Monday, April 9, 2007

My Barbie Doll

Am I the only one who still has her Barbie doll? I'll tell ya, I loved playing with my Barbie dolls growing up. I was a total tomboy & spent most of my time outside, doing something fun & slightly dangerous, but when it came time to play with dolls...it was my Barbie that I loved. Forget the babydolls...give me Barbie! I got her for Christmas one year when I was probably 8 or 9 and I made a special point to keep her. I have nothing else from childhood, but Barbie. My sister loved the babydolls, but they were never my favorite. We even had a Barbie college that we got one year & that was pretty neat too. My mom sewed all our clothes for us when we were growing up, so of course, Barbie got new clothes too. See all those tiny little outfits...mom made them all. We didn't get store-bought clothes (way too expensive!), not when Mom had all these scraps of fabric lying around. Can you imagine the patience it took to make these little outfits...lots more than I would have, that's for sure! These are all I have left...the bridal gown, the little blue dress with the net overlay (how snazzy is that?!), and of course, the business-girl's gray flannel for work, as well as the striped cotton number for summer. And, there's even a red velvet coat for glamorous Barbie.


Barbie's pretty blue case. And remember the red maillot she wore? Mom made some black corduroy pants & a yellow robe.


Barbie...the dreams little girls are made of!
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The Tattered Nest said...

oh thanks for bringing back great memories! that is the exact Barbie I had! but my case wasn't blue it was black. Where you a member of the Barbie fan club? my friend and I were..what fun! take good care,Gail thetatterednest.blogspot.com

Debra said...

Rhoda, That's cool that you still have your Barbie! I had the original Barbie with the black and white swimsuit and another one with 3 wigs. I cut all the hair off my original one so she could wear the wigs too.

The Feathered Nest said...

Rhoda, welcome back! No I don't have my Barbie anymore. It's wonderful that you do! Did your mom make you & Barbie matching dresses? THAT would have been so cute. I can't imagine the patience it took to make those little, tiny outfits! I barely have the patience to try make a big ol' pillow!

Manuela

PAT said...
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PAT said...

There is another delete from me, Rhoda...I have had my head in Paula's book all day and can't think of anything else!!

What I wanted to say was...I didn't have Barbie...born too early! My girls had Barbies and I sewed their outfits, also. I got to enjoy Barbie through my daughters!

Pat
Back Porch Musings

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh Rhoda, I loved this post! Can you believe that I was born the year of Barbie's debut and I never had a REAL Barbie? I had Francie, Casey and my beloved Skipper, but no Barbie! My best friend had your case.. so fun to see that again! I'm happy that you still have your special Barbie! Wasn't it just yesterday that we were playing dolls? ;-)
xo,
Kim

Southern Heart said...

Rhoda, I loved seeing your Barbie and accessories! I had that case in pink. I so wish I still had my collection (I'm sure they were sold at a garage sale long ago). I really enjoyed my Barbies, and my Krissy doll, too (with the hair that grew).

God thought I should have boys...but he did give me a girly-girl niece who will play Barbies all day with me!

Thanks for sharing those memories...

Shabby in the City said...

Sad story. I got my older cousins Barbies and all their clothes, etc. and so they would be worth a lot of $...had I not traded their HEADS to other children with dime store dolls...as well as their clothes.
My mother also sewed my Barbie clothes and there was a furrier in town where Mama would get tiny scraps of mink and make little stoles and coats for my doll. I liked Skipper the best because she was flat chested and didn't have that womanly arched foot!

Southern Heart said...

Rhoda, your 3 columns look great! You did a wonderful job! I'm sure that I will be asking you for help on a few things soon...there are some things that I just haven't mastered!

Your blog looks so pretty!

Betty said...

Rhoda,
Great to hear from you and glad you had a nice Easter....

I go back, way back, to dolls. I had a (my daughter collects dolls so she has my dolls now) Bonnie Braids doll. She was Dick Tracy's baby.

Amy, my daughter, has her Barbie. We had her a wedding dress made from lace scraps from my wedding dress. Brings back lots of memories.....

Betty

robin sherwood frecklefarm said...

