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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hello Dolly

What's It Wednesday #87

Hello Dolly, well hello Dolly, It's so nice to have you back where you belong...

I can hear Louis Armstrong or Carol Channing singing this classic tune. It's the perfect tune to sing when your playing with your daughter's collection of vintage dollies. 

Ok, truth be told, my daughter does not actually know she has a collection of vintage dolls but she will one day. I promise. I decided to start her collection with this Victorian Era doll dresser. Apparently antique doll furniture is highly sought after. This I did not know. 

The wooden dresser has a tall swivel mirror. Below the dresser top are three wide drawers. The top of the dresser is a perfect place to display vintage dolls and antique lace. I store my grandmother's and great-grandmother's handkerchiefs in the top drawers.

I placed this hand painted vintage 3-inch porcelain baby doll in the bottom drawer so everyone could see her pretty laced dress. All of her delicate joints are movable.

This primitive rag doll came from an antique dealer that has unfortunately fallen on hard times and was able to let her go for a steal. I promised that I, I mean my daughter would always take very good care of her. 

This little guy is only about 4 inches tall. He is a bisque doll with jointed movable parts. Although he is very fragile, he is one of my favorites. 

You can't have a doll dresser with out having vintage doll clothes to put inside. One day I will pass these wonderful treasures to my daughter. But right now she is only three years old which gives me more time to play with them. 

What was or is your favorite piece of doll furniture when you were growing up?


Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!

Here are this week's features:

Gorgeous new bathroom from Love & Lilac

A Mom's Diary featured these delicious and gorgeous cupcakes in India

Around the House creates this beautiful Parrot Jungle tablescape. 

My Personal Accent shows us how to prepare delicious lobster.

Linda at Wetcreek Museum has a beautiful plant screen

Pamela of Flower Patch Farmhouse is fabulous. 

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We are partying with these fine folks:

Come show off your whatchamacallits, what is its, what it once was, and "hey, look what I just did" posts. In other words, what you created, organized, designed or re-designed, found, purchased, transformed, inherited, re-purposed, renovated, are selling, or giving-away.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula, thank you for hosting, and I can't believe that I am the first one today. Never happens!! I love that little boy doll. I would imagine those are quite rare. I wish I had not waited until my daughter was old enough to say "no" to collecting. Had I started with her like you are doing, she would have had so many pretty things now. She never liked antiques back then but now she wants everything I have!!..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Jeannie Marie said...

Thank you for hosting! Your dolls are wonderful displayed on the little dresser. I didn't have any doll furniture growing up, except the kind in those 1950's era metal doll houses. I was completely charmed with those tiny miniatures and played by the hour.

Anonymous said...

What sweet little baby dolls. I know your daughter will love them knowing you've been collecting them for her.
Thanks for hosting.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Your daughter may not appreciate them now, but when she is all grown up she will and thank you for keeping them for her. I know I wish I would have kept many of my moms things that now I regret I did not. This is why now, I am working so hard on completing my girls scrapbook albums, in hopes they will appreciate them when they are older.

Uniquely Ella said...

Hi Paula, thanks for hosting another great party. I love the dolly collection that you are starting for your little girl. She will some day treasure them, you'll see.
Sending blessings,

Unknown said...

Hey Ladies, love the dolls! Sharing my Pallet Potting Table and Tray, thanks for hosting!

janice15 said...

I love your dolls they are just wonderful.. The display is beautiful .. Have a great new week with love Janice

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, Paula... what a cute doll collection! Never seen anything like it :) Your daughter will love them one day. Thanks for taking the time to host! Hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Well Hello Dolly! Love your (daughters) collection Paula! The little boy doll is my fav and the dresser is an amazing piece. Thanks for hosting. I loved dolls growing up. Still love the smell of a new plastic doll!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Paula, what an amazing collection to be able to hand down to your daughter. I know that she will cherish them forever. Thanks so much for hosting...the features are great!

White Lace and Promises said...

Do you know what a valuable collection you have? Priceless, but not so Price-less. Wow! Love them! And the dresser is one of my favorites. It's perfect with the dolls. Love this sweet post.

Sarah said...

Precious little dolls. This is a darling idea for our daughter. Love the way you have displayed them.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Paula, What precious treasures you are leaving for your little one. Those dolls are absolutely heart-warming.


