Making and dressing dolls has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. From baby dolls in dark red prams for me and my sister - as we had another baby sister on the way! - to rag dolls for my daughter. Having an aunt who was always dressing dolls for herself, us and her own daughter, it's probably not surprising.
I love seeing how other people make up dolls and their clothes - from gorgeous rabbits to stylish wooden dolls - they all appeal. The doll I loved making the most was Emily from Laura Ashley; it was a joy to make her with help from my daughter. A very long time ago. And as with everything else, the longer you leave something, the harder it is to get into it all again. So, a Sophie Tilley doll kit is coming along (very slowly) and obviously before finishing one, it was time to source another. Did I say I always like to have a couple of things on the go?!
I'm sure there are more local doll maker suppliers, but then France isn't that far is it?
And the packaging is just gorgeous.
The pieces are all cut out and small amounts of embroidery started. But no rush. The enjoyment is the doing, the process rather than the end product.
And the random image of Cath Kidston hand creams? Part of a delicious care package from aforementioned aunt who was aware of a very stressful couple of weeks and wanted to alleviate it a little.
She managed that beautifully.