Fairy Tale Dolls
Check out this great blog post about one of our recent patients, Lamby. Thanks to Daisy, Lamby's person and an amazing writer.
In the Realms of Gold, Inc. Cloth Doll and Stuffed Animal Hospital, I repair and rejuvenate favorite dolls, teddy bears, and other stuffed animals so they can be played with again. Our patients range in age from a few months (an unfortunate run in with a family pet) to nearly a century. They have come from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, and as close as down the street.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had fabulous holidays!
After two shows in early fall, I spent the rest of the year with patients: Raggedy Anns and teddy bears and more bunnies than you can count! I'm starting to think stuffed bunnies replicate like warm blooded ones! The hospital is still full, but patients aren't doubling up in the beds anymore, and the average length of a stay is back to a couple of weeks (3 weeks with the spa). The hospital has been so consistent, that I've had trouble finding time to restock my original dolls, let alone create new designs. And I have some great new design ideas, including a Sherlock Holmes doll! A court just ruled that Sherlock Holmes is officially in public domain, so he's fair game for a doll now. So... I may be dropping a few art shows and sticking with the web for the dolls. You can always order them through the site (two Babe the Blue Ox dolls went home to start the year!) and I'm hoping to start listing individual dolls on Etsy in a few months, so stay tuned for updates here and on the hospital blog, which I update every week or so....
In the meantime, here are the Babe and Paul non-reversible dolls who went home for New Years....
I have two fall shows this year, this weekend, September 27-29 (yes, it starts on Friday) is the Fall Festival of the Artson Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park and in two weeks, October 12-13, is the San Carlos Art and Wine Festival. Last night I finished a new furry Lion and the Mouse, the first of his kind, and he's absolutely adorable! (That's him below). And today, I have finished a new doll inspired by L. Frank Baum's Oz books, Glinda and Dorothy. First chance to see them in person, along with all the other new dolls and stuffed animals is this weekend, so I hope to see some of you in Menlo Park!
I've also been doing a fairly good job of updating the cloth doll and stuffed animal hospital blog (link at left or go to doctorbeth.tumblr.com). I'm pretty proud of some of the entries, particularly the Piggy and the Monster Under the Bed, and the one on NOT washing stuffed animals. The rhinoplasty is pretty funny to. Check it out if you get a chance!
July 2013, continued!
I just started a tumblr blog account for all the stories from the stuffed animal and doll hospital. It reached the point where Peter, and many of my friends, kept telling me I needed to write down the stories about my patients. And then I read a great book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and there's a fabulous scene where the main character remembers her childhood stuffed elephant. And I thought, "See, my patients' people aren't the only ones with treasured stuffed toys. Here it is in print!" And I wanted to be able to point people to it. So, long story short, I've started the blog. You can follow it here. I've only got an intro up so far, but I'll add more soon. Including the envelope which gave me my blogging name, Dr. Beth. :-)
July 2013Hello everyone! This weekend, July 13-14 is the Los Altos Art and Wine Festival. This is usually our busiest show of the year, and in preparation I have a bunch of new dolls, including furry monsters for under the bed, and a couple of gorgeous new Red Riding Hoods whose grandma's look like nobility. My good camera went travelling with a friend for the past few weeks, so I don't have any pictures -- you really don't want my phone photos. You'll just need to come to the show and see them all yourselves. :-)
I'll be in space #305, which is on the north side of State Street, near Third Street, in lovely Downtown Los Altos. I'm usually set up pretty early, so if you want to beat the heat and the crowds, and get first pick of the dolls and stuffed animals, then feel free to come any time after 9 am. Officially, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oh, and don't forget to bring your own bags this year, as Los Altos has a new bag ordinance and I need to charge 10 cents if I give you one.
For those of you looking for new hospital stories, never fear, the hospital is still as busy as ever! I've had several patients come with friends to keep them company during their stay, bears and cloth dolls, and one patient even brought a book to read. Most have gone home, another goes home tomorrow, and I have a Rumple Bear with two friends and a very old little Raggedy Ann undergoing treatment at the moment. A Half Pint doll just arrived by FedEx, as well. I've done a bit of modification on the hospital pages, they now match the rest of the site design-wise. Also, I've shifted most of the happy comments from patients and their people to a new page here. They were making the hospital home page so long that the search engines got cranky! Anyway, I hope you all enjoy them, I'll get new photos of patients and dolls out later this month, and please do try to visit me in Los Altos, either at the Art and Wine Festival or by appointment at the studio.
