doll giveaway – Maria

and the winner is…. Rhonda J. Thanks everyone for playing! I know giveaways are fun (especially when we're all broke!) so I'll dig around in some more piles and see what I can find.

Okay, how about instead of I try to write an interesting post I just give stuff away. Found this gal under a pile today. She was the first try at the Folkster design. She's sort of a toddler folkster. Her name is Maria, she's 10" tall and the random number generator will send her off to some kind new home. Just leave us a comment and you'll be added to the pot. Thanks for playing!

666 thoughts on “doll giveaway – Maria

  1. amanda says:

    hmmm… future post topics… that’s a hard one! without revealing all of your secrets of course, maybe you could talk about your design process. do the doll patterns usually end up looking like how your originally pictured in your head or is there a lot of evolution between the initial idea and the final product?

  2. Mandy says:

    Ummmmm…..what about something fun for March because according to the JoAnn’s website, March is national crafters month! And, yes, please enter me in the doll giveaway. Thanks!

  3. Chrissy says:

    Would love to win this gal…how about recycling some of your favorite posts from the archives? It may be a little boring for you, but for newish readers, I’m sure there’s plenty of your old stuff that we’d love to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Gretchen Ree says:

    She is cute. We went to the Compassion International headquarters yesterday, and there were many hand-crafted toys made by children sponsored by compassion. It made me think of you because one of the toys was and adorable doll with bright blue hair :) Now my girls really want to learn how to make their own dolls after seeing how other children make their own toys! As far as post topics, um, hmm, maybe tell us how you made Gretchen’s hair so super cute?!

  5. Jill says:

    Suggest a topic for you? You always seem to suggest topics for me to post on my blog! I love seeing what you’re working on – even if it’s not working out or if you’re going a new a direction and why. I love learning about your creative process.\

  6. Susan says:

    Love her! How about this for a topic: Where do you obtain your inspiration from? I always love to hear the varied answers I get when I ask artists this question.
    I would take very good care of Maria, if you’ll let me! :)

  7. lisa says:

    How cute! I love when crafters talk about their favorite materials…and also how they get past creativity slumps (a contest fueled by topic suggestions aside).

  8. Cheryl says:

    Topics…. how about some tips on specific construction dilemmas, without giving away your secrets or patterns. I find doll hair to be a vexing issue.

  9. Amber says:

    that is a-door-bell! i just ordered your archie and olive pattern and i cant wait to make them! i think you should do some posts on the doll clothing that you make! cuteness abounds!

  10. Ann says:

    I would love to take Maria home with me! I would also enjoying hearing about how you got started, how you develop your patterns (the process from inspiration to completion) and your favorite store/sites to buy fabric and other notions from.

  11. Krista says:

    I’d love to know more about what inspires you. And, once you’re inspired, what gets you to the drawing table? I know talking about yourself may seem odd, but we’d all love to hear more about how you do what you do so very well!
    Or perhaps a blog about how you keep track of all your craft stuff. A fun day of crafting is only worth it if it’s just that: fun. But if you’re supplies a buried in a closet or tangled up in drawers, knowing what you’ve got to work with, and working with it, can be a pain in the kisser. :)
    She’s a sweet little doll, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Bethany S says:

    seriously, i love the flavor of your blog, from the finished objects to the thrifting loot etc. Only request i can think of would be to see more works-in-progress.

  13. Carmen says:

    I love her legs. Maybe you can make a doll progression, from what they start lookig like to what they end up, it’s like what they grow into from beginning to end. Your work is great!

  14. Claire Deal says:

    She’s so adorable. I love whatever you post. Always an inspiration. I don’t know how you get so much done with 2 little ones, and I do remember the years of stay-at-home child rearing, although I just became a first-time grandma last week! A new baby granddaughter, who is of course going to love playing with dolls…

  15. Kimberly says:

    Pick me, Random Number Generator!
    You’re so darn crafty, but how about showing us what you make (or don’t make, if you’re not into that kind of thing) for dinner?
    I’m a sucker for a new recipe…

  16. Elisa says:

    Hi! I would love to see how your studio look like as well, you could give tips on craftroom organization and patchwork!
    I love your style and the way you put together the colors and patterns!

