Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Feeling Is It Should Be Happy Valentine's Day Everyday!


I wrote this back in 2006 and re-read it the other day. It's 10 years later but still appropriate so I thought you all might enjoy it.

Happy Valentines Day everyday!

Happy Valentine's Day, tomorrow, to all the "young at heart" lovers of the world. I said "young at heart" so that no one would feel left out. Young, old, single, married, anyone with a pulse!

I actually think Valentine's Day is really for all the young lovers of the world who somehow feel like they have to show the person they love just how much they love them. And, I think it's become way too commercial. I just don't like being told I have to openly express my feelings towards the people I love on a certain day or buy them expensive gifts because someone has decided that we should.

For my husband and I, we prefer to think of every day that we have each other as Valentine's Day. Unconditional love, compliments, hugs, lingering kisses, thank-you's, "I Love You's!" for no reason, gentle caresses, smiles when you least expect it, words of encouragement, unexpected presents, help with the chores, impish looks, laughing with each other, loving glances, finishing each other's sentences, holding hands, counting on each other, loyalty, that glint in the eyes when you look at each other, and tender looks each and every day are a thousands times more meaningful than a card or a present or an elaborate holiday on Valentine's Day. That's us. Some of you may disagree.

When I was a child Valentine's Day was exciting because they always made it seem like a special event in school. You had to buy your little box of Valentine's and make one out for everyone in your class. Special ones had to be saved for special people like "Mommy" and "Daddy" and the rest of your family. You had to have your little candy hearts with the sayings and one went in with every Valentine's Day card. Sometimes special people got two. Then, we'd hand them out in school and you'd count how many you got. The "most popular" kids always got the most.

I never really thought too much about that until one year when there was a young girl in my class who was not well liked. That year she only got a few. Yes, one was from me as my Mother's rule was that everyone in the class gets one or no one gets one. From that day on it hit me that a public display like that could be very, very hurtful for some children. I had never thought about that before. I did that day. And, the effect has never left me. I can still see her crushed face and big, tearful eyes. Forty-five years later I don't remember her name but I remember her face and how devastated she was. If it had that effect on me I can't imagine what effect it had on her.

Maybe that has something to do with my attitude towards Valentine's Day. In any event, given that I love research - and readers of my Linda's Blog know that I do - I thought I'd do a little research on the history of Valentine's Day.

From what I understand from the historychannel.com and Wikipedia.com the roots of Valentine's Day can be traced back to a Catholic Feast Day, in honor of Saint Valentine. As with so many other traditions it started with a pagan tradition. For 800 years before Valentine's Day was established the Romans had practiced a pagan celebration in mid-February commemorating young men's rites of passage to the god Lupercus.

During the festival the names of women were placed in an urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and then become paired for the year with that woman. Guys today might think that was pretty good deal. There were no strings attached but, the matches often ended in marriage. So, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th, St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. However, the Roman pagan "lottery" system was deemed unchristian and outlawed by the Church. Instead of the names of young women, the box would contain the names of saints. Oh, boy. Can't you see the guys all lining up for that? Both men and women could draw from the box. The idea was to try and emulate the saint who's name they drew during the rest of the year. Needless to say the young Roman men weren't happy with this change. So, the Church decided that instead of Lupercus they needed a more suitable saint of love to take his place. Enter Brad Pitt for me!

As the legend goes Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. At the time, Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius II. He was a ruthless ruler who involved Rome and its citizens in many bloody and unpopular wars. Emperor Claudius II was having a problem recruiting married men to his army and decided that all the single men made better soldiers than the men who were married and had families. So, he decided to outlaw marriage for young men. Can you imagine someone trying to do that today? In any event, Valentine thought that this was unfair and decided to defy the emperor and perform marriages in secret for young lovers. Of course, when Valentine was discovered he was put to death. He was stoned to death and then beheaded. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th of February about 270 A.D.

Another legend has it that Valentine, while he was being imprisoned by Emperor Claudius II, sent the first "Valentine" greeting himself while he was in prison. It's believed he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer who visited him often. Valentines great love for her and his faith managed to miraculously heal her from her blindness before he was executed. Before his death he wrote her a letter and signed it "From Your Valentine."

After the lottery was banned Roman men still sought the affection of women (what a surprise). So, it became a tradition for the men to give the women they admired handwritten messages of love and affection containing Valentine's name.

The first Valentine card was sent in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Maybe there's something to being imprisoned that causes men to write valentines!

