The Girl Who Wanted To Happily Wander

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I love to go a-wanderingvalflip
Along the mountain track
And as I go, I love to sing
My knapsack on my back

Valerie, val-dera
Valerie, val-dera
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ha
Valerie, Val-dera
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.


My niece Sophie was the model for our Hazel Twigg logo.

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!


Valerie wears a tiny heart-shaped locket with photos of two sweethearts side by side.

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.

The girl on the left is pre-Hazel Twigg. What can I say? I like her in brown. It must be those brown tin eyes…

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.

cloche turban pattern

I based the red hat on this old pattern. So many more to try!

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.


A coat, two hats, four dresses…no wonder I ran out of time! And I wanted to make so much more…

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!

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10 Commentsto The Girl Who Wanted To Happily Wander

  1. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Valerie, Val-dera, HA Ha HA…Remember this dearly! Hello Ruth, Another winner! So sweet, great outfits, LOVE the hats! The locket is precious as well as the tin dishes! Maybe
    Michelle will go on vacation, so we can have a chance? Or

    NOT! Anyhow, I want to go to her museum when she opens it! You’re my favorite! Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, Sue Ann!

      Hee! You crack me up. Ideas are in the works to make Hazel Twigg dolls available to one and all. Reveal coming soon!

      “Museum”…funny girl….


  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Greetings! I just watched Beth & Something Big! Most entertaining & Well done! BRAVO! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Such a beautiful family you have! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Oy! I can’t believe I had to refresh because the math problem was too hard. Bad at math! That’s me!

      Glad you liked the film. Charming, isn’t it? Yes indeed, I come from a GREAT family. I’m very blessed.

      You’re my favorite!


  3. Janey Gibson Jordan says:

    Love Valerie and I have sung her Happy Wanderer song many times
    at church camp. Happy memory! Valerie would need a trunk for all
    of the adorable clothes you have created for her. It is a Sad Song for
    all of us who fall in love with your charming dolls but dispair of ever
    adopting one ourselves. We can only hope Michelle has reached her

    Wow! What a talented family. Your brothers film is charming and
    had a sweet message about life.

    I like you best

    • Ruth says:

      That song is one of my favorites. So happy! So carefree! And yet..Valerie. I still have SO MUCH to do on her to finish her even now! Hems, snaps, seam finishing…I’ll sing the whole time, I’m sure.

      As I’ve mentioned, we’re coming up with ideas for Hazel Twigg dolls to get into others hands – with some creative control given to the adoptee! It shall be fun, and I can work on this idea after I finish the book.

      Glad you liked the film! I know my family worked hard on it.

      Cheers, Janey! I like YOU best!


  4. Sandra Benteler says:

    Hi! I just adopted Valerie because she wanted so badly to do something big. Isn’t that the story of many women today? She has inspired me to keep on my journey but to remember that there are things I do everyday that are bigger…. Thanks for such a sweet and motivating reminder. Sandy

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, Sandy! You’re so kind! I’m so glad she’s going to a good home and that she will have someone to journey with. I gave her a hug and said goodbye to her this morning. You’ll be together soon!

      CHEERS Infinity!


  5. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Greetings Ruth! So I’m eagerly waiting for the next OLD doll! Hope it’s gonna be this Sunday? Did I miss another note about being a different day? Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Sue Ann! FAVORITE! You prompted me to do a post for tomorrow.

      The next O.L.D. WILL be this Sunday, and thank you so much for asking!

      You’re my favorite (just see above!)