Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dolls Dolls Doll and more Dolls

I know I been missing for sometime how the heck is everyone! I am so tired I feel like six dumb trucks have ran over me and backed up to make sure the job was done lol.  I have been working on dolls dealing with the SNOW wait I need to say that again ..........Dealing with the SNOW.

I really need to get outside of this house for about a week pack away my sewing machine cut the shop lights off and pretend that a sewing machine does not exist.  Wishful dreaming huh?

Here is what I have been working on....Remember this doll I did earlier I made a pinafore for her to wear

I think she turned out great I wish you could get a better feel of this.  I all she needs now is a couple of dolls to hold.  This is the one that reminds me alot of myself when I was a younger child.  I call her Penny.  Now I know you remember this one 
I wish I had a way of taking better pictures.  I removed her head rag and added more hair along with a crocheted scarf.  Now this is another one of course you remember her
with all that said let me now introduce to you
Jane Serepta “Jennie” Dean (c. 1852-1913)

At the age of fourteen, Jane Serepta “Jennie” Dean of Prince William County set out for Washington, D.C.
to find a job and save her family’s farm. Formerly enslaved, she and her father Charles both strove to improve their lives. Charles had learned to read and write, and so had Jennie, even though she had just two years of formal education in the new Freedmen’s Bureau school. Charles was trying to buy a small farm when he died
suddenly. Jennie determined to help her family hold onto it. She found domestic work for prosperous whites Washington, D.C., and a supportive black community there in 19th Street Baptist Church. Not only did she
secure the farm, she financed her sisters’ educations. On visits home, she evangelized and organized Baptist missions that became full churches. Some survive today. Troubled by the lack of educational opportunities for black children, she encouraged schools in the churches. In the 1880s she conceived and campaigned for the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth. She raised money among local black and white
 people as well as northern white philanthropists. The school opened in 1894 and eventually educated over 6,500 students on a 100-acre campus. Jennie Dean remained active on the managing board, fundraiser, and
supervising the women’s dorm until her death in 1913. One who knew her observed, “She taught that life is a privilege as well as a responsibility and that birth or origin have but little bearing on success or failure if the
will to help one’s self is cultivated and encouraged.” Today, besides a memorial at the original campus, an elementary school there bears her name.

I met a man name Marcellus Dean the other day and this was a relative of his.  The story just touched me so I had to make a doll after her.  Her hat is a little too yellow I may antique it a bit to tone it done some.  I am pleased how she turned out.  And finally, this next doll is a work in progress but I am going to take suggestions on what to name her.

Once I am done with the shows and a couple of orders guess what?  I am going to have a giveaway!  But it will only be open to followers and if your out of United States I need to look into it more I am not familiar with mailing outside of the United States and Canada.  I am sorry for those of you who do follow me and live outside of these areas.  I still have a few more dolls to make and the rest to finish my first show will be on the 28th that is just around the corner.  I leave you with a group shot lol too funny and it still not all the dolls but a few of them waiting on me to finished them up.  Patience ladies I will be with you all in a moment

Peace and Blessings
Cheryl...Snatch JOY~!


  1. They are all so beautiful Cheryl, love your dolls they are so unique in every way, each one is like a little person with a huge personality :o) Cannot wait for your giveaway sounds like a fun one yes in deed.

    Trish :o)

  2. wow Cheryl, you have been busy girl! The dolls are just beautiful. Every one has a distinct personality, I love them all. I guess some good did come of the snow! Have a wonderful day, glad to see you posting again, xoxox Christel

  3. I forgot..I think she looks like a
    Cora Mae..Love the rags in her hair!!

  4. Thanks Trish and Christel and Yes yes yes!! I will use the name Cora Mae Christel I love it!!
    Have a Wonderful day Ladies and yes Christel I guess u can say it was a positive side to the snow lol
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY~!

  5. OHHH my Mammies, I am in heaven...I would love to sit with all of them and sip tea and get caught up in all of their stories..As I know they all have many...Cora Mae, I vote for that name too...simple, but radiates so much confidence...which of course she would have to with being in such a beautiful cream yellow dress... Heavenly sent you are Cheryl. I love everyone of them...You need a break, just pop in over here. we have just a dusting of snow and it is warming up...blessings madame samm

  6. Oh Cheryl. They are all just adorable. I wish I had your talent and devotion to making dolls as large, they all show their individual personalities. They are wonderful!!

  7. Oh God bless and Amen to you Miss Jane Serepta for the great woman you were and for all that you did. Thank you so much Cheryl for sharing this beautiful woman's story and the doll you created in her honor is so very special and gorgeous.

    Your Mammy in progress has one of my very fav hairstyles! I have tried it on my babies but I must say you pull it off WAY better then I ever could! She is coming out just spectacular!

    I agree with Samm, Heavenly sent for sure!

    Xoxoxxx Ree

  8. I know you are busy Honey. Don't worry about me. We are always going to be friends. I know you have been busy preparing for your show. Sometimes girl it's just so hard for me to get moving and some days I do nothing at all. That's just how it is for me some days so if I don't come by don't think I have forgotten you. I love your Jane Dean. Love her dress. Love her story. Do you make little books to go along with your ladies. It would be nice (if a tad too much work :)) Your mammies all look wonderful together.