When I was pregnant with Oscar and starting buying boy toys I enjoyed it immensely. Being one of two sisters I’d never known the joy of wheels and parking garages and trains. I got a little too into it and bought enough toys his first couple of years to last him his rest. It’s me, not him, in the checkout aisle at the grocery store suggesting we get just one more matchbox car.
Of course things are just inherently girly around here and Oscar has always had his fair share of dolls and stuffed animals and dollhouses and other “girl toys”. But now, this year with Phoebe on board, Christmas shopping is giving me a little thrill. If having Oscar was discovering a childhood I never had, having Phoebe is reliving my own childhood and I’m pouring over toy sites like a kid in a candy store.. or more accurately like a 9 year old Hillary with the Sears Wishbook.
My first could-not-help-myself, yes-I-know-she’s-only-5-months Christmas present for Phoebe is this gorgeous handmade doll from Bettsi at Tender Arts. Her name is Linnea and she’s made from an Edith Flack Ackley pattern and she’s perfect. Her delicate features, all the little details, just breathtaking… check all the pics on the etsy listing here. Bettsi does amazing work. I have to sit on my hands to not snatch up the new doll she has up on her etsy now.
Little girl Hillary is doing flips that she’s, er, I mean, Phoebe’s getting this for Christmas.