I have loved dolls, history, and the Victorian Era since I was little and can credit my grandmother for that. As a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 from my great, great Aunt Flossie. I was captivated by the dresses and became hooked. I just love to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. I also love to design Victorian dolls. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Mouse Brother and Sister - "Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" and "Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" - Handmade Victorian Mouse Dolls

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" is hoping that her life long friendship with "Barely Victorian, Deb!" will guarantee membership for herself and her brother, "Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" into the new Victorian Tea Society started by "Bearly Victorian, Ryan!" and his wife "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" She's got her fingers and tail crossed.

"Bearly Victorian, Ryan" and his wife, "Bearly Victorian, Deb!" decided to start their own "Victorian Animals Tea Society" for all their wonderful Victorian animal friends because they had been turned down for membership into the posh "Victoriana High Society Tea Club."

Their club would truly have an open membership and be accepting of all individuals and creatures. None of this "open to all", but really closed to animals rules. So what if Ryan and Deb were bears. They were still Victorian to the core. In fact, their lineage was probably older then some of the snooty Victorians who turned down their membership application.

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" knows that her lineage is of the highest so she and her brother should have no problem getting accepted. Plus, well - you know, she had that life long in with Deb. They're BFF's and tight as mice. Or should we say, tight as mice and bears!

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" is regal and Victorian to the core, but she has a little bit of an imp in here and just loves a good laugh. Or, in her case, a good squeak! While ball room dancing she has been known to belt out several squeaks or two or even three of laughter. She just loves to dance, and twirl, and laugh, and squeak.

Her brother, "Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" is much more serious. Much more studious. He is every bit the proper Victorian gentleman. He has a high IQ, great style and pizazz, and is well behaved. It's not that he doesn't like a good laugh like his sister, Phebe. It's just that he feels there are some things you can do in the privacy of your own home and some things you can't. Squeaking is one of those things that belongs at home. Not when attending the finest social gatherings.

However, he adores his sister, Phebe and can't help but chuckle every time he hears her delightful squeak. He loves when she is enjoying herself, but just wishes she were a little quieter about it.

"Keep Me Squeaking, Phebe!" is a 13" Victorian mouse. She is a self standing doll with a square bottom and brushed suede body. Her face is embroidered and she has black bead eyes and a pompom nose. Her wonderful big mouse ears are blushed as is her cheeks and she has a white curly mohair for hair on the top of her head.

Phebe has 2 layers of wonderful lace trim along the bottom of her square body and is wearing a lace trimmed and gathered double layered and lace trimmed slip. Her beautiful coordinating ensemble is the latest in Victorian fashion. Her dress came straight from Paris from the finest of designers. Nothing shabby for Phebe!

Her dress has lace trimmed front overlays attached to a lace trim back panel. It also has multiple layers of lace trim along the sleeve hem and bottom hem and is gathered and lace trimmed along her neck. A ribbon bow is wrapped around her waist and tied in a bow at the back of her dress.

Phebe's beautifully matching lined and lace trimmed bonnet adorns her head and is tied in a bow around her neck. The front of her bonnet folds back and the back of her bonnet is adorned with a large bow.

She is carrying a lace trimmed and matching handkerchief for those times when her eyes start to water from too much laughing - or should we say squeaking!

"Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" is a 13" Victorian mouse. He is a self standing doll with a square bottom and brushed suede upper body. His face is embroidered and he has black bead eyes and a pompom nose. His wonderful big mouse ears are blushed as is his cheeks. He has a marvelous mustache just under his nose and a tuft of dirty blond curly wool hair on the top of his head.

"Stop Mousing Around, Reginald!" is wearing a wonderfully matching suit. The bottom of his body forms the gathered pantaloons for his square bottomed body and matches his lined jacket. He is wearing a matching gathered shirt and lace trimmed ascot which is wrapped around his neck and tied in the front.

His coordinating vest is lined and tacked together in the front. The matching lined jacket has four top stitched pockets, a collar and lapels, cuffs, and is top stitched with yellow DMC Embroidery floss. It is fastened with a button.

Reginald's six section hat is lined and sits beautifully on his mouse head. Reginald thinks that he's quite the Victorian gentleman - if he doesn't say so himself. Now if he could just get his sister, Phebe, to stop laughing - make that squeaking!

Designer - Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals

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