Hi Rhoda,
I thought I would introduce myself.
Andrea spoke about me on her blog. Barbie is fun. Thank-you for stopping by
best
Robin

Christy said...

That is so neat that you still have her. What special memories. My sister and I were talking the other day about us not remembering ever playing with barbie dolls. I guess since we had each other and we were almost twins we just played with each other.

Naturegirl said...

No this little girl never had a Barbie..knew of her though! Where are your Barbies feet!
I did make up for not having one by making sure my own daughter grew up with one..however it went during a yard sale. :)NG

robin sherwood frecklefarm said...

Hi Rhoda,
Thank-you for stopping by my blog. Your are on our blogging sisters link list. This is so much fun!
Love,
Robin

Felicia said...

How wonderful. I just love those pictures and her outfits are darlin'. I wish I still had my Barbie's but they went quite a long time ago. I had the case too similar to yours. Thanks for letting me run down memory lane.

Mary said...

I didn't have Barbie - too old, and of course I was in England as a child so played and dressed small English dollies! I used to knit and sew for them - my Mum was a dressmaker so there was always plenty of extra fabric lying around.
I'm still in touch with my friend Carol who lived next door - we always talk about the long hours we spent "playing dolls". Our houses were like a duplex and our bedrooms shared a wall - we knocked on it at night in a secret code! Oh my, your mention of dolls has brought all these memories back - such fun, thanks.
Mary.
P.S. Rhoda - the Italian Easter cake was good - similar to the Panettone sold at Christmas, but dotted inside with dark chocolate cream instead of raisins and dried peels, with a crisp chocolate icing on top.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Oh, how I loved my Barbies! I don't have the original one, but have quite a few left (some of them in better shape than others). My mom sewed some of the clothes for mine too. I had Skipper, Tutti, Midge, and Ken..... and some "groovy" outfits!!
Fun memories!!

Anonymous said...

What a walk down memory lane, I loved my Barbie doll, I also had Midge (Barbie's best friend) and my sister had Ken. My case was red. I had so many of her outfits, my favorite was the black gown that came with a microphone, my Grandmother made me quite a few outfits too. I had her tucked away or so I thought...when somehow she disappeared...no one remembers what happened to my Barbie. ***I would also to like to note, I had younger brothers and she survived them...lol The thing that bothers me most is my own little girl never got to meet my Barbie doll :(
I also had Chatty Cathy does anyone remember her ???

Thanks for the walk down memory lane !!!
Kathy :)

Sandy said...

Good for you for saving your stuff! My daughter played with mine and had a blast.
I loved Barbies. And I loved building giant-size houses for them. Fun day. And fun post!

Gina said...

What a pretty retro doll! Love your collection.

Tonja said...

Yes! I still have my Barbie. I have kept her all these years. I'll have to make a pic to show you. And I have the case, too. My Grandmother was the seamstress who made little clothes for me. I still have most of them. All my boys would love for me to get them down for them to see. I have the Ken doll, too. But his hair is mostly rubbed off. Great memory. Thanks!

Betty Jo said...

I had only one Barbie and never played with her. Like your sister I preferred the babydolls. You asked where we've relocated to. We are in TN, just moved from Nashville. The mountains in my photo are part of the Blue Ridge. The Appalachian trail runs right by a picnic area not to far from us. We are in a rather congested area, but are high enough that we have one of the best views around. We love it here. xoxo

Iowa Gal said...

I still have my REVLON DOLL and Iam 59 years old. For a long time, when I was little ,I had only the dress that she came with. My mother couldn't afford new doll clothes. So my grandmother made a wedding dress and veil out of one of her good slips and also a dress out of some left over material. I was sooooo proud of my dolls wardrobe and still am today. The only thing is somewhere along the line she lost her shoes.

La Tea Dah said...

OH, she looks just like mine --- but I don't have her any more. I still have Skipper, and Pepper, and Midge, though. Do you have any of Barbie's friends? After I 'grew up' I went through another Barbie stage and collected lots of them (they are in storage now). What fun to comb their hair and dress them up! I still have the Barbie furniture my daddy made for me when I was in 2nd grade. . .and some of the clothing my mom sewed for my Barbies. Great memories!

