Monday, August 1, 2011

Decorating With Sentimental Things Part 2

When I was a little girl, I loved my paper dolls. I played with them a lot but luckily I took very good care of them so they have survived to be used today!
I recently did a post on decorating with sentimental things. My paper dolls are very sentimental so I have used some of them in my decor. I had a set of paper dolls that were a wedding party. I had 2 old frames that I took apart, using just one frame and the glass from both frames, and I sandwiched the dolls between the glass.


I framed the dolls as they were (in their undies) and added an outfit next to each doll.



I didn't do that great of a job with my framing...you can see the wire and the points.But, it's so cute you don't really notice. I'll get around to fixing it someday (maybe).

I hung this picture in one of my hallways with other art that I love, most of which was done by people I know or me...

In the picture above, the painting of the woman blowing in the seashell was done by my friend, Kimbo (I've mentioned her before and I'm sure I will again). The painting of the sailboats and the Statue of Liberty was done by our nephew, Aaron.

In this photo, the old truck was painted by me. 
The abstract underneath the truck was painted by my daughter, Carrie.
The bird underneath the abstract was done by my son, John.
The large painting of the blue bird was done by my friend, Michelle, and given to me for my birthday last year.
The photo of the porch with the rocking chairs was taken by my brother, Gary (also a birthday gift).
I bought the pig painting...I like pigs. My family used to be in the BBQ business.
My friend, Karen, gave me the large oil painting of flowers in a pitcher. It was one of her thrift store finds and the bright colors are much more me than her...So, lucky me!!!

I am so blessed to have so many talented (and generous) people around me!

If your children have something that they adore, hang on to it. It might mean as much, or more, to them when they are grown as it does when they are little.

44 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the paper dolls! I use to love them when I was a kid. How creative!
    -Lynn

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  2. I framed one of my mother's paper dolls (she is 71) and gave it to her for Christmas...She loved it! Thanx for sharing, Tiff

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  3. What a cool idea! I love the idea of framing sentimental things for decor...I've started a wall in our basement like that...it still needs more added but a few things are a drawing I did in college, a menu from our favorite pizzaria in new haven, a b&w picture of my husbands first car, CD insert from a Frank Sinatra Album, some sports memorabilia of my hubbys, and some other album inserts of bands that define my younger years!

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  4. I LOVE the paper dolls! Great idea-I find that I am so sentimental these days. ow, I wonder where my paper dolls are....
    Thanks for sharing! I am your new follower!

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  5. This is the greatest idea. I loved paper dolls...especially the bride ones. Wish I had one!!

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  6. I've been working on a project very similar. Your turned out beeee-uuuu-tiful. So special that it has great memories for you too. And it would make a lovely gift as well. I wish I could find more vintage ones.

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  7. An awesome inspiration! Love paperdolls too and recently been thinking of collecting but not sure what to do with them, how to display - now I know! Thanks.

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  8. Love how you displayed the paper dolls! Great personalized decorating!

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  9. Olá Vavá!
    Adorei seu trabalho, criatividade, capricho e bom gosto.
    Quando criança também brinquei muito com essas bonequinhas de papel, eu adorava.
    Parabéns!
    Beijos
    LelÊ

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  10. I have a friend that has been wanting to frame some paper dolls so I emailed her this post. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Awww. (Thanks for the props.) You're so good at blogging and sooooo many other creative things.
    It amazes me. I'm glad I have your brain to tap in to when mine is on the blink. It's like having an extra hard drive for back up. :)

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  12. very nostalgic and sweet :) great idea for an adorable touch of vintage!

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  13. Awesome idea! I wish I still had my paper dolls…I think they got thrown away. Anyway, I absolutely love this! And the idea of decorating with sentimental things!

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  14. What a clever and creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  15. I love these as a kid and still do. A very original idea- looks great too! Lynda

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  16. That is such a great idea!! Thanks so much for linking! :)

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  17. Darling! Come see a mish-mash gallery wall!

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  18. So fun-delightful - I loved paper dolls too!

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  19. I love that! I mounted the little plush animals from my husband's childhood mobile. He loved it, and it keeps them from getting dusty in the back of our closet. Plus I scored points with my MiL.

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  20. Your paper dolls are soooo cute framed.

    I am sad I sold all of mine ols paper dolls last summer at a flea market

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  21. This is such a cute idea! I also played with paper dolls a lot when I was little and took good care of them...maybe I'll have to go locate them in my parents' attic. Thanks for the inspiration!

    (Stopping by from Show & Share!)

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  22. Beautiful artwork! My mom has done the same thing in her salon! It is so much fun!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  23. Love it! I'm pinning it so I can remember to use this possibly in a girl's nursery!!
    coming from the tt&j linky :)

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  24. I love personal wall art projects like this! They look great in the frame. Like how you can see the wall behind it, too.

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  25. LOVE it! What a great idea!

    Miranda

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  26. I remember playing with paper dolls, too. I love your idea. A couple of years ago, I bought a shadow box,thinking I could put one of my paper dolls in it but it was the wrong size and I put it aside and moved on. I need to move back to it. I had a paper doll that my grandmother sent me. It was professionally made....with MY HEAD on the body!!!

    I'm your newest follower. Marsha

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  27. Hi! I am stopping by from Funky Junk Interiors. I am a new follower. Love this wall art. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

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  28. I love this paper dolls project you did! I saw this on the Inspire Me Friday link and just had to come over. I used to be obsessed with paper dolls growing up but sadly I didn't keep them. I'm going to keep an eye out at thrift stores though as I would love to make this project for my office! Thank you so much for sharing this, I'm a new follower and look forward to more inspiration! Oh, and I'm putting up your button on my blog! ;)

    Susan
    cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

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  29. Well goodness, I can't get your button to load up. I tired to copy paste the link under your button but it didn't work. I even tried to upload just the picture of your button but that didn't work either! I'd really love to add your button so if you can give me any tips on how I can do it I will be more than happy to. A great blog deserves some recongnition!

    Susan

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  30. I am obsessed with this paper doll art! I saw your post at Petite Hermine's blog party and love it! I would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

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  31. What a great idea! My daughter loves paper dolls! She plays with them very gently too, so maybe I can frame some for her as she grows out of them :) Came over Via Homesavvyatoz.

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  32. These vintage paper dolls are so great. I love the idea of framing them and the display looks beautiful. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    :)Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-4-craft-link.html

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  33. i love this. paper dolls are the greatest.
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  34. What a fun idea! Thanks for linking up to Craft and Tell!!

    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/08/craft-and-tell-no-18.html

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  35. Thank you so much for linking up at HomeSavvyAtoZ.com's Savvy HomeMade Monday this week! Your art work rocks!

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  36. What a neat idea! I loved paper dolls as a kid! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

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  37. You sure have a very talented family. To be amongst people who appreciate art opens new doors of imagination.

    You did a great job with your paper dolls. It's good to see that you managed to keep them safe all these years and now that they are framed, I am sure they'll stay with you for the years to come :)

    Thanks for linking up at Tea-Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Your post added to the celebration. Party for this week is going on now. Hope to see you there.

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  38. That is so creative! I love them. Thanks for linking up with us! We love partying with you :) Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  39. wow! that looks fun! thanks for sharing this with us! have a lovely weekend!


    Hugs,
    Lelanie

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  40. Now that is some original art work! I've never seen that before, very cool!

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