  17. J. says:

    Well, I found your site many moons ago via a link in your old “thriftcraft” blog, so I’d say the occasional thrift-finds or thrift-projects post would go down well…
    Such a sweet dolly, I love that button print. And her bonnet. And smile 😉

  18. Barbara says:

    I would love to win her for my niece! She’s so sweet… I second Dena… I love to see what the creative areas of people’s homes look like… whether it’s the kitchen, a craft room or just corner…

  19. erika says:

    Wow, I would love love love to win little Maria!! As for post topics, I love everything you write! You could fill us in on how you find the time to do all the creative things you do as a busy mom of two! More crafts, maybe some outdoor spring photos.

  20. Liz D. says:

    I hate February, too. It’s the pits. I’d love to see/hear about your process in designing/making patterns and how you get them printed. I can’t wait for the patchwork girls!

  21. Michelle says:

    The smallest Folkster may also be the sweetest! I’d love to hear more about where you find all the fabulous fabric you use in your designs, more about your creative process, and sneak peeks into projects in process (I don’t believe you kept the Folksters a secret for so long!) …

  22. Kim says:

    I think that she really wants to travel to North Carolina! She looks adventuresome. I would love to see some more embroidery!

  23. Amber says:

    Oh my goodness – she’s adorable! And that button fabric – too cute!
    I think everyone’s ideas about fabric stash/studio pics is a fun idea!

  24. meg says:

    talk about doll hair, or your design process (or lack there of), or head gussets, or stuffing (do you use wool?). You are a doll maker extraordinaire, so talk about making dolls! oh and pick me, random number generator, please.

  25. Ashley says:

    Very sweet doll! I’m a new reader to your blog and I’ve really been enjoying it. Anything would be new and interesting to me.

  26. yello.cape.cod says:

    An idea…hmm, how about mixing and matching fabrics, and how you know a match-up is working or not? An offer like this even brings me out of the lurk shadows!

  27. Tammie says:

    oh she’s lovely. and she told me she wants to sit on my bed.
    i cant help you with blog topics though…i have my own to worry about.
    but yeah, totally want that doll.

  28. Kate says:

    Aww! Maria is adorable! I love reading your posts and seeing your gorgeous artworks, going about their days (in the photo shoots!). So cute.
    I’d love to have a look at where you do your sewing too!
    Cheers, Kate

  29. Emily says:

    So cute! I’d like to see posts on clothes -making (for you, if you do it) – the clothes you make for Phoebe are adorable, but I’d love to see your take on making adult-sized clothing.

  30. Karli Plant says:

    love love love this gal Maria, there is something about Maria! what do you do with a doll like Maria? you send her my way (if i am lucky enough to be drawn out of the “pot”)
    i think a good future blog topic could be: where do you get all of your supplies?
    could have been done before, but i know I would love to know! love your fabric and all the ric ama bracka!

  31. sarah jane says:

    oh I just LOVE Your site. It makes me happy every time I visit! I would love to see more dolls for sale, and maybe even doll clothes! Keep up the great work!

  32. Bonnie says:

    AH!! She that doll is so beautiful! I think you need to post more about your kids and what crafts/things they like to make with you. Projects?

  33. amanda says:

    I have been reading your blog for years and have been making your dolls for years and I don’t think I’ve ever thanked you! I totally check this whenever I can get online and you are a true folk artist!
    show us some more of your house!
    all my love and respect ! <3

  34. Lisa says:

    Such a sweet little toddler. A future post… how about … hmmm, I don’t know. I always enjoy reading the posts, whatever they are.

  35. Julie says:

    Your dolls are so cute! My 18 month old daughter sees them on the computer screen and says “baby, baby.” I hope to win Maria for her.

  36. tulip says:

    Aw! I bet I have someone here who would love her to pieces! Of course I mean ME not my 4 year old. I have a feeling we would fight over her! 😉

  37. Ginger says:

    She is so adorable. I love all your little dolls. I admit to loving dolls more than my girls do. They are into princess Barbies. Like the movies, hate the dolls! Oh well! But Iwill add her to my cloth doll collection. She is perfect!
    Future posts…. how about some quilts!

  38. Amy says:

    I can’t pass by a chance to win one of your dolls! I would love to hear more about the game Oscar was playing that made him forget about the Wii for a day or two!

  39. karin says:

    oh maria, come live with us! you’ll love seattle, plus there are three girls here waiting to play with you.

  40. Tamsin says:

    I can’t think of anything sweeter than opening a box with Maria inside.
    A future post topic I’d like to see would be how to make your own toys or doll’s clothes.

