palace of Ithaka!

 

 

 

 

“I danced at the palace of Ithaka!”

And I danced before Helena of Troy!

 

 

 

 

 

“And I danced before Helena of Troy! You can´t imagine, how beautiful she is! But not as beautiful as I am, of course!”

“How….very interesting, Anthea….After your long journey , don´t you wan´t some fresh water from the poll….I mean from the well nearby?”

You´re boring!Don´t sit around! Let´s dance!

 

 

 

 

 

“I don´t want water! Haven´t you some wine? Oh, come along! don´t be so boring and sit around all day Let´s dance! I´ll teach you a new style, I learned in Korinth”!

NO! Please Anthea, DON´T!

 

 

 

 

“No Anthea! Please DON´T!”

Dancing is an art!

 

 

 

“Dancing is an ART!”

More expression! None of you has discipline!

 

 

 

“More expression! None of you has discipline!”

I can´t go on!

 

 

 

 

“Oh mighty gods, please help us! I´can´t go on dancing!”

What will happen next? A sudden flash from the Olymp, to end Antheas promising career? Or will her victims strike back for once? Or maybe Anthea get´s bored with her hosts and hurrys to the next dancing-event to have another triumph?

That depends on your own fantasy!

The last scene, with the poor girl broke down, is actually my recreation of a scene on a vintage photograph from the 1920s, where the real dancers copy the style of Isadora Duncan.

That dancing-scene gave me some trouble…Have you ever tried zu make a Syb pose vertically without a stand? I don´t know, how often the dolls dropped down, before I managed them to pose in the right way. (Well, at least a little bit in the right way…)

And how to place the big vase or amphora on the syb´s head without having an accident? Don´t ask!

And there is another problem, I couldn´t fix: None of the girls wears shoes! It´s impossible, to find matching antique-style sandals for fashion dolls with high heel feet. But going barefoot was not uncommon in the ancient world, so I decided to skip that problem.

For the doodads and pieces in the background: Some of them are Roman or Etruscan replicas. The rest is modern tourist-stuff from fleemarkets or charity shops.

For the wigs- thank´s to Marcia again. They are  not really ancient greek style, but look a bit in that way.

The Humble Little Doll Theater plays: The Vanity Set!

Why shouldn´t I do a set about “vanity”?

I think, my Sybarite “Midnight” is the perfect actor for this little scene.

It´s one of my older and simply sets, but I never had the time to post it before now.

Midnights dress is made of some rotten 1960s lace and a vintage tablecloth.

I bought the mirrors some 30 years ago in a travel agency and always knew, I would need them someday!

In the middle of the shooting, I suddenly decided to change Midnights hairdo. (Don´t ask why!) So she got her original wig back and changed her look completely.

Now look at vanity in person and her little helpers…

Mirror Room

Midnight in her “mirror-room”

Queen of Rags

 

 

 

 

 

Queen of rags!

Vanity

 

 

 

Sheer vanity!

Fir Green suits me...

 

 

 

 

 

Fir green suits me!

I´m the center of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

I´m the center of the world!

I´m the prettiest!

I can´t believe, how BEAUTIFUL I am!

Even Vanity is exhausting!

 

 

 

 

 

But beeing THAT beautiful,

can sometimes be exhausting!

Don´t disturb me, boys!

 

 

 

 

 

Don´t disturb me, boys!

I´m tired! Please leave me alone!

 

 

 

 

 

No, please leave me! Some of us just want to be alone….

But before you go, bring me the biggest mirror, you can find!

The Humble Little Doll Theater plays: Jazz Age 1

I love the style of the 1920s!

And I was lucky enough, to get two versions of Tonners Devereaux Sisters, Louise and Renee´. Both dolls are very beautiful and I enjoy it very much, to sew cloth with genuine vintage fabrics from the late 20s or 30s for them.

Renee´s suit is made from a precious piece of egyptian revival fabric. I possess another one in a similar pattern. I think, it will make a second suit, this time for Louise….

My second set was a bit more appealing than the first, but I had still much more to learn (and still have!)

I had a few real  Art Déco curtain pieces and some doilys and other items. But not enough to cover up the whole set. So I knew, I needed some more things for the theater. And I also knew, where to find them: Fleamarkets, second hand shops, charity department stores…The next sets could come!

WP_20171013_10_00_30_Pro The Miss Devereaux on their daybedWP_20171013_10_02_04_ProTwo Sisters together WP_20171013_10_04_05_Pro WP_20171013_10_10_34_ProWe´re going out!

Wild Ribbon-Top

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I have so much to do at the moment….I don´t even have the time to write articles for my blog…But sometimes, I find a way (and an hour or two)….

Actually the “Wild-Ribbon-Top” isn´t my own design.

I found the inspiration in a 1900´s-fashion-magazin-illustration. Of course it looked very different: It was a dress, in another color,long-sleeved with very long ribbons, draped artistically around the skirt. What looks so amazing on the picture, would never work in the real world. (Like many fashion-illustrations from the first quarter of the 20th century) It´s more like a luxurious fantasy. But I thought, it could be modernised and made wearable with a few changes…So I made a top instead of a dress, with much shorter ribbons, NOT wrapped around the skirt. The artistic effect is gone, of cause, but my version prevents you from “stumble and fall”….

I sewed it from rough corduroy, found on a flea-market. The ribbons are predominant vintage and the decoration around the neckline was made from braided vintage ribbons.

One can wear the top solo, but I think, it looks better with a simple longsleeved under-gown.