Valentine's Day didn't get imported into the U.S. until the 19th century and was brought by British settlers. Most of the valentines back then were hand written. The 1st mass produced valentines were on embossed paper and were sold around 1847 by Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father had a stationary store and she loved an English valentine she had received so she decided to create her own. She made her elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons, and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Kind of sounds like today's version of scrapbooking. The picture to the right is a Valentine's Day postcard, circa 1910.

During the second half of the 20th century the giving of all manner of gifts was included with the valentines. Starting in the 1980's the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as a day to give fine jewelry. What a surprise. And, if you'd like a statistic to support how commercial it's become - how about the fact that 1 BILLION valentine cards are sent each year. That makes Valentine's Day the second largest card sending holiday of the year. In comparison 2.6 billion cards are sent at Christmas. And, this may surprise you, 85 present of all valentines are purchased by women. Are they buying them for themselves I wonder? Hmm.... It started out with men giving them to women. Now is it women giving to men? If not men, then who?

So, is it too commercial? You do the math. One billion cards - that's a huge $$$$ making industry just in cards. Is it any wonder that the florists, the diamond industry, the restaurants, the hotel chains, etc. have all joined in. They want a piece of the action, too. Now, Valentines Day is not complete without the card, the flowers, the jewelry, the restaurant, and the romantic getaway. No wonder I think it's way too commercial.

So, for all of you who are in love with the idea of Valentine's Day I wish you a "Happy Valentine's Day!" For those of you who are still young at heart I leave you with a few Valentine's Day riddles:

What did the stamp say to the envelope? Stick with me and we'll go places.

What happens when you fall in love with a French chef? You get buttered up.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Justin. Justin who? Justin time! Here's your valentine.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Oscar. Oscar who? Oscar if she likes me!

and, finally - What did the boy elephant say to the girl elephant on Valentine's Day? I love you a ton! I think I'll go tell my husband that one.


Posted by Linda Walsh Originals - "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
Happy Valentine's Day from Linda graphic above - Courtesy of Snowdreamz.com

Friday, February 12, 2016

Petronella The Birdhouse Lady - "Gray Is Beautiful Series"


"Petronella, The Birdhouse Lady!" is very concerned about her bird friends and their survival over the long, cold winter months.

In fact she is so concerned she asked her husband, "Doug, The Handy Dandy Gentleman!" to make her several birdhouses that she could put in the yarn to help her feathered friends.

The problem is that Petronella doesn't want just any birdhouses. She wants fancy Victorian birdhouses, with style and class. Lots of details and intricate molding.

Doug, on the other hand, doesn't want to invest so much time in making birdhouses that are just going to be destroyed by Petronella's fine feathered friends. He doesn't want to make them, but he loves to please Petronella.


“Petronella, The Birdhouse Lady!”, 13” Victorian Snowlady Doll E-Pattern - Victorian - Seasonal Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 

"Petronella, The Birdhouse Lady!" is a 13" squared bottomed self-standing Victorian snow-lady warm & natural cloth doll. She has an embroidered face with black bead eyes, resin carrot nose, outline embroidered mouth, and blushed cheeks.

She has a full head of curly white mohair hair that is barely controlled under her lace trimmed and gathered bonnet.

She is wearing her favorite felt jacket with top stitching along all the edges, lined and bow decorated front pockets, and lace trimmed front panel edges. Her jacket is secured in the front with four buttons and two large fringed scarves are tied around her neck and then in a knot in the front.

She is also wearing a coordinated two tier lined cape with lined and raised collar.

"Petronella, The Birdhouse Lady!" knows how to take care of her feathered friends. Her problem is that she loves everything and anything Victorian and wants everything Doug makes to be of the finest material and finest workmanship. Even if it's only going to be used for her fine, feathered friends. They deserve quality, too!




If you would like to read the stories"Petronella The Birdhouse Lady" is involved in with "The Grays" please CLICK HERE.

Doug, The Handy Dandy Gentleman! - Always The Perfect Gentleman - "Gray Is Beautiful Series"



"Petronella, The Birdhouse Lady!" is very concerned about her bird friends and their survival over the long, cold winter months.

In fact she is so concerned she asked her husband, "Doug, The Handy Dandy Gentleman!" to make her several birdhouses that she could put in the yarn to help her feathered friends.

The problem is that Petronella doesn't want just any birdhouses. She wants fancy Victorian birdhouses, with style and class. Lots of details and intricate molding.

Doug, on the other hand, doesn't want to invest so much time in making birdhouses that are just going to be destroyed by Petronella's fine feathered friends. He doesn't want to make them, but he loves to please Petronella.


