Saturday, August 13, 2016

Woody Ann & Wrinkles

A few years ago, I bought myself a Madame Alexander Woodkin Raggedy Ann.  I loved her, but after awhile I let a friend adopt her.  I wouldn’t admit it then, but I missed her. Time marches on and new interests kept me busy and helped ease the feeling of loss for her.   This is a photo of the first one I had.
MA Woodkin Ships Ahoy Raggedy Ann (6)
She is one of the 95th Anniversary dolls designed by Robert Raikes for Madame Alexander.  She was actually my second choice, because I wanted the other one but couldn’t find one.  So when I did find one a few months ago, and for a great price, I nabbed it!
She came in the 95th Anniversary dress.  Only being here a couple of days, I was itching to try something. Backtracking a bit here…..
I had done an experiment using paper clay to make another wooden doll a new wig that would be better for the doll.  I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but she turned out pretty well.   She is also a Robert Raikes doll, formerly known as “Hope.” Her name now is Greta. This is how she turned out.

So my little Raggedy would undergo the same process.  I knew if I didn’t like it, I could take it off and re-glue her yarn wig back on.   Here are a few photos of her transformation.
It took me several days to paint the “wig” and touch up all the tiny little spots I missed the first time.  And when I was done, I just wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.  It was a LOT of work to do this, so I decided to think about it a couple of days before removing it.
Some thought I had lost my mind to change such a collectible doll and I had so many doubts too.  After a long sleepless night, I had decided to remove it.  That morning, I did my chores and then picked her up and looked at her.  All of my doubts melted away.  She felt right and her smiling face made me love her all over again.  So WOODY ANN was born!  I love her more and more each day.  And because I had also changed her name, I found a different dress for her to wear.  It’s a Madame Alexander doll dress, so it’s perfect for her.
I had put this doll through quite a bit, so I wanted to do something nice for her.  My other Woodkin Raggedy had a little camel with wrinkled knees.  It was brown and so cute.  I began searching for another one for Woody Ann, but not a brown one to be found.  Then I finally found a little blue one.   I think Woody Ann is quite pleased with Wrinkles.
So please meet my one-of-a-kind Woody Ann & her pet camel, Wrinkles!
Until next time, be blessed!


Serenata said...

You are so talented, I wouldn't even know where or how to start doing something like this! She looks great and I do love her little camel.

Dolly Blessings said...

Aw, thanks Lorraine! You make me blush! It was an idea that just turned out better than I expected. I should have given Anne with an "E" a post of her own. I might just do that. :o)
Thank you again, dear friend!

Beth said...

I love how you have made her your very own with her new hair. It looks just perfect for her. Brilliant!



Dolly Blessings said...

Aw, thanks Beth! She is one of my favorite dolls. :o)