Grandparents Day

Did you know that this Sunday, October 1st, is National Grandparents Day?  It was introduced by Age UK in 1990, to of course honour the wonderful Grannies and Granddads in our lives.

I know that my late Nanny and Grandpa played a huge part in my life growing up. Due to their creativity,  I feel they inspired much of my interest in arts and crafts when I was young. They were always working on their lovely garden, and my grandpa loved telling my about the correspondence art course he took when he was young. I remember him showing me how to use shading to make drawings look realistic. My grandmother always had a project on the go. From embroidery, crochet and knitting, to gem stone trees and paper quilling, she’d always have something creative on her lap, every day. Of course I always wanted a go and she was always happy to indulge me. Maybe without their inspiration, Pink Elephant Crafts and my little wooden peg dolls would not be here as a result today!

How do you honour your Grandparents and show them how much you love and appreciate them? AS can be seen here, Lots of my lovely customers are choosing to show them by giving them a gift as lovely and truly as unique as they are….. My peg dolls! 

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Grandparents Day Peg Dolls, granddad present, grandpa peg doll

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I’ve also previously written a blog post about this lovely Grandparents Peg Doll set that included the grandchildren too.

You can find out more about Age UK, GrandParents Day and support the excellent work they do on their website.

 Can I create some Grandparents Day Peg Dolls for that special couple who loved and inspired you growing up? As always, find out more about what the personalised peg doll process entails on our information page here.

In loving memory of my very own Nanny and Grandpa, who although I miss greatly continue to inspire me every day.

Grandparents Day

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Grandparents and Grandchildren Personalised Peg Doll Set

Every personalised peg doll commission I make has a special occasion or meaning attached to them for my lovely customers. Therefore, I feel humbled to be asked to create such special gifts.

This particular set was a birthday gift comprising  the grandparents with their little grandchildren. It was such an honour to be able to look through and work from their pictures, which showed the love and special bond the four share.

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Of course, the two tiny little peg dolls representing the gorgeous little grandsons steal the show! The elder toddler is wearing a rugby style jersey, while his tiny 2.5cm baby brother is wrapped in the lovely Timbuktale blanket from Mamas and Papas.

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Grandma is wearing a lovely cornflower blue scarf with a purple paisley pattern at each end.

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Her white linen top also has a lovely lace detail down each of the sleeves.

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Grandpa is wearing a stripey jersey top similar to his grandson.  The three stripey boys certainly look the part all together!

Personalised peg doll family

Personalised peg doll

My lovely customer sent me such lovely feedback once her sister had received her special gift. She informed me that they are truly treasured and that the family consider them as an heirloom. It’s always so lovely to hear that they bring as much joy to someone as I have creating them 🙂

If you’d like to bring a little joy to someone special with one of my personalised peg doll sets, have a little look here for some more information about commissions, or drop me a line using the contact form.

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Peg Doll Family Giant Commission

I love receiving a commission for a new peg doll family, and this special order was quite exceptional!

A spectacular 16 dolls (including two beloved dogs) were to make up the biggest commission I had made to date.

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The giant set was going to be given as a very special gift to the two central members of the family: Mum and Dad.

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I was sent plenty of photos to work from, and it was fun setting the individual dolls up into little individual sub-families for photos when they were complete!

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I totally love how each little mini peg doll family came together to create the entire clan!

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It’s hard to pick out in the picture, but this lovely lady’s jacket has a fine ribbed appearance. She also has a silver necklace. The gentlemans’ colourful belt was also very special to him. It’s little details like this that I especially love adding to each of my custom peg dolls! It makes them truly unique and guarantees they will be treasured.

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Let’s hear it for the boys!

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Here come the girls!

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All the cousins together:

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Of course, if you’d like to find out about me creating your own customised peg doll family for you, have a look at our peg doll information page, or get in touch using our contact form.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Peg Doll Vicar Retirement Gift

Believe me when I say I can create almost any peg doll and anything goes. This peg doll vicar is testimony to that!

We don’t do many craft fayres. Due to the fact that we are lucky to be kept very busy with orders for personalised peg dolls, it can be hard to schedule time to create “stock”. I’m also not a huge fan of mass production. However, when we do attend fayres, they are great for meeting and sharing our work with lovely people, who quite often decide to find out more about placing a bespoke order.

This was one of those cases.

A lady spent time looking at our stall, and then explained that her dad would shortly be retiring from his job, and would I be able to make a peg doll to commemorate this?  She was incredibly proud of all that he had done throughout his career, and was hoping that I could recreate his Archdeacon gown. Of course, I was excited by the potential challenge of this!

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I loved working with the rich golden colours. Creating the effect of the beautiful embroidered Celtic knot patterns was particularly up my street!

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I also had to make Mum to accompany the vicar peg doll. My customer didn’t have any specific clothing pictures to send me. My brief was “a scarf….mustard, navy and maybe some stripes”. It was quite exciting to have free reign over the clothing design, and a refreshing contrast to closely recreating all the important detail on the ceremonial gown.

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Who doesn’t like a classic Breton Stripe?!

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Is there a unique peg doll I could create for you?

To find out more about the techniques I use to create this peg doll vicar, and each little personalised peg doll family I create, take a look here.

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Peg Dolls ~ A Beautiful Couple

I was asked to create a PEG DOLL couple as a Christmas Gift for the most beautiful Parents.

Their daughter is the photographer behind The Tortoise Haus photography studio, who had captured her parents beautifully in the images she sent me.  Her Dad looked like the friendliest, gentlest man on the planet, and Mum had the most gorgeous, long-layered grey hair. I really wanted to be able to do her images justice and create a peg doll couple as lovely as they were.

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Dad is wearing his favourite jumper, with his shirt just visible at the collar. I usually depict glasses with just the eyepieces, but as his spectacles were frameless and had very distinctive red arms. So I broke away from my usual style and included these parts in my design too. Mum had a beautiful plum-tone dress which had huge chrysanthemum style blooms dotted around it. The dress also had a deep, plunging neckline and a ruched waistline that created pretty pleats as it hung.  It was an enjoyable challenge to recreate!

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During discussions about the dolls with Jen, we agreed that a little bit of Christmas sparkle would be the perfect compliment for such a pretty dress. I created this by adding a cardigan with a subtle lilac pearlescent sheen finish. Just the outfit for the festive time of year!

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed working on this commission, and hope the peg dolls will be treasured in their Forever Home.

Finding the perfect gift for people who have everything can be tricky. That’s where something as unique and special as one of my peg dolls can be absolutely ideal. Do you know a lovely pair who deserve their very own personalised peg doll couple? Get in touch via the contact form or drop me an email.

Cwtches ♥ Mawr

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