Saturday, October 27, 2007

Vote for Your Favorite Fall Paper Doll Outfits...

Pick your favorite fall outfit by voting in the poll at the top of the sidebar! Do you like Rachel in her "Windy Day Sweater Outfit" or her "Farm Outfit"?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

PJ's Paper Dolls...

To keep an eye on PJ's paper doll pages that are getting a new look and to view the complete list of the paper dolls created in PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe read PJ's Gift Shoppe Diary: PJ's Paper Dolls... over on our company blog PJ's Gift Shoppe Diary!

Monday, October 15, 2007

How I Imagine 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 and 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. The little girl sits for hours playing with her first little paper doll.

Then the designer gets back to work with a sigh of satisfaction that she has caused to come into existence a means by which thoughts could be expressed and made known! However, the new idea doesn't stop there. The little girl has a friend that is bedridden, she is crippled and can't get out to play with the rest of the children of the village. She gathers up her paper doll, the outfits that have not yet been cut out, and a second pair of scissors. With permission from the designer, and a second paper doll for the other little girl, she goes next door to her friends' house.

You can just see the little crippled girl getting better as the two little girls play with the dolls and clothes made of paper. She is smiling and giggling as she tries out each outfit, hanging the purses on the paper dolls arm or maybe off her shoulder, making sure to find the matching hat to put on the little doll of papers' head! When it is time for our thoughtful little girl to go home, she promises to bring new outfits with her the next time she can come over. Written by Janey Loree ~ October 14, 2007

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Research from Naomi in England...

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, however, we had four International Dolls that we could add to our PJ's International 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. I have to scan them into the computer, cut out their traditional outfits and upload them to the blog before you can see them.

Our paper doll artist, Phyllis, is creating the accessories, flowers, butterflies and instruments for the above mentioned International Friends Paper Dolls, while getting ready Noemi from ITALY, Erin from IRELAND and Greer from SCOTLAND.

In the meantime, I received an email from Naomi, our International Paper Doll Correspondent from ENGLAND. She had talked with a friend of hers who recently visited Egypt on holiday and did some research on the internet. In her email, Naomi sent information about the flower we will be using for our Egyptian Paper Doll. "The Egyptian Lotus flower is a symbol of the sun, creation and re-birth. Better known as the water lily, at night the flower closes and sinks under water and at dawn it rises and opens again." That's pretty neat!

Even though we had already started the design on Shani, we gleaned some valuable information about some extra details including adding the gold beads in Shani's hair. Naomi sent some facts about Egypt and pictures for reference. We didn't create the first four paper dolls as International Friends, so Naomi's suggestion of using an "Oud" as Shani's traditional instrument was the perfect idea.

We received a link to Egyptian names and a suggestion to name our Egyptian paper doll "Zahra" because it meant "flower". Naomi, if we had not already named her that would have been a beautiful name to call our International Paper Doll from EGYPT!

Thanks Naomi. do you like the paper doll from ITALY's name? Noemi is the Italian form of your name. But then again, you probably already knew that, with ITALY being one of your favorite vacation spots!

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

PJ's Paper Dolls adds Google and Alexa Page Ranks...

For our old address we were ranking 3/10 through the Google Search Engine Ranking. Now that we have a new address we are back to 0/10. Is there is way to point the old address to the new one so that we don't loose our ranking? We hope so! This is the first time we added Alexa Page Rank.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

PJ's Paper Dolls adds Verified Merchant Seal...

Merchant Services

So that you know we are authorized to sell our products over at PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe and can feel secure in buying from us, we have included our Verified Merchant Seal to the side column.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

PJ's Awards Naomi for her helpfulness...

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! This is our way of showing her that we really appreciate her helping us with facts about England. She took the time to answer our questions and has helped to insure that "Queenie", our International Friends Paper Doll from ENGLAND and Peppy, PJ's Little Animal Paper Doll are educational tools as well as a great pastime for having fun.

Phyllis and Janey Loree

If you would like to be an International Correspondent for PJ's Paper Doll Cut Outs please contact Janey Loree.

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