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Advent Challenge 2015

More wooden dolls

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More wooden dolls
My contributions to the Advent Challenge are a little monotonous because I am making a family to live in my next project (yet to be built ...). The first little wooden doll shown earlier in this album has now acquired a brother and a mother, both yet to be dressed. I took a quick photograph before it got too dark to work without a flash.
Posted by Edel on December 13, 2015 Full Size| Slideshow

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Edel
8:48 AM on December 28, 2015 
Maddy says...
These dolls really are good! They might even encourage me to try something like it. I am lightly basing my third house, on the one in a delightful book called 'The Hidden House', I think [can't find it at the moment]. There are three wooden dolls left on a windowsill, made by the previous owner, and lots of black and white cats. I was going to refer to the wooden dolls by making a picture of them to put on a wall. However, I may well now try my hand at carving them. Trouble is, mine have to have legs that bend because they are sitting down!

I'v managed to buy suitable cats.


I know that book Maddy, and you are right, it is called The Hidden House. The very beautiful illustrations are by Angela Barrett and the text is by Martin Waddell. I bought it for myself when my children were small. I had considered photographing my wooden dolls in front of it for one of the pictures of all four of them, but went for a different book instead (you can see the picture farther on in this album). A dolls' house based on the Hidden House (lightly or not) is a lovely idea - I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on with it! Patty has some lovely home-made peg dolls in her house The Nook, and the gentleman looks like he might have pipecleaner legs underneath his clothes, as he is photographed seated at least once. Maybe Patty could give you some hints as to the best way to construct a peg doll capable of sitting.
Maddy
8:40 AM on December 28, 2015 
These dolls really are good! They might even encourage me to try something like it. I am lightly basing my third house, on the one in a delightful book called 'The Hidden House', I think [can't find it at the moment]. There are three wooden dolls left on a windowsill, made by the previous owner, and lots of black and white cats. I was going to refer to the wooden dolls by making a picture of them to put on a wall. However, I may well now try my hand at carving them. Trouble is, mine have to have legs that bend because they are sitting down!

I'v managed to buy suitable cats.
Jan
9:53 AM on December 15, 2015 
He's still missing Edel wondering if he got locked inside a shed or something, but have to think he is being cared for.
Edel
1:51 AM on December 15, 2015 
Jan says...
Oh what wonderful dolls, love the little dress and your cat is adorable, wonder what she thinks of all these little people.


We often wonder too Jan! She's a very careful cat and never takes any dolls' house stuff to play with, unlike her predecessors.
I saw on the "hoarding and collecting" forum that your visiting stray has been missing - could he have found another home where he can be an "only cat"? Some of them prefer it that way. Or has he reappeared?
Jan
3:31 PM on December 14, 2015 
Oh what wonderful dolls, love the little dress and your cat is adorable, wonder what she thinks of all these little people.
lallyp
10:12 AM on December 14, 2015 
Super dolls & the cat approves too!
Edel
9:29 AM on December 14, 2015 
Judy C says...
p.s. Your cat is totally gorgeous too.


Doll bliss indeed Judy! Dolls have been ahead of humans with patchwork / fragmented families for a long time, but this lot are going to have the old-fashioned two parents....

And yes, we also think Minerva is gorgeous and love her an awful lot
Judy C
9:20 AM on December 14, 2015 
p.s. Your cat is totally gorgeous too.
Judy C
9:19 AM on December 14, 2015 
A whole family!! Bliss. :)
Edel
4:47 AM on December 14, 2015 
Dale says...
Very clever Edel. They are excellent.


Thank you Dale!
Dale
4:03 AM on December 14, 2015 
Very clever Edel. They are excellent.
Edel
2:12 AM on December 14, 2015 
Claire Quick says...
These are just so lovely Edel


Thank you very much Claire. I'm enjoying making them, though at the moment I have to snatch half-hours at the weekend to do them. Roll on Christmas and some time off to play!
By the way, Patty W. has some lovely home-made peg dolls in "The Nook" - hers seem to have pipecleaner arms, and they have beautiful hairstyles and clothes.
Claire Quick
1:55 AM on December 14, 2015 
These are just so lovely Edel

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