Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Who Knew I Would Receive Gifts on Mama's Birthday?

The back of a package recently received in the mail from a doll friend
The dolls and doll-related items contained within the above delightfully-decorated shipping box arrived on my mother's birthday.  The timely arrival was purely coincidental yet very much appreciated.

I was so impressed with the artistry on the front and back of the box that it took several minutes for me to open and view the contents.   I gingerly removed the ends of the brown paper wrapping and cut out each image to keep!

Colored pencils were used to create the beautiful colors in these images* that decorated the front and back of the shipping box.

As an art enthusiast, who realized someone had taken the time to creatively color the formerly black and white images for me, I was not about to destroy them.  After each image had been cut out and set aside, the package was opened.   Had I known each wrapped gift contained a similar colored image tag along with several others that were used to write a multi-part note of appreciation, I would have still saved the outer artwork.  Yes, I would.

So what was in the package?

A numbered, four-part note was written on the back of four additional colored-pencil images (how creative is that?).

Photos of the presents and gift tags, which describe the contents in each package to which it was attached, are shown first, followed by the unwrapped gifts:

On the left are three wrapped gifts with the front of their colored gift tags shown.  The same packages with handwritten notes on back of the gift tags are shown on the right.

In these three packages were a beautifully-made clothespin doll dressed in my favorite color, peach; an ornament created by doll artist, Daisy Carr; and doll jewelry (earrings, pin, and necklace) made by Marie Green.  Individual images of each follow:

The doll-lightful clothespin doll was made by the person who sent the package.  She remembered my favorite color!

I love her!

Daisy Carr is a very talented artist, who works chiefly in cloth.  I received my first piece by her, another ornament, last year from another dear doll friend.  This one is 6 inches tall.
One-of-a-kind handcrafted earrings, pin, and necklace made by Marie Green

Aren't these earrings adorable?

I love the matching pin and necklace.

Wait! There were two more gifts.

The last two gifts also had hand-colored gift tags with notes written on back as illustrated above.
This collectible 4-inch doll pendant by Laliberi, with lobster claw clasp, can be used to adorn a purse, which is how I am enjoying it.

Another Daisy Carr creation is a 12-inch cloth ornament with polymer clay face.

Close-up of the taller Daisy Carr ornament

Words cannot express how deeply honored I felt as I opened these gifts and enjoyed the artwork, some of which I later learned was done by children ages 5 to 10.  To have been thought of in such a manner has left me feeling highly favored.

Thank you so much (she prefers not to have her name mentioned) for my beautiful gifts and their well-thought-out, creative presentation.


*The images that were colored were downloaded from the free coloring pages link at

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  1. Lovely presents! You are going to smile but I purchased the colouring book from which these beautiful drawings are from two weeks ago. It is so pleasant to see some beautiful drawing of black girls.
    The ornaments-dolls are really nice.
    Have fun with your presents!

    1. I am smiling, Arlette. Are you going to use color pencils, markers, or traditional colors to color the pages of your coloring book? I'm told that coloring can be addictive. Have fun!


    2. I am using colored pencils. I love the fact that they don't dry out. You just need a pencil sharpener and you are good to go. And yes colouring is addictive.

    3. I might have to try "my hand" at coloring. I do have the color pencils I recently purchased to "color" the 35th Anniversary Barbie.


  2. Beautiful gifts! I had a moment of deja vu with the Daisy Carr ornament as I just used the same striped fabric for Queen Aggravain's ballgown in our high school production of "Once Upon a Mattress."
    As for peach: YES. Entry hall, upstairs hall, kitchen and family room -- it's my go-to "neutral." Works really well with red.

    1. What a coincidence for you and Daisy Carr to have used the same fabric.

      I became hooked on peach for interior walls after my mother had her her entry hall and living room painted that color (more apricot) in her previous house during the 1990s. My hallway and kitchen are true peach; areas of my doll room/office are trimmed peach. It's a calming color.


  3. What beautiful gifts! And how thoughtful to have the artwork and handwritten notes! Someone truly put a lot of effort forth in honoring you. As Oprah says, love is in the details.

    1. I certainly felt the love, Roxanne, and still do.


  4. They're beautiful and well-deserved gifts.
    It's so generous of you to share pictures of the dolls in your collection and their history with this blog when you could keep it all to yourself or have them only be seen by those who are lucky enough to live near a museum where they get exhibited.

    1. Thank you, Maricha.

      I benefit as much, if not more, from publishing this blog and net networking with like-minded collectors. So it's a win-win- situation.



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