Anonymous said...

How lovely that you are starting a collection for your daughter (and that you get to enjoy it first). I think the rag doll is so sweet, I love her hair. I always wanted my own rag doll, but it was not meant to be!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh, I just love your dolls. Your daughter is going to love and treasure them when she is old enough. Love the dresser for the dolls. I did not have any furniture other than a built in drawer in the dining room for all my dolls and doll clothes. That was such a long time ago.
Thanks for sharing.

Jill Harrison said...

Lovely collection and siplay for your daughter. I had a black doll when I was a child - I loved her so much. I think I still have her tucked away in my old dolls cot in a cupboard - I only had sons and grandsons you see.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting.

Anonymous said...

Love the dresser very much!Thanks Paula for the feature...I am delighted!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Paula, your baby dolls are precious! I especially love the baby boy doll, too... baby dolls seem harder to find, but are just as sweet. I'm sharing Baby Dainty today, too. It must be Doll Week at Ivy and Elephants! Thanks for hosting!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting !!


The Porcelain Rose said...

Charming post!
As always...... thank you for hosting each week.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Such sweet little dolls! :D I love doll furniture, too, and my favorite was my doll's high chair. I think the poor doll starved because I used it as a beauty shop chair and I teased that poor doll's hair to death!

I hope y'all have a wonderful Wednesday!


Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Thanks for hosting! I love your vintage doll collection! I"m sure your daughter will too. Hope you have a great week.

Curtains in My Tree said...

The old black dolls are precious
years ago in the 1980's I made a rag doll similar to yours out of a black material and made her hair out of thread ,anyway I fell in love with the old vintage black dolls and boy was they expensive, very hard to find also,
my niece has it now I gave it to her when she was about 7 ,she loved it
and my little black composition doll a dear black friend has it now

love your stories

must love junk said...

What a special collection for your daughter! Thanks for hosting :)

Susan Freeman said...

This post really speaks to me Paula. I love your dolls and what an adorable doll dresser. I have never stopped playing with doll furniture. Now it is in miniature and I am completely obsessed! Thanks so much for hosting!!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Unknown said...

your dolls are tender and beautiful. The loving way you have them diplayed is heart touching. Your daughter will always love them...

Great party,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thanks for hosting, there is always something interesting to see here. Hugs, marty

Suz said...

Beautiful display of your sweet dolls. I love the orange dress on the 'big girl doll'.

lynn cockrell said...

Paula, I absolutely adore your antique doll collection. What a treasure to be passed down to your precious little girl! The dresser is gorgeous, too, and a great find.

Unknown said...

Wow! Your daughter is one lucky girl! I loved dolls and looked forward to getting them as gifts. Thanks for hosting and have a great Wednesday.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Darling little doll collection! You have them displayed so sweetly too!
Your daughter will treasure them beyond belief as the years roll on, I still have several of mine that my Mom saved for me!
Happy Hugs~

Trisha said...

Thanks for hosting!


La Vie Quotidienne said...

Love your little doll, they are far too cute!

Diann said...

Thank you for hosting Patty! My favorite doll furniture was a doll bed my Grandpa made for me. I still have and love it.

Patty Antle said...

I love dolls to and I bought (forced) my daughter into loving American Girl dolls. I would get things for the dolls every Christmas (I think more for me). I also have a collection of Muffy VanderBears. Yours are so special. love that little guy especially.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh how adorable. I love the tiny ones!

Faye said...

Love this post and that sweet little bisque boy doll is so sweet! What a nice thing to do for your daughter! One of my favorite things from when I was little is my child size oak table with 2 chairs and I still have it! Thanks for hosting!

Home Chic Club said...

Love your post! Thanks for hosting!
Have a lovely week!
Blessings and hugs,

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Paula
That is such a catchy tune! I love your doll collection, my favourite pice of furniture was a wooden bed my Father had made and my Mother had sewn the bedding for including a little patchwork quilt. Have a great day!


Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Paula,

This will be my first time to join your little party. :) You have lots of wonderful bloggers attending. I've been away from blogland for a while but I'm back now.

I'd love to have you pop in for a visit when you have a moment.

Have a lovely day,
Steph ♥

Michelle said...

