This is one of my favorite finds-( for a whole 75 cents!)- at Saturday's church sale:(click on the photo for a larger view)
This is Aunt Lily's Treasure Shop! Once put out by Hearthsong, now a discontinued item, this boxed set is made to look like 2 books, and opens up into a 3 dimensional shop. Inside are 2 halfpenny dolls, Lily and Rosamund. There are patterns for making their clothes (uncut, no less!), a precious storybook about them - Rosamund is the adventurous one, Lily, the more retiring, nervous one. There are also some items to stock Lily's treasure shop.
This is so cool - I guess it just appeals to the child within me!!! LOL
I just found an out of print book about a Halfpenny family on Amazon.com- of course, I ordered it!!!
Halfpenny dolls are made of wire armatures, wrapped in thread or yarn, with flat round heads. The artist who designed these is Gillian Heal, an Englishwoman, who is still painting and creating.
I became familiar with Hearthsong, the company who put these sets out, more than 20 years ago, when we lived in California. So, when I saw this set at the yard sale, I had to snap it up!!! Even tho' they don't carry anything by Gillian Heal anymore, Hearthsong still has a great line of children's products.
I will be keeping my eye out for more of these cute little dolls, to expand the halfpenny family!!! Either that, or make some myself!!
Now, if you will excuse me, I think I will get started on a designing a wardrobe for Rosamund and Lily!!!!