I love the poetry of Shel Silverstein. When I was a child, he captured the magic of childhood perfectly for me, and made me laugh. His poetry fed my creativity and set my imagination soaring. As an adult, he awakens the child in me that very much still believes in magic. Still believes in fairy tales and the possibility of a happy ending. He awakens the dreamer in me…
“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
I sometimes believe that those of us who love dolls are the dreamers of the world. We look in a doll’s eyes and see much more than plastic or vinyl, more than just a plaything. We feel comfort, joy, and warmth. We feel love.
One of my favorite stories of all time is The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams Bianco. Reading it as a child, it confirmed what I knew when I looked into the faces of my beloved dolls. They were real.
“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
-Margery Williams Bianco
I still believe this. I believe that when a child loves a doll, that doll becomes part of that love. And that love is real, and never goes away. So when I look at a doll, new or old, that’s been loved, I treasure it. In fact, I sometimes think that I am becoming a home for wayward dolls, as my friends and family have given me dolls that they no longer want, or that their parents played with as children but they can’t keep, and don’t have the heart to throw away. And yes, I treasure them all. Because each and every one of them at one point in time, was loved by a child.
As Christmas nears, I am thinking more and more about the blessings in my life. About the joys. And my thoughts come back here – to Ladybug Doll Quilts. I love designing and making doll quilts. The thought of treasured dolls drifting to sleep beneath my stitches fills me with joy. I am blessed to be a dreamer, and to get to make doll quilts for my fellow dreamers, young and old.
So thank you. I hope that you come back often and enjoy the adventures that we will have next year! We will blast into space with a couple of fun space quilts in January, celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines Day in February, and create quilt gardens in March! There is so much fun in store – I can’t wait to share it with you!.
I wish you joy, peace, and happiness during this holiday season – and of course, sweet dreams. See you in 2018!
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