A Great Free or Almost Free Gift for Girls – Paper Dolls

Paper-Dolls

By a fluke my daughter has discovered the joy of paper dolls.

I didn’t have paper dolls when I was a little girl so it didn’t dawn on me that she may enjoy such a simple old fashioned past time.

A few months ago a family member presented my daughter with an out of print collection of American Girl Paper Dolls. I thought she would put them down and ignore them. Especially since you have to cut them out instead of punch them out. But one quiet evening she hunkered down near her father as he was reading the paper and proceeded to painstakingly cut out the dolls, clothes, and accouterments.

She did a really good job cutting them out. Probably better than I would have. And then she proceeded to have such fun with them. She’s been carting them about. Taking them when we go visiting and really just dismissing her usual doll play for them. I think part of the fun come from cutting them out. And yes dressing them is a bit of fun too.

One day I was browsing, for something else entirely, on the internet and stumbled upon a treasure trove of paper dolls. These are out of print and some kind soul, Teri Petti to be exact, has painstakingly (there’s that word again) offered up these out of print gems to partake of.

My daughter is cutting them out and playing as fast as I can print them. Her favorites are the Ginghams Paper Dolls. These are just so cute! And the little stories that go along so sweet!

So if you’re in the market for something old fashioned that your little girl will love and that won’t cost you much I think Paper Dolls are just the thing.

Here’s where you can find some Printable Paper Dolls Online

The Graphics Fairy : I love the Graphics Fairy. She is generous with her vintage images. She’s got some great Paper Dolls I haven’t seen around before. You have to be a little creative with these and fill in the bodies with fabric and tissue paper scraps you have lying around. Play around and have fun!

Karen’s Whimsy: Karen’s Whimsy is another great site for vintage images. This cute vintage paper doll includes a front and a back along with several hats and outfits.

Printable Paper Doll Land : The motherload of paper dolls. Hats off to Teri Petti and thank you so much for sharing your collection. Teri is a collector and you’ll find out of print copies of The Ginghams, Betsy McCall, Strawberry Shortcake, Erin Fairechild, That Girl, Little Kiddles, and more. Woowee!

More Resources for Paper Dolls

Vintage Style Paper Dolls on Etsy

Personalized Paper Dolls for Toddlers on Etsy

Paper Dolls and Dollhouse Sets on Etsy

Non-Paper Dolls (so cute)

 

 

 

 

 

The Vintage Homemaker and Autumn

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As the weather dips, ever so slightly, and the quiet streets indicate children in school the Vintage Homemaker knows Autumn is upon us and it’s time to prepare for the season at hand.

The Fall Garden

Our fall harvests are well under way but some may find a rogue vegetable or two attempting to make a comeback in early Fall. See if you can extend the harvest by adding a row cover for those cooler evenings. It may even be time to see about building a cold frame. This excellent class through Craftsy.com can help you along the way: The Extended Harvest

The Fall Kitchen

With the Autumn Harvest comes canning, drying and freezing galore. Don’t be afraid if you’ve never put your hand to such tasks. Here are some timely resources to get you going in the right direction.

 

An Autumn Day

The winds through the pine boughs tell in whispers,

That the flowers have donned their sleeping robes;

On the rocky hillocks, the immortelles*

Wave in the breezes their fadeless globes.

Once in a while, from a sheltered covert

A belated cricket, hapless fellow

Chirps loud, and cheerily, quite forgetting

That the ground is strewed with scarlet and yellow.

The **haws are red as the reddest apple,

On thorny branches, repelling and bare;

The bracken, of graceful mien, has perished,

And the footprints of autumn are everywhere.

Where the sweet chestnut and beech trees grow,

The squirrels alternately work and play,

Securing the harvest’s lavish display,

To provide for winter’s stormiest day.

The pretty deer mouse through the stubble creeps,

Slowly and wearily, as though it knew

That the cat kept watch from a high gray stone,

Its glossy coat damp with chilly dew.

On misty mornings, the birds assemble,

To decide, and survey, without chart, or guide

The way they must when they immigrate,

To lead their young over paths untried.

There are empty nests, and empty cradles.

Whose happy owners have flown away,

A wee strawberry blossom limp, and pale,

I tenderly gather this autumn day.

~Mary Worcester

*a type of flower

** hawthorne berry

A Package for the Vintage Homemaker

The homemaker of today must allow for definite health care in her daily schedule. Housekeeping will be drudgery or the reverse largely through her physical ability to meet the work demands of house tasks, and her mental ability to withstand the tension of childbearing and child care.

~Household Engineering

household efficiency, and above all, personal efficiency, depend absolutely on the physical and mental health of the woman herself!

~Household Engineering

I took these two quotes from one of my favorite homemaking books because Christine F. makes such a good point. Your health is so important dear homemaker. The work you do will seem impossible and exhausting and will drain you if you do not take important steps to your best health.

How can you make these steps?

Allow me to point you to exhibit A.

Only comes around once a year and is packed thoroughly with natural goodness for you and your family.

A healthy pregnancy, to healthy meals, to a healthy home. It’s a deliciously stuffed pack of resources brought to you by the Ultimate Bundles group.

Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

Here’s a glimpse of the package

A set of resources for those sensitive to various food items.

Use Essential oils to solve common ailments. Learn how to use them safely and effectively.


Christine mentions exercise of the body as necessary for recuperation. Find several resources to help you exercise more.

 

Pregnancy is a delicate time in a woman’s life. While we can’t control the outcome we can do our best to give it the best odds.

What Vintage Homemaker doesn’t garden in some form or fashion?

 

Vintage Homemakers put a lot of their own cleaning supplies together. You can do the same and have a more natural home.

Vintage Homemaker’s didn’t always the luxury of a PCP. Many ailments were solved at home and can still be solved this way today.

Paleo dishes for you.

 

More recipes and cooking from scratch for the Vintage Homemaker.

And tons of bonuses worth more than the bundle themselves!

This bundle comes with $225 worth of bonus products including:

  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Plant Therapy – Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oil set ($22.92 value)
  • NaturOli – FREE travel essentials facial set: deep conditioning facial wash (1 oz.), new radiance facial creme (1 oz.), exfoliating walnut scrub (1 oz.) ($16.95 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Lexie Naturals – FREE natural care gift set: lip balm (.15 oz.), lotion tube (1 oz.) and trial-size deodorant (.35 oz.) ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)
  • Once a Month Meals – $32 toward OAMM membership + a free mini menu ($35 value)

Since they offer the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

Here’s how you can get your bundle:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use the Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

A Vintage Homemaker should feel her best and enjoy her home and family. A healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

My own family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

Veggie Gardening Season

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Of all the remedies soapsuds where bleaching or much soda is not used is a cheap easily obtainable and a killer of aphides…Nothing surpasses soapsuds and cold water as a aphids destroyer.

~Journal of Horticulture and Practical Gardening

 

The Science of Home-Keeping

Home-keeping is a science, and but who profess it really possess it.  And the more we accomplish with the least of money, and the smallest amount of work, the more science we exhibit. The woman who keeps her house so that it is home to the tired and weary husband and little ones, so that any and all the time they spend at home, until the very idea of at home is a happy thought, is a scientific home keeper.
~Western Garden and Poultry Journal

I love vintage thoughts such as these that remind us that keeping the home is much more than cleaning, and cooking. It’s a science where the desired outcome are happy thoughts for those who dwell therein.

 

 

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