Friday, January 7, 2011

Everleigh's Dolly (made by Mommy and Daddy)

I told you all a loooonnnng time ago that I was working on a doll project for Evie. While I love all things crafty, I'm not that good with, what Scotti refers to as, my "robot hands", so this was truly a labor of love. I used the pattern from one of my favorite artists/fashionistas/people ever, Emily Martin of The Black Apple, and you can too! Using Scott's canvas, felt, and some cute fabric I had originally bought for her nursery (and then not used), I crafted her little dolly. Also, I have to give props to Ev's big sis, Tory, for her help with the arms and legs, since I had to quit and go play mommy. Can you imagine that Everleigh was not content to sit and watch us craft? Silly girl :P And then my super talented hubby, Scott, painted the face on her in the style of Emily Martin (per my request).

This project was super fun and way harder than I thought it would be. And you know what the best part is? Everleigh totally LOVES her! She's just the right size for her to grab onto, cuddle with, bang into the coffee table repeatedly, and suck on the feet. They're pals :) and that makes it all worth it and then some. My next doll project? Make her some playmates, and maybe even attempt Emily's circus bear or strong man doll. Check out Emily's awesome dolls and her doll pattern (as well as a doll-making deomstration clip from her Martha Stewart appearance) at http://theblackapple.typepad.com/inside_a_black_apple/dolls/

5 comments:

Amira said...

That is neat! I love homemade craft-y toys for children; I feel like they're more authentic and lovable than noisy, flashy commercial ones.

I especially love that it was a family collaboration!

Amira said...

crafty*

urban craft said...

what a lucky girl with her beautiful treasure!

Tiffany said...

This is awesome Erika! She'll be able to have this forever and know that you made it. I still have the Raggedy Anne doll that my mom made me for my first birthday.

casadekaloi said...

Hey Erika! Is it ok if I post this tutorial on Offbeat Mama? Just let me know..stephanie@offbeatmama.com. :)