Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dolly Days of Summer

Hello dear friends!  It's been a while since I last posted on my blog and a lot has happened in the mean time.  This has been a crazy month for me, firstly, I've officially quit my job as the manager of the building we live in (YAY!!), and can now devote my time to doing what I love the most - creating dolls!  My dad has taken over the position as manager and I've been training him in all aspects of the job.  Into the first week of August (just as my dad was beginning his new job), we had a tragic event in our building.  One of our long term tenants sadly took his own life and I was devastated as he'd been a good friend too.  I cannot tell you how I wish things had turned out differently for him, and I can only imagine the despair he must have been going through.

So, for most of this month, I've been concentrating on surrounding myself with people I love and doing the things I find enjoyment in.  I think it's very important to find as many positive things in life to hold onto and cherish!  And one of my biggest pleasures is creating and sharing my ideas with you!  These are the dolls I've been working on.

For those of you who have requested a pattern for the Little Ladies, you'll be happy to know that one is forthcoming!  As you can see in the photo, the two dolls on either side of the one in the center are very similar to the original Little Ladies.  They are slightly smaller than the original dolls in size, but nevertheless, it is basically the same pattern. 

They measure about 11 inches tall and I'll include the instructions to make the dress, shoes and undies. 

Also new are the Little Miss Camilla Dolls.  I had so much fun making these little girls!  Their sweet little faces make me smile!  They measure about 10 inches and have removable shoes.  I'll be starting to write up the pattern for them today and it'll be the first pattern to include step-by-step photo's instead of my usual hand drawn illustrations.  Thought I'd try something different:)

These kitschy-kooky girls are big (well for my standards anyway), soft and cuddly and measure about 14 inches tall.  I'm not sure if I'll do the pattern for them, though if you think I should, I'd be happy to!

Wishing you all a week filled with happiness and love!
~Shelly xo

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Congratulations to the Winners!!

Please know that I am just so grateful to all of you for supporting my work and for all your wonderfully kind words!  It means so much to me!

I'm so glad to hear that many of you are eager to try and make your very own mohair bear and, though it might sound like a daunting task, it really is a lot easier than you might think!  And oh-so-worth  it in the end!

So, a big CONGRATS to the winners, who are:
Tamina Allen
Melissa Kindblad
Kimberly Patrick
Belka - Please re-send your email address as the pattern came back as undeliverable.

Your patterns have been sent via email and I'm looking forward to you sharing pics of your little bears once they're completed!!

I'm off to list the new pattern in my shop for anyone who'd like to try one too:)

~Shelly xo

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bella and Lulu Pattern Giveaway!!

Hello everyone!  I'm pleased to announce that I'm having another pattern giveaway!!  This adorable pattern will allow you to create a little mohair bear, complete with a summer dress, tote bag and two tiny felt friends.  The completed bear measures about 6 inches tall and is very easy to make!  I'll be giving away five patterns and the draw will be held on Wednesday, August the 8th.  If you'd like to enter, please leave your name and email address in the comments section:)

That's Bella and Starry on the left and Lulu and Cloudy on the right.

Also recently completed are the Pocket Pets.  The patterns for this little set of felt animals are now available in my shop.

Best of luck to you all!!
~Shelly  xo