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Oh dear, I have discovered another delightful store selling dolls, and how lovely are these raggidy rag dolls?  I think I could easily get an addiction to these types of dolls.  Maybe I could kick the man of the houses signed football and other gaff out of our display cabinent and fill it up with cute dolls?

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As well as these super cute dolls, you will also find some gorgeous t-shirts featuring the doll designs.

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Check out Raggidy Rag Dolls for some more lovely creations.

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In celebration of Australia Day, here are a few handmade finds that are very “Australian”

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1.   Kurrajong Aboriginal Products Aboriginal Elder Doll

2.  Ollie Rose Kangaroo Onesie

3.   Urchin Designs Boy Thong Shirt

4.  Ponz Handknitted Koala Bears

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 1.   Please Eloise      2.  Little Babushkas      3.  Vintage Vibes        4.  Vintage Chenille

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One Red Robinis another totally divine Australian store on Etsy who make gorgeous toys.  The detailing and artistic creation that goes into making these is amazing, I think I could stare at them all day.  How would you ever choose which one you wanted to take home.

One Red Robin is the creation of Jhoanna, and from the sounds of her bio on her site One Red Robin, is one very busy mum.

If you are looking for a very special handmade gift then I think these would make an outstanding one.

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Lolly Dandy Crayon Apron  Spin Spin Boris the Elephant   Wittle Baby Watermelon Doll  Your Cheeky Monkey

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Visiting the Etsy shop Hello Dollies propelled me straight back to my childhood and a love for Raggedy Anne Dolls.

This absolutely sweet cloth dolls are handcrafted by Dawn on the central coast of Australia and I am sure if you love this style of cloth doll then you will love these ones as well!

Whilst having a look at Hello Dollies, I also recommend you pop over to her 10yr old daughter Kates site, Kate Doodlez.  A young girls site that will definitely bring a smile to your face.

I really don’t know how long I am going to be able to resist not purchasing one of these, surely my boys would love one :).

 

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Many months ago I came across some examples of Japanese Felt Food and was quite amazed.  So amazed I decided I could make my own.  This resulted in buying some felt getting a pattern and attempting a sandwich.  My tomato slice wasn’t too bad, but my lettuce was deformed and I decided it was not quite so easy after all.

I really like felt food.  It is a fantastic alternative to plastic food toys for the kids, so much nicer to give them a lovely handmade set of felt food to encourage imaginative play than some plastic junk for the shop.

Sam McLean is one of those clever people out there who can make felt food, and she has some fantastic items in her Etsy shop, in fact checking them out did make me every hungry.

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Here is my five minutes with Sam:

What inspired you to start your business?
I have always sewn and created, mostly for myself and my girls, and I began with some ladies clothes in the shop. Then last Christmas I made some felt food toys for my nieces and they loved them. I made some for my Etsy shop and they have been so successful that the clothes got moved to a second Etsy shop, Retrology.
What was your first sale?
I sold a ladies Blue Willow pattern skirt last January (the fabric was from a tablecloth).
What is your biggest seller?
I have a few items that sell well. Coming up to Christmas the jar of felt strawberries has been very popular, along with the jar of berries with the pot of cream. The meal sets (taco, burrito, fish dinner etc) also sell well.
What item couldn’t you live without?
That has to be my little old faithful Janome sewing machine. I use it every day and it’s never let me down. This new year I will be treating it to a service!
What is on your christmas wish list this year?
Hmm, I seem to be well set up, but we just bought a 1960’s teak frame lounge suite on Ebay that needs re-covering. That will be a nice Christmas / birthday / New Years gift for me! I also revamped my studio this year, so I guess you could say that Santa came early to me. Just to have a relaxing Christmas day with our families and remembering what Christmas is really about is my wish.

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