  41. Jacqueline says:

    Maria is sooo cute! I lover her too..crossing my fingers and hope im lucky! As for the new blog post…how about sharing with us your work space? Would love to visit your creative work space!
    Im also having a giveaway on my blog. Is just amazingly fun and soo wonderful to have my very first giveaway together with other creators/artists giveaways as well!
    Have a lovely merry day and love to you!

  42. Dara says:

    Hmmm…I don’t know if you are still quilting these days but I remember a few very inspiring doll quilt posts, and I’d love to see more of those.

  43. Rhonda says:

    Oh, she’s so cute! I’ve made Olive and Archie, Space Boy, and the Robot for my four year old son. He’d LOVE, too!

  44. Jen says:

    She might be my favorite! Don’t worry about the February slump, everyone’s there with you! Your posts are always great :)

  45. Lotta says:

    Oh, if only there was a way to kiss up to the random number picker!
    Future posts? I would love to see a basic sewing tutorial of some kind again. Like those cute zakka ones you did awhile back. Maybe something Easterish?

  46. Mia says:

    Adorable! Please count me in :)
    Hmm, for topics- how about some of your favorite books that you used or referred to when you were beginning to make your fantastic dolls? Or any new ones you find relevant?

  47. R. Amour says:

    What’s your design process for these adorable dolls? And all your wonderful creations?
    Thanks for such a great giveaway!!!

  48. Leslie says:

    She is so sweet. I wish I could find something so cute under a pile at my house! When I run out of things to post about I usually start posting random pet pictures or photos of my old typewriter. But I’m a bit random sometimes. :)

  49. Rebecca says:

    Maria is such a sweetie. Yesterday I downloaded your paper dolls and my little girls have been having such fun with them. Thank you so much!

  50. Michelle says:

    Very cute! I know a couple little girls(and their Mama) who would love to give Maria a good home.
    How about a post about where you get your supplies from? You may have already talked about that but I missed it.

  51. angela says:

    How do you solve a problem like Maria? Oh, just send her to me. My little one will be four years old soon and I know Maria would be smothered with love and hugs and kisses. Thanks for a chance to win!

  52. Lyndy Young says:

    Loving the doll she is great. I would be interested in how you keep inspired and motivated. Sometimes I just lose my crafting mojo.

  53. Metromom says:

    You have been such an inspiration – I’ve only been planning to make one of your dolls for 2 years now and counting (we’ll see if it ever happens). I would love more eyecandy along the lines of Olive and Archie. Your scenes with the dolls are so cute that I could look at them all day.

  54. Eve says:

    Oooh, I need Maria to come live with me. I love all your crafting posts, I especially love your quilt projects. Oscar’s racetrack quilt was the reason I started quilting.

  55. Sherry says:

    I have really been enjoying your dolls and all of their activities. I know that one of my two girls would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance.

  56. Bean says:

    ooh she’s so so cute, and I’d love to see more photos of Phoebe please, she’s really the cutest thing you’ve ever made!! <3

  57. Lavender Dreamer says:

    She’s very sweet! And I like seeing everything you make! Do you have little projects you don’t post about? That’s what I’m interested in! I love to sew and you inspire me!

  58. Georgia says:

    Future topics, future topics….hmmm…I’m always hanging out for more of your stitchettes patterns. That’s not really a topic though…so I’m no help at all.

  59. Lauren Wilson says:

    I always love dolls that have costumes. Maybe you could do one of your adorable dolls in an Easter bunny costume, or just a little girl or boy in an Easter outfit carrying a basket! My mom always dressed me and my sister up in Easter outfits, complete with gloves and hats.

  60. Rachel Woodley says:

    I’d love to see a post about tips and tricks for doll and softie novices. Cute doll I wish my prototypes looked like that.

  61. Jenni says:

    Oo, what a cute doll! Yes please!
    You’ve already posted a few times on the toy testing proposal – I’d love to see some additional posts to keep up to date (so I can write appropriate people when need-be).
    I’d love a tutorial on sewing limbs onto dolls and other softies (like the monkey). I have such a miserable time of it…

  62. KK says:

    Love the button bodice! I’d suggest some new story lines for your new friends like Olive & Archie’s adventures. I’m sure there must be some mayhem they can get into while cooped up for snow days…

  63. anne says:

    my heart jumped when I saw you were giving one of your sweet sweet dolls away!!
    I like your posts of the dolls doing their everyday things :)

  64. Helen Conrad says:

    I love your blog! Your dolls are amazing. Best of all I love the little glimpses of your children. It is like you live next door and I get to watch the kids growing up.

