Monday, February 04, 2013
I've completed my first dolls for Nicaragua. Each country has its own cultur and own way of dressing. My dolls will be going to orphans or very poor children, who I'm pretty sure never get to dress up (some hardly dress at all).
So, seeing my granddaughter play "princess" and dress her Barbies in elegant, glittery, fancy gowns, etc., I thought, why not let these little girls pretend to be all dressed up for a Nicaraguan Festival? So, all of them will have glittered "sandals", long black hair, mostly in braids but all in hair ribbons, and later I will add small purses to wear around their shoulders.
My Hannah (6 yo granddaughter) helps me by "testing" the dolls and playing with them to "see if the dolls will be fun for those little girls." And....bingo! She is certain they will love them enough to sleep with them every night.
My goal is at least 25 dolls by June PLUS 15-20 stuffed bears for babies and toddlers in colorful patterns. (The two boy dolls are prototypes, the group leader is checking to see if it is "acceptable" for the boys to play with dolls...in some countries it is frowned upon, so we're waiting for an answer...meanwhile, it's onward with girl dolls).
The sandals are simple felt, and the glitter stiffens them so that they can be put on and off by the child. (My nursing home craft group next week will braid some hair, glitter some sandals and velcro some lace "collars".