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I adore this vintage Barbie dress. Who wouldn't gladly wear a dress like this one today?

I didn’t own a Barbie doll when I was a girl and it’s probably just as well. My three brothers would have amputated her arms, legs, and head anyway, just like all my other dolls. (Sorry, boys, but you know you’re guilty as charged—especially you, Scott.)

I got another crack at the make believe world of Barbie at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum last weekend. We savored the Barbie exhibit with a nine-year-old friend who is so enchanting, interesting, funny and smart that I can hardly resist writing about her. She made it doubly hard when she showed up at the museum dressed in an outfit that reminded me of our logo– a hot pink skirt with a black tee, embellished by a pink-sequined crown. She looked like an adorable little spokesmodel for Dressed Her Days Vintage! Tempting as it was to write about her, I had to remind myself of something that gets harder to see everyday: in our all open, socially-networked world, some relationships, experiences, and people should still be sacred.

I can tell you this much: one of the highlights was tracing our favorite gowns together. In real life, I can’t even draw a stick figure. (Neither could Coco Chanel.) For a few moments in my imagination, I was an artist. The whole thing left me on such a high that I’d like to leave you with this thought: try to do at least one thing every week that makes you feel like a kid, if it’s nothing more than dragging out the crayons. If you haven’t been to the Barbie exhibit yet, be sure to check it out. Vintage-loving friends, you’ll fall in love with all the vintage apparel.

I wonder how many of you secretly love to draw fanciful dresses. For the sake of our guys, maybe there are other great objects of design that appeal to you more–ships, a cars, buildings or anything else you’re crazy about. If so, draw that! We’re asking all of our followers to spread the word about our illustration contest. Submit your drawing of a wonderful vintage (or not) clothes by February 14 to crystal@dressedherdaysvintage.com. If you don’t have a scanner, write us a note and we’ll tell you how to get the illustration to us. We’ll post the illustrations on our Facebook page and let our followers pick the winner. There’s no age restriction of any kind, so submit those entries, whether you’re 9 or 90. The winning entry will receive The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes, a Newbery Honor book that reminds children AND adults, male AND female, of an important lesson in courage and decency.

Get your crayons. It's so easy to draw this dress that even I can do it!

I drew (read: traced) this one-shouldered number. It was one of our favorite gowns at the Barbie exhibit.