Episode 6: Rosie’s Doll Adventure, Part 1

Rosie’s first real adventure begins, quietly enough, with trains, dolls, and a bedtime story.

Rosie plays with her trains
Rosie plays with her trains
Rosie plays with her dolls
Rosie plays with her dolls
Rosie and the top hat
Rosie and the top hat
Rosie listens to Lonely Doll
Rosie listens to Lonely Doll
Rosie imagines Loney doll
Rosie imagines Loney doll
The change - 1
The change – 1
The change - 2
The change – 2
The change - 3
The change – 3
Rosie is a doll
Rosie is a doll

and then . . . to be continued in about 4 weeks when we return to Rosie’s story.

First, great news! I managed to reattach the head of the severed-head doll so that she can star in this adventure as Rosie’s doll self. More about that in Wednesday’s post. Many thanks to Dovile from DovileDollart for creating an absolutely lovely doll.

Second, I am amused to no end at the idea of a doll turning into a doll. My (oh my god so patient) husband seriously considered my quandary of whether to make one of Rosie’s dolls “real” or to turn Rosie into a doll. And he never laughed, even once. In the end, I turned Rosie into a doll. But, more on that on Wednesday.

I’ll write a bit about creating Rosie’s room on Friday. It’s still not really held together, but it’s real enough for Rosie and far more satisfying then posing poor Rosie on a floor tile in the photo cube.


You might wonder who that is under the top hat. He’ll be back in some of Rosie’s other stories, and his relationship will become clear then. But, the doll itself is based on James Franco in Oz, and I bought him just to get the tiny China doll that appears on the floor in the photo above. Once I took him out of his tophat and tails and put him in a nice turtleneck, he looked very sweet, so I let him join the cast.

Adding a male doll (even as an accessory, as in this case) is big news in doll land, which is almost entirely female with the exception of this doll and Generic Bob. I’m sure there’s lots of psychological depths one could plumb on this topic, but I’m going to stick to the story that girl dolls are just cuter :).



  • Rosie is the creation of Andrea Meyer of Wildflower dolls. If a doll can be a muse (and, I’d argue, it can) Andrea creates muses.
  • Rosemary (in yellow flowered dress) is from DovileDollart . Her work is amazing – each doll handcrafted from scratch.
  • Plastic dolls (4″ China doll and James Franco doll) from Jakks Pacific
  • The Lonely Doll is a real book that we had as kid, written by Dare Wright.
  • Tiny felted dog and felted white teddy bear from my sister, Melanie Allen.

Opening to the street

“The sight of action is an incentive for action. When people can see into spaces from the street, their world is enlarged and made richer, there is more understanding, and there is the possibility for communication, learning”

-Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language

One of the reasons I’m sharing my work so regularly, openly, and in such a raw state is in respect to Christopher Alexander and his patterns; in particular, this pattern – openings to the street. The Pattern Language is a book of templates – meant for architects, but applied equally well to anything created.

This pattern refers to a physical opening in a business – a large window overlooking a workshop, for example – that creates a connection between the person working and the people passing by.

My blog is this window – a way of looking over the wall and seeing what’s going on in this particular workshop. My primary reason for making an opening in the wall is selfish – I work alone, and I want to feel less lonely while I go about my craft.

But my second reason – the reason why I’m sharing very rough drafts or even failed work – has to do with these openings to the street, and, in particular to the passage below. It’s worth reading through, although long:

“It must be remembered that it is not the action of the skilled alone that is to be seen in the Centre, but every degree of proficiency in all that is going on. This point is crucial to an understanding of how vision can work as a stimulus engendering action in the company gathering there. In ordinary life the spectator of any activity is apt to be presented only with the exhibition of the specialist; and this trend has been gathering impetus year by year with alarming progression. Audiences swell in the thousands to watch the expert game, but as the “stars” grow in brilliance the conviction of an ineptitude that makes trying not worth while, increasingly confirms the inactivity of the crowd. It is not then all forms of action that invite the attempt to action; it is the sight of action that is within the possible scope of the spectator that affords a temptation eventually irresistible to him.” – The Peckham Experiment

As a decidedly non-brilliant star, then, I share my fledgling steps in this, my opening to the street.

Enough text! Next week Rosie has a big adventure and it’s pictures all the way down!