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Christine Crocker by Ann M. Leis I magine having the opportunity to live a more simple life, a life where you could eat what was grown from your garden or make what you needed by hand. Imagine enjoying a daily routine that included rising at dawn to greet the sun's first rays, breathing the fresh morning air and listening to the chorus of birds begin their morning songs. This kind of life may seem possible only in our dreams, but it is everyday reality for artist Christine Crocker. Christine says she is a farm girl before anything else, but this talented, self-taught artist has a deep love for old things and old ways and has a passion for English wooden dolls and Queen Anne-style dolls. She has been creating dolls for more than 25 years and it would be natural to assume that her avocation began because of a childhood love of dolls. But in fact, Christine did not really care for dolls as a girl. Her passion for creating early dolls grew out of her love of learning about the day-today lives of her ancestors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her affection for old houses, early farm life, early dolls and antique hand woven textiles is deep and abiding. Christine is a sixth-generation farmer's daughter and was born, with farming in her blood, very close to her great-great-grandfather's land. She 112 SPRING 2014 Ladye Catherine (left) and Ladye Kate Deerfield (right) are wearing their white sprigged muslin and indigo silk frocks. Ladye Catherine has a little linen wig made with Christine's own hair.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President's Message
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newer Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Shared Passions - 2014 UFDC Convention
Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art
Early Juneau Bebe Part II
My Dear Hitty
A Capital Affair 2013 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part II
A Capital Affair 2013 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part II
A is for Annabelle - the story of a doll
Annatasha - A Paper Doll
A Visit to the Coleman Collection
Unending Delight - Tasha's World of Dolls
A Capital Affair 2013 Special Exhibit - The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue
A Capital Affair 2013 - Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls - Asian and American BJDs
All About Lavinia Loring, A French Fashion Doll Reprinted from THE LETTER, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1983
Life before TV - UFDC Region 1 Conference
Christine Crocker - The Pastoral Dollmaker
Capturing the Classics - The Classic Plaything Collection of Wendy Lawton
The Story of Marjorie Tudor
Behind the Scenes - Regional Director Training
Isn't It Romantic
In a More Romantic Time - A Paper Doll
I is for Inspiration
Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
Region Director Candidates
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2014