Fairy Tale Dolls: Making Jack and Jill Dolls

Fairy Tale Dolls: Making Jack and Jill Dolls

  You know the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill: “Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.” Making fairy tale dolls or nursery rhyme dolls is a fun and creative experience. How about an easy doll idea for making your very own Jack and Jill Dolls? Here is an idea where you can use small plastic dolls for the bodies and sew together…

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H. C. Andersen Fairy Tales: His Life and Classic Tales

H. C. Andersen Fairy Tales: His Life and Classic Tales

You may have heard of Hans Christian Andersen and even own copies of some of his stories, but what is so significant about the H. C. Andersen fairy tales?  How did they come to be?  Let me share with you a bit about the life and legend who wrote so many classic tales. His Early Years: Hardships of a Young Boy Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark 2 April 1805.[1] He later became an acclaimed author of fairy tales…

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Classic Fairy Tales: Why Are They So Grimm?

Classic Fairy Tales: Why Are They So Grimm?

  You may have heard people talking about fairy tale classics and their seemingly dark content or themes. This is quite contrary to the “happily-ever-after” stigma attached to them. In fact, many fairy tale classics do not contain the words happily ever after. Some have an ending quite the opposite–a very bleak one–; or they leave the reader with a strong feeling of solemnity. But why should stories often adored by children be so “Grimm”? This post seeks to dispel…

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Jake Neverland Pirates Plush Dolls: Animated Cartoons Become Popular Toys for Girls and Boys

Jake Neverland Pirates Plush Dolls: Animated Cartoons Become Popular Toys for Girls and Boys

It is truly amazing how popular toys evolve. It often begins with a book or movie and makes its way into the hands of children, for they have reappeared in the form of dolls and other playthings. Jake Neverland Pirates Plush Dolls are no exception to this growing trend. Come on, friend. This post will show us a little history, a description, and where we might procure one or more of these adventurous Jake Neverland Pirates Plush Dolls. What Is…

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Tinkerbell Fairy Dolls: A Peek at 7 Tinks–Which Version Is for You?

Tinkerbell Fairy Dolls: A Peek at 7 Tinks–Which Version Is for You?

Let’s fly away to Neverland!–a place we all would at least like to visit to escape the cares of this life.  Tinkerbell was created years ago with Disney’s Peter Pan movie and popularized more recently with the Tinkerbell movie of 2008 followed by several other Tinkerbell fairy movies in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014! Many doll versions of Disney’s iconic character and mascot have been created as a result. Let me share with you seven Tinkerbell fairy dolls, their characteristics,…

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Fairy Tale Dolls: How to Make Red Riding Hood Dolls

Fairy Tale Dolls: How to Make Red Riding Hood Dolls

Previously, I wrote a post detailing the characteristics of fairy tale dolls.  This post will begin a series of articles featuring dolls from various fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  This first article features Red Riding Hood Dolls, and includes a simple step-by-step guide to making them.  So grab your cloak, shawl, hat, jacket, (or anything else you need) and come with me to Grandmother’s house where I will share with you how to make Red Riding Hood dolls. Welcome to…

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Making Corn Cob Dolls: A Fun and Easy Craft for Children, Hobbyists, and Artisans

Making Corn Cob Dolls: A Fun and Easy Craft for Children, Hobbyists, and Artisans

Looking for a fun close-to-nature activity to do with the family?  How about taking the fragments that remain from the summer garden and turning them into a fun activity by making corn cob dolls.  It is an easy project that even a child can do with the assistance of an adult, yet novel enough and so much a part of an American folk tradition that adults, hobbyists, artisans–even historians–will enjoy it! A Cultural Folk Heritage From the time of the…

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80’s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 2)

80’s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 2)

Our last post described some of the 80’s stuffed animals and reminisced about some of the loveable animals you may have grown up with.  If you haven’t read that post, I am sure you will quite enjoy it if you find yourself on this page.  In this post, I would like to share with you a few more whimsical stuffed animal characters of the 80’s that I did not include in the first article.  Some of these are among my…

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80s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 1)

80s Stuffed Animals: Adorable and Whimsical Playthings (Part 1)

There was a time when another cute stuffed animal seemed to surface every other weeks to us children growing up in the 80s. Many of them were quite interactive too. They did things like talk, play music, became puppets, were unusually cuddly, unique, or just adorably cute. I would like to share with you and reminisce about some of my favorite 80s stuffed animals. Teddy Ruxpin If you grew up in the 80s, who wouldn’t remember this interactive teddy bear?…

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Popular 80s Dolls: Do You Remember Them?

Popular 80s Dolls: Do You Remember Them?

Oh, the plethora of dolls, animals, and toys made during the 1980s when I was growing up! It seemed like every week there would be another commercial–usually on Saturday mornings when we watched episodes of the Smurfs or He Man, etc. There it was: an advertisement for some new doll or toy. That is where most of the popular 80s dolls were introduced to us children, especially as Christmas approached. In this post, I have made a list of popular…

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