Many of my original paper dolls, especially those that date back to early childhood, are reduced to a few tattered remnants, patched and worn after hours of play. The two dresses included below are all I had left of this book, together with a hazy recollection of a set I remembered as being extremely special.
Its hard to put into words how I felt when I saw this book again for the first time after so many years. There is a definite sense of wonder at discovering something again that was lost in the mists of time.
This particular paper doll book is easily obtained today in reproduction form if an original copy is not available. The reproductions I've seen are of very good quality and depending on your reason for collecting 'vintage' paper dolls can be well worth buying.
Cross Stitch Project
This cross stitch is so much bigger than I was expecting it to be when I bought the kit! There is an awful amount of blue. Luckily it is one of my favourite colours. I've found it quite interesting how the shading of the various hues of blue is graded. Between the dark and light areas there is a 'mixed cross' section where both colours are used. I'm putting the darker shade at the bottom of the cross and the lighter one on top. I'm assuming it is supposed to be done like that but as all the instructions are in Chinese its hard to tell!
Our 'Pet' Robin
When this little robin was a tiny baby he came skidding inside like a comic book character one day chased by a nasty magpie. The robin survived the ordeal and now considers himself one of the family. If I work outside in the garden he joins me straight away. When I brought my camera out to photograph him the robin was more curious than frightened about what I was doing.
Kewpie Paper Doll
When I was looking for the two dresses from the Jack & Jill book I discovered this additional outfit for doll #5 in the Kewpie set I posted in April. I knew there were some outfits missing. Hopefully one day I'll find the others.