  65. kellie says:

    my 8 year old would absolutely love and adore her and not let her 3 younger brothers even look at her wrong! thank you for the chance to bring her home!

  66. Erika Douglas says:

    You should explain the rules and guidelines to Raw Raw Monsters!
    A University girl needs something to do in class.

  67. Corey Vee says:

    She is so very cute!
    How about tutorials, or tricks of the trade? I bet you have lots of ideas that your readers would love to hear!
    Your blog is terrific, by the way :o)

  68. Codi says:

    I recently purchased the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern and love it! So Far I made a combination kit/louise. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  69. Katherine says:

    My daughter loves the Archie and Olive story and would love to see more on your website. Cute doll too (as always)! I love the button fabric.

  70. CBear says:

    “Maria. I just met a girl named Maria. And suddenly that name will never be the same to me. Maria”
    Future Topic: how do you go from concept to final product?
    Of note: my little girls’ favorite word is BUTTONS.

  71. Jessica says:

    I think a future topic could include more about what you stock in your Etsy store. I saw your sewing stickers on here, and went and bought them immediately because I loved them.
    I hope I win the dolly, it is so cute!

  72. Katie says:

    She is adorable! I’d love to give her a new home. I’d love to see what your studio looks like and your sketch book/inspiration board/design process. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

  73. Kym says:

    What a cutey!
    My favourite posts are when you come up with a new doll or softie. I also find other people’s sources of inspiration really interesting. Or any sewing secrets you’ve learned and feel like sharing?

  74. Ella says:

    She’s adorable! I have really been enjoying your blog – I am glad I found you : )You do some wonderful work

  75. amelia says:

    My husband found your blog and I’ve been reading ever since. Love your style! I too would like to see your studio and some of how your organize your supplies. What a cutie doll!

  76. Abby says:

    All of your dolls are so cute and I wish I could make them as well as you! Do you think it would be possible for you to post tips on how to make such immaculate yarn hair? Everytime I see one of the dolls you make, the hair is always one of the best ‘Wow’ factors of the entire thing!

  77. Libbie says:

    How do you solve a problem like Maria? Don’t send her off to the Abby, I’m sure she’d like it just fine living downunder in Oz.
    Suggestion for future topics “Crafting all over the world, similarities v differences” Just a thought

  78. alison says:

    how about take some time off and remind of us some old projects of yours? or lead us to your favorite craft sites to visit?

  79. Melissa says:

    How about a discussion about doll hair– felt, yarn, embroidery… what works… what’s a disaster. With a son, I am trying to make fun boy doll at the moment and finding my choice to embroider hair is taking forever and extrememly painful work (a lot of poking of the finger tips going on).
    Thanks for entering me in your contest!

  80. AmyH says:

    Isn’t it amazing how the comments just surge when there’s a giveaway? Well, I can see why. Your dolls are gorgeous, even in the testing phase! I would love to have an original Hillary Lang even if she would have to live in my daughter’s room!

  81. Heather S. says:

    she is so cute! i need a new dolly so bad. i think she would like it at my house i have chickens and honey bees for her to play with.

  82. Kari says:

    Oh me please! I’d love a tutorial on how to make doll hair like Gretchen’s! (great way to get post ideas – I’m in dire need of ideas too!)

  83. kate says:

    how do you get so much done??? how do you stay motivated?
    My fingers are crossed so hard – we’re moving to a new place sunday and I am finally getting a studio, this little cutie would inspire me to work on Olive and Archie.

  84. laurie mcneil says:

    I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring, too!
    As for future posts, I’d love to see more of your thrift finds, if of course you have time for thrifting anymore! I used to really enjoy your Thriftcraft blog. It was great seeing your amazing finds and what you could do with them.
    Thanks for keeping up your sunny blog!

  85. i cant sew says:

    i have talked once before about having a’in the street where you live’ post so people can see the type of neighbourhood others live in. we are lucky enough to have koalas in huge gum trees in the park at the end of our street. then you could have links to other blogs who participate. i dont have enough followers to make it work…but you do :)
    oh and if i won maria would be very very happy!
    %^_^% rosey

  86. Marcia Colbert says:

    I love your dolls, they are adorable. I enjoying reading your blog keeps me inspired but I can’t seem to turn out anything quite as nice as yours.

