I’m here!

Boy am I dumb!

I forgot this was Columbus Day Weekend, a 3-day weekend for Sir Beads! Usually, whenever dear husband doesn’t have to go to work, I take a day off from the blog, as well.

But! I promised you on Friday I’d be here – so here I am.

Hello there! πŸ˜€

Honestly, Kids, sometimes when I think back on the simple things that brought joy when I was little, I wonder if today’s kids would ever understand.

Do you think after you’ve had a laptop, a cell phone, a video camera, etc., you could ever be impressed with a piece of colorful paper?

Paper Dolls

Click picture twice to fully enlarge.

But impressed we were with paper dolls. Whether they were in a magazine or from a “store-bought” booklet, it was an enjoyable couple of hours to carefully cut out all of the little pieces and play fashion coordinator for the doll. I remember I once had a set that was magnetic – oh la la! – that was high tech! No paper tabs were needed!

The page above is from a vintage French publication. Isn’t she sweet? If you decide to print, cut them out, and play with them – well, who could blame you? πŸ˜‰ (Remember to click to enlarge, first!)

(Weekly question – tomorrow!!)




I’m here! — 11 Comments

  1. Oh, I think kids today still like paper dolls- if their parents give them any chance to play with them. I think a lot of adults assume kids have their own level of sophistication– WE don’t like to play with dolls as much. But that’s because we’ve already done that! Old or young, people like new things, and *every*thing is new to a little kid!

    My mom used to draw and make paper dolls with me. She’d draw them, I’d make the stories, and then the cats would chase them around the apartment. Ah, good times! Now we play computer games and try new software. She’s still teaching me how to play!

  2. I spent many days after school (grade school) watching two of my friends (sisters) draw the most fabulous fashions. They could draw like you wouldn’t believe!! Barbie like figures. Numerous outfits, complete with hats, shoes, purses.

    Since I could only draw stick figures, they would share their creations with me. I would cut them out and play with them.

    I lost track of my two friends after they moved to California. I was in the 6th grade when they moved. I have always wondered what happened to them. They were so talented.

  3. Yep, I loved paper dolls and the clings too!!
    I think little kids these days will occupy themselves with whatever is available..at least at the paper doll age. The sad thing is parents cave and get them what they think they can’t live without because someone else has it. Its when they get older they get bored!! my 13 year old will play with legos forever. He builds technical things though..robots, working guns, all kinds of stuff you would not even imagine could be done.

    Glad you came today!!
    Love ya, Carol

  4. I loved paper dolls. I wanted a Jane Russell paper doll set and my Mother wouldn’t let me get it because ‘Jane Russell was a wild woman and not a good example for little girls’. At the time, I had no idea what a wild woman was – she didn’t look like she had crazy hair and drool coming out of her mouth!
    Beautiful day – go enjoy it.

  5. I love her scarf, and the top and bottom tags on the dresses; they look like they’d work so much better than the fold-over tags you usually see! Vive la Veronique!

  6. Hi Crystal! Happy Columbus Day! … She’s a real sweetie! I loved the simple things we enjoyed as kids too…I remember flying kites and sitting forever with a bubble wand in my hand! (which I still like to do, and there’s always a jar of bubbles under my kitchen sink…hee hee hee!) To me, those things are still better than the video games of today…which always get me dizzy after about 30 seconds! Must be the same thing that makes me motion sick in a car or on a boat! Simple fun…I think kids today can use a bit more of that!…I hope you and Sir Beads have a fun day together! xoxo’s Paulette πŸ™‚

  7. I loved colorforms, when I was little. I was never much of a doll person but I loved stuffed animals. Coloring books were always one of my favorites. I was shocked last year when my 15 yr old neice told me she wanted coloring books for christmas. She says she finds it so relaxing to color. We got some coloring books, made cookies and watched christmas shows one day when both of us were off of school. We are planning on doing it again this year.

    Have fun today, my hubs is working today, but we had a great weekend.

  8. I forgot the holidays for the week, here they are.
    Today is National Sausage Pizza Day along with Columbus day.
    Tomorrow we celebrate *International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
    October 13 – National Yorkshire Pudding Day and National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day
    Boss’s day is the 15th.
    Enjoy everyone!!

  9. I loved paper dolls as a child! Although I dont remember ever having to cut them out they always pushed out of the paper, the good old days before all the expensive gadgets and games. Now adays kids have such expensive stuff yet they are STILL bored and dont know how to entertain themselves its kinda sad if you ask me.

  10. I also loved the old paper dolls of yesteryear. The American Girl dolls have great ones now in their stores. How about Colorforms?

  11. Such great comments, everyone!! πŸ˜€

    Oh yes, Nancy! πŸ™‚
    I LOVED colorforms and Kelly mentions them here, too!

    Are they still in the stores? Does anyone know?

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