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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sending Some Bloggy Valentine Love...






If you are visiting on the GYB party, you will find my post and giveaway here.

As I sat in my studio yesterday, I turned and saw these two, snuggling on the quilt rack where they sit each day, quietly emanating love. Sometimes I can almost hear Andy whispering sweet nothings in Ann's ear. But most of the time, they just sit and stare into each other's eyes... You can almost see the little hearts flying through the air...  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥











Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy have long been symbols of love, to me. After all they each have their little stitched hearts that profess "I Love You"... I cannot tell you how many of these I have made over the years. During university and for a number of years after, as my friends got married and started their families, each new baby got an Ann or Andy. I wish I had kept track; I'm quite sure I've made at least 20 or 25. They were fun to do, but the hair, each loop pulled through and then secured by hand, took longer than making the entire doll and the clothing, or so it seemed. These two were for my own children, (made up with a set of each clothing just to be safe) and packed in my suitcase, ready to go to the hospital when I went into labour. Each one sat in the bassinette with the newborn babe. (I think I could have taken orders in the hospital from all the other new Moms and a lot of the nurses...) But these are the last two I made... the end of the line!
So - Ann and Andy and I are sending you some love today. To you, my loyal readers, followers, friends and occasional visitors - thank you for all your visits and kind words. A special thanks to those of you who leave comments. :)  I appreciate each and every one. I'd especially like to give a warm welcome and send some bloggy love to my new followers from the Grow Your Blog Party, which ends tomorrow. Only one more day to get your name in for the giveaway here!
Now I'm off to give myself a little love - I'm off to have a mammogram. Not an experience I enjoy (that machine was designed by a man, for sure!) but I sure enjoy the peace of mind after, knowing all is well. Get those mammies grammed, girls!! This is your reminder!

Love
   Linda

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." - Victor Hugo

13 comments:

Sara D.B. said...

Ann and Andy are very sweet and cherished treasures.
Happy Valentine's Day, dear Linda! ♥

Jennifer said...

Your Raggedy Ann and Andy are very cute little people! I hope you have been in training for the mammogram.......slamming your chest in the fridge door a few times a day is a good way to train.

Country Gal said...

I haven't seen a raggedy Ann or Andy for years . Very cute ! Happy Valentines Day to you and have a good weekend !

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You know it makes me happy to get greetings from Annie dolls! They are my very favorite and I don't think I knew that you had made so many. How special they are. Happy Valentine's day my friend. xox, Diane

Anonymous said...

I so love your story of love. These darling dolls have certainly brought much love to many people. Happy Valentines Day.
Ps - love your blog
LB

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They are beautiful and wonderful keepsakes for your kids. I actually still have my Raggedy Ann doll from my childhood. I'm so glad I kept her. The elastic in her bloomers and pinafore is stretched out but other than that she's in good shape and well loved. Oh how I hate a mammogram. Thanks for the reminder as I think I'm overdue for one!! Happy Valentine's Day to you. Hugs. Pam

Gwen Buchanan said...

20-25... wow Linda you were a busy stitcher.. I have made one for each of my 4 children and I think maybe a couple more and I so agree with you on the hair. I had to make 2 new faces for my oldest sons Andy.. He loved him so much he wore it completely off.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Glenn's mother made me an Ann then Andy when I had both our girls and she said the same thing about the hair! They were so big, the girls wore the doll's clothes for Halloween one year.
I have my mammie every two years and a physical every year - it has proven worth while in the past.
Happy Valentine's Day Linda.

Anonymous said...

My sister made Ann and. Andy for my daughter 35 years ago. My daughter has 2 boys now so I just recently gave them back to my sister so she could give them to get Grandaughter. They are pretty sweet!

Karen said...

Adorable, and so beautifully made - like everything you do!

MissesStitches said...

Love your Raggedies! I have my own treasured doll that my grandmother made for me when I was in high school. Over 50 years old now! She gave me two sets of clothes, too.

Janet said...

So sweet to see your Raggedys. I have two Anns that I made for two of my girls... the third one never got one although most of my nieces and nephews got one. (I wonder if any of them kept them.) I very cleverly made them all with hair colour to match the child's. But I love the look of yours with the red hair.

Patrica said...

I had a Raggedy Ann when I was child so your post brought back fond memories. Happy Heart Day to you!

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