My hubby’s niece sent me a link to a video that I thought I might share. The article leading up to the video can be controversial if you let it, because it’s about whether or not we should let our children play with Barbie’s and Bratz dolls when they are so overly painted up and have such unrealistic bodies. I grew up with Barbie’s just like many of you and maybe I was just naive, but I never remember thinking, “Oh, if I could just look like Barbie” or “I wish I had long legs and a skinny waist like my Bratz doll” (which I never owned one of them). I just played with my dolls and made clothes for them…that was the fun I had with them. I never secretly longed to look like them.
When you click on the video, you’ll meet this woman from Tasmania (just south of Australia) who goes to thrift shops and buys discarded dolls that are broken and dirty and turns them into something some little girl might love to have. She has the sweetest spirit about her and you can just tell how much she loves the dolls she fixes up. The video, Tree Change Dolls, (HERE) is 7 minutes long and you can see the process she goes through wiping off the dolls makeup and painting them with a much softer look. Sometimes she molds shoes on their feet when their feet have been cut off or are missing. She’s very creative in how she changes them. Ultimately she was looking for a less glamorous doll for her daughter to play with and this new business of hers has really taken her and her husband by surprise. Even her mom is involved in knitting the new little outfits for them. Her husband just loves what she does for the dolls and you can tell he is her biggest fan! I really enjoyed the video and hope you will too. It’s very heartwarming.
Now, I’m someone who very much, LOVES a pretty doll…after all, I have Isabelle and Lian, whom I’d put up against just about any doll, so don’t think I’m a “plain Jane” kind of doll lover. I have over the last little while, discovered that the child like dolls are what pull at my heart strings and I do like them to be pretty. I had a doll customer tell me once, “Jeanne, buy the prettiest dolls you can afford, because pretty dolls sell doll clothes better!” She was right and I listened…and then I bought Lian!
The comments underneath the article are varied as any controversial subject is, so just read them if you like, enjoy the video if you’re able, and then go look at your dolls and give them a big smile! That’s what I’m going to do!
Oh…and we must not leave without a picture…. can anyone guess what this is?
I’ve been busy doing a little “fussy” cutting!
See you tomorrow,