Memory Makers

I’ve always been a girly girl and enjoyed playing with dolls. I could lose myself for hours making up stories and adventures for them. One year my mom made me a ‘fabric shop’ out of a cutlery drawer insert.

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When we were clearing out storage items it was recovered, and she shipped it to me.

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The ribbon cards that used to fill the paper cubbies were reduced to just 2, but everything else was still part of the kit.

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The matchbox drawers hold buttons.

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The contents were in dire need of a bath after 22 years.

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Going through everything was a trip down memory lane.

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Each piece of fabric came from an adult, child’s or doll-size version of a garment hand-sewn by mom once upon a time. Some of my dolls and I had matching jumpers.

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While I have taken a sewing class and do own a sewing machine the little store didn’t predispose me to dressmaking.

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Though I remember making a tiny doll sweater for a Barbie with my babysitter, knitting and crocheting has only happened sporadically in my life.

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Still, the scope of imagination this store held could fill a storybook. I set the shop up on my fireplace mantle for some further reminiscing.

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There is even a fabric swatch of the jumper I wore in this picture.

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Childhood nostalgia is fun.

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