Kayleigh, a Custom 18″ Doll

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Kayleigh seems the perfect name for this custom 18″ doll. She just appears to shout celebration, life, dance!

It amazes me how much each doll I make allows me to grow and begin afresh. I tend to pick natural coloured hairs, but when Kayleigh’s mom and I conversed about yarn choice we both fell in love with this bright and cheerful lockspun. I would never have picked rainbow on my own, and yet while I was working with it, I have fallen in love with how cheerful it looks. It brings me back to when I was a little girl, when I loved bright colours and fun and happy, playing with my My Little Ponies and stuffies and Charmkins and Rose Petal dolls! I am not sure where the more serious came from as I ‘matured’, but I am thankful for the bottom of my heart that I have been renewed in the love for colour!

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This hair is simply amazing. Kayleigh’s mom wanted soft and delectable and curls, and I am sure she is going to be delighted! Each strand is unique, and I am in love with Cricket Thicket’s talent and abilities in spinning such amazing locks.

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I designed Kayleigh’s outfit to be worn in a number of ways, so she comes to her new home with a raglan shirt, pantaloons, purple overdress, and pink apron. Her new mom can mix and match as she pleases, but being a layer girl I love them all on at once! Her booties are made from alpaca/angora blend in my favourite colour, lemongrass, as you can see they are angelically soft! Her dress has three vintage glass buttons in iridescent white.

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Kayleigh is of course hand made by me in the waldorf style. She is 19-20″ in length, sewn with cotton interlock and stuffed with wool, and her hair has been applied strand by strand to a cap sewn on her head. This lockspun type wool of her hair is very soft with lots of random curls sticking about, but care is needed when playing as some of the strands can unravel a bit. So she is designed with a careful older child or adult collector in mind.

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Because her new mom was so patient with me as I finished the last of our homeschooling for the year, and started to arrange for our move in the summer, I made Kayleigh a special treat to take home with her as a thank you!

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Thanks for viewing, and Happy Summer Vacation! There is much celebrating going on at this house for that reason, and I am sure there is at yours too!

 

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Abigail

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Abigail is one of those sweet tall girls. She has a 16″ body but ended up being taller, almost 18″, with a slim torso. She is lucky, she can fit both my 16 AND 18″ dress sets! Her little face seems so sweet and kind. She seems like she is a bit reserved, but very kind and loyal once she makes friends. A devoted companion!

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And look at those curls! These carrot coloured locks are the softest and bounciest I have made! Almost silky to the touch, with a life of their own! Its such a pleasure to run your hands through her hair.

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Abigail seemed to desire spring cheerful colours, all lilacs and irises and daffodils and roses! Her little matching Mary Janes are delectable super wash wool, and both dress and shoes have vintage glass buttons for closure. She comes wearing an apron and a woollen sweater (sweater not made by me, everything else was).

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If you would like to take Abigail home you can find her in my Etsy store!