Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hittys Room Box



Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, was written
by Rachel Fields, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop
and published in 1929.  It won the Newbery Medal
for excellence in children's literature in 1930. 
Rachel was the first woman to receive the honor.
 It follows the adventures and numerous owners
of a little wooden doll Hitty, short for Mehitabel,
carved from Mountain Ash in the 1820's.

Here are photos of Hitty Farley's finished room box.
Hitty Farley was carved by Robert Raikes.
I made the dress that Hitty is wearing. 
Her other dresses are original dresses
by Robert Raikes, American Kit Company.
Hitty Farley doesn't travel like in the book, but she has 
friends that send her things from around the world.
  The figure below is called a Pflaumentoffel.  Originally
an edible figure made of prunes and sold in German
bakeries for children.  Here he is a small wooden figure
surrounded by tiny hand made trees from the 
Dresden Christmas Market in Germany.
In the book, Hitty is owned for a time 
by a portrait artist named Mr. Farley.
Cappy (short for Captain) and her bed were originally
a Wagner Kunstlerschutz Christmas ornament.
Hand made books and wood carved swan
 Japanese netsukes for bookends.
The hubs made Hitty's Shaker sewing box.
My friend Gerhard Ulbrich, who lives in Germany,
made the thread holder from a wooden drawer pull .
His wife Sigi wrapped the tiny wooden spools with thread
and crocheted the start of a sweater for Hitty to finish.
Very creative and so tiny.
Hitty's menagerie of china dogs.
Hitty Farley's best friend is
Hitty Barbel (Barbara in English), 
she lives in Wedel, Germany.
The original Hitty.
Hitty's quill feather pen is actually an 
accessory of the Playmobil Pirate from
the Pirate Ship series.
A tiny wooden village with children Christmas
carolers from the Erzenbirge region of Germany.
The delicate tiny trees are hand made.
Hitty's sea chest.
Hitty stores her shell collection in her
Dora Kuhn keepsake chest.
The hubs made her teeny Shaker boxes. 
Hitty paper dolls from a Gail Wilson kit.
Tiny Erzenbirge dollhouse.
 The postman can ring the bell when Hitty
gets a letter or package.
A big thanks to he hubs for all his creative wood
working skills and enthusiasm for Hitty's room.
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Hitty Farley's Roombox-Furniture & Clothing 



Hitty, Her First Hundred Years has been 
translated into several languages and she is
still popular around the world.  The hubs
made a second set of Hitty furniture.  We sent
it to Germany for Hitty Barbel to put in her 
Birch forest home.
Visit the link just below to read Barbel's story:

12 comments:

  1. This is the sweetest doll room ever! Everything is so wonderfully made!

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  2. Sherri - if Barbel could, she would write a long comment with a lot of praise. But she can not. So I say
    Great, really of all your room boxes, this is your masterpiece.
    You have succeeded in bringing Rachel Fields Hitty Preble back to life.
    Long live Hitty Farley !!
    Thank you for sharing this box with us.
    Sigi & Gerhard
    If anyone wants to see Barbel's box, here it is possible:
    http://www.sugmu.de/tort/neues/2402-neues.htm

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    1. Thank you Sigi and Gerhard! Hitty thanks you too and sends her warm greetings to Barbel. You and Gerhard have made Hitty Farley's box extra special with your generosity and talent!

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  3. More drooling!! lol IF we were little girls, couldn't we have fun playing and making things for our dolls? I am remembering a doll I made, at around age eleven, from a stick with "arms" and a spool for a head. Mama let me use a small wooden box (probably meant for jewelry, which she didn't have) for the doll's house. I played with her for hours underneath a cedar tree outside the kitchen window. So I guess these things have appealed to me for many years. Thank you so much for sharing your Hitty and her "home" with me.

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  4. You are so welcome Charlotte. Oh, I wish we lived closer, we could have so much fun with our dollies!

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  5. What a treasure this is! Lucky Hitty Farley to have a Mr. and Mrs. Farley looking after her. I do agree that room box is your masterpiece!

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    1. Thank you so much. Steve and I worked on this room a long time, that makes it special to me. Glad you enjoy it!

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  6. Wonderful room Hitty has to spend her time. She sure has everything. Love the little dresses. I can imagine all the time it took to fix everything, gather up everything and all the work painting and sewing. You always do the best work and have the sweetest things. the other little blond Hitty is sweet too.

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    1. Thank you Martha. It took a long time to finish this room. It was fun have Steve interest. I do miss sewing the clothes!

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  7. You have a magic touch of putting things together and making the perfect little room boxes. I can imagine hours of time looking for the little pieces and then creating some of your own. The best part is that you and your husband worked on this together.

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  8. Thank you Sandra, you are so right, doing this room with Steve's involvement has made it extra special. It was a little sad to see it come to an end, but I have another room to move onto.

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