Saturday, February 02, 2008

Annies

All this talk about Annies around Blogland recently prompted me to take a couple of photos this morning. Raggedy Ann and Andy have long been favorites of mine. When my first baby was born, we didn't have sonograms so the sex of the baby was not known until he or she made an appearance into the world. (You know, I kinda liked it that way!) I had decorated the nursery all in Raggedy Anns and Andys. Pumpkin walls and a braided rug with lots of pumpkins, browns, and golds. Framed covers of old and vintage Raggedy Ann books were on the wall. Heck, I even had melmac baby dishes with RA & A pix on them! See, I was obsessive even back then LOL. Anyway, turns out firstborn was a boy and I wondered if the "dolls" would be appropriate in the nursery. But since I loved them and I would be spending more time than any other adult in the nursery, I kept them there. They always seemed so cheerful. The first set was purchased from a craftslady and sported navy and red clothes. I, of course, could not leave well enough alone and had to remake the clothes in browns! Somewhere along the way Andy has lost his hat. A few years ago I purchased the Simplicity pattern 9447 because I loved those smaller RA&As--still need to make them! I think my love of Annie dates back to childhood. I never had one!!!! I always wanted one but she never seemed to show up on my doorstep.

My next Annie is a prim gal. She graces various parts of the house, depending on where a little whimsy is needed. I am searching for a pattern to make a few more of the prim Annies. And prim Andys would be a bonus!!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Ground Hog's Day. Unfortunately, I just heard on the news that Punxatawney Phil DID see his shadow so I guess six more weeks of winter is forecast. Bummer, here in KC we've had our share of winter already, thank you very much!

9 comments:

Libby said...

I just love how timeless Annie is *s* Bet you could step in that nursery today and it would still seem as fresh as when you had your first young'un.

Patti said...

Love the idea of a RA&A nursery! I bet it was really, really great looking. Don't suppose you have any pictures you could scan . . . .

RA&A were two of the first dolls my daughter ever had I think - made by me of course. I think I had a set when I was growing up - I seem to remember that - who knows what ever happened to them. I still have a bunch of patterns for them - both traditional and primitive - left over from my bazaar days. I should dig them out one of these times.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Ooo I love prim Annie! She is adorable. I am going to be on the lookout for one. I still have my Annie and a giant Andy from my childhood. Annie was well-loved, right down to holes and wear-through fabric marks along with hair that became unattached.

Have a great weekend!

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Knot Garden said...

What lovely Annies. That nursery must have been wonderful.

CONNIE W said...

Prim Annie is too cute! Annie's of all types are simply heart warming dolls, aren't they.

Susan said...

Love the prim Annie, especially. She just looks so comfortable there. Any Annie is good, though. =)

I totally forgot about Phil and his buddies!

julieQ said...

I too have the old raggedy ann, one of my favorites. I love the new ones, too. What fun to display them all together!

Pen Pen said...

Love your Ann's... my mom collects them too. I always enjoy studying hers when I visit her home.