Little Orphan Annie

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Annie, Annie, Annie! Oy! Oy! Oy!

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O.L.D. No. 20 has had a slight delay in production. I tend to get carried away with the outfits I make, and this girl is no exception. Therefore, there’s a gap between No. 19, Piper and No. 20, whose name happens to be Annie.

Sometimes a doll’s outfit is influenced by her name and Annie is no exception. But, which one? I can think of several famous Annie’s. Is it one of these three?

LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE

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The era’s about right for composition dolls: the 1930’s.

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In one of my favorite movies, “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie finally gets his Orphan Annie decoder ring and the eagerly awaited secret message is, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.” ‘member that?

Annie7This girl is an orphan! I’m partial to orphans, since most of my dolls happen to be orphans too.

Little Orphan Annie is a popular enough character to have made it both onto the stage and film, let alone comic strips and radio. That might make her more appealing to the adopting public out there.

And her clothing! She has that cute red dress, as well as other charming clothes that are a mix of prints. It’s no secret that I love clothes of that decade. Maybe it’s Little Orphan Annie!

ANNIE OAKLEY

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The role of Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun” helped propel Ethel Merman’s career and contained the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Ethel’s signature song.

Could it be Annie Oakley? Not the usual kind of style I work with. Attractive in a masculine sort of way, and a fascinating woman to boot (see what I did there? Boots? Cowgirls? Comedy GOLD!).

And she’s a real person! Also portrayed on stage and on film. Maybe it’s Annie Oakley!

And lastly, well, we ALL know I’m partial to THIS particular character…

ANNIE WILKES

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Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s “Misery”!

Annie2Annie3aShe, um, has a unique style all her own. Why, I’ve always been partial to jumpers!

And she could come with LOTS of accessories! Let’s see, a knife, a sledge hammer, some matches, lighter fluid, a heavy old typewriter…

Or maybe it’s none of these! Time will tell. Our Annie goes up for adoption on Sunday November 2nd at 6:33 Iowa (Central) time.

In the meantime, you’re my favorite!

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Doppelganger a Go-Go

O.L.D. number 7 is finally up for adoption! You can see her adoption page HERE.

I confess to having occasionally gone a trifle “Miss Hannigan,” the Carol Burnett character from the movie “Annie” this week. I wanted every detail to be perfect! But, curses! These girls are small.

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Little girls
Everywhere I turn I can see them

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Little girls
Night and day

I eat, sleep and breathe them…

It was worth it! She turned out great. See what you think:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHarriet’s hooded cape is made of old and lovely green velvet. I taught myself to do ribbon work and embroidered the flowers on her cape in pure silk ribbon.

For the first time I made two dresses on purpose. Harriet looks just as pretty in the blue as the yellow! And each dress comes with a matching hair band.

Lastly – and this is where the Miss Hannigan came in, but only after I spilled half a bottle of glue PLUS a thing of glitter all over my desk – which also had paperwork on it!  Did you know a little glitter goes a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlong way? Well, it DOES. Also, glitter sticks to glue. Hope nobody was walking by my house when THAT happened!

All for this tiny, tiny hand-painted pendant for Harriet to wear around her neck, just as Hazel does in “Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway.”

I did a little reverse painting on the glass and then drew the little fairy on a paper insert. Then I shamelessly cannibalized an old necklace for its chain because I wanted it to look old…”and important” (from the book).

All these fiddly, fiddly things! I can’t seem to help myself! It’s an illness, I tell you! I hope Harriet finds a good home. We’ll see!

Some women are dripping with diamonds
Some women are dripping with pearls
Lucky me! Lucky me!
Look at what I’m dripping with
Little girls

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