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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Little Aprons & Vintage Dolls

Hurray ~ another UFO completed! Some time ago, I agreed to help a friend restore a rag doll that her mother made for her as a child. Originally handmade in the 1950's, this little doll came to me in a small envelope with no stuffing, no hair and missing her apron. And today I finally got her completed.

I was so pleased with my first attempt at a miniature apron. It's only about six inches long. New fabric just wouldn't do for such an old dolly. I was fortunate to have just the right vintage linen in my stash and was able to craft an apron that I felt she would be comfortable in. I think it suits her well, don't you?

She looks so pleased with her new yarn hair and fresh old apron. I sure hope she resembles the doll that my friend remembers as a child. Tomorrow she will be ever so carefully packaged and sent on her way to Mississippi. I wish I could be there when the packaged is opened!

I still have a few more unfinished projects to complete before I let myself begin a new one, but I can't help thinking how pretty a little kitchen Christmas tree would look covered in miniature aprons??? I hope I can make myself wait to begin.

Stay cozy & warm,


Kirsty said...

Wow I bet your freind will be over the moon happy when she sees her old freid back again! Great good. I think a Christmas tree with mini aprons all over would be excellent!

Kirsty said...

Whoops I meant great job not great good lol sorry

Christine said...

Lea, just to let you know it means so much to me that you visited and left such a sweet comment on my wee blog!
The apron you made is darling! And I would love to see a little tree with some on!
Hope you have a wonderful week,

theolde stone house said...

Hi Lea
Nice job on the apron. I think minature anything is cute. The apron looks great on the restord doll. You did a wonderful job. I'm sure your friend will be pleased.
What a great idea for a tree. I see one in youe future. I always take this time of year to rearrage and complete projects. However I'm not as diligent to not start something new.
Good hearing from you. I missed your posts.


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Love your little apron, a bigger version would be extra cute! Love the idea of a apron tree, maybe a special branch from a favorite tree?

Elizabeth said...

Lea, The doll is beautiful! How wonderful that you could restore it.
I love the apron and a apron tree would be wonderful!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

What a sweet dollie! You did an amzing job Lea. I am sure your friend will be so pleased!!!

Cathy said...

She's so adorable!! and I love the lil' apron you created for her ~ a perfect fit! :) I'm sure your friend will be thrilled!!
You are encouraging me to get going on some of my unfinished projects. Have fun and stay warm!
Cathy ♥♥

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh, Lea- the apron is wonderful! It fits Miss Dolly just perfect- I know your friend will be pleased with her "makeover"! Hope you have a wonderful day- stay warm!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

I'm sure your friend will be pleased with how the doll has come to life once again. The apron added just the right touch. Have a wonderful week! :D Ginger

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Lea... what a wonderful job you have done with her! Your friend will be so thrilled to get her back in complete and beautiful condition! Good work! blessings,Kathleen

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

How sweet you are! Your friend is going to love her dolly again! Such an adorable little apron too!
A little tree dressed with tiny aprons is such a cute idea!
Have a great week!

At Home With Amy said...

That apron is adorable. How happy your friend will be when she has her doll back. What a treasure!

Julie said...

Hi Lea!! You did a fabulous job. Your friend will be thrilled. It is so good to read your posts. I hope that you are having a wonderful day. Take care, my friend. Julie

Marmee's Pantry said...

Oh, I can't help but think that your friend will be completely & giddily pleased! Such a great job.

And I love your idea about a mini-Christmas tree ornamented w/little aprons. How sweet.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim W<><

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Oh, Lea, that is adorable! You are so talented! An apron tree would be delightful. I can just see it now. Please post when it is done. I know you will do it!
So glad to see regular posts. Are you on break from school? How is that going?
:} ★Linda

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I've always loved anything small sized, and this apron is just so wonderful!!!!! Yes, I could see a whole clothesline of them in your future. So glad to see you posting again, Lea! I've missed you. Cora

Mrs. JP said...

Oh, that's cute. I should make some doll clothes for my grandbaby's Ann and Andy that I made for her. Or Barbie aprons!! Look now what you've done :O)

Emily said...

Very sweet! Thanks for your comment on my Stepping Stones blog

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Dear Lea,
What a lovely thing to be able to restore such a well-loved doll and keepsake! The apron looks to be beautifully done-the perfect accent to her charming and cheery face!
A Christmas tree with tiny aprons? I know that would be such a sweet and heartwarming sight!
I have enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog and thank you for visiting mine!
It is truly a pleasure to meet you! I have been to Tennessee many times over the years-always a treat and visual delight, with wonderful history!
Have a wonderful and creative day!
With Love from the Cabin,
Claudia O.

Karen said...

Great job on the apron, and the doll is so CUTE!!!

Mrs. Sensibility said...

Beautiful job Lea. I have an old doll that I need to repair from my teenage years. It is a Holly Hobbie baby doll. Thanks for coming by to visit. Stay warm!

Anonymous said...

Darling apron :) You did a wonderful job!

Debra said...

Hi Lea!
I love your apron-you did a wonderful job with the doll...So good to be back at your blog!!
Love, Debra

Monica said...

Dear Lea,
I thought it was darling! I sure your friend was ever so grateful for the new life you gave to her dear childhood treasure.

I have to confess, that I wish I had more free time to sew. I must try harder!


ByLightOfMoon said...

She is beautiful Lea! and, so are you! Smiles, Cyndi

Teresita said...

Que bonito!!!! cuando era niña mi madre vestía así a mis muñecas, gracias por traerme recuerdos hermosos!