  87. Cary says:

    I would love to know how you started designing dolls. Do you sew first, then if it works, jot down how you did it? Or do you make a pattern first and then sew? I would love to hear about your process. AND I would LOVE to win that little doll!

  88. The Chatty Housewife says:

    Oh she is just adorable! I would love to proudly display her in my home and she would be loved here by all the visiting children. :) I like the idea of the comment above, what does your studio look like?

  89. Wendy says:

    I just love her main body fabric!!
    How about your favorite shops in the Chicago area? I loved the link you gave to the science equipment store. Anything else offbeat around here that I may have missed?

  90. Anna S. says:

    Maria is a little cutie. Maybe for a future post you should do a simple sew-along. Actually, I have one of your pointy kitties cut out and it is begging (meowing) to be sewn up.
    Anna S.

  91. Limor says:

    My daughter would be delighted to have a new baby. I agree with the 1st commenter. I would love to know more about your design process, and how you come up with your ideas.

  92. Melissa B. says:

    I whould like to see more pictures of the stuff you make. Maybe another free pattern sometime in the future. Please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway. Thanks.

  93. Wanett says:

    She’s a cutie!
    Hhmm…I would like to know what your favorite thing to sew is. You make wonderful softies, but are they your favorite thing? Do you like hand sewn work better?

  94. Sara says:

    I’d love to have her! As to future posts – I just love your pictures. I’ll come look at pictures even if you don’t add any words. But if you want to also type, I like tutorials, rapsodies about fabric, and stuff about your normal life and how you fit all this creativity into it.

  95. Susan says:

    Could you write a post about where you get all the energy to create these creations? I mainly sit on the couch knitting and watching TV. Help us all. This post could be accompanied by a photo of your workspace. No one cares if it’s messy.

  96. rebecca says:

    I know somebody already said it, but the whole process you go through to arrive at your doll and toy designs would interest me endlessly! I would love to win this doll, but I must say that Viola was my all time fave!

  97. Shannon says:

    I love your posts and your little wee ones! Possible post suggestion? I would like to know more about your little doll quilts and the inspiration behind them. Perhaps you’ve already covered this and I missed it. I hope not, that would be embarrassing! Love your blog.

  98. Catherine Evard says:

    Ridiculously cute! 293 other people agree but I wish she would come home to me.
    Future post – Doll Hair – it’s just so hard to get right.

  99. corinne says:

    wow, what a cute doll!
    any shopping excursions,(crafy or other)are fun to post, other WIPs you have, corners of your home…anything you find inspiring and would care to pass on…all would make great posts! You really don’t seem to need any help though!You’re doing just great!

  100. Katherine L says:

    Love the button fabric!! Cute doll!!
    I love hearing about daily routines. I eat the same bowl of oatmeal every morning and that routine gives me comfort.

  101. Nicole says:

    Holy Cow!! Best giveaway EVER!!! As for future posts?? Picture tutorial for yarn hair on dolls?? I know you have instruction in the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern (which I have) I just haven’t had a chance to make it, and I want to see pictures! LOL

  102. IneS. says:

    I have no suggestion, only that I LooooVE your dolls and can’t get enough of watching them. And because of that, I HaaaVE to try my luck and comment on this post! Yours (a silent reader of your blog since a long time)

  103. ang says:

    Maria is adorable. I never comment, so I’ll make this count. I recently learned to sew after owning my machine for 3 years. And I have to say your creations inspired me to buy the machine in the first place :)

  104. Megan says:

    I would really like if you wrote about where you get your fabrics, and it would also be wonderful to hear about the toys that you had and loved when you were a child. Last thing, maybe you could talk about how you learned to sew, and how you learned to make dolls. I’m new to sewing, and still too intimidated to attempt something 3-D. And yes, please enter me in the giveaway. I would love to have your doll for my little daughter to treasure.

  105. Lou says:

    She is beautiful but I’d still like to win an Oscar! I’d love to know what your favorite children’s books are – and Oscar’s too.

  106. Marija says:

    She’s such a cutie! I have the same lovely button print fabric and i can only use bits at a time because i’m too scared of running out.. silly i know.

  107. Kristi says:

    How about a few of your children’s favorite toys(handmade and vintage). I think crafty Moms put some much thought into what their children are surrounded by. I find it so interesting and get great ideas for my own kids!

  108. Caroline Kelley says:

    Not only do you have the cutest patterns, you always find the cutest fabrics!! You should post more about where you find all of the goodness!

