Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Design your very own personal stamp

I don't do this very often, in fact, Im not sure I have ever done a particular post like this.  But in a world that is filled with people happy to complain about poor customer service etc., I think it is just as important to shout out the incredible shops that provide fantastic products and customer service.  I wanted to come on today to introduce you to a shop that I really love.  I have added this shop to my "Places I love to shop" page above, but I felt that I should do a little extra, as the customer service is second to none.

Discalimer:  I haven't been asked to do this post or sponsored in any way.  I just wanted to let my followers know about a fantastic company.  

Have you ever wanted to have your very own personal stamp that you could add to the back of cards or projects?  Or even a stamp to advertise your own blog or shop?  Well, Nicky at Stampingallday is the place to go.  I bought my very first personalised stamp from Nicky years and years ago and its still going strong.  I recently bought new, updated stamps from her, and honestly, her products and service are a cut above the rest.  If you don't find exactly what you are after on her incredible website, Nicky will be more than happy to work with you and design the type of stamp that you want, if she's able to do it.  And if you look after your product, her stamps are beautiful quality and will last you for years.  And the price point on her stamps are the best I've seen on the internet.

I couldn't be happier with my new designed stamps.  So, if you want to make your own, get on over to Stampingallday and grab yourself a bargain.  If you do pop over and buy a stamp, let Nicky know that Crafty Loops sent you.  She'll be delighted to make a stamp for you.

Have fun shopping.

Toodles Noodles .......Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Sunday, 16 February 2020

More items for sale on Ebay - laces & flowers galore

Hey folks, Im back again to let you know that I have listed more items up on Ebay.  The last sale went really well, thank you to everyone who bought something.  Click HERE to see what I have up for grabs.

This sale is fantastic for anyone who loves laces, flowers and embellishments.  I have put together massive kits of beautiful items for you all to enjoy.  Here are just a few of the items listed for sale.

Once I have finished with the sales, its time for the Art Studio makeover.  I can't wait to have a fully functioning art room that isn't cluttered or filled to the brim, lol.  I might even share some of that process too....I haven't decided yet.

Anyway, enjoy the sale.  I hope you find something you like.  Here's a sneaky peaky of the items for sale....

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Thanks again everyone for having a look and to anyone who bought items previously.  I'm hoping this will be my last big sale - there might be the odd straggler listed next week.  But soon the space will be re-decorated and ready for crafty action.
 Noodles .....Lee aka Crafty Loops

Monday, 27 January 2020

Selling Craft Supplies on my Ebay

Hey folks!  I know.....who is this?  I hear you cry.  I have been a terrible blogger, but i'm hopefully getting back into the swing of things, once I get my Craft Room sorted.  Its a process.

But honestly, I have bought way too many craft supplies over the years and there seriously isn't enough hours in the day for me to use it all.  I NEED to purge.  Cluttered House leads to a cluttered mind and I can't be having that, lol.

So, if you would like to grab some bargain, please have a look on my Ebay page.  The majority of the items I am selling are brand new, unused or if they have been used, it'll most likely be a stamp that has been inked once of twice.  I hope you'll take a look.

There is a tonne of Tim Holtz stuff, the majority of which is all new in its packaging.  A lot of it, Tim Holtz doesn't even make any more.  So if you want them....go get them.

Heres a few photos of just some of the items I'm selling.  I will be continuing to list more items over the next few weeks too.

By for now....hopefully not as long a goodbye as the last time, lol.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops

CLICK HERE to go to my Ebay listings
This isn't everything Im selling, just a little taster sample to whet your crafty appetite, lol.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Baby Rag Quilt

Rag Quilt Time......
Hello there folks......remember me?  I know, its been a while.  A lot happened in 2016, some amazing and some tragic.  But its a new year and I'm determined that 2017 is going to be a hell of a lot better than last year.

One of the amazing things that happened in 2016 was the birth of not one niece but 2 nieces, 6 weeks apart.  My brother had his wee bambino, Jessica in February and then my sister had hers in March, little Lexi Morgan.  Jessica is lucky because her Nanny from her Mummy's side is an incredible seamstress and people seek her out from far and wide to have her sew projects for them, so little Jessica will no doubt be showered with the most miraculous and beautiful handmade quilts ever.  However, on my side of the family, little Lexi Morgan has........ME, who has only made a few sewing projects in her lifetime and most definitely does not have people demanding my sewing creations.  So, Lexi is stuck with me and my very dodgy sewing skills.  And although Im not terribly good at sewing, I certainly put my heart and soul into everything I make.....even if the finished specimen comes out a little wonky or ski-whiff.

