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Green and Pink Crochet Doll

Sometimes I forget that I love making dolls. I had some more stash-busting time at work and made a doll. I had all these little pink scraps because the kids love using pink. I end up with all these little odds and ends. I also had these huge lime-green balls that weren’t being used much. I combined the two and made my doll.

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And finally she was done!

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Oops! How did that scrap of lavender get in there?! I swear it was pink when I grabbed it. The kids will never know!

I love making dolls!

 

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Renaissance Fair Crochet Cosplay 2019

It’s that time again when I start planning my outfit for the Renaissance Fair here in Southern California. Considering it starts next Friday, I’m a little late (as usual), but I have until mid-May before the fair ends so plenty of time, NOT! I suppose I could just wear one of my other crochet outfits. Afterall, I’ve only worn my dragon cloak once.

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Three renaissance fairs ago.

I would still have to come up with something to wear that would look good with the cloak but I’ve been toying with a different idea for years now and I’m going to give that idea a go.

I’ve wanted to make a crochet fairy outfit but could never decide what I wanted. I was staring at one of my crochet fairy dolls I’d made when a stroke of genius (lunacy) struck me. I’m going to replicate her outfit.

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I’ve kept this one because she’s one of my favorites.

I’m going to go as a crochet fairy doll and I’m taking the doll with me. We’ll be twinsies. Of course, that assumes the outfit will look good on me. If it doesn’t, I guess I’ll be using that dragon cloak afterall. 🙂

I’m almost done with the top portion.

Just a little more to go!

I’ll work on the skirt next, then the wig and will do the wings last. She has wings but I’m going to make us both something different so I didn’t show them. Can’t wait till it’s done. I hope I like it enough to wear it. Fingers crossed.

My Book

I’ve been working furiously (again) on my crochet book on dolls, and though I’ve missed a couple (only a couple!) of self imposed deadlines, I realize now that I probably won’t finish until summer. BUT, I’ve made tremendous progress! I’ve rewritten, re-photographed and new-photographed a ton, and I feel so happy with the results.

One of the problems I’m having is that some of my older photos aren’t as good as my new photos and I’m working on figuring out what to keep and what to reshoot. The biggest problem with reshooting is that I don’t have some of the original dolls that I would like to re-photograph. Instead, I have to try to Photoshop the original shots or make new dolls entirely, which takes more time. Photoshopping takes time too, and I’m not as skilled as I should be with that.

So I’m somewhere in between. I’m salvaging what I can, reshooting what I still have, and remaking what can’t be saved. I want my book to be something I can be proud of, and I’m feeling pretty proud right about now.

Here are some pieces waiting to be sewn, stuffed, and photographed. I still need to make another two pairs of legs and then I’ll make some dolls to go with those pieces. I’ll end up with at least four new dolls.

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I took this little guy from work (I sneaked him out of the Ultimate Prize Box) and gave him a mini photo shoot. He can make an appearance in my book now. Look how happy he is! Don’t tell him he still might not make the final cut.

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blue.jpgAll in all, I’m pretty pleased. 🙂

Small Crochet Christmas Elf

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I made this little guy right before Christmas at the craft fair I attended. There’s a lot of down-time and I like folks to see that I’m the actual person who crochets all the items on the table. It being Christmas time, I worked on this little elf. Two girls stopped by and just hung around. It took me a moment to realize they just wanted to see me crochet. They were fascinated seeing a toy develop right before their eyes. It wasn’t the best toy ever but it was cute enough.

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Cute enough!

Once finished, I put him on the table. He didn’t sell, so I put him in our Ultimate Prize-Box. Today, one of my 5th grade boys picked him as his prize. Certain students gravitate towards my creations and he’s one of them. He’s the one who requested the green Pea Shooter. I don’t even remember how many of my items he has in his possession but it sure is nice to be appreciated in that way. 🙂

Golden Rainbow Crochet Doll

I haven’t made a crochet doll in ages but I’ve recently given myself a swift kick in the pants. I know that sounds kinda mean but I absolutely needed it. I had projects that needed seeing to and no one was seeing to them. With the end of the year bearing down upon me, I just had to kick it into high gear.

