Tuesday 12 January 2010

Melanie's Makeover

yesterday's funtivity was "crafting". I decided to teach her to use my sewing machine (in a very basic way!)!

Material was chosen and a pattern cut to make her doll Melanie a 'summer' dress and a 'winter' dress.

It would be a little makeover for Melanie, who frankly needs more than a couple of new dresses as you will soon see!

Using the machine, testing out all the different stitches!!!

Melanie's 'summer' dress, I admit to doing most of the sewing but her idea for a flower, pockets etc!

and Melanie, modelling her 'winter' dress!

and yes she is absolutely filthy but I dare not wash her, I don't think she would survive it!

and here is Melanie and her sister called "Melanie"! Almost 7 years ago Melanie looked exactly like her sister!!! lol

but we love Melanie as she is today, for all her dirt, leprosy, alopecia and other ailments like one leg longer than the other (thanks Taila) !!!

you see I bought Melanie, a Russ doll, to put in my 4 day old baby's bassinet, the first time we were taken to see her. For those of you that don't know, we were blessed to adopt the Princess. Of all the soft toys that shared her bassinet and later her cot she attached herself to Melanie.

Hence Melanie's loved look. She still sleeps with Melanie, looks for in her the middle of the night while still asleep, wants Melanie when she is upset and after God, loves Melanie next! Daddy and I rank 3 in the love ratings!!! lol

She's now having another beach holiday with her Daddy, their funtivity today is to write a very silly story, each having a turn to do a sentence! Will make for interesting reading!!!

take care


Lindsay's Lounge said...

I want my own grubby little Melanie doll!!!

Aimz said...

That is so cool! Bet your daughter loved them!

Jen said...

what a very special story about Melanie :)

cool dresses I like the winter one best.

LiLi M. said...

Love Melanie! And I think the princess has learned a lot. She tasted the feeling of sewing but in the end she designed and let you do the stitching, now that is better than what I have accomplished in my life hehehe!

Anonymous said...

Well the dresses sort of distract you a bit I guess ;) Melanie is clearly full of love! Perhaps she could do with a gentle hand wash? Just the face? LOL I'm itching to throw her in a hot machine wash right now!

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fun thing to do with The Princess. Melanie is so special - it's lovely when they have a 'friend' like Melanie

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!!!! I'm so glad Melanie has a couple of new dresses to wear! Thank goodness she isn't naked!

Unknown said...

What a heartwarming post Rachael! I love Melanie, dirt and all! And how special for you and princess to make her some new clothes together!! They are beautiful too!
Hugs to all three of you :)

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh, this is just so adorable! Love the Melanie's. So, So cute. And what a great job on the dress! A budding seamstress!


Jennifer Hayslip said...

Omigosh! What a super sweet post! I cant stop smiling and giggling over Melanie. hee! hee! LOOOVE your blog banner! Gorgeous print! ;) XO,Jenn

Pineapple Villa said...

Dear Melanie...she is looking very pretty in her new dress despite all her ailments! Had to giggle about her life! Reminds me of my 14 yo's "teddy" who has been sent home in a taxi after distant play dates, has spent the night in a restaurant under a table and all other exciting adventures. Of course she will not really admit to loving him anymore but i noticed the other day he is still quite nearby!! Hope Melanie does the same, Mel xxx