Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Finally....a giveaway for 100+ followers!

Hi Everyone~
I promised a giveaway when I reached 100 followers and then I took some time off and went to visit our Grandson Charlie and our son Eric and daughter-in-law, Jane. We had a super fun time and I have some really funny pictures to share with you a little later but I can't make you wait any longer for this giveaway!!!
I am at 103 followers so this giveaway is in honor of those who have been following me for a while and new followers, too. Just leave a comment telling me that you already follow or you've just signed up and that makes you eligible. What will you win? Well, so far I have 2 prizes but I'm sure I'll add some surprises to the pot. For now, let's start with one of my favorite books...

I've written before about my love for paper dolls when I was young. I could spend hours and hours carefully cutting out all of the dresses and accessories, being extra careful around the tabs used to hold the clothes on to the paper doll's body. Some times I traced around the dolls and made my own clothes for them. In the 50's and early 60's paper dolls sets were abundant. Movie stars, royalty figures, babies, brides...so many kinds to choose. My favorite, all-time paper doll, was Katy Keene, who started out in comic book form. Katy had a 10 inch waist and 10 inch high heel shoes and long hair and eyelashes...I thought she was beautiful!

This book called Artful Paper Dolls by Terry Taylor is a great reference book for some of the history of paper dolls and also a guidebook to making modern paper dolls for art projects.

There are even templates in the book for making your own paper dolls.

Did I ever tell you that when I was born (in 1949-yikes!), my delightfully imaginative older sister actually named me for her favorite paper doll? She had a set of "teenage" paper dolls with boys and girls and "Joyce" was her favorite because she had the most clothes. (I've tried to explain to David that this was like receiving an ancient curse and that is why I like shopping but he didn't buy that at all!) I have looked on Ebay many times for sets like my sister had and I've seen them priced out of my range. Mary Lou (House of Whimsey) directed me to the Vintage Paper Doll website which is very interesting. The paper doll sets found there are reproduction but I may have to go that direction if I can't find them any other way.
So, Terry Taylor's book is one of the prizes and another prize will be this clever spoon handle bracelet...

I found this at an antique/flea market. If you bought a bracelet the seller gave you your choice of charms. I thought the scissors were real cute. The clasp is magnetic which makes putting it on by yourself a breeze.

Two prizes (so far) to show my appreciation for your visits and the comments you leave. I have said many times that I've come in contact and developed great friendships with some wonderful women through blogging. Woman in different parts of the country and out of the country, young women, women my age and older...I love you all. You have brightened my days and given me wonderful support. I am so happy to have this opportunity to say thank you for always making me feel welcomed into your lives. Id love to give you all a hug but that isn't possible so I hope you will enjoy these tokens of my affection.

So...go right ahead and sign up to win, and check back often as I will add some other items as well.
Remember to let me know if you are already a follower or you've just signed up to follow.
I will announce the winner on Friday, June 11 around 9 PM EST
If you're a paper doll lover too, tell me your favorites.


Paula Clare said...

Hi Joyce! Am I your first comment/entry!? WOOT! I am already a follower, but I DO LOVES me some paper dolls! I LOVE the darling little Dolly Dingle. I love her chubby little legs and her adorable dresses...she reminds me of one of the Campbell soup kids...and of ME when I was a wee lass...

Loretta said...

I'm a follower too, and I love paper dolls! I have a Mary Poppins set and a baby set from when I was young. I should find them and scan them in for my blog.


Congrat's on 103 followers :)
I'm one of them :)
I remember the Besty ones in the magazines and when we would take the train to see my Grandparents, Mom would buy us paperdolls to play with. I don't remember which ones. I hope my Granddaughter would like them...so far..not so much.
Thank you for having a giveaway!
Deb :)

Anonymous said...

Paper doll!! There was a magazine a few years back that had a sheet of paper dolls you could cut out. Was the Mary Englebrights (Spelled?)

Became your newest follower!

Sandy said...

Well congrats Joyce!!! And yes, I remember the paper dolls and cutting them out. My brother's girlfriend used to like to sit with me and cut them out, but then she would not play with them...imagaine! :) I think I love them more now that I am an adult...I have gotten a couple sets from the site you mentioned above...the more colorful and vintage the better! :) Thanks for having this giveaway and I love both of the prizes already!!!!

Cindy said...

Hi Joyce! I will be considered a new follower. I was at the bottom of elizabeth's blog and I saw a link to your blog. How could I have missed you all these months!! I will enjoy backtracking thru your chats to learn more about you.
I see we already share the same swap friends!!
Looking forward to a new friendship.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

woodandfabric said...

