It's Thursday and my one of my favorite days of the weeks....Dolly Thursday! It's such a fun day on my Tasha Tudor site when we all share things about dolls. I wasn't sure this morning what I was going to share, but I was in for a sweet surprise.
Jim and I had planned to go to lunch with our friends Bev and Roy. They introduced me to dolls years ago. They have a fine collection and Roy restores dolls and paintings. He does some work for Jim when Jim finds paintings to sell. Bev has given me seven dolls over the years. She knows I have a fondness for them, or should I say, an addition! We took them to The Albertina Kerr Nursery house for lunch. There is a connection to the Kerr canning company. It was started as a home to help young mothers and babies and continues to help families. The was quite a scandal and sadness involved in the history of this beautiful building. The wonderful restaurant, thrift store, gift shop and antique shop are all run by caring volunteers. It is all so pretty and nicely done.
Bev has been sick and doesn't get out too much but she was feeling well today. I love this photo of them...so cute.
Jimmy is always ready for a yummy meal and some good company!
The building is just lovely, built in the Georgian style of architecture.
This is a photo I took of some of Bev's dolls quite a few years ago. I took LaVonne and Kristen to visit Bev and Roy when they came to visit me one day. We had such fun, talking about dolls that afternoon. I have learned so much since then. The china head in the pink dress now lives at my house. She is one of my favorites.
Bev and LaVonne....now that's a pair! those two had so much fun. Bev grew up in Idaho and LaVonne's from Montana. They had a lot in common.
So, on our visit today, Bev asked me if I would like her silk thread, some dolly fabric and lace. I told her I was really serious about sewing doll clothes. She took me into her doll room and had Roy get down a doll from a top shelf. She called her the pink lady as her body is kind of pink. She said to take her home and have fun, learning to sew for her. The doll is 18 inches tall, so she should be easier to sew for than my 10 and 12 inch dolls. I am excited. She said she would get together the sewing items and give them to me soon. I am excited and the doll is so pretty. I need to comb her hair. Bev gave me a head mannequin to work with her hair instead of trying to style hair on the doll. Bev just can't work on dolls anymore and wants to pass on her things to me...what an honor.
She has a leather body that is so soft. She has one little place on her chest that Roy had to repair.
Don't you just love her face? She has dainty blue eyes that open and shut. You can't see how soft they really are in those photo.
Legs that bend at the knee, so she can really sit! Bev thinks she has some shoes for her.
She also has jointed arms and hands. I am taken by her. I don't have many dolls that are her size,
And so, Dolly Thursday turned out to be quite the Dolly Day! I do love this new addition to the family. Let the adventure begin! I am so thankful for all that Bev has given to me and all she has taught me.