Friday, August 24, 2007

"Show and Tell Friday"



Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Share photos and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!


Today I would like to show my Prairie Dolls. My great-grandmother made them for my sister and I when we were little. I have a dim memory of visiting her Victorian home in Toronto, Ontario and my mom telling my siblings and I to be very good and quiet. :0)


All the sewing was done by hand including their embroidered faces. My doll is on the left and the one on the right belongs to my sister. Whenever she comes for a visit she threatens to take her doll home with her. I want them to stay together, so I hide them until she leaves. I'm a mean big sister!


Each of the dolls has a mini patchwork quilt to sleep with at night.


My grandmother was very generous when it came to their wardrobe. Slips, bloomers, and flannel pajamas were all included.


Even a hand knitted sweater.


My favorite thing might be this knitted hat with a tiny white pom-pom on top!


She'll definitely be warm now!


Thank you for looking at my show and tell!




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77 comments:

TrainingHearts said...

Wow! Those are so special! I love dolls myself, too :)

Have a wonderful Show & Tell Friday!
~Tamara
www.TrainingHearts.com

Tiany said...

I am just amazed at the many wonderful treasures you have acquired or kept over the years from your family!! What a treasure, they are adorable. I would have them somewhere safe in glass boxes! :-)

I hope you have a very blessed weekend!

ellen b said...

So sweet. The dolls the clothes and the memories. Blessings and thanks for hosting...

Morning Glory said...

How absolutely precious!! I love them.

Betty said...

Kelli, you are so fortunate to have heirlooms from your grandmothers....the dolls and clothes are so interesting.....

USAincognito said...

Very cool that those dolls were made by hand! :)

Mrs.B said...

Oh Kelli, they are so precious!

The clothing was adorable as well. (o:

Because of Christ,
~Mrs.B

Lana G! said...

Kelli, those are so sweet. I think I would also hide them! LOL

Blessings on your weekend and it always such a pleasure to come and see Show and Tell Friday at your place.

You are the hostess with the mostest!

Lee-ann said...

How beautiful that you have such gentle treasures from your past I adore them and I am sure your family know have deeply special they are.

A beautiful "show and tell" Kelli

best wishes Lee-ann

Mrs. C said...

I think it's wonderful that you have so many treasures from your childhood. Everything is in such pristine condition! I always wanted a little doll like Laura Ingalls had. :)
Blessings,
Mrs. C

Anita said...

Kelli, those handmade dolls are soooo cute! And that little patchwork blankets as well as the cloth are adorable! Can you explain why they are calle PRAIRIE dolls? Do Grace and Emily play with them, too?

By the way, I very much adore all those childhood memories and always wonder why I gave mine away when I was a teenager.... ;-(((

Have a wonderful Friday!

Blessings from Germany,
Anita

Suzy said...

Those dolls are very special...a lot of love went into making them.

Lynette said...

I am new to show and tell Friday. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your dolls are so special. The little clothes are so sweet.

Tammy said...

Kelli, these are so incredibly special...in so many ways! I absolutely love these precious prairie dolls!

What precious treasures, handmade from your great-grandmother- and with their clothes, too.

So cute the way you keep hiding them! ;)

Happy Friday- and thank you for hosting!

Amber said...

WOW! They really are a treasure! And so cute, she really had those dolls decked out in some cute clothes.

Thanks for sharing!


God Bless,
Amber

Britta said...

Hi Kelli, I don't know where to look first,the delicious looking food and of course you blogged the recipe...yummi or those wonderful little dolls with all these handmade clothes. Really adorable, I just love it.
Have a wonderful weekend, Britta

Penless Thoughts said...

What a treasure - those precious dolls made by your great-grandmother!!! I bet very few people have a treasure like that. Do you display them? Where & how?
Susan

Mica Garbarino said...

Ohhh, now that is so neat. What a very special thing to have held on to all these years. I don't mean to covet... but, I wish I had something like that to remember Grammie by. Those are just precious!!!

Mica

Hootin'Anni said...

Oh wow....I really like those. What a special show and tell!

Mine's not much this week, it's what I saw in the sky the other morning, and I wanted to show and tell about it. The photos really need to be enlarged to see the special effect.

Here's the link

Becky said...

Your Prairie dolls are beautiful. I would be hiding them from my sister too.

I made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for my baby brother when I was about 12. They are still displayed in my mama's house. I want them someday. The only mistake I made was that I put the stripes for their socks going the wrong way. But, I was 12! I should take a picture of them for Grace next time I am at home. She might like to have a new challenge.

PEA said...

Such treasured dolls, made even more special because your gran made them for you and your sister!! Love the clothes she made for them too:-) xox

Lori said...

Those are the cutest darn dolls. What a treasure they are to you.

dot said...

Cute dolls! Maybe you should let your sister take BOTH of them home and have a turn enjoying them. Isn't this "SHARE and TELL"? lol

LBP said...

Those dolls are just adorable! What love your grandmother must have put into making those dolls and clothes for your and your sister.

It's great that you still have them.

Linda

Tracy said...

They're adorable! You never run out of great things to show, and your house looks so organized. Where do you put it all?

Lisa said...

LOVE them! How did you end up with both ya meanie? LOL

NeNe said...

Love your dolls.

Momma Roar said...

Oh Kelli, they are absolutely precious!

JoyFULLWifeMom said...

What a awesome treasure and heirloom!!

Marci said...

Oh Kelli, I LOVE those dolls. What a sweet treasure you have. If I were your sister, I think I would take mine. =)

I love the little sweater and the hat as well.

Charity Grace said...

