Welcome to Pumpkin Hill.....

Welcome to Pumpkin Hill Studios, where I create in the smaller side of life, and also sell on Ebay
For more of what I sell on Ebay, visit this link at my Ebay store Pumpkin Hill Studios https://www.ebay.com/str/pumpkinhillstudios

I specialize in antique & vintage Dolls and toys, dollhouse miniatures, Barbie, Fashion dolls, fashion doll furniture, antique and vintage China, Glass, and high quality art collectibles and other unique items.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

#rememberourvets #HappyMemorialDay #Marinecorps #SemperFi

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

More snail transport....

Another snail, and I think my sculpting is getting a little better. I decided to go with a real fairy theme and sculpted the saddle into the snail shell,and gilded it. Golden chain detail with creamtassels on the harness and saddle embellish this little lovely. 

$35 Email me if interested. Domestic first class shipping is free in the USA. International customers, let me know your location as first class shipping can vary country to country. I have not yet listed him on Etsy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Snail Transport for Wren...

I finally finished one of the projects I have long wanted to do, but never had enough time to think it out, sketch, and sculpt. Sometimes the regular day to day grind of life can really suck all the creativity out of you.
Wren, my Realpuki SoSo, is a 'challenged' fairy as she does not have wings. I have always thought she needed some sort of transportation, for what kind of fairy doesn't have wings? In this way she is special...so I began today to play with the clay and sculpted a snail which for a first try is not bad if I do say so myself. He's a little rough around the edges, but I hope to make more of him.
He has a saddle of real leather, with real leather reins, attached to brass chains on his harness, and the saddle's pommel is made of plymer clay. I also added a little Egyptian flair with a tassel on the back of the saddle.
Wren is in love! Look at how she smiles! Now she and Marigold can deliver the mail of Finch Express more efficiently, no more walking. 

The snail also fits PukiPukis and Felix Brownies and similar sized tiny bjd's. but I think the snail is too small for a Latiwhite. 
This was my first try at sculpting the snail and I want to do more- I did this one with slays and pastels and findings I had readily in my stash.  I would love to do more snails and even birds and mice for the Realpukis.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Annabelle continued....

Annabelle , my French fashion reproduction doll hasn't received alot of love lately. So today I decided to experiment with photos in attempting to continue a project put to the side a year or so ago- recreating a story with a doll telling the story about her magical doll world with photos instead of illustrations. My inspiration was A is for Annabelle a story using illustrations of a doll and her accessories by Tasha Tudor. 

I wanted to expand more on this theme. Haven't you ever wondered when you were a child if the dolls continued playing after you left the room and had to go to school or out? I did...continually. I would as a child set up tea parties with my dolls for them to enjoy while I was away at the drudgery of school and rush home eagerly, hoping to catch them where they were not as I had left them. I imagined all sorts of fun the dolls had while I was away at school during the day, and liked to write my own stories about what the dolls did sometimes. I suppose that is where the attention to detail came from, and if one item was out of place, I convinced myself they had all sorts of fun while I wasn't there. I still like to think of this sometimes, and it fits into my storyline I am attempting.
Here are some more test photos, hope you like them.

Photo credits:
doll is a French fashion doll reproduction by Sylvia Butler of Tarheel Creations out of NOrth Carolina
table- Bespaq
unknown- vintage chair, teaset, flower arrangement
portrait- Williamsburg souvenir shop
Annabelle's dress- purchased this at a doll show, cannot remember the ladies' name though I buy from her on a regular basis.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Large scale Bespaq auctions on Ebay

I have some large scale Bespaq listed on my Ebay auctions many are good for 1:3 scales and 1:4 scales. Below are a few listed on auction as well as in the Ebay store The curios measure 19 1/2 inches high, 12 inches wide, 4 inches deep. Various prices differ on ebay auction according to how much damage they may have. As you can see, they are perfect for fashion dolls, American Girl- doesn't Felicity and Rebecca look wonderful next to them? I use mine for Felicity's tea set as well as other china items, makes a wonderful china cabinet for the large scale dolls.
The 1:4 scale armoire is 18 inches high 11 inches wide and 4 inches deep. I have shown it with Ellowyne but on a stretch it could be used with American Girl or MSD sized bjd's.
All for now, thank you for browsing my auctions !

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New projects, New Directions...

I recently with the new year of 2014, looked at my to-do list, or 'goal' list of things I would like to do. I never make New Year's resolutions, but I do make a list of goals that I would like to actually accomplish. One of them, after all of my charitable organization obligations were over, was to learn to sew for not only my 1:6 scale dolls but my American Girl dolls as well. I have sewn for my Soulkid MSD bjd, Gracie, and my Sybarite, but never the American Girl dolls. Or the MY Twinn, Miss Ashton. 
This weekend I did some research in the AG Playthings Forum and especially paid attention to their Home Ec section, what patterns are easiest to learn by, etc. Everyone has raived about Liberty Jane Clothing and so I downloaded the free pattern from one of their sites called Pixiefaire. It was a cute little drawstring dress and I changed it up a bit by using ribbon instead of sewing the straps of the fabric. I have been browsing the patterns for 18 inch dolls in Hancock Fabrics and Joanns' and was a little intimated by the instructions. I have a sewing machine but have never learned to use it...I think I am backwards. I can take the doll, put her on the cloth, use a picture, take paper and 'create' a pattern from her arm, body, etc but using a regular pattern throws me, especially a commercial pattern. Sewing for the smaller dolls is easier for me than the big girls! I have downsized Gildebrief patterns from the french fashion doll size to Fashion Royalty/Barbie size but that is easy compared to sewing for the AG's...yes, I'm weird. All of my sewing is handsewn, no machine. 
But back to my project. I started downloading and getting items together and the fabric pressed, and cut out. I started it yesterday and finished this morning. It turned out better than I thought it would.

I think the dress turned out rather well. Kit looks bright and cheerful! I have missed playing with the AG's, I have three of them and they have been sadly neglected. I am hoping with more practice I can make more complicated outfits for them, as it was fun.