Monthly Archives: September 2011

Attention: Raggedy Ann Lovers!

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Raggedy Ann in red

This is my Raggedy Ann.  I’ve had her forever.  I don’t even remember when I got her, but I must’ve been pretty little.  I carried her around with me a lot.  My older brother once built a fort out in our backyard.  It was so cool! I loved going inside to play by myself.  Nobody could see me or bother me!  Once, I went inside and laid  down with my Raggedy Ann doll.  It was summer time, so it was warm and very peaceful.  I fell asleep for a while, and when I woke I got up and went outside leaving my Raggedy Ann doll inside!  Well, it took weeks for me to remember where I’d left her and by the time I found her she had suffered some damage.  She smelled of mildew and had a few spots on her, plus she had a streak in her hair where several strands of yarn were shades lighter than her original color! 

Some time during the early 1980’s I thought I’d make my Raggedy Ann a new dress to replace the one that got spoiled in my brother’s fort.  This is a no-no to avid doll collectors.  You never get rid of the original clothing!  It makes the doll much less valuable on the market.  But at the time I didn’t know that, so I took her original dress apart and used it as a pattern to make the dress she is wearing now.  I believe her original dress was a blue patterned fabric.  As you can see she is now wearing a dress with my favorite colors in it.  Much better, don’t you think? 

Ann spends most of her time in my cedar chest.  She gets to come out once in a while to be admired by other doll enthusiasts.  But the cedar keeps her safe and preserved, so she can go on being great forever!

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Deadgar Is Here!

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I promised that I was working on a male companion for Deadra, and here he is.  Meet Deadgar!  You can see he is a nice boy who loves Deadra very much.  Or at least he did until he became a ZOMBIE!  Still, they love to hang out together.  That’s good, I suppose, since they’ll be together FOREVER!!!!!  Unfortunately, Zombies love to roam, so I had a very hard time keeping track of them.  They have both moved on to other premises.  But, not to worry, I am currently working on another pair to be for sale at the St. Agatha Holiday Bazaar in November!

Baby Doll with Crocheted Clothes

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 This is a baby doll that my mother purchased and then made the clothes for.  I don’t really know how old I was at the time, maybe three or four years old.  She made a boy doll for my little brother too.  I don’t have that doll to show you, but it was every bit as intricate as the one you see here.  Mom was an artist with a crochet hook, and an accomplished seamstress as well.  You can see the care and detail she put into every piece of clothing.  The amazing thing is that she didn’t use patterns.  These are all created out of her mind.  Can you believe it? 

Mom made dolls for other members of the family too, and they have all been loved and cherished for many, many years.  They will be handed down through our family as heirlooms, for no amount of money could purchase these gems.

In addition to doll  my mother crocheted just about everything under the sun, including curtains, table cloths, doilies, bedspreads, afghans, sweaters, etc.  She made each thing with a level of skill and perfection that’s hard to imagine.  Sadly, she is no longer with us.  But she has left each and every one of us with a legacy of her artistic genius.   Thanks Mom!

Kathy

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This doll was given to me by my parents as a birthday present when I was about five or six years old.  She and I were approximately the same size at the time and I totally loved dressing her and fixing her hair.  I named her Kathy because I wanted her name to be close to my own name. She has and always will be one of my very favorites.  She doesn’t have any of her original clothes anymore.  I played with her and dressed her so much I’m sure they disintegrated some time along the way.  I still have her original shoes, somewhat altered.  But she doesn’t wear them anymore.  They were made out of plastic and not at all attractive, so she has other shoes to wear. 

Kathy now wears clothes that I made for my daughter when she was in kindergarten.  As a matter of fact, my daughter and I took her to her kindergarten class one day for show and tell.  It was a lot of fun to show her off and to tell the class of the doll’s history.   The hardest thing was not letting all the other children play with her!

This doll was made by the Ideal Toy company in 1960 & 1961, clothing graces the cover of a book entitled Modern Collectors Dolls, Fifth Series, by Patricia R. Smith. 

Kathy now stands in my room and wears my daughter’s clothes.  Some day I will pass her down to my daughter and she in turn will pass her on to the next generation of doll lovers.

Old to New

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The Red Wicker Chair

Several years ago our friend, Emily, gave my daughter, Assunta, a lovely white wicker rocking chair for her bedroom.  Well, Assunta’s room is very small, so the wicker chair ended up in my bedroom, and it always had a pile of stuff on it.  Not very good treatment for a nice chair, huh.  So last week (I’ve been planning this for a while) Assunta and I took it and cleaned it up real well, then we painted it with several coats of cherry red spray paint.  I took the cushion, which had a white and pale pink print, and I made a new cushion cover for it.  Assunta and I both share a love of the color red.  Needles to say we’re both very happy with the outcome.

Saturday Assunta’s boyfriend, Adam, took the chair to her new apartment at school.   In her new place it should add a very welcome splash of color.  I can’t wait to see how it looks there. 

Anyway, this is proof that anyone can take something and make it exactly what you want just by changing a couple of things.  It was a very inexpensive project, which is another advantage for people who like to do-it-themselves!

Upcoming Craft Events

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All Dolled Up will be participating in a couple of holiday craft events.   The first event will be at St. Agatha’s Church in Portland, OR, on Saturday November 5th, from 9am-4pm and Sunday, November 6th, from 9am-1pm.  The parish hall is located right on the corner of SE 15th Avenue and SE Miller Streets.

The second will be Holiday Craftivus in Portland, OR, on December 2nd and 3rd.  It will be held at 7090 SE 27th Avenue, in Portland, OR.   The times are yet to be announced.

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Brand New Blog!!!!

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Hi Everybody,  This is my very first post on my very first blog.  I’m bound to make some mistakes, so please just bear with me.  I hope, like good wine, that I’ll get better with age.

I’d like to introduce you to my little zombie girl doll.  Her name is Deadra.  She is one of the dolls that I have been working on for an upcoming Holiday Bazaar. 

 I am currently working on a zombie boyfriend doll, whose picture I’ll post as soon as he’s done.