April/May 2013Thanks to all of you, we just keep getting busier and busier! New designs are going out the door almost as quickly as I make them, such as our new lady rabbi handpuppet, below. We also continue to have a wide range of patients in the hospital, including one of our largest (a four foot donkey) and one of the smallest (a 5 inch teddy bear). One of our most intersting patients this month was James Aristead Bonvillain. A 48 year old soldier doll who had an unfortunate run-in with a bulldog named Jasper and needed a face transplant. He went home last week and his people called to say "He looks like a new man! I can't say enough good things!" Pictures of James before and after are below.
This week I'll be sending more patients home as I prepare for our first show of 2013! We'll be in Mountain View at the A La Carte and Art this coming weekend, May 4-5, from 10-6 each day, so come visit and see our latest original dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals. We'll be in space #221, right on Castro Street in Downtown Mountain View.
March 2013Thank you to all of you have made this the busiest winter in Realms of Gold's history! I have had patients from around the globe, ranging from traditional teddy bears to dogs, tigers, and unicorns (oh my)! And everyone seems to be going home to happy humans (check out some of the recent comments on our hospital page. I'm also adding some new original characters, including a steampunk Mad Hatter. His photo isn't quite ready yet, but here are some before and after photos of two of our recent patients.
January 2013We've moved! Only a few miles, to a lovely new location in Los Altos, right on the Mountain View border. The studio hospital now has MUCH more light, and more room for the dolls, patients, and supplies. We've already had a number of visitors, including a short term patient, a small teddy bear now on his way home to Japan with his person! The first doll born in the new studio was a pirate princess, but I am now hard at work on a new monster under the bed, and a rabbi hand puppet, in addition to the aforementioned patients. I hope all of your new years are starting off as wonderful and exciting as ours has been here at Realms of Gold, Inc.!
December 2012The hospital is full, and the custom orders keep rolling in. Two eight puppet hand puppet sets just went to Kentucky, and our hospital patients are here for everything from a brief sprucing up to a full cleaning and reconstruction. They range from Sesame Street's Ernie to Santa to a number of stuffed animals. I just wanted to take a second though to point you all to our latest kudos in the blogosphere. Buddy the big brown bear had to wait till the SF Giants won the series before he could leave home to come to the hospital. Now that he's home, his person, Cathy, has helped him tell the story of his visit here. Check it out!
I've added more new compliments on the Hospital page, and will be putting new before and after photos up early in the new year, so keep posted!
Our summer has been quite interesting here at Realms of Gold, Inc. We've sent Queen Esther and Paul Bunyan to new homes around the country, and had patients fly in from Hong Kong! One patient had had the unusual experience of being chewed by, not a puppy, but a ferret! Here is the ferret patient, with her eye reinstalled. Below her are the two patients from Hong Kong, Lo Mug and Pighead, ready to fly home. The dog was cleaned, both were restuffed, and both had some new reenforcing patches added to worn areas of their fur. Their person said "Thank you so much for your care for the 2 kids. I am so grateful they are back looking healthier and sturdier than before!"
The teddy below visited the hospital in February 2012. The photo below shows him before and after treatment. before and after treatment. He needed a lot of work to be ready for a baby shower: cleaning, restuffing, new eyes, all new fur, nose touch up. His person, in NY called every week he was in the hospital, and the day he got home. "I love him!" she said -- over and over again!"
In the artist studio, I create hundreds of huggable, one of a kind cloth dolls, stuffed animals, and puppets based on traditional folk and fairytale characters from around the globe. Made of fine yarns and fabrics, my creations are as happy telling stories in a classroom, sleeping in a three year old's arms, or sitting on a collector's shelf.
Most of the dolls are reversible. For instance, turn the Queen of Hearts (below) around to find Alice, turn either upside down and there is the white rabbit. This popular doll is 3 characters in one huggable creation! Click on any of the links on the left to see more of our fairy tale dolls.
I also show my dolls at select arts festivals in Northern California. Please visit our Upcoming Shows page for a current schedule.