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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Toothless: Halloween 2011

  I feel embarrassed that I am just barely putting up pictures of Halloween especially when Christmas is just around the corner.  It has taken me forever to post anything up on this blog, mainly because I rarely get the chance to sit down at the computer without distractions long enough to do it. (Talk about distractions: as I am typing this my cat Larry is on my lap and trying to walk all over the keyboard... Larry only comes out after the kids go to bed and by that time he is starved for attention and wants me to love him.)  So as you can see, I am bulk-blogging while I have the time- this is my fourth blog post in one night!
Let me get to the point:

Charlie has been in love with the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" for the last year, so before Halloween rolled around I asked him what he wanted to be, and by no surprise to me, he said "Toothless" (that's the main dragon in the movie).  I initially asked him that question a few months in advance, and I hoped he would change his answer as time got closer to Halloween, but it didn't. He stuck with his decision to be Toothless. I didn't see any costumes for sale, so I decided to make it by hand. I looked online for inspiration and ideas on how to make a Toothless costume- that helped because I was able to plan the costume better and determine what I liked and didn't like about other homemade costumes out there.
Charlie's costume was made out of recycled black sweats from his dad and grandma, along with other materials that I had around the house, so I didn't have to spend any money to make it... just a lot of time. 

Without the mask.

And don't forget our pretty kitty.

Charlie wanted me to make Eloise a dragon costume too, but because I spent all my time making the Toothless costume, I was burned out and out of time to do anything fancy.  So Elle got to be a super simple cat with felt ears and a felt tail safety pinned to the back of her sweater. She pulled it off nicely.

rainbows and unicorns (and a horse)

These little guys stand about 9 inches tall. These two are my prototypes and they are a work in progress. I am currently making some more, but I have tweaked the pattern a bit, so the next batch will hopefully turn out better.

More dolls

Here are some pictures that I have been holding onto for awhile. You've seen the dolls already, but now you can see them with the girls they were made for.

Meet Caroline

Here's my inspiration, and here's the finished product!

Pretty cute, huh?

Here's the bag that I sent the little Caroline doll in.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Davy Jean

A few months ago I made this doll for Davy Jean.  Her mom sent me the cutest picture of her in this outfit and I was so excited to get started on a new creation.

I really enjoy being able to look at a picture and make something from it: something you can hold in your hands, something you can hug... and I love plush!

Davy Jean is a very special little girl and she has a super special family. She was born with an extremely rare chromosome deletion, a cleft lip and palate, Congenital heart defects, and has had numerous other medical conditions (and surgeries to go along with them), yet she is one of the smiliest and happiest babies (okay, toddlers) I've met.

Back in June Davy's grandparents and extended family held a Benefit and fundraiser to help pay for  Davy's future surgeries and current medical needs as well as to support 'Operation Smile' and 'The Unique Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group'. I made a duplicate doll, like this one that I made for Davy Jean, to auction at the benefit.  It was a beautiful event for a good cause and it was so fun to be able to contribute something little. 
(Here are some pictures of the Benefit.)

Davy's mom, Ruth, has a blog called 'the mom' where you can read more about her journey and other goings-on of their lives.

Here are some pictures of the finished doll along with Davy herself. Thank you, thank you Ruth, for emailing me these pictures! Every single one made me smile!  :D

Seriously! How sweet is this girl!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Technical difficulties

So, if you have been by the blog in the last month or so, you would have noticed that pictures from the last few posts were missing!  I don't know why that happened. I think the server lost them somehow, but I've replaced them now, and I hope they are there for good. It would be a tragedy if someone were to come to my blog and not be able to see all the fantastic dolls that I've made. Right? I mean, not to toot my own horn or anything, but HONK-HONK!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Isla Rag Doll

8 dolls / 25 days = 1 messy house
So, there was Lucy, Evelyn, Madeline and Makayla, Wendy, Violet, Lola and now here is Isla.  April has been a busy month for my sewing machine.  It has gotten more use this month than it has for a long time and I finally feel like I have been able to put my talents to good use after the long dry spell, but now I need to catch up on getting my house in order... (if you could see it right now, I would be so embarrassed.)

Lola Rag Doll

I give to you Lola.  Sweet and huggable with her gold leggings and heather gray dress... ready to be loved by a sweet little girl. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Violet Rag Doll

Madeline and Makayla Rag Dolls

Two cute dolls for too cute twins.
 (is it just me, or does the doll on the left make you want to go to Hawaii?)

Evelyn Rag Doll

Wendy Rag Doll

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lucy Rag Doll

Rag dolls.... I think they are really cute, and I'll probably be making a few more.

This particular doll was made for Lucille (and isn't she the cutest!)  I sketched out the pattern free-hand, but if you wanted to make one yourself, there are great instructions on