Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Birthday Goodness...

Awhile back I hinted that I was making some things for Evelyn for her birthday. I had found this doll bunk bed at an antique store for an unbelievably cheap price back in March. I enlisted my Step-Mom Lisa to make a set of doll quilts for it and they turned out beautifully, as you can see. She made them to match the full sized one that she sewed for Evelyn when she was born. Lisa also knitted an afghan that the dolls would certainly need for cold winter nights...I love that.
I made a set of mattresses out of pillow ticking. I stuffed them with cotton stuffing and then tied them like a quilt in places that I had marked with a pencil to provide a uniform shape. I am pretty happy with how the whole thing looks. I still hope to make pillows and perhaps sheets to go as well. Then of course Evelyn needed a doll to go with it. I set to work sewing an Awake/Asleep Doll. One side is asleep...
Then you flip her dress over and...
She's awake...
My Mom made one exactly like this when I was small. She had given me the pattern and instructions a few years ago. When I had a little girl I knew that I needed to make one for her too. It felt like it's a family tradition in the making. Giving my daughter a doll of her own, yet much the same as one that I had and loved (and still have) was really special to me. I had the sense of carrying something on and giving my daughter a piece of family history too. I hope that this is a doll that she will love and that this bunk bed set will give her lots of playtime joy as she gets older. And who am I kidding, I can't wait to play with it too (with Evelyn of course). :)

4 comments:

Jackie said...

That's so sweet...now I want to make a doll like that one, or two dolls to be exact for my two daughters.

You probably don't remember me, but I am old friend of David's (& I love your blog!). Hope you guys enjoyed a great 1st birthday party for Evelyn -- was sorry to have to miss...Maisie (my daughter) & I both had yucky colds.

GloryGirlCreations said...

How sweet, Sarah! I love the pictures....it's great you've not the lost the imaginative ability to play with your kids. That's an area I struggle in, so we usually end up playing LEGO's, or playing a game or coloring. I leave the imaginative playing up to them. :) I really enjoy reading your blog & seeing all your sweet pictures!

Amanda said...

this is so incredibly sweet...and i LOVE that you are passing on the dolly tradition to your own little girl...i just know you are the most fabulous mommy EVER! :) and i am up for a visit whenever you are up for mkaing it...so toss out some dates and lets see what we can make work! :)

Amy said...

Oh! I used to have one of those flip over dolls. I loooooved it! I know Evelyn will too.