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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Whimsical Doll



Last week I was strolling through cyber space when I came across the cutest little doll.
Well, when I see something I like, I just have to try my hand at making one, too.
I've never been a doll maker, but I'll try almost any project at least once.
How do you know what you can do . . . if you never give it a try, right?

I am so sorry that I can not remember the blog
 that I saw this doll on.  
If anyone knows please let me know and I will post their 
blog and link.  
The one I saw was red, and was sitting in a shoe-box lid.




I created my pattern from the photo of the doll I saw.



I cut out two and sewed them together . . .all the way around.



Then I cut a slit down the back and turned my doll right side out.


I stuffed it with batting and painted in with Gesso.



Then the fun started and the decorative painting began.



Painting is not just fun . . . but it is what brought her to life :)



Here she is, my new baby . . .
born February 23, 2013 
I hope you find her as much fun as I do :)




This is my new thrift store find.
I am so excited and I cannot wait to get working on this project :)
be sure and check back . . .
I think this is going to be very special  . . .I hope I'm right .

Wish me luck :)
Have a great day . . .I'm off to get started.
Connie 
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46 comments:

  1. Your doll is just so, so sweet! Imaginge how many projects there are still to be tried out, that you don't know of yet... I'm sure that lamp will look marvelous! Your projects always do :).

    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, and thank you so much . . . the truth is that most of my projects do turn out nice, but the ones that do not, will never be seen on my blog, LOL. Unless I do a post on crafty mishaps. That is an idea :)
      Have a sweet day, Connie :)

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  2. Wow, Connie! When I first saw your new baby, I had no clue that you painted her, I thought that you matched up fabric. This is fantastic. I am wondering why you use pinking shears around the outside of your pattern? Does that help for sturdiness or something?

    Way to go once again, my friend.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, to tell you the truth I really don't know . . . I think they are suppose to help from having your seams unravel . . . that's a good question . . . maybe some of my readers will have a better answer. I use them because my Mom did, LOL.
      Have you ever heard the story of the young woman that was cooking a ham. Before she put it in the pan she cut the end off. Her new husband asked her why she did that, and she said because my Mom always did it that way. So, then she asked her Mom why she did it that way. Her Mom's answer was, because your Grandma always did it that way. Then the Mom asked the Grandma, "Why do you always cut the end of the ham off before you cook it?" The Grandma replied, "because my pan is too short." So, that my story, too . . . LOL.
      Kathy, you go out there and have yourself a delightful day,
      Connie :)

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  3. Oh c`est tres MIGNON!

    Bonne semaine!!

    xxx Maria xxx

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  4. Your doll is adorable!! You did a great job.

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    1. Hi Janet, thank you so much . . . I had no idea how she would turn off, but I had so much fun, that now I am making another, but totally different from this doll. I love being retired and having so much time for projects that I enjoy, rather than all the projects that get thrown on your desk when you're working for the man, LOL.
      Have a marvelous day and thank you so much for stopping by and visiting:)
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  5. You're very talented! And, so right about giving things a try because you never know what you may be able to do otherwise. She turned out great and it looks like she was a lot of fun to make. Can't wait to see how you transform your new chandelier! Have fun!

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    1. Hi there, it is so very nice to see you and thanks for the lovely comment. She was fun and I'm excited about the chandelier project. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  6. WOW!!! FABULOUS!!! What fun and love the color and face!

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  7. Hi Connie, I wanted to stop by and thank you so much for visiting me at Creative Breathing and leaving such a sweet note. I have enjoyed looking through you blog at all the neat projects. I too love to try ideas I find on others blogs. what a wonderful community we have! Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I love having company . . . thanks for popping in to visit and remember that you are welcome here anytime. I wish that I could have cookies and tea ready to serve :)

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  8. Brilliant doll, Connie. Well done for having a go. And succeeding so well. I'd have admired the doll on the blog and never thought of trying myself.

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    1. Hi Deborah, I just have an itch for trying new things :)
      Thanks for the sweet comment.
      Connie :)

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  9. How cute is she! But what is her name? There are lots of ideas that could come from this eg santas at Christmas, witches for Halloween xxxx

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    1. Hi Fran, My Steve thought it was going to be a goose . . . so , yes you could use this pattern for a lot of whimsical little dolls . . . she was fun to make. Maybe you could name her for me . . . what name do you have?

