I have been inspired by the talented ladies at Bit Of Whimsy and MmmCrafts and their super cute toy patterns. I have been wanting to make my own doll from scratch (not using someone else.s pattern) since I made my first black apple doll almost a year ago. I always thought making dolls or stuffed toys would be really difficult and never tried any patterns until that first black apple doll. After making it, I realized it was easier than I thought. Recently I made a Mikey and Molly Monkey doll, putting the parts together were basically the same as the black apple dolls, which gave me more confidence in my doll/toy making ability.
That confidence prompted me to buy the Bit of Whimsy doll pattern I had been eyeing for months. After reading the instructions for the Beth doll I realized how basic doll/toy making can be. I have a tendency to make things more difficult in my mind which usually helps me in procrastinating because I then get discouraged before even starting.
So here is what I am promising myself and putting at the top of my to-do list, I want to finally make my own doll pattern. If anyone is out there actually reading this little blog of mine maybe you can hold me to this promise because I know at some point I will hit a creative road block (like writer's block but for us self proclaimed crafty folks) and want to set this project aside.
It may take me a little while to figure out the correct sizing and the small details but I figure if I take my time and just let my creativity take over I can do it. I'm just hoping this confident attitude will stick until I actually get things started. Being the mom of a 2 month old doesn't give me extended periods of "me" time to craft and create like I had before he came along (and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world) so I have to take the 10 minutes here and one hour there to get things finished. My goal is to have a doll by May. Why I chose May I'm not really sure, I guess I figure it is before my sister's graduation and birthday, mother's day, father's day, mom and dad's birthdays, my birthday and then all the holidays that begin in the fall. I know once all those events start I will be extremely limited in time (even more so than I already am).
I now have 4 months and counting......wish me luck!