August 2, 2017

 Fourteen of my treasures, carefully chosen, spent July in a beautiful
display case at Mile 68 on I91 in Hartford, VT. Their reentry to the rest of
the doll family, sitting here patiently waiting with mascot Flagler to meet
and greet the visitors makes us curious. So let¹s hear their testimonies.

Well, said Suzy, ³Everyone loves me best!² Missy responds: ³I am the all
time favorite!² ³So many people oohed and aahed about us,² bragged Holly.
Zoe reported that Crackers peed on the glass shelf. Maybe we should listen
to some real people. During our grandson Gurion¹s weeklong visit working on
the letterpress, we had many conversations about Bundle history. He is the
inventor of Calico Paper Dolls. Bring back the animals he said, so we made a
little gingham dog, now named Dillon, who made the young man joyful. So we
also agreed to offer Sam with fireworks eyes as Calico Paper Dolls to raise
money through August for the Chester Fireworks fund.

Four generations of doll owners love to tell me their stories of loving
their dolls. Robin loves to share her dolls like Olga to teach foreign
language to her students. Sasha has several Bundles and sleeps with one each
night on a rotation cycle. Anna and her sister like to take their dolls to
the beach for a picnic. Christine¹s Scarlett managed three cardinal eggs in
a nest while the parents were away. And Caroline has slept with her Mimi for
five years and her doll was just in our beauty salon for her third wig‹this
time a sweet ponytail.  And I spent three or four days restoring three
dolls, ages 37, 35 and 33, all belonging to Holly and now being loved by her
two daughters. Nothing pleases me more than to bring their dolls back to
life, especially when they have been loved so abundantly. Even Lew still has
his Teddy, missing his eyes but not his heart, now forty-seven years old.

In spite of our presence in two VT welcome centers, our beautiful gardens
and restored yard sign, we are seeing a huge dip in our visitorship. We know
it is not the invasive burning bushes, the weather, the speed of the
traffic, or where to park, but the terrible economy. My hero on NPR, Paul
Solomon, talked about like problems on Cape Cod. We are waiting it out. We
know we offer quality, value and support our prices, honored by a lifetime
guarantee, a 10 percent returning customer benefit and a loving cloth friend
for life. And we are patient.




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