Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rosie and Carmen for Dolly Donations

Like it or not, I have time on my hands. {read: unemployed}
And hurt shoulder or not, I'm determined to craft/sew/keep my hands busy.
So when my dear friend, Sian told me about this worthy cause,
I decided to make a couple of dolls to donate.
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Meet Rosie and her good friend, Carmen.

I got the free pattern here and figured while I was cutting the pieces for one doll, I might as well do two. The pattern was easy to follow, and the toughest part {for me} was drawing and painting the faces. I scrutinized them, drew the eyes three times before I settled, and finally left well enough alone. Later when I came back around to them, I actually liked the way they looked. {I could have used your help on this one, Rinda!}

I loved working on these dolls, though I probably won't be making another doll any time soon {just not my bag, baby}.

The thing I did like about working on these dolls was knowing they were going to a good cause, thinking about the little girls who would receive them, and imagining the joy they might bring.

I hope that receiving these dolls will help their recipients understand that there is kindness in a world that may seem cruel in their immediate vicinity.

And I hope that someday they will reach out and create something that will bring a bit of joy to someone they don't know.

Have you ever made a rag doll?
Or something else that you've donated to a worthy cause?
Any other worthy causes you can tell me about while I still have time on my hands?

PS: These dollies are going to Brazil.

Linking to Skip to my Lou - Made by You Monday


Anonymous said...

Oh, Deb, these are adorable! And your faces are just perfect. I love the eyes especially.

Karen said...

What cute little dolls. The only toy I still have from my childhood is a rag doll and although I have nearly given him to Gracia on many occasions I just couldn't bring myself to part with him. I do hope these will mean just as much to their

Cheri said...

So cute! I never made dolls for donation, but I have made TONS of pillowcases for kids with cancer. If you are looking for a super simple sewing project, check this one out... - main page describes the foundation. - provides complete directions for making pillowcases

scrappyjacky said...

I've never made a doll....but I have made blankets for the Red Cross....and parts of group quilts for the children's ward in our local hospital
The dolls are gorgeous.

Melissa said...

These are so cute - they are definitely going to bring a smile to some little girls!

I recently altered some mini-journals & donated them to be given away as prizes to the girls at our church as they earn points for Bible memorization, etc. And last fall our ladies group put together throws that went to a rainy district in Africa.

Amanda said...

I'm sure they will bring a smile to whoever receives them. I think you have done the faces beautifully.

I have done some knitting for Help The Aged. A smoothie drinks company here in the UK donate 25p for every bottle sold that has a little knitted woolly hat. It's called The Big Knit by Innocent Drinks and it's been going since 2003 and happens every year.

Maria Ontiveros said...

They're great, and you got the eyes just fine (the little dot of white for the catch light is key!). A great organization that collects cards is Operation Write Home:

Lizzie said...

How lovely - these will make two little children very happy!
I don't have a project for you just now, but I will remember that you're on the lookout.

Sian said...

They are fabulous! Faces are always the very hardest bit for me - I am no artist - but I think you have two beautiful ladies here and I know they will be very much appreciated

Rhona said...

You've done a great job with these dolls Deb and the faces are fantastic! I've never made a rag doll or any other toy for that matter, they always seem so fiddly. What a wonderful cause they're going to too.

I'll be dropping you an email soon about the quilt :)

Alison said...

Great job Deb...I'm sure they'll be well-loved by their new owners. I usually make Christmas cards to send overseas, for serving servicemen and women to send home to their loved ones.
Alison xx

Amy said...

They are just fabulous Deb! You have reminded me that I must work out something for my butterflies.

Hey, your blog is looking fantastic!

Irene said...

Rosie and Carmen are adorable. They will make two little girls very happy.

Mom said...

Rosie will be so pleased you named on of the dollies after her! These are so extra specially cute! I've made a few dolls in my day (plus even more doll clothes!) but I'm afraid they went to my own worthy cause--my precious little daughers! Love these so much! As I do you, too! xo

helena said...

such lovely ragdolls, I'm sure they will be loved.

I made a 2 headed upside down ragdoll when I was a child - each doll had a long dress that hid the other head/body

I knit jumpers and blanket squares for charity in S Africa.

Becky said...

Wonderful dolls! I've knitted a rag doll which I gave to my niece for her 2nd birthday - she is 9 now and it sits on a shelf in her room! I am sure the recipients will love these.

Margaret said...

Someone in Brazil will be very happy.

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

Adorable! Thank you so much for sharing the photo with me :) I will be popping you on the blog this week! Adore their little dresses :) Hugs and Happy Sewing, Sarah x

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Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

deb you are amazing! so creative and generous!

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