June 8, 2011
My Love of Composition Dolls
As a teenager, I couldn't stand my mom's collection of dolls. Forget putting the china in the china cabinet, ours was full of dolls. We also had a corner cabinet with one doll, I swear it was haunted. My friends and I hated it and it's eyes would follow you around. You know the ones that have glass eyes and the open mouth with teeth and tongue. So now here I am, almost 30 years later (ouch) with a collection of my own. And some of them are a tad creepy as well. My daughter's friends come in my studio sometimes to say hello and add, "Ms. Rhonda, that doll is creepy". But something about some of them sing to me, and although I purchased some to use in art, I just can't do it. I love them the way they are. OH MY GOSH! Someone help me! I've become my mother! (runs from room screaming with arms waving in air).
Above are my composition dolls. It's a new obsession of many. The one on the lower right (above) that is just a head, I swear I feel like if I touch it's mouth, it will bite right down on my finger. And the head on the far right, I had no desire for it at first. It came with some German doll heads I had won on ebay. But isn't it precious! I love it's little cone hat that I made for it and the glasses from a "Build A Bear" gift.
Well, below you will find my three new girls. They should be arriving in the mail soon. There's one little thing about this girls that worries me just a bit. Supposidly, they are haunted. Do any of you have an item that is "haunted"? There is a new show on SciFi called, "Haunted Collection" where this guy goes around and finds the "haunted" object in a home/business and when he finds the right one, and takes it away, the haunting apparently stops.
Here is the info that was given about these dolls:
"These dolls come from same estate as my last doll auction. I had originally planned on selling these three dolls separately, but due to their spiritual connection with one another, I am unable to sell them apart.
The previous owner informed me that the eyes were missing ever since his family acquired them. The dolls were found in an old abandoned farm house and were the only remnants that survived a house fire. It is believed that these dolls have the spirit of three blind souls. The owner spoke of instances where his daughter would say her dolls were making noise at night walking around her room tripping over things and keeping her awake. He said he and his wife would hear children talking from the daughter's room only to find her asleep in her bed with the 3 dolls laying together next to her. These dolls have never and will never be apart."
I chatted with the seller a bit, asking what they "do" and if they are at all "negative" because I don't want anything "negative" in my home. Then I showed the pictures to my girls and asked their opinion. They dig my funky and sometimes "dark" art, and they also know I like odd dolls. I figured if either of them said they were "creepy" or didn't like them in some way, I would not go for it. They both actually seemed a bit excited about me possibly getting them. Then I though about the "What if they freak me out and strange stuff does happen?" If that's the case, I will just give them to my mom, lol. I just think of them as three cute dolls to add to my collection.
I often wonder about "haunted" antiques. I have so many things in my home from vintage shops, wouldn't I know if something I had, had a spirit attached to it? I don't want to spend my afterlife attached to some material item. I will be saying a prayer/blessing for my new girls when they arrive. But if I hear giggles, my mom will get a late Mother's Day gift.
Enjoy your day and any new treasures you find!