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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Raggedy's

Some of my very favorite stories as a child were the Raggedy Ann & Andy stories.
On library day I would scour the shelves for Raggedy Ann books.
Believe it or not, I never owned a Raggedy Ann or Andy Doll
until last year when I found this pair of 24" dolls in a thrift store.
Their expressions were so sweet, I couldn't leave them behind.

  A couple months later I found these 2 lovelies, also in a thrift store,
(In Las Vegas of all places)
The Green doll is 14" and Ann is 18"
Obviously, this Ann needed an Andy

I found this Andy on ebay, but his outfit didn't match Ann's

I had this check fabric and made him a new suit, tie and hat.
and here they are together

We named this girl Belle.
We believe she is made from an Edith Flack Ackley pattern.

 These are all 8 & 9 inch Raggedys, which are actually
Dolls for our AG dolls.

 Very cute 9" Alice in Wonderland Raggedy.

 Sarah and Betsy 6" dolls from Colonial Williamsburg.

 9" Holly Hobby

And a 9" Country Andy.  I am still looking for an Ann for him.
(although, I think he has eyes for Alice)

Of course, I have a collection of Raggedy Ann Books.

My Sock Animals

Awhile back I decided to make sock animals for all the kids in our family.
I made a variety of animals out of athletic socks.

 One of my favorites is my sock Kitty.
All my animals have a felt heart and a tag.

A Girl Bunny.
and another bunny girl who has been loved quite a lot.

Another favorite is my sock Elephant.

 This Sock kitten is made from little girl size socks.

 A Large headed Lamb.

Not to be confused with a pink nosed puppy.

Monday, May 04, 2015

A Ginny Doll and an Effanbee Alice in Wonderland Doll

I have recently become interested in 8 inch dolls.  I love miniatures of any kind, so these little dollies really appealed to me.  I had never seen a Ginny doll in person, only a couple newer Ginny's in an antique store.  So I started researching...

The Vintage Ginny's were precious!
Such sweet expressions and adorable outfits and
accessories, no wonder they are still so popular!

Their price-tag, however was beyond me.
Vintage Ginny's sell in the hundreds of dollars, as well as being quite fragile in some cases.
Not daunting for a true collector, but that's not me.
I like dolls I can play with!

I then discovered Vintage Reproduction Ginny's.
I purchased this Ginny doll on ebay.

 Sweet dress and hat, but the shoes were a little disappointing, 
glue mess around the soles.  Ah well.
Honestly this doll did not click with me.

BUT,  While I was waiting on the Ginny doll bidding to end I happened across
this Effanbee 8.5" Alice in Wonderland doll.
 Something about her just caught my eye.
I placed a $9 bid and forgot all about her.
Well, I won the auction and
when she got here I fell in love!

She reminds me of a Madame Alexander doll
But she is definitely an Effanbee.
Her neck stamp is from 1988.
Her hair was a bit matted,
so I used wig shampoo and conditioner.
The difference is amazing!
Her hair is easy to brush now and quite shiny.

                                                     I made this little pink dress for Alice. 
 She has a speck of color over her left eyebrow, but we 
think it is just a beauty mark. ; )

The one thing my daughter and I both agree on is
that Alice has very pretty brushable hair.
She is also sturdier, most likely meant to be a play doll.

 Here is a blue dress I made for Alice.

Welcome Alice!