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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Christmas Week Newsletter! Free

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Christmas Week Newsletter! Free: Cloud Pets join the "Cloud" By the time you read this, Christmas 2015 will be a memory, and we will be on the 3d or 4th day of ...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C...: It is the Solstice; Blessed Be! I look forward to the growing light, even as I sometimes wish I could walk towards it.  Two more good frie...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Xmas Newsletter

Dancing Divas from Degas, The Master
Appropriately enough, "Rudolph" is playing on TV as I type;the toys just finished singing on the Island of Misfit Toys.  I hope this Christmas you find several dolls you want under the tree, and that you are able to give a few dolls to charity, too.  Towards the end of adding to your collection, Theriault's is holding another Rendezvous Auction this Monday.   Alexander and Tonner also continue to offer special deals, and there are lots of wonderful dolls on Ruby Lane, Doll Shops United, Ebay, Etsy, and more. Remember to write to me at etsag1998@aol.com, and let me know what your doll wants are in 2016!  Happy collecting!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
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Dancing Divas from Degas, The Master  
What do French Bebes and a classic Degas sculpture in bronze have in common? Their characteristics melded when Degas created The Little Dancer.
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Party Girls, Bakers, and Doll Thrift from three Favorite Makers  
Here are some news bytes from three beloved and popular American doll makers.
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The Hallmark of Good Collectors; Ornament Collectors' Club  
Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and Dolls go Hand in Hand
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Antiques, Dolls and Miniatures, DooDads, DooDads . .  
Jennifer keeps her cool and is always nice to everyone, no matter how long the lines or how chaotic the crowd might be.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Some Photos and a Doll Tree

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Some Photos and a Doll Tree: Seasons greetings, from someone who will not be celebrating Christmas this year, at least the not traditional ways.  Certainly, there won&#3...

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: An Interview with Paula Walton, doll collector and...

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: An Interview with Paula Walton, doll collector and...: When did you start collecting? My mother bought me my very first vintage doll when I was 5 years old.  She purchased it at Goodwil...

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Newsletter, and more Free Information to Follow

The Holidays are Here! Let the Doll Games Begin!
Welcome to Black Friday; hope you are taking advantage of the Doll Deals!  American Girl, Madame Alexander, and Tonner all have specials.  Amazon and Ebay have deals that could be used with dolls.  Below are some updated articles and new posts on shops, dolls in literature, dolls in Thanksgiving, and the latest Shirley Temple auction.  There will be more on Raggedies, dolls in books, and dolls for the holidays next week.  Those who love mystery, Patricia Cornwell's latest thriller, "Depraved Heart" opens featuring Lucy's teddy bear named Mr. Pickle.  Happy Collecting!  Remember I love to hear from you; write to etsag19998@aol.com for doll prices, selling tips, to share stories of your dolls and more.  Also, check us out on Facebook, Pinterest All About Doll Collecting, Twitter, and more!
Ellen Tsagaris
Doll Collecting Expert
Shop Blossoms with Antiques and Dolls  
Antique shop features dolls and doll related items for collectors in several venues. Read more about my favorite place, Vintage Rose, home of wonderful dolls and antiques.
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More Poppets ahd Pilgrims: The Series  
A doll plays a pivotal role in The Witch of Blackbird Pond. This is one of the last articles in the series on this book that mentions poppets and alludes to pastimes for children in Puritan times.
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For Thanksgiving, a Novel that Discusses a Doll  
Without dolls and toys to play with, Puritan girls found other ways to amuse themselves that sometimes led to disaster. Read more on "The Witch of Blackbird Pond."
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Charming Jewelry for a Charming Girl  
Shirley Temple favored unusual charm bracelets in gold and silver. Charms have a rich history and are often tiny dolls or miniature objects perfect for doll houses!
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Estate Dolls : Review for Estate Sale Season  
Read about one way to sell dolls, and learn some tips for sales you might visit this winter.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Quick Holiday Meal Tips and Snacks, also for Dr. E...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Quick Holiday Meal Tips and Snacks, also for Dr. E...: The Holidays are upon us.  Frankly, I no longer celebrate.  Those in my family who loved these things are dead, and the sick games my sibl...



