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ht10gal1aThe first 100 copies of Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway were numbered, and now they’re all gone. All EXCEPT the last 10, which we’re auctioning off one by one, a week at a time. You can see number 10’s auction page HERE.

To launch this enterprise, my brothers wanted me to get all gussied up and have a professional photograph taken with each book. Lucky for me, I’m a photo-shopping EXPERT. Maybe they won’t notice. Ahem.


Things are going well! The third batch of books has already been ordered and we’ve been in print less than a month! Step by step…

I hope those of you who are reading are enjoying the story! If you’d like to give a review, please go to the tab above, “Reader’s Write” to share your thoughts. Also! We would love it if you’d take a selfie holding a copy of Hazel Twigg and post it on the Hazel Twigg Facebook page.

It’s such a busy, wonderful time of year.  I hope this wee blog post finds you happy and surrounded by those you love. Cheers!

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

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?



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


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!




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 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!


Misery Loves Fantasy

A lot can happen in your mind when you’re working alone. Before I started watching Downton Abbey when I worked (and slept), I used to watch the movie “Misery” over and over. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Kathy Bates’ performance is nothing short of genius.

As with anything you’re super familiar with, it all becomes noise and allows your brain to wander. Along the lines of the 2113 Antiques Roadshow scenario (previous post), another fantasy came to mind: What if I had a number one fan? One who wasn’t pleased when I temporarily decided to stop sewing and start writing….?






Sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.