Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Visit To The Dollmaker



Today is my dear friend Evi's birthday and I spent the day with her in her beautiful home with her lovely, fairy tale gardens...









We spent some time in Evi's studio where she creates her original handmade dolls. I am helping Evi work on the beginnings of a blog shop where she intends to share and sell her wondrous creations.



Because it was her birthday, Evi received many telephone calls from her family and friends wishing her happy birthday.



Each time she got a call, I used the opportunity to take a closer look and photograph some of the little details of her marvelous collections which she displays in her studio.





A number of years ago, Evi created her rendition of "The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe"...



Evi's sweet husband Eb considers this doll to be his very favorite.



I had a perfectly lovely day!



I am hoping to spend some time with another special friend this weekend and if it all works out we will be at Brimfield amidst fields of treasure!

I hope you have time this weekend to do something fun too!
:)

32 comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Dollmaker!!!
Evi's house and crafts are a treat for the eyes.. I hope she had a wonderful day...oh and I look forward to her new blog!!! xxx Julie

Angela said...

Her things are lovely. Are the doll faces painted fabric? She is a wonderful artist.

Beach House Living said...

A true talent the requires not just skill but love. Those little hearts a very sweet too.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
Oh My Goodness!! I love your friend's garden. That fence and arbor with the clematis growing on it are gorgeous!!!
Wow, she is really talented. Her dolls are amazing!! I wish her good luck with her new blog shop. :) ~ Jo

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet friend! Her treasures are lovely! I am a sewing notions freak and LOVE all these!
Happy Weekend!!
Hugs, Lisa♥

VINTAGE said...

About Dreams Come True I found your site. Wow - it's great! I link you quickly ;) (it's ok, or?)

Greetings

VINTAGE

Linda said...

Wow...a lovely post, starting with the charming arbor and fence, sharing all her goodies, and the oh-so-wonderful Old Woman in the Shoe! Such eye candy, Laura...thanks for sharing this! Happy birthday to Evi...I look forward to seeing her blog shop!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Laura. Thanks for taking all those beautiful pictures so we could visit the doll makers with you. Happy Birth Evi! I can't get over her amazing dolls and love the garden.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Evi's garden is lovely, it belongs in a magazine. I wish her a Happy Birthday and much luck in her new shop!

xoxo
Jane

Val said...

Evi is a talented artist,her dolls are so expressive!
Val

It's me said...

Happy weekend Laura..................hugs from Ria

cheryl kuhn said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day surrounded by such beautiful things, I have to agree that the old woman in the shoe is fantastic. I hope you will make it to Brimfield, can't wait to hear all about it!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Laura,
First of all, Evi's garden is absolutely beautiful. |It is my kind of garden.... and then, she has all of those wonderful treasures.
Her doll's are amazing and, I love the little heart that is her mouth. Such a lovely little touch. I hope that Evi had the best day yesterday and that her shop will be a great success.... I am sure that it will be.
Enjoy the weekend, Laura. XXXX

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh Happy Birthday to sweet Evie!!!! I'm sorry I am a day late!

Her world does look absolutely magical... What a wonderful artist, woman, and friend.

Cheers to Evie!!

Ruth

Debby said...

What a beautiful way to spend the day! Your friends dolls are incredible.
Debby

The French Bear said...

Oh Laura, I think I died and went to Heaven!!! I knew it would look like that, my goodness that sweet Evi is sooooo talented....... I love her work, I cannot wait to see her blog!!!!
I really hope she had a great birthday and you two special friends enjoyed every minute of it!!! She was probably thrilled to have you there!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Shelley said...

What a very wonderful place to visit...thanks for sharing your visit with us...Happy Birthday to your dear friend....blessings

anouk said...

Wow!,is it a real house? It´s like a dream!
I wish her a very,very happy birthday, and a very nice week end to you.
Kss & hugs

Vicki K. said...

Such wonderful detail on the dolls!! You always show and tell the best things.

Deb said...

I just love all those pictures. Those dolls are beautiful!

Gert said...

What a wonderful post........thank you for sharing it with us. "Happy Birthday" to the doll maker Evi--her work is amazing!
Blessings....
xoxo Gert

Beatnheart said...

Your friend has a real talent. her dolls are wonderful, old fashioned and made with quality and care. Her use of vintage materials...it all matters and it all shows...Too much junk out there not enough quality...Your friend has it!

La Bella Vie said...

OK I must come and live in this world, I love this blog and all things vintage!
I'm now following you, this is wonderful!
Terry

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, Evie's garden is fantastic and her dolls are so adorable! Looking forward to seeing more.

Drop by for a visit to my blog. I have a surprise waiting for you.
Hugs,
Sherry

Chatelaine said...

What an amazingly talented woman! That old woman in a shoe piece is spectacular. She has some wonderful collections too!

Hope you had a wonderful time at Brimfield. I am so sad I didn't get to attend, boo hoo!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Beautiful, Laura.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Have a wonderful time just losing yourself in the fields of Brimfield, Laura. Hope you find many treasures to bring back home and show us.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful garden and beautiful dolls and collections! Have fun at Brimfield!

Fun With This and That said...

All I can say is WOW!! Everything is great Laura Q

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Evi! And thank you for allowing us to peek into your gardens and studio through Laura's lens. I'm in awe of your talent and beautiful surroundings.
And to you, Laura, thank you for taking us along. Success in Brimfield!

Mélanie A. said...

Her studio is a paradise .. I love the little treasures on the shelves

Evi said...

Oh Laura,
I had no idea that you posted about our special day. Found out about it from Deana and Carol. Yes we had a wonderful day,although interrupted by all my well-wishers.
I cannot thank you enough for all your help so far with my blog!!!!!!!!!! I am so bad with all things "computer"! To be continued hopefully this week. To everyone out there in blogland who wished me well for my birthday and my upcoming blog, thank you from my heart. You are all very kind and encouraging.
Ebbie and I are so happy that we got to see you girls yesterday after Brimfield, to admire all the new treasures and to also see Deana and Carol. It was a great day!!!!!!!!!!
Love you lot's my friend,
Evi