Thursday, January 7, 2010

Poor Baby Doll

A few months ago I found this sweet little wooden cradle at Goodwill for like $1. I thought it would be fun to give it a little make-over and try my hand at making a doll for Ava.

She really wanted to help me. I've never made a doll or any stuffie before, so I drew a very basic shape out for a pattern. She painted and drew the face all by herself. I scanned it into the computer and printed it out on fabric paper.
Cute/Scary? face:
I'll go with scary...
Ummm, not at all was I was thinking it would turn out to be. My pattern was dramatically mis-proportioned. It might be qualified to place in the "Chrissie Grace's Top 10 Projects Gone Wrong". However, she loves it. She named it "Nailpolish"...:)

Sometimes crafting isn't about the end result, but the process itself. It was a fun project for us, even if the doll isn't, err, cute. I learned a lot about what NOT to do...
One of these days I'd like to try it again with a real pattern. Here's a few I found:

17 comments:

sara's art house said...

I love it!!!!

tasha said...

that is too cute...er um funny? cute? the story is great! i'm glad you stopped by my blog. how cool that our family make up is the same and that we both have an ava! i have been trying to make a doll lately too, it's just been hard finding the time. have a great day!

Sara - The Football Wife said...

The doll has friendly eyes! I think it's cute!

Heidi said...

I really like how you stitched her hands! Love the name nail polish. Have you seen black apple's free tutorial on Martha Stewart? Here is the link in case you want to check it out.
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll?lnc=38f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&rsc=showmain_tv_the-martha-stewart-show

I've made four of them and they were all very different. You can modify the pattern to suit your taste but it was helpful for porportion. The one on the 60 piggies blog looks adoarble too. I noticed in her back posts that she had made another one she called "Lucy" and it was very cute also.

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

lol!! I love that she named it "Nailpolish"

Tammy said...

so cute. love that she was able to help.

Beth Anderson said...

I thinks it is sweet!
If you ever make a "better" one you won't like it as much!

the undomesticated wife said...

I think it's incredibly special!

Poetic Artist said...

I think it is cute but a bit scarey.
LOL.
Just found your blog.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ava and Mommy, I love the doll you made! It so special to do things together. Nailpolish is so cute. Now you need to make her a special (simple) cover for her bed. I can't wait to feel better so I can visit with you! Guess who? Mimi (X) (O)

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

All that matters is that she loves it! So sweet...

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

nail polish... cute... and she IS pretty cute.
that she loves her... the best part.

what a great find at goodwill... lots of fun with that!

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Gina Lee Kim said...

Hi Chrissie, thank you so much for your kind bloggy visit. I think you are super talented & so resourceful in all that you do! I think that guilt we carry (at least my burden anyway :) is a wise part of ourselves to be mindful of what we buy.

Truly, buying 1 more item is not going make me a better artist, but it's a great rationalization....LoL.
~hugs, gina

luci said...

she is sooo cute and nail polish is a fabulous name. her face is great. I am sure she will be well loved.

Jill said...

I think she is precious!!! really! :)
Blessings!
Jill

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