On October 9th, I stalked The Black Apple's etsy shop because the word was out that Emily was going to list a couple of doll making kits. The kits would include original fabric by the talented Emily Martin. Knowing that these kits would likely go fast, I decided to check her shop every hour (madness, I know). Finally, she listed her kits and I was fortunate enough to snatch one up. I believe she listed 20 something kits of 3 designs and they all sold within 4 minutes! So, above is the finished product and I like her. The fabric is a nice weight and the entire kit is very fast and simple to sew up. However, when it came to painting the face I was extremely nervous. I have made Black Apple Dolls in the past (here and here), but never with Emily's original fabric, which is the whole reason why I bought the kit. I knew that if I messed up the face the entire doll would be ruined forever =( Do you remember that childhood game Operation, where you have to have a really steady hand or else a freakishly loud buzzer would sound? That's how I felt when painting the dolls face. I went ahead and lightly penciled in the eyes and lips (per Emily's suggestion) and then painted the face. In the end, I think it turned out just fine. I still would love an original Black Apple Doll, but for now Serrianna (my daughter named her) will do.
I do have to point out the cute little birdie button on Serrianna's scarf. It's one of Elsa Nora's handmade buttons, which I blogged about yesterday. The button makes this doll very special to me, because I have combined two of my favorite artists' works in one doll =) Serrianna now sits near the books where she feels most natural.
Have a great weekend!