~Peg Dolls ~ An Extended Family!

You might remember this lovely pair of peg dolls I made a few years back if you have a great memory! If – like me – you can’t remember what day it is, here’s a link back to the post where I first shared them.

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The peg dolls were a retirement gift from a daughter to her father to commemorate his career and all the admirable work he had done over those years.

Both her dad and her mum loved them, and it wasn’t too long until she got in touch asking if I could make all the grandchildren to add to the set. Of course!

Here they are, all six of them!

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Four lovely girls in a mixture of pretty patterns. Florals and stripes, always a favourite of mine!

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Not forgetting the handsome boys in their gear! Check out that splattered dotty little shirt! So cute!

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The grandchildren dolls were handed over to their Grandparents, and were very much loved immediately. So much so, that Granddad declared he needed dolls of his own children too, to complete the family.

My lovely customer got in touch to see if I could extend the family set again, this time with her and her brother and sister!

By now she knew my love of working with patterns and colour, and sent me pictures of outfits that didn’t disappoint!

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I love layering up the colours and stripes that make up a checked pattern! It’s time consuming but fun!

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I particularly enjoyed recreating the patterns in this scarf on this little lady peg doll. It was also fun adding the shading to get the “puffa” look to her body warmer.

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I actually captured working on some of these details in a video, which you can see here. I’m working on building more videos of my work and processes, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel. I hope to gradually add lots more of my pyrography stages and colouring of my peg dolls.

My lovely customer kindly shared a picture of them all in their forever home! A peg doll family which has been extended and built up over the past couple of years. They look so lovely together and I’m sure they will be treasured by all the family for years to come!

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Personalised Peg Doll Orders for 2020

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Newsflash!

I am now fully booked for personalised peg doll commissions for this year! I will of course have my Christmas goodies available for purchase later this year as usual, but I am unable to take any more orders for personalised dolls for 2019.

However, I have already opened my order books for next year and invite you to get in touch if you’d like to book a slot for a personalised peg doll commission for 2020. I already have orders on my books for next year so please don’t ever think it’s too early to get in touch! Just drop me a line via the contact form here on the website.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far – every purchase, comment, like and share keeps this small business of mine – my baby! – going and growing! I love creating my little pyrographed peg dolls, and your demand for them keeps me smiling and “happy dancing”!

You can of course in the mean time keep up with what I’m up to here, and through my Instagram and Facebook accounts. In particular, my Instagram “stories” feature lots of behind the scenes videos and photos, and I even do the odd face-to-face video on there too! It really is a great way to see what’s going on at Doli Dwt HQ!

Love and cwtches to you all

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Peg Dolls – A Happy Little Family

A request popped into my inbox last year asking if I could make a set of peg dolls as a wedding gift. Heck yes!

I was sent gorgeous pictures to work from of a beautiful family, including the furry four-legged members.

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The adults had very different styles which was fun to recreate. One is wearing a beautiful dress, while the other has a far more casual look of jeans and a sports hoodie. I loved this contrast between the two dolls.

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The lady in the dress certainly provided a few challenges! The dress is black, with quite intricate, delicate but really bright (almost neon) butterflies. We all know I’m allergic to black on peg dolls (!!) but this really was tricky. Finally, I decided that paint would be the best medium to create the right look; the opacity of the paint meant the colours are rich and bold against the black background.

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The couple’s son is an avid Newcastle United fan, so I was asked about recreating their strip. It was challenging to get those minuscule badge details on the tiny 6cm tall doll, but I got there!

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The little daughter clearly has a confident and individual sense of fashion, as little ones often do! I loved copying her outfit from her photographs. Her purplish leggings really are setting off her gorgeous top with the swallow motifs.

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Obviously, the dog and cat are adorable too. It’s always a pleasure to add animals to family sets of peg dolls. They are such little characters!

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They are such a colourful set altogether. I hope that they represent the vibrancy and fun that comes with family life for this gorgeous lot!
My customer was thrilled to give them as a wedding gift.

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As always, you can find out how orders for my personalised peg dolls work right here. I love creating peg dolls for people just like you!

