Updated August 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ Knickerbocker " Inspired " ~
~ ~ Benji ~ ~
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
This Animated picture shows "Benji's" Complete outfit...showing him with and without his Jacket.....it shows his vest on and off as well....
BENJI was a GREAT SUCCESS at the Raggedy Festival in Arcola in 2004 !!
"Benji" #23 pictured above(front view)& below(back view)
DON'T THEY MAKE AN ADORABLE Group FOR YOUR RAGGEDY COLLECTION!!
Please look for Belindy & Raggedy Arthur
ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGES...
Inspired by the 1965 Knickerbocker Beloved Belindy...........
This beautiful handmade cloth doll is
MY " VERY OWN "ORIGINAL" DESIGN & CREATION "
He is pictured HERE with my own "reproduction" of the 1965 Knickerbocker Beloved Belindy & my Raggedy Arthur reproduction, so that you can see how well they compliment each other
You won't find "Benji" in one of the Raggedy Ann Storybooks, however……..you can see that he brings a VERY HAPPY SMILE to Belindy's face!!
His hand-painted facial features are very close to those of Belindy, but just enough boyish charm to capture the heart of your own Knickerbocker Belindy.......and the hearts of all of those who enjoy your Raggedy Collection.
LOOK !!! He is dressed just like her!!
Great attention to detail has been given to create this adorable 15 inch doll
He has the little red cap to match Belindy's bandana.……
his fully-lined jacket is red, with large white lapels trimmed with the same green as Belindy's apron......
Benji's fully-lined vest is yellow with white polka dots like the fabric in Belindy's skirt...........
The vest has two white buttons which ........fasten with machine made button holes.....
Benji wears a red/white polka-dot shirt (and bow-tie) ...........which is attached to his bright yellow pants adding the finishing touch to his matching outfit .
Benji has the traditional "Raggedy" red and white striped legs and red "shoes" to match Belindy's !
I hope that you will enjoy this new little character.
He was lots of fun to create…..and he will make a nice addition to any Raggedy Collection.
I just know that if Johnny Gruelle would have had more time................he would have created a counterpart for hisVERY BELOVED Belindy.
And since she has been lonely for all these years.............WHY NOT bring that great smile to YOUR Belindy's little face???
His wonderful smile and his sweet "Raggedy" charm will win your heart and bring a smile to your face.......and he will "melt" the hearts of all of those who enjoy your Raggedy Collection
He was lots of fun to create…..and he will make a Colorful and Cheerful addition to every Raggedy Collection.
This delightful little "Character" doll is patiently waiting for someone to take him home and love him!!
WHY NOT ADD HIM TO YOUR COLLECTION TODAY.....
You won't be disappointed!!!!
Recently one of my little "Benji's" went to live with Pam Stanard in Michigan............she sent this picture of him "entertaining " her FOUR "Original" Knickerbocker Belindys.
Pam also ordered new aprons for three of her little cuties!!
Here is what Pam had to say for my Guestbook "Date:July 2, 2008
Thank you Gayle, for all the Friendly Communication, the Outstanding service, the Benji I purchased from you is Remarkable, he is worthy of a Knickerbocker tag of his own! Your web-site is very impressive, I hope you continue to do such Wonderful work. Thanks again! Pam
Each of my Raggedy Character dolls have their very own UNIQUE personality, and make wonderful conversation pieces.
Each one is meticulously hand sewn with
fabric and styling reminiscent of Gruelle’s wonderful illustrations in his many Raggedy
Here are a few of MY very OWN "Benji's" with some of his Friends.
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
Click on each picture to ENLARGE !!