  109. Gemma says:

    Personally I’d love to see how your toys progress. So for instance from the prototype to the finished design, I always find it interesting to see how things were tweeked as you went along!
    Other than that me oh please me random number generator!

  110. industrious sarah says:

    She’s gorgeous. I’d love to play!
    Some great suggestions for topics in the comments: doll hair! oh my goodness, yes please. I can’t arrange my own hair, let alone create some from scratch for a doll. And I’d love to see your studio too! I love to see the pics of your nest.
    Thanks for the giveaway xx

  111. strikkelise says:

    Sweet little folkster!
    I´d like to know a little about how craftblogging has changed for you over the years. Yours was one of the first sewing blogs I found, and you had already been around for a while. Thanks for all the inspiration you pass on!

  112. Paula says:

    How about some Dutch dolls? Since I first saw your bonneted babies I’ve been thinking about Dutch dolls… As for Maria, if I win her, she will certainly find a kind home with a 8-year girl that loves dolls. Thanks!

  113. Ann says:

    No suggestions as I adore your wee wonderfuls, & that folky girl would be divine; thank you for the wonderful patterns & musings, I love dropping by here!

  114. Carm says:

    This seems incredible. Giving away a doll? Wow. She’s pretty darn cute too… love the body fabric.
    As far as new topics go… I really enjoy your blog and the range of things you already write on. Someone above suggested maybe something that explores your own inspiration and process. That could be rather interesting.

  115. Emma Loves Stitching says:

    What a cute doll, I have a friend called Maria, this doll reminds me of her.
    Fingers crossed that I get picked in the draw, love your designs.
    As for a theme, possibly Easter??

  116. Shell says:

    I think a post showing your work space would be fab. oh and what about your design process, although I think you may have posted that before:/

  117. Maria Julia Varela says:

    I love your work! You are a nice inspiration for me. And is a really good idea post one a day! Thanks for share with us your cute doll.

  118. melody says:

    Cutie, cute, cute little dolly… what about a post on how you take your photos… they are always so good. Or any new thrift finds, especially fabric?

  119. geek+nerd says:

    Oh, I have a little niece that would go batty over this. I can’t think of any suggestions, except to say, I love your blog! Been reading for ages! xo – S

  120. Mary says:

    How lovely! Should my number be that which is randomly generated, Maria would be greatly loved by my daughter Whinnie.
    No suggestions for future topics…I already love reading every post.

  121. Rhonda Godsey says:

    She is adorable! I love looking at your blog. You are very talented and inspire me! Now if I could only learn to sew 😉
    Maybe you could post something for beginners…

  122. kristen says:

    oh i’ve been admiring your dollies from afar. we’ve been searching high and low for the perfect “soft face” doll for my little girl. if i don’t win, i might have to give in and buy one for her birthday in a few weeks.
    future posts… studio shots, free time activities, tips/advice on plush sewing…

  123. Persephone says:

    You could write a “What I’m reading” post, or you could write a fluffy piece that involves an embarassing fact about yourself. For example, my post would be “Why I love Simon Pegg” or “I have an addiction to Googling people from my past”. You know, something spicy!

  124. Gillian says:

    Just dropped by (on hold in a very long phone queue!) and saw your amazing giveaway! Very generous. I love the fabric, I purchased some of this too, but I’m still thinking about what I want to do with it. If I’m a lucky winner I could always make a little matching bag for Maria! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and really enjoy it.

  125. Peggy says:

    :o) Now that’s when everybody writes something instead of just reading! Maybe Maria would like travelling to Switzerland?
    My kids are 10 – 8 – 5 and I can’t seem to get anything done (anymore). Thumbs up!

  126. Melissa DiMauro says:

    Selfishly, I would love to see more of your fantastic midcentury house and decor. I like living vicariously, since we’re stuck with a mid-70s tract home with wall-to-wall carpet upstairs. Blah!
    Also would like to hear details on how you manage to fit your beautiful projects into an average day with two kids. I’m still struggling with that. You must have some magic elves hidden away somewhere, right? :)

  127. Jeni says:

    great giveaway! i would love to hear tips about creating dolls/softies. i’m expecting in july and want to start creating, but am very intimidated and the few projects i’ve tried… meh. anyway, your blog is fun and i enjoy following it!

