Finding Your Inner Ha! Cha! Cha!

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Such a quiet girl . . .


. . . until you put a bunch o’ fruit on her head!

“I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch your name. What did you say it was?”

It was then that I learned that I kind of know how to read lips, because the tall – for a doll, that is – girl standing before me made whispers sound like shouting, but still I understood.

“Miranda!” I exclaimed. “How pretty!”

As I got to know Miranda, I learned the reason for her quietness was that she was extremely shy. Not sullen, not sad, just shy. With Halloween just around the corner, I knew just what to do to get Miranda out of her shell…

Thus begins the adoption page for Miranda. You can see it HERE. She ends this Wednesday.

Our Miranda is a 21″ Effanbee Anne Shirley mold. It’s no secret I love Anne Shirleys! I’ve used them before in previous O.L.D.’s . . .


Interesting how a slight change of skin tone and eye color – and wigs, of course – can change a girl’s appearance.                     Katniss Everdeen, Effie Trinket, May Flowers and Carmen Miranda.


I’ve been wanting to do a Carmen Miranda for a long time and was waiting for an O.L.D. named Carmen to come strolling through my doors. Therefore, it took a little time before I figured out that a Miranda – even an extremely shy one – would do every bit as well!

In anticipation, I’d been swooping up mini fruits whenever I see them in thrift stores. In all that time, I only found one bunch of grapes! Thank goodness I got the little bag that contained them. It’s just not a Carmen Miranda without the grapes!

A previous Carmen Miranda also made a wonderful contribution. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present Our Current & Future MAYOR!


Also a very shy and retiring girl!


When she found out I was going to do a Carmen Miranda, she instantly gave me the fruit jewelry she made! Famous Fruit!



Plus, she’s been a very good Mayor.


Miranda also comes with street clothes, and I made a hat stand for that hat! After all, there’s more to life than cha-cha-cha-ing! Or is there…?



Speaking of generous, I am so very lucky to have so many generous people in my life. SO MANY! If I named them all, this would be a novel rather than a simple blog post.

glcThis time, a shout out goes to Janey! A new old friend that I’ve never yet met. She sent me a box of goodies, and in that box there was a pin to wear. A HAZEL TWIG(G) pin, from the 1940s! It’s made from Bakelite and REAL hazelnuts depicting hazelnuts hanging from a twig. And purchased from a seller in…Iowa! How nifty is that! Thank you, Janey!

I tell you, the signs they are-a overwhelming…

Sweet and brave Gracie went to…Elaine D’A, in Midlothian, Virginia! Thank you, Elaine! I know Gracie will find it easy to be brave in your beautiful state. Especially this time of year. How I love it!

And with that, I leave you! Happy Autumn!! You’re my favorite!


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2 Commentsto Finding Your Inner Ha! Cha! Cha!

  1. Sue Ann says:

    Greetings Ruth! OK my vote for re-election is for JULIE for Mayor! She’s such a fun & Loving sister to you! Just like YOU! Love the Miranda new OLD doll! She’s perfect in every way! What an imagination you have Ruth! As always you showed your wonderful talent my friend! Happy Fall & Happy Halloween! BOO! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks so much, Sue Ann! I almost called my post for Miranda “The Gathering” – because that’s what it felt like I was doing for days: gathering ruffles for that skirt!

      You’re always so kind. Julie’s sure to win now!

      Keep in touch!