3.18.2009

Remember When...

This used to be a crafty blog and I promised a downpour of inspiration?

Well, I may be a tad obsessed about food right now, but I'm still that same crafty girl with a backlog of projects to share.

Meet Greta.

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Inspired by the dolls made by Ella Pedersen of Little Red Caboose, I made Avery a doll for December 25th. It's hard to believe, but Greta is the first doll I've made for Avery. I suppose I always thought Avery had enough dolls - really, she has plenty - but there's always room for a doll made by mom.

I free handed the pattern and used some vintage fabric scraps that reminded me of Avery (and happen to match her room perfectly). The face is made from a linen doily I scored in a bag of goodies from a fellow Freecycler. I even crocheted a little heart for Greta.

Avery loves her. Greta keeps Avery company each night in bed; they can often be found snuggled under blankets reading cookbooks. Greta has even been to a few sleepovers.

When Avery unwrapped Greta, she asked me if I had won the doll from a blog giveaway. I'll take that as a compliment. It's hard to believe how fast Avery is growing up sometimes. Just today she checked out a book at the library entitled, "A Smart Girl's Guide To Surviving Boys". Oy. But the good news is that she still loves dolls. Phew.

Boys will come and go, but Avery will always have Greta.

30 comments:

  1. She is wonderful- your daughter is a very lucky little girl indeed! I love the use of the doily- I have a large bag of doilies in my linen closet from my grandma. I have no idea where she picked them all up- she doesn't crochet!

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  2. Oh Molly, she's gorgeous! I love her...I might have to pull out some fabric I just found in my storage shed and do something similar. Thank for sharing!

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  3. I know a girl who says she's past dolls, but could certainly use a Greta right about now.
    This reminds me of the few dolls that Tim made when the twins were little. His are much, um...edgier? funkier? (scarier? dare I say?) But I love the idea of him wanting to make something for his new babies.
    Greta is beautiful, Molly. You are very talented!

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  4. How beautiful is your creation! The doily face is something I would've never thought of, but fits perfectly!

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  5. Greta is lovely! I do believe I'm inspired - thank you, I needed that!

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  6. Greta is beautiful Molly, there is no way Avery wouldn't have loved her immediately!

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  8. I love her, and how clever to use a doily for her face. Nice job!

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  9. Greta is lovely and gives me some inspiration on how to do my own dolls face :) Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your story. Perfect really is in the eye of the beholder - I will knot away :)

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  10. Oh, this is beautiful! Love the colors. Love the name. Lost a dear cousin named Greta (to cancer) a few years back.

    I too, loved dolls for a way long time.

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  11. dolls like this are i why i aspire to learn how to sew more than a straight line.

    she's lovely.

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  12. Your doll is so special. And so creative! Do girls ever outgrow dolls? ;-)
    You know, I think we must be neighbors. You are mentioning farms and stores that I patronize.

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  13. so freaking cute!!!

    There is always room for a doll by Mom..or two.

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  14. I love the doiley face. She's a gorgeous doll - something your daughter will always treasure, I'm sure.

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  15. Beautiful! She is really beautiful.

    You go on with your crafty self. ;)

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  16. Very nice indeed!

    I totally understand the obsession about food. HA!

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  17. It's always inspiring so no worries there! Love Greta. She appears to be a very calm, graceful woman with a hint of floral patterned fun about her - perfect for a little (big) girl and her doll. Greta is really very beautiful.

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  18. Greta is so lovely! I did think it was one of Ella's at first glance! I'm sure Avery will be loving her for a good long time...

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  19. She is beautiful! I imagine she will be a beloved forever. Love the face and that sweet heart!
    YAY! It's almost Friday! We love weekends!!
    ~Karen

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  20. OMG, this is the cutest doll ever. who would have thought an old doily can make such a pretty face? and that tiny crochet heart. absolutely adorable

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  21. I LOVE Greta DoilyFace!! : ) Lucky Avery!!

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  22. Boys, oh great. If any boys come around, tell them that her uncle has no problems going back to prison, if you know what I mean!

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  24. I love your doll! I was thrilled to see the doily face as I recently made a doll type cushion for my daughter with an machine embroidered doily face. My step-grandma had loads of them which I've been wondering for years what to do with - and now I finally know! My doll is at http://lucybowler.blogspot.com/2009/01/and-here-she-is.html
    Cheers
    Lucy

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  25. Oy, is right - but what a lovely doll she will have for always and forever! And the doily face is awesome!
    I'm having an Oy season with my youngest, wonder what the equivalent of a doll would be?

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  26. Can I borrow Avery's book? Haha.

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  27. that is so sweet! you did a great job, molly.

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  28. Oh Molly! This is so beautiful. I am not usually into dolls much (and I don't have a little girl yet), but wow, I want to make one of these! Wonderful!

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