This is Sherry Anne. She is a handmade hand sewn doll that was made in my likeness. When I was five years old my mother brushed and braided my hair before I was to walk to Kindergarten one day. However my hair had gum tangled in it and of course my mother is trying to hurry and I am screaming and well...my mother took the scissors and cut off my beautiful long blond braids right at the hair line so the rubber bands were still holding my braids together. (Yes, to this day I am still traumatized by what she did to me.) This is my real hair on the doll. She is in this little keepsake frame but it really is too small so I think I should get her a proper fitting home.
Here is Sherry Anne out of the frame. Unfortunately she is very dirty and unkempt due to my younger sisters playing with her when I was not at home to keep her safe. This doll is so cherished to me because not only is my real hair on her as I wore it but a wonderful elderly lady who was paraplegic and in a wheelchair hand sewed her from scratch. I do not know her name and she is long gone by now but I do remember her kindness. She lived across the street from us. When my mother cut off my hair she gave it to this woman because she made dolls for the children who were in the local hospital. I have no idea how many dolls she made with my hair but I can assure you there was a lot of it as I have very thick hair and it was down past my waist.
Here you can see a little better of how my braids looked when I was five.
Look at this tatting she did and put on the edges of the hat, dress and pantaloons. I am in awe and must learn to tat just to honor this treasured skill. None of the hand stitches are perfect but I love them because of the love I know this lady sewed into every part of my doll and every doll she made for the hospital children.
Yes, I did have blue eyes. Through the years they have turned true hazel so sometimes blue, green, grey depending on how I am feeling or what I am wearing. Look at this hand embroidery work. So precious.
Here I have lifted her skirt, her slip with lovely lace and this stiffer petticoat layer to show you her pantaloons and her little tiny feet. All hand stitched. So much care and time and love in this little doll. I cherish her!
I have always wished I could have thanked that wonderful lady who made Sherry Anne. I do know in my heart she knew how happy she made me when she gave me this beautiful hand made and hand sewn doll in my likeness and wearing my long blond braids. For all this doll has been through she is in amazingly good condition.
I am linking up with Donna of Brynwood Needleworks for Memory Lane Monday (week).
We are having beautiful Spring weather. Lots of sunshine and blue skies. Mr. C's grown son has just been here visiting for a week and it was so great to enjoy his company.
May you be enjoying your creative spirit and whatever makes you happiest...