What was your bedroom theme as a child? Do you remember having a specific color or scheme to your bedroom or spaces as you grew up? For the most part, I don’t remember a theme, but there are pictures of my first birthday and some cherished toys that led me to decide on a theme for my twins: Raggedy Ann and Andy!
So, how did it all start with Raggedy Ann and Andy? Well, to be honest, I’m not really sure where my mother picked it up, but it was the theme for my first birthday party. There was a cake, and there were paintings and decorations for my bedroom. I still have the plastic molds for the wall, even the plastic molded coat hanger, though the dowels that held the coats are long gone. Those links are the same products I see available on eBay; I promise I have them here at the house, but they are in totes at the moment and unavailable for pictures. I’d not part with the ones I have, even for the prices listed currently on eBay!
The pictures above were painted for me then, by my grandmother who has always been an exceptional artist. I will admit to touching up the paintings just a little for this blog post; these pictures are just about as old as I am (my 34th birthday is tomorrow!) and are a little dirty, one even slightly bent and cracked. My grandmother has assured me that these are oil paintings and that I can wipe them clean with a gentle rag, but… I haven’t attempted to do so. These are one-of-a-kind paintings, priceless to me personally as well as likely valuable in the marketplace, and I hesitate to even think about bringing water anywhere near them!
I do hope to get my husband to help my boys make some wooden frames for them this year, though. White, to match the original frames, preferably. Currently, they are sitting on the top of a bookshelf in the twins’ room, but I’d like to mount them on the wall.
Raggedy Ann Dolls
I also had at least a couple of Raggedy Ann dolls as a child. My daughter, Lynndi, has come to love the ones I’ve begun collecting on her behalf. She has a small one to carry around, and then we were given handmade matching Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls when they were born. (Don’t worry – these are touched up also. Andy has a blue face from a marker – oops! I’ll get it washed out, as I’m sure it’s just Crayola marker, but haven’t had time to mess with it and wanted a better picture than that. Trust me, this one is better!)
But besides the little dolls I had, and these that the twins have, there’s a big doll. When I say “big” I don’t just mean it’s bigger than the usual 18″ friendly posable girl. I mean, she’s almost as big as the twins are. She’s also almost as old as I am, and she has some trouble spots. Her foot is almost removed from the rest of her body; it’s a sewing and gluing project that I haven’t yet begun. She sits in MY room for now, on top of the highest bookshelf, because I don’t want her foot completely torn off!
She has a dress that probably isn’t the dress she came with. She used to wear the dress you will see baby ME wearing further down this post, but for now this dress is a great portrayal of the historic Raggedy Ann. Do you know the story? Raggedy Ann was invented because the maker’s daughter loved her, and when that daughter suffered vaccine injury, the doll was marketed first to help with medical expenses and later as an awareness mechanism. Very interesting, I thought, and all that happened just in time for the Raggedy Ann craze that caused my mother to choose her as my nursery theme (though she didn’t know those details at the time).
You might recall, if you’ve been following this linky at all, that I missed last week! I apologize! We’ve been dealing with shingles, chicken pox, and the ins and outs of my husband in the midst of a job change which includes a significant commute. (And if you follow my Christian Fellowship Friday linky, you know most of that as well.)
So, please excuse me for adding a bit of length to this Sharing Your Childhood edition by extending into a second way to share your childhood. You see, though I had the dolls and the plastic wall molds, I may not have remembered why or it may not have had significance to me except that I found pictures. I’m a scrapbooker, or was, or pretend to be, and I made some pages of my first birthday several years ago. At that time, I made my own little paper piecing based on a coloring book page of Raggedy Ann, and decorated a layout for the year I was born – 1980.
Do you see the cake? And the dress I mentioned we had on the large Raggedy Ann doll for several years? (I’m wearing the dress – the baby, in the upper right corner, is me!) You can even see one of my grandmother’s phenomenal paintings in the corner of that same picture. (And yes, these are polaroids and yes, I have copies!) (But, no, I don’t have the paper piecing pattern. Sorry!)
You see, the pictures and my doing the scrapbook page to go back and look at later is what inspired the idea of using Raggedy Ann and Andy as my twins’ bedroom theme. My mother says that she “set me up” to have twins, way back then! Maybe she did.
I have outfits for the twins, even, and plan to do a photo shoot before they get too big for the clothes. I’d wanted to do a photo shoot when I had two, two-year-olds, with the twins Raggedy theme, but… didn’t work that way, but it’s okay and I can and will still do it. I’ll be sure to share when I do!
What was your bedroom theme as a child? Where did you get the idea for your childrens’ bedroom themes?
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