This blog is to chronicle my sewing and crafting adventures. I have an Ellisimo Gold as my faithful machine and together we make beautiful things. I plan to do lots of giveaways! Originally I was going to have an etsy store but with all the regulations I decided that would be too complicated. Instead, when I get the urge to make something cute and adorable I’ll post it as a giveaway!
When I was little my mother made me awesome gorgeous doll dresses. Now that I can sew myself, I have found great joy in making dresses for my 18″ dolls myself.
Currently I have several American Girls (Josefina, Felicity, Nellie, Samantha, Ruthie, Lanie, Molly, Maryellen, Lea and Elizabeth, several truly me dolls and …and…okay I don’t actually know how many dolls I have. They never hold still long enough for me to count them 😉 ). I also have a Gotz doll by Martha Pullen. She has been named Bonnie. Now I know I shouldn’t have favorites, but if I were to have a favorite….it would probably be Bonnie. I just love her sweet little face and she always looks awesome in the pictures! Plus I have a Corolle dolls. Ellen is my little Corolle book worm. 🙂 She is fun to photograph because her expression is so different than the rest of the dolls. Ellen can always be trusted to be logical and the voice of reason.
I have found great joy setting up and photographing them on adventures. Some of my favourite books when I was little was the “Edith the Lonely Doll series” These stories were charming adventures of a doll with her two best friend that were bears. The pictures for these stories were black and white photographs of the doll doing things. Ever since I was little I wanted to do something similar, but I could never think of a story line, etc. Now on my blog I enjoy creating or “documenting” their adventures. My Favorite story (so far ) was the Birthday adventure. All the dolls worked so hard to make a beautiful Birthday cake. 🙂
My two favorite things about this blog, are when I get to hear that it made someone’s day brighter….and when I hear a little girl is playing with her dolls more and trying to pose them. That makes me smile so big. I would have loved to have a blog like this to read when I was young. I hope to create something little girls love here. There are so many ways to play on a computer that the art of playing without electricity is being lost. Dolls open up the imagination of little girls. It can also “teach” them many things without their realising it. Good play not only is fun, but teaches. The teacher side of me tries to be very conscious of the fact that everything we read or see affects us and can “teach” us. I try to put a lot of thought into the dialogue of the dolls and what is being “taught” in my stories. I purposely have no “bad” dolls. There is enough badness and grumpiness in the world without adding more of it in our imaginary friends. I also joke with my friends that the different characters of the dolls are different sides of me…there is a little of me in each of them. Yes, I do have a grumpy side, but that shouldn’t be promoted.
So please, if you enjoy this blog, would you please consider telling some little girl you may know about it? Maybe she will be able to enjoy it. This blog is absolutely for adults, too…but my teacher heart also writes it for little girls.
I do also have an Instagram I’m getting the hang of using 🙂 If you are on instagram please follow me at “stitchingwithElli”!
July 30, 2016 at 11:12 am
When I first learned about your blog I thought it was about sewing with your Ellisimo, but I see it’s more about the dolls and the clothes you make rather than the machine itself. Although I do see the connection of sewing and doll clothes. Just not much about the machine itself. What cute doll outfits you make! Love all your photos too! I’ve made a few Daisy Kingdom doll clothes, and found making doll clothes as time consuming as real little girls clothes, maybe more so as they are such small pieces of fabric to work with. Looking forward to more doll adventures!
July 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm
Lol weeeeell originally it was supposed to be about the machine more. I have done some tutorials with it and have a few more planned. But the doll adventures just sort of happened and I found out how much I love doing doll clothes. So majority of the post are about that now. 🙂 hope you do enjoy the blog! Doll clothes are time consuming but so fun and they never complain about things fitting or being scratchy 😉
August 24, 2016 at 12:02 am
Doll clothes also last longer! I enjoy making things that will be around for generations. These dolls are so beautiful that dressing them is a real pleasure. Keep up the great work you have done so far/ \ I’m reading and re-reading just for the joy of it.
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November 26, 2016 at 4:25 am
Hi. I enjoyed finding your blog. We shop at the same thrift store and I was asking them about doll items. They told me about a lady that sews doll clothes and that’s how I found your blog. Actually, I really think I stumbled on it once before, but couldn’t find your blog again. I do not have my own blog, but contribute doll scenes to Livingadollslife, under Scenes by Linda. I thought it might be fun to meet sometime to share our love of dolls and the making of doll clothes and doll scenes.
November 26, 2016 at 9:55 am
Oh how fun! Yes I do love my thrift shop 😀 they ask me about my sewing and dolls every time I go in there 😀 I went and looked at the blog you contribute to, very nice!! You set up lovely scenes!! It would be really fun to meet up sometime. Lol usually when I tell people about my blog I have explain for some time before they loose their confused expression as to “why” I have a doll blog. It would be a lot of fun to talk to someone who does it also.
December 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm
We have so much in common! I love to sew and knit for my dolls. I used to have a very active blog written with little girls in mind and inspired by “The Lonely Doll.” Your blog is inspiring me to get back into photographing and writing. I love your stories and all the doll clothes are just precious. We are never too old to enjoy dolls!
December 27, 2016 at 7:05 am
Nice to meet you! We are a mother/daughter duo who love American Girl and we cover a wide range of doll related topics. My interests also include kids’ fiction.
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January 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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January 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Thank you! I have been taking a break for a bit, but I should be back now. I shall take a look at it 🙂
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July 9, 2019 at 11:59 am
How cute! It would be so cool if you could write books that included Godly lessons with your dolls. Love it!