About a year ago, I rescued a Raggedy Andy that Sophie brought back from a thrift store
in Costa Rica who was losing his stuffing. I took him apart and made him a new back.
After that, I made a Raggedy Ann to go with him, as you may have seen in past posts.
When she was finished, I brought her to show my friends at my favorite fabric store,
International Silks and Woolens (ISW). One of them, S, fell in love with Annie, so I
decided to make one for her. S suggested brown hair. Well, it took more than a year, but I finally finished Raggedy Angela, our little brunette Raggedy, complete with red and
white polka dot bloomers and blue flower-sprigged dress. Raggedy Angela, like all the
Raggedys, is very friendly and she managed to bring all of the Raggedys together. (The
Raggdeys have a weakness for dogs, so you may see Sophie’s dog, Ruby, in some photos.)
Raggedy Angela especially bonded with blond Annie, so I made them matching bloomers
and aprons. Knowing that Angela was going to be leaving soon, we took lots of pictures
of her with the other Raggedys, including the two Andys. As I was photographing one
day, I noticed that Rafael (Nom de Plume alert!) was wearing a red and white checked
shirt and blue shorts. All that was missing were the red and white striped socks! So I
asked him to pose with his brother Raggedys and he kindly agreed.
Finally, the day came for Raggedy Angela to go to S at ISW, where she was warmly
received. Sophie and Malekai went with me to deliver her and we took some pictures
outside. Angela fit perfectly into my pink and orange Lancombe gift-with-purchase tote
and looked almost real! While I miss her, [Sasha, she is a DOLL!], I know she is happy
in her new home and it is fun to think of all the adventures she must be having there.
As we head into fall, there are lots of dolls in the making with plans for more, including some small dolls and Peter and Polly Patches, who are to be my version of the Raggedys! Also, Sallie plans to come over in a few weeks to make a Raggedy Ann as a pal for the Andy she made last fall and to start a twin for Andre Ethier. (Sallie just looooves Andre!)
Summer has sped by. Soon Sophie and Malekai will be heading back to Costa Rica,
hopefully with lots of dolls in tow, and Sallie will be back in school. I’ve been making a point of setting up some outings at the Hollywood Bowl and taking advantage of free
concerts at the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Farmer’s Market.( If you live in
L.A. and haven’t done either of those things yet this summer, it’s not too late. If nothing else, go see the giant rock!)
Have a great week! And go hear some art!
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