Having Santa for a Dad…

Mar 2, 2008

Really has its perks! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. When I was one month shy of turning 6 years old I received the best doll ever for Christmas!!! Her name was Sketchy. I loved this doll so much. I remember playing with her and being so excited about the pictures she and I created. Mom and I cannot figure out what happened to her as Mom is not the type to give away a prized possession so we figure she must have gotten misplaced during a move. Over the years I have searched for her on eBay hoping to find one in good condition. Sometimes I would get lucky and find a nice looking Sketchy doll but no easel. Or I would find one but she was in very poor condition. She looked loved but not loved by me.

Well a few weeks ago I did another search and BAM there is a Sketchy Doll still in the original box. I told Dad a.k.a Santa I could not believe I found her and he bid on her. We missed out on that one BUT I did another search the very same day and BAM there is ANOTHER Sketchy Doll listed in even better condition. I could not believe it and was thinking what are the odds of this happening? So, Dad bid on her and just a few minutes ago I became the proud owner once again of Sketchy!

I cannot believe I will have this doll. I plan on putting her up in my scraproom to look at everyday. She brings back some of my fondest childhood memories. I plan on creating a mini album of my journey with Sketchy. It took 39 years to complete this journey but it was so worth the wait.

Below are some photos of me getting ready to open my Sketchy Doll on Christmas Eve and holding my Sketchy Doll Christmas Day. Yep it was 1970… the clothes and decor crack me up.

Getting ready to open up my Sketchy Doll My brother and I Christmas Day
“Notice my brother Richard wearing his cowboy attire and his Dallas Cowboys football helmet.”

My new Sketchy Doll
This is on the way to my house.

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  • angismith

    What year were you born?! We have the same taste in movies and now your doll could be any of mine. But my favorite was baby Wendy who was one of the first to look like a real baby. She came with a crib and netting to go over the crib. I saved her (how could I not – she knew every secret I ever had) to give to my daughter one day. Then what did I do? Only had one child and you guessed it – he’s all boy. So I am hoping for a granddaughter someday in the future.

  • Lisa-how AWESOME! I love this story! TFS, Jane

  • Yeah!!! What happy news :)
    and I did my seven randoms!!!

  • Maureen Rado

    Thats great you were able to get ahold of another doll. May you have wonderful times with her as well

  • Aunt Brenda

    Gosh, Lisa… I remember that purple dress so well. And, Richie in the “dress up” brings back memories of you, Richie, Davey and Lynda getting into our dress up box and having a grand time. I’m sure I have some great photos, but not of Sketchy.

    I should put Santa on the trail of a doll I’ve been looking for that Aunt Linda loved… and, can you believe it, Gram gave away! Another trauma in Aunt Linda’s life!
    Love you bunches.

  • Lori

    I’m so glad you found Sketchy! How fun that even back then the artistic was a driving force in your life. I had a homemade hippo that rotted away, I searched and searched for the pattern in vintage places, finally one day I found a dirty hippo on top of a huge pile in a thrift store lol, when I told the clerk my story she gave it to me (it was so gross I think they were going to pitch it) I painstakingly took it apart (while wearing gloves lol) and used it to make a pattern :) now both of my children have Hippos. Love to browse your site.