The Little House

The Little House

Friday, August 16, 2013

My First Mermaid Doll

I finished my first mermaid doll yesterday for the DollStreet Mermaid Challenge.  I like how she looks and will probably make another mermaid doll. I named her Dianna for no reason, she just seems like a Dianna. I didn't know there was a mermaid named Dianna in a movie until after I named her. This was the 2003 movie called "Mermaids".

Mike got a used aquarium at a thrift store for Diana to live in. It looks like it needs a few more mermaids in it.

I used a pattern by  Caroline Erbsland called Crystal.

Her wig is made from Tibetan lamb. It looked too straight so I curled it using cut-up pieces of a drinking straw and mousse.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Doll Camp/Evergreen State Fair Dolls

This past week my two youngest  granddaughters and I have been making cloth dolls for the fair. It was a fun project and both girls learned new things. They used the same pattern but did their dolls in their own way. Josie hadn't sewn before and Chiana had only sewed on a toy machine.

We used the free doll pattern called the Napkin or Sisters Doll designed by Judi Ward. It is an easy but cute pattern and because there are only two pieces it is perfect for a first doll. Here is a link to the pattern:
note: The designer, Judi Ward first called the pattern "Napkin doll" because it was based on a design she saw on a paper napkin  in Germany. She later changed the name to "Sisters doll" so it is now known by both names.

Josie's two sisters are showing cows at the fair and she wanted to do something for the fair and Chiana has always wanted to make a doll. So last week we had doll camp. Josie lives next door, Chiana came and stayed for several days and we sewed and designed. And we made some really cute dolls.

We got finished just in time to check them in at the fairgrounds to get judged. We'll see how they did when the fair opens in ten days...

Katniss in the Games doll:

Josie is 11 years old but will be 12 next week. She loves archery and the movie "Hunger Games" so she chose to make her version of a Katniss doll.  She sewed the doll and her clothes she also made the bow, arrows and quiver. And her doll's hair is a wig we made from Josie's own hair

Kaitlyn at the Prom doll

Chiana just turned 10 years old a few weeks ago. She decided to design her doll after her older sister, Kaitlyn going to the prom. Chiana sewed the doll and her dress. She also crocheted the skirt ruffles and we glued them onto the dress.

Our fair dolls

I didn't get the fairy doll finished that I was making for the fair  because we were having so much fun at doll camp but I entered my Oz doll since he hadn't been in a contest -- just a display. And I entered a doll in the Fair theme contest. The theme is "...For the Kid in All of Us!"