I had a printed metal kitchen set -- fridge and stove, probably from the 60s. Mom had found them at a thrift store and never thought about keeping them once they were outgrown. One of these days, I'm going to find replacements that are within my budget!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

I always love your inspiring parties, the dolls are beautiful! Thanks for hosting.


xinex said...

Your dolls are so cute! Lucky daughter! I collect dolls too and I love them... Christine

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Luv your adorable doll
collection! Um, I mean your daughter's! ;0) I am crazy in love with vintage dolly dresses. I look for them all the time.


Hello dear Paula!
Great features and I love your daughter's doll collection! I love black dolls as they bring me memories I will never forget! "When I was a little girl in the 50's I saw a 'black doll' in a toy window in Astoria-NY and I wanted her, but mother said she didn't have enough money and that she needed to buy me school shoes, NOT toys! That night I cried so much for the doll I didn't get, but been that I was my dad's Apple of his eyes; dad said he would buy her for me and HE DID so I stopped crying! Now, when my older daughter was born I got her a black doll she loved. NOTE: Mom didn't have enough money, for real...poor mother, I was not happy with her back than, lol.. Thank you for hosting this lovely party.
Big hugs,

Shannon said...

Thank you for hosting this party each week. Lots of great ideas.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the porcelain doll she has such a sweet face! I know your daughter will appreciate them some day. Thanks for hosting, Laura

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Paula,
I came to visit again and I noticed that I had not left a comment, I was sure I had...sorry!
I love your little dolls, so precious! Have a great rest of your week.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a cute post! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend.


Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Paula,
Thanks for hosting another beautiful party. The dolls are so sweet and I love the way you displayed them. Too cute.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hello lovely sisters!! Can you believe that we have FINALLY come over and posted ~ lol!! Thanks so much for inviting us every week :)
LOVE the dolls that you have. I have a little 4" doll with pin joints that reminds me of your little guy. I found it when I was probably in grade school/jr high digging around my old play house ~ what a find!! She sits in my cabinet with other treasures! She even had a little felt outfit on...but a broken leg ~ how could I get rid of her ~ what an ordeal she'd been through ~ lol!!
Thanks for hosting the party ~ so glad to join you both this week!
Karla & Karrie

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

Hi Paula..thank you for hosting! I love your dolls & I love your style of decorating!! Your photos are always just stunning.
Have a fantastic day! Tami xo

Anonymous said...

Love this collection, and what a lucky girl your little daughter is!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so happy to be linked up today and seeing your..I mean your daughter's beautiful doll collection. I have a doll room full of dolls! The little boy dolls are definitely harder to find! Everything is lovely. I liked having a little doll trunk for my doll clothes when I was a girl! Hugs!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I've linked up - just couldn't resist. I always enjoy your hops and THANK YOU so much for hosting!

Audrey said...

Always enjoy your party ... thanks for hosting. Love that you are collecting dolls for your daughter. I am sure that one day, she will appreciate them.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasrues

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

You have some sweet dolls. Love that little one's dress! My mother has a collection including a doll of her mothers and one of hers that would date back to the early 1900's and late 20's. Of course they were displayed and not played with. She made some dolls and their clothes in the 80's while going to a ceramics class. Anyway there will be a few for us to pick from some day. I primarily had Barbies and some other 60's dolls. I made sure my daughter had some American Girls dolls and lots of furniture which we've kept and hopefully she can share them with he daughter if she has one!

Heirloom treasures said...

How sweet they all are and the dresser too,lucky little girl

Anne said...

Barbie was my favorite and that is because Barbie was the only doll I had.I guess that's why I went a little nutty with my daughters American girl doll collection.They have a room of there own.I LOVE your beautiful antique dolls.Especially the primitive doll.I can tell it was loved much and still is :-)

sweetvintageofmine said...

Your dolls are sooo sweet! Each one is beautiful in its own way. LOVE your blog, LOVE your posts!! Blessings~~~Roxie

Palomasea said...

Beautiful and sweet dolls, dear lucky is your darling daughter to be able to have such treasures...
In the meantime, you enjoy the fun! ;)
I remember my Barbies, but I think my baby-sized dolly (which I still have) was my favorite....
Hugs and blessings,
- Irina

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Paula, your dolls are so beautiful and what a special and precious collection to start for your daughter. I love how you have displayed them with the antique dresser. Just as lovely as all your things here at Ivy and Elephants. Hugs, Beverly


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