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!)
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