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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Birdie, the scarecrow doll on: September 20, 2014 02:25:03 PM
I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for fall! The weather keeps teasing me here and there by cooling off, then sky rocketing back up. Gaaah.
Anyway, what better way to prepare for fall than to make some fall inspired dolls?
I've been dying to make a scarecrow doll for quite awhile now and am sooo happy with the way she turned out!

Meet Birdie!

Birdie spends her days in the fields bird watching.
She just loves birds. She loves their songs and pretty colors. She loves watching them fly.
More than anything, she'd love to befriend a bird.
She tries to offer them seeds to eat. She tries talking to them nicely.
For some reason though, they are all frightened of her.
She simply can not understand why...

Birdie was hand sewn and hand painted by me.
Her face has been sealed with a matte varnish.
Her hair is a tan faux fur. It is sewn on.
Her clothing is removable.

She is about 5 inches tall.
She is wired to allow her to hold some poses. She can not stand on her own. Her dress allows her to sit on her own easily though!

She was made from my original Pixie design.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: We're all mad here! Chessa, the Cheshire cat art doll on: June 06, 2014 10:49:58 AM
EEEEEP! Grin I love it! okay...I want one and need to hide this from my kiddo or she will want one too for our outdoor whimsical tea parties....
This one rocks I do believe!
Have you ever made a honeysuckle fairy themed one as of yet? (my kiddo promises we have them in our yard  Smiley)

Thanks! Not yet, but I totally have to add that to my list. Honeysuckles are my favorite! Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / We're all mad here! Chessa, the Cheshire cat art doll on: June 06, 2014 10:25:31 AM
This girl has been sitting in my sketchbook for about a year, waiting for me to get around to creating her.
I've recently started making little bitty dolls, and it was the perfect base to finally make my cheshire girl.
I have to admit, she's my favorite doll I've made to date!
It was sooooo hard sending her off!

This is Chessa.

She's 5 and a half inches tall if you count her big kitty ears Smiley

She's wired so she can hold some poses!

I painted her with acrylic paints and sealed her with a matte varnish.

She's a bit mad, but I hear only the best people are. Wink

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dandelion, a little pixie doll on: June 04, 2014 07:35:21 PM
Thanks for all the sweet comments, you guys!

She's adorable and well made. A little hint about making clothing. If you've never sewn clothing before, it can be hard. Look at the construction of real clothes, and then use paper towels to drape on your doll to get the pattern pieces you want. Once you've figured it out with that, you can transfer to the fabric. You're really talented. I hope to see more from you.

Great tip, craftewoman! I think I'll try this when I get brave enough to start trying more advanced outfits, lol.

My kiddo just saw this and said "Awwwwwe! Can you reply to say its so cute?"    Smiley
She (as do I) adores it!

Aww, I love being kiddo approved!  Kiss
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dandelion, a little pixie doll on: May 25, 2014 04:09:55 PM
Hi guys!
I just had to share my newest little doll with everyone!
I'm extra excited about her because she's the first doll I've managed to make with a removable outfit. I am SO clueless when it comes to making clothing. No idea why...some kind of crazy block or something. After two weeks of making and remaking the same dress though, I finally made a basic dress I was actually happy with.
I'm just glad my little pixies don't have to run around naked now Wink

Anyway, this is Dandelion!

She's just five inches tall Smiley

She's also wired so that she can be posed!

Her hair is made of faux fur.
Her face was painted using acrylic paint and sealed with a matte varnish.

My favorite part is every part of her outfit can come off (dress, tutu, and panties) so that she can actually be played with and redressed! (Or, in my two year old's case, she can be made to run around naked. Go figure Wink )
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / River, the water pixie on: January 30, 2014 02:46:48 PM
Hi all!
Gosh, it's been waaay too long since I last posted here!

I wanted to share my latest doll with you guys.
This is River, the water pixie:

She is about 10.5" tall.
She can't sit or stand without something to assist her, but she can still be manipulated into some fun poses!
Her clothing is not removable.

Hope you guys like her!
I so can't wait to make more of these pixies!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Birthday Monster! (plush furry monster) on: May 31, 2013 07:41:56 PM
Thanks, you guys!
All this talk about a children's book has really inspired me...and gotten me SUPER excited about a project with my husband!

SO very cute!!!

May I ask where you buy the fur from? Everywhere I look they're all browns and animal print.

I buy my fur off of etsy. There are sellers on there that sell the fur in smaller cuts, which is perfect for my plushie making!
You can also find it by the yard from distinctivefabric.com . I've never bought anything from them, but I've heard positive things about them! I'm sure there's probably quite a few other online shops to find it too. Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Birthday Monster! (plush furry monster) on: May 29, 2013 09:36:14 PM
My little boy has been asking me for months to make him a monster.
His birthday is next week (June 8th), so I knew it was time to finally create what he wanted!

He was VERY specific about what he wanted his monster to look like.
He had to have green hair, a blue face, black arms and legs, and blue shoes.

He's about 11 inches tall if you count his legs.
He's made of faux fur and cotton.

His face and shoes were painted with acrylics and sealed with a matte varnish.

I love this guy so much, I'm secretly happy he's for my son (so he gets to live here)!

I think I'm going to have to ask my soon to be 4 year old for more monster advice in the future.  Wink
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Cuddle of Pocket Fluffs! (mini plush monsters) - Pic Heavy! on: April 18, 2013 08:04:52 PM
Aw, you guys! Thanks again for all the sweet comments!

Oh these are absolutely wonderful! I love how much character and life you give them through their faces. Cheesy
They are adorable. <3

I have two questions. Does the Matte varnish make the acrylic paint waterproof? So the faces won't wash off when you want to wash them? :3
And if so, does the varnish only work on a specific fabric?

I use Liquitex Matte Varnish. The bottle does claim that it is water resistant when dry. I've never run one through the washing machine though so I'm not sure. (I actually have a face set aside just for this purpose....just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.) I've used the varnish on muslin, canvas, and cotton materials so far with no problem. I usually just test it on a piece of scrap first to be sure.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Cuddle of Pocket Fluffs! (mini plush monsters) - Pic Heavy! on: April 08, 2013 08:32:13 PM
Oh my, thanks you guys!  Grin Grin

They have such sweet expressions with their big wistful eyes. I don't know how you can call them monsters.  They are cute and cuddly like baby bunnies and a baby bunny is not a monster.  Pocket Fluff is a much better name - although at first it did make me think of the un-nameable gunk you find in your child's jacket pocket by the end of term. Tongue

Haha! If it makes you feel any better, in my silly little "world," monsters are all cute and fluffy things.  Wink

I just love these little guys. It would be fun to have them peeking out in little corners in the house...little surprises here and there. Too cute!

I'm sooo going to have to do this now. My three year old would get a huge kick out of it too!
(He's so sharp...he immediately notices even the smallest little change in decor. He'd catch on right away!)

First of all, these are super adorbs.  Secondly, I envy your level of productivity!  I'm a slow crafter and am haunted by all the ideas I have that alas will never come to fruition.  Yay, for you though.  Smiley

So funny you should say that...I constantly feel like I can't create fast enough! I'm always months behind on my ideas. (These guys were all made over a two week period or so...so I'm not as fast as you'd think! lol)

Just because I finished her today, and I think she's my favorite so far, I had to share yet another one!
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