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.


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 

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.)


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.


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

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

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

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

  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!

    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.

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

    You're a very talented lady.

    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. :)

  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)

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

  6. She's absolutely beautiful!!!

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

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

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

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

  9. 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

    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.

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

  11. 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.

    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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  14. 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?

  15. How kind of you to come by for a visit... Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

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

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

    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.


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