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  10. Connie, I just adore your doll, she is beautiful. You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful gift of creativity. Enjoy your week.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patricia, I am delighted that you like her. I didn't know how she would turn out, but I think she is a little sweetie, too. If she would have been a flop . . . I would have never let anyone see the end project, LOL.
      You also have a sweet week.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  11. I love your doll, especially the legs and feet!

    Good luck with the light fitting, I'm looking forward to see what you do with it.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by . . . I'm looking forward to seeing just what I can do with it, too. I've got some ideas, but we'll just have to see how they come together :) Most of my projects start with an idea and then evolve from there, LOL. Sometimes, I'm the one that is most surprised.

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  12. Hi Connie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog :) I LOVE your new dolly!!! Have a great day!
    Sandy xxox

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    1. Hi Sandy, thanks for visiting . . . I always enjoy making a new friend :)

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  13. Brilliant doll! beautifully painted and you have really brought her to life. x

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    1. Hi Toni, thank you . . . I had a ball with this project, especially when I started painting :)

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  14. Love your new doll! Make them about 1/2 the size, paint in Christmas colors and they would be awesome as Christmas tree ornaments, package decorations, stocking stuffers ..... VERY nice!

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    1. Hi Brady, that is a very good idea. It's so cool to hear other artist's take on things . . . our minds are always churning out ideas :) Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Connie,
    I love your doll! I agree with IrelandBrady--these would make great Christmas ornaments, too! I like all your creations. Many blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Hi Cynthia, thanks for stopping by . . . I'm delighted that you like my doll.
      You're such a sweetie :)

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  16. What a cute doll! You did a wonderful job painting her face, she is so expressive! Lucky you with the chandelier, bet you will work your magic on it!

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you for the compliment and as far as working my magic . . . time will tell, LOL.

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  17. Yes, I will try anything one, but girlfriend you should be doing a lot more of these!! You are such an artist, that this is a no brainer for you!! My face would be horrid, I am not an artist!! I think this doll is just the start of great things for you, it is adorable!!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I had a lot of fun making it and now I'm making another, only it actually looks like a girl. I will post photos of it at a later date. I'm making it for my granddaughter's 7th birthday. Thank for you your greatly appreciated encouragement. I have been brain storming to find items that I could sell in an on-line shop. Items that would be easy to send through the mail, without danger of breaking, and foremost, fun to make :) Dolls might be the answer . . . I really don't know "!?#@*&%?!4? " Then again my life is busy with many things and it seems like Spring through Fall is a whirlwind. I might be crazy to even be thinking this way, but when you enjoy creating . . . you have to have something to do with the items you make. I'm so blessed . . . what a problem to have, right. Millions of people would die for my piddly little problem. God forgive me for even calling it a problem. If you have actually stayed long enough to read all of this . . . thanks for being such a sweet friend. Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  18. wow, this is so creative! I can not wait to come back and see what you do with your new find.

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    1. Hi Becky . . . thanks for the compliment and for the visit . . . it's great to see your lovely face :)

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  19. Hi Connie,

    Your doll is adorable!!!! I just love her. Did you use a muslin fabric? Can't wait to see what you have in mind for the chandelier!!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, No, it wasn't muslin, but muslin would work great. I just had some white cotton fabric laying around in my fabric pile. Thanks for stopping by, it is always great to see you.

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  20. The doll is sew sweet! Love her! I love to remake old finds, hope it comes out as nice as you expect!

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    1. Hi Brenda, and thank you so much . . . I hope so, too :)

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  21. Connie,
    Your little doll is so sweet. I love the color turquoise. I just decorated my kitchen in turquoise, and this color is so delightful. The pink on your doll is darling too. How very talented you are. Happy Friday.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Hi Sheri, It is great to see you here. I've been to your resent post and I love your turquoise rooster. He is adorable :)

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  22. Hi Connie,
    I'm sitting here on a Saturday morning looking at some of my favorite blogs and catching up on everyone's news.
    Your doll is just the CUTEST!! Just adorable. What a happy little creation you made. Just beaming with personality.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. Hello Jana, thank you, thank you, and thank you . . . you say the sweetest things :)

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  23. Oh my goodness, Connie. I love your doll! You should sell some!!

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    1. Thank you Patty . . . I'm thinking about it . . . but just thinking :) You're a sweetie.

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