Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Paper Dolls and Clay Play

I was going to give Marguerite paper dolls as well for her birthday (homemade as well), but I learned that Chip was already going to give her a set from her favorite store, so I dropped that  from my list. I don't know about you but paper dolls are so cool. I'd choose them over Barbies anytime.
My mom forgot her vow never to give Marguerite modeling clay again and got her some more. The little girl gets so much fun out of them that we can all just choose to ignore the turd-like pieces that abound weeks after the opening of the package.
Anyway, one of the bonding activities between Marguerite and her aunt is the clay thing. Chip likes messing with them and creating little food creations for Marguerite. She has always been a dab hand at conjuring little trinkets. Before she got sick, she used to make accessories. She has been making them again, but not in the same volume that she used to. I'm really thankful that my sister is well now, for obvious reasons and some. I had vivid ideas of the relationship Marguerite would have with her, of the things she could share with her niece that it was really heartbreaking to see their interaction limited to practically just being in the same place. Chip got most of the talent in the family (hey, I got some too! lol) and Marguerite can learn so much from her. She had classical voice training, for one, and I had dreams of Marguerite growing up singing opera with her. I wanted them to dance together, craft together, cook and eat gourmet together (Chip also studied culinary arts)...  I want their relationship to be one of those special aunt-niece bonds. And now, Chip is better and all my visions from when Marguerite was a baby can be realized. Thank you, Lord.:)

10 comments:

Khaye said...

Sweet, sweet!! I've always loved paperdolls... Now, it makes me miss my childhood days... And am thinking that hmm... Maybe 22 years old lady isn;t old enough for a paper doll, errr??? LOL!!! How sweet of you to think about that kind of relationship between your sister and daughter! When I finally got married and have a kid of my own, I would also LOVE to see special bonding between them and my siblings...

The Kano said...

It's great to hear your sister and daughter have such a special bond. I know my wife is developing such a close bond with her little three-old niece that lives with us. It really makes me happy to see the both of them together and having fun.

Silvergirl said...

when my kids are still young, they love to play this paper dolls, till they already make some dresses for their barbie, even my old dress with laces turn to be the dress of the barbie..huhuhu!! Yah your bonding with your daughter is really amazing.. Keep it up

Sharkbytes said...

What fun! Gosh... I only seem to visit Chip's blog occasionally. I didn't know she was ill. Glad to hear that she's better.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Khaye: 22 is definitely not too old. I really enjoy playing with them with my daughter. It's always nice for children to build special relationships with positive role models. :)

@Dave: Isn't it precious to see young children have special bonds with adults who are not their parents? Your wife and her niece are are a blessing to each other. :)

@Silvergirl: It's great to see kids being so creative in their play. :)

@Sharkbytes: Oh, she didn't start blogging until after she got well. Before that, she was incredibly ill for two years. She was a year into the mystery illness before she was correctly diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Thanks. :)

Nikka said...

Have you seen this page:

http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/dolls/pd_scans/betsy_mccall/index.html

Classic paper dolls from old McCalls Mags!

Nikka said...

oh, here are rocked out versions of paper dolls:

http://www.marshallalexander.net/static.php?page=freetoys

spinninglovelydays said...

These are so cool, Nikka. Thanks! :)

I Love-Hate America by Bing said...

Oh how I love paper dolls...they remind me of my dreams when I was a kid....I made paper dolls and designed their own outfits....and every girl in class wanted to play with my paper doll creations.

spinninglovelydays said...

They're super fun and easily accessible to many kids. Glad to see other fans out there. Thanks for stopping by, Bingkee.:)