Large Peg Doll Family Order – Fisherman’s Friend!

I love commissions for large peg doll family orders! This was a lovely request, as it was for a returning customer who had previous bought some of my Christmas peg dolls. She loved those so much that she also wanted a personalised commission.

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The stars of the show were the grandparents, who were to be the recipients of the peg doll family set. Granddad is a keen fisherman, so he was drawn in his fishing gear with a prize catch!

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It was brilliant creating this! It was completely different for me – my first fish on a peg doll, and a big one at that! I loved burning in the details and adding the blue and green colours to his fishy friend. It was interesting trying to make him colourful but still in tune with Granddad’s more neutral outfit colours.

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Not to be outdone, Grandma also had some special details of her own added to her peg doll. I decorated her with her favourite handbag and a very special scarf that was full of memories.

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These two handsome, cheeky little monkeys were also so enjoyable to create. Check out their awesome outfits! So much tiny detail and brilliant bright colours.

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To give you an idea of the scale I was working on with the boys, here is a picture while I was drawing on the details. The tip of my forefinger is roughly the same size as his little peg doll head! Working in such small detail really does test my eyesight, but I love the challenge.

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Mum’s outfit was really colourful too, literally from top to toe!
Even her grey tights had pink and aqua polka dots! Amazing! In addition to her jumper being covered in bright coloured hearts, her corduroy skirt was a beautiful fuchsia pink. It had embossed spots all over it, which I hinted at using subtle light and shade.

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What a lovely large peg doll family to recreate. I had such positive feedback too when they were received, with my lovely customer letting me know that she thought the peg doll of her dad might be the best one I’ve ever made. Such lovely words! Reactions like this make me smile so much and keep me doing what I do!

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As always, there’s lots of information about our personalised peg dolls on our dedicated page. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can make a truly unique gift for you or someone you love. My 2019 order books really are filling up fast already. I’ll look forward to hearing from you! *wink*

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Perfect Personalised Bridesmaids Gifts – Peg Dolls!

I’ve always thought that my peg dolls would make perfect personalised bridesmaid gifts, but never had the time to act on it. Luckily for me, a customer had the same idea, and asked me to make a personalised peg doll for each of her bridesmaids.

Of course I jumped at the chance! I was excited on receiving her photos as each of the dresses were different. They were all united by the same, soft blush colour, but each had a different style.

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Two of the dresses were full length, while one was tea-dress length. The bodices of the left and centre dresses were fully sequined. Yay for breaking out my sparkly special effect finish! The third bridesmaid bodice was embroidered, with a more subtle spatter of sparkles and sequins here and there.

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The backs of each dress were different too, and each girl was having a different hairstyle. However, little white flowers thread amongst the strands of hair were a common theme. I loved adding these differing details to each peg doll, making them a truly personalised bridesmaid gift.

The skirts were made of layers of beautiful light tulle fabric. So I carefully used water colour, adding a gentle base layer of colour, and then pencils to add the effect of soft pleats and layers on top.

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The matching bouquets of wine-coloured gerberas, white carnations and gypsophila were the finishing touches for each peg doll.

These personalised bridesmaid gifts were an absolute treat for me to create, and my customer loved surprising each of her friends with them on her wedding day. If it’s something you’d like to think about for your bridesmaid gifts, drop me a line using our contact form.

Also have a look at our information page about our personalised wedding cake toppers too! Maybe I can create a whole host of peg dolls for your wedding day!

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New Year – New Name!

Happy 2019 Peg Dolls fans!

We’re delighted to be back to work creating beautiful personalised peg dolls for you to treasure.

You may have noticed a few little changes around here! Our business is now called Doli Dwt. It’s a new name, but we promise the same lovely peg dolls, the same attention to detail and the same warm, friendly and personal service!

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The name Pink Elephant Crafts served me well the past 15 years, whilst I dabbled in various arts and crafts. However, it was time to chose a name that fits with my peg dolls, whilst proudly reflecting our Welsh heritage.

