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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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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Wedding Peg Dolls with a 1920’s Twist

Every request for a set of personalised wedding peg dolls is super exciting, but especially when my lovely customers would like something different! Celine and Jo got in touch asking if I’d be able to make a set for them, and when I saw that gorgeous 1920’s style flapper outfits were involved, I of course jumped at the opportunity! Totally up my creative street!wedding peg dolls, wedding cake toppers, wedding cake topper,

Even more exciting was the fact that Jo is a super creative artist, and had designed the art work for their invites. Rather than working from photos, they were wondering if I’d be able to recreate her amazing artwork into peg doll forms of themselves!

I absolutely loved the fun portrait of them. What an absolute treat to be able to work from such a brilliant, fun and colourful original piece of art!

Jo posts lots of her drawing on Instagram as @Iknowjojocreates .  She’s also got an Etsy shop where you can buy her gorgeous goodies for yourself!

Girls after my own feline-loving heart, they wanted their cats to be part of their posse too!wedding peg dolls, wedding cake toppers, wedding cake topper,

I truly loved working on the amazing little details on their wedding peg dolls! The flowers and feathers in their hair and the colourful spectacles. The scarves and feather boa, the pleats and beads. Not to mention the bright colours! If this pair of peg dolls is anything to go by, their special day was going to be nothing short of fabulous!

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Just perfect! Celine and Jo reported back that they love their finished dolls, almost as much as I loved working on them!

If you’d like to see some of the other wedding peg doll creations and cake toppers I’ve made, pop over to my dedicated page here for more information and links to past work.

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Game of Thrones Wedding Cake Toppers

I’m pretty certain that Game of Thrones needs no introduction! The show, based on the George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire novels, has had us gripped since it first aired in 2011. Who doesn’t love a bit of kings, queens and dragons escapism every once in a while?

So it was only a matter of time before I was contacted to create some Game of Thrones Wedding Cake Toppers!

With just a few days left until Season 7, now seems the perfect time to share  them with you.

Nadine and Richard are huge fans of the show. While their wedding was going to be a traditional ceremony during the day, the evening was to take a bit of a fantastical twist. Nadine was changing into a replica Khaleesi dress, while her new husband would be sporting a suit of armour.

The couples’ two beloved cats were to feature on the cake too!
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The Khaleesi dress was SO much fun to recreate!  I love having the opportunity to break out my specialised finishes! I used some gorgeous metallic gold here to pick out the details on her chain metal belt.

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The lengths of sheer fabric hanging from her shoulders down her back called for some of my pearlised top coat. Lovely! I love working on little details like this. The back of each of my peg dolls receive just as much attention as the front.

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Nick’s outfit was just as fun to customise. They requested a specific coat of arms to reflect his family name. It might just be some of the tiniest details I’ve had to create to date!

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Of course, the finished cake looked fantastic! It was created for them by Jenny Cooper of Coop Cakes. My  Game of Thrones wedding cake toppers perfectly matched the tiers’ themes of winter and of cogs, which are the iconic feature of the opening credits of the show.

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And because all love cake, here’s another shot! 🙂

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So if you are considering ordering a bespoke Wedding Cake Topper from me, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box like Nick and Nadine. Your dolls will be completely customised to your ideas and specifications. Therefore they could be wearing any outfits or reflect any interests you can think of!

For more details about our custom cake toppers see our Wedding Toppers information page. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact form at the top of the website if you have any questions!

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I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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Meet the Peg Doll Maker Series – Part IV- My Helpers!

Welcome to Part Four of my Meet the Peg Doll Maker series, helping you to get to know us a little more. It’s based on the prompts provided by Joanne Hawker for the month long Instagram challenge designed to help small business owners and creatives to tell the story behind their brand.

The prompt for Day 19 of  #marchmeetthemaker was Helper…As you know an awful lot of work goes into every peg doll I make, therefore a lot goes on behind the scenes. As much as I try to do almost all of it on my own, some family members won’t take no for an answer when they offer assistance. Especially those  four-legged family members! So I think you’ll agree that this prompt deserves a post all of its own! You’ll have to scroll through all the pics to fully grasp the roles of everyone here at Pink Elephant Crafts.

Little Pearl holds several key positions in the company and to be honest pretty much runs the joint here. She is :

1. Official Guard of the Pencils. Don’t. Touch. The. Yellow. Pencils.

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2. Stock Controller. Who knew that cats had such great numerical abilities?

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3. Storage Manager . This role mainly involves sleeping in stacked up boxes and on important bits of paper.

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4.Photoshop supervisor. Did somebody say the “mouse” is moving?!

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5. Paintbrush inspector.  A sniff and a little nibble usually weeds out any duff brushes.

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6. Grabber of Things from the Printer. An essential role in every office.

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She is often joined by Cookie (our third cat Dexter has chosen not to be involved in the family business) and together they prowl the studio windowsill to guard against threats of corporate espionage (mainly from next doors’ dog).

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They also help with the cleaning by ensuring anything on my studio desk is knocked to its “rightful” place on the floor.

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That’s the main important roles here covered really.

Oh! Occasionally I get a little bit of casual help from two family members. Once in a while, Mr T redesigns and makes sure that my website and spreadsheets are all working. I break them a lot. He might make a cuppa every now and then too. Sometimes his Dad will make me a jig and drill a load of dolls for me. However, I have been considering bringing the pair of slackers in for a disciplinary 😉

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Hehehe! I’m lucky to have so much support  in making my personalised peg doll families at Pink Elephant Crafts!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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