Every once in a while I get a custom doll order that gets me even more excited than usual.
When a mom contacted me about making Laura and Mary Ingalls dolls for her little sweetie's birthday, I couldn't wait to get started! As a little girl, I loved the show Little House on the Prairie, and even more close to my heart are the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I started with red calico and brown braids for Laura and blue calico and blonde braids for Mary.
Another essential piece was going to be the bonnets. I made these from some really pretty Liberty of London-esque vintage cloth napkins.
I modified the bonnet from a vintage Holly Hobbie doll pattern to fit these dolls. Isn't this sweet?
The dolls also needed some little white pinafore aprons over their prairie dresses, and then faces painted. Laura with violet eyes and Mary with soft blue.
Here they are completed and in their bonnets.
And here they are in their special winter cloaks, a sweet extra my brilliant customer added on.
I enjoyed this project so much and was so inspired by it that I've decided to reread the Little House books this summer, starting with this one:
I've been so busy filling orders that I feel like an elf! It's so fun having a hand in making Christmas wishes come true. Here are some recent custom orders.
I recently made a pair of biracial dolls with natural hair for a beautiful set of siblings from Chicago. It was so fun to make the little costumes for the dolls too. And I really love how the curls framing the little girl's face turned out!
I also made a special customized art doll for a sweet little girl who was adopted from Ethiopia. Her mom told me she was so excited to have a doll to look like her!
A few others from this month:
I'm also working on some new designs of some little kitty dolls, so keep your eyes put for those!
I recently got the most fun order from a fellow who wanted to order some Jane Austen Art Dolls for his wife for their wedding anniversary. Their favorite Jane Austen book/movie is Persuasion, the 1995 version with Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Fredrick Wentworth. This is my favorite version, too! It is always really fun to work with people who have the same level of enthusiasm that I do for a particular subject.
I've made Jane Austen lady character dolls before, but not a Regency era gentleman, so I was a little nervous. But I had done an Edgar Allan Poe doll before, and I knew that would be a good starting point.
When I told my sister about the order (she is a huge Jane Austen fan as well), she insisted that I make Captain Wentworth's cool hat. I knew I had to attempt it, but I wasn't quite sure how to pull it off. But after a great success with the jacket, I had the confidence I needed to try my hand at millinery once more. I was pleased with the results.
Here are some in-progress shots of the process.
I used a vintage hankie for Anne's shawl. Also some of the trim I used for Wentworth's coat was antique trim that I bought at an estate sale.
Thanks for taking a look! What favorite book or movie character would you love to receive in doll form as a special gift?
This custom Little Red Riding Hood was a birthday present for a little girl and it was based on some really neat vintage illustrations that her mom sent me. The pictures were probably from the 40's, and I loved how the printed red fabric I picked for the dress captured that era's vibe.
The customer who purchased this sweet little fellow and his dog sent me a message recently to let me know he arrived safely at his new home in Istanbul!
This special group of dolls went to live at a terrific child care center in Virginia that specializes in being green and keeps Eco-friendly toys for the kids there.
This set of mermaid dolls was created for and will be available at a seaside gift shop in Rhode Island called Moby and Madge. Check it out if you are in the area!
This set of dolls was modeled to match the traditional costumes of the Sami people of Norway. This is one of three Norwegian costume styles I've been working on for a project with a Norwegian gallery owner. I'll tell you more about this project soon...
Making doll families is one of my favorite types of orders. This one was no exception! So much fun.
I'm hoping to make a big batch of ready-to-ship dolls soon, so keep an eye out here and on the shop!
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