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GLORIA'S KEEPSAKE DOLLS
MY PERSONAL COLLECTION




LADY SARAH

This is one of the first dolls I made useing Grandmother's clothing. I used a Barbie doll for this Victorian style lady. I gave it to her daughter Edith, {my mom} as a Christmas gift.



GRANDMA SARAH


This 13" 'angel doll' is dressed in Grandmother's clothing to look just like Grandma! She has a tissue (part of the one found in Grandma's skirt pocket) tucked in her sleve, a sweater with sweater guard, her slip is deliberately showing, and her stockings are rolled down past her knees!



SARAH


This little 5" darlin' is dressed in a cheery pinafore and hat made from Grandmother's apron. I sat her in a swing because it brings back memories of her porch swing and the nice chats we had sitting on it together throughout my childhood.



MOTHER AND CHILD



Now! This one I really got creative with! I took a blond kneeling, praying porcelin doll, put on a dark wig, added a music box with a rotating rod (removed from a stuffed animal), positioned her arms to hold a 3" baby doll, sat her in a miniture rocking chair, dressed her in fabric from Grandmother's blouse, and slip, and Bingo! Pull her string, and her head gently rotates to the tune of Brahms Lullaby!





MY CHILDREN



BALLERINA DEBBIE


I dressed a 14" Porcelain doll in the 'Tutu' daughter Debbie wore in her 1976 dance recital. I included the bell she used in one of the dance routines, the program, and her picture is framed with the nosegay we presented to her after her debute preformance.



'DEBBIE DOO"


Daughter Debbie made an apron in home-ec. I used the fabric to dress a 12" porcelain doll. She has Debbies locket on and a music button plays 'You are my snshine'. The crinoline is made from her 'tutu' and her track/cross country polo shirt with her nick name 'ELBOWS'! {when doing the high jump her coach would always yell "elbows" at her to remind her to keep her elbows in.....and it stuck!)



MY BOYS! MY BOYS!

My son Ernie's doll {left} is dressed in a romper made from the fabric from the apron he made in co-ed home ec.,the {sized down} sweat jacket, and base-ball cap he wore to death! Son David's doll {right} is dressed in a sweat suit made from his foot ball 'crunch award' sweat shirt, and one of his base ball caps, and the shoes all three of my kids wore. Both are 15" soft baby dolls and are covered with their child hood momentos including Ernie's metal for bravery for having his tonsils out, Davids Jr.Olympic ice skating metal, and...check this out...both dolls have a swatch of hair from their first haircut glued to their foreheads!


BICENTENNIAL BABES


Son Ernie and daughter Debbie marched in our local Bicentennial parade. The Brownies dressed in costume. I dressed 16" porcelain dolls using both the scout uniform and costume to duplicate the little darlin's. A music button plays 'The Star Spangle Banner."

MY KARATE KID!


A 16" porcelain doll, son David's gee, yellow belt, head band, and a lot of ingenuity is all it took to make this 'karate kid'!



TEENIE BOPPER GLORY


Talk about memorabilia! This 12" porcelain doll is dressed in a poddle skirt, crinolins {made from Debbie's tutu and grandmother's slip} a cardigan, {from a swatch of brother Don's sweater},a letter sweater, {from grandmother's sweater} and my old scarfs. She has a portable radio that plays "yesterday", a hula hoop, slinkie, Nixon/Lodge campain button, 'I'm a Purple People Eater' button, saddle shoes and bobby socks, a Gumby doll, and ...{can you see it?} ...MY OLD SKATE KEY!



MY GLORY DOLL


I too made an apron when I was a kid! I dressed a 16" porcelain doll in the fabric, and attached my personal momentos and charms from the necklaces the kids gave me. My favorite is the heart that son David gave me. He rode his bike 5 miles into town, handed the store clerk three dollars in dimes, nickles, and pennys, and said: "today is my mommy's birthday, what can I buy her with this?" (you can keep your Hope Diamod...this is my treasure!..) A music button plays 'These are a few of my favorite things'. What else?!



OUR FAMILY ANGEL TREE TOP


I purchaced a ceramic angel tree topper, undressed her, and made her gown out of Grandma C's slip, trimed it with Grandma K's crochet work, a doily is an over skirt, another is used as her heavenly glow. {if you get to heaven and see Grandma C, don't tell her I used the lace from her bra for the wings!} She is adorned with David's gold necklace, brother Don's ear ring, bells from Ernie's reading award, and...Debbie's tutu! She is proudly displayed every day in my curio cabinet, and every Christmas she adorns our tree.



MOMMY'S LITTLE SANTA'S SUITE

I made a Santa outfit for Ernie's first Christmas in 1967, and dressed David in it for Halloween in 1974. I put the outfit on a doll I picked up at a thrift shop to preserve the memory. The doll is also wearing Debbie's first pair of shoes!



These dolls were originally sold as animated Angels. I thought I would re-dress them (as I do all the dolls I purchace) but when I heard them play 'Jingle Bells' and Santa Claus is comming to town', I thought that was NOT angel music! So, what other choice did I have but to make carolers out of them! There is no special meaning to these dolls other than the one I hope my children and grand children will give them when they are passed down!


MY GRAND CHILDREN




Although 1,500 miles seperate me from my grand children, these dolls are like having them with me every day!

TRICK OR TREAT AUSTIN


Meet Austin! He's Debbie's son, born 11/22/95. This was his first Halloween costume.....I didn't have the costume to use, but I did want to preserve the moment. So, with the help of some fabric paint, I re-created this cute little clown on a 14" Porcelain doll!


TRICK OR TREAT CHRISTI


This is Chrsti! She's Ernie's daughter, born 4/9/94, in her first halloween costume! Like her cousin Austin's doll, I didn't have the costume to work with so I made it from bits and pieces of diffrent fabrics on a 13". Angel Doll. 'Aint she sweet'?

MERRY CHRISTI-MISS


Christianna's first Cristmas in the dress I sent her! I duplicated this cute little elf on a 13" Angel Doll!

AUSTIN THE POOH


Since Austin was a pre-me, I thought that dupliating this cute little pooh bear on a 'Cabage-Patch Pre-Me' would be fitting!

CHRISTI VISITS SANTA


Now this one really tested my creativity! I took a standing, batteried operated, animated, musical Santa, and a 9" chair with a removable seat, did my magic and poof! A seated Santa that plays a melody of Christmas tunes while moving is head and arms! Then I took a 16" porcelin doll, sized it down, made the fabric to match her dress by making checks with a permanet marker. I put a voice box (taken out of a rag doll) in her tummy, and a candy cane in Santa's hand, so when he moves his hand the candy cane pokes her tummy, and she says: "Play with me! Be My Friend! I Love You!"



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