It's no secret that I've become a smitten kitten with Margaret Bloom's book on creating peg doll people. Making Peg Dolls, opened my eyes to a whole new world of cute and has kept Phoebe and I busy since Christmas. Margaret's is one of those perfect books where I am completely happy making the projects exactly as they appear in the book. Her use wool felt along with the painted pegs is brilliant. The toys are adorable, not fussy, warm, the perfect play things. Every project I've tried has turned out so well and just could not be cuter.
Making Peg Dolls and More is just as excellent as the first book for both reasons, I want to make every project just as it's done in the book and it also inspires me to dream up so many spin off ideas. I love all the creative ways the peg dolls come to life in the projects in this book. They fly and spin as tops and puppets. They have their own worlds in felt playmats with the toys tucked in like this pirate one is animated in her adorable book trailer. I am a sucker for little details and Margaret always delivers. Love the net wings and the little red vests on these fireflies.
The stuffed toys she brings into the story are perfectly done, like this dragon.
There are so many projects in this book that are perfect to make as gifts. I've bought the supplies for the cupcake toppers and the snuggly babies.
Phoebe needed some characters for a stop motion video project she is doing in STEAM Club at school and I thought, perfect! An excuse to make a new cast of peg people. I chose the Mermaids and Merman from Margaret's book and the dolphin.
And couldn't stop there and was inspired to make a stuffed whale with spout boy and a clam with a smiling pearl.
Thanks Margaret for asking me to be on your book tour! Here's the rest of her blog tour...
I've been making so much behind the scenes. I hate things I can't share. I'm doing a few blog tour dealios so those will pop up eventually. And I made a new design for Land of Nod. Top secret I guess. Because I'm like super spy Sydney in Alias (my new binge watch). But I made this yesterday all for myself. I'm still obsessed with peg dolls. So much so that I was compelled to make a stuffed toy version of a peg doll. I thought wouldn't she make the cutest pincushion and she does! And Phoebe has taken her over. She made little pin earrings and a crown for her. Very cute. And I seem to have made her in exactly the same color scheme as this little peg clown bear I painted last week.
This stuff is just lovely! I bought it because I was curious and so glad I did because I love it. So soft and not too stretchy, beautiful color. I'm going to use it in Phoebe's Teagan White quilt but I want more. This stuff would make the most wonderful stuffed toys. I need all these colors.
The pom pom garland from the Winter decorations bin didn't quite make it up this year. Instead it's been piled up on my buffet to be a pom pom forest. That's cute too. It's sorta making me batty because I'd envisioned this post holiday, sleek minimalist new year's thing going on in my house after the Christmas bins went to the attic. But that never really works with Phoebe around. Things are only interesting to her if they are in the middle of the living room/dining room. And at least they are cheerful which is nice. I'm working on all sorts of "fun" January projects - eating healthy, budget planning, goal making in general. The type of things from which I need constant distraction.
Some projects are difficult. Project Life is really hard for me. The one bazillion decisions involved... picking photos, placement, embellishment, journaling, etc. I can't tackle it if anyone else is in the house, if I have any errands or interruptions, nothing. I need big empty chunks of time because it's so challenging for me.
Painting peg people on the other hand, way too easy. Especially since I still haven't cleaned them up from Christmas. They're right here on the dining room table with all the paint and the felt and the floss. It's out of my control.