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« on: May 24, 2010 05:24:07 PM »

I've been painting these dolls for my girls for years. Every time I need to put down my first passion, sewing, I pick up a brush and crank out a few dolls.



Each one is completely unique, though some are similar. I tried to really expand on flesh tones and features to make a wide variety of friends.



They come from a single wood turning and I paint them with nontoxic paints and varnish. The first dolls I made over two years ago and they still look very good, even with rough baby play.



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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010 05:31:16 PM »

Beautiful! Your girls are so lucky!
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010 05:32:56 PM »

These are wonderful! So much nicer than those cheap, plastic dolls you get in the store.
And what a lovely keepsake for your girls.  Smiley
I'm expecting my first in a few months and I keep filing away ideas like this for natural and non-plastic playthings.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010 05:34:44 PM »

The first set of dolls I made have mouths and eyes but this new set only has eyes. I wanted to let my girls decide their emotions instead of always having happy dolls they can explore feelings as well as ethnicity. Oh, my two boys play with them too Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2010 06:10:29 PM »

I love those. Do you make boys too? or maybe I missed the boys.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010 06:12:01 PM »

So simple- so gorgeous! I love them!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010 06:18:47 PM »

I haven't quite figured out how to get the boys painted with pants and shirts yet...the girls are easier but I do have the boy turnings I have been trying to paint. I'll try and tackle one when I do the girls but nothing has clicked yet with how to do it.

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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2010 09:05:22 PM »

What wonderful playthings! They are special, unique and just lovely. 

I like how you did the photos too - they look as though they are shuffling about at a cocktail party or something Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2010 08:05:40 PM »

I love how adorable they are while still being simply decorated to allow for maximum imagination potential. Really nice work.
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