Many of you know that I’ve been going through boxes in our basement and attic to reduce the amount of stuff we have. It’s quite therapeutic to view the accumulation of possessions and go through them one by one. For some of the items I wonder why I kept them in the first place. {Did we really need the retro can opener that doesn’t work in our current house and is getting rustier by the day?} Ebay gets those items. Some of the things elicit a huge smile and I know exactly why I kept them. I hope I can get through all the stuff so that every possession is something we really love or actually use.

I found this cradle over the weekend. I know exactly why I kept this. And it still makes me smile. Plus, it’s not mine, it’s Maddie’s. We are definitely keeping this treasure. We originally found this cradle in the rafters of the garage of our first house {a 1936 home that we bought from the original owner who was 97}. The cradle was dilapidated and very dusty. My dad cleaned and repaired it, then my mom painted it and made bedding for it. Maddie played with this for years. She even crawled her toddler body into it and took a few naps herself, arms and legs dangling over the edge. I love things that connect us to the past and to people we love. This is one of them. The photo also includes Barbecue, the baby my mom made for Maddie. I could not talk her out of naming that baby Barbecue. I really tried.

restored vintage cradle

vintage wood doll cradle restored

vintage wood restored baby doll cradle with bedding

restored vintage baby doll cradle

restored vintage baby doll cradle

head of restored vintage baby doll cradle

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10 Responses to Baby Doll Cradle

  1. Carissa says:

    lucky you to find such a treasure in the house! I want to find one too!

    • Betsy says:

      I thought we were pretty lucky, too, Carissa. It’s funny how some people would have seen it as trash, but some see it as potential treasure. It’s all in the perception. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Ana Lopes says:

    Hi Betsy,
    This is so lovely!Inside of me still live a young happy girl:). I’m 50 years old maybe same thay I would be grandmother of a girl to play again!
    Have a look at my blog I’ll be so glad.

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

  3. Christine says:

    Such a gorgeous cradle!! I have to show my daughters!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  4. That is adorable Betsy! Definitely worth keeping :) Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday. Good luck with the rest of your sorting/purging. I’m doing that too!

  5. […] when she was little, made by my dad and painted by my mom to match the cradle that they restored here. Maddie had hundreds {maybe thousands} of tea parties with her dolls at this […]

  6. […] when she was little, made by my dad and painted by my mom to match the cradle that they restored here. Maddie had hundreds {maybe thousands} of tea parties with her dolls at this […]

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