Archive for the dolls Category

Creeping Baby Doll 1871

Posted in antiques, automata, dolls with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In 1871 came one of the first automata to appear in the toy scene, patented by Robert J. Clay. You can find more about it here.


My favorite paragraph about the piece is the following:

Despite Clay’s belief that his toy would be very amusing, it had limited appeal for its target audience of little girls. It looks scary, weighs a lot and isn’t particularly interactive. It’s more of an exhibition piece than a cuddly toy, and once the mechanism broke (which happened often with the earlier models), its heaviness and hardness made it a dead weight rather than a doll that could be integrated into regular play.


I wonder how many of these clumsily creeping wonders were mass produced. Two decades later, the world was graced with Edison’s Talking Doll.

Desktop Goodies 2/20

Posted in absurd, anatomy, creatures, dolls, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Desktop goodies are building up way faster than I can comment on all of them (I tend to save at least 20 images a day, and have never attempted to get my digital collecting in check).

Here are some images that speak for themselves.











Forgotten Hearts

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on January 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Forgotten Hearts: One of a Kind Fine Art Ball Jointed Dolls by AiiS Roman & Gamalier Bravo.



From the artist statement:

I thought faeries lived only in books until they appeared upon my life as vibrant luminous beings. This particular ones are those I call “Borrowers” Mischievous winged spirited water fairies. They love to raid houses when people are not around. They borrow shiny objects and don’t mean to be bad. Borrower fairies have bad memory and forget to give their findings back.


Last night I heard a noise that came from my mom’s antique trinket box.I finally saw them! I catch them playing with my dad’s old watch. I took a picture and they didn’t even noticed.

Forgotten Hearts

Alana Corra

Posted in anatomy, craft, dolls with tags , , on November 16, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

My dear friend Bettie sent me the link to Alana Corra’s work.

This doll is my favorite. It reminds me of instructional antique anatomical models.



Other odd sculptures, paintings and drawings can be found on her site as well…

Alana Corra

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Halloween Countdown: Rucus Studio

Posted in craft, dolls, halloween with tags , , on October 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

There are not enough pictures on the Rucus Studio website. Scott Smith is responsible for some of the most interesting and well crafted Halloween props out there.

Check this poor fellow out:



Simply amazing creations.

Rucus Studio

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Halloween Countdown: Sandra Arteaga

Posted in craft, dolls, halloween, undead with tags , , , on October 4, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I just love this woman’s work so much…I feel a compulsion to post the majority of her projects as they emerge. Here are a few amazing spooky treats for the Halloween season.



Doesn’t she pack an incredible amount of character into her pieces?


The detail is incredible.


Sandra Arteaga

Campbell’s Soup Kids

Posted in advertising, candy coated nightmares, dolls, kitsch with tags , , , on June 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s take a moment to focus on the kitschy, cutesy iconic marketing creations of Campbell’s.

Brace yourself…here they come…

The Campbell Kids have been selling Campbell’s Soup since 1904 when Grace Wiederseim Drayton, an illustrator and writer, added some sketches of children to her husband’s advertising layout for a Campbell’s condensed soup. The Campbell advertising agents loved the child appeal and choose Mrs. Wiederseim’s sketches as trademarks. -Source


I’m not sure what prompted Ms. Drayton to draw them as if they were hopped up on too much Adderall, but they certainly make an impression.


Yes, they are staring right into the recesses of your soul, burning a hole in your brain…


The dolls are equally terrifying, yet I’d kind of like to have one (or two). I will leave them staring at unsuspecting guests when I step out of the room.


campbell girls


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