This charming cat lady has a story or two to tell. Her fragile china head, now 125 years old, has survived the love of many little girls, but like many older heads, it sometimes loses track of things. Like places. And dates. And worst of all, names.
This much she remembers:
In 1887 a little girl was born to the Cornwell family in Louisiana, and her name was Mabel Lavancha. Mabel had four older brothers and two older sisters and somewhere along the way this beautiful china-head dolly with the blue eyes became hers, a precious hand-me-down.
Mabel made a beautiful necklace of cast-off glass beads for her dolly, with two bright red beads that matched the dolly's stylishly red high-top "shoes".
Decades passed and Mabel became a mother, and then a grandmother, and she came to live in the corner room of her daughter's house. The dolly sat in a place of honor on top of the oak dresser and when little granddaughter Susie asked nicely, she was allowed to hold grandma's doll and pretend to be the little prairie girl's loving mother.
Many more decades passed and little Susie became Susan Faye and Grandma's Doll now sits in a place of honor in her home, with a little adopted Steiff cat to keep her company.
But somewhere along the decades, the dolly lost her name! Perhaps Grandma simply forgot the doll's name in her later years. Maybe Susie just never asked. To Susie, she was always referred to as "Grandma's Doll" or "The China Head Doll".
It's time for "Grandma's Doll" to have a REAL name again! What do you think her name is? Leave your suggestion in the comments section of this post. Next Sunday, July 15, I will pick my five favorites and we will put it to a vote.
Each person who suggests a name will be entered into a random drawing. On Monday, July 16, I will pick THREE names and each will receive their choice of a set of 5 bookmark/gift tags from my Etsy Shop.
|Garden Cat Gift Tag/ Mini Bookmark Set|
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner, such as a link to your blog or e-mail address included in the comment.
|Summer Garden Gift Tag/ Mini Bookmark Set|
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Grandma's Doll and I thank you for your help!!