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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Raggedy Ann and Andy
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner to me these dolls just come to mind as a special symbol for this holiday. Did you know that Johnny Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, she had found an old hand-made rag doll, and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphant Annie.” He said, “Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann.”
Johnny Gruelle, children's book writer and illustrator, inventor the Raggedy Ann doll in 1915. In 1920 Raggedy Andy, her brother was born, and the two starred in many of Gruelle's children's stories. The dolls were very popular during the Depression and World War II. Marcella, Johnny Gruelle’s daughter, died at age 13 with the legend being told that he worked on the stories to keep his daughter’s memory alive.
I have included a picture which is to be the very first Raggedy Ann that can be found in the The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola,Il. The museum was officially closed 2008 in Arcola. Marcella’s Corner Gift Shop has moved to Rockome. Here is the website http://www.raggedyann-museum.org/exhibits.html to see the works of Johnny Gruelle, which you have to check out truly inspirational and heart warming.
My love for these dolls has inspired me to create all the different versions. I have included them on my web site for sale. The primitive Ann & Andy are sold as a set. At this time, I have made only two different styles but as I researched, I found that the old patterns from McCall’s 1940 may be available- if this is the case, I will be making that one also.
My mother, who just passed away over a year ago, had a wonderful collection herself . She loved to thrift store shop and here she would find “Raggedy Ann and Andy’s” . These sit in the playroom for the grandchildren to play with but soon will be completing for them their very own “Raggedy Ann” with a special message on her chest. – Red wool heart containing the words “nana loves you.”
To celebrate my Mom and her life I am having a giveaway for the pair- Raggedy Ann and Andy.
The instructions are simple to enter. You need to leave one comment for each item you complete per entry.

1) Follow my blog
2) Write a blog post about my giveaway
3) Go to my web site and sign up for my newsletter
4) Like me on Facebook for Our Creative Hands
5) Post my giveaway on your Facebook

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011 the winner will be selected using Random.com.

I wish you all good luck and especially hope that my Raggedy Ann and Andy
Dolls make you smile as they do me.






27 comments:

  1. The Rag dolls are soooo cute, Rachel :) And I of course love that the one says "Nana Loves you" ....

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  2. Thank you Tracey. Soon all the grandchildren will be getting a Raggedy Ann or Andy from Nana. Thank you for visiting our blog hope you entered the contest. ♥ Rachel

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  3. WOW!!! Those are amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you now! :)

    xxoo,
    Liberty
    libertyoriginal.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi Liberty glad to have you follow my blog..I am hoping that you entered in the contest for the Raggedy Ann and Andy. Sincerely ♥ Rachel

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  5. Following your blog thru my yahoo id - cpevey@ymail.com :)

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  6. signed up for your newsletter
    cpevey@ymail.com

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  7. Hi Caity so happy to have you visit my blog..♥ Good luck for the contest Sincerely Rachel

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  8. I like Our Creative Hands on fb :)

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  9. Hi Susie glad you stopped by good luck in the conterst hope you continue to watch our web site for great items...♥ Sincerely Rachel

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  10. Hi Rachel
    Following your blog. I'm one of the members of Savvy Business Women group on Yahoo!! Love the Raggedies! They are sooooo cute! Hope you'll return the love :)
    http://thesampleshoppe.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for following hope you are entering the contest....I will definitely return the love
    Sincerely ♥Rachel

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  12. Blog hopping today and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.

    http://tawnasplan.blogspot.com
    http://btrbb.blogspot.com
    http://tawnassecret.blogspot.com

    I also do a weekend blog hop, you can link up on tawnasplan.blogspot.com open every Friday-Sunday!
    Thanks
    Tawna

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  13. Hi Tawna so nice of you to stop by. I will check out your blogs so thank you for your information.
    Hope you are entering my giveaway... Good Luck
    Sincerely ♥ Rachel

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  14. They are so ADORABLE!! i wish i could have one for my little girl.
    Following you from the blog hop!
    Love the information, you have here!
    Please come check my blog out at http://www.nontypicalmom.com/

    Tchoplin2009@gmail.com
    Have a great day!

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  15. Hi Teresa so happy to have you following my blog. Hope you entered for the contest who knows your daughter may be the lucky winner....♥ Sincerely Rachel
    I will be over to check out your blog.

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  16. New follower via GFC! Thanks you so very much for the giveaway! Happy Birthday to your daughter and Happy Valentine's Day!!!
    dana10879@yahoo.com

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  17. Signed up for your newsletter!
    dana10879@yahoo.com

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  18. I like you on FB!
    dana10879@yahoo.com

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  19. I shared on FB!
    dana10879@yahoo.com

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  20. I follow your blog...great story!! :))

    Zoe
    madforfashion at aol.com

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  21. Hi Dana thank you for stopping by and the lovely gesture for my daugther's birthday and our story . Good luck in the contest. If you have a blog page I would love to follow it. Sincerely Rachel

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  22. Hi Zoe I just started following your blog love it. Good luck in the giveaway contest...Thank you for stopping by and checking out our site we are always trying to make items for you all to love and keep affordable. Sincerely Rachel

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  23. Hello, I just found you on Tip Me Tuesday (Tip Junkie). I love your dolls, beautifully made.

    Jo
    ww.beadbarmy.com

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