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Fairy Tale Dolls: How to Make Red Riding Hood Dolls

Fairy Tale Dolls: How to Make Red Riding Hood Dolls

Previously, I wrote a post detailing the characteristics of fairy tale dolls.  This post will begin a series of articles featuring dolls from various fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  This first article features Red Riding Hood Dolls, and includes a simple step-by-step guide to making them.  So grab your cloak, shawl, hat, jacket, (or anything else you need) and come with me to Grandmother’s house where I will share with you how to make Red Riding Hood dolls. Welcome to…

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Making Corn Cob Dolls: A Fun and Easy Craft for Children, Hobbyists, and Artisans

Making Corn Cob Dolls: A Fun and Easy Craft for Children, Hobbyists, and Artisans

Looking for a fun close-to-nature activity to do with the family?  How about taking the fragments that remain from the summer garden and turning them into a fun activity by making corn cob dolls.  It is an easy project that even a child can do with the assistance of an adult, yet novel enough and so much a part of an American folk tradition that adults, hobbyists, artisans–even historians–will enjoy it! A Cultural Folk Heritage From the time of the…

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80’s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 2)

80’s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 2)

Our last post described some of the 80’s stuffed animals and reminisced about some of the loveable animals you may have grown up with.  If you haven’t read that post, I am sure you will quite enjoy it if you find yourself on this page.  In this post, I would like to share with you a few more whimsical stuffed animal characters of the 80’s that I did not include in the first article.  Some of these are among my…

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80s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 1)

80s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 1)

There was a time when another cute stuffed animal seemed to surface every other weeks to us children growing up in the 80s. Many of them were quite interactive too. They did things like talk, play music, became puppets, were unusually cuddly, unique, or just adorably cute. I would like to share with you and reminisce about some of my favorite 80s stuffed animals. Teddy Ruxpin If you grew up in the 80s, who wouldn’t remember this interactive teddy bear?…

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Popular 80s Dolls: Do You Remember Them?

Popular 80s Dolls: Do You Remember Them?

Oh, the plethora of dolls, animals, and toys made during the 1980s when I was growing up! It seemed like every week there would be another commercial–usually on Saturday mornings when we watched episodes of the Smurfs or He Man, etc. There it was: an advertisement for some new doll or toy. That is where most of the popular 80s dolls were introduced to us children, especially as Christmas approached. In this post, I have made a list of popular…

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My Doll Journey: Stuffed Animal Boy to Dollmaker

My Doll Journey: Stuffed Animal Boy to Dollmaker

My journey into doll making began long ago. This doll journey was a process as many things are. Think about lifestyle changes, occupations, religion, diets, etc.: they tend to have a journey with various curves along the way before arriving at their destination. We are constantly changing, and life’s experiences play a vital role in who we become. Let me share with you the details of this doll journey and why I now make dolls. My Early Froggy I grew…

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Primitive Folk Art Dolls: What Are They?

Primitive Folk Art Dolls: What Are They?

You may have heard people talk about primitive folk art dolls and wondered, “What exactly makes a doll a folk art doll?” How are they unique and different from other dolls? What are they made of? What do they look like?  Well, primitive folk art dolls are quite a unique art genre that is growing in popularity. So let’s talk about it. A Brief Folk Art History First I would like to share with you about folk art and its…

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What Is a Storybook Doll?

What Is a Storybook Doll?

There are many dolls out there, and more are evolving all the time; but what is a storybook doll? This may seem obvious in one sense but obscure in another sense. The first thing we need to do is define the statement you may be asking: What is a storybook doll? I shall do that by defining the words storybook dolls, fairy tale dolls, or character dolls. Storybook Dolls, Fairy Tale Dolls, and Character Dolls Defined In essence these are…

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About Me, Robert

About Me, Robert

Hello, I am Robert Doyle, creator of Storybook Dolls. I am excited you are here and hope that site will be a great help to you. This is a place where you can hear stories about dolls, learn about their histories and cultures, and even purchase unique, quality-crafted dolls. Robert’s Story I have been fond of dolls for as long as I can remember. As a child, whenever it was nearing my birthday or Christmas, I always wanted a stuffed…

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