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« on: December 20, 2012 05:17:29 PM »

Yay for dollies! Well, yay for dollies being finished. For a while there, I didn't think I was going to get them done in time for Christmas, but I finished the last one this afternoon, and they are on their ways to their new happy forever homes!

I want to give mad props to ghilie and her fabulous Cupcake doll pattern. It's a wonderful pattern and very forgiving of mistakes (which I made aplenty, but let's not worry about that. They are ridiculously cute still!)

The first doll has been dubbed "Mara" who is made of baby pink fleece and has a gorgeous multi-toned purplish yarn hairpiece using Crafty.Canadian's tute on using plastic netting to make a wig.
Her dress is just a freehand crocheted piece using the same yarn as Kayla's hair.


I can almost stand up by myself!

I even have a birth certificate! (I made one for each doll, but this is the only picture of one. I had already sealed the box when I remembered to get a picture of the other two... cuz I'm cool like that Cool)

Yes, you aren't seeing things. Her arms are two different types. I was originally going to make both of them with a sewn joint, but I decided to make one a stiff-crooked arm so she could pose. My sweet girl (longtime friend's daughter, not mine) is a fashionable little princess, so I wanted Mara to be able to Vogue.

Then we have Kayla. She features hot pink fleece and a fuchsia fusion yarn for her hair using this tute:

It worked really well, and I'm planning on sticking with this method for the dolls I make for the kids. It's extremely secure, and with both the girls only being 2 years old, it's important it can weather some rough play.
Her dress is a halter-type with neck ties made from a piece of blue flannel.

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Look! I can sit up! This will make it a lot easier to not fall off things like shelves. I'm afraid of heights... I blame Val. She is too.

And lastly, this is Marf (my boys named him. They're geniuses - I think it fits perfectly)
Marf is a glowworm style doll of my own pattern, and created from a green striped baby-knit fabric and a little green camo yarn detailing.
He is meant for a 1 year old, so in order to make sure nothing could be pulled off (or chewed off) easily, he has no hair or accessories except for his chibi eyes and a sewn mouth and "hair" covering the closing stitches.
I tried to pull the eyes off and couldn't, so I think he'll be secure for when he does get teethed on.

Hi. I'm cute.

Detail of the head covering.

I am squooshy and soft!

So there you have it.
Sorry for the overload of pictures, but I'm so proud of them Smiley
I hope they like them. I wrote in the letters that I sent along that I plan on making more clothes for the cupcake dolls later, and that I'll be making sister dolls for the girls. When the boy is older, I'm planning on making him a boy-style cupcake doll to go with his sister's.

Hope you guys like!
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012 06:28:07 PM »

I'm hitting the like button! 

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012 06:33:04 PM »

Those are adorable! Great job and I like Marf the best, maybe even just for namesake!
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012 02:38:46 AM »

Ahh, they are all so wonderful but I think little Marf is my favourite; he's so adorable!!

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012 06:05:21 AM »

Great job. I had planned on making dolls for Christmas too, but it didn't happen. You did an awesome job and some little ones are going to have an awesome Christmas.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012 09:12:26 AM »

Great job, they are very cute!!

Will do personal swaps!! I make Art Dolls/Junker Jane Dolls/Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls/also TM Patches
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012 10:09:17 AM »

Love them all because they are so unique. Love that you included Doll Certificate of Birth.

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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012 10:30:26 AM »

These are great!  I had to do a double-take when I saw the thumbnail because I just made a cupcake doll for Christmas using that exact same yarn!  It's so soft and squishy, I wish I had a sweater made of it.

The glowworm is adorable!  Love him.
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012 05:44:18 PM »

Thanks you guys!

Ghilie: you rock lady. Thank you.

papilionette & SpeakGeekAndEnter: Little Marf definitely became the house favorite. Both my boys want one now. I'm thinking of making really big ones so they double as pillows for them.

meleriffic: don't feel bad. This success marks my 3rd attempt on dolls lol. I was going to make them originally for both girls' first Christmases, but time just never allowed. 3rd time's a charm!

Sharalee: Thank you!

lovesclutter: the certificate was something I remembered so many of my friends being so proud of with their Cabbage Patch dolls (I never had one, but I remember the craze well) when we were kids, so I thought, "These dollies need one of those!" I'm in love with the idea really, and I think it adds something special for the little ones. Your name, btw, speaks right from my own soul lol. I love my clutter... or it loves me... probably a little of both Smiley

Lhiannan: omg isn't it just the most beautiful, squooshy yarn? That's so cool you used it for a cupcake doll too! It's such a nice texture for hair or clothes. I just love it.
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012 06:26:58 AM »

I love these! how well did using fleece work? i just bought fleece to make these because walmart didn't have any suade  Sad. yours turned out cute.

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2012 08:34:54 AM »

These are so adorable! Wonderful work  Smiley
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