“Doug, The Handy Dandy Gentleman!”, 13” Victorian Snowman Doll Decoration E-Pattern - Victorian - Seasonal Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

"Doug, The Handy Dandy Gentleman!" is a 13" squared bottomed self-standing Victorian snowman warm & natural cloth doll. He has an embroidered face with black bead eyes, resin carrot nose, outline embroidered mouth, and blushed cheeks. He also sports a cute wool fleece mustache.

Doug a full head of straight white mohair hair that is barely controlled under his lined felt top hat.

He is wearing his favorite felt jacket with white piping along all the edges, a left side breast pocket, and two front pockets. His jacket is secured in the front with three buttons and two large fringed scarves are tied around his neck and then in a knot in the front.

He also has two felt earmuffs over his ears to keep him warm and being the gentleman that he is he's carrying a handkerchief in his breast pocket. He just never knows when his wife, Petronella, will need it.

"Doug, The Handy Dandy gentleman" knows how much Petronella's fine feathered friends mean to her and has no problem making them birdhouses. It's just that to have to make finely crafted and delicately featured Victorian birdhouses for "the birds" is really going overboard.



If you'd like to read the stories "Doug The Handy Dandy Gentleman" is involved in with "The Grays" just CLICK HERE.

The Story Behind My "Celia's" Victorian Doll Pattern



A lot of my dolls have stories behind them. Here's the story of my "Celia" doll:

Celia is married to Elmer (see my post The Story Behind Elmers Little Boy ). They have been happily married for over 50 years and were recently moving into their new home. Since they were downsizing they had to either get rid of a lot of items or throw a lot away. So, they decided what to throw away and what to sell at their yard sale. When you've been married over fifty years there are a LOT of items.

In any event, one of the items Celia had decided to throw away was this old, grungy, doll who was just plain "a mess". She had lost most of her hair on the top of her head and had one long bunch of strands down one side of her head. Her fingers were all broken and her face was dirty. She had on an old, dirty, prairie dress and bonnet. I wish I had taken a picture of her so you could have seen how she was. Needless to say she was in desperate need of a make over. I think she was considering going to a day spa, but she wasn't aware of any dollie day spas. There definitely weren't any in the yellow pages.

So, of course, I took her home and we pondered her fate together. We decided she should be elegant. She'd had enough of this simple, primitive, country look and wanted to be a real "Lady". So we decided on a bit of a "French" aristocratic look for her. We needed something that would cover up her bald spots while still making it seem like she had a full head of hair. Definitely a twist was in store. The problem, however, was what to do with the rest of her head. I though maybe a combination of a large hat and "Gloria Swanson" type of turban would work. Celia was skeptical. It was a drastic step.

So we twisted the one long bunch of hair strands she had on the right side of her head into a bun over her ear. We decided that some old green velour material that I had would make a good turban, high-waisted jacket top, and part of her fancy hat. The other part of her fancy hat was made out of the same material as her dress. You have to be coordinated, you know, to be an elegant "Lady" from France. We arranged some of the green velour material so that it appeared to be a turban around her head. We put her fancy bonnet together and decided it would look very "elegant" if it was slanted towards the left side of her head and tied in a bow on the right side of her neck.

Of course, she had on all the underclothes and items proper "Ladies" just do not discuss. Celia was shaking and had her hands (or what was left of her hands and fingers) over her eyes. I positioned her in front of the mirror and told her to look. Reluctantly, after 15 minutes of coaxing she finally looked. What she saw took her breathe away. She spent the next week just looking at herself in the mirror. Talk about someone getting a "big" head. Celia wanted to change her name to "Venus" as she was now the most beautiful woman, or should I say dollie, in the world. I'd had enough of this and decided it was time for Celia to go home.

So, we took Celia back to the real Celia. She couldn't believe it was the same doll. So elegant, so beautiful, so "aristocratic", so...... well, conceited. Well, I tell you, when you've been around for 80+ years you know how to tame an ego that was getting out of control. Celia sat Celia down and told her "Enough of this crap! You're a doll named after me. The beauty belongs to me, not you." Celia was humbled, or so we think. She now resides in the real Celia's bedroom, turned away from any mirrors. Once in a while she does, however, manage to catch a glimpse of her beauty in a mirror and she just smiles.

Well, since I had already created the patterns for the undergarments, dress, fancy hat, etc. I decided that I should make a Celia cloth doll and pattern. My version of the Celia doll is shown below.


"Celia" is dressed in her "Sunday" Victorian best. From her high waisted dress to her tiny jacket, to her bloomers, to her frilly lacy hat, to her slip she is all "Lacy Victorian." She, of course, couldn't be happier as she is a "frilly girl" through and through. Lace, frills, and ruffles. The more lace, ruffles, and frills the better. She wants it all. That is, she wants it Victorian and all.