I have promised this poor child a handmade quilt from even before she was born.  When I found out my sister T was pregnant, I quickly stated that I would make her a beautiful handmade quilt.  The actual quilt topper itself didnt take any time to make.....it's just the actual backing and quilting that I haven't completed yet....almost a year on.  So I felt bad about not having it finished, so 2 days before Christmas, I decided that I could at least throw together a wee rag quilt and have something handmade to give her for Christmas.  Listen to me......throw together a rag quilt!  I've never in my life made a rag quilt!  I see a few videos on YouTube and instantly think I'm a professional sewer, lol.

So there I am, 2 days before Christmas sewing together 5 inch squares of flannel fabric and batting to make Lexi a rag quilt and my sewing machine appears to be doing dodgy things.  It's pulling the fabric all off and refusing to sew straight and as I am nearing the last few rows of sewing...BANG!!!!!  My machine makes this almighty noise and just stops working.  MY MACHINE DIED!  I sat there in disbelief looking at the final 2 rows that needed sewing and my stagnant sewing machine that wouldn't sew and I start crying like a big baby!  I was so frustrated.  It was only a tiny wee rag quilt and there I was crying because my cheapo £90 sewing machine died on me...2 rows from rag quilt completion.  So obviously, poor little Lexi Moo didn't get her big quilt or even her tiny rag quilt on Christmas Day.  But to be honest, I think she was happier with her Tombliboo doll and carousel anyway.

However, I was VERY lucky to be given some money for Christmas, so I bought myself a new sewing machine.  I bought a Janome QXL605 sewing machine from the wonderfully helpful Russell from Sewing Machines Direct, based in Wrexham in the UK.  Here is their link to their website HERE (Note* I have not been paid to shout out this company or anything.  It's just a great company that I believe deserves a shout out).  Russell was extremely helpful and sent my machine out that same day and it arrived promptly to my door, packaged and protected that not even an elephant could have damaged it.  I was able to finally finish the smaller rag quilt for Lexi.  Now, because I did the majority of the quilt on my older dodgy machine, this quilt did not turn out quite as straight and flawless as I had hoped.  But its just a wee rag quilt, so they are meant to be a bit raggedy looking.....so the wonkiness of it merely adds to the rag quilt charms.....that's my excuse and Im sticking to it, heehee.

I used a beautiful flannel fabric charm pack that I bought from Ebay, called Moda Charm Pack in Sweet baby flannel by Abi Hall.  It was 42 squares and 5 inches in size.  I wanted the flannel to be on the back as well as the front as I wanted this quilt to be soft and huggable so I bought two charm packs for this quilt.

Ok, I realise its a bit ski-whiffy and wonky but I did go in after these photos were taken and cut off the longer section on the top row to make it look more even, lol...So it looked more symmetrical when little Lexi Moo got her wee mitts on it.  The quilt is approximately 24 inches by 28 inches or thereabouts and it is incredibly soft and cuddly. This Flannel Fabric by Abi Hall is just perfect for a little girls cuddle quilt.

Rag quilts are so incredibly quick and easy to make.  The seam allowance is actually the raggy part of the quilt so instead of hiding your seams and sewing right sides together, you want your seams exposed so you sew wrong sides together.
The back side of the quilt is just as cute and soft as the front.  This flannel is fantastic quality and I highly recommend it to anyone.
The first step in making a rag quilt is to sew all your square fronts, backs and wadding together.  This is simply done by sewing a simple straight stitch with an "X" on your sandwiched squares.
Then you simply sew each square together, wrong sides together with at least a 1/2 inch to 5/8th inch seam.  You can go bigger if you wish, but whatever seam allowance you go with, stick with it.  This will determine how long your "rag" part of the quilt is, as you can see from above.  Then take a strong pair of scissors and snip or rag the outside seams you created. Make sure you DO NOT snip or cut into the sewn seams as you'll undo your threads and the quilt will fall apart.  
Also, there is no binding or edging on this quilt.  You simply rag the edges too and they are left beautifully raggy and fluffy too. You then wash your quilt with no fabric softener and the wee raggy parts become even more raggy and soft.  HOWEVER....BIG TIP....This quilt will get rid of a tonne of threads and fluff from the wadding and quilt.  I did not want all those fibres clogging up my new washing machine.  So....I took a large piece of cotton fabric and I actually sewed it closed on all sides....with the quilt inside it.  It needs to be big enough so the quilt can move around inside to get the seams all raggedy.  This meant that I could wash the quilt inside a makeshift fabric case and all the fibres were caught inside the fabric bag.  Then....No Fibres in my washing machine and they are all inside the fabric bag.  I then just used my unpicker tool to open up the fabric bag and gave my quilt a good shake outside to get rid of any remaining bits of fluff.

