back to school craft: mommy doll

September 7, 2010

Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise
You might remember my post about back to school books a few weeks ago where I described Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise by Alice B. McGinty.

The little girl, Eliza, is sad that her mommy can't come to school with her, so she makes a mommy doll during craft time. 

The doll is wearing a red dress and blue shoes just like her own mom. This ends up comforting her all day long. 

Immediately, after reading this book, Juliet asked if we could make a mommy doll for her when she goes to preschool. Since I have a great love for clothespin dolls, I said, "sure!" And we set about to gather up the supplies. It took a while to scrounge up a clothespin, but we eventually found one. Juliet got out the button box and was supposed to pick out two for the shoes. I thought it would take 5 minutes tops.

It ended up taking 2 weeks. 

She could never "find the perfect pair of shoes!" Every time I suggested we make the doll, she would spend 10 minutes searching for shoes and then decide that she didn't want to make the doll anymore. 

So the first day of school came and went--with no mommy doll. 

A few days ago, I ended up taking matters into my own hands. Here's what I came up with: 

mommy doll close up

An exact likeness of myself...

mommy doll side view
Baby bump and all...
mommy doll supplies

I had a clothespin left over from the 12 days of Christmas Crafts and Mermaid dolls from Juliet's Birthday party, scraps from Lucia's rose pillow, a few buttons, and a bouncy ball. The blue yarn was chosen by Juliet over black for my hair because "her favorite color is dark blue."

mommy doll rainforest

Juliet was thrilled with the doll and has been carrying it around the house for the past two days. She calls her, 'Vanessa".

mommy doll and owl

Vanessa has been busy doing the things Vanessa packing Juliet's lunch in her too cute for words owl lunchbox.
mommy doll and giraffes

Talking to random giraffes...
mommy doll and bunny

And bottle cap bunnies...

mommy doll with rocks

And of course, admiring Ben's seventh grade rock collection.

For more fun back-to-school projects, check out: ABC and 123 and, Childhood 101



Ticia said...

I love how VERY pregnant she is. That is way too cute.

Silver Rose said...

Oh my goodness, I love it! What a great doll to have on the first...or 15th day of school! I love the baby bump! :) So glad I have been following your blog, you have the best posts!

Jackie said...

That is awesome! I love the baby bump. How creative.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

This is such a cute idea! I love the blue hair and the baby bump! : )

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Adorable! I love Vanessa's adventures! She should have a story-book - like Flat Stanley!

RedTedArt said...

So cute and love how it is so life like!!! :-)

Would love for you to link up with Kids Get Crafty over at Red Ted Art. The link is every Wednesday and here is this week's

Hopefully see you there?!



Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I love the fact she's pregnant! Way too adorable. Hope preschool is going well!

RedTedArt said...

"Thank you" for linking up :-)

Look forward to seeing you again!!!


Christie - Childhood 101 said...

That is just too precious. Would love you to link up to We Play on my blog tomorrow (Tuesday) if you are interested, I know my readers would love Vanessa :)

Kebeni said...

LOL just gorgeous, when is she due?

amandab said...

LOL! Vanessa is lovely, and I love the baby bump! And if it takes two weeks to find the perfect shoes for a doll then I think someone may have a shoe fetish later on! LOL

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Thank you for linking up and for your kind comment, I am a new found fan of your blog as well, have been reading for a while but never commented before :)

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