“Celia”, 22” Doll - Victorian Doll - Victorian Series - 1893 Empire Gown

Designer-Linda Walsh Originals

Celia has a fancy double-tiered lace and ruffled trim lined jacket with long puffed up sleeves, very fancy lace & floral decorated lined hat with tulle, fancy lace & double-ruffle tiered dress, lace gloves, lace trimmed and gathered slip, lace trimmed and gathered bloomers, and blond hair tied in a bun. She has boots tied with laces and her lined jacket has large ribbon ties which are tied in a bow in the front. She also has a fabric covered head and body and black bead eyes.




Thursday, February 11, 2016

There Are Bunnies In The Flower Patch Handmade Bunny Woodcrafts




We've got bunnies in the flower patch. Two in fact. And, they couldn't be cuter.

If you're looking for a cute bunny woodcraft decoration for the Spring my "Bunny In The Flower Patch" decorations would be perfect.

What could be cuter than a bunny hiding in a flower patch. The handmade bunny is painted wood with a drawn face, flower fabric inner ear accents, a large fabric bow andis surrounded by Spring silk florals.

They're just as cute as a "bunny."


Bunny In The Flower Patch - 6" Handmade Woodcraft Spring Bunny Decoration #A

For more information on my "Bunny In The Flower Patch" decoration #A  please CLICK HERE.


Bunny In The Flower Patch - 6" Handmade Woodcraft Spring Bunny Decoration #B

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Hop On In Spring Bunny Handmade Grapevine Wreath Decoration



 Hop On In Grapevine Wreath -  7" Round Grapevine Wreath Decoration #A

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 Hop On In Grapevine Wreath -  7" Round Grapevine Wreath Decoration #B

For more information on Hop On In Grapevine Wreath Decoration #A please CLICK HERE.

Spring is just such a cheery time of the year with flowers blooming and Easter bunnies.  What better way to celebrate and decorate than with cheery  bunny wreaths.

Our  7" grapevine wreaths have wood painted bunnies, silk floral decorations, cloth wrapped garland, large and small fabric bows, colorful eggs, wooden carrot, and a painted "Hop On In" sign.

"Hop On In!"  It's springtime.


Shall We Hop? Or Not? A Pair Of Handmade Bunny Woodcraft Sisters



Bunnies just love to hop - don't they?  Well, if you talk to our bunny sisters, Hattie and Mattie, you might be a little confused.


You see, Hattie doesn't like hanging around.

She prefers to "Hop On In!":

"Hattie Hippity-Hop" prefers to hop from here to there, to there.

Anywhere you'd like to place her would be just fine with Hattie.

"Hattie Hippity-Hop" is a 7" handmade self-standing wood bunny with a green ribbon bow, lace trim around her neck, grapevine heart wreath and large wood painted carrot.

For more infomation on "Hattie Hippity-Hop" please CLICK HERE.


Her sister,"Mattie Hippity-Hop", doesn't like to hop.

No - not at all!

"Mattie Hippity-Hop" prefers to stay put.

She doesn't like to hop from room to room to room like her sister, Hattie.

"Mattie Hippity-Hop" is a 7" handmade self-standing wood bunny with a blue lace collar and blue ribbon bow, grapevine circle wreath with cloth bow and large wood carrot.

For more information on "Mattie Hippity-Hop" please CLICK HERE.

Two Adorable New Bunny Decorations - Bunny My Heart Wreath Handmade Decorations


LW075A - Bunny My Heart - 6" Grapevine Bunny Wreath Decoration


LW075B - Bunny My Heart - 6" Grapevine Bunny Wreath Decoration

Easter is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate and decorate than with an adorable 6" grapevine bunny heart wreath.

My Bunny My Heart wreaths both have an adorable wood painted bunny with a floral bow and inner ear fabric accents in the center of its heart grapevine.  A Happy Easter painted wood sign, fabric wrapped garland, silk floral, colorful Easter eggs and wood carrot, and large fabric bow add charm to the heart grapevine.

My Bunny My Heart wreaths make adorable decorations for the Easter Holiday.

For more information on Bunny My Heart Wreath A decoration please CLICK HERE.

For more information on Bunny My Heart Wreath B decoration please CLICK HERE.

I Love My Egg Bunny Handmade Woodcraft and New Pattern & E-Pattern



If you're looking for a fun and easy bunny woodcraft to make for Easter or the springtime my "I Love My Egg" bunny woodcraft might be perfect.  She makes an adorable decoration for any cottage, shabby chic, or Victorian home.


