Today's doll is two dolls again: These two rag dolls named Violet Pickles and Ruby Buttons.
Ruby and Violet are dolls based on characters from the "Ivy Cottage" series of books by E. J. Taylor.
|The dolls have totally soft floppy bodies, and are made of cozy soft fabric, with vinyl heads.|
|Their clothes are removeble. Ruby comes with his pet mouse and Violet comes with her teddy bear.|
The dolls, based on the books, (or is it the other way around?), bring things sort of full circle since the author, E. J. Taylor, is a doll maker.
|Some of E.J. Tayor's amazing dolls. They look like the illustrations of the characters in the Ivy Cottage books.|
|E.J. Taylor, dollmaker.The books were written as a side project.|
We first discovered the Ivy Cottage dolls back when Emma was a baby, or maybe even before she was born.I found the dolls in 2 sizes at Odd/Big Lots. I loved them and although I didn't very often buy dolls for myself then, I had to have them. I really liked the big ones, but I thought the legs looked too elephantine.I ended up with these 12" tall ones.
Later on we found the first book,"Ivy Cottage" at an outlet store.
Emma liked the book when she was little, and we read it often.Later Ivy enjoyed the books too. (We had found others by the time she came along.) Emma wanted to play with my dolls, but I didn't want them to get disheveled, being played with.I let her play with them for a while, but eventually she got her own.
I always thought it would have been nice if the dolls had had more clothes made for them, like their cozy night gowns and winter coats.
I didn't sew then, so I never attempted them.
The books never explain why the dolls are alive, or how Miss Biscuit can make Live dolls.Subsequent books never mentioned the fact that Ruby and Violet are dolls.
Tomorrow we'll see a couple of different dolls from the Ivy Cottage books.
** UPDATE** The Ivy Cottage Pop Up Playhouse mystery solved! See it HERE!