Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day from 1950's Atomic Ranch House!

I am moving some stuff around in anticipation of moving furniture etc. around, and while I had the vintage baby crib cleared off, I thought I'd put a few of my favorite hand sewn dolls Mom made in it. Snap a few photos before I have to move more stuff around.

Mom would literally hand stitch her dolls. Needle and thread. I tried to sew up as many as I could with my old machine, but didn't always have much time, so Mom would simply do it on her own. In her later years she had a condition which made her hands shake, sometimes very badly, so she could not use the machine. That didn't stop her!

This is a Victorian style button baby. So cute! The back of her head is sewn with all buttons. She made a pair of these, one for me and one for her. Tea-dyed cloth, sweet pink ribbons.

Victorian Rosie is the name of this one. Again, she made a pair, one for me and one for her. It's hard to tell, but Rosie has green wooden garden stakes as arms and legs, with roses wired to it, making her hands and feet. Velvet dress with rose leaves and trim. Pink ribbon hair.

A sweet baby cloth doll with pink hair. She made 3 of these, and 3 more in a larger size (for each of us kids). I love that you can see where she (or I, I forget) used a pencil to sketch the design to embroider the face.

OK, call me silly, but I thought they needed some dolly tea, so I set out the vintage strawberry doll tea set Mom and I got in Julian, a sweet little mountain resort area here in California, that had a lot of antique shops and such.

The set is quite small, it looks big here because it's in the front.

I hope all my fellow bloggers have a wonderful Valentine's Day!