Ophelia OOAK Primitive Doll

I am very pleased with how Ophelia finished. Her story is somewhat sad; loosely taken from a “Who Do You Think You Are” episode.  I do not know the episode, nor have I seen it-but a friend shared the story with me.  It was a perfect story for Ophelia to tell.

Ophelia.  OOAK Primitive Doll

Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones left unsaid and never explained (author unknown)

As a young woman, Ophelia was crazy in love with Jacob.  When Jacob left to serve his country during WW2, it was a sad day for her, but she promised with all her heart, that she would wait for his return. And, when the war was over and he didn’t returned, her life changed.  She eventually married and started a family.  But all those years of being mother and wife, something had been missing from her life.  The joy and happiness that she felt as a young woman was not the same in this life.  Many years later, she came to realize that her sadness, her zest for life had waned because of the lost love in her heart.

Ophelia is made of canvas fabric, aged with coffee staining and sanding.   She is stuffed primly with fabric rags.  Her headpiece is a piece of stretchy lace fabric.  Her dress is a vintage dress that has been left untouched and in its natural state as I found it.  Her shoes are tea stained ribbons wrapped around her feet. Her eyes are vintage buttons.  And a pretty necklace was added to her neck.  The flowers and heart represent the lost love she carried in her heart.

Kindly asking $85.00 plus shipping.


Breast Cancer Dolls Update

They been cut, sewn, turned and then soaked in coffee stain. I opted for a lighter stain because I still want to see a faint glimpse of pink.  They will dry lighter.


The color looks good. On to stuffing. It’s my least favorite part of doll making. I think because the time it takes and the fact that I get excited about pulling it all together.

Where Does It All Begin?

Right here…

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doodling on paper, ideas and thoughts of dolls.  Sometimes its just a word or two that inspires, sometimes a story, or a character.  But no matter what–like or not, the doodles are a keeper because I never know when that awful doodle will inspire a favorite doll!

Sometimes, I just close my eyes and draw a doll head.  And, that process can lead to some interesting shaped heads, which wear well with extreme styled prim dolls.

While I have several dolls in the works this week, I have made plans to use the pink pillow cases that I have cut up for Breast Cancer Awareness Dolls, at the request of my sister (who is a nurse).

One will be for her to keep and give hope to the women who have survived breast cancer, and continue to fight for their health.  A second doll will be targeted as a donation to the Cancer of Alliance (a local organization for me)-which provides gas cards for people who otherwise would not make their appointments because money is tight for them.

I hope to get three dolls from these re-purposed pillow cases. I hope you will follow along with me on this very special journey.


They sure have come along way.


There are so many different styles and looks of a Raggedy.  Check out this page, History of Raggedy and see how the raggedy came about and evolved over the years.  Great history and amazing inspiration there.

More inspiration for me is a doll artist, Shelly Koch Mama’s Primitives.  She makes amazing raggedy dolls; the kind I love.   Check out her prim raggedy dolls.

The Poppy Lady

Last night my daughter asked me to make a doll centered around Red poppies.  Naturally I will oblige her. Poppies are special for her as they remind her of her Papaw. We always donate money and receive poppies for Papaw every time we see the vets selling them.

I ready had that idea written in my book already. She just bumped it up to the top. I also added a mother goose and a storm trooper. lol. My book is filled with ideas for dolls. One at a time. Pick and choose as the mood strikes.  😊

This Doll Making Journey 


I have had the most fun making some happy dolls. I’ve made a doll with teeth and baby shoes. And I swear to you I never ever thought I would do that. lol

And two ladies from the sisterhood of red hats all set for a tea party. 

And my version of Rosie the Riveter. Although my husband said what she really needs is a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in her hand. But that would change everything about her. lol


He’s all boy. And lots of booboos to back that up


My version of Rosie the Riveter

members of the sisterhood of Red Hats

Eleanor amd Gladys

 My dolls can be found on Facebook at An Old Crows Journey. 

For now my quilting sits quietly in the background. And that’s good since it has often times been a tug of war between primitive crafting and quilting.  

And I have made some new friends and  I have seen some amazing dolls over at the Facebook page Purely Primitive Dolls. 

I have a couple of dolls I am planning. And then I will be working on a series of dolls which I will share a bit later. 

Primitive Doll Making

I didn’t really have the cash to spend on the book.  And, I didn’t really need another craft book.  But this book caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.  It had the most amazing primitive doll on the cover.  I picked it up, glanced through it and put it in my basket.  I knew I didn’t really have the money to spend on the book, but I COULD NOT PUT IT BACK.  The book was securely in my clutches. I wanted that book.  And, I bought it.


What I have learned from this book is that it isn’t just about steps.  Step one.  Step two…It’s about the journey, too.  Once I realized this, making dolls became so much easier for me.

I have always made dolls from someone else’s patterns; never being able to re-create that image.  Why?  Because it wasn’t my journey.  It was the doll artist’s journey.

I have had a great time making primitive dolls.  I will make more.  Here a few that I have made recently.  Two were shared with my sister.  Two have been sold.  And, two are for sale.  I will post again soon.

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