13.4.11

A Wee Doll Swap Wrap-up & Give-Away



I don't think there's much else to say about the swap except, "Wow, that was fun!" From all the feed-back I've received from participants, I think the feeling was unanimous...



On this post, I'm featuring dolls made by some of the children who participated in the wee doll swap I launched in February. There were over 50 participants for this swap and 15 of those participants were between the ages of 5-13. Their creations are delightful! To see the little stories and original poems which accompanied some of these dolls, you can have a look at the doll gallery here.



Because there has been interest among participants from the doll swap (and also a goodly number of folks who did not hear about the doll swap in time to sign-up), I am planning to host another swap which will be officially announced May 1st (with a thematic "teaser" post or two during the last week of April.) The swap will not be peg-dolls but should be delightful in it's own way. The groups this time will be smaller (only 3 participants per group) and there will also be an opportunity for children to participate.


Then, on December 1st, I am hoping to launch another swap thematic to the holiday season. Because December is a busy time for most, groups will be small and the swap will have a quick "turn-around." Peg dolls will be an option for this December swap (not, however, a mandate...)


Thank you to everyone who joined me for this creative peg-doll adventure...


I hope you will join me again in May to celebrate the Wings of Spring (that was a hint... and it was a big one!)




And now, for a final bit of peg-doll magic...




I am giving away...




A rainbow of 5 fairies!

The give-away will be open through April 19th. Please leave a comment under this post to participate. You must also leave me a way to contact you (email or a link to your blog) in case you are the winner of the give-away...

A little fairy comes at night,
Her eyes are blue, her hair is brown,
With silver spots upon her wings,
And from the moon she flutters down.

She has a little silver wand,
And when a good child goes to bed
She waves her wand from right to left
And makes a circle round her head,

And then it dreams of pleasant things,
Of fountains filled with fairy fish,
And trees that bear delicious fruit,
And bow their branches at a wish;

Of arbours filled with dainty scents
From lovely flowers that never fade,
Bright ‘flies that flitter in the sun,
And glow-worms shining in the shade;

And talking birds with gifted tongues
For singing songs and telling tales,
And pretty dwarfs to show the way
Through the fairy hills and fairy dales.

-- by Thomas Hood

April 20th, 2011
Addendum:
The winner of the give-away (via Random Number Generator) is Maureen of Twig and Toadstool!!

31 comments:

  1. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you...I had so much fun swapping. I love my little collection of dolls that have traveled around the world and arrived at my home to live on a sunny shelf overlooking our garden. I can't wait to be part of all the fun again! Count me in, Alison xxx

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  2. Looking forward to joining in again. Such a fun swap!
    Natalie x

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  3. Wow such great wee people, what talented little ones!

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  4. it has been so exciting opening your blog and discovering new wee ones. it is like happening upon a fairy garden and it brings my whole family much joy. thank you!

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  5. I love those squirrels! When I saw them I thought to myself "Monkeys! I must make monkeys!" Only, I'm not sure about adding ears and tails. Hmmm. Must ponder the monkeys for my monkeys. (:

    Also, the sprites? They were from The Sun Egg, right? My brain wants them to be Lord of the Rings. (:

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  6. The swap really was so much fun. I can't wait to find out what's next!

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  7. The spring peg doll exchange was such a wonderful experience! I look forward to the May event! Thanks again for organizing!
    --rhonda

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  8. can't wait to find out what the next swap is! i am in, what fun.

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  9. I had a wonderful time participating in the peg doll swap, and I can't wait for the next! What a generous giveaway!! I have been drooling over your rainbow peg people for a while now...too cute!

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  10. Can't wait to sign up for the next one! The kids and I had a terrific time swapping.

    Thanks for the chance at the giveway!

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  11. I would love to participate next time!
    And I would love to have some quality play time with your giveaway peg fairies.

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  12. I'm definitely in for the next swap. I can't wait to hear what the theme is (that big clue didn't help at all, lol).

    I've really enjoyed watching different bloggers show us their treasures as they arrived. I think it's great to have smaller groups next time. The thought of 5 x international postage (esp with USA being an extra $9 per parcel these days) was what put me off the peg doll swap.

    Bring on May 1!

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  13. Joining in early this time! Whole family enjoyed the Wee doll swap. Loved looking through the gallery and seeing the other dolls. Looking forward to see what you've dreamed up for the next swap! Crafty fingers and thinking cap at the ready!

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  14. Thank you so much for turning me on to the world of peg dolls! I didn't participate in this swap but i will do the next one. I just can't get enough of them!

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  15. I have loved peg dolls from the first time I saw them on someone's blog, but has of yet to dip my toes into that water. (I just keep imagining the look on my hubby's face if I started ANOTHER craft!) ;) These rainbow ones are adorable... peg dolls and rainbows are a wonderful combination! Thanks for sharing all the inspiration!

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  16. ohhh, super cute!!! thanks for the giveaway!
    Mary

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  17. i am new to the wonderful world of gnomes and fell in love with the rainbow family of gnomes. absolutely delightful!

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  18. I was bummed I missed this one but can't wait for the next one!

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  19. I am SO glad you will host another similar swap! I was a day late this time. But I did find your blog and have read through all the archives :)

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  20. Look at you now M. Bloom! 112 followers singing your praises..hope that pincushion arrives soon! xxS

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  21. I am feel honored by my 112 followers... though, as another blogger once said (and I paraphrase), "You are welcome to follow me. However, fair warning, I'm not really sure where I'm going..."

    Shannon... you know I'm on "pins & needles" in anticipation of that pin cushion...

    xo
    MB

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  22. oooh, the fairies are so cute! and thank you for your comment on my blog. I sent you an email so you'd have my address. and here's my blog link:
    http://mama-days.blogspot.com/

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  23. Sorry for not leaving my details!

    Email: fjkelly6 at gmail.com

    And thanks for the tip for the antenna!

    Fiona

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  24. Thanks so much for hosting the Spring Wee Doll exchange, it was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to see what's created for your next swaps!

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  25. errrr...YES please!!!! Rainbow fairies are always welcome here!!!
    xo maureen

    ps...thanks again for all your help with the swap!!

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  26. Isabella really enjoyed the kid swap...she is currently in the process of making herself a squirrel and wishes she had made an extra one for herself at the time...I just painted my very first peg and she is on my blog if you want to check her out :)
    Thank you again for organizing the swap...it was alot of fun and so wonderful to see so much wonderful young talent! xox

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  27. I love these types of little peg dolls. Where do you purchase your bases?

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  28. I have loved seeing these creations throughout blog-land:) Such precious creations.

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  29. I am so in love with your peg dolls. I've been so inspired to make my own and my wee girl loves them! Add me to the list and I am definitely interested in the next swap.

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  30. they are just as cute as can be...every single one of them. sad to have missed out on the swap...maybe in the next round. glad to have found you. xx

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