Monday, July 08, 2013

dolls for lucy

Recently, a really fun thing happened over here...Lucy started playing all kinds of make believe games with her collection of stuffed animals. It got me thinking that maybe it was time to introduce dolls into her play. And I didn't want just any dolls, I wanted to come up with some creative dolls that represent our family. We are a "culturally blended" family- my husband Andy is half Indonesian. His family immigrated to America and he is first generation born in the US. I am a mixture of Irish, Spanish and German (and more) and Lucy is the perfect blend of the two of us! So with a little help from my mom, we created some whimsical dolls that represent our little family. They have a range of skin color that we hope will eventually create the opportunity to talk about our different backgrounds and cultures!


My mom and I wanted to keep the dolls as simple (but fun) as possible so we created their bodies from a few different types of fabric and then sewed the parts together.




We added hair and then I used fabric markers to draw simple faces.




Needless to say, the dolls are a HIT!


52 comments:

AlexM said...

this project is truly amazing! Love it Alisa. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes from England.

Joan of LLD and ART is A Rhapsody Treasure said...

Oh My Gosh!!

Two Thumbs Up!

You certainly out did yourself in creating these "family dolls".

They are amazingly wonderful.

Preeti Dubey said...

These are so so gorgeous ! and first time i am looking this expression on Lucy's face, should i call it kind of girlish expression loving dolls & all... !!!
And those dolls resemble the family perfectly. :)

Silvia said...

I like it very much Alisa! I´m following your blog from Madrid, Spain and kindly invite you and your family to visit us when you want! All that you do is amazing, so creative and inspiring... This Project is very emotional and sweet and the Lucy´s potos are fabulouse! Well done! :)

Valérie GUEGUIN said...

So nice and fun! ♥♥♥

Hogwartography said...

Alisa - Lucy's expression is all the motivation one needs to be creative. So cute. I have two little nieces myself but I still can't resist tuning into channel Lucy.
I love reading your blog over here in Australia. Have been following you for years through your various journeys. You are always fresh and interesting.
Thanks for all you offer.

Ditte Petersen said...

Love this! Such a good idea :)

stefanie stark said...

Oh your ideas are wonderful!!! And this post is magnificent!!! I love the pictures and Lucy's cute and lovely facial expression!

Preeti Dubey said...

Alisa, can you please also upload a video of Lucy playing with these dolls. so want to see her expression and listen to her coo-coos. :)

Carla said...

Well done Alisa

Lucy is just so adorable

Shahrul Niza said...

O.M.G, truly wonderful!!. Like off-chart wonderful!!. Can't wait to see her hosting a tiny tea party someday :). Fabulous collaboration work, stunning realization!.

Giddings Art said...

Your dolls are adorable and a perfect representation of your family. I too love the expression on Lucy's face!

CreativaCale said...

So ,CUTE:))

Lazy Cat said...

Awwww.... That's just adorable! You all seem to be such a happy family! =)

Bonita Rose said...

her love and her joy for you are all over her face.. big hit!!!!!!

Shirley said...

One of my all time favorite blog posts about Lucy! What a fabulous project.

Monica said...

I LOVE this! The dolls turned out great and Lucy looks like she has so much fun with them. Makes me wish my girls were still little.

Peaceful/Paisible said...

once a day, especially when I feel bad or sad, I visit your blog...after a few minutes I may smile again !!! many many years ago on Christmas night my brother started crying...He had forgotten to wrote Santa Claus he wanted a doll...my mother and I got sewing and sewing and in the morning there was a superb doll in his stockings !!! he was so happy and called Marie-Joe like mum !!!

Suman Pandit said...

Awesome project,totally worth a few Hugs...The resemblance is uncanny!!

Christina said...

Oh! LOVE this!

Bärbel said...

Wow, what a funny idea ! I love it and it looks like Lucy loves it, too !!

mama bleu said...

They remind me of the dolls my mom use to make for my kids. How sweet!!

clgnmoon said...

Mom Dad, what a sweet girl:)How could you not be happy waking up everyday,
Linda

Crooked Coop Farm said...

These are darling! I have boys so I might have to alter the design into monsters or action figures, but this is defiantly a project to try thanks!

Eveline said...

What a great idea, and how cute that they look just like you! You do realise that soon you'll have to make a doll for each and ever member of your family, right? ;)

Artes da Cris said...

Love it! Great Idea! And her face playing is something surreal. She's sooooo cute!
Congrats!
Ana from Brasil

Shannon Phillips said...

These are so cute! And the mama doll really does look like you. I have made a few dolls for my daughter, but family dolls are a great idea!

Stephanie Ann said...

Oh my gosh I love this! It's crazy that the dolls all really do look like you guys :) I'm glad Lucy loves them!

Stephie's Corner

Jo Murray said...

Such a thoughtful way to introduce you daughter to the diversity of people on the planet. She's so gorgeous.

" m(i)e " said...

moh zeg !
Truly lovely !!!!

maeve said...

What PRECIOUS pictures! Your daughter is a doll herself! Your creativity is amazing . . . love how you made those dolls YOUR family. And it is obvious Lucy is loving them!

Autumn Adams said...

So sweet!

DianneCS said...

Wonderful idea! It's so important for her to see herself represented. I am thinking about this a lot now that my daughter is the same age as Lucy. I am Asian American and my husband is Franco Espanol and we live in France. I can't even find an Elmo doll, let alone an Asian-ish doll (at least one that isn't slant eyed or some sort of manga character). You inspire me to do the same and make my own little doll family!

Meghan Thimjon said...

You are so clever and the dolls are darling!!!! Love them!

sylvie said...

great idea !!

Giggles said...

This is beyond precious!! I adore how much she loves her family of dolls! They are so adorable, as is Lucy!

Hugs Giggles

Mary Schweitzer said...

Adorable dolls and daughter! I recently used a piece of muslin on my work table instead of brown paper. It got inks and paints and fun all over it. It will be the body of an art doll.
Did you get my E-mails re your abstract class?
Thanks
Mary

Becky Voth said...

These are awesome! You are such a good mommy!!

Madeline Rains said...

My favorite post from you ever! I love how she looks as if she is high fivin' the papa doll!

artful embellishments said...

These dolls are amazing. I showed Mike the picture of the dolls and without knowing where they came from he exclaims......"That looks like Alisa Burke!" You are such an awesome mom.

FUNDA'NIN DÜKKANI said...

Best wishes from Türkiye...I'm a new blogger,I'm following you for a year.Your creations are very well.

Debi Kibbee said...

What an awesome idea! Lucy is OMG adorable!

Gerry Lynne said...

Lucy is precious and the dolls are wonderful! The mama and papa dolls actually look like you and your husband! You are amazingly talented and gifted to know how just to teach your little one. I look forward to your blog each day! Thanks for sharing from your heart.

studioGypsy said...

love.love.love!! just the BEST!! :) xoxo

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Barnicles Blogger said...

love the fabric dolls, i have a few from when i was young and my gran made me one. She redid the hair of one doll by making crochet wig - it was amazing. Will take photos when i get the chance.

Barnicles
x

Elicia Holden said...


Oh , how absolutely precious ! You Rock Mom !

MONICA A.FERNANDEZ said...

Lucy looks very happy with this fabric dolls. Very safe proyect for kids, no plastic parts. from Tenerife in Canary Islans send you and Lucy a big kisss.

Lori Hernandez said...

How precious! I enjoy your blog. I just had to comment on this post.

Tiia Lin said...

love this idea... in a 2nd generation culturally blended family myself!

Ana Lesher said...

Wow! Beautiful dolls! Our family is also a mix, I am Mexican with German and Spanish genes, my husband is French and we have a 17month old baby boy! I wanted to ask you how you put the hair on the dolls, I tried to find a tutorial on Youtube but didn´t manage to find a good one. Thank you!

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