  128. Valerie says:

    I’d love to see more of your idea sketches, rough drawings of designs, etc. Your drawings are really inspiring.
    I LOVE the little seasonal sketches that have been gracing your banner in the last few months. They would be fantastic stickers or postcards to print for your etsy shop…I’d buy a dozen.

  129. leslie says:

    I’d like to hear more about your (flower) gardening research and what new you’re going to plant this year- what was the most helpful in teaching what you thought you needed to know last year… I’m longing for warmer weather! Get here already!!!

  130. Kate says:

    Future posts?? Hmm.. how about how you come up with ideas for projects. Or where you find all your thrifting goodness?

  131. Kristi says:

    What a cutie! My daughter would love to snuggle her!
    I would love to see pics of your work space, or of your sketches. I love looking into the crafter process.

  132. Felicia says:

    Awww….she is so cute! I just found out I am having a baby girl. This could be her first doll :)
    I’d like to see more quilts

  133. Valerie says:

    I agree with a previous post. I would love to hear about scenes from daily life in your crafty house. I can’t seem to actually work in enough time to craft like I would like to. Maria is beautiful! She would make a perfect 1st doll for my daughter.

  134. Tracey Brown says:

    She is so sweet! For future topics, I want to know where you get all your great fabrics…I never see really cool fabrics around here, and would love to know where to find them!

  135. tara says:

    Thanks you for the giveaway. I like your patterns but havent thought of buying one yet because my needlework skills arent that great. How about a tutorial on needlepoint skills?

  136. Marilyn says:

    Maria looks like she needs to live at my house. My granddaughter would love to play with her whle she is here.

  137. Maria Julia Varela says:

    I love your work! It´s always inspired me. She is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  138. Rhonda says:

    Wow, Hillary, you are so kind. Studio pics would be great to post, even if it is messy. I think a messy studio is a loved studio!

  139. Marcy says:

    I love to see the process that artists & crafters go through from start to finish. It’s fascinating to see what inspires a final project.

  140. Summer says:

    I would love to be entered to win the doll, may duaghter would love her. An Idea, and I don’t know if you’vedone this befoe, I’m a fairly new reader, would be let us know how you started making dolls. What got you into it, how do you come up with the patterns, that sort of thing.

  141. Jeanelle says:

    I love your dolls so much and some day I will be brave enough to try and make one. They remind me of dolls my crafty Mom would make for me when I was a girl. Thanks for the inspiration!

  142. Ashley Ann says:

    She is adorable! My son has been saying he wants a barbie. Yes, I said my SON WANTS A BARBIE. I would be much happier giving him a sweet little baby like this!

  143. Eleanore says:

    Oh my gosh, Maria is so cute! Hillary, you just amaze me. And your post topics are fabulous! Always interesting to me, especially when you post fabric purchases.

  144. mandi says:

    dear maria,
    we would just love for you to come stay at our house. we have farm fresh eggs and a seemingly endless supply of fabric to make fun dresses for you. you will be loved and adored by a certain 5 year old girl. and probably tossed around a bit by a certain 2 year old boy, but don’t let that scare you- that’s just how he expresses his love!

  145. Amanda B says:

    Extremely beautiful doll! How fun to just find something like that under a pile. I wish my craft room were that magical!

  146. Water Works says:

    I love your work and would love to win. I find your site very inspiring and unique (a good kind of unique!)

  147. Beth says:

    Oh look at the button fabric on her. She’s such a cute little dolly! Whoever wins her will enjoy I am sure! Thanks for doing a giveaway. They are always so fun.

  148. devon says:

    February is a tough month for inspiration I think…though Spring is just starting to peek out over here in CA :o)
    My Miranda Bird would love to snuggle Maria!

  149. Pink Sky says:

    She’s adorable! How generous of you to share her! :)
    As for topics, we can always revisit your doll quilt collection, fabric stash, doll collection, catch up on your home decorating and gardening…

  150. Kara says:

    I saw a rainbow on the way to work this morning, and if I were to win the lovely Maria that would definitely make this a good-luck day!

  151. Allison says:

    I love all of your dolls!
    I wish I was more experienced in sewing because I’d love to try to make your Archie and Olive set. Hopefully someday!

  152. Katie says:

    She is so adorable! I could love to put her next to the turtle, bunny and gnome that I’ve made from your patterns.
    As for blog posts, I would love to learn what goes into designing your patterns: inspiration, time, design (how the heck you figure out how to make all these shapes come together to make such an awesome final product) . .. stuff like that. I would love to know the stories behind your creations.
    Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  153. Marian says:

    The doll must be mine because my name is Maria Johanna! I love it and I hope it will get a good home (fingers crossed it will be my home!) Greetings from Holland.

