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PJ's Paper Doll Memories eNewlsetter ~ Winter 2007 Edition
In this issue:
- PJ's Paper Doll Poem: "Twas a Couple of Weeks before Christmas"...
- PJ's International Friends Paper Doll Update: The newest in PJ's Paper Doll Workshoppe...
- Research on "paper doll" search terms: paper dolls, animal paper dolls, paper doll memories & paper doll blogs...
- Do you participate in polls?: Rachel's Fall Outfits, Rueben 'n' Rachel's Pajamas...
- Other Paper Doll Products: NEW! ~ PJ's Paper Doll items in PJ's CafePress Gift Shoppe...
- Links to Paper Doll Articles: "How I Imagine Paper Dolls Were Invented" Article by Janey Loree
- LIVE on the "PJ's Paper Doll Express": Take a ride as Rueben 'n' Rachel take you on a Christmas Tour!
- Send your paper doll memories: send, promote and thank you...
Not a creature was stirring, not even a paper doll;
Their outfits were drawn by the artist with care,
In hopes that little children soon would be there;
The children were gathered around the computer upstairs,
As visions of paper dolls danced in pairs.
So Momma with her paint brush, and I with my scanner,
Arranged our paper dolls in much the same manner.
When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my desktop to see what was the matter!
To check out www.pjscorner.net byte by byte.
The snowflakes were falling like new-fallen snow,
As I clicked on the paper doll link on the top row;
When what to my wondering eyes should I see,
But a page full of paper dolls waiting for me.
With a little teddy named Neddy, and International Friends,
More paper animals, Family Friends, Universal kids and twins;
More and more of these paper dolls they came,
As the children personalized and called them by name!
On, Amber! On, Chrissy! On, Juanita and AnnaBelle(y)!
Now, Gracie! Now, Su-Lang! Now, Natasha and PJ’s Paper Baby Doll,
Now, cut away, cut away, cut away all!”
Now, Fawn! Now, Donnie! Now Andy and Gunny!
On, Tuppy! On, Smitty! On, Neddy and Penny!
Now away to their beds the children they flew,
Leaving the site open, so their parents could see, too.
And then in a twinkling, the parents could see,
How much fun cutting out paper dolls really could be.
My “mum” and I are proud to present Naomi over at Diary from England with an official PJ’s International Paper Doll Cut Outs Correspondent from ENGLAND badge!
Well, Naomi is at it again! She found some information to add to the file on our new International Friends Paper Dolls. The next seven paper dolls in the series are from BRAZIL, COSTA RICA, EGYPT, ITALY, IRELAND, POLAND & SCOTLAND. They will join paper dolls from RUSSIA, AFRICA, MEXICO, JAPAN, NATIVE AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES and ENGLAND.
Our records show that four of these dolls were created last year for a lady that was going to do a banquet for some representatives at Gerber. She didn't win her bid, so we didn't get the order for place cards and flower arrangement displays, however, we had four International Dolls that we could add to our PJ's International Friends Paper Dolls set! Benita from BRAZIL, Adelita from COSTA RICA, Shani from EGYPT and Hanna from POLAND were dusted off and will make their debut in a couple of days.
UPDATE: Major satellite problems, orders and opening our "PJ's CafePress Gift Shoppe" pushed the International Paper Doll Friends debut off until after the holidays. Mom and I have our hands full! The image above is of Benita's Place Cards, the doll and the flower.
How I Image Paper Dolls Were Created
The idea of cutting out clothes has been around for centuries. We have used many different mediums to clothe our families. So in the spirit of creating and designing outfits that adorn for beauty, comfort, or necessity, the idea of paper dolls was born.
I can imagine the very first designer of clothes looking at her creations laid out on the drawing table thinking that they would make wonderful toys for the children in the village. Getting excited about the idea, she probably said out loud, "Now I will have to fashion a little paper doll to wear these miniature designs".
A little girl must have been hovering near the drawing board as the designer cut out that very first outfit. I can see the little girl with stars in her eyes, waiting not so patiently, excitement evident in her chatter as she asks for the hundredth time, "is it cut out yet?" And then, when it is finally her turn to use the scissors, she carefully cuts out another dress for her new toy. She does not want to be left out of this new idea! She has embarked on an adventure of a life time as her imagination is sparked and the little girl sits for hours playing with her first little paper doll.