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Blast From My Past: Asparagus and Kidney Beans

Nope, not a recipe… ha!  Instead, a stroll down memory lane…

There must be something about spring weather that gives me the urge to purge.  I’ve been turning our closets inside out, crossing off neglected tasks that have been on my To-Do list for months, donating or throwing away anything unnecessary or unused.  But even though space is limited, I can still find room for a few sentimental items.

Let me introduce you to a few…

The Amateur Librarian // Blast from my Past: Kidney Bean Bag Dolls

When I was cleaning out the closet recently, I stumbled upon these relics from my childhood. I guess I’ve been obsessed with dolls and “old things” ever since I was little.  I sewed these dolls from scraps and filled them with kidney beans… and intentionally made them “raggedy” and full of stitches for an antique effect.

I can’t remember the names I gave them or what stories I gave them (although I’m sure they were intensely complicated and fleshed out).  I do remember that the first one I made – due to the green color – was an asparagus.

The Amateur Librarian // Blast from my Past: Kidney Bean Bag Dolls

 

Yep, a doll inspired by a leggy green vegetable.  Her face was drawn on with a sharpie, and I experimented with markers and clumsy embroidery for the next two dolls.

The Amateur Librarian // Blast from my Past: Kidney Bean Bag Dolls

 

The Amateur Librarian // Blast from my Past: Kidney Bean Bag Dolls

Maybe they’re a little creepy, but I can still appreciate the floppy weight and long braidable hair that I loved when I created them.  I still have a bag full of clothes I made for them out of scraps – a few inches of lace became a shawl, the hem of an outgrown nightgown became a sash,  a row of buttons from an old shirt became a dress, a bracelet became a necklace.  I guess I’ve always been a hoarder of fabric, although these days I’m more likely to use a machine rather than do any sewing by hand.  I guess I’ll keep these little gals around…

The Amateur Librarian // Blast from my Past: Kidney Bean Bag Dolls

 

A blast from my past, for sure!

(And again, I had lots of fun with the new photo app from A Beautiful Mess!)

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