Monday, November 25, 2013

A Dolly and A Doll !

This is the Dolly. You might recall that I found her a few weeks ago at Goodwill. Well, then I received an email from a woman named Ruth, and I think she's just a Doll!
Here is part of that email:
You are my kind of girl - except that I'm old enough to be your Grandma.  I love what you collect and really enjoy your blog. I'm only a blog reader, and too timid to have any kind of Internet identity, so that I'm not able to comment on your blog.  I see today a little doll you've just found at Goodwill.  I would dearly love to purchase her if she's for sale.  I think I'd even have bought the ones that weren't in good shape.  I'm in my second childhood and still play with my toys.  I've made a dollhouse of sorts in my sewing room by stacking old wooden soda crates on their sides.  Your little doll would love to live there with the other dolls.  They have a really good life!
Well of course I said yes! And off this dolly went to a new home. Then the fun really began. Because Ruth (being the Doll that she is) sent me lots of pictures to show me where the dolly was now living! Just take a look at this!
You gals won't believe the talent!
 This is "The Family" that Noel (that's what Ruth named her) would be coming home to!
Ruth makes all their clothes by hand!
 The Family enjoying a picnic.
Ha! I love this one! Notice the Donkey? And the fireplace is adorable!
 When Noel arrives she is given a lovely little bedroom of her own!
Notice the nightstand and the painting above the bed.
 The Family Estate! Can you stand how cute this is?
No fancy doll house needed. The stacked crates make a perfect home!
 Noel in the Kitchen, complete with Rice Krispies, a wood burning stove, and wonderful curtains!
 I just noticed that the table leg appears to be a clothes pin!
Every home needs a little kitty and a tiny basket!
 What girl wouldn't love a custom made nightgown and bathrobe?
 And just look how cute the nightie turned out?
Goodnight sweet little Noel! I'm so glad you have found your forever home!
Ruth- You have brought me so much joy by sharing these pictures!
I'm excited to share them with my blogger friends too! These are the kinds of things we appreciate around here...little details, and hand-made cuteness! lol
YOU are such a doll, and I'm so happy we have become friends over this one little dolly!
Erica :)


  1. oh wow! Ruth really is talented! I LOVE her stack of boxes as doll houses! They look so wonderful all together like that. I would love to see something like that in person and look at all the little details! I'm so happy she emailed you and then sent photos along! this is such a wonderful post!

  2. Oh how sweet! I hope Ruth decides to start her very own blog and feature her doll house adventures. I would love to follow along so much. Ruth if you are reading this please please please consider. Thank you Erica for sharing these photos of Ruth's adorable and creative dollhouse. It is wonderful!

    xo Danielle

  3. That doll is one lucky doll. Love the stacked houses. Her decorations and clothes for the dolls are just precious. We need to get Ruth blogging. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This just made my day! How such a sweet gesture turned into a budding friendship and shared really gladdens the heart! Another thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  5. How amazing! This just makes all of us doll lovers feel good all over! I've always wanted a doll house...I should look at what she's done and be inspired to create one. I have a doll room and wish I could have this sweet lady come over and play dolls with me. I'm getting ready to make a Christmas tea party! You sure are sweet to send the sweet dollie, Noel to this beautiful new home! I LOVE it!

  6. Oh I love this post so much! The nightie is darling.

  7. What fun! So glad Ruth contacted you and that Noel got herself a great new home. Love Ruth's sweet creativity using crates, and so much wonderful detail I know I missed some so will go back for another look. :) Pam

  8. How darling is that! Noel found herself a great family who is living in style.

  9. Oh gosh! How special to have a part in this lovely woman's joy! The Family Estate got me so excited I want to do that too even though I have 8 filled doll houses already!

  10. Aw! We love you, Ruth! ♥

  11. This is why you are so special is the little things that you do that make other feel so good! I adore this woman's spirit! Stay young, getting old is not fun! And we can make a chice to enjoy our childhoods a second time around, it doesn't hurt a thing but our checkbooks!

  12. This is over-the-moon sweet. Thank you for sharing!

  13. This is really just such a darling post. The crate rooms are really genius! Thank you for sharing, Ruth! (And Erica!)

  14. Cutest thing ever! Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.....:)

  15. I'm so glad she reached out to you. What a special and talented lady. As much as I love doll houses, this post has totally made my day! I will be pouring over these pictures again and again.

  16. I'm sure you made Ruth's day! That is quite a set up she has - so very cute!!

  17. Such a happy story and wonderful home for Noel. I'm glad Ruth found you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Erica!

  18. Now that was so fun!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful new found friends secret girl play We all enjoyed it oh so much all her detail is just over the top delightful!! Please do let her know how tickled we were. Hugs, Diane

  19. So very sweet and how fun to see how she is living in her new home! Happy Thanksgiving! xo Heather

  20. Now that is one very sweet and talented lady! (Just like you, Erica!) That brought tears to my eyes, I loved it!
    Have a great Thanksgiving,
    Dorothy and Wilma

  21. Oh how neat!! Love all her little doll houses, I'm glad your girl is happy in her new home!! Such a cute bittersweet story, thanks for sharing Ruth with us!! (: Wishing you a wonderful blessed Happy Thanksgiving!!! & Happy Turkey day to Wellie from Jerry! :) xo Holly

  22. So so sweet! I love Noel's new home! I'd have to say the kitchen is my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing!
    xo Carly

  23. Oh my gosh! Ruth, you have created something really special. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

  24. WOW! That is some cuteness. I love what she has done with her dolls. I am so happy you shared her pictures.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  25. Oh Erica, that doll just went to the most special dolly home ever!! LOVE the doll crate house. (My first doll "house" was an ice-cream box.) What a sweet woman she is to take such good care of all those sweet dollies.

  26. Awww..that is sweet and I see she did go to a very nice new home!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. I definitely got a great "feeling good" feeling looking at these little rooms. This new friendship and the sharing of Ruth's second childhood joys is what blogging is all about.

  28. How precious! What a wonderful story! Thank you both for sharing!

  29. This story made me happy :) Thank you for sharing!

  30. HOw wonderful! I think Ruth should have a blog! she has so much to show us!
    I'm glad you shared this with us!
    Hope you had a great thanksgiving!

  31. What a great family of dolls! Love the dollhouse! The goodwill doll is a Storybook doll by Nancy Ann


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