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Finally! A doll is born.

First up was my sweater/coat/cardigan. I gave me the stink eye and threatened that there would be consequences if I didn’t get that sucker done and lo and behold, I finished it and was finally able to give it to my sister.

Next up was the Christmas tree. We have an artificial tree, and it was buried way, way, way, deep in the closet under Halloween boxes, Easter boxes, computer boxes and all kinds of other miscellany. I just didn’t want to go through that clutter-jungle. To add insult to injury, I would need to figure out exactly where I was supposed to put the tree. My kiddo moved back in and I consequently had to find new places for many of my things, so the tree spot was no longer available. Upon announcing to my hubs that the tree would remain in the closet of doom, he revolted. The tree had to go up he said. I said, you know the way too and pointed to the closet. Continue reading

Finished Crochet Doll

The doll is finally finished.

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It had a few bumpy starts but sometimes you just have to make a choice and stick with it! The kids at work always have soooo much advice on how a project should go, most of the time, completely opposite from each other. So, it’s up to me to pick and choose which ideas to listen to.

For the hair, I wanted to use leftover strands of yarn I rescued from one of my  mom’s old projects, This piece had a tassel fringe of thread-yarn. I took all the tassels out and now I have this little bag of cut up blue strands I thought would look cute as hair. I finally pulled it out and tried it on the doll.

First off, I decided to make a boy doll. Then I had to figure out how to use those strands of yarn. I tried different things and pulled them out just as many times. I even abandoned the thread yarn for regular blue yarn but didn’t like that either. The kids said it looked like Coraline so I switched gears and tried to make it a Coraline doll. I didn’t like it so I went back to my mom’s strands.

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I played around with it until I got something I liked.

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The kids kept insisting I make an orange shirt so I gave it a try.

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Noooo! I no likey! Looked like a life jacket so I ripped it back. Started on the shorts instead.Blue crochet doll_9.jpg

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Much better

I didn’t like any of the yarn I had at work because it was too thick so I had the bright idea to split the yarn (from the yarn ball I made of the rescued project). I didn’t know how hard that would be. The yarn kept getting tangled! I’m stubborn so I kept at it until I had just enough yarn to  make the shirt. Although I’ll probably never split yarn again, I finally got a shirt I liked.

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Finally I can relax. 🙂

I felt like he needed something more, so I made him a little backpack and the kids helped me fill it with crayons.

And now he’s hanging out in the ultimate prize-box. And apparently all the kids have laid claim to him when they finally make it.

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And now I really am working on a Coraline doll. 🙂

 

Life-size doll tries to steal my man!

Last summer, I left the life-size crochet doll in the classroom and instantly regretted it. I had no access to her for pictures or fun. When I returned in the Fall, the custodian told me how she kept scaring him, along with other people who entered our room. Although very funny, I didn’t want to scare anyone at work over the Summer.

At the end of this school year, I brought her home and quickly propped her up on the couch. Now you see her when you walk in the front door. I don’t want to scare the staff at the school, but I don’t mind scaring the family. 🙂

We had a graduation for my son, nephew and niece recently, and while I was running around taking pictures, I think the life-size doll was trying to cuddle up to my husband. He wasn’t even aware she was making moves on him. She looked all cozy, watching him play on his phone.

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I moved in for a picture, stealth-like.

 

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He was very suspicious.

I asked what he was doing with the doll. He acted like he didn’t know she was there.

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Where did she come from? 

He claimed she was in his spot and he just moved her out of the way. And she just happened to land like that? A likely story.

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That’s right, she just happened to land like that.

I rescued her from a summer of loneliness and misery and this is how she repays me?

P.S. All but one of the pictures is authentic, that is, hubby didn’t know what I was doing. I bet you can tell which ones were real and which one he was hamming up.