January 12, 2011

quirky doll

True is a little craft queen. Every afternoon, once her little sisters go to nap, she says, "Mommy, I am ready to do arts and crafts now!" Today's craft was making a quirky doll! I love quirky dolls!

This is my little fisher price doll I had when I was a baby.
dolly making day
I had my mom drag it out of the garage, so I could give it to Soulie and I love the quirkiness of it so much, we made another inspired by it!

Before we started making our doll, I had True sketch out what she wanted it to look like. Okay, so we didn't follow her sketch exactly, but I think the main thing she wanted was a striped dress. At least, that's what it seemed like to me when she described it.
dolly making day
I had some black and white striped fabric, which I suggested to her for the dress, but she said "No, that's not right." She raided my fabric stash in search of something else, until she came across one she liked and exclaimed, "This is what I was thinking!"

Alrighty then, so we proceeded. I cut and sewed, she stuffed and found the trims she liked. It takes a bit more patience working with a 4 year old, but she did pretty well and she is a good stuffer!
dolly making day
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We used roving wool felt for the hair, yarn for the eyes, wool felt for the lips, gingham for the body, and pretty trim and fabric for the little dress and for prettifying! At the end, True even put together a little necklace, after which, she proudly said, "Done!"

I love doing things like this with my girls, though only thing that is not as fun is the clean up afterwards! Um... maybe that can wait another day. After all, tomorrow it will be time to make one just for Brave!

p.s. True named her doll Flower Garden. Yup. Mommy and Papi naming skills for sure!

48 comments:

  1. ADORABLE!!! We had that same fisher price doll in our house when I was young!

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  2. What a great memory you've created!

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  3. What a great doll you and True have created! I bet she'll be loved for a long time.
    ps- I also had that fisher price doll!!

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  4. What a cute doll!! That's so amazing, Ruby, that you do all these things with your girls!! These will make for some of the most precious memories when they grow older!! :) LOVE this. I'm going to store away your mommy-ing skills for when I one day become a mom ;)

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  5. Oh wow! She's so cute! She looks soft and cuddly too!

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  6. I too have that doll! We must have been babies around the same time! I was born in 1982.

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  7. she's fantastic!! what a fun project to do together!!

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  8. Check it out (scroll about 2/3 of the way down). The doll's name is Lollie - made by Fisher Price and was a popular baby shower gift back in the late 70s.

    http://the-grooters-family.blogspot.com/2010/01/nursery-decorating-dilemma.html

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  9. awesome True! you are so good! the doll is adorable!

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  10. Awwe :) adorable ! When i have kids in my adult years i hope to to "Arts and Crafts" with them . You are an inspiration !

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  11. you kill me with cuteness - nice work mama and true, your doll is just adorable I think flower garden fits her perfectly! I especially loooove the necklace! :)

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  12. Aw, her doll is super cute! :)

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  13. I absolutely adore this. I have a little three year old who loves to play with my craft supplies. This would be such a perfect project to do together. Thanks for the post, super inspiring.

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  14. I swear, Ruby, she's a little mini-me, especially with her new bangs!

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  15. loove this project. thanks for sharing. and true is adorable.

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  16. So Precious! I love it! I want one.

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  17. What a wonderful thing to pass on great memories to your girl, ones that you got to have of your doll. And I also love the fact that the doll she made is almost as tall as she is, fantastic.

    -Kim AKA Mr. Gnome

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  18. "Okay, so we didn't follow her sketch exactly"-that made me laugh! This is too cute, it will definitely be one of her 'first' creative memories when she gets older. Mine were of making my own Barbie doll clothes.

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  19. It's Lolly the Dolly!!! I still have mine too! Awesome that your girls get to do crafty stuff!

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  20. Awwwwhhh...not only is she super precious - she's super talented - like her Momma! I love that you still have your fisher price doll from when you were a baby - that's so fantastic!

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  21. love it! That is so so cute. And you did it in one day? Oh my goodness.

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  22. Very good job on the doll--reminds me of a jess brown doll. Loving the new hair cut!!

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  23. I can't think of a more perfect way to spend the afternoon with your daughter! She'll always remember this... plus, I think she'll be the next generation's major crafter/blogger!! ;)

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  24. bethany- she pretends to blog all the time! ha!

    mindy- we have the petite jess brown dolls and i didn't even think about that too! i guess they have the rag doll shape too. jess brown dolls are so pretty, this one was more quirky and fun than pretty! ha!

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  25. awe! love it, she is talented--just like her momma!

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  26. You must be one proud mamma :)

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  27. I had this same doll when I was a little girl. Lolly.

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  28. AWWWW, I'm having a cute-attack!
    She's adorable! And that doll's almost as big as her! LOL

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  29. I love both your original one AND the new one. So cute.

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  30. haha, flower garden. She's too cute to be true ;)

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  31. Cute, cute, cute! That doll is adorable. You and True may be interested in making a doll for my Dolly Drive I am setting up for the Queensland Flood Appeal in Australia.

    http://monkeemoomoo.blogspot.com/

    Happy crafting:)

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  32. This is my favorite Cakies post yet. LOVE LOVE LOVE the doll you two made, & I love the fact that you made it together. What a sweet mommy you are! You go girl. Good moms are hard to come by. Keep up the good work!

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  33. Sweetest post of the week.

    Made me happy.

    - Lauren

    Ladaisi Blog

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  34. I have that same doll as well! She's sitting on my office shelf currently!

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  35. that is adorable! you're such a fun mom!

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  36. YOU made my day. I had Lolly when I was growing up too. And I have been collecting spare Lolly's on ebay for quite some time so that one day I could give it to my little girl. My Lolly got worn out and had many facelifts. Cholly the boy counterpart is just as cute.

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  37. how sweet! my mom just pulled my brother's little blue cholly doll out...we still can't find my lolly. they were definitely loved.

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  38. I'm slow to say so, but your quirky doll project with True is the sweetest! I absolutely love her style and hair. I was so inspired by your dollies that I tried making one for my little girl for Valentines Day. Definitely a learning experience, the next will be easier I hope! Here's a link to mine if you want to see her...

    http://cottageindustrious.blogspot.com/2011/02/doll-baby-and-sugar-pie.html

    You are an inspiring lady! Thank you for that!

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  39. OMG! That fisher price doll was my first doll! Dating myself now. Cute blog, btw. ^_____^
    -Michele
    SeeDollyRun.com

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  40. I've had lolly dolls since I was a baby. I used to take my Baby Dolly everywhere. When my parents wanted to punish me, they took her away. Those nights, I'd take my blanket and my bear and sleep on the floor. (Don't ask - I don't understand little me's motives either.) One time, mom and all of Bradlees were looking up and down the store for my lost Baby Dolly. When we got home, turns out I had placed her in my jacket to keep her warm. Some versions have me forget I had put her there and hysterically crying. Other versions have me doing this on purpose. Who knows.

    My parents and grandma bought every Baby Dolly they could find before they disappeared. I received the last one when I was 15. I have 3 in my apartment, along with 4 cholly dolls (one still in the box) I found on ebay. My parents have a lolly doll saved away for when I have a daughter. Glad to see I'm not the only one who still loves her lolly doll.

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  41. sarah- that is such a cute story!!!! you had so many!!!

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