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.



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.

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.