The Happy Wanderer
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Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ha
My knapsack on my back…
The chorus is actually “Valderi”, but O.L.D.’s name is “Valerie” and we both love that song, so…Meet the “Happy Wanderer,” Valerie! You can see her adoption page HERE.
I come from a very talented family. When trying to think of an idea for the next O.L.D., I recalled a recently made short indie film that my brother Dennis had written and directed for a family film festival. The rules were that everyone working on the film had to be related, but one outsider. The film was called, “The Girl Who Wanted To Do Something Big”and it won!
Besides my brother writing and directing, it starred his gorgeous daughter Alexandra, her future husband Curtis, my niece Sophie, and her adorable little brother J.P. My sister-in-law Suzanne narrated it with her lovely English voice, my brother Kenny produced it, my Mom played the ukelele for the credits….and there were more! So many more. Besides being talented, my family’s very large.
I loved the style and charm of the film. It had a vintage 30s era feel to it, so I decided the next O.L.D. would be loosely based on the film. I was going to make a suitcase. A nifty cardboard one with stickers. But first! She would need a lot of clothes to fill that suitcase with. I got to work.
I didn’t have fabric like that used for Alexandra’s dress, but I had red! So I made Valerie a red dress with matching hat. And I added pleats like the ones on Alexandra’s dress on another dress for Valerie.
This particular mold of a doll is somewhat rare – to me, at least! In all my years of collecting, this is only the second time I’ve seen her. She’s unmarked and unknown.
I soon got so carried away making clothes for Valerie that I ran out of time to make the suitcase! So we contented ourselves with a “Wandering Stick” instead.
Ah, well. Let us hope that once she gets to her destination, she stays put.
Speaking of destinations, guess where May Flowers went? You guessed it! Probably. Most likely. Colorado and Michelle E.! The battles continue and I fiercely love and root for all my warriors…Thank you, Michelle!
And with that, I leave you! Happy Wednesday, you’re my favorite!