I’d been mulling over (just in my head), about a re-brand to better represent what I do for about six months, when my mum serendipitously told me about a dream she had.

She dreamt that she visited our house one day, and lined up outside were life-sized versions of my peg dolls in all different costumes. Along side them was a sign saying “Ty Doli Bach”, which means “little doll house”.

This thought stuck with me and I played around with it in my head for a few days. I soon dropped the “house” in favour of “dwt” , which is Welsh slang for someone who is tiny or cute.

Little Doll….so perfect! Thank you Mum for the inspiration!

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I also must take the time to thank you for a fantastic year in 2018. Each purchase; every like, comment or share on social media, has absolutely meant the world to Mr T and I. I love making my little peg dolls, and without you to make them for it would all be pretty pointless!

We had a brilliant Christmas market season – it was lovely to meet many of you in person across South Wales! It was also a thrill sending parcels to those of you (around the world) who bought items from our webshop too!

Our Nativity sets with the new addition of Kings, new Mr & Mrs Claus (pictured above) and of course those robin baubles, were extremely popular. Thank you for your amazing reaction to them all.

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Don’t forget if you’d like to chat about creating some personalised peg dolls just for you, drop me a line using our contact form.

Here’s to 2019! Wishing you all a fabulous year filled with laughter, love, health and happiness!

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Personalised Peg Doll Family – H&N Part Two

Last week I shared a post about a set of peg dolls commissioned for a lovely couple, H and her husband, by their daughter in law. You can catch it here if you missed it! When H received her personalised peg doll set, she was so thrilled with them that she got in touch straight away to ask if I could also create her three sons to complete their family.

So here they are:

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For once, I remembered to take some in-process photos so that I can share how each one is made with you. Hooray me!

I even filmed burning one of them from start to finish, in real time, if you’d like a peep into the work that goes into my peg dolls.

This is how the peg doll looks when he is ready for colouring:

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And here’s the finished article after hours of colouring by hand. I loved recreating his floral tie.

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H’s next son was to wear his favourite teams’ football kit. This is actually a remake of a peg doll I’ve made before, for H’s daughter in law. It’s always a lovely feeling to be asked to make a personalised peg doll a second time!

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Here you can see me carefully adding some of the details to his t-shirt.

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The final peg doll is proudly wearing his Navy uniform.

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This was a lot of fun for me to recreate, and it’s the first Navy uniform I’ve been commissioned to make. Also, it gave me the opportunity to break out the gold paint  which is reserved for the most special occasions!

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I loved adding these tiny painted details with a fine brush!

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So if like H, you want a personalised peg doll family, have a look at the information here. Then drop me a line using the contact form.

Personalised Peg Doll Family – H&N Part One

Earlier this year, I was asked to make a personalised peg doll couple and their pet dogs as a special gift for a lovely pair of in-laws. As always, I was excited by the new commission and couldn’t wait to get started on their peg dolls.

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The couple had great outfits which were bright and distinct. This is always really important as it makes each personalised peg doll immediately recognisable to the recipients when they get them!

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The lady doll had a really vibrant jumper and I loved adding the cute necklace detail too!

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The gentleman had a jumper with really distinctive coloured stripes and a  heavily-cabled pattern. I’d only drawn a cabled pattern once before, here, on a very dark cardigan. There was nowhere to hide or room for error this time though! With the bright colours involved, the cabling pattern would be very clear. But you know me and how much I enjoy a challenge. I loved creating the pattern on the jumper and was pleased with the finished result.

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As well as the humans, I also had 3 dogs to add to the peg doll family. It was a lot of fun catching the individual details and characters of each one!

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It is amazing how they come into their own once you start adding the colour.

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It’s always great to hear back from my customers that the peg dolls went down as a great success! It’s even better when their recipients get in touch themselves too!  H was so pleased with the gift from her daughter in law that she asked if I could possibly create her three sons too, to complete their set. Brilliant!

 

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Pop back next week for Part II, where I will share the rest of this gorgeous peg doll family with you. I’m looking forward to introducing three young men with three very different styles!

Until then, as always,

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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