LOVE the dolls. I've had the urge to make a doll lately, but just haven't found the time to do it. Maybe soon...

Karen said...

Such cute dolls you have there, and I would hide them, too! ;0)

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, so beautiful! What a wonderful gift from your great-grandmother. Thank you for sharing!

Hey, I finally participated today! Woo, hoo!

Patty said...

what wonderful dolls and doll clothes. There is something very special about well loved, well played with dolls

Stitcher S said...

They're so sweet. How lovely that you still have them, and they're in such great shape. Sue

Barbara H. said...

How sweet! I love all the knitted accessories. If I were your sister, though, I think I'd find a way to sneak mine home and then just bring her to visit her "sister" when I visited. :-)

Christina said...

It amazes me that you still have all these wonderful treasures.
I love your Prairie Dolls!

diana said...

oh, how awesome are these dolls!? how special they are because they're handmade by your grandma with clothes, no less.

wouldn't it be cool if the children of today played with toys such as this? toys that allow their imagination to soar.

thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Amber said...

Those are so sweet. I love the little outfits that belong to them. I absolutely love things like that!

Lady_MSnow said...

I love those dolls. They are so beautiful...what a treasure. :)

Sheri said...

Precious dolls Kelli!

Lindy said...

Oh my goodness! These dolls and their quilts and clothing are absolutely adorable!!! What wonderful treasures you have! I think it is so precious that your great-grandmother made them for you and your sister!

Connie said...

Those are really wonderful treasures to have. You are very lucky to have such things and still in wonderful condition.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care,
Connie

Gina E. said...

Aawww, these are so cute, Kelli! I don't blame you for hiding them when your sister visits - I wouldn't want to split up the pair either!

Julieann said...

Kelli--You have such a treasure in those dolls. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Julieann

Gina said...

I can only imagine how special those dolls must be to you!! What a wonderful treasure!

Thanks for sharing~

MightyMom said...

OK, link #42 doesn't work...I tried to fix it and ended up putting another one on the list #43, which does work...sorry, don't know how to take off #42 now.....

Lady Laurie said...

What a wonderful, amazing gift of love you and your sister received. The dolls are just precious!

Felicia said...

They're beautiful!

Sonya said...

These are very cute! I love all of the detail and how special to have something your grandma made you! Very sweet!

Abigail said...

Those dolls are cute... I posted mine.

Quiverfull Acres Mom said...

Wow. Those are so cute. I posted mine today. I have missed a few weeks though.

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for this chance to walk down memory lane. I, too, shared about a special doll on my blog today. I LOVE your dolls - when I was a girl, I would have drooled over them! I can only imagine the many happy hours you must have had with your sister and your dolls. In fact, I don't have to imagine - I'm sure they are much like my own! That's wonderful - good memories are priceless!
Jen

Julie said...

My Grandmother used to make dolls and soft cloth animals too.

Autumn said...

Kelli,
Those are so cute! If you really want the dolls to be together, you could let your sister take both of them! =)

T*mmy said...

What sweet little heirlooms!!
Love your S&T...I'm gonna try to get more involved in this even if I have to draft a post and save it for Friday!!
:)

Lyndy said...

Wow what a treasure for sure. I don't blame you for wanting to keep them together.

Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend.

Lyndy

Jenn4Him said...

Do these sweet dolls have names?

Sara said...

What a lovely couple of sister Prairie Dolls, complete with their own lovingly created wardrobes...how do you get away with not letting your sister have hers?? But it's good they stay together, don't you think? I love their red-haired braids and blue eyes!

Retha said...

That it stayed preserved all this time is wonderful!

Candy said...

cute dolls!! :)

Jennifer said...

What a special treasure you have there. I'm sure they bring back such great memories of playing with your sister and of your grandmother.

smilnsigh said...

Oh these are very, very precious. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Mari-Nanci

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Hi, Kelli. Love those dolls! What a wonderful history!

Lynne said...

They are cute and I love the clothes, especially that knitted hat. I agree that they should be kept together-maybe you and your sister could share "custody"?
I'm amazed at all the precious things you still have from your childhood. How sweet of you to share them with us.

Pam said...

My show & tell for today was a doll as well. But everyone has to promise not to laugh at her. :-(

See you when you stop by for a visit!

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/hmschlmomto2/379234/

Pam

Heather said...

Oh Kelli - these are precious! I'll bet thay have seen a lot of love! What a treasure!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What special dolls! Love the clothes!

Thank you, Kelli, for hosting the weekly Show & Tell, it means a lot to all of us!

Katherine

Dani said...

Big sisters are SO mean! ;-)

The dolls are adorable, I especially love their clothes, what a wonderful gift!

Gena said...

Those are such sweet dolls. I would hide them, too!

Mrs. U said...

Kelli, those are the SWEETEST dolls I have ever seen!!! What love went into making those for y'all!! I'm getting teary just thinking about how much she loved y'all- she wanted you each to have something very, very special.

His,
Mrs. U

Rowan said...

What a lovely memento to have of your great grandmother, the dolls and the little outfits are beautiful, she must have been very skilled with her needle.

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

What adorable dolls!! Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

I love those dolls! It reminds me of Charolette...Laura's doll from Little House on the Prarie!

Regina said...

Kelli,those handmade dolls are so cute,and that little pazchwork blankets as well as the clothe are adorable.Its remind me that hate I read that in the books from Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little house in the
Prairie" I like it. Sorry my english
is not so perfect.
Have a nice day Regina

A Special Family said...

Beautiful! Reminds me so much of Holly Hobbie!

Cris said...

What a treasure they are! And the quilts they use... oh so cute!j