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Smorgasbord Saturday (in bits of red)

This Saturday I:

Spent a few minutes repairing my childhood Raggedy Ann doll for Felix to play with.

While fixing up her little foot, I realized that I couldn’t remember much about Raggedy Ann.

This is what I found on Wikipedia:

[Johnny] Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him 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 Orphan Annie.” He said, “Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?”

Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her parents’ consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement.

I so love that she was named after two poems combined and had no idea that she was the symbol of the Anti-Vaccination Movement.

Wrote Jude a letter.

and inspired by SouleMama’s recent bit of yellow, I attempted making my first tote using this Sew Mama Sew! tutorial.

My stitching isn’t as straight as I’d like it to be, and I feel like the bag needs a little something more on the pocket, but altogether I am pleased with my first tote!


Couscous Salad

The recipe for this dish was in this month’s print version of Kiwi Magazine.

This was a big hit! It was so tasty- very fresh and summery. We enjoyed it so much we’ve made 2 batches this week.

I was unable to find this recipe on the Kiwi website and didn’t feel like typing it all out, so hopefully the photograph will suffice. We opted to use lentils instead of garbanzo beans and I used half the amount of cinnamon that is called for.

my helper:

I have also been really enjoying seeing Felix play with my baby doll from when I was a child. We brought her home from my parents a few weeks ago, and he picked her out of the pile of other toys that were mine and carries her around from time to time. He likes to give the doll hugs and kisses. She’s a bit heavy for him still, which makes him lugging her around that much cuter.