Friday, November 27, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Egg Lemon or Avgolemono Soup Made Easy, also for ...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Egg Lemon or Avgolemono Soup Made Easy, also for ...: 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can buttermilk 1 can water 1/2 c rice or orzo, cooked shredded chicken 1 tsp. lemon juice lemon zest, op...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Egg Lemon or Avgolemono Soup Made Easy, also for ...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Egg Lemon or Avgolemono Soup Made Easy, also for ...: 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can buttermilk 1 can water 1/2 c rice or orzo, cooked shredded chicken 1 tsp. lemon juice lemon zest, op...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: A Free Newsletter, as Pym might say, with "Bits an...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: A Free Newsletter, as Pym might say, with "Bits an...: Someone forward you this email? No Sweat! Sign up here to get your own If you're having trouble viewing this email, click here ...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Recipe for Simple Hot Pot, also for Dr. E's Greeni...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Recipe for Simple Hot Pot, also for Dr. E's Greeni...: Simple Hot Pot 2 packets simple Ramen noodles 1 6 oz can oysters 3 eggs About 4 pieces of salami, cut into strips 3/4 cups frozen ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Collectdolls.about.com Free Newsletter

Newsletter for Week of November 9th
Halloween flew away on a kitchen witch's broom, and Thanksgiving with pilgrim and turkey dolls awaits.  Christmas is just around the corner.  I saw doll "sightings" on "Laverne and Shirley" which featured Madame Alexanders and on "Bonanza" where Raggedy Ann and a porcelain doll starred. This week, an update on a favorite website, Ghost of the Doll which has information on dolls and toys from the 70s to 90s, and a history of Chinese Opera dolls.  Also read about how to use dolls to teach.
Ellen Tsagaris
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There is nothing Spooky about this Great Site about dolls 1980-2000.  
Ghost of the Doll is fun and easy to navigate, and is a veritable web museum of the toys from this era.
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"It Ain't Over" till the Dolls Sing!  
Unusual Chinese Opera Dolls are just the tip of the iceberg when collecting dolls from China.
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Keep One Eye on Monster High!  
Iris Clops is a fashionably stylish monster of a completely different stripe from the Cyclops of old myth.
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Teaching courses on dolls; resources and ideas.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: November Sneak Peek!

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: November Sneak Peek!:   Readers will be delighted to see that Chiffonnette graces our cover this month. In her article Sylvia MacNeil, whose patterns and s...

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: October 20th Newsletter; The Witch of Blackbird Po...

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: October 20th Newsletter; The Witch of Blackbird Po...: Very Uncanny; Nutcracker Maker Files Bankruptcy Truly, frost was on the pumpkin this week. We covered our plants Friday night, including...

Yield House Dolls: How a snow storm led to a doll collection

Yield House Dolls: How a snow storm led to a doll collection: In the mid 1970's I lived with my husband, son and daughter in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a small town east of Atlanta. Now for those of...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Autumn; also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the Com...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Autumn; also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the Com...: Fall has come, and it is only ten days til Halloween, my favorite holiday for many, many reasons.  There is a shortage of pumpkins this year...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Doll Museum: Photos of More 20th Century Dolls

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Doll Museum: Photos of More 20th Century Dolls: Doll Museum: Photos of More 20th Century Dolls : From my Files: Anna Avigail Brahms, Vinyl 1930s Tyrolean Cloth Doll Baby Sara L...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: October Sneak Peek!

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: October Sneak Peek!: In Our October Issue Miniature versions of the French Fashion and Bebe dolls of the Golden era, smaller all bisque dolls have unique...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: An Interview with Collector and Doll Dealer Billye...

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: An Interview with Collector and Doll Dealer Billye...:  Mary McEwen black wax dolls. Courtesy, Billye Harris When did you start collecting? My interest in dolls and antiques...



Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Rendezvous Tomorrow with Theriault's

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Rendezvous Tomorrow with Theriault's: Just a quick note about tomorrow's Rendezvous Auction, with several ways to bid.  The catalog is on line now, as is the catalog for Sept...



