Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Favorite Cupboard Party

Hello everyone, and welcome to A Favorite Cupboard party hosted by Shiela of http://notesongs.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-time-for-heart-of-home-party.html This looks like it is going to be a fun party! Thanks Shiela for being our sweet hostess for today.Today I am sharing my doll cabinet, that we inherited from my dear father-in-law when he passed away in 1983. He was a collector of milk memorabilia, and at the time, this cabinet was filled with whimsical cow creamers. I knew at that time, this cabinet was coming home with us. (click on any photo to enlarge)
It sits in a little alcove in our dining room. I knew it would be perfect for my doll collection, which also started with a vintage doll that was given to me by my dear-mother-in-law. I also collect bears, which have also found their way into the cabinet.
This little canopy bed, was made by dear father-in-law. He had made a giant dollhouse for my mother-in-law, and had created a lot of the furniture himself, using the tiniest of tools. I cherish this little bed, and my mother-in-law also made the coverlet, canapy cover, and little pillows you see on the bed. She could tat, and crochet.
Here, are some of my Boyd's autumn bears. I love this little doll with the pouty face.
The angel pictured here, on the right, was also made by mother-in-law. Just beautiful trimmed in feathers. Oh, that Easter bunny needs to come out for Easter.
I also have started collecting a few vintage planters, and some Lefton figurines you see in this picture.
Many years ago, I used to go to doll shows. They had handmade doll artists there, who made the most gorgeous dolls. The one in blue, I was lucky to bring home from one of these shows. The others were gifts from the Franklin Mint I believe.
This is my china cabinet. I have a lot of different pretties in there, including tea cups, and things that dear mother-in-law had made. One day I plan on painting this one white. I plan on keeping the doll cabinet as is. Hubby won't let me paint it anyway. lol!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my cabinets. Please go over to Shiela's for my cabinet fun. Thanks so much for coming by, and for your nice comments.




13 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Holy Moly!!

So many beautiful things. First of all, the cabinets thenselves are stunning.
Now your doll and bear collection is to die for!!
I love all the china and the other collectibles !! Beautiful!!

I blew up each pic so I would not miss a thing. Do you have the doll house your FIL built for your MIL??

Just wondering!!

Hugs,
debbie

Shelia said...

Hi Debbie! Oh, what a magnificent collection of dolls and bears! How sweet and I love the story of how you acquired the sweet cabinet from your FIL. So much to see! :) Your china cabinet is beautiful too! Just loved this. Thank you Debbie for coming to my party.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your cabinets are beautiful, and how fun to be able to see all of those pretty dolls inside. I love that doll bed! I love that some of this belonged to your mil and fil. It's wonderful that you are using them so beautifully. laurie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I could look at dolls all day. I don't really "collect" them..but I do own a few and did a post on one of them recently. I have four that I just love and I leave in my living room. My kids look at me funny and think I should give them to my granddaughters..but...nope. Mine, mine, mine. For now at least. :) I also love bears...so I really enjoyed looking into your cabinet.

Amanda said...

What fun cupboards. My doll cupboard has to be the favorite in my house as well.

Laura Wilkerson said...

Ms. Debbie,
Love both cabinets! Those dolls and bears are too cute but my favoirte is your tea sets...so pretty.
My sisterlived in Colorado and now California and she hand makes dolls and has won a few blue ribbons....they're really detailed...she actually hand paints the hair and eyebrows on some of the "baby" sized ones and glues eyelashes...it's really amazing. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice message. Have a wonderful week!

Designs By Pinky said...

What wonderful treasures you have in your cabinet! The canopy bed is wonderful! Where in NJ are you? I am in Pa. in Landenberg, right outside of Newark, De. I also have to say that your header picture is EXQUISITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Mari said...

OMG WHAT AWESOME TREASURES YOU HAVE MY FRIEND :) JUST BEAUTIFUL!!

XO~MARI

C'est moi Claudette said...

Whoops, I commented on your White Wed. post.
Did you know sweet Shelia is coming here, Canada, to my "summer breeze" girly party. She's a DOLL... yours are very precious too ; )
Love Claudie
xo

Olivia said...

Oh wow! What beautiful dollies and bears you have. How fun to have a cabinet to store them in. What sweet treasures.
Hugs,
Olivia

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie, I am over visiting you from Shelia's blog (a little late), and I just cannot get over all of your collectibles! How wonderful that you not only have your FIL's cabinet, but that adorable little bed he made and that your MIL made the tiny linens for... tatting is difficult!

I loved seeing all of your cuties in the cabinet and your teacup collection as well. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Tammy said...

Hi Debbie!

Thank you for visiting my blog for Pink Saturday and for leaving your sweet comments. I do not have any more of the paper you are requesting. I used it all for other projects. I am sorry! You have such a beautiful blog!!! I looked at some older posts and I love everything I saw. Keep up the good work and keep sharing your pretties! Happy Belated Pink Saturday! Love Tammy

Loretta said...

WOW! I love your gorgeous cabinets with the lovely things inside them. I also collect dolls and china. I'm planning to go to my first doll convention in July. I love dolls. Your little canopy bed is sooooo sweet. I esp. love the crocheted top and cover.