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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Abbey's Birthday Doll


I wanted to make something special
 for my granddaughter's birthday.
I hope she likes it:)
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I'm not going to bore you with a lot of words . . .
but instead I'll let my photos do the talking.

At the end if you have any questions,
I will be happy to answer them :)

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My Pattern. 

 Constructing an arm.


Turning it right-side-out . . .
 you'll need something long and rounded on the end.
The eraser end of a pencil will work fine.

 


Pinning to sew . . . if you pin like this,
 you can sew right over the pins. 



Attaching the arms is the hardest part. 




Ouch!


First I painted her with Gesso.


Then I started painting her body, under clothes, and face.


Looking good:)


She's done :)


The Back.


I think she is in a dancing mood :)




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If you are still here . . .
thank you for visiting.

If you want to try your hand at making a doll 
and you have any questions . . .
 just ask . . . I'll help where I can.

I hope you like her . . .
but mostly . . .
I hope Abbey likes her:)

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Please leave a comment so I know you stopped by.
I read every single one . . .
I enjoy your feed back.

Have A Happy Day
&
Keep Smiling:)

Connie:)

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I've just returned from a visit
to my daughter's.
 My little seven year old birthday girl, 
loved her new doll,
she named her Rosie :)
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52 comments:

  1. Adorable, Connie! Love the doll and it looks like your granddaughter loves her, too!

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    1. Hi Kathy, she is my little sweetheart and yes she loved her doll, of course that put a smile on her old grandma's face :)

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  2. Rosie is soooo cute! Especially made by Grandma is even better~~~As always, you are so talented and thoughtful Connie!.... seven year old Abbey is a Beautiful little girl...you can tell she likes her gift very much! Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, She is a beautiful little girl. She was practicing introducing me to all of her friends this week. At her party and at her classroom party. She is turning into a gracious little lady :) Of course I'm a little bit prejudice, but that goes along with the title of Grandma :)

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  3. Your little Abbey is darling along with the doll you made. I hope she will always cherish it. Thanks for sharing your pictures of Abbey! Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for this lovely comment.
      It's great to be a grandma :)

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  4. Oh- Look how cute. You did a wonderful job on the doll- especially her face is sweet. Your little granddaughter is a beautiful little girl. You can tell she is sweet just by looking at her face- xo Diana

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    1. Hello Diana, She is a sweetie pie (her little sister, too) and my visit with them was wonderful.
      It is fun to see the traits that they each inherited from their Mom. We, Grandma's are blessed women, right?
      Life is good :)

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  5. Connie,
    Rosie is darling. Your granddaughter must have been so surprised. This is something she can treasure forever. You know, I love cloth dolls very much and they are special to me.

    Have a blessed week.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Hi Sheri, I am delighted that you like my little rag doll . . . Abbey loves her :)
      I have been enjoying tagging along on your honeymoon in Paris. Your photos are wonderful.

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  6. Hi Connie,
    Your little dollie is sweet and I can see someone is very happy with her :) I'm sorry I haven't been by...lil Tommy, work and my many projects keep me so...busy.
    Have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter.
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, thanks for this sweet visit. I have been over to your site and I love the paper dolls, especially the infant. So cute!

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  7. Oh, they are so sweet, both the dall and the granddaughter :)! It is a blessing to have family and loved ones close, don't you think? Have a wonderful week!
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, yes it is! It used to be a six and a half hour drive to visit them, but now that they have moved it is only 3 and a half hours and that makes a huge differences. My granddaughters are growing up so fast. It is amazing. Happy Easter!

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  8. What a beautiful ballerina!!! And your granddaughter is even more beautiful, she is really gorgeous! Does she live close?

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    1. Hi Ginny, close but closer would always be better.

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  9. Oh, what a wonderful smile on your granddaughter's face! And what a charming doll she is too (both your granddaughter and the doll!) Thank you for sharing the process of making the doll. Oh! How funny! I guess a lot of people have made the comment about your granddaughter and the doll! Great minds run in the circle!
    XO
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Teresa, Little Abbey loved her doll and that made this old grandma's heart smile :)

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  10. Very clever and creative Connie!!

