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Joshua… and New Friends

I made some more dolls over the past few months (well, nearly-year); all for other people.  One was as a thank you to a friend, and the the other two were commissioned as a wedding present.  I’ll begin with Joshua…

Meet Josh Ritter: ritter

Now. Meet Joshua Ritter.


I was given a ticket to see Josh Ritter last year by a friend, and I told her I’d make her a Josh doll as payment.  (She is one of very few people I know who watches Home and Away, and so *got* the Braxton dolls).

Uncanny, right?



side face


(satin is sooooo hard to stitch...)

(satin is sooooo hard to stitch…)

(It has been pointed out that perhaps he looks more like this fella… You decide!)


The other dolls I made were a commission- my cousin and his girlfriend asked that I make a pair of dolls as a wedding present for friends of theirs who were getting married.

coupleI worked from some photos that I was sent as I haven’t met the couple before.

bride face

The bride’s dress is made from a sample of net curtain from a sample book, and lace trim wrapped around her and stitched together.

bride back

veil detailHer veil is some unbleached muslin held to her hair (head) with beads.

groom face

goom backThe grooms waistcoat and trouser fabric was the only fabric I bought for these dolls; I had everything else.  His shirt is flannel from a baby’s shirt I’d gotten for cents at some point in a charity shop.

handsI made a decision to ditch the individual fingers for these dolls- I made “paws” and stitched in fingers after.  Compare them the Josh above and you can see why I gave up on the individual ones.


I was told that the bride liked yoga and the groom plays in a band so I made props too.

Yoga mat


My doll making skills are getting better, phew.  These two dolls are put together better than any of the others I’ve made- the bride could wear a sleeveless gown with her beautiful shoulders on display.  General consensus seems to be that I got the groom fairly spot on, and the bride isn’t too shabby either.  Woop!


Oi! Meet Me Boys!

Who is familiar with these Bad Boys?

River Boys

These are the River Boys from the Australian “melodrama”¹ Home and Away.  I have a real soft spot for this programme- I get a real kick out of it, can’t explain why (ok, the beautiful boys above are a compelling reason).  The boys are brothers² in the show, members of the troublesome River Boys gang. Daryl “Brax” Braxton is the eldest and has looked after younger brothers Heath and Casey since they were nippers- Dad was in prison and Mum is an alcoholic gambler. They have many tattoos between them, and super-sculpted abs.  So I made dolls of them.  As one does.

This is Brax. He’s the Daddy-Brother.


spot the difference

spot the difference

Brax has many tattoos; they’re on his hand, arms, chest, torso and lower back.

Cara chroi

for each of us that falls

we are legion

one crowded hour

This is Heath; he’s the Irresponsible, Hot-Headed, Don’t-Give-A-Damn Brother.


Heath faces

Heath has tattoos on this chest, shoulder, arms and neck.³

Heath Arm

Heath Neck

Heath Torso


This is Casey.  He’s the Baby Brother.


Casey has only one tatt, gotten in a fit of teenage angst about his actual in-prison-for-armed-robbery daddy.

All Or Nothing


They took me many months to make; a bit of sewing here, a bit there,  a pause, start again.   I made MANY mockups before settling on their body shape, emphasising their wide developed shoulders.  Each doll has a double skin on their chest so I could put stuffing in between them to make their abs.  Their board shorts and flip-flops (thongs…) are very simply made.  They’re going to take a trip to Wexford soon so I can take pics of them in their natural habitat, the beach.

3 brothers


Their skin tones are all different, mainly due to the fact that one cannot buy decent fabric off the shelf in this country for doll making (for any making really).  So I got it online, but its hard to know what colour fabric really is when looking at it on a monitor.  So I bought 6 shades of Kona Cotton, but not enough for 3 dolls of any of them because I AM NOT RICH.  Hence the 3 different skin toned dolls.  What a pain.  The sooner we open our own fabric shop, the better, eh Tricia?!


belly buttons


(they’ve got such cute bellybuttons, doncha think?;-)


¹This is what it’s called on the TV Guide section of our DVR box, a melodrama.  According to, melodrama means: “A dramatic form that does not follow the laws of cause and effect and that exaggerates emotion and emphasises plot or action at the expense of characterisation”. I am outraged at this.  H&A is so real, so lifelike, the characters so well-rounded; how can anyone think the word Melodrama is appropriate.  I think it should be listed as a documentary.  Or an anthropological study of attractive people and a beach.

²There is another brother too, Kyle; he is a half-brother, same father.  He only appeared in the show earlier this year.  He has no tattoos that I am aware of, so I left him out.  Tough luck Kyle…  For symmetry’s sake, lets call him Other-Brother.

³ In the show, Heath has gotten another tattoo on his chest since I finished sewing- the names of his children.  Oh the inconvenience!  Tisk.  And I noticed that he has a tramp-stamp of a gun wedged in his shorts too- who KNOWS when he got that one… *shakes head sadly*

Cushions for Clara and Emma

I made some cushions recently; for Clara and Emma.







PJ superherosThis was a commission; I was told that daddy was a big Superman fan, so if I fancied incorporating this in some way…  I didn’t want to go all-out Superman, so instead I just went superhero.  The buttons were an ebay purchase; I love them!  I didn’t even use them all…



All the fabrics are mostly basic cottons I had in my collection; the Space Police fabric is from a pair of charity shop curtains I bought years ago.  The Care Bears fabric came from a Walmart in Arizona somewhere (or maybe Texas?), and the Dr. Seuss was a present from New Zealand.


Emma’s cushion is a house-warming present- she recently took the plunge and became a home-owner.









emma upclose


labelWhile I like the design, this cushion didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.  The design on the front is situated too close to the edges, so when the pad is inserted, you don’t see all the detail.  Oh well, live’n’learn.  Love the colours though.

Again, most of the fabrics are basic cottons from my collection. The two on the back are vintage; one is from an old skirt I blogged about before, and the other is from a stash of new polyester and nylon (yum!) sheets and pillowcases I got in Wexford at the sale of the contents of an old drapery.

photo 2 (1)

(I also got some classy thermals; 85% chlorofibre minimum I’ll have you know- only for best for me;-). Sunny wanted in on the photo action; she knows where it’s at).

photo 1 (2)



Róisín’s Library

My godmother Róisín had a significant birthday at the end of August.  She loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book and is a huge Agatha Christie fan, so this cushion didn’t take too much thinking about.

I had an accident with this when I was making it.  I mentioned in a previous post that I tend to work by eye; I don’t always mark things out.  Well, this time I decided to use some dissolvable* fabric.  So far so good.  Turns out that you need colour-fast fabric when rinsing out the dissolvable* fabric.  That lovely red gaberdine fabric I used for the background was absolutely NOT colour-fast, not even a tiny bit.  When immersed, it promptly turned the water (and my hands) a vibrant red colour.  All the detail went a lurid pink.  And I may have cried a tiny bit.  I made some frantic phone calls; did a bit of googling, and then left it in a bucket of cold water and lemon juice, and went to see a film, because that’s how I roll with pink hands.  I mention this because the logo across the top of the cushion that says Róisín’s Library came into existence to cover the next problem that occurred.  The colour run remover that I bought on the way home from the cinema left a lovely (not so lovely) orangey stain where the logo is now.  Never rains but it pours, right?  Or to use an opposing idiom, every cloud has a silver lining?  Because, in the end-up, the personalisation makes the cushion.

Róisín loved it.  And I reverted to type, I didn’t use dissolvable* fabric to embroider the covering for the stain…

(*Dissolvable is not a real word apparently.  Dissolve is.  Dissolved.  Dissolving.  All real.  Not dissolvable.  The wiggly red line tells me it’s wrong; it suggests dissoluble.  I checked, it suggests dissoluble.  Really, I think I need the word soluble.  But I prefer dissolvable.  So there, and wiggly red line. Dissolvable.)

Molly Julia and Usain Bolt

Finished two things on the to-do list this week.



Molly Julia was a commission.  I got heart-shaped buttons to go with the heart-shaped fabric and the green heart on the front.

I hope she likes it!

And now to something completely different….

The Big Man himself!  Not a commission, this was all just for me:-)

Heeheeheeheeheeheeheehee!  Ah, still making me laugh…

Ongoing Projects

Work has been a little crazy recently and I haven’t had as much time to make stuff as I’ve wanted to.  Thought I’d share a little of what’s in my to-finish pile…

Usain Bolt is nearly finished:-) ZOOOOooooooommmm!  I’m knitting his boots at the minute.

Two of the three cushions I’ve had to make recently.  These two aren’t finished yet… YET.  It’ll happen…

Some sewing stuff.

This is only a fraction of what I’m working on at the moment.  And the amount of stuff in my head at the moment… well, it’s epic.  I’ll get it all out some day!

Ben’s Mobile

A bit of house-keeping here; I actually made this about 6 weeks ago…

This mobile was a commission.  It’s the same style as the one I made for Simon, but as Ben’s name is short, I made little animals to balance out it all out.  They’re removable too, with wee bells inside to jangle-jangle if it tickles someone’s fancy to actually remove them…

*check out the ever-so-cool Dr. Seuss fabric on the letter N… One Fish, Two Fish I believe:-)

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