Monday, June 18, 2012

A Special Project

Goodness me, how time flies!  I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted anything on my blog, but I've been working like a bee on a very special project and I'm finally ready to share it with you!

A little while ago, I was contacted by Simplicity Patterns.  Yes, the Simplicity Patterns that have been around forever!!  They wanted to know if I'd be interested in designing a doll for their Spring/Summer 2013 catalog.  WOW!  What a question!  Of course I'd be interested!!  So, for the past couple of weeks, most of my time has been devoted to designing and making this little girl, her clothing and accessories.  Please meet Clara and Pearl, her bunny friend!


Clara and Pearl are both made from wool blend felt.  Her dress, jacket, shoes, convertible bag, as well as Pearl's bonnet, were made with hand woven felt.


The little flower on the front of the bag is set on a button pin, so it can keep the bag closed and also be used as a hair ornament.

As you can see, bunny fits snuggly in the bag, which converts into a little bed just for her.














Tucked inside the bag, is a little pillow:)















And when she's done her nap, out she comes and the bed can now be used as a little bag again!














Now that I'm finished working on the design, I'll be writing up the pattern and sending everything off to Simplicity's headquarters in New York.  Keeping my fingers crossed that they like what I've come up with!!
~Shelly xo

33 comments:

  1. Wow!!! That is so amazing Shelly!!!! Goodluck & best wishes xxx Simona :)

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  2. Wonderful! Certainly the simplicity will approve. Congratulations for a beautiful job. Kiss!

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  3. Well Done Shelly! That is brilliant news x

    They are absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. Oh fantastic work Shelly. I am so proud of you and know how awesome this must be for you. A job well done and so well deserved. Big hugs xxx

    - Mariane

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  5. What an honor! Of course they would ask you though, you are very talented. They are sure to fall instantly in love with her.

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  6. A big congratulations! Wow!

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  7. Thank you so very much everyone! This has been such a huge project for me and I'm so glad you all like the outcome! I'm not really sure if they'll use the bunny as part of the pattern as they only requested a doll, but I just knew that she needed a little friend to keep her company, so hopefully they'll agree! The best part of the whole thing is that I'm able to sell the pattern in my online shops! YAY!

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  8. Oh thank goodness for that! Im so living this dolly & when I saw that it was for simplicity my heart sank :( I need this pattern, NEED I tell you lol! She is absolutely beautiful & I can't wait to have the pattern xxx well done on another gorgeous creation xxx

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  9. She's beautiful, Shelly!
    Hope they love her as much as your fans do :-D
    Love
    Beverley x

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  10. Well done Shelli, you deserve to be in the big league. Your work is so beautiful. Any little girl would love that doll and bunny so much, I'm sure it would be a seller.You deserve success.
    hugs
    Kay

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  11. She's wonderful, congratulations hun.
    Love and hugs
    Angela xxxxxx

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  12. Fantastic, good luck with them.....I think the bunny friend is essential too!!!

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  13. me encanto clarita y su conejo

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  14. I am so thrilled for you! You always do such beautiful work and to be recognized and sought out by Simplicity is kudos to you!! I have always been and will always be a huge fan! I think I have every pattern you have offered and now will have to have this beauty too!!! xoxo

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  15. Congrats on being sought out by Simplicity and on such a wonderful project. I'm sure Simplicity will love it! Your doll is beautiful, her bunny is too cute and that convertible bag is just genius!

    x

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  16. Shelly, your Clara and Pearl came out just beautiful! I'm sure Simplicity will love them both. Such a wonderful project for you and well deserved!! I'm so happy we got to share it with you. Thank you! And Congratulations! on a superb job, but we all knew you were destined for such recognition of your creativity! Very proud of your accomplishment!!! *Broad smile*
    Love 'n hugs,
    Sandie

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  17. Congratulations Shelly! How could they not love it--it's fantastic! xo Jennifer

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  18. Well done Shelly....I am not at all surprised given your talent. This is just the beginning of a somewhat different yet connected road for you. Congratulations from South Africa. Sonali

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  19. Dear Shelly, I am so happy for you sweet friend!!!! Congratulations! I am not one bit surprised as you are very talented and creative and your designs are so SWEET! I love Clara and Pearl! Their names, outfits and darling faces put a smile on my face! Your work is always beautiful! I know Simplicity will LOVE it!!! I can hardly wait until it is available! Love, Paula xo

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  20. Congratulations Shelly!!! They are just perfect. As always...

    xo
    Jill

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  21. How could they not adore Clara and Pearl?!
    Your work, as always, is simply wonderful!

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  22. Congratulations! They are both so incredibly sweet. They're going to adore them. And if not, they're got really bad taste.

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  23. Oh wow Shelly, congratulations!! You definately deserve all the success in the world as your creations are truly amazing!!!
    Clara and Pearl are gorgeous. I adore Clara's clothes, her jacket is so sweet and Pearl's little bed is too cute for words :)
    I'm certain that this gorgeous pair will be very, very loved!!!
    Hugs
    Vicky xxxx

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  24. Shelly, this is just too cool! Congratulations, Lady!

    Beth

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  25. I fell in love with your creations from the very first moment I found your blog. Clara and Pearl are no exception. They are so very precious!!! Congratulations on the acknowledgement you have received from Simplicity. What a grand reward !!!

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  26. Wow, congratulations on having your very own Simplicity pattern! I'm sure they will love this little darling.

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  27. They would be crazy if they don't love it. So So sweet. Lovely job.

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  28. Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement and lovely comments! I re-did the pattern for Clara one more time today to make sure she is absolutely perfect, and I'm finally happy with the end result! I really hope Simplicity will be as positive about her as you all have been! xo

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  29. Ohhhhh how AWESOME!!!Congrats to you Shelly!!!!!!!!!!!!I know they will love them....they are sooooooo adorable:-)you did an amazing job!hugs Dees

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  30. Oh, congratulations!!! How wonderful for you to have one of your designs published by Simplicity! Dolly and bunny are wonderful, and the convertible purse/bed with pillow is supremely adorable! So happy for you!!! :)

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  31. Interesting post. Now you can use this service industry directory to promote shopping bags import & export business.

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  32. Es preciosa. Me encanta. Soy una gran admiradora de tu trabajo. Enhorabuena!!

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