Once the quilt was washed thoroughly, I threw it into the tumble dryer to dry.  It again helps make the quilt seams fluffier and raggier.  I didn't use a dryer sheet though.  The back is left just smooth with the "x" pattern in each square and the outer edges ragged.  The great thing about these type of quilts is that the more you wash and dry them, the more fluffy and soft they become.  Perfect for baby soft skin.
And here is Lexi, who just turned 1 a couple of days ago (21st) with her quilt.  It was hard to get a decent photo as she's just started walking and every photo is an action shot as she's flying about the place now.

And of course a photo of said quilt on her head, as, why not?  Where else do quilts go?
And that is it from me folks with my first project of 2017.  Hopefully I'll be back with a few more projects and many more tutorials.  I have a request list from Blog followers and YouTube subbies that should keep me going a lifetime.  So I'll hopefully get those tutorials done shortly.  Thanks for sticking with me folks.  I know I haven't been a very good Crafter or Blogger.  

On a more personal note, I just want to share a photo of my lovely wee Granda (or Grangra as we called him) who sadly died on Boxing Day.  He was the heart and soul of our family and will be missed like no other.  He loved greatly and was greatly loved in return.
This is my perfect wee Granda a few Christmas's ago wearing every cracker hat he could get his hands on, lol.
Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Craft Box Unboxing March 2016

Hey Folks.  I cannot believe it is a month already since I did the last unboxing for my Craft Box, but here we are again.......in March!

Anyway, here is the video of me unboxing it, if you want to see what I got.  Ohhhhh such lush goodies.  You can get your own subscription on a month by month basis (so you decide when you want to buy it) or by 3 or 6 months in advance.  Simply go the Anna's site, at craftbox.co.uk.  You better run quick if you want April's box, as the pre-orders are running out super fast.

OHHHHHHHHHH, and keep an eye out.  I have ANOTHER GIVEAWAY coming up very soon.  It's pretty similar to the last one, with a few wee differences like the stamp and I'll add a few extra goodies into the prize too that I won't show here on my blog.

I am not affiliated with Craft Box.  I bought this with my own sponduclics.....just in case that is somehow relevant (which I don't know why it would be!).  I just love this product and think for all us UK Crafters, its a fabulously beautiful and high quality gift to give yourself every month.  And its about time us UK Crafters could get a monthly subscription box that is affordable and jam-packed with lovely crafty goodness.  I love getting a little bit of everything and it all co-ordinates so well.  And let's face it folks, as much as we all love a bargain from Ebay.......are you really going to use all of those 300 identical bronze charms that you bought for 99p from China?  We are all guilty of it.....me included (hangs head in almost shame, teehee).   I love Craft Box simply because I get a variety of beautiful items.....and a lot of them too for a great price, plus a beautiful box to alter or store craft items in too.

And that is it from me folks.  DON'T FORGET, ANOTHER GIVEAWAY IS COMING VERY SOON - See last months for an idea of what is to come.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The "Bad Blogger" Giveaway Announcement

Hey everyone.  Boy did that 2 weeks fly by!  Well, my Birthday has been and gone and as promised, it's time for me to announce the winner of my first "Bad Blogger" Giveaway.  And the winner is.....

As stated before, you have 5 days to get in touch with me through the contact form at the top right of my blog.  Simply fill in your details (don't worry, it will be private) with a message giving me your full name and address.  As soon as I get the message I will reply to let you know that I've received everything I need and let you know when I post your prize to you.

