Friday, September 7, 2012

China Faces

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I’m in love with them.  Smitten.  Have been for quite some time now….

1850s girl with doll

I can’t help but think, as I look at them, hold them…who held them first? Who first gazed at them lovingly so long ago—long before I was born…

 girl with doll - chicks57 on Flicker

What little girl held this one or that one during a hard time?  A scary night?  Helping her through the loss of a loved one?

Girl with doll, holding mother's hand c 1853

Which ones were held in happy times?  A birthday party, perhaps…Probably each of them and their first girls experienced good times and bad—just as we do now…

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Beautiful German china dolls…they crossed oceans, crossed prairies…some were even buried deep in the dirt for one reason or another…

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…only to be found in our time…

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…when we can love them once more.  Gaze at them lovingly…appreciate them for their lovely imperfections…

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They each have a story, you know--as is told by the marks they carry of their lives before…

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And I love each and every rip, tear, rubbed off bit of paint and crack…every bit of old sawdust stuffing spilt…

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A new project I’ve been dying to finish using one of my sweet German doll heads…

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A large antique salt shaker is re-purposed  for her new body…filled with glittering, iridescent mica…

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…a bouquet of sweet pink posies held in her china hand…

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…and she demanded plenty of sparkle, I  can tell you—she’d always wanted to be a Duchess, she seemed to whisper…

And so she is.

Dolls 12(1)_edited-1 {my little collection.  All antiques except for the largest doll on the  back left—quite a lovely reproduction, don’t you think?}

Here they all are again.  Sitting together on my great-great-grandmother’s quilt.  Just seemed to be the perfect place for such a gathering…

…and I’m absolutely smitten with them all.

Julie

{antique photos found on Pinterest}

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