Hello Joyce,
Wow! You already have 105 followers and I am one of them! I always love to come here and read your new message, even if my computer time is limited these days!
Wonderful giveaway you have there!
Michelle *Ü*

Bev said...

Wow...over a hundred followers! Great to know that people like to read and enjoy your posts. A great accomplishment for someone who was on the fence to start a blog! (remember??) Glad your blog is a success and I have been a follower for a long time! Keep up the great work!

Aleksandra said...

A friend of mine gave me a link to ur page. There were an instruction about how to make flowers. Now I have a lot of beautiful flowers!!!!! :) So I'm ur follower too, from the other side of the world :) Thanks for ur ideas. Here I can find something really interesting!


Elyse said...

aw, joyce! i feel just the same about you. :)

what a fun giveaway. i so enjoyed reading about your love of paper dolls. look at that katy keene! va-va-voom! so fun that your sister named you for a doll.

congrats on the 103 and happy june!


M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Joyce,
I'm so glad you got to visit your sweet Charlie!!! We'll look forward to some of the photos you took on your trip.
My sister, June, recalls having some Angela Cartwright paper dolls when she was young. How interesting that Angela now often contributes to the Somerset Studio magazine and is quite an artist. I loved her in 'Lost in Space'. : )
Take care,
Mary Lou

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower, and I love your blog.
What nice gifts to give away, thanks for the chance.

My name is PJ. said...

I remember Betsy McCall! I used to get her when Mom got the magazine! Oh, how I loved paper dolls as a kid!

Congratulations on 100 followers, my friend! Very well deserved!

Michele said...

I am now a follower!! I love your blog! I have a tag that you made in my Follow Your Bliss tag swap, Christmas in July! Love it! Please enter me into your great giveaway!


My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Joyce.
I have been a follower of your lovely blog.
I remember Betsy McCall paperdolls.
I would love to win your give away.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
hugs, Sharon

Angela said...

Hi Joyce, I'm a brand new follower. I just came over from Elizabeth's blog and I really like your blog. I loved paperdolls when I was a girl. I looked forward to Betsy McCall each month and had lots of movie stars. I remember having fun with a Disney Cinderella set with lots of extra pieces.

A Vintage Chic said...

Hi Joyce! Congrats on 100+ followers! I love paper dolls, too--so does my Mom--we always seem to love and collect the same things!

I think my favorites are the historical dolls and Dolly Dingles--they just make me smile!

Hope your weekend is just wonderful!


Diane said...

Congratulations! I too loved playing with paper dolls, I am one of 7 children and 5 are girls so we had to take turns on who got the McCalls Betsy Paper doll in Moms magazine each month. My sister's and I would play paper dolls for hours at a time. I remember one of our favorites was called The dozen Cousins, they were darling kids with so many clothes to cut out. We were very good at cutting out them to perfection.
I love your goodies you are offering and I sure hope to win. I am a follower now! Hugs, Diane

Gerry said...

Just found you via Creative Breathing and am now you 111th Follower.
We used to walked down to the beach [Hermosa Bch/Manhattan Bch, CA] to play with our paper dolls weighted them so they wouldn't blow away.

VintageCrafter said...

Hi Joyce! I just found you via Creative Breathing! Congratulations on your 103 followers. I am a new follower and am thrilled to find a kindred spirit who loves paper dolls. I remember vividly playing for hours with them. Barbie had some competition! I would be thrilled to win one of your amazing giveaways.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Just had to stop back by to tell you about Elizabeth's Post today regarding you and the "Joyce paper doll story". Very fun!
Mary Lou
P.S. Don't accidentally enter me twice

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Joyce! Congratulations on your over 100 followers! We are one of them! Your blog is always pure delight! Lindsey and I have collected some paper dolls ourselves and really love Dolly Dingle. Have a great weekend! Twyla

Pieceful Bits said...

Hi Joyce...congratulations on 100+ followers!
I am a follower and I love paper dolls. I do not have any :( I also loved those magnetic doll sets from the 70's. My baby sister had a Raggedy Ann & Andy set that I was soooo wishing was mine at the time! I could sit for hours dressing and redressing.
Happy weekend,

GardenofDaisies said...

Joyce, congratulations on reaching the milestone 100 followers! Actually 114 now, since I just started to follow you too. I found you through Elizabeth's blog. She had the cutest teenage paper dolls in her post that she though were similar to the ones your sister had. I collect paper dolls too. It started when my grandmother send me a birthday card with a paper doll to cut out. I still have that doll and all of her clothes. I need to do a post on her, and some of the other paper dolls I have collected over the years.
Anyway, I would love to be entered in your giveaway. And now I am going to go look at some of your older posts.

TheNormanFive said...

