my friend

January 3rd, 2008

I asked my good friend to make these wooden dolls for my daughter this christmas. After seeing the amazing ones she made for her son, I commissioned (!) her to make some that looked like my family. I thought it would be a nice surprise on christmas morning not only for my daughter, but for everyone to see themselves in little wooden doll form. And they were the best present under the tree. From left to right: my husband, me, my daughter, my son, an uncle, grandma, pop pop, and an aunt. Another uncle was left at grandma’s house, but I couldn’t wait for him to get here to show these little works of art. I was going to spend the rest of this post badgering my friend into open her own esty shop, but this morning she told me she is planning on it. You too might have the chance to have some of your very own! So instead I’ll show you the other fantastic present she made for my daughter.

A little felt book that my daughter calls her special book (or my special for short). I had a similar idea after we played with the felt board at the library and had to have a discussion about how we couldn’t take it home. My idea wasn’t as elaborate as this though. There are pockets for all the accessories and the toilet lid even flips open! It’s given me lots of ideas and I’m lucky to have such a generous and talented friend who not only makes beautiful things, but will let me steal her idea and run with it. But best of all is that it kept my daughter busy (and quiet) for most of the christmas traveling.

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26 Responses to my friend

  1. Alix says:

    joyessly wonderful. kiss your friend from me! sounds like you make a good duo. happy playing

  2. molly says:

    I just saw these posted on flickr. I absolutely LOVE them! And the book is just killing me. I was thinking about making a felt board and some shapes for the girls but this has me thinking about a book now, too! I hope you’ll share with us when your friend opens up shop!

  3. Beth says:

    Oh my goodness! What a wonderful and talented friend… It’s all amazing!

  4. Art Addict says:

    Oh my gosh those are all sooooo cute! Please tell here others think she should definitely open a shop, and post on here when she does. I’d add her to my favorites list in a second. Too cute.

  5. Lina says:

    Very sweet. Love the felt book too.

  6. kirsten says:

    adorable! love both things. clever.

  7. Jenna says:

    Those are so cute. The felt book is such a nice gift! What a nice friend!

  8. Bethany says:

    These are one of those things you slap your forehead and say “why didn’t I think of that?!” They remind me of the fisher price little people I played with for HOURS when I was young, but sooo much better!
    I just read your previous post too and you are so incredibly talented!!! You could open an etsy shop in a heartbeat. I am very inspired by your work :)

  9. Stacy T says:

    Wow how cute and creative!!


  10. AnnieB says:

    totally gorgeous – I want some!!! (and where did your husband get that fetching sweater?)

  11. Laura says:

    I love the little people. Let us all know if your friend decides to make them to sell. I would love to have some for my boys to play with.

  12. plumpfiction says:

    What a fantastic idea, simply gorgeous!!

  13. tracie says:

    That book is amazing..I absolutely love it and the wooden dolls!!! Just perfect.

  14. Inger C says:

    Ohhhh! The wooden dolls! They are just super! All have fantastic personalities. It’s a great idea and very funny too :-)
    Love your stuff too, very beautiful blog!
    kind regards

  15. Monica says:

    amazing!!! I love that book so much….

    will she be my friend too, do you think?

  16. kate says:

    i love, love, LOVE these! so adorable. yes, please encourage that shop to open, i want a set of my own.
    happy new year!
    (and no, i wish i could say that i made the squirrel but alas, he was bought)

  17. Crystal says:

    I just made some playsets with the wooden dolls. Your are cute!

  18. VictoriaE says:

    Wow, both of those gifts are just absolutely touching and special and I could imagine them being played with and treasured for years. And ending up sort of family heirlooms. Guess that’s what handmade’s all about !

  19. thelongthread says:

    I love both of these ideas! The little dolls remind me so much of some that my great uncle painted for me as a child. He would dress them in clothes and I particularly remember one with a little lace handkerchief on her head. So sweet. We plan to make some fairy dolls this weekend.

    I have been meaning to try the felt books as well. Is the book made of wool felt? I seem to have problems getting the acrylic stuff to hold up, but it’s hard to find the wool in bright colors, so I usually try to go with a blend. Does anyone know any great felt sources?

  20. Jen b says:

    those dolls are precious! what a great gift!

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  22. allison says:

    I WANT those little wooden dolls for my son!!! Is there any way she will make them for me?? How much do they cost? They are just so cute!

  23. Lily says:

    Thank you elsie marley for posting the photo’s, it was my pleasure to make them for your daughter & to see how much she actually likes them is wonderful.
    I’d be happy to paint anyone’s family, please see my etsy shop.
    The felt book was very specially made for little lil, I encourage everyone to make one for their little one. Thanks again elsie & everyone for all the kind words.

  24. Michelle says:

    I totally want to make our family. I’m interested to see what kind of play happens.

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