Gracie Under Fire & The Way It Went

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“All right, I need a volunteer…” Dozens of small hands went up. “To come and be up on stage with me when I speak at the librarian’s workshop…”

Suddenly, I was met with a sea of quiet faces, all looking around the room and various objects, trying to avoid my gaze. All except ONE.

Meet Gracie! The Girl Who Came Through In A Clutch. You can see her adoption page HERE.

I got a photo of Samantha and Gracie  with Gracie in Samantha’s “street clothes” before I sent Samantha flying on her way.

As many of you know, I went to a librarians workshop in Nebraska as a keynote speaker in regards to my book, Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway. Since I refurbish the O.L.D.s (Once-Loved Dolls) one by one and promptly send them on their way, it’s not like I have a plethora of freshened dolls ready to view. They leave me just as quickly as I finish with them! I only had Samantha, the lovely witch. She was excited to go! It’s not as easy for dolls that have yet to be refurbished go out there. Poor Gracie was missing a few fingers and had chipping paint on her face, and still she volunteered.

This is the outfit Gracie arrived in. It will of course be going with her.

Our Autumn witch Samantha also had a second outfit. Gracie here was smaller than Samantha, but she was willing and brave, and so I brought her along with Dot and Betty and The Mayor and The First Dude and away we went.

The talk went well! As well as can be expected for my first time speaking at length. There are many things I would do differently if I could do it over again, but overall I was pleased! I remember I was in the middle of saying something, and the room was so silent you could hear a pin drop. On carpet! It was a little startling, but then I realized: They were listening! And that’s a good thing.

PowerPoint is a wonderful thing. Who knew? If you look closely, you can see Samantha, Gracie, Dot and Betty. Also, me.  I was reading them the first chapter.

I put together my first PowerPoint presentation. Next time I’d use more pictures. But I wish you and Nina, our artist, could have heard the gasps of wonder as I displayed first my sketches, and then her gorgeous, full color illustrations. Even more impressive on the big screen! Plus, I’d bravely brought Nina’s original artwork, and I had it displayed on easels surrounding me. I spoke just before lunch, and when I finished, the lovely Molly, the woman who got me there in the first place, had the line pass by the art to see. I spoke with a lot of people. It was a blur. But I did it!

Gracie was richly rewarded for her bravery.


She deserved it! Note the fluffy slippers. Gracie decided she wanted baby-doll style jammies. It’s cold here! Winter’s coming! She insisted, but I insisted that at least her feet be warm.


<Here’s her “All” picture. I forgot to post it on her adoption page, so said I would do it here. And I did! Now Gracie is ready to make her way somewhere new. She’s already had adventures with me! Now it’s someone else’s turn.

Speaking of someone else, Samantha was adopted by…Michelle E. of Colorado! Thank you, Michelle! I was worried something had happened to you…

And with that, I leave you! Happy Wednesday Eve, you’re my favorite!



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8 Commentsto Gracie Under Fire & The Way It Went

  1. Molly says:

    Ruth you were wonderful! I am so glad you came to Nebraska to share your story! I look forward to meeting again!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, Molly! YOU were wonderful! Thank you so much for the chocolates and koozies and EVERYTHING. We’ve been working very hard and just about have the PDF version available. You’ve been a blessing! So glad you happened to pass through little ol’ Rolfe.



  2. Libby Boyce says:

    I’m glad it went well in Nebraska, Ruth. I think I have a crush on Gracie. That face!

    • Ruth says:

      Isn’t she sweet? And BRAVE, let us not forget that! Amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do…

      Thank you, Libby!


  3. Dawn says:

    I’m glad to hear that it went well with your speech. The next one will be so much easier now. Is Samantha a Toni doll? I ask because I have one that looks just like her.

    • Ruth says:

      Hi, Dawn! I thought Samantha looked like a Toni doll too. In fact, I meant to put that in her description but forgot.

      I just did a search for “composition Ideal Toni” and didn’t find any. Perhaps Ideal took that mold from this composition doll and used it for their hard plastic Toni doll to advertise that thar’ permanent.

      You never know!


  4. Sue Ann says:

    Greetings & Congratulations Ruth on your presentation of your book & I know you were very entertaining & sounds like it went very well my friend! GOOD JOB! Loved the Samantha doll & Grace or Gracie is so sweet! Looks a lot like my P-90 Toni doll too, like Dawn said. As always, YOU ARE THE BEST! Some day I will have a doll from you my friend! Been busy lately, however, keep me on your list! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Sue Ann, me darlin’! THERE you are! Good to hear from you again, glad to know that others think Samantha looks like Toni too.

      I’m hard at work on the next O.L.D. Should be a fruity surprise…

      Cheers! You’re on my list!