A blog of mostly sentimental stories of my childhood & family, sprinkled with tales of my grandchildren, & my day to day life, along with my love of gardening & decorating thrown in for good measure. Come walk with me. . .
One of my favorite blogs to follow is "Back Porch Musings". She has great decorating ideas, beautiful photography, & hails from my home state of Missouri...& sometimes makes me homesick! For some unknown reason yesterday, all of her blog posts disappeared. So far she has not been able to restore her blogs posts & has decided to switch hosts. As friends on Facebook, some of us have volunteered to try to spread the word of where in the world she is! I have only a handful of followers, but want to help get the word out that she has a new blog address.
When I was a young girl, one of my very favorite things was paper dolls!
I think I loved cutting them out more than I did with playing with them.
But I did play with them...pretended they were pretty girls going to a party,
to school, to a wedding...whatever the occasion, I probably had a paper doll for it.
Many of our Friday nights were spent in Columbia and Mom would usually ask Dad to take her shopping before going to get groceries. Broadway held a multitude of shops but we were usually drawn to the "Dime Store". Mattingly's & Newberry's were not too far apart & we would head there first. Mom often went to the fabric department while I headed to the display of paper dolls. More often than not, Mom would let me buy a new booklet of them & I would be thrilled.
I remember spending many winter evenings with my box of paper dolls. My very favorite ones were a booklet of a wedding party, pretty dresses for the bridesmaids, a beautiful gown for the bride, tuxedos for the groom & his men, & even a flower girl. I also loved the set of The Lennon Sisters, just like the one pictured at the top of the page. And somehow I ended up with Janet Leigh, a pretty movie star at the time.
Over the years I have noticed that paper dolls have become a thing of the past. About the only ones I have found, have been special ones, such as a set of First Ladies, or Presidential families. Nothing like having a paper doll of the president in his undies!
Recently I ran across a set of Fancy Nancy paper dolls & bought them for Paige. I laid it aside & she just noticed it last Sunday & brought it to me. I cut out a few dresses for her but she didn't quite understand what to do with them. I showed her how to dress Nancy & her friend, Bree.
For a little while, she was interested, then lost patience as she waited for me to finish snipping out a new outfit.
So tonight I decided to cut out more pieces & hopefully Paige will want to play with them. And as I sat here with my scissors in hand, my mind went back through all of those memories of myself as a little girl, cutting & snipping, carefully playing with my little paper dolls, & tucking them away in a shoebox.
The summer that I was 17 & our family was preparing to move away from our little town, I found my paper dolls in the back of my closet. My collection had outgrown the shoe box over the years & were now stored in a large suit box. It was full of carefully cut paper dolls.
But we were moving & some things had to be left behind. I remember thinking that I was being silly to even care about those little pieces of cardboard & paper as we threw them in the pile to be hauled away to the dump.
And after all of these years, I wish I would have kept them. Then maybe I could have gotten them out & shown them to my little granddaughter & we could have played paper dolls together! I do hope she learns to love hers too.