Sunday, December 14, 2014

Doll-A-Day 320:Ivy Cottage Violet Pickles and Ruby Buttons

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  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 were made by Horsman.There was also a line of PVC figures, (Seen here at the bottom of the box.), and something we never found called The Ivy Cottage Pop Up Playhouse.I still wonder what that was.We found Emma a couple of the PVCs in Canada.
UPDATE: Pop Up Playhouse mystery solved! Thanks to a kind reader you can see the playhouse HERE.
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 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.
 
Having been an Anglophile, and having been married to an Englishman for years, I can usually detect Britishness from miles away. There was something vaguely British about the books, but they were just not quite British. This made sense when I found that E.J. Taylor is an American, but has lived in England for years.
I recognized the connection with the dolls right away, and we bought the book. I love the soft,sweet illustrations.

The premise of the books was that Miss Biscuit, a newly retired nanny,moved to the country with Violet Pickles,her rag doll companion,who is alive. Violet is bored and lonely living out in the country,so Miss Biscuit makes another live rag doll,Ruby Buttons, to keep her company.

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.

 
 
 They go to school,where none of the other kids are dolls.Ruby wants to work with animals, and Violet wants to be a writer.
 The dolls are very cute, and the books are sweet and old fashioned. E.J. Taylor created a world you want to curl up in and be cozy.
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!

27 comments:

  1. Awww, they're so cute! And those books look very interesting! Can't wait to see the other dolls! :)

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    1. The books are sweet, old fashioned stories, and the illustrations are beautiful. They're nice for anyone who likes books with dolls as characters...or who doesn't! Some kids might find them boring because they are leisurely,simple tales without a modern electronic item in sight.

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  2. I had the books and dolls as a child myself. I miss my dolls dearly and have been scouring the internet trying to find some to buy my niece for Christmas (or for when she gets older) but no such luck. I used to pretend I went on the adventures the dolls went on and slept with them in my bed every night.
    So many memories right now!

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  3. Hi there are some on Ebay

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    1. Catch them while you can people! They don't show up very often.

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  4. I am trying to purchase these dolls, my father bought them for me with the book when I was young but got destroyed in a house fire. I would like to get them for my daughter, could anyone advise as to the best place to go?.
    Thankyou

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  5. Etsy, Amazon, and Ebay seems to be the best ways to go, None on Ebay at the moment. I have an extra Ruby and her mouse at the moment. If you're interested, let me know. The mouse's tail is partially unraveled, but otherwise both are in good shape and have been cleaned.

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    1. Hi Tam? Has the Ruby Buttons doll sold?

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  6. How much would you sell it for? I

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    1. Missy,please send me your email address, which I won't publish, and tell me where you live so I can figure the postage to you, and we'll work something out.

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    2. You mention the Ivy Cottage dollhouse. I once bought it, and have pictures of it. Would you like to see them? If so, how can I attach them to an email to you?
      Christel

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    3. I would LOVE to see it! I have always wondered about it. I love the artwork from the books, so I'm guessing it's really cute. Send me your email address, which I won't publish, and I'll send you an email you can respond to with the pictures, or we'll figure something out
      . Thanks!

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  7. Not sure if y'all ever set something up. If not so you still have the ruby buttons doll?

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    1. She's still here. I assume you have a hankering for her?

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    2. Are you still interested in giving her a new home?

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    3. She was an extra, so you are certainly welcome to purchase her if you want.

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    4. What is the best way to go about it? Is there a way I can private message you?

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    5. Send me your email address, which I won't publish, and I'll send you a message.

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  8. Did you receive it? I'm new to blogspot.

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    1. Got it. I've sent you an email, so you now have my email address.

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  9. I have these dolls if anyone wants them. Let me know what you think is fair and they are yours. Lyne.pellerin@hotmail.ca

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  10. Is anyone selling violet pickles? Kerry x

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    1. She shows up occasionally on Ebay. I've found them at thrift stores too.

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    2. Someone posted tat they have both Ruby and Violet to sell. If you're interested respond with your email (which I won't print.) and I'll get you two together.

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  11. I've got both Ruby & Violet if you're interested - I've only got one box for violet pickles. Both dolls are in awesome condition because my mom didn't let me play with them very much...

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    1. I have the email address of the person who wanted the dolls.Send me your email(which I won't publish.) and I'll get you two together.

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Thanks in advance for your comments.