Lastly – remember to keep up to date with us over on our Facebook page. If you’re not already following, please go and give us a like!

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Wedding Cake Toppers – A Pretty Vintage Couple

Wedding Season is upon us again. And it’s safe to say I get booked up well in advance for my personalised Wedding Cake Toppers. I have three orders on my books for 2020 already!

Here is a lovely order from last year. I can safely share it with you now that the Bride and Groom’s day is over!

When Susie sent her pictures to work from, I was delighted to see all the little details I’d be adding. These really make it a truly personalised wedding cake topper!

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I couldn’t wait for her slot to come around so that I could get to work on them. As always, I start by drawing out the designs on the dolls until I am happy. Next, I make them permanent by burning the lines into the wood with my pyrography iron.

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Then, I can can get to the laborious but ever-so-rewarding work of adding the colour to bring them to life. My Bride and Groom wedding cake toppers use a variety of materials in addition to my usual coloured pencil. This could include paint, liquid pearls, fine glitter and metallic and pearlescent finishes.

Here’s the beautiful Bride in all her glory….

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She had a wonderful veil. Not all Brides chose to include them as they can obscure some of the dress details, so it was nice to be able to create my first one in a little while.

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She is also wearing a beautiful, sparkling crystal vintage belt. I loved bringing this to life by getting my sparkles out! (That sounds like a terrible euphemism – sorry!!!)

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Unfortunately my photos don’t do just how pretty that little dress and belt are, with it’s painted lace, and pearls created using my special mediums.

But luckily for you, I caught it on video 🙂

It’s deliberately out of focus at some points to demonstrate the light catching the sparkles. You can’t see this whilst it’s in focus! The video also shows the sheen I use to give the effect of a veil more closely.

The groom also has lots of attention to detail! Look at that tiny pocket watch on a chain.

The suit is a gorgeous navy, with a purple checked pattern woven through it. What an absolute treat for me to recreate! You know how much I love a pattern!! I think this dapper fellow is one of my favourite grooms that I have created to date.

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Susie kindly sent me a couple of pictures of their wedding day and allowed me to share them with you. As always, it’s great to see my cake toppers out in “the wild”!

It is always an absolute pleasure to create a personalised wedding cake topper for a Bride and Groom, and wish Susie and her husband a lifetime of happiness together.

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As always, there’s lots more information on my dedicated Wedding Cake Topper page, and drop me a line on the contact form if I can make something special for you.

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Fathers Day 2019

It’s that time of year when we ask ourselves, when is Father’s Day this year? We all know it’s coming, but it usually creeps up on us and we leave it all until last minute!

Of course, I’m always glad to be of service, and that’s why I’m pleased to let you know that Fathers Day this year, 2019, is on Sunday the 16th of June. You’re welcome!

So it’s probably also a good time to let you know that – although technically I am fully booked for commissions waaay past Father’s day this year, I DO have a few of my “faceless” Super Dad peg dolls in my shop, ready to personalise with just your favourite guys’ face.

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Each Fathers Day Gift peg doll is wearing the Super “D” of a Super Dad emblazoned across his chest, underneath an unassuming outfit of jeans and a shirt. True hero style!

There is a choice of two colour ways. You can pick either a plain blue shirt, or a red checked shirt, depending on your Dad’s personal style. The shoes are also ready for colouring anyway you’d like me too.

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After placing your order, I’ll get in touch with you within 24 hours for some photos to work from. This enables me to add the hairstyle, glasses, facial hair, bald patches, eye patches or whatever else will make the perfect representation of your dad. Of course any skin tone is possible too. A truly personal and perfect Fathers Day Gift Idea!

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These plain Daddy Peg dolls are just waiting to be transformed ready for your Fathers Day gift this year. But grab them quickly – I’ve only got two of each colour. They are very exclusive this year!

If I can make one for you, you know the drill! Pop over to the shop and snap yours up. I’m waiting to hear from you.

And if you’re really going to spoil that special man this year, take a look at my Fathers Day Ideas Pinterest Board too. It’s full of DIY ideas, crafts for the kids and other gift ideas to accompany my peg dolls! Go on, show him how much he means to you this year!

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