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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I have made a " tradition" for my great niece..........

who is turning 2.
 I plan to send her a baby doll and
a set of play dishes each year on her birthday.  As the 
years roll by and she grows into a young woman,
the dolls will change and the play dishes will become
real pieces of dishware.
I collect and restore vintage Horsman dolls.  Usually the rubber body ones
with the sculpted hair.  Once in a while , I run across lovely vintage 
baby dolls with soft bodies and friendly faces. 
 This is a 1972 Horsman , once loved , years ago, by some little girl. 

I wanted my niece to have a soft bodied vintage baby doll of her own
and picked this doll out of my collection to prepare for her.
I had these sweet little doll shoes that fit the doll perfectly,
so I decided to make her outfit to match the shoes.

She has such a friendly face and she looks so life- like!

I also made a little doll quilt out of fabric 
left over from when my children were small.
I bought a small set of play dishes........
and decided to also make her a zebra from a
kit I had stashed away for  years. 
They all traveled away to her in a big box.........
as you can see, the doll now has a new life,
with a new little girl, who will love her
all over again!


janice15 said...

How exciting, the baby doll looks just lovely. And the cute zebra.. wonderful and sweet of you.. love the red outfit.. with love Janice

Susan said...

This is so sweet! Love your handiwork, XOXO

Prairie Patchwork Quilts said...

What a sweet baby doll and little quilt. Also, a fun zebra to play with too. You are creating such special traditions!

mamasmercantile said...

That is so precious, such a wonderful tradition to start.

Cathy Laurel said...

She is a lucky little girl, so precious! I love the baby doll outfit, can you share what pattern you used?

lil red hen said...

Kathleen, you're the best! What a difference you made in the doll with her new shoes and dress. Dolls are fun to sew for, aren't they?

Jennifer Gail said...

How very precious.

Sherri Farley said...

A sweet dolly and a lovely gift!

A Joyful Chaos said...

What a beautiful tradition! Something I'm sure she will love and cherish as the years pass by.


Karen said...

What wonderful, personal gifts for your niece, I'm sure she will always treasure them!