Thoroughly Modern Kitty Pattern
by AnneLise Wilhelmsen
A Project for Our Junior Collectors – A Back-to-School Messenger Bag
by Nicki Burley
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by Lacey Burley
Meet Nicki Burley:
Once upon a time, there was a small brown-eyed girl with curly brown hair, who certainly looked ordinary…but inside, she KNEW she was a princess. She believed with all her heart that you could always tell a princess by her clothing, so she decided to wear a long dress to kindergarten every day. Her mother was relieved that the princess was willing to go to school at all, so when she marched out the door carrying a lunch bag and backpack and wearing yet another long cotton print nightgown, her mother just smiled and waved.
When the little girl learned to read and write, a new world of magic appeared. There were more stories in the world than her father could read in a hundred nights! She told stories to her patient dog, and she told them to her dolls. Though she eventually stopped wearing nightgowns to school, she never outgrew her love of books or dolls. She spent many blissful weekends at the library, reading all kinds of books: novels and poems, and books on dolls, costume, old houses, miniatures, history, art, or needlework. One book on a subject always opened the door to many more.
Now that she is all grown up, Nicki Burley and her husband find themselves in a cozy home about 5 miles from where they grew up, happily surrounded by five children, some cats and birds, lots and lots of books, and a growing collection of dolls. Her youngest two children are homeschooled, and she teaches English literature part-time. An early pen name she invented, “Jessica Rose Wren,” has recently led to the name of her business, Rose & Wren, which offers finely detailed handmade doll clothing. You can find her on the web at www.zhibit.biz/roseandwren.
Joining UFDC just a few years ago led to the discovery of yet another magic world: the world of friendship through dolls. Nicki has met many of her early “doll heroes,” and has attended both local and national events. After taking her daughters along to help at several events, she realized how much children would enjoy learning more about dolls and having events geared just for them. In her own region, she plans to help coordinate several young collector events this year. She is thrilled to be writing again, but she is especially excited to share what she knows and what she loves with children. All children have stories in their hearts, and need dolls with whom to share them.