You CAN Get a Doll With A Gun

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This wide-brimmed hat became my inspiration for our Annie’s hat. I was glad to see the real Annie Oakley wasn’t in a traditional cowboy hat, because how on earth could I have made one of those? THIS hat I could do!

O.L.D. No. 20 Annie is finally up for adoption! You can see her page HERE.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll say it again: I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. A couple of weeks ago when I was frantically searching for that (other) skate, in one of my bins of Things For My Future Dollhouse, I found a miniature, very well-made gun.

Less than two weeks before that, a friend had given me a vintage key chain with doll-sized spurs. And then little Annie came ambling through my doorway, and that was IT.

So if you guessed Annie Oakley, you were RIGHT.

As usual, our Annie was dirty and bald and she had a chipped heel. Her outfit made her look almost Pilgrim-like:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs AnnieaI began my research, trying to decide what kind of outfits I wanted to make, I was surprised at all the excellent songs that came from the Annie Oakley-based musical, “Annie Get Your Gun.”  Songs like “Doing What Comes Naturally” and “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better).”

The title of this post alludes to the song, “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun,” in case you didn’t guess. I’m certainly not advocating going out and pulling a stick up to take someone’s doll at gunpoint, fer cryin’ out loud!

There have been a lot of productions of this musical! But for some reason, the above costume is the one I liked best. Perhaps it’s because I’m partial to black and white. And let’s face it, once you start silk ribbon embroidery, it’s hard to stop. Am I right?

Annie1Then I began studying Annie herself. Fascinating woman! My favorite Annie Oakley quote:

I ain’t afraid to love a man.

I ain’t afraid to shoot one, either.

I looked at several photos of the real Annie Oakley, but was most intrigued by this post card.

“Ooh! And what are all those things on her blouse?”


I had so much fun and hardly any swear words putting these little things together. They’re earring parts, charms & findings, glass beads and ribbon. The little gold heart says “Merry Christmas.”

When I looked a little closer, I discovered they were all her medals for shooting. HOW FUN. So I did my own version for our Annie, with the main focus on the blouse with those medals, but also incorporating other pieces of clothing from other photographs of the real Annie Oakley.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s what I came up with for our Annie’s second costume:

Now it’s time to start on the next O.L.D. We’ll see what comes about! In the meantime, I hope that whoever adopts Annie – who also happens to be the THIRD time in these first 20 girls that this particular mold was used – loves her as much as I have.

1Annies1By the way, the streak continues! PIPER was adopted by Michelle E. of Colorado! By my count, that makes a RECORD NINE DOLLS. Will the streak continue…? We’ll see!

Happy Tuesday! You’re my favorite…


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8 Commentsto You CAN Get a Doll With A Gun

  1. Lois Shimon says:

    Ruth, you did another outstanding job! I enjoy each and everyone of your postings.
    Hugs, Lois

  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Greetings Ruth! Once AGAIN You’ve OUTDID yerself! LOVE the OLD Annie! Especially how you captured the costumes & the shooting medals on her great (right time frame) top! The little spurs & the gun with holster you did an excellent job! But then again, you are a TRUE ARTIST! also, love THE BLACK EMBROIDERED SILK OUTFIT! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks as always, Sue Ann! “Artist.” I confess, it helps me to focus when I think to myself, “I’m an artist! I’m an artist!”

      Let’s hope the muse is with me again today…



  3. Mona says:

    She’s adorable. I love following the creation of Annie.

  4. rhiannon says:

    Each doll I think ohhhh, this one is my favorite then the next one will be even cuter. You have outdone yourself, she’s a doll!