Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Have you entered Lucy Coles' Giveaway?

Do you have an artisan whose work you just love? Every time you go to a show, you come back with another piece, until one day you realize that almost every room in your house has something from them...
For many years that artisan, for me, was Lucy Coles, specializing in miniature needlework and porcelain. Unfortunately for me, Lucy dropped out of the miniature world for several years. But now she's back! She has a new blog, called Evalina Rose, to share her half-scale cottage project, and has the most FANTASTIC giveaway going at the moment (more on that at the end of this post).
In the mean time, I thought I'd highlight how many of my favorite toys and porcelain pieces came from her!

 I bought this porcelain vase from a dealer shortly after Lucy Coles stopped doing the local shows. It has been in the dining room for years, but I just found a better way to display it in the music room.
 A few of the plates in the kitchen, like this pink one, were painted by her. Apologies for the terrible pictures, my camera was acting up when I took these!

The green plate second from left was also painted by her.
 The pale blue and white wash pitcher in Lottie's room was an impulse buy that I never regretted...
 and it came with a matching chamber pot!
 Every time I see this little baby boy doll, I want to pick him up and cuddle him. His red and white suit has the tiniest knitting!

For several years, it was a Christmas tradition for Mom to give me a Lucy Coles doll. Sometimes it would be a doll I had seen at a show, other times a complete surprise. I named almost all of them...
 This is Georgiana, with real leather boots, and an entirely knit outfit. She's only about 2 1/2 inches tall! She was one of the last dolls Lucy Coles made for me. I was reading Pride and Prejudice at the time, and a bit obsessed with the name Georgiana.
 Here's Annabelle and Clara. Annabelle is super tiny, only about 1/2", but her arms are jointed. Annabelle's name came from the book The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin. Clara's name came from the Nutcracker, which my grandparents took me to see one Christmas when I was very young.

 This is Meg. I love her lace shawl,  and her face is especially sweet. Her name came from Little Women of course!
For the life of me, I can't remember what I named this doll! I always loved how delicate she looked with the lace petticoat showing through her dress!

Here's another doll whose name I can't recall. Can you see her tiny painted gold necklace? Many of the dolls also have painted barrettes as well.
 Here's Sylvia and Hitty. Hitty was the very first Lucy Coles doll I fell in love with. The name  Sylvia came from one of my favorite childhood books, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. The name Hitty came from the book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field. 
Last of all is my little bear in the attic. 

Now comes the really fun part. If you want your very own Lucy Coles creation, sign up NOW for her giveaway! She's giving away this darling mouse named Bella:
(photograph from Lucy Coles)
The giveaway ends tomorrow, so  hurry!


  1. Beautiful porcelain pieces and fantastic dolls.
    Bye Faby

  2. All your dolls and items are wonderful.
    Hugs Maria

  3. Eliza,
    Thank you, your comments are lovely. It is such a joy for me to see how you have grown as a miniaturist. Your work is beautiful, even the eyeballs. I am so happy to be back in touch.

  4. thanks for sharing.