New Year blues

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There’s nothing like an unexpected order at the beginning of January to encourage me! Usually it’s pretty dead straight after Christmas, understandably. But thankfully lots of people have birthdays in January, and I had an order for some padded letters for baby Arthur, who is a year old this month. The letters turned out really well and I enjoyed being able to make them without the usual pressure on time. Here’s the result. These are 8” (20cm) letters, but I also do smaller letters -4” (10cm) as well. Do get in touch to discuss your requirements. I’ve put a photo of some of my smaller letters on this post too. I think you’ll agree they fit the space perfectly. They were a new home present for a friend.

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Happy Christmas everyone!

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Thank you to everyone who has visited my web site or seen me at a fair or show over the last year. It’s been a busy time, what with moving from Essex to Yorkshire in May, and starting a part-time admin job in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales not far from where I now live, as well as producing lots of gorgeous dolls and custom orders too. Now it’s Christmas! I’ll be in Suffolk and then in Essex over the next few days, spending time with family. Then it’s back up to Yorkshire to return to my admin work and start making new stock ready for summer shows.

During the last few days I’ve checked my stock levels of just about everything, and tidied up the workroom ready for a fresh start in January. In between I’m taking a few days off and I might even do some knitting for a change!!

Have a great Christmas, and I hope I may see you at one of the 2019 shows, or ‘meet’ you when you order my dolls or padded letters on line. Happy New Year!

Busy Christmas time

I’ve been so busy over the last couple of months that blogs on this page haven’t been written I’m afraid. But my last Christmas fair is over now and once all my on- line sales are fulfilled I can start thinking about presents for my family and friends.

Ive travelled up and down the A1 to do fairs in Cambridgeshire and Essex, and I’ve met lots of stall holders who also do these fabulous fairs. The photo shows a bit of my stall at RHS Hyde Hall. I can’t praise the event organizers highly enough, and thanks to every customer who bought one of my lovely rag dolls. There are going to be some very happy recipients on Christmas Day!!

Topsy-turvy dolls

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Over the last two years I’ve noticed with pleasure that my topsy-turvy dolls get very popular in the lead up to Christmas. Perhaps it’s because they’re a bit unusual. Of course, topsy-turvy dolls are traditional but they’ve been out of fashion for a long time. Thankfully the trend is changing and now they’re ‘new’ fashion. Many older people who stop to chat at my stall tell me that they had a topsy-turvy doll when they were young, and many have knitted them.

Topsy-turvy, upside-down or double-ended dolls often reflect fairy tale favourites such as Cinders and Cinderella, Captain Hook and Peter Pan, or Red Riding Hood and the wolf dressed up as grandmother. When I designed mine, I knew I couldn’t make a passable version of an animal so I opted to go for ‘Rags to Riches’ which is loosely based on Cinderella. One end of my doll shows a pretty doll with a sad face and work clothes (patches on her skirt and a headscarf, ready to do the chores). The other end shows the same pretty doll with a happy face and a party dress with a necklace, ribbons and a wrist bag in which a personalised card can be put. I try to put a bit of sparkle or pearls in the decoration on the dress and sometimes the happy doll has a sparkly ribbon in her hair, or rosebuds adorning her hair.

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I hope you like my topsy-turvy dolls. I’ve made plenty for my Christmas fairs this year, each one completely unique. The outfit at each end has a contrasting colour scheme. They make wonderful presents for older children who have good imagination and love making up stories or plays, and they look great on a shelf as they can stand unsupported on their head!! Take a look on my shop page to see the wide variety of colour schemes and hair colours available, or contact me to request one in your chosen colour scheme.