Monday, August 25, 2014

An Exciting New Project!

Oh my goodness, it's been a while, hasn't it!?  I hope you've all been enjoying your summer or winter - wherever you may be in this wonderful world of ours!  My summer has gone by in the blink of an eye!  True's Bob, the older I get, the quicker it goes!  Do you find that too??  Anyway, I'm not complaining as I still get to do what I love everyday - make dollies!

My two latest projects have been shrouded in secrecy and it's been terribly hard to keep everything to myself!  Firstly, I've collaborated with the wonderful Australian Homespun magazine again and they will be featuring a doll pattern that I designed exclusively for them in the January 2015 edition.  The second project is extremely exciting for me, but it's enormous and will keep me busy into the New Year!  I'm working on a book of felt dolls, each with a different theme.  There will be between 12 - 15 themes in total and will include a ballerina, princess, fairy, amongst others.  As you know, I love sharing 'work-in-progress' pics, but due to the nature of both these projects, I've not been able to even give sneak peeks of anything till now...
This is the first batch of dolls for the book, all wrapped and ready to go to the publisher's.  I know it's a bit of a tease, but it's all I can show.
Here's what I can show - teeny tiny felt undies for the the dolls :)

Please know that I will try my best to keep in touch.  I've had almost no time at all to check my Facebook page over the last few weeks, but please keep posting photos of your Gingermelon makes on my wall - they are such an inspiration to others and I love seeing how they turn out!

Sweetest regards,
~Shelly xo

PS  Watch out for an End of Summer Sale coming soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

LolliPoppet Pattern Winners!

Many thanks to all of you who entered the draw for my newest pattern giveaway!  I'm so pleased to hear that you like the dolls!
I have drawn the names of the winners and sent each one an email with a copy of the doll pattern and the little knitted dress pattern designed by my mom.  A big Congrats to:
::  Yunita Arianty
::  Esther Gomez
::  Nicole Brinkley
::  Joie
::  Ada Novakova
::  Kristy Honeylime
I hope you'll love making them!
 Lollipoppets patterns are now available in my Etsy shop!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
~Shell xo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LolliPoppets Pattern Giveaway!!

Hello everyone!  I'm having another pattern giveaway!!  I've been working on a new idea for a little cloth doll with painted features and hair made from different mediums such as yarn, mohair, alpaca and braided wool.  I wanted to create an easy way of applying the hair that would allow for more options than the standard yarn hair.  
The method for applying the hair on each doll basically requires the same technique, but as you can see from the photo above, each has a different look.  The doll on the left's hair was made from braided wool, the middle one was made from a Waldorf doll yarn (smooth mohair) which can be brushed or combed and the doll on right's hair was made from combed mohair which I hand dyed a pale lavender-pink.  For the doll below, I used a Tussah silk/alpaca blend.
The facial features were traced onto their faces with a Pigma Micron pen which is waterproof and fade proof.  I then used acrylic paint to fill in the details. 
Please don't think you need to be an artist to attempt the painting, it is easy to do and I think you'll be surprised at how fun it is to decide on what colours you'll use for their irises and lips!
 The pattern will include instructions to make the doll itself, as well as the little dress shown in the photo above.  I will also explain how to paint the shoes and stripy socks.
My mom has designed the sweet little knitted dress shown above and will have the pattern available for purchase in her shop as well:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/myfairdolly
This little darling was inspired by the flappers of the 1920's.  I wrapped a length of tassel trim around her body and sewed it in place.  Her head band was made from a piece of vintage trim that my Nannykins gave to me onto which I sewed tiny silver sequins and seed beads.  I made a little choker for her neck and painted on dainty purple shoes to finish her look.

In order to win one of the new LolliPoppets patterns, please leave your name and email address in the comments area below, or on my Facebook page where I'll have a link set up specially for your info.  I will draw 6 winners on Friday, July 11.  As a bonus, the lucky winners will also receive the pattern for the little knitted dress!

Now please don't hesitate to enter, the giveaway ends soon!

Best of luck to you all :)
~Shelly xo