What a great giveaway. I am now a follower. I have found a few sites where people do stuff with paper dolls. What a wonderful thing. My mom use to get me to cut dolls out of magazines the way she did. She would have loved all of these great ideas.

annemarie said...

I am a follower - the paper dolls make me drool. Oh the memories of Betsy McCall and all the other paper dolls we loved when we were young!

Nan said...

Hi Joyce. It's been so nice to have you always visiting my blog and to get to know you. Paperdolls I love them. I was born in 41 and I remember some movie star paperdolls but I'm not sure which ones now. Betty Grable I think was one of them. We loved simple things in those days didn't we. Now there is just too much of everything. My great nephew is telling me of the birthday celebration for his son, goodness things going on all day. I remember having only one birthday party in my whole childhood and my Mom told everyone No Presents !
I must look into that paper doll book too.
Take Care

Linda Ruthie said...

Congratulations! I've been a follower of your blog for a little while now. I'm pretty sure I found you via Creative Breathing. (Elizabeth knows all the best blogs.)
I have always loved paper dolls. When I was small, I could be occupied for hours with a pair of scissors and my paper doll books. I guess I was outgrowing paper dolls about the time we moved. (I was 9 1/2) I don't think my paper dolls ever made it to the new house. I sure wish I had them now.

Lori Holt said...

Hi Joyce...
I am new to your blog and found it through this post about paper dolls. I'm so glad that I did...what a fun blog you have! I am now a follower!
I also love paper dolls and in fact I am in the process of designing a Paper Doll quilt (for my pattern line called Bee in my Bonnet) that will be out in August.
...if you are intersted in seeing it, hop on over to see me and check it out!
Have a great weekend,

My Crafty Little Page said...

I don't know if I follow you or not! I want to if I don't but it always tells me there's a problem. I'm always stopping by to visit none the less!!! Love this Paper Doll post...hands down my favorite thing to do as a kid. I'm hosting a paper doll swap for Paper Cowgirl and used a pattern similar to this one. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Nancy
PS What a nice piece about on Elizabeth's blog.

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

Your give-away is fabulous! So glad I found your delightful blog!~~~XXOO, Beth

Janet's Creations said...

Hi, I'm a new follower. I loved paper dolls as a kid and have a small collection now. I still love them (the older ones especially).

One day, many years ago, my sister, my cousin and I were playing paper dolls in the back yard and a small dust devil swooshed by and picked up all our paper dolls and clothes and blew them all over the yard! Of course, we had fun running around screaming and laughing and picking everything up.

Congrats on 100 plus followers. Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway.

Valarie said...

Congratulations on so many followers. Have a lovely day, your blog has brightened mine!

Debbie said...

Hi, I'm here via Creative Breathing. I just love her blog and figured if she loves yours I would too. I was right, and I'm now your 121st follower :)

mitz said...

... the *century mark * nice accoplishment.. WTG.. thanks for the opportunity here..
( mitz_zee@yahoodotcom)

marie said...

I love a good giveaway!!
My favorite paper dolls were Annette and Shirley Temple! I had a baby doll set too. My mom's friend used to save the Betsy McCall paper dolls for me...I remember that she would bring them to me in a large envelope. I also waited (sort of) patiently for my mom to finish with the Sears & Roebuck catalog. I'd cut out paper families and house. Great fun!

Congratulations on all your followers ~ I am delighted to be one of them!

Valerie said...

Happy Monday Joyce~

I just found your blog via Creative Breathing. I never knew that such an elite world of vintage crafters exsisted. So I am tickled pink to have happened upon you too. I too loved paper dolls when I was a little girl but have recently grown re-fond of them. I look forward to reading you frequently in the future.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a new follower and love your blog! I am a doll collector and have a few paper dolls as well. I love the Little Women paper dolls that I have...but I am always on the look out for some of the movie star paper dolls I loved as a child. By the way...we are very close to the same age! ♥♥♥

Suzie Button said...

I am a new follower! I love paper dolls, and i think it was resparked as an adult through the Mary Englebreit paper dolls she had in the back of her issues, geez, I miss her magazine! I even framed some of them for my room! thanks for a sweet giveaway! Suzie

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I am thrilled to now be a follower! Woo Hoo! Love your blog and plan to spend more time here than I probably should! :)

Pixie said...

congrats on the 100 followers! many thanks for such a generous giveaway. i love following your blog and keeping up with your goings on!


GardenofDaisies said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Yes, I would LOVE to be entered in the drawing for the paper doll book! :-) As you saw over at my blog, both my daughter and I collect them.

Sandy Michelle said...

Ooo I almost missed this! That book is on my wish list on amazon!!! Let me check if I'm already a follower and if not, I am going to make sure I do!

Big Hugs!


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