Sewickley Pick

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1pjf4I’m sure that if you’ve lived on this planet for any length of time, you’ve heard the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Well, gentle reader, I would like to assure that such is not always the case.

Several months ago a lovely woman, Diane M. of Sewickley Pennsylvania, contacted me out of the blue. She had several enchanting old dolls that she wanted to have go out to good homes, and she thought that I might be just the person to make that happen. She wanted to know if she could send them to me. And she wanted nothing. Nothing at all in return.


That’s PJ on the right. She’s an Effanbee Patsy Joan.

A few days later, two huge boxes arrived. Boxes filled with several beautiful old dolls, eight in all! Not only that, there were several items of clothing, and socks and trims and other doll related things.

Does this sound too good to be true? Apparently not!

Thus begins the description for O.L.D. No. 65 Patsy Joan – PJ to her friends. You can see PJ’s adoption page HERE.


What girl doesn’t look better with a freshened face and touched up lips?

I’d written about this fortunate and true stroke of luck several months ago, and now I’m finally getting to them! I won’t do them all in a row, but Sewickley Series #2 is coming next.


PJ’s head had been broken and lovingly re-glued long ago. I camouflaged it a bit.

In the meantime, I’ve been going through a pom-pom frenzy. I know I’m not the only one this has happened to!

Mayor Julie stumbled across a pound of 100% cotton pom-poms for next to nothing, and we went halfsies. Do you know how many pom-poms it takes to make a pound? A LOT. PJ happened to speak up right when they arrived, so she got pom-pomed. I strung aaallll those pom-poms together for her scarf, and then dotted her hat with them.


Also, do you see that last outfit? Those jammies? Do you see what PJ is wearing on her feet? BUNNY SLIPPERS! The first pair I’ve ever made – and most likely not my last.


They’re fully lined in pink satin, fer cryin’ out loud!

These Sewickley dolls came with a lot of clothes already made. I cannot let a girl out of my hands without making something for them myself, so that shall be the trademark of the Sewickley Series: lots of clothes.

O.L.D. No. 64 Heroic Helen was adopted by Sandra B. of Myton, Utah! Sandra also adopted No. 42, Valerie the Happy Wanderer. Thank you, Sandra!

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

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3 Commentsto Sewickley Pick

  1. Deb Garber says:

    Oh my goodness you are such an artist!!! I wish I was a doll and you could “re-do” me. What little doll wouldn’t enjoy those cute bunny slippers. You spoil your dolls soooo good!! I love the joyful (yes joyful because they brought such happiness to my heart to see those dresses)dresses you made too. Keep bringing these little dolls back to life. ~A fan for life~
    😉 That was suppose to be a smiley face but it sure doesn’t look the same here. Oh well you get my drift.

    • Ruth says:

      Hee! You made me laugh with your smiley face comment. Oh, those fancy emoticons!

      I feel very fortunate that part of my job is to play with these dolls. Aren’t I lucky? I get to sew for them, clean them, remove their craze lines… If only removing lines from my own face were so simple. Hmpf!

      THANK you, Deb!


  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Good Morning Ruth! Greetings & how fortunate this dear soul from Pennsylvania bestowed on you some gorgeous OLD dolls (to be)! I know how giving those Pa. people are, I’m from Pa. myself! Not bragging or anything~! So LOVE the bunny slippers! Lined in pink satin! Good Grief absolutely the best! As you my dear are! Happy Dolling! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann