for the love of Hazel... shhhh it's a surprise.

I took part of the day off today to make my niece Hazel a much overdue Birthday Gift. She's been all about dolls lately, so I thought I would try my hand at making a rag doll. It wasn't until I started working that I remembered my Grandmother taught me how to sew one afternoon, and our first project was a rag doll. I wish I could lay my hands on that long lost project. I remember her being quite "folkie" in a blue gingham dress, but I can't seem to remember what her face ended up looking like. Ohhh well, just thinking of that day and the pleasure a project like this brought both then and now seems enough.

Thanks to the work of these ladies, which helped to get me thinking about what I wanted my doll to look like.
Le Train Fantome
The Black Apple
Laura Normandin
Check out each of their work to see why the art of simple dolls is making a comeback!


  1. Oh she's wonderful! Hazel Will love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Lisa

  2. No way?! I won't tell her, I promise——assuming it's for my lil' nut! you're my favorite sister.

  3. she is lovely, so very you as well..your niece is very lucky!
    i couldn't be more flattered to be on the list above, thank you for the mention x

  4. You are so talented! Hazel is wonderful, as are ALL of your amazing creations!

  5. As a dollmaker myself, I LOVE your evolution collage. I really enjoy your blog and thought I would let you know.

  6. You did a great job on your dolly.... Hazel is going to love her to bits . :)



  7. Your doll is so lovely and quite charming. I am sure she will be very well loved.

  8. great doll Jen, and Hazel is a darling!! I too have a secret rag-doll obsession.. many waylaid dolly projects on my shelf for a few years (gasp!). Lazy me. your dolls face looks authentically vintage!