Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Green Backpack


Sometimes, a doll just demands to be made.


I started here.


This is a pattern for a small doll 
I've been working on
for quite a while.

Now she has bendy arms, 
legs strong enough to stand, 
and a head that can go flat
or soft sculpted.

But the face caused me some grief.


Scary, huh?

  After a bit of work,
soft-sculpting a wider smile
and emphasising the eyes,
she looked like this.



Better?


She would like some hair, though.


(This is a clue about her final destination.
My write up on Magaly's wonderful


Now she has hair. 
And a sunhat.
And a big smile
which was what I wanted. 

You see...

....this doll was made as a thank -you for
whose strong, bright personality
pervades everything she does
and who has been a huge help
on my nascent writing blog 
collaboration



This doll represents the titular character
of Magaly's own wonderful writing,
the wild and sweet 

In the story, she's a child
but the doll insisted she wanted to be a big girl,
going to college to study
Botany and Applied Folklore.

(I wish 'Applied Folklore' was a real subject. 
I'd be off to study for my MA right now)



Here she is, dressed in her shorts
and hat and all-important back pack.

I couldn't resist adding the flap and little green buttons.


Superman pose. No capes, darling.
No doll stand, either!


Bright, optimistic  I-can-do-anything look.


She made it clear she wanted a prancing tutu
over the sensible pink shorts.


Hence the removable tutu.

(I had a lot of fun making this frothy, no-sew skirt
and I'm going to make another doll to dance around in one.

And a tutorial, so you can dress up your
Barbies, bears, and BJD.

Or husbands, if you can make a big-enough one.)


Ta-dah!


Posing with hat.


Shimmying back view.



Here she is in my hand to show scale,
out in the freezing-cold sunshine.




If you want to see photos 

Magaly has a giveaway, too!
 Of books!
 Which is probably the best sort of giveaway.


32 comments:

  1. She is a beautiful girl, looks like you had fun making her too :)

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    1. Thank you so much! We had an interesting time together, let me say that! :)

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  2. Love her! So much character! The bright colors of her clothes are wonderful, she herself is a very bright girlie also.

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    1. Thank you, Luba! I'm glad her character shines through!

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  3. I can't stop giggling. I know, very unladylike, but AlmaMia does that to me. I love to see the process, and to know that has been on your mind. What else can a writer ask for?

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Very happy to make her, Magaly! And yes, she and I had some interesting discussions about how she was going to be. She won, obviously. Both Mr N and I are very glad that you like her.

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  4. She is perfect! I can tell Magaly clearly loves her too :)

    You're a very talented lady.

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    1. Aww, that's a very sweet thing for you to say. Let's say that I learned some interesting things making this doll. Like patience. :)

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  5. I love what you made for Magaly! She is a special person in blog land and deserves this beautiful doll!
    Such a precious gift, that I know will be treasured!
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thank you, Magic Love Crow! Magaly does so much, it was just nice to be able to give something in return.

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  6. She's wonderful. Love her black hair and that red hat. Looks like she's having such fun.

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    1. Thank you! I had some really interesting issues with her face, but in the end, a big smile fixed everything. :)

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  7. Oh what a beautiful doll! Folklore is a real subject offered at my university but only in French, weird huh?!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Oh, folklore at university sounds wonderful, but, oh dear, my French is pretty awful!

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  8. You are a wonder! I just love her Rhissanna... I can see the love and care you put into every piece you create, and what a kind heart you have to make this for a special friend.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    Penny

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    1. Thank you, Penny! What a sweet thing to write. I was happy to do it for Magaly; she's been such a huge help on a joint blog venture with Mr N.

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  9. The doll is so beautiful! I adore her sweet face.

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    1. Thank you, Dee! That's very sweet of you!

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  10. A real work of art, Rhissanna. Better than I expected and I always expect a lot out of your dolls. I'll send people to over for a look.

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    1. Thank you, Mr N! And yes, send folk over. Now you see why I didn't show you the early pictures. She looked a little scary at the beginning.

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  11. She is sooo cute and sweet and spunky, all at the same time! You sure captured her vibrant spirit. I love her wardrobe/clothes and goodies.
    XO
    Teresa

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! Cute and sweet and spunky is exactly what I was going for! :)

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  12. She's adorable:) I like all the goodies you put in her backpack too.

    p.s. I have a giveaway on my other blog...

    http://mytategallery.blogspot.ca/

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  13. Thank you so much, Mary Ann! It was a lot of fun gathering together the bits for her to take with her.

    Oh! A giveaway, you say?

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  14. How kind of you to come by for a visit... Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
    fondly,
    Penny

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    1. Always happy to come and visit. I love your new marmoset!

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  15. Your hard work really payed off from beginning to end.

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    1. Thank you! I had a struggle with her at first, but once I knew who she wanted to be, it all came together.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shashi! I think I'm going to have to make another.

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Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.