Monday, September 14, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things.....


Apparently I'm not done blogging today...

Just finished this little card using a beautiful Crafty Secrets' image from the "Little Dolls" Images & Journal Notes booklet, and it reminded me of some photos I took at my Mom's house a couple of weeks ago of favorite things from my childhood--and hers. Thought I'd share a few of them with you.




This is a very special doll. My great-great grandfather, Theodore Brandley, bought this doll while on an extended trip back to his homeland of Switzerland, and had it shipped to his young daughter, my great-grandmother, Anna. It was then handed down to my mother and is intended for me....Mom isn't quite ready to give it up yet! It was always in my room when I was young and it used to spook me a little...I would get out of bed & lay it gently down on my dresser so her eyes would be closed! Also, knowing that her teeth were real (really!) didn't help me much, either! But I adore this precious keepsake, handed carefully down through the years, and will just as gently deliver it to one of my daughters...




This is a close-up of a beautiful doll from the 1940's that was given to my Mom when she was pretty young--can't remember who gave it to her, but I love it, too. It would always sit next to the older doll on my dresser--there was another with dark hair, but I didn't find her this time. Love her beautiful, soft face...




This music box belonged to my Mom's little sister, Judy, who passed away when she was just seven years old. She had cancer, and was also blind as a result of the cancer. Though she had so many problems, she was a scrappy and funny little girl, I'm told. She loved this music box, which sat by her bed. I've always loved it, too, and at my Grandmother's house, would sleep in that same bedroom when I was visiting, and would gently wind it up before I fell asleep at night and listen to it's sweet music. Can still hear it in my head... Mom's kept it very lovingly all these years.

Well, enough for today! Thanks for putting up with me twice today--I'll try to pace myself a bit better--guess I had a bit on my mind today. As always, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're day is filled with wonderful things!