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German Marionette

January 31, 2013

German Marionette

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This marionette is part of a collection I have.

My mother purchased him for me.

He is carrying a backpack. Rucksak!



and has the rosiest cheeks.












He reminds me of the song

“The Happy Wanderer

I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track.

And as I go I love to sing, my knapsack on my back!

I love to wander by the stream that dances in the sun.

So joyously it calls to me:  “Come join my happy song!”

I wave my hat to all I meet and they wave back to me.

And blackbirds call so loud and sweet, from every greenwood tree.

High overhead the skylarks wing, they never rest at home.

But, just like me, they love to sing, as o’er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die.

And may I always laugh and sing, beneath the clear blue sky.


Val-deri!  Val-dera!  Val-deri!  Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Val-deri!  Val-dera!  My knapsack on my back.

IMG_0101and in German…

Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann,
Und mir steckt’s auch im Blut;
Drum wandr’ ich flott, so lang ich kann,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.


Faleri, falera, faleri,
Falera ha ha ha ha ha ha
Faleri, falera,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.

Das Wandern schaffet frische Lust,
Erhält das Herz gesund;
Frei atmet draußen meine Brust,
Froh singet stets mein Mund:

Warum singt Dir das Vögelein
So freudevoll sein Lied?
Weil’s nimmer hockt, landaus, landein
Durch and’re Fluren zieht.

Was murmelt’s Bächlein dort und rauscht,
So lustig hin durch’s Rohr,
Weil’s frei sich regt, mit Wonne lauscht
Ihm dein empfänglich Ohr.

D’rum trag ich Ränzlein und den Stab
Weit in die Welt hinein,
Und werde bis an’s kühle Grab
Ein Wanderbursche sein!



She needs an outfit to wear…elegant or simple?

January 6, 2012

She needs an outfit to wear…elegant or simple?

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted
I saw her at the thrift store. I have not purchased many dolls lately. I did not buy her the first two times I went.She has a crack under her mouth.

and she is missing her other hand.

When I was still in high school I would dream about going to a school on how to fix dolls. I saw an add for a school in the back of a doll magazine or maybe it was even BH&G.

Isn’t she just beautiful!

I was standing there looking at her. She had the price tag for 19.99. I was thinking should I ….or shouldn’t I.



Then a sales woman came by and said, “this doll has been here for a few weeks already. I was just going to mark her down. I she did. Half off. It was fate. I brought her home with me and I haven’t regretted it one bit! Does anyone know anything about these dolls? I haven’t taken the time to do any research yet at all.  The front of the tag has Composition Boudoir doll Goldberger.




Here is the stamp on her back. I know enough that most dolls are marked either behind the neck or on their backs.

Here she is again. Maybe one day soon I will take a trip to a local doll hospital and look around and reminisce on a dream I once had.

And now she needs a dress to wear. Should it be elegant or simple.  Maybe I could make an undergarment dress with white and cream fabrics and lace? I like to make quilts. I am just finished the table topper in the background of these photos. The last time a sewed any clothes it was in Home Ec class in high school!

A little  research:

Boudoir dolls were made to sit on the owner’s bed.

Classic vintage Boudoir Dolls were made from approximately the 1920s through the 1940

Here is a link to the company started in 1916.