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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Doll or Dolls?

They say laughter is the best medicine; there's even a Bible verse that says "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."  Maybe my latest doll (or dolls) will make your heart merry with laughter:

She is (or they are) a topsy turvy doll, one doll with two change about faces.

The doll is made from a tee shirt knit so she's very soft and lovable.  Her hair is made from yarn and her face is painted.

This is the face that made me laugh; her hair brought back memories of a woman I used to see on the streets of the city when I was a little girl.  She had lots of real dark unruly hair and I was afraid of her.

I haven't decided if this girl is asleep or being coy, but I like her better.

Their aprons are made from vintage linens I purchased on eBay a few years ago. 
So -- another "work in progress" is finished.  There are three more dolls waiting to be finished, then I think I'll pack away the stuffing and patterns and stick with something I know how to do - quilting.  And here's a sweet poem for you who love dolls:

THE DEAREST DOLLS  by Hannah G. Fernald

Miss Winifred Evelyn Constance McKee
Invite our dolls to an afternoon tea
But do not bring them all
For my table is small
Just let each little girl bring her dearest said she.
I felt in my heart it would not be polite
To take my poor Rosa she'd grown such a fright
She is blind in one eye
And her wig all awry
For she sleeps in my bed with me all through the night.
I explained to dear Rosa just why she must stay
And I dressed Bonnie Belle in her finest array
And then do you know
When the time came to go
I snatched up my Rosa and ran all the way.
And what do you think of the six dolls that came
There were four that were blind there were two that were lame
And each little mother
Explained to some other
She is old but I love her the best just the same.

Have a wonderful, happy weekend,


  1. Awww... the poem made me want to cry, Charlotte... it reminded me of all the soft toys I had when I was little and how much I loved them!
    I love your little dolly~ someone made me a topsy turvy doll years ago and I wish I knew what happened to her. I think the "sleepy" side is cute too! :)

  2. Oh~ and I meant to say aprons made from the linens are so beautiful!

  3. Your doll or dolls is or are charming. lol I really like the way you made and dressed her. You did a lovely job with her faces and a wonderful job on the dress(es) & aprons.

    I always wanted a topsy-turvy doll. It never occurred to me to make one. You've inspired me once again and I'm going to put this on my to-do list and try to make one someday.
    Thanks :)

  4. I love dolls; and I love your Topsy-turvy doll! You did a great job on their faces. I love the way your dressed them and using old linen to make their aprons. I think you are very talented in all the things you do.

  5. I remember seeing dolls like that at one time, I might have even had one - they sure are cute.

  6. Your dolls and quilts seem to go together in a most delightful way! I like the way you have dressed these little gals...great colors!

  7. Awww, love your dolls and that poem made me cry.. I love the way you made them. Wish I could do that.. I'll just stick to the quilting also. Have a nice weekend Charlotte.

  8. Your topsy-turvy doll is so cute. You did a really nice job with that. I remember having one similar to that when I was a little girl. Loved the poem too. Dolls that are well-loved and played with are bound to show a little wear. :)

    Have a nice weekend!

  9. I loved the poem but love the doll more - she reminds me of one I have from my Grandmother, she sits in a box safe from dirt - a rather poor home for her.
    Quilts or dolls, you are an amazing woman.

  10. Oh yes, I have a soft place in my heart for the "wounded" ones. I love dolls Charlotte. They are scattered all through our home. This one is so unique. You've done a great job.

  11. How cute, I've heard of these before. That is a very good way to use your vintage lines, too. Love the poem.

  12. That is just the sweetest doll! Both sides are so cute. The poem really made me smile. I could just imagine a group of girls having tea, each with her favorite well loved doll.

  13. This is such a cute doll. The poem is very good, too. I like the vintage apron, too. I love this posting and yes, laughter is the best medicine for the heart.

  14. How precious these are! Love their clothing and the poem!

  15. Sweet doll, Charlotte. And I LOVE that poem...!

  16. I remember dolls like this.......I have only seen a couple through the years when I was young. Love the poem!