Friday, July 24, 2009

Miss Jane

I find it interesting how characteristics of my children are finding their way into the dolls I am finishing up for them.
Today I finished up Miss Jane for my third daughter Hannah. Hannah came bouncing into the kitchen with the unfinished doll this morning and informed me that her doll is named Jane after Jane Eyre. Hannah has never watched the movies (nor will she till she reads the book herself). She knows it is my favorite book of all time thought and knows that anything I love that much has to simply be wonderful.
Miss Jane
Miss Jane is perfect from her wispy yellow hair to her dainty little linen bloomers.
Petticoat and bloomers
She also came with a lovely white petticoat trimmed with lace.
Her bright blue eyes match those of her mistress and sparkle with humor and affection.
Jane 011
I have to show you a Jane Eyre treasure we found while emptying my mother's house for her.
Jane 002
Marvelous isn't it!
1907 edition
book plate
This book was given to my Grandmother on her 18th birthday in 1913 by her favorite "Cousin Aunt".
Effie Cooper Russell was the first cousin of my Great Grandmother, Zina B Cannon. Effie's mother died when she was a baby and her mother asked that little Effie be raised by her sister Mary Turpin Bennion. Zina B was older than Effie and was raised like her little sister. The family always lovingly called her "Aunt Effie". She never had any children.
I can only imagine what delight my grandmother, Zina Lenore Cannon Wood, took in reading this wonderful book for the first time. The volume is falling apart and is held together by some very old tape.
I can't wait till Miss Hannah and her sisters are old enough read Jane Eyre themselves.
Jane 010


PaperTurtle said...

You are really on a roll dressing these dolls. They are ADORABLE!!! You're inspiring me to get my sewing machine out. I haven't made a doll in years!

Jeanne said...

As soon as I saw this doll I knew It was Hannah's It looks just like her.

I also remember Aunt Effie, I remember her currly sandy or redish hair. As I remember she was a very sweet lady. Maybe excentric but then I was young.

sb said...

These are sooo cute! I am glad someone likes making these small dolls. I find some of their parts like arms and legs to be tedious to turn once sewn.

Lucy said...

Well I made the bodies months ago 18 to be exact. :o( Now making the clothing is just a lot of fun!

Marylois said...

I remember Aunt Effie too. I have very vague memories of meeting her when I was very young. In one of the frames you call the doll Eliza. I'm sure you meant Jane. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books too. I have ready it many times.

angeliclenore said...

hee-hee... Cousin-Aunt! hee-hee, you make me laugh!

Miss Jane is just lovely!!

Yarni Gras! said...

what a sweet story and Miss Jane is simply perfect! I'm sure Hannah will cherish her.

Kat S. said...

Love Hannah's little Miss Jane! And Jane Eyre is a favorite of mine too.

Susan said...

such a cute doll and what a fun story about Jane Eyre.

futuregirl said...

That book is a treasure.

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