February 24, 2012
One of the gifts I made this past Christmas was a Pocket Pixie doll for Brienne. I found the pattern at the Gingermelon Etsy shop from a link Mandie posted at Life Your Way (just giving credit where credit is due).
Celine and Laurent actually helped me do some of the sewing and picky details, right up till Christmas Eve afternoon (oh yes, I'm one of those last minute handmade gifters).
It was worth it, Petunia was an instant hit and has become one of Brienne's favored dolls.
But Petunia was a lonely pocket pixie so earlier this month "cousins" were crafted. I found out just yesterday the cousin bit, which makes sense since Laurent and Celine are Brienne's brother and since, therefore their "children" dolls would be Petunia's cousins.
(Pst. Don't say anything but Laurent's birthday is this Sunday and his little Pansy is getting a couple new dresses. She'll be so happy).
These little pixies are generally up to mischief, at pixies are wont to do, and can be found all over the house.
Today Brienne is going to a birthday party, a pretty big deal in our house, since we're new here and we're still making friends. To say she's excited is an understatement.
But what to give the birthday girl?
We knew just the perfect gift - a pocket pixie doll of course!
I commissioned Celine to do the bulk of the stitching. The sewing is a bit beyond Brienne's ability, at least beyond "make a really nice gift" ability. She also doesn't have the patience for it when her sister is so talented and fast. And I certainly didn't want to spend my time stitching a doll. I'm happy to do it for my little girl but hand sewing is not my interest.
Celine was happy to make the doll and earn some money (I'd rather pay her than buy a toy at the store or even shop on etsy).
Brienne did bits, here and there and stitched the pixie's purple dress.
This week Damien's been helping Celine get started on her own blog. And yes, it's about dolls and sewing. And unlike most beginner bloggers (me) she was given a lesson on HTTP, HTML, protocol, servers, databases, etc. before even looking at themes. And she might have even understood some of it because since last fall she's been learning how to program. I think we better watch out. A creative girl with some technical savvy. Oh, the places this girl can go.
When Celine's blog is up and running (I have no idea when that will be, we're not pushing her) you may be able to commission her to make you a doll also.
But if you want to sew one yourself we really have liked the pocket pixie pattern from Gingermelon.
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Heather on Feb. 24, 2012, 12:18 p.m.
I love this idea! My husband is building our daughter a doll house for her birthday coming up in a couple months *tear. I have been trying to figure out what I want to do for the dolls that would go with the doll house, this seems to be a perfect idea! And congrats to Celine on starting her own blog! What a great learning experience for her!
Abigail on Feb. 24, 2012, 12:33 p.m.
Those are too cute. And they look very polished! Great job, Tougas kids! May I ask how the hand sewing interest/skill developed? That is one skill I want to learn soon after getting married (which will happen in two months). :) But I don't want to push myself since time with my husband will be most important.
Tracy on Feb. 24, 2012, 1:42 p.m.
What a wonderful job they've done!
And thanks for the links to Gingermelon's Etsy shop. My daughters and I have been looking for something they could make for a friend's baby and we found just the thing there!!!
Pamela on Feb. 24, 2012, 3:27 p.m.
Oh, I've been holding myself back from buying that very same pattern! I have a "few" more projects I need to finish before taking on something new. Your kids did such a great job on them! And, really, blue hair is the bomb!
Gingermelon on Feb. 24, 2012, 3:48 p.m.
Oh Renee!! The pixies are delightful and so unique! I just love how they turned out - you all did such a wonderful job at giving each it's own personality! Thanks so much for sharing, this really made my day:) hugs, ~Shelly
Kika@embracingimperfection on Feb. 24, 2012, 4:59 p.m.
The dolls are so cute. I am impressed about Celine starting a blog (I encourage my son to do so at some point). I do not understand any of the blogging technical stuff so think it is crazy wonderful that her dad can come alongside and offer Celine his skills and knowledge in this department.
se7en on Feb. 24, 2012, 7:56 p.m.
You have the cleverest kids!!! What can I say!!! Their pixies are just too darling for words!!! Hope the party is fun and that all you guys have a great weekend!!!
Catherine Forest on Feb. 24, 2012, 8:49 p.m.
Those dolls are over the top cute! It is so sweet to see our girls grow into creative independant person! You go, Celine!
Renee A. on Feb. 24, 2012, 11:04 p.m.
Those dolls are so cute! I know my daughters would be thrilled with such a great handmade gift. Heck, even I'd love one of those, they are that cute, so I know it will be loved....not many people give handmade gifts, but they sure are great! We can't wait to see Celine's blog.... she's so lucky to get a course in all the technical stuff that I'm still clueless about. :)
Naomi on Feb. 25, 2012, 12:22 a.m.
They are adorable! I would absolutely be interested in buying one or two for Daphney's birthday in August. I'll be waiting for the blog!
Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz on Feb. 25, 2012, 1:22 a.m.
That is so cute! If only I was into sewing... I'd rather write :)
renee on Feb. 25, 2012, 2:05 a.m.
Kyce on Feb. 25, 2012, 3:25 a.m.
Over the top adorableness. And Celine's stitching is exquisite.
Renea on Feb. 27, 2012, 4:10 a.m.
That is wonderful! I'd love to support her and order a couple for my little Abby. She's 2 1/2. The pixies are adorable and I'd love to have something that's not pricess barbie. :) Rnea.
Kari on March 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m.
I just ordered the Pocket Pixie pattern and I was wondering where you bought the safety eyes with eyelashes that the purple doll has. Thanks!
renee on March 5, 2012, 7:05 p.m.
no safety eyes, just black beads. The eyelashes are embroidered.
tamara on Nov. 19, 2013, 12:44 p.m.
These pixies are cute cute cute! I want one! ;) Love the stitching and very impressive that Celine is getting a blog going! We have been mulling over this idea for our boys as they love seeing themselves on our family blog and they create so many interesting things (they are really into stop-motion right now). It would be a great way for them to share.
Look forward to seeing Celine's blog when it's up and running!