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« on: December 17, 2011 01:14:46 PM »

In the Tinkerbell films they claim that a fairy is born from the first laughter of a child, this one however was born from a desperate dream to live up to my mother's fantasies and realisations of Christmas. Going way back to my childhood I have vivid memories of Mandy, my mum's Christmas fairy. Mandy didn't ever live up at the top of the tree, a star took that role, Mandy had a far more important role in realising the magic of Christmas for my brother and I. Each morning we would wake to find her in a different area of our living/dining room (Christmas central!) and for many years we believed that at night she lived and would visit Santa, she would be ensuring, each day, that we were well behaved and then make her report overnight while we slept.

This year I moved out with my boyfriend and I wanted to make my own Mandy so that one day, when we have a family, the magic can live on. Mandy was purchased at a similar point in my mother and father's relationship. As is probably obvious, Gwendoline has been created from the free spirit amigurumi pattern found here: http://8480583730150166413-a-1802744773732722657-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FreeSpiritAmigurumiDoll.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cp2hZTYsLBEYkeRf1ljwGuyfcdRs-8od3AR176Dn0RBe-xjmz7G0B3HdZ1YY4PWDiAdRx79Pl5lFi66ZNF91O1ukP5wShgIKc7-8Ne8Cfv9bUTXdxr1PaLlTcBvJZcxWAqPnqQHaa42cLPnSkUPnJhhwioGLSikYWa33rGZf66ZkkI4He5AiLZFNcUPn0YA2aCc0ywNc-VNUv39ryx8NfPZEFfd-R2ZeefaB3lHi0QK5CFyWSo%3D&attredirects=0
Although I have made some obvious changes. I crocheted her shoes as part of the pattern and in order to create the top half of her dress I crocheted in front loops only and then back loops. Her skirt is simply a row of sc followed by a series of 24ch loops and her tiara was made up as I went along. Once I had completed the crocheting I took her to my mother who then aided me in creating the finer details such as the chalk to her face, the bows on her shoes, the beading to her tiara, wings and top, her wings themselves and of course her beautiful wand.
Gwendoline cost me 1.27 to make, for the cost of the silver ribbon, beaded chain and the material for her wings. All other materials I had on hand and the wand was made from my mum's stash of papercrafting bits and a matchstick (the one we used to light the candle to seal the organza infact so no excess waste).
I hope you like her. I've had good feedback so far despite my boyfriend saying her name sounds like window cleaner (windolene). She's actually named after my nan's friend Gwen who is sadly no longer with us.

Apologies for the waffle, now for the pictures:
Detail on wings

The wings themselves, sealed organza

Just chillin' in the tree

Face detail

The wand!

Bow detail to shoes

In the whole tree, as I would have found Mandy some mornings as a child

Gwendoline and Mandy in my mum's tree

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011 10:55:12 PM »

very pretty! and that that pattern can be a pain sometimes. i love the idea of moving the fairy around every night. i heard someone on facebook mention a "elf on a shelf" kit that you can buy that does about the same thing. but i like this crafted version better.  Grin

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