And to everyone else.......don't be discouraged.  I bought pretty much the same items again, so I have another 2 giveaways coming. The items are slightly different, like the stamps and a few other bits but they are for the most part, the same.  So look out for the next Giveaway, coming very (very) soon, lol.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Saturday, 13 February 2016

The "Bad Blogger" Giveaway

It's my Birthday this coming week so.....I'm giving you a present.
 I know I have been a bad Blogger and Crafter this Year (and last year....Shame on you Loops!), so I decided to reward you all with some goodies.  And since it's my birthday this coming week, I thought it would be nice to give one of you a present.  In fact, I have 2 more Giveaways after this one....so keep watching.

I wish I didn't have to state this, but those that are "Prize Poachers" will not be welcome to join these giveaways, and I will be checking you out.  Also those people who join blogs for a giveaway, only to disappear when they don't win are also not included.  I'm sorry to be harsh but its not fair on my regular and loyal followers (of which I have a print out of you all, so I know who my long time followers are.....I'm sad, I know, lol).  If you happen to win and then unfollow, I will take a note of your name and blog and you'll be on the "Bad Blogger Blacklist"......Oh yes......I have one of those too, Mwahhhhh!

Old and new followers are more than welcome.  One random winner will be announced in 2 weeks time from today, so that will be Saturday the 27th of February 2016.  As I said, new followers are more than welcome.....provided you are a genuine follower.  I want this to be fair for everyone who does stick around therefore, I want only genuine followers.

The only thing you need to do is be a Follower of this blog and leave a comment below.  No need to advertise these Giveaways and no need to add it to your blogs or sidebars.  I'm the one doing the Giveaway and asking you to be a follower and leave a comment therefore I don't think you should be jumping through hoops in order to enter.  This is only my personal opinion on how I do my giveaways and is not meant to offend anyone who does their Giveaways differently.  But for my Giveaways, you only need to be a Follower and leave a comment below, that is it.

If you don't win this time, don't worry.  I actually made up 3 almost identical prizes, so there are another 2 very similar prizes to give away after this one is through, so don't despair, you might win yet.  Plus, I haven't shown it in the photos....but I've thrown in a few extras too as a wee surprise for the winner. So you will be getting more than what you actually see here.

This Giveaway is open Internationally, so anyone home or abroad can enter.  Just follow the simple rules....leave a comment and be a (genuine) follower.  Don't forget to come back on the 27th February to see who the winner is.  Once I announce the winner you will be given 5 days from that date to claim your prize.  If you don't claim it within that time, I'm sorry but I cannot wait around for you to contact me.  A new name will be redrawn and the prize given to the new winner.  And if you don't claim in time, please no sob story emails telling me how your Great-Uncles parrot escaped from its cage and you were attempting a rescue mission by camping out in the woods, away from civilisation and an internet connection, tirelessly searching for Great-Uncle Henry's talking Parrot....Philip (I'm just making this up as I go, lol) and you were unable to see that you won.  5 days is adequate time to get back to me and if not....it will go to someone else.  That's just how I do it here.  I never ask for you to promote my Giveaways, only to be a follower and leave a comment.  So please respect my right to redraw if you don't get in touch.

So without further ado, here is what's up for grabs prize.
Everything is brand new of course.  One 6x6 Vintage style Paper pad, 32 sheets. 1 package 9 Resin Flowers, Bunch of mixed Flowers approx 23 in total, 3 Large Binder Rings, 1 Package of 5 mixed Ribbons, 5m total, 1 Skein peach coloured lace, at least 2m, 4 Cabochons, 1 Lillibet Stamp, Washi tape,1 full roll, 4 Bronze coloured box corners, 4 Arrow shaped corners, and lastly a bag of mixed doo-dad blingy goodies which include heart ribbon sliders, diamonte style ribbon sliders and all the blingy bling you could want.
A closer look at the 6x6 paper pad, washi tape, resin flowers
A closer look at the 5m ribbon, cabochons, box corners, arrow corners, flower, lace and washi tape
A closer look at the binder rings, lots of bling and the Lillibet stamp.
Thanks for stopping by folks.  Sorry I've been so absent.  Oh and on a side note....this is kinda one of the reasons.....My Brother and sister-in-law had a wee baby girl just 5 days ago AND....my sister and her boyfriend are due their baby any time from next month....Ahhhhhh baby madness, lol.  So it's all babies, babies, babies around here.  Finally, I'm an Auntie on my side of the family, lol.  I'm going to teach them all the things that I know will send their parents crazy, teehee.  That's the joy of being the big sister of one of their parents.....I know what drives Mummy and Daddy nuts, Mwahhhhh!  I'm going to love being an Auntie to them both, lol.  
Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops x

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Craft Box monthly box reveal

Finally!  A monthly subscription box us UK and NI Crafty peeps can get, Yippeeeeee!  Craft Box (monthly subscription box.)  You can buy these boxes on a month by month bases or buy 3 or 6 months in one go.  This would make such an amazing gift for your other half or the crafty friend or relative in your life.
I know its been a while since you've seen me and I can only apologise about that.  It's been all go here in my little corner of the world. My brother and sister-in-law just had a wee baby girl a few days ago and my sister is also due to have her baby in the next month or so too.  So its all baby stuff around here.

I've come to show you something new today.  Something I never thought us Crafters in the UK and Northern Ireland would ever really be able to get.  Im sure you've seen the monthly subscription boxes doing the rounds, especially across the pond in America.  A lot of Make up and beauty companies do them.  You pay a monthly fee and you get a random and surprise box of goodies in it.

Well, I never thought we'd get anything like that for Crafting but finally, we do.  Here is a video I did today of what I received in my first ever Craft Box.  The owner is called Anna and she's such a lovely lady.  If you pre-order your box, you also get a free gift.  The boxes are only £16.99 a month plus postage which brings the whole thing to around £20.59 or thereabouts.

Anyway, here is the link to Anna's website so you can see for yourself.  I am not employed or affiliated with Anna's shop in any way.  I just really like this box and wanted to share it with you.  Here's the site info and video of the box unveiling below:  http://www.craftbox.co.uk/

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Unashamedly Self Promoting Post......A New Blog Endeavour

Hey everyone.  Yes, I am here to unashamedly plug my new Blog, lol.  But don't worry, my Crafting Blog is still here and will stay here until someone tells me to clear off, lol.  I'm not giving up on Crafting, even if this blog has seemed a little sparse lately.  But I do have some Craft Giveaways coming up shortly.  I have them all sorted and bagged up, ready for me to take photos of the goodies to show you, or should I show the goodies in a video?  Any preferences?  Either way, that's all I need to do and then I can get them posted up here.

Anywhoodles, I digress.  My new Blog is just me, writing......silly stuff.......serious stuff....ok not-so-serious stuff, I can never be truly serious, random thoughts, daft stories and adventures......and whatever else comes into my noggin.

I know a lot of you are just here for Crafting and I appreciate each and every one of you and that's perfectly ok if you only like my crafting.  There is no pressure or obligation to join this new blog, honestly.  But if you just so happen to like my writing style and think you could stomach a bit more of my waffling, be it random waffling and not craft related, well then you might like my new Blog.  It's called "Random Ramblings of a Cynic".  Just click on the name or HERE and it will take you straight to my new and random Blog.

If you would like to follow, I'd love to have you.  Please don't expect too much of me though, teehee.  I am not a writer, I just enjoy doing it, lol.  And just because I enjoy doing it doesn't mean I'll be any good at it either, lol.  I may tell silly stories or discuss random thoughts that just spill out of my head.  I may engage you in a good debate or ask for your feedback on a specific subject or problem.  If a subject is more adult themed (nothing saucy!!) and I think I need to give notice, it will be in BIG LETTERS at the start of the Post.  But I doubt there will be much Parental Guidance recommended, lol.  But the main emphasis of this new Blog is just to have FUN!  I have silly stories to share, a sometimes strange life and stranger brain in which my points of view and thoughts are a little, shall we say.....skeewiff sometimes.  You might like how I write, think, describe things.......or you might hate it and want to shake me into normality.......and good luck trying, teehee.  But I hope that the new Blog is a place where we can engage in some good conversation, sit and relax and have a cup of tea/coffee (whisky?) and laugh together at my latest and greatest antics or skewed points of view on whatever topic I have on my mind.

Now, at the moment there is only my opening "Hello" post.  But I have more posts in the pipeline but my Hello is there to get you started and give you an idea of what I might write, what my writing style is sort of like and a taster of what hopefully is to come.  I can't promise I'll write every week or even every month.  But I promise I will write and hopefully be as engaging and entertaining as I can muster.  I hope to see you there.

Toodles Noodles......Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Friday, 19 June 2015

Hilary's Craft Competition 2015 - My Handmade Rag Doll Entry

Rag Doll hand made and designed by Crafty Loops, June 2015
A bit more detail of the dress, with the rag doll's hair behind her shoulders
Look at her pretty wee dress as she's standing.  So cute.

Isn't the wee dress pretty?  The fabric is called Daisy Pistachio from Hilary's.
Hey Folks.  When Hillary's recently contacted me and asked me would I like to take part in their Craft Competition I of course said yes.  How could I not?  Just take a look at that fabric I was given to make my project with, its called Daisy Pistachio.  So of course I said yes.  If you'd like to read about the Competition please click HERE.

As you all know, I haven't been sewing long.  In fact, since I've had my sewing machine, this project will be my 3rd sewing machine project ever.  So I'm a little nervous to say the least.  So, I sat thinking long and hard about just how I could do this beautiful piece of fabric justice.  And then I thought....."AH HA!".....I have been wanting to make my Auntie Fiona a fabric doll and when I saw the fabric I'd chosen from Hilary's, I knew it was the perfect fabric for this doll.  There is a story behind this gift so bare with me, lol.

When I was around 10 years old, my Auntie Fiona decided to leave our little corner of Northern Ireland for pastures new in Malta.  To say I was going to miss her was an understatement.  It broke my little 10 year old heart.  My wee Mammy and I went to her apartment to help pack up her things.  She gave me her black and white posters from her bedroom wall and asked me to "look after them" for her.  When her apartment was pretty much all boxed up, we sat on her living room floor, picnic style having ordered a takeaway from around the corner.  I remember that night vividly, right down to the plastic red topped salt shaker my aunt had to borrow from the Chinese Takeaway as she had no salt left in her apartment, lol.  Well, the time came for my Aunt to leave Northern Ireland and off she went to begin her new life in Malta.  I wrote to her every few weeks and when it came to her birthday, I wanted to make her something special.  Now remember, I was probably only 10 years old at this stage, I didn't have a sewing machine and certainly didn't have any sewing skills at all.  But I decided to make her a Pot Pourri Doll.  Yes, you read that correctly, a pot pourri doll, lol.  I basically took a piece of fabric, cut and hand sewed it into some form of doll shape and stuffed it full of smelly Pot Pourri.  It wasn't a very pretty looking thing, needless to say.  But, being a 10 year old little girl, I was so pleased with it.  I wrapped it up, placed it in an envelope and off I went to the Post Office to send the little Pot Pourri doll on its long journey to Malta.  Of course, with it being a lumpy bumpy smelly thing in an envelope, Customs were a bit suspicious about the package and opened it up to make sure I wasn't sending anything dodgy, disguised as a handmade doll, lol.  Anyway, it eventually arrived with my aunt who was so delighted with it.  She phoned me to let me know it had arrived and how much she loved it.  Of course, I was so overjoyed and beaming from ear to ear.  Obviously years went by and the little doll never really entered my head again.  I assumed that after a certain amount of time passed, that the doll would have eventually lost its pot pourri smell and sooner or later would have made its way into the bin......after all, its was a dodgy hand sewn doll stuffed with Pot Pourri, lol.  But, that was not the case.  Many years later when my Aunt decided to leave Malta and come back home, there she was on a flight home with her young daughter, her luggage........and the Pot Pourri doll I had made her.  That doll is now 25 years old, and to say it is in a bit of a state would be putting it politely, lol.  But she had kept it all those years, even though it is a little worse for wear now.