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    1. Hi Sharon, and thank you so much !!!

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  11. How lovely! Your sweet granddaughter looks very happy with her new doll, and is sure to treasure her!
    x

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  12. Connie I bet she was thrilled! I love Rosie, she reminds me of one of those old French 'poupie' dolls, which had wooden, painted faces. Your granddaughter is a very fortunate little girl!Lx.

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    1. Hi Lynne, thanks for the lovely compliment, I am delighted that you like "Rosie".

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  13. That's such a sweet doll Connie and not surprised that Abbey loved her. Have a great week.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patricia . . . it is always nice to see you here. I had a wonderful visit and Abbey loved her little doll. There are so many reasons for this old grandma to be smiling . . . visits with my daughter are always blessing to be enjoyed.

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  14. What a lovely dolly that you made for your grandaughter ..her smile shows how happy she is ..what a lovely little girl.
    It will hold a special place for her Connie.
    Once again. you have shown your talents.
    sending hugs from Portugal.. a happy Monday and Easter week.

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    1. Hello Val, it is always a pleasure to have you visit.
      Thank you for the lovely comment and Happy Easter week to you, too!!!

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  15. You are so creative! What a cute little doll- I know she just loves it!

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    1. Hi Teri, you are right again . . . she does love it. That made this grandma smile :)

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  16. How could she not love that doll. So special with the handpainted face. You are so talented!

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  17. What a beautiful little birthday girl! I know she loved her new dolly, I love the tutu with the bow in the back!
    ~Dorothy~

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    1. Hi Dorothy, good to see you . . . I had a wonderful visit. It was great spending Abbey's birthday with her and always a delight to see my three girls :)

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  18. She looks so happy with it! What a fab size too...gorgeous work!

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  19. "Rosie" is adorable! How clever you are!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely praise . . . doll making is a new venture for me . . . it was a lot of fun:)

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  20. Hi Connie, loving your doll! pretty to the core! thanks for sharing how to make it, I´ll try to make one! have a great day

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    1. Hi Ileana, I'm happy that you liked the tutorial, I hope it is useful. I would love to see your doll.

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  21. I was gonna say I'm sure she will really love her...she is just wonderful..One day I will have to give it a whirl. I been wanting to make some but haven't gotten to it yet..On my list though..she is very sweet. with love Janice

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    1. Hi Janice, Your list of things to do and try, sounds a lot like mine. It's good to have a list. I love getting my hands messy in all sorts of new projects. How are you going to know if you like doing it ,if you don't give it a go, right?

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  22. Homemade things from Grandma are the best! I always treasured the things my grandparents made for me, because I knew how much love went into the making...as well as all their hopes for my happiness. Bless you!

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    1. Hi Shirley, thank you for this lovely comment. It'so much fun to be a grandma!!!!

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  23. Aw, such a precious doll, Connie! I love "Rosie" ... and, it's clear that Abbey does, too! And, thank you for your kind words about our Easter breakfast area! Happy Easter!

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    1. Hi Becca, thank you for this bright and cheery comment. Happy Easter!!!

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  24. hello connie..what a beautiful doll that she will treasure for life I think.
    thanks for your comment on my blog..regarding tin cans I just cut up old coke cans with some scissors then put the curved bit through my cuttlebug and diecut shapes..once they are diecut they are not sharp anymore so just be a bit careful when cutting the cans..but they do make a nice element especially when coloured with alcohol inks. I like your photo of you strumming the guitar.

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    1. Hi Lorraine, I went to "you tube" and watched a couple videos on the cutterbug. This is a new tool to me and it looks super. How do you like it? Would you recommend it to another crafter, to buy? And what die do you use to make your angel wings? I'm sorry that I have so many questions, but I like to investigate a product a little before putting out cash :) I'll be locking forward to hearing from you. Have a great day. Connie :)

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  25. Rosie. What a perfect name for this beautiful doll made with such love and care. I was interested in how you painted the fabric. It worked perfectly. And the tutu is lovely.

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    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for popping in . . .watch your email, I sent you more details on painting this doll.
      Have fun:)

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