A birthday present


Greetings from Sleep Deprivation Land! Woah – sick kids and no sleep are beginning to get to me… I have tried to edit this post over 24 hours and I just can’t get a nice flow so publish and be damned, I say, and sorry it isn’t more sparkly:

I have just finished this doll to give to a good friend on her big 4-0. I based the idea for this doll on  a quick doodle I did last year. She’s a bit more clown-like, but I quite like her. I made up a new pattern using elements of my punkdorf doll pattern (arms and legs – less seam allowance), and a crazy adaptation of my marshamllow rabbits, believe it or not. Her legs are attached with buttons – a technique I learnt from Mimi and her fabulous felt doll tutorial at Purl Bee. Her dress is lifted directly from Fiona’s gorgeous Poppy Doll pattern (such a good pattern!) which was so quick and easy to make that I am looking forward to finding some time to make an actual Poppy doll. I used wool fleece to stuff my doll which was a great choice for something that needed a strong form and not much squish. Even so, I had to stablise her neck with half a paddle pop stick and it still has wrinkles (grr).

Off to have a coffee (my best friend).

Tomorrow we are off to Byron Bay but I am going to auto-publish next week’s What’s Hot and What’s Not on Wednesday so join me then – hopefully the widget works. xx

You may also like...

41 Responses

  1. Andi says:

    Such a gorgeous gift.I love that she’s a red head!!Andi 🙂

  2. Tara says:

    She is super cute, love the freckles and the striped stockings. Have a wonderful holiday 🙂 x

  3. Erin Wilson says:

    Oh, this is so lovely. Her hair is FABULOUS!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Love her hair and stockings, your friend is gonna love her.

  5. Mandy says:

    What a great gift!! 🙂 I think I love her yarn hair the most. It’s a quirky, cut, disheveled-yet-tidy look… if that makes any sense at all??Coffee is my best friend, too. I realized, very painfully, that any day I skip out on my date with a cup of Joe is a day where I have a terrible headache. A sign of addiction? Maybe… but it just spurs me on to making sure I don’t forget to drink my coffee!

  6. Zoe says:

    The little freckle details are just too cute! What a great gift! 🙂

  7. Jess says:

    SHe is gorgeous!! Love her! So much life in her.

  8. Eva Juliet says:

    Ooooh! I love her! She is magnifique!. And her hair are so cool! : ) Your friend is very lucky!

  9. Laura Anderson says:

    What a thoughtful gift, love the color combination. Definitely know how sick kids can wear you down. I work with ReadyMade, and if you have some time you should take a look at some of their do it yourself crafts

  10. What an adorable doll!Hope the kids feel better soon.

  11. She is awesome! Love her stripey stockings and that she’s having the kind of hair day we can all relate to.

  12. Viv says:

    Love her hair!

  13. Skebba says:

    You have done very well with sleep deprivation and sick kids. Very cute!

  14. Belinda says:

    She so perfect! love her hair and stripy socks

  15. Jan says:

    What a dear face! She is a cutey-pie!

  16. pinry says:

    oh sorry to hear about the lack of sleep, it really is torture. the doll is beautiful, i just love the turquoise and red colours together.

  17. Sweet Pea says:

    She is adorably cheeky looking, and I love her hair 🙂

  18. She’s sensational. You are so great at choices of materials, the hair the fabrics, etc. It’s your style that comes right through. Fab.

  19. meg says:

    that is some rockin hair! she is like one of your sketches come alive.

  20. Cele says:

    Oh shes Lovely :)Brilliant stockings.

  21. Lisa says:

    She’s fab, she just reminds me of Swedish authors Astrig Lingred ( think thats how you spell it!!) Pipi longstocking, and Lauren child did some gorgeous illustrations too. I love her hair it’s brilliant! Have a wonderful relaxing brake 🙂

  22. Pip Lincolne says:

    Oooh I love her! She’s a little bit Astrid Lindgren Pippi, isn’t she!? Her hair and stripey legs are lovely! Her face is so cute! Ace work, you clever clogs! x

  23. Meg says:

    She is very special indeed.Happy holidays! Hope you all get some rest and reading time. xx

  24. Michelle says:

    She is gorgeous. Would love to know what you used for her hair.

  25. Just beautiful and unique – I love the socks.Are they sewn on? If they are not, I think you will be pulling them on a lot – or your friend will – they are going to be so tempting to roll down/remove.

  26. Fiona says:

    Oooh! She’s absolutely exquisite! I keep scrolling back up to look at her gorgeous hair – just perfect.(Thanks for the nice words about the pattern, too! :))

    Have a lovely holiday, and hopefully lots of blissful uninterrupted sleep. xo

  27. mimi k says:

    She is fantastic! I am sure she will be the perfect gift for 4-0. I love her hair… and her stockings. Well, and her face. Okay enough 🙂

  28. Danielle says:

    She’s beautiful! It really is like one of your drawings has just leapt of the page. So much character! Enjoy Byron.

  29. Aprill says:

    Well she is a adorable and like everyone else, it seems, I love her hairdo!

  30. Kirsty says:

    Oh Claire she’s divine! She’s just oozing personality.Have a wonderful break. I hope the weather is kind to you & you get to laze & read & relax.

  31. Kathreen says:

    she is gorgeous – I love LOVE the hair

  32. Oooh, the stripey legs are a huge winner! She’s beauteous!

  33. hillary says:

    oh! I love her!! her hair is perfection!

  34. Melissa says:

    Have you started your eldest on Pippi yet? My 7 yold just loves her, so strong, independent, devil may care – a great character. She loved her so much she went as Pippi to the book parade at school – love, love. p.s. I’d buy one of them dolls if they turned up in some online purchasing place….

  35. Beth says:

    She’s great! I love her sweet but sly expression and thick red locks. Beth

  36. Chelsea says:

    As soon as I saw her I thought of Joan Holloway from Mad Men, for some reason. Must be the cheeky smile and saucy sideways glance! What a great way to usher in the 40s. Love it!

  37. victoria says:

    She reminds me of someone, a real person, although I can’t recall who…. Looking forward to decadent shots of byron.

  38. ishtar says:

    Oh, I dont know if youll ever read this but just in case, I wanted to tell you this doll is absolutely WONDERFUL!!! i love it!!! really so, SO beautiful! are you planning on making a pattern?with love,ishtar

  39. OH i LOVE her hair and socks she is SO adorable!

Leave a Reply