"I Love My Egg" is so proud of her beautiful large egg and small easter egg.  Her large egg is just so beautiful, so cheery.  Every time she looks at it she can't help but smile.
I Love My Egg - 7" Wood Bunny - Pattern Category - Beginner

"I Love My Egg" is a pattern to make a brush & sponge painted wooden bunny and wooden sponge painted egg.  The wood bunny is brush and sponge painted with outlining along the edges, a painted face, and floppy white felt ears.  She is wearing a brushed felt vest with lace trim along the neckline. She has a white tuff of roving hair and a lare pink fabric bow on the top of her head.

Her small Easter egg is painted and striped.  The beautiful large wooden egg is sponge painted with white, blue, pink and lilac colors and has a fabric bow decoration and zig-zag painted stripes.

"I Love My Egg" is hoping when you see her you'll smile, too.


For more information on my handmade wooden bunny decoration please CLICK HERE.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Custom Fabric Designs for The Gray Is Beautiful Group of Dolls


The "Grays" have been a little restless lately. They've been after me to post about their new "Gray Is Beautiful" fabric designs and I just got a chance to. Hope you like them. I know the "Grays" do.


GRAY IS BEAUTIFUL FABRIC

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Gray Is Beautiful Magdalene The Drama Queen Fabric

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REBECCA - COLONIAL

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Gray Is Beautiful Rebecca Fabric

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Gray Is Beautiful Seniors Rock Fabric

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Gray Is Beautiful Blue Roses Fabric

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JUST TWO OLD BUNNIES IN LOVE - SMALL 

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Gray Is Beautiful Fall Fabric

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DON'T TELL US GRAY ISN'T BEAUTIFUL FABRIC 

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REBECCA- VICTORIAN COLONIAL

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Gray Is Beautiful Mabel I'm All Woman Fabric

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NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S GRAY 

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SNOWMEN HAVE MORE FUN

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WINTER FUN SNOWMEN AND SNOWLADIES

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Gray Hair Or White Hair We're All Beautiful Fabric


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Seniors Are #1 Fabric

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Our new Gray Is Beautiful custom fabrics are perfect for making decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, wall art, totes, table linens, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2011-2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Please CLICK HERE for all the fabric designs in our Gray Is Beautiful Fabric Designs Collection.

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Our Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs are available at Spoonflower.com.  All transactions for purchasing fabric are between you (the customer) and Spoonflower.com.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Two Adorable New Graduation Raggedy Annie and Andy Doll Decorations E-Patterns and Print Patterns



Sometimes you get a feeling that you need to act upon. For me this came after I made the Graduation Cap and Gown for my Molly American Girl doll. Molly seemed to be urging me to use her gown to design a graduation Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy doll that can be used as a gift or as an adorable decoration for any graduation party.


It seemed like a good idea.  So, I acted on it and created my new Graduation Annie and Graduation Andy dolls and patterns.  Thanks, Molly.


Graduation Annie couldn't be happier or more pleased with herself. You see she's graduating today and is proud to be the valedictorian for her graduating class. She is rather shy and really doesn't like any undue attention, but is so proud of her achievements she couldn't help but agree to speak at her graduation ceremony. Annie hopes that her speech will be inspiration to all. I have a feeling it will be.

Graduation Annie is a free-standing cloth doll with a square bottom denim base. She has a long tunic shirt with lace trimmed gathered sleeves and square-bottomed denim pants. Her face is embroidered completely embroidered. She is wearing a white satin graduation gown with 3/4 sleeves and is holding a bouquet of silk ribbon flowers with streamers and diploma in her right hand and her commencement exercise booklet in her left hand. She has long flowing red hair framing her face and has a white graduation cap on her head. A string of pearls and floral ribbon decorate her outfit.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


“Graduation Annie”, 20” Girl Doll - Graduation Raggedy Annie Doll E-Pattern - Graduation Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner




Graduating Andy is as proud to be graduating today as his sister, Graduation Annie. While he did well in school he isn't the valedictorian, like his sister. He is, however, graduating with honors and is very proud of himself for this. Things don't come as easily to him as they do to Annie. He worked very, very hard on his studies the past few years and is proud of his achievements. He did his best and that is all anyone can ask of him.

Graduation Andy is a free-standing cloth doll with a square bottom denim base. He sports a long cotton shirt with rolled and cuffed sleeves and square-bottomed denim pants. His face is embroidered completely embroidered. He is wearing a white satin graduation gown with 3/4 sleeves and is holding his diploma in his right hand and his commencement exercise booklet in his left hand. He has wild raggedy red hair framing his face and has a white graduation cap on his head.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals


“Graduation Andy”, 20” Boy Doll - Graduation Raggedy Andy Doll E-Pattern - Graduation Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner