The adventures of a bunch of 18" dolls

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An autograph book is a book for collecting the autographs of others (duh!). Traditionally they were exchanged among friends, colleagues, and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos. Continue reading


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The smaller fan was made using the template from Wren*Feathers “French Fashion Doll” series. The pieces of the larger fan were found online and printed out. The watch is actually a big button with a face from a catalogue and a bead glued to one side.

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Inspired by the papeterie project, I next set to work on a sewing basket.

There is a work basket for Bleuette in a vintage number of Semaine de Suzette (free on The Bleu Door), but it is an open basket, and since mine was going to contain a lot of little stuff, I wanted one that can be closed, at least partially. I found this version in an old Godeys Magazine from 1861 (courtesy of The Victorian Needle who made a life-sized version.)


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I made Becky´s apron from this pattern by Manysmallfriends.

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I just finished this backpack, made from this pattern by AGDollFan. The black fabric was a beast to cut out and sew, but I´m quite happy with the overall result. I had not sewn anything for my dolls in a while and was itching to get going again!


I just finished my dolls´ fireplace, made after this tutorial from and this one from Bear, Dolly and Moi.

The bricks are painted cardboard, covered with Mod Podge and tuckpointed with grout for mosaics.


The tradition of hanging a stocking from the fireplace (or, if you don´t have one, the bedpost) for Father Christmas/Santa to fill with gifts goes back a long time.

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