~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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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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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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Personalised Peg Doll Set ~ Pretty Little Parents

I love creating peg doll sets that have a special meaning for the family. When my fellow creativepreneur and Instagram friend Gemma asked if I could create something special for her Mum’s birthday I was of course super excited!

Gemma runs the beautiful Etsy shop Little Wishing Well Company. She hand-makes the most beautiful wedding accessories, gifts and homewares with a rustic, vintage touch to them. Her thoughtful creations really are a must-see.

Here are the pretty little peg doll portraits I created of her parents.

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I loved recreating Mum’s beautiful rose-printed top and bright, chunky necklace. Will I ever tire of drawing roses? I think not! I love them, and recreating patterned clothes with them.

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Mum’s cardigan had a subtle textured, self-pattern which I gently added using a tiny amount of acrylic paint and the tiniest paint brush in my collection!   I always choose the most suitable material for the project and the effect, pattern or texture I’m trying to recreate. Although I work proudly and predominantly with high grade artists pencils to colour my dolls, sometimes a spot of paint or watercolour is called for to enhance the design and give the best overall finish.

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There were a couple of requests to personalise Gemma’s Dad’s doll. Firstly, he needed his watch on his wrist. In all the reference photos that she had sent me, his shirt appeared tucked in, and sleeves rolled up. In addition, she asked if I could create a chain necklace above a little cheeky vest, just visible under his shirt neckline.

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They were a lovely couple to make, for an equally lovely customer.

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So, who in your life deserves the peg doll treatment?! Take a look at our little gallery for some ideas, and then drop me a line using the contact form to chat about your ideas!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr,

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Personalised Peg Dolls – Football Fever for Father’s Day?

Stuck for an idea for Father’s day? Is your guy the man who has got everything? Then why not get him a truly unique present this year that he’ll treasure forever?! Our personalised peg dolls fit the bill, and can be decorated with his favourite teams’ strip.

Here are examples of some of the peg dolls we have made wearing football kits in the past. Can you recognise the teams?

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It’s so much fun drawing the tiny team emblems and logos on the little kits. These Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday ones below were great to work on.

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I was happy to take create this little personalised peg doll for a Spurs fan from his girlfriend,

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and added a special number to the back of his shirt at my lovely customers’ request.

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I’ve created a fair few dolls for Swansea City fans; I put it down to being based in Wales! This doll below was a special thank you gift for a teacher at the end of the school year from a grateful pupil, before she moved on to Comprehensive school. What a really lovely way to say thank you for playing such an important part in her last year of Primary School.

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All we need to make your own personalised football peg doll is a head shot of your loved one and some pictures or links to his chosen team’s kit. It’s really that simple. And of course, any sport goes too! It needn’t just be a football kit or team strip. Rugby, cricket, indoor bowls…. whatever floats his boat!

I will also shortly have some “headless” ready to order Super Dads listed in the web shop. Another perfect gift for Father’s Day. All you will need to do after purchasing one is to email me a head shot of your dad so I can customise the face and it will be ready to go! Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and Facebook pages for the shop update.

Just please bare in mind that my order book for personalised peg dolls fills up quickly and well in advance, so be sure to order in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.  In addition, I have 3 weeks booked off for May which will impact my order books for Father’s Day 2018. If you are ready to order, or have any questions, just drop me a line using our contact form.

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