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!

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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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Pregnancy Announcement Ideas – Peg Dolls

Just a quick scroll through Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest will show couples are looking for and coming up with more and more interesting pregnancy announcement ideas. I think my peg dolls, particularly the style of these I’m sharing with you today, could fit the bill. Read on to find out how.

Imagine my delight when a lovely regular customer asked if I could make a special, surprise gift for her brother and sister in law. They had just found out that they were expecting their first baby!

Her ideas combined with my artistic style of resulted in a sweet little pair of peg dolls to make this special moment in time for the parents to be.

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One of the special requests was that her brother’s tshirt should have the Levi’s text replaced with “Dad”. Of course, I love adding special little touches like these for my customers to make their orders really personal.

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She also wanted to somehow include the as-of-yet-unborn baby in the tummy, but without it getting gory! So I sent her a few sketches of my ideas and we both decided that a cute heart on the tummy was the best and loveliest way to achieve it.

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This peg doll set was a gift for the parents to be, but they’d be perfect for pregnancy announcement ideas for your Facebook and Instagram! A little more creative than the usual scan shot too. You might add them as your profile photo, or get extra creative and make a little stop-motion animation with them. You could have a set made to give to your parents to let them know they’re going to be Grandparents! Additionally, gift some to your best friend at her baby shower.

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If you’re expecting, or know someone who is, you may wish to follow my Baby Boom board on Pinterest. It’s full of gift ideas from clever creatives and nursery decor ideas to give a go. You can find it here.

Can I make a set of peg dolls for you for pregnancy announcement ideas, or any other special occasion? If they fit the bill, drop me a line using the contact form.

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Animal Lover Gifts (Cat and Chicken Lovers)!

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It’s no secret that I’m a cat lover. I’m an animal lover in general, but cats are my true loves. You may have seen the evidence in this post previously. I’m an out and proud, bone-fide, card carrying member of the Crazy Cat Lady Club. I’ve always loved cats, but it was this little addition to our family that pushed me over the edge into that crazy “I just want to talk about cats all day” mentality. She came into my life when I really needed to have someone to love and care for. As a completely deaf kitten, she needed an indoor home, time, patience and love to train her in alternative ways. We were the perfect fit for each other. We needed each other.

We’re the apple of each others eyes! Of course I love our other two cats too, but Pearl is constantly by my side (or on my lap!). She does’t even let my husband so much as stroke her. She’s my girl. I hate leaving her, and if I’m not at home, she sits on my side of the bed until I come back – pining for me while I’m gone!

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When we had her, the rescue shelter had already named her Pearl and it suited her perfectly. But we soon began calling her Pearl Bowie, due to her multicoloured eyes. I often sing “She’s got David Bowie Eyes,” to her to the tune of that Kim Carnes Bettie Davis Eyes song (wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the way in our bonkers house?!). Mr T says it’s just as well she can’t hear me!

So imagine my reaction when I saw my IG friend Sharon of Daisy Lions was creating a “Bowie Cat” character! A Ziggy Stardust-inspired little white cat! I just had to have him when he was finished! A Bowie Cat for my own Bowie-eyed cat!

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Pearl gave it a good inspection on arrival and gave it a massive paws-up and a purr of approval!

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We both love it very much!

Being the good egg that she is, Sharon suggested a craft swap – so I created a personalised peg doll in return for the cat.

Sharon is an animal lover too. Her dog Daisy inspired the name of her business, and she spends her days dreaming up all sorts of cute and crazy animal characters that she brings to life through textiles and watercolour. Sharon described the clothes she’d love to see on her doll. However, I couldn’t resist adding a cheeky little extra character based on her beautiful little crazy chicks!

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Here she is all pyrographed and sanded before I set to colouring her:

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I loved the bright colours Sharon requested! So lovely to work with and really eye catching on the finished peg doll.

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Instagram can be such a wonderful community, and it was a pleasure to create a personalised peg doll for someone who has become such a supportive and lovely friend over the past few years through this particular form of social media.

You can see Sharon’s amazing creations and funky chicks, foxes, owls, bees and other colourful characters here in her beautiful Folksy Shop!

If you’re looking for a gift for an animal lover, Sharon and I would both love to help you out!

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