.....a pair of old wooden shoes were left out
near the hearth in hopes for a visit
from St. Nicholas on his birthday...
has been around for a long time !!
She has spent the greater part of the last one hundred years
waiting in a box all alone and for the most part forgotten!
But one day that all changed when she arrived
at her new household in an old home that was
somehow very familiar
Phebe Rush was born during the 1830s, and
after her first "little girl" grew up she was set
into a box to keep her safe!
After many years when her first "little girl"
had eldered and aged it seemed appropriate
to mail her to a niece in hopes that she
would be loved a cherished again!
She was indeed "cherished" but was kept
in that box because of her age for safe keeping!
But soon dust gathered and other boxes were
laid on top and time marched on
until the niece's daughter in law found
her again after her passing!
Alas Phebe was free again and found her
new home with and new Mistress
Now she has much catching up to do!
Phebe Rush examines her first piece of furniture !
A desk made by Seth Tudor!
Phebe Rush started to travel and
visited Tasha Tudor Museum
and many places through out
Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York
She loves history !
But she is always happy to be back home
where she is loved and welcomed by the
other dolls and pets that live there too!
Being out of the stuffy old box had it's advantages
for there were many gifts and
things for Phebe to try on and wear!
And even furnishings that gave new hope
for a lovely and joyful future !!
An old wardrobe arrived one day to hold all the "new" antique clothes
She was thrilled that she even owned her own
She always enjoys visiting and
sharing joyous chatter with the
other dolls of the old House where she now lives!
She found some paintings of her ancestors
at an antique store
And proudly shows off her new broach
that set off a beautiful shawl that was a
dearest gift from some very special dolls,
made especially for her
by Marjorie Tudor!
She just loves the beautiful color!!
One day Phebe found some beautiful old wooden shoes
and decided to lay them out the night before
St. Nicholas's Birthday, and to her delight
she found them filled with wonderful
gifts in the morning!!!
A sweet hope~chest holds many
She received gifts like this chatelaine
from her friend "Bell" in Florida
And she made a Pen~Pal Friend
all the way from Washington State !!
Another Papier Mache doll around the
same age named "Sadie"!
Phebe has her own Corgi
that she named "Maggie May"!!
And lovely old books to read that are just he size!!
She even has her own Nubian "Molly " Goat
Made by Sweet Michie !!
Phebe was indeed a HAPPY HAPPY Doll!!
And now has many stories to share !!!!
In December she and the other resident dolls
packed up and traveled to Concord Massachusetts
to visit other olden Dolls and one special Doll
that once belonged to Tasha Tudor !!
(also known as "Annabelle"
from the book "A is for Annabelle"
by Tasha Tudor)
Do You Know JESUS?
On loan from Marjorie Tudor
Tiny letters written by Tasha Tudor's "Dolls"
Her dress reminded Phebe of the walls at
Orchard House in Abigail's (the artist) room
READ an article about the exhibit
by John Fiske:
Queen Anne doll and furniture. Doll, England, c. 1740
“Lady Elizabeth” lived with the same
Amsterdam family for generations,
from the late 17th century
~Doll's gown England 1838 .~.~. Doll's robe India 1770~
William and Mary House, England, 1680-1700.
On Jeri Lander's Post ;
Do you see the tiny highboy replica?
You can Visit :
After visiting the Concord Museum
Phebe and her best Doll sisters
gathered at a special Christmas Tea
given by Kristen Strand,
a wonderful doll maker,
along with her beautiful Dolls!!
Dolls from all over the country attended
and they had such great fun!!
Phebe and her "sisters"
Betany Bountiful, and Merry Noel
Hitty Lin, Hitty Yin, and
Hitty Jean and Penny Polly
had the most fun meeting so many
and exchanging Christmas gifts
and enjoying tea!!
Betany Bountiful was thrilled to meet
a Gail Wilson Izannah made by Kristen!
Mildred and Missie Mousiekin also love to
play dolls and enjoy many happy visits too!!
Merry Merry Christmas !!
Hope you enjoyed!
Linnie and Phebe Rush
Books to READ!!