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Kathy said...

Thanks Tracy...Love paper dolls...not only for mixed-media ...the little fingers that come to visit love them too, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You are most welcome Kathy! I had a feeling the little ones would enjoy a treat like these paper dollies!!
Also, congratulations to you on having your work published in Stampingtons Stamper's Sampler (Feb/Mar 2010)!! It is much deserved, you do lovely work!
Love and good thoughts from...

P.S. Please known our continued prayers and good thoughts are being sent out to you and your husband for his perfect healing.xxx000xxx

scrappy quilter said...

This brought back so many wonderful memories. When C & J were little, we played paper dolls for hours on end. Hubby even made them a card board house. We had so much fun. Hugs

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Carol!! Isn't it amazing how the power of a frugal luxury like paper dolls can evoke such happy memories! Just looking at these gives me "memory butterflies"!

Bettyann said...

Paper dolls bring back such memories..I loved them so much..Betsy McCall and would cut and hold them for hours on end..Thank you dear lady..

Audra said...

Thank you for sharing these. I'm with Carol, these envoked childhood memories of playing with paper dolls. My favorites were always the ones passed down from my older cousins because they were from the 60's.

I remember Betsy McCall paper dolls in the McCall's magazine. My mother would cut them out and then back the dolls with cardboard from cereal boxes so I could play longer with them. I wish I knew what happened to that shoe box full of those lovelies, I would give anything to have them now!

Thanks for the encouraging words on the microwave situation. I think I have decided to wait until we are ready to buy the microwave/stove combo and tough it out. I will miss it for heating up my cups of tea!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

BettyAnn, me too!! It seems that while the actual clothes and accessories for my real dolls were not in the family budget (or my dad's consciousness ;) during my childhood, the paper dolls, with wardrobe accessories and, sometimes, houses w/furniture, were often an affordable packet. As well, since we moved so much (my dad was in the service) these were easily packed/replaced/stored/carried along with me on travels.
Thanks so much for the note and for the great post on kicking the hibernating and eating habits!! LOL.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

What wonderful memories Audra, and so funny that BettyAnn mentioned Betsy McCall too!! I LOVED Betsy McCall and culled her from any McCall's magazine I could beg from family friends. I hear she's highly collectible now, thanks to all of us little girls from the 70's wearing her out!!

Good luck with adjusting to the lack of a microwave! If it's any consalation, I've heard that using a microwave too much isn't that good for us...but don't know if it's true or not. Just start collecting those little tiny sauce pans at yard sales and thrift shops...they're wonderful for reheating those chilled cups of tea and coffee. Surprisingly, it doesn't take much more time to actually heat it on the stove than in a microwave (the small batches,that is).

P.S. Love your mom's idea of backing the paper dolls with cardboard!!

Audra said...

Thanks Tracey!

I heard the same thing about Microwaves not being good for us, I figure it's a luxury and not an NEED, I am willing to give it a try to see how it goes without one.

Pretty expensive popcorn popper if you think about it.;-)

PS: My mother was the queen of the make do. If something broke, she always had a fix or a work around. I miss her ingenuity.

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