Are you ready to “talk dolls”? What would YOU like to talk about? Restoration? Proper care of a vintage doll? Options for display? Clothing for the doll? How to wash and reset the doll’s hair? What’s a fair price when purchasing a doll? Where is a good place to purchase dolls? How to safely wash/clean those old clothes without harming them? I want to hear your ideas. I have gotten messages and emails from several of you about restoring your doll. I certainly don’t know all there is to know on the subject, but it would be fun to explore it together! After all, that’s why we visit this blog – to talk dolls! And what better place? I was reminded just this week that dolls is not a subject that you bring up with just anyone without being looked at as if you might be from Mars. Not everyone loves and admires them like those of us. (I can’t imagine WHY NOT!)
In the meantime, please share one of your favorite doll memories. Perhaps you have a favorite doll? Share her picture with us. I would love to see pictures of your dolls and read why she is so special to you.
This is one of my favorite dolls. She is a Vintage Cissy. She is probably one of the very few dolls I own that I didn’t do anything but have her outfit made to my specifications, dress her, and place her in the doll case.
As you all know, I am a fan of the baby boomer era dolls. I know there are those of you who like Barbie. I like Barbie, too, but I really don’t know much about her. I want to learn from you! Anyone restore composition dolls? I know very little about the process, but would like to know more. I see your posts on IG and y’all are so talented in so many different areas. I’m curious…
Speaking of Barbie…I shared my memory of Barbie and my Granny last week. Had that Barbie not been a Christmas gift when I was a little girl, chances are I would have never taken an interest in sewing. I, like most children, was too busy to sit for very long! I quickly figured out that a lot of dreams could come true with the craft of sewing and that craft could be used in so many different applications. Through that Barbie, I spent time with Granny and learned all kinds of sewing techniques from tailoring to sewing with fur. And as the years passed, I developed many of those skills she kindled in me. She was creative and very good at using the materials she had to create the look I was wanting for my Barbie. I remember we had made an extraordinary party dress and I wanted her to have a corsage. At the time, there was no such thing as silk flowers. She picked up a tiny piece of lace and gathered it into a small circle making it look like a carnation. She then proceeded to stitch a small embroidery thread bow to the lace and then attach it to the shoulder of Barbie’s dress. TA-DAH! Barbie had a corsage for her dress. I have never forgotten that. For more reasons than I can number, my Granny has always (even though she has passed) had such a big, positive influence on my life.
Please share your doll memories and pictures and let yourself be a child again, for just a few minutes….
Let’s Talk Dolls,