Jonny likes to remind the girls that it was his idea to give them flower names (Beatrix’s middle name is Rose Marie.) So, when I finished sewing a set of dolls for the girls to play with recently they immediately started coming up with flower names for them. Beatrix typically names all dolls “Rose,” so of course that was the name she gave her red haired doll. Larkspur’s was named “Marigold” and the third dolly was called “Sunflower.”
I’ve had Wee Wonderfuls sitting on my shelf for about a year and a half. My girls and I have poured through the pages countless times, both of them making requests, me making promises. 0n a whim, I recently cut out all the pieces to make the “Sleepover Pals” set and then began slowly assembling the dolls and their little sleeping bag. As I finished assembling the last dolly yesterday, the girls proclaimed them all to be alive now and then requested that I make up stories featuring the trio of dollies. I am honestly not very good at that, but I did my best. We actually all took turns. Beatrix is a natural storyteller, and she is evidently a fan of dark caves and monsters that “eat you up.” Something about all that storytelling made the little dolls whom Larkspur describes as being “kind of funny looking, but soooo cute”come alive for the girls. My plan is to keep them tucked into their little roll up sleeping bag on a shelf in my closet most of the time and only bring them down on occasion. When I was a little girl, my grandmother kept a doll that was simply named “Sick Dolly” up in her closet. Sick Dolly was only brought out when one of the grandchildren was sick. Something about getting to play with her made being sick less miserable. I don’t know that these little flower dolls will become sick dollies, but I think that keeping them on a high shelf most of the time will guarantee that they hold on to their appeal for longer. I may use these dolls in the same way that I use the “Little Book Basket,” bringing them down when one of the girls needs some quiet alone time.