Happy Birthday Hittygirls!

Today is the 12th Anniversary of the Yahoo Group Hitty Girls! Hittygirls was started by our group owner, Julie, and is the largest online community of Hitty doll lovers.  I have been a member of Hittygirls since 2004.

In 2002, my husband got a new job in a new state.  Instead of looking for another job myself, I started sewing doll clothes again and selling them online  One day I got an inquiry, "Do you sew for Hitty?"

I had never heard of Hitty or read the book, Hitty Her First Hundred Years.   I Googled and researched Hitty and found Hittygirls.  Soon after, I purchased my first Robert Raikes Hitty and that was the beginning for me.

Robert Raikes Hitty Dolls are no longer being made and the only place to buy them now is on the secondary market.  I gave my original Raikes Hitty to my daughter but I still have her sister plus about 25 more!

If you want to learn more about Hitty---Join Hittygirls!

If you want to connect with other Hitty Moms----Join Hittygirls!

If you want to participate in fun projects and swaps---Join Hittygirls!

If you just love Hitty---Join Hittygirls!



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Royal Baby Story Told in Legos

Having recently vistied Legoland Florida, I enjoyed watching this video posted by ITN news.  The Legoland Windsor display celebrates the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis.





You can read about my visit to Legoland Florida by following the link to the post

http://www.hittytraveldoll.com/2013/06/in-which-hitty-sees-star-wars-pirates.html


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Greetings From Florida


On the last day of  my road trip, my adopted humans and I stopped at the Florida Welcome Center just across the Alabama state line.

My adopted humans were amazed to see an old high school friend from Indiana who was on her way to St Augustine with her family.  Such a coincidence and such a small world!

It is always so much fun to stop at a Florida Welcome Center!  On this day, the sky was blue with snowy clouds and the sun was shining.  Florida is the Sunshine State.

There is nothing quite like a free cup of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice or grapefruit juice---so refreshing.





The day was just full of surprises!  We were greeted by the famous Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon who agreed to pose for a photo


Ponce De Leon first landed near St Augustine in 1513.  He named this magical place Florida which means "Place of Flowers".  He was searching for gold and a mythical "Fountain of Youth".  According to legend, the waters of the Fountain of Youth had the ability to make the old young again.

As he continued his exploration down the coast, he encountered strong currents and named the place Cape Canaveral which means "Cape of Strong Currents".  He named a small island near the Florida Keys the Dry Tortugas because it had many turtles and no fresh water.

In 1531, Ponce De Leon tried to establish a colony near Charlotte Harbor.  His landing party was not welcomed by the native Calusa Indians.  They had heard of the Spainish Conquistidors--conquerors.  During a skirmish, the Ponce De Leon was shot in the leg by an arrow.  He died in Cuba as a result of his injuries at the age of 61.  Unfortunately, he never found gold or the Fountain of Youth in Florida.


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Atlanta!

On my road trip, we drove through Atlanta, Georgia.


We saw the torch tower, a symbol of the 1996 Summer Olympics


We ate at the Marietta Diner.  What a fun place to eat!  It looks like an old-fashioned diner and the food was good and reasonably priced.  While we were there, two sports teams (count them TWO!) were seated.  Tables were moved and put together and a few dozen young people in uniform had a great meal.  Look at what you could choose for dessert!


Just a few Fun Facts about Atlanta:

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world's busiest passenger airport.
The Capitol Dome is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold that was mined in Dahlonega, Georgia - the site of America's first Gold Rush.  
Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca Cola and the Varsity Restaurant serves nearly 3 million servings of Coca-Cola annually, the most served anywhere in the world 
Atlanta loves to shop!  Atlanta has more shopping space per capita than any other city except Chicago
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Atlanta is home to the Peachtree Road Race, the world's largest 10K race with an average of 45,000 runners each year 
Atlanta is the only US city destroyed by fire as an act of war when General Sherman burned the city on November 15, 1864 
Atlanta is the site of the novel "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell.  The movie was the first color film to win the Best Picture Oscar 
Atlanta is home of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the world's largest museum dedicated to the famous civil rights leader and American hero.
Atlanta has over 16 million visitors a year.....I was one of them


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Hitty Travels the Blue Star Highway



Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States dedicated to the Armed Forces.  The program was started after WWII  in 1945 by the National Garden Clubs of the USA to commemorate the Blue Star Service Flags. A blue star was placed on flags to denote a family member serving in the Armed Forces.

The Blue Service Flag was first used during WWI.  It was hung in the window to indicate that a family member was serving in the fight.  If the family member died while on active duty, the blue star was covered in gold.

Service Flags are still used today and have gained some popularity among military families.

Each Blue Star Memorial Highway Tribute Marker is maintained by a local club.  This marker is located at Interstate 75 Rest Stop #13 in Dooly County and is maintained by the Garden Club of Cordele Georgia.































The Rest stop was landscaped with flowering Crepe Myrtle trees and beautiful flowers.





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Hitty Discovers Krispy Kreme

In our area of Southwest Florida, we do not see a Krispy Kreme Donut Shop with the "Hot" donuts sign on.



I got my own!  Yum. Yum.



Georgia On My Mind


Lots of good stuff in Georgia!



Picnic lunch at the Georgia Welcome Center.... I have simple tastes 


Hitty Takes a Road Trip

Getting an early start on my road trip