Monday, December 10, 2007

girly crafts

After seeing so many super cute dresses and bonnets and aprons and hairbows on flickr and various blogs (mostly angry chicken), I couldn't stop myself; I had to make some girly crafts. I opted for clothespin dolls and spent way too much time on them. Note to self (and anyone who wants to make them): use hot glue, NOT Elmer's glue, which you will have to just sew over anyway with impossibly tiny stitches, the pioneerish phrase "Hide a knot as you would a secret" running through your head the whole time. Also Sharpie ink bleeds into the wood, causing Dollie to look as if she had just watched "Beaches" and forgot the waterproof mascara, so use paint.
Here's hoping my 5 and 2 year-old nieces love bits of fabric and ribbon wrapped around clothespins. (I keep hearing the question,"What happened to their arms?" echo in my head.)

As with any project, there is a victim of my trial and error approach to craftsy stuff:

She's got her abnormally large eye on you!

8 comments:

Lindsay said...

oh my gosh that last doll will forever haunt my dreams

Patty O. said...

That's AWESOME!!! Hey, can I use your eye doll to be Dolly's friend? She would be a perfect addition to my sister's and my freaky doll collection. (Is it a collection if you only have one?)

Those dolls are cute, though. It almost makes me want to make them until I remember that I have a touch of the stomach flu and a billion unfinished projects that I should take care of before starting something new. maybe I will have to have you teach me how to do it when I come to Houston....

beckbot said...

Wow i just realized this is becoming a scary doll-themed blog. Inspiration has struck!

Annie said...

Hi there,
Found you via DesignMom & love the big eyed wonder doll :)

Had to comment since I have a soft spot for clothespin dolls. My grandma actually owned and ran a little doll museum and when we visited she would let us pick a clothespin doll. My favorite was Scarlett O'Hara. Or Alice in Wonderland.

As for the arms: I think I remember little pipe cleaner arms wrapped around the clothespin? Kind of fuzzy but maybe a nice little jacket would cover it. As if :)

beckbot said...

PIPECLEANERS! Perfect! The next batch of dolls will be a little more anatomically correct (minus the freakishly small head size).

Nan said...

Cute!! I love them. And I remember doing that when I was a little girl.

I'm glad to hear that someone else gets into these crafty moods and just has to create something! I got into one such mood last weekend and have not stopped making little felt change purses and winter hats since Friday. I went and spent too much money at Michael's tonight too, assuring my husband that it would keep me busy for a year. But maybe more like a month at the rate I'm going.

Kristi said...

Fun stuff, Rebecca! I am sure you probably already knew this but it was fun to see your dolls posted on Design Mom the other day...

http://www.designmom.com/2007/12/clothespin-dolls.html

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