Rhoda said...

What fun to share all these great Barbie memories with all of you...I can see this struck a chord. Little girls never grow up completely, do we? Thanks ya'll for stopping by & making my day! Looks like only Tonya still has her Barbie too. I never had Ken or any of her friends..we were lucky to just have Barbie! A lot of my friends had the others though, so I did get to play with them.

Rhoda

cityfarmer said...

With the onset of short term memory...I'm trying to remember where my Barbie is???!!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

What great memories!
We could spend hours playing with our perfect Barbies.~ that is until my brother would come in and get in the way...
"Mooooommmmmyyyy"
Everything I know about being a lady I learned from Barbie.

purple cucumbers folk art said...

Hi darling,just passing threw,I added your link to my Alabama ladies.

Lallee said...

Rhoda, how nice that you still have yours. I wish I did~it was one of the originals. When I was a young girl my cousins, whose father was in the military, came back from Germany with this oo-la-la doll. LOL Her name was Lilli. I wanted one so badly. It wasn't long after that when Mattel bought Lilli and reintroduced her as Barbie with some modifications. The history of Lilli is here. Apparently she was sold in smoke shops as a joke for men. Oh my! Thanks for the memories!

linda t said...

Thanks for the memories Rhoda!
I love my Barbie dolls! Still do!
I got my first Barbie in 1964 followed by Midge and Ken and Twiggy and Skipper and then I was the very first to get the 12 inch GI Joe doll with posable arms and legs. I mean come on! Who needs the stiff, uptight Ken when Barbie can have the handsome, buff and posable GI Joe! And mine happened to be one of the first off the press, and had a scar on his face... so I guess it's worth A LOT more! They eventually stopped making them with the scar... probably scared the kids!
Great post Rhoda!

Tina Leigh said...

LOL!! Do you know where & what Baptist Village is?!! LOL!! Came by way of Betty...I didn't think anyone else besides Mama & Betty would know what I was talking about. Got to go get some supper cooking & clothes off the line but I will be back to explore your blog. I was reared in L.A., Grove Hill, Alabama that is. Funny how we have swaped places huh!

willzmom said...

I loved Barbie too, I had some of mine but they were too far gone. I really played hard with them. What a wonderful cherished memory. Thanks for sharing it.

Tina Leigh said...

Rhoda it is a nursing home...one that my Mama use to work at..we r both nurses. So we joke about it all the time. I gave my Barbie to my niece along with my case since I had boys. I wish I kept it. I have heard of the town your folks are from...but I dont remember where exactly. Pecan trees will be the death of my husband & I! LOL! I'll BE BACK!! LOL!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I am glad I visited yours!

I had a HUGE smile from ear to ear when I read this post! I STILL have my Barbie doll... in her original case... with all the clothes my Mom sewed! Glad to know I'm not the only one! =)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I have that Barbie! And all her clothes, and case. Even a Barbie House. Somehow I can't get rid of it all. She (and her friends) were such a big part of my life. I bought my first Barbie for $3.00 when I moved here from Europe. What a thrill!!

Hoping for grandchildren who might want to play with me again. If not, I may have to sneek her out once in awhile so she can try on all her clothes again.

RealEstateGirl said...

I have boxes of Barbie dolls, but they are all new in boxes and poor me, I can't play with them!

Dorothy said...

Oh wow! If you didn't just bring back a flood of memories for me!! How I wish I still had my first Barbie, her case and the loads of accessories that amassed over the years. While I kept alot of things from my childhood and passed them on to my girls...this is the one thing I regret that wasn't kept. Thanks for sharing your Barbie with the rest of us who love her so!!

D~

Cindy @ My Romantic Home said...

Wow that is so cool that you still have all that. I loved Barbie and played with her until 6th grade. I have no idea what happened to all that stuff!

Betty said...

Rhoda,
You mentioned Ellaville. Isn't it near Butler, Reynolds, in that area? We lived in Thomaston and I think we went through Ellaville several times going to Albany- Americus........

smilnsigh said...

Fantastic sewing mom you had there!!!

How sweet that you've kept your Barbie.

Mari-Nanci