The Best Loved Doll

I’ve been on Goodbye Blue Monday‘s etsy store too many times to count now. I really love her dolls and I have in my mind the one I’d love to get FireCracker. Aren’t they the cutest things?!

My hesitation is I wonder if she will say goodbye to “Amy”. Surely she will let go of her hard, plastic, old (as it in was my babydoll when I was little) doll. Surely. Right? Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) Amy too. You can tell how well loved she’s been. My grandma made her little nightgown probably close to 25 years ago. It does make me happy that out of all the new dolls FireCracker has been given…she chooses Amy. I think these are some of my very favorite pictures of her at this age.

(yes, she still has the tattoo….the monkey was her biggest brother’s)

a doll and a Lego…



Have you ever heard of the book, The Best Loved Doll? It is one of the sweetest books…should be a classic in my opinion. We don’t read many books about dolls around here, but one day I hope FireCracker enjoys this book as much as I did as a little girl. I sure could handle reading it every once in a while instead of books about putrid ponds, galaxy battles and squirmy worms!

Reek Reek Reek


We love Amy, but I think FireCracker has enough love for two babies. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to order her one of those sweet dolls for her 2nd birthday. It would be nice to have a doll laying around that wasn’t a little creepy (we love you Amy…you aren’t creepy at all…really we like your paint peeled won’t open eyelid)

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  • Jen - I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks and I really enjoy it! I too love the crafty/DIY stuff. Your style is great. My kids and I made the mini lego figs and we brought some in for my daughters class to paint. I love taking pictures. I would be a perfect candidate for your photography class. My new Nikon stays on auto far too often. If you do continue your classes, I may just plan a trip if I can get a spot! I don’t know if you have already seen this video/essay:
    I thought you would like it. Beautifully written, great quotes within. Might need some kleenex! I am not a “commenter” kind of person, but I wanted to thank you for all that you share on your blog. Funny how a blogger can feel like a friend!

  • Mindy Harris - this post is precious, beautiful, a little silly, and makes me want to cry!!
    your pictures are just so wonderful to look at. inspiring.

  • Erin - This is very random but I love that Firecracker is still rockin’ her foot tat in these pics! ;)

  • Laura - Loved that book so much, and my daughter loves dolls so much that we made her 3 year birthday party a “Best-Loved Doll party,” complete with all the fun activities the girls do in the book, pink parasols, and invitations to match the one in the book. Each girl brought her own best-loved doll–so fun!

  • mindy t - You will love the goodbye blue monday dolls. I got my daughter one for her first birthday and we love her.

  • naomi - Hi ya Ashley, I was just looking at your floors that you have painted white, with my own attempt, at it a few weeks ago, noticed the yellowing effect as well. I wonder how them magazine get them looking sooo nice. I was a bit frustrated at first as so much time and effort went into it…
    Looks good any ways, love your blog (I am such a stalker) lol

  • Molly - My 2.5 year old, cricket has the most dilapidated doll you ever saw. Old, cloth body, plastic arms and legs that are all literally hanging on by a few threads. I had her pick dolls from the Wee Wonderfuls book and I made adorable cloth beings for her. No dice. Santa brought her a new cloth doll with plastic arms and legs. Nada. Grandmas have bought darling cloth dolls for her. Still, her one true love remains the dilapidated baby. Just a warning. don’t be surprised if Amy sticks around:)

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - LOL. Love the note to Amy at the end.

  • Karla (LaPine) Swalve - I LOVE these dolls! Thanks for sharing the etsy store-I think I may just have to go and buy one. :) I loved this post because my mother-in-law has a doll from when she was little that looks alot like Amy and hers is also very well loved-I think one foot is missing and part of an eye :)We always joke that it looks like it could come to life and kill someone-yikes! :)
    I hope little firecracker loves her new doll!

  • Sarah Doerfler - oh, i love the toes! toddler toes are the best!

  • casey - The Best Loved Doll was my absolute favorite book of all time growing up… I finally hunted an old version down recently for my daughter.

    And I have a doll just like Amy too…. although my daughter didn’t take to her in the same way. She’s still my favorite though.

  • Darcie - Wow! Crazy. When I saw the dolls on the Etsy shop, I thought… those look like the ones from “The Best Loved Doll.” Took me WAY back, and I thought, “I will go find my copy of the book and buy one of those dolls for my 3 year old.”… Then scrolled down your post and saw that you mentioned it. I LOVE that book! And still have my copy from when I was a little girl. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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  • Yolanda - Hi Ashley

    It is funny,I had this same doll has a little girl and now it my daughter’s. She loves “Tanya”.

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