Adventures in Unschooling

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So Anna’s doll has blush and eyes now. At this point in time I am considering leaving her mouth-less because I have no idea how to tie the mouth off without it looking sloppy.

Here she is:

There was a point there that I thought I would never get this doll done. Here are many things about this doll that have turned out less perfect than I had hoped they would and that has been discouraging to me. So it’s a little miracle that she is finally done and ready for the easy part: the clothes.

Anna’s gift will be ready in time to box and wrap for Christmas.

I can tell you that the amount of work (combined with the high price of the materials) have made me think that I am not going to attempt a Bamboletta again. If you are thinking of soing this, do yourself a favor and buy one. Ha ha ha.

But out of all of the toys that Anna has ever received she is the most excited about this one. I showed it to her this morning and she gave it a great big hug. Much, much more recognition than her other stuffed toys have received.

Anyways, more to come.

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Well she is all sewn up and she has hair. Hip hip hooray!

I used the hair tutorial from Crafty Sheepto inspire me for the hair. It was much simpler than what I was originally going to do.

Now I just have to finish her face. I am not a competent embroider and I am not sure how to seal off the mouth etc. without it showing. I have been putting this off for a long time because I am so nervous about it. If anyone has some advice on this I would really appreciate it. 

The clothes are going to be incredibly easy after all of this.

First off I really want to apologize for this next stream of pictures. I had fully intended on taking pictures of each step but the doll whipped itself up so quickly I just forgot. I will try to fill in the gaps.

The head is made of stuffing. I would rip the stuffing into strips and lay they across from each other (like how you draw one of these stars: *) When I had a big pile I grabbed the ends and pulled them into a bag then I stuffed it into a small mesh tube that had one end sewn off already.

Then I poked a needle through the head with some embroidery thread (hard to do by yourself FYI) and tied it off in the front. That makes a crease in the face. I also grabbed a small wad of wool and sewed that onto the face to make a nose.

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Then I sewed a tube of skin fabric and stuff that into it. Then you bind off the top with a needle. Mine isn’t pretty but it will all get covered by hair so I didn’t bother being dainty.

The bottom is harder. You want to bunch it together without making a dozen creases in the face. Once I got it pretty smooth I used an elastic band for the closure. Then I sewed it together a bunch of times over. I left the elastic in. What will it hurt I ask?

Then I sewed the arm pieces and the body pieces leaving a couple or inches (or more) undone at the ends.

The first thing you add is the arms. I wrapped one arm’s open ends around the nubbin leftover from the head and sewed it on securely. Then you do the same with the other arm. Make sure your arms are facing the way you want them too (especially if you have thumbs on her).

DSC06604Then the body slips on like this:

You secure the top layer at the shoulders and very strongly at the head (which bobbles a lot right now). Then you stitch it into the rest of the arms etc.

I think I made the head a wee bit too peanut shaped but I think the distinction will be less prominent with a full head of hair.

I am most nervous about the eyes and mouth to be honest and I haven’t figured how I want to do the hair yet. I am leaning towards crocheting each strand into it individually I just want to make sure it won’t pull out or rip out damaging the “skull.”

If anyone has any advice???

And before we got an unwelcome dump of snow here my hubby was doing work in the yard. Here is a picture of the boys having a root beer break:

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And this is a tiny bowl I dry felted:DSC06520

I think I will save it for Anna when she gets her own space.

In my personal life we are still having toilet training troubles. My four and three year olds both refuse to use the potty! I am considering putting them in some kid of activity where other kids will notice and point out the improper behaviour. This might correct. We have realized that they must want to do it for themselves (after well over a year of trying to get Trey to re-potty train) but they aren’t getting any desire to do so around us. Arg! Sometimes I swear their baby sister will train before they do.

And we still haven’t figured out what the next couple months to a year will look like for us. My husband did pass his entrance exam but there has been a delay in getting his package. Once he get that we can proceed again. We have been waiting for this for so long. I would really love to see it moving a little bit more.

I also had my wisdom teeth out recently and that has made for a rough week. My gums are feeling OK overall but I can’t wait to be able to open my jaw enough to fit some of my favorite foods in.

My baby has learned a couple words in sign language. She says, albeit inconsistently, milk and more. She is also standing up on everything and will likely be walking before her first birthday! Yippee!