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My favorite fairy tale…

…has always been Beauty and the Beast (even way before a certain entertainment conglomerate put their own spin on the story). So it was obvious for me to create Beauty and the Beast dolls. Once again, I turned to my beloved stash of illustrated children’s books from the 1920s for inspiration. These dolls are based on the Margaret Evans Price illustrations from a 1921 book entitled, “Once Upon A Time.” I have adored these illustrations for so long. In fact, when my daughter was born I decorated her room with a lovely Beauty and the Beast print from this same book. Now it’s a favorite of hers, too. 

These dolls allowed me to indulge my love for historic costuming, but creating the Beast presented the challenge of coming up with an easy way to make his face three-dimensional. I’m very pleased with the results, and this has laid the groundwork for so many more ideas that are now rattling around in my head. My muse is working overtime these days! 

You can purchase the PDF/eBook patterns for Beauty and the Beast in my Etsy shop:


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The first Lolli Girls are here!

These three girls are a culmination of so many thing that have inspired me for a long, long time – the endlessly-charming illustrations from the Golden Age of Illustration, little girls’ clothing from the 1920s, the beautiful colors and tactile quality of wool felt and a little bit of embroidery. I’m so happy to showcase Ellie, Grace and Rosie here! My daughter inspired me while I was designing these, from helping me to name them to her suggestion to sew a little embroidered heart on each one (which you can’t see here because of their clothes…they are modest girls, but of course!)

You can find the PDF/eBook patterns in my Etsy shop, along with finished dolls and kits with the supplies to make each of them. There’s even an essential tool kit so you can get started sooner! Just click the “Lolli Dolls” link on the right or click here:

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…and welcome to my little crafty corner of the universe! Here I hope to share my designs, dolls, photographs, ideas and a few helpful techniques, too. I have a file of “stuff that makes my eyes happy” (I even have a Pinterest category with the same name), so I hope my crafty and artistic contributions make someone else’s eyes (and brain, and most especially, their heart) happy, too!