Here is a photo of the now very old 25+ year old doll that I made, way back when....
Anyway, I thought it was time for a doll upgrade so decided I wanted to make my Auntie Fiona a new doll to replace the one I had made her all those years ago.  Hopefully this doll will be made a little better and won't be filled with smelly old pot pourri or have a strange odour to it, lol.  Thanks to Hillary's, I have been able to make my aunt a much more appropriate looking doll, that doesn't contain 25 year old, mouldy Pot Pourri, lol.  Here is what I have created, using the beautiful fabric provided to me by Hillary's.  I hope you like it and I certainly hope my aunt likes it too.
In order to repeat history to a degree, I felt this doll had to be entirely made by me from scratch, just like the good ole days.  So no pre-made template or ready made doll body was used.  I made everything myself.  I drew a quick sketch of the dolls body on some good old printer paper.  I cut out the doll shape and this became the template for my dolls body and dress.  I pinned the template to some soft, buttermilk type fabric I had in my stash and cut out my doll shape, leaving a bit of room around it for seam allowance.
Once I had the basic doll shape cut out, it was just a matter of putting the doll together (she says like some sort of expert....Puhh!).  I sewed around the perimeter of the torso and limbs, leaving a sizeable gap unsewn so I could stuff the doll with doll stuffing.  I used a straight stitch as well as a zig zap stitch to help prevent fraying as the material from my stash tended to fray.  So I wanted the stitching to hold up well once I stuffed the doll, etc.
It's Aliveeeeeee!  Well, nearly, teehee.
I stuffed the doll with the toy stuffing and closed up the gaps.  I then sewed the arms and legs onto the doll.  She is already beginning to take shape.  Isn't she pretty?
Now for the fun part. Dressing the doll.  Remember the rough template I drew for making the doll?  I used it for making the doll's dress....no patterns here people.  Remember......I'm a very big novice to sewing, lol.  Obviously because the doll has mass and volume and a great big wad of stuffing in her, the template was going to be a bit too small.  So I simply added a few inches to the initial template and it worked out great with a bit of clever adjusting.  I cut the lovely Daisy Pistachio fabric that Hilary's supplied me with and whizzed it through my sewing machine.  I gathered the dress in at the waist to give it a bit more shape and volume.  I kept the front of the dress pretty flat with the sides having the volume from the gathering.
I added this lovely gold trimmed lace and gold ribbon from my stash to embellish the dress.  I think the gold colour really compliments this Daisy Pistachio fabric from Hilary's.
And of course, no dress is complete without some bling.  The green belt bling is actually an earring that I had in my stash.  I think I bought it from Primark's.  The little bling around her neck was another stash staple.  You might be able to just catch the glistening gold in the lace trim. The dress was so much fun to make.  This fabric is so playful and colourful.
Now, the big job......the dolls hair.  This was the most time consuming part of the doll but honestly, it was completely worth it in my opinion.  Boy was that a big job though.  Each strand was hand torn pieces of fabric as I wanted that frayed look on the 'hair strands', rather than straight cut, regimented lines.  I wanted this Rag Doll to look, well, raggy. I also added various beautiful narrow laces and trims to add texture and interest to the dolls hair.  I had to hand sew each and every little bundles of the hair onto the dolls head in rows.  I think there is around 4-5 rows of hair with about 6-8 bundles of hair (maybe more) in each row. 
The hair is so big, raggy and textured.  I think it looks gorgeous.  But you can tell me what you think.  Sadly the photo isn't showing all the layers of laces and trims.  But I added gold, green and grey eye-lash trims to match the colours in the fabric.  It's layered throughout the hair and is stunning when looking at it in real life.  Sorry I couldn't pick that up better in the photos.
And then the pretty little face.  I used some Mica Powders to give her little blushing cheeks.  Every little rag doll needs blushing cheeks, lol. The rest as you can probably tell, was badly drawn on by me, lol.
A photo of the completed Rag Doll with her hair down around her face.
And a photo with her hair behind her shoulders with a nice clear view of the pretty Daisy Pistachio fabric dress in all its embellished glory.
And the doll is complete.  A special thank you to Hilary's for kindly asking me to participate and for sending me such pretty fabric to play with.  The Competitors entries are really incredible and so professional looking.....and then there is my wee rag doll, lol.  The final will be down to 10 entries and then through Social Media and a decision made by Hilary's Competition Judges, the Winner will be announced.  So, if I'm lucky enough to make it to the final 10, I may need your help to get me some votes by Pinning, Liking and sharing through Social Media.  However, I have to get to the final 10 though and the entries from everyone else are amazing. The competition is pretty tough and my sewing skills are pretty limited, teehee.  But I can only keep my fingers crossed, lol.  Have a look here to see all the Competitors entries.  Wish me luck!

Toodles Noodles.......Crafty Loops (aka Lee) xx