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Orchids from Dr. E's Greening Tips Blog, too

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Orchids from Dr. E's Greening Tips Blog, too: Cut off a bit, but very nice tips and photos. Stormy night goofing up everything, and lots of weather drama. Fruiti...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Remember 9/11; On this Date, they are Our Families...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Remember 9/11; On this Date, they are Our Families...: Today is the 14th Anniversary of 9/11.  That year brought a lot of police and firefighter dolls home for Christmas. To top it off, we have t...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Cool as a Cucumber, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips...

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Cool as a Cucumber, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips...: Cucumber Lime Water I first had this drink New Year's Eve at my friend Angel's.  She is a DC and knows a lot about homeopathy and ...



An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: A Historical Perspective on Vampires MMLA 2010, An...

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: A Historical Perspective on Vampires MMLA 2010, An...: Dear Gentle Readers, Below is my paper presented on vampire history, with information about Erzebet. I am circulating it for publication, ...

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Shades of Erzebet and Elizabeth I

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Shades of Erzebet and Elizabeth I: Queen Elizabeth I's birthday is this month, a pertinent character of Erzebet's era.  Also, the new Disney Descendant's dolls, fe...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Aug. 24th Doll Collecting at About.com Newsletter: Doll Collecting at About.com Newlsetter Week: August 24th By now, many of the "junior" collectors among us are heading back to...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll Phot...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll Phot...: Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Mystery Doll Photos : Below is a mystery doll, with a wooden body and metal heads.  Is she a composite doll...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Gourd Fest and Gourd Dolls

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Gourd Fest and Gourd Dolls: See below; I have blogged about this festival and the amazing Gourd dolls and puppets displayed before.  It's a wonderful opportunity! ...



For those who can still see my Posts;wonderful festival using gourds.  Also, Sunday Morning today was all about design, and Gulla basket weavers.  Lots of Frank Lloyd Wright, and much more "By Design!"



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Feeding my Evergreens and Ditching the Malware

I'm still trying to get rid of the malware ads; I did figure out if you keep hitting cancel, it will go to the ad, then you can hit the back button on your browser to read my blog.  You have to keep doing this, but you do get to see the blog.  I've contacted blogger and Goolge, but can't get rid of  it, so I also post on Memoir, Writing your Life  Story, another of my blogs.

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There is a chill in the air as we hit Mid-August.  I long for fall but loathe winter.  Not as many plants this year, but trying to nurture a thriving, twining pumpkin vine and a couple of interesting peppers. I have a two toned red and cream mini rosebush doing well, and several fairy gardens with plants, some monrovia that attracts monarchs and a yellow swallotail, and some very pretty colias this year.  Marigolds and snapdragons did not have a good year at all, and we could find no black flowers.

One holly plant and a boxwood that is not an evergreen were blasted by below zero, unseasonaly cold temps two winters ago.  I have used ferti-lome evergreen food on both; desperate times call for desperate measures.  Both are coming back very slowly, and I'd say it isn 't about landscape, but survival.

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This last statement reminds me of Harlen Coben, and something he might write on survival, and of his quote on artistic inspriation from "Just one Look."  I might add, that, for me, artistic inspiration is survival:

"Loneliness, the precursor to boredom, is conducive to the creative process.  That was what artistic mediation was all about--boring yourself to the point where inspriation must emerge if only to preserve your sanity.  A writer friend once explained that hte best cure for writer's block was to read a phone book.  Bore yourself enough and the Muse will be obligated to push through the most log-filled of arteries" (27).

I think I'm there; Oh, Muse, where are you?!

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From ferti-lome Evergreen Food:

For Narrow leav ebergreens like arbor vitae, fir, hemlock, juniper, larch, red cedar, spruce, taxus, yew [think mourning pics and "Eleby in a Country Churchyard:"


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"for plants 1-3 feet in ht, apply 2 caps full per plant and water well.  For plants 3 to 6 feet in ht., apply 4 to 6 caps full and water well.  For plarger plants 6 to 12 feet in ht, apply two caps full for each foot of et by punchng holes around the plant and filling with recommended amoutn of Evergreen Food.  Water in well."


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You should also try to avoid root damage by culitvating too deeply.    I apid $8 for a four lb. bag.  It seems to help.

Good Luck!