Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Dolls and 2011 Doll Making Goals

Here's my latest Queen Anne.

The Queen Annes decided to have a party.  I fell in love with Queen Annes this year.  I had always been attracted to their odd little faces.  I really enjoy working with the wooly hair and little beady black eyes and funny, sharp faces.  I really want a sheep.  A REAL sheep.  My rat terrier, Gypsy, tells me that it's a very bad idea.

Here are some of my latest Izannah inspired dolls.  I don't know how I can possibly still be so obsessed with one type of doll.  My obsession is almost 2 years old.  There's something magical about Izannahs.

Here are some of my hybrid dollies. They are all inspired by older dolls.  I love all old dolls. 

Here are my doll goals for 2011:

1. Find an original, antique Izannah Walker doll at the local thrift shop and purchase her for $5.
2. Make dolls.
3.  MAYBE...sell a doll.  There are plenty to spare around here at the McNally house, according to my family.
4. Teach a doll making class in my kids' homeschool co-op.  I'm excited about this one!  I hope that the kids (a small group of 7-9 year old girls) have fun.  My daughter, 13, is going to be the helper.  She's already a fantastic doll maker.  It should be an interesting experience...maybe a little scary...


  1. Hey! I already have my dibs on your #1 goal. ;-) Your dolls are wonderfully sell-able. You should do it!

  2. Go for all your goals in 2011 Elaine! I would like to sell a doll or two one day also.

  3. Hi Elaine,

    I love your idea about reviewing and photoing your past work and gathering your thoughts for next year. Best of luck...your dolls will sell like hot cakes, if you take the plunge...sign me up...I'd love an Elaine McNally original!!!

  4. I am enjoying your Queen Anns. Of the 7 in the photo above, the center one in the gold bodice and the one in pink on the right are favorites. All of them are nice, you get such good face shapes. My friend Penny S who saw the sweet little Cheddar you made, has asked if I thought you might sell a doll? So we all think you will do well in that regard. Lets take a running start on 2011, it can be a great one art wise. I recomend an angora goat for hair. But you have to keep 2, one goes crazy alone and grieves. They are herd things. Dogs are very dangerous to them though. Edyth

  5. It looks like 2010 was a very prolific year for your dollmaking! The Izannah-inspired ones are my favorites. They are just delightful. Hope 2011 is off to a great start for you.