Have you seen the Kindness Elves floating around on facebook? It's an idea from the Imagination Tree website for an alternative to Elf of the Shelf. The Kindness Elf promotes giving and kindness by bringing thoughtful heart shaped suggestions instead of mischief and reproachful glances like the typical Elf of the Shelf. I like it! Our Snowflake, of course, is very well behaved and doesn't narc to Santa so she's not in need of replacing but who couldn't use a kind little elf around at Christmas to help remind us what the holiday spirit is all about. I'm sure she and Snowflake will get along famously.
I used the Wee Elsa pattern to make her up. Instead of sewing her arms into the seams I did them with button joints so they'd swivel and she can hold up cards well. Other alterations to the pattern I made are adding black boot bottoms to her legs and changing the shape of the feet to look more bootlike and I knit her a little dress. I can add the details to those changes below.
* Button Joint Arms: Using embroidery floss, a doll needle and two 2-holed buttons, hand sew the stuffed arms to the body as follows: Double thread a doll needle with 20" length of floss. Leaving a 4" floss tail outside the body, insert the needle through the left button, left arm, body, right arm, and right button. Then re-insert the needle into the right button's other hole, back through the right arm, body, and left arm, and exit through the empty hole on the left button. Repeat this circuit again then pull the floss taut and tie off the end. Sew the tails back through the buttons and bury the tails in the body. See this diagram (for bear legs, not doll arms) for a visual. And here is doll with her arms being sewn on.
* Boot legs: redraw the straight leg to have a boot shape. Then cut pattern piece off where you'd like boot to hit the leg and use those pattern pieces to cut out leg fabric. 4 in pattern for the leg and 4 in black for the boots. With right sides together sew the black boot pieces to pattern leg pieces then press seams to one side and then assemble front and backs of each leg. Attach to body as shown in pattern.
*Knitted Dress: worsted weight yarn and size 7 dpns
Please email me if you have any questions at all!