  154. Alisha says:

    believe it or not, I started singing the song Maria from West Side story when I saw your post title. Maria looks to be the perfect size for a smaller girl or boy to play with.

  155. Ange says:

    You are definitely a creative genius. I can’t get enough of the whole doll world you’ve discovered. Sign me up for the drawing!

  156. caroline says:

    Oh you are so generous, someone is going to be super happy with that lovely lass. I’d like to see a behind the scenes look at your doll photo shoots- they are soooooooooo fabulous!

  157. tif says:

    I know, subjects to talk about are at a loss sometimes….
    who would have thought women would be all “talked out”.
    with spring coming, maybe talk about color… what surrounds you with that color. or share a memory for your age- in reference to the date… like day 1, memory from age of one, day two, day three- etc… something a little fun. oh yea- and randomly pick me!

  158. Melissa says:

    thanks for the give away and you know what they say if you don’t play you can’t win:) she is just as lovely as all the other wonderful dolls you make.

  159. Amy says:

    she is adorable and i am 21 weeks pregnant with a girl and i would love for your lil doll to be her first!
    fingers crossed!

  160. Leah says:

    Very cute – I know a 4 year old girl who would love her. Maybe your favorite children’s books – both those you like for illustrations and for story?

  161. Joy says:

    She’s so cute … I’d love to be in the draw, thanks :o)!!
    How about you do a post on all the gorgeous dolly hairstyles you’ve done. I’m always amazed by your dolly’s “do s” :o).
    Joy :O)

  162. oona b says:

    Maria is a lovely lass, I especially love her dress fabric and her little cap. I think my six year old and I would have to *share* her if we won! Too sweet! Thank you!

  163. Rosa says:

    Cute doll! Perfect for my baby girl :) Random generator, pick me!!!
    A topic? I’m very interested in the creative process from the initial idea to the final finised project

  164. Susan says:

    Love your doll. Would like to see spots around your house – your studio, other spots where your creations live

  165. lia says:

    Cute doll! I have a ten-month old baby and I want to learn how to make dolls for her. You are certainly an inspiration!

  166. Alison says:

    What a great doll! I love the fabric you used! I would also like, as someone mentioned above, to see a bit about your design process.

  167. Gina says:

    Thanks for taking time to blog about your work. I love seeing all the new stuff. Your dolls are always fabulous!

  168. Katie says:

    I started reading your blog from coming across your contribution to The Crafter’s Companion. Hi!
    The doll is super cute. I would love to win her.

  169. Marybeth says:

    Oh heaven’s sugar pie that dolly is adore. Please, please enter me. because a) I could never make her and b) I could never afford her
    Your work is lovely. I always drool.

  170. Nanc says:

    With a new baby girl, I guess I need to start thinking about dolls for her. Your dolls are lovely, and I would love to give her a home.

  171. karlie says:

    And just because I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery…She’s adorable and I hope you will add a pattern for her to your shop!

  172. Isabella Hunt says:

    I love her! I collect dolls like you do! You actually got me hooked on vintage children’s books too.

  173. jessica says:

    Oh gosh. My daughter would so love this little gal. I check your blog EVERY DAY. I’m always anxious to see what’s up in your world. I love your stitchettes and I’d love to see more about the embroidery you do.

  174. Kayte says:

    A toddler, huh.. not so sure we want her –I am not sure I can handle another one who doesn’t listen to me, cries over the which vegetable I picked for dinner, and thinks it’s just okay to refuse a nap here and there! lol!!!

  175. radmama says:

    I would love it if Maria came to live with us. Our tiny, toddling 8 month old already has a soft doll fixation. I think I’ll have to learn how to make some.

  176. Peta Wong says:

    Maria is too cute…and so is her little pony! Thanks for sharing…plus all your inspiration!
    No need to write a post..your photos say it all!!

  177. Lori says:

    She’s so cute!
    Seems like you’re always making something new and adorable. Where do you get all your energy? (And could you send some my way? LOL)

  178. Mary Ann/ca says:

    yes, what does your studio look like? My is small and dark and needs a make over. And the dolly just needs to be part of my grand daughters 1st birthday present!

  179. Jean says:

    This is a darling little doll. I’ve done some basic sewing but would love to have one of these dolls to inspire me!

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