I posted this pic of my vintage crib on my Facebook Quilted Cupcake page last week, with the promise of a story. Here it is. First off, NO I am not pregnant (see: star in the East comment). I just love vintage stuff. As mentioned on the last Podcast (Episode 51), I found this awesome handmade crib in an Amish thrift store during my recent AQS trip. It was only $28! It's small, and really well-made - I'm guessing it was probably used for newborns.
I decided to leave it as is (for now) in all of its shabby chic goodness. The only thing I'm doing is adding vintage artwork from children's books to the end panels, as shown below:
The original thought was to use it for quilt storage. But, on a whim, I hopped over to eBay to see if I could find my "white whale" - the 1972 Newborn Baby Tender Love doll by Mattel. This was my favorite doll from my childhood. I loved how "real" it felt, and I clearly remember asking for and getting it for Christmas when I was six. I took her everywhere.
I've looked for one at thrift shops for years to no avail. I'd only ever seen them in auctions for over $250. I wasn't looking for mint, just a reminder of my long ago baby doll. I have no idea what happened to my original one.
(note - this same group of dolls had another version (Baby Brother Tender Love) that was anatomically correct, and quite controversial at the time - mine was a girl, though, no business under the diaper).
I was stunned to find an eBay seller who was offering not one, but TWO Newborn Baby Tender Love dolls for $22 plus shipping. Bingo! I couldn't believe it and ordered right away. Then, I couldn't wait for the package to arrive. I was very pleased - both dolls were in great shape (especially for being 40 years old!), and even the hair was nice. Isn't she just the cutest?
Of course, when they arrived, I realized they needed a new doll quilt, so I made one from some of my favorite repro fabrics. Just simple blocks, but I love the result.
I think the quilt looks perfect on the crib, with my mini collection of vintage baby dolls. Newborn Baby Tender Love is my favorite still. I'm so "chuffed" to have found one. They're sitting in a little corner of my living room, and make me smile every time I see them.
I keep thinking of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" story - if you give Jean a crib, she's going to want a baby and a quilt for it.
Did you have a favorite baby doll? If so, please share your favorites in the comments. Do you still have it?