December 23, 2011
No, I don't mean we live in a small house. I've already talked all about that.
And no, I not referring to these doll houses and miniature medieval castles. Those are currently still stored in the black trailer in our yard because there is "no room at the inn" (sorry, couldn't help myself) for both them and a Christmas tree. Floor space is at a premium in this small chalet.
What I mean by living in a doll house is that my children, all of them, love dolls. Even my growing into a young woman child. The day will come when she outgrows playing with dolls but given her talent and interest it just may be that creating dolls and their clothes remains with her as a potential business or simply a pleasurable hobby for quite a few years yet.
Laurent, happily sandwiched between his sisters in birth order, also loves dolls.
Last, last year (we're so near the end of this one it feels like last year is really the one still on the calendar) I made Laurent a cloth doll. He desperately needed a more "grown up" doll in addition to the first doll I made him - his beloved Rick - who I sewed six years ago, when Laurent was just four years old.
Laurent still plays with Rick. Unbelievable, especially considering how hideous - in a weird and loveable way - he looks. Whatever possessed me to sew a blue purple doll? Who knows.
Anyway, a couple years ago now I sewed Laurent his "newest" doll, named Tristan. Last Christmas Celine outfitted Tristan with a complete wardrobe.
Something about the crafting groove during the month of December always brings my kids back to their dolls and this month Laurent decided Tristan needed new clothes. Celine, Laurent and I have been sewing Tristan a few items to round out his wardrobe.
A sweater (made with leftover wool felt from my mitten project), blue fleece mittens, a scarf, and (not pictured, but so cute) new camo pj bottoms.
It is so much fun to mother these creative kiddos!
Three and half years ago Celine made Isabella.
This photo from the summer when Celine was nine melts my heart. My talented daughter, who faces life straight on with confidence and those big blue eyes.
Isabella was in need of a wardrobe update, happens somewhat frequently around these parts. This month it was a grey wool winter dress with colonial style, lace trimmed sleeves and eyelet petticoat. A lace sash around the waist adds the finishing touch.
Of course a doll needs a winter cloak. Celine fashioned Isabella's out of brown fleece, finishing it with a silver broach fastened with a cleverly disguised safety pin.
Brienne, happily (for me at least) still all child, has the most dolls of all the kids.
There's her Bitty Twins - Adeline and Joah (ssh...don't tell but they are getting etsy-found clothes this Christmas). In addition to the twins there is Eleanor, Annabelle (purchased at Common Ground Fair two years ago, handcrafted by an eleven year old boy) and Rose the Raggedy Ann doll.
Eleanor's wardrobe has been lacking the flair Brienne likes in clothing. She purchased this sparkling pink fabric and trim months ago and had been begging Celine and I to help her turn it into something beautiful. This month we relented.
Celine helped with the pattern and I helped with the sewing.
And what's winter without a fur edged crushed velvet cloak? Cold! Especially in these parts.
Wanting to get in on all the doll making (and bless my doll-loving littlest one), I am sewing Brienne one of these Pocket Pixies for Christmas. And now that we own the pattern the kids can make as many as they like.
It's time for me to go finish that doll I'm making for Brienne. The kids (and their dolls) are bouncing off the chalet walls. They can hardly wait for the arrival of my parents tonight which will get the Christmas celebrations under way.
I'll be back on Christmas Eve Day to share some photos with you. If you're too busy to make it back here tomorrow I wish you (and your dolls) a Merry Christmas.
Published later: Doll Making ~ Your Questions Answered with Celine.
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