23 Apr 2009

autumn gnome



Oh, joy.



The computer is back, limping a little but safely home and ready to work.

I was up a little late this morning after having trouble getting to sleep last night.

Late night thinking - brings some great ideas but makes for a messy morning.
I managed to get the cheese and bacon rolls baked in time for school lunches with the extras being scoffed for breakfast.
Stephen has headed off on his bike and the house is mine .





scarlet runner beans and a ghost leaf


I'm heading into the Ruby Pear today to deliver a few dolls.
Rachael has made a blog for the shop if you want to take a look.
Very pretty and plenty to explore.
Fancy just deciding it would be lovely to have a shop and then opening a shop.




two cuties in a case



Niche market sewing continues night and day but the walk into town today will be a lovely change of pace and a chance to use a different set of muscles, give my hands and fingers a rest.


We are enjoying superb weather here at the moment and the trees have finally started to put on their autumn finery.
Our winter wood was delivered a couple of days ago and is waiting patiently for someone with the inspiration to stack it into the wood shed.


Years ago I collected a bunch of homilies from some old people who had lived in Launceston their whole lives and so had their parents.
One of them was that the first fire for the autumn/winter was always lit on Anzac day.

Not because of any cultural significance but that was when the weather was too cool to do without that delicious woody warmth.
Well, Anzac Day is this Saturday and we had out first fire last night although I have had a couple of fires in the kitchen woodstove to warm and cheer the mornings when it has been a little gloomy.
Lots of people have been saying that the weather has been unseasonably fine and I admit that we often have fires as early as March but obviously there were many mild autumns in the past.






Any way to celebrate the return of the computer and the return to normal communications and the return of snuggly warm fires I have decided it is time for a give away.






Not these two little sweet hearts who are going to the Ruby Pear today




felted wool baby



But a smaller version of this woolly baby, above, made from a felted cashmere jumper, soooo soft.
I will be making a whole bunch of them for Niche but I'll keep one aside to give to the lucky winner.


The story behind them is that while most of my knitwear has been residing in the garage the moths attacked many of my collection of lightweight jumpers ( sweaters) those that couldn't be salvaged were put into the washing machine on the hot meanest cycle meant for household cottons and felted down to produce the most beautiful array of softly coloured fabrics for me to play with to my heart's content.



felted wool


felted wool


The plan is to make some little babies, like the one above but only about 3 or 4 inches tall, perfect for hiding in a pocket or handbag.
You could hold one in your hand and people would barely know it was there, but you would and you would know that no matter what that little doll would be sending beams of peace and gentleness into your life.


Juts leave a note on this post and next Thursday, as I am desperately, no calmly, finishing off all my bits and pieces for Niche I will announce the winner of a little woolly baby pocket friend.




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  1. Hi Jenny, as usual your dolls are lovely! The wool fabrics look beautiul and soft. I'm glad your computer is back- I look forward to reading your posts everyday. I would love the chance to win the giveaway! I would love to have a little woolly baby to keep me company while I am at work, wishing I was able to be at home

    Marlya xx

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  2. I LOVE the gnome!! :-) Thanks for the Anzac Day reminder - must make some biscuits. I'm not sure if the baby drawing is open to US mailing addresses? If not, I can have it sent to my MIL in Adelaide (if I'm the lucky winner) ;-)

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  3. Oh, Lovely!!! Please include me in the giveaway, Jenny :)
    Blessings,
    Niki

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  4. Your felted batch even look nice. We would love to enter the fun. Many hands in this household would love to hold a little doll from Tasmania.

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  5. O happy accident! I am sure little girls would love dollies that were so small and soft.

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  6. Oh, if I am lucky enough to win, you can just post it along with my babygirl's doll.
    :-)
    Good luck to all!

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  7. Just gorgeous, Jenny. I would love to win one!

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  8. Oh what beautiful hues of fabric your jumpers have become! Your little dolls will be very special and beautiful indeed.

    Thank you for such a generous give away. I would love to be included in the draw.

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  9. Oh, my Katy Gater would love this little dolly. All the babies are gorgeous as always Jenny.

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  10. Hi Jenny,
    I only recently discovered your blog and I love it! You are so very talented and I would love to be in with a chance.

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  11. I love the idea of felting your sweaters and using them as fabric. I will keep my fingers crossed for the draw!

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  12. Welcome back online Jenny. Your dolls are so lovely, please count me in in the giveaway, i'd love to give home to one of your little ones :))

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  13. Your dolls are so nice.
    Regards, Sabine

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  14. Yes, please. I'd love a little baby doll to give to my niece. Many thanks.

    Best,

    Anna Marie

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  15. Jenny Wren, I don't usually go on give aways but I just love your dolls and eventually want to adopt one for my little girl but not until we move,so I thought why not try.... But for many reasons I would keep this little baby for me... And she would be loved...

    Chezza

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  16. Hi Jenny, I never enter give aways - not sure why, but I just don't! I would love to win a little doll for my little girl - she would be lovely and warm in a felted jumper up here in the north of Scotland ... and very much loved by her too I am sure! I also love the start of Autumn - it's a real nurturing season, isn't it? Have a lovely day.
    Lorraine

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  17. Ooh, please include me Jenny...I'd love to give a home to your sweet little dolly. :)

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  18. Your dolls are so lovely. Count me in,please

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  19. I love the idea of the pocket dolls - a wonderful way to use your jumpers (although I'm sorry the moths got to them - how very annoying).

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  20. Please count me in, your dolls are just lovely.

    Nadege

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  21. I would love to win anything you make...love your site!

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  22. Please enter me in to win this sweet doll. I have some girls here who would love it very much and give it a good home.

    ~Karen in Ohio

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  23. Hi Jenny!
    Please count me in for a chance at your give-away. The wee doll will be cherished by the lucky winner.
    Yours,
    Rosemary

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  24. Jenny ~

    I read your blog often, but I only post a comment every once in a while.

    I have a little girl who would love this little baby.

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  25. Thank goodness your computer is fixed, I am addicted to your postings! How generous of you to have a give away, especially when you are so busy. Please include me in your draw.
    Our Anzac day is going to be busy with our son's 21st birthday gathering of family & a few close friends. Melbourne's weather for this coming weekend is going to be rainy & cold so our open fire place will be lit.
    kind regards, Jenny McH

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  26. I love your dolls! They must have been pretty sweaters - the colours are lovely. My boys and I would be so excited to win the baby doll. I'm thinking she would be nice for a snuggle when someone gets an ouchie - which happens fairly often!

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  27. Oh, I'd love to win anything you make!

    Georganna

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  28. Hi Jenny~

    As we love our little Hannah so much, we'd love to win this sweet little doll.

    Kerri in WV

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  29. Oooooo I LOVE waldorf dolls and so do my children (all 7 of them!)
    We would love a chance to win one!
    jocelyn

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  30. I'd love to win if you're allowing people in the U.S. to enter. :)

    They are beautiful.

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  31. How sweet. I would love to be entered.
    Thank you
    Dana

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  32. The dolls are lovely! Just happened on your blog, and have been admiring your creativity. Would love to win this sweet little baby. I have a little one who would love it!

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  33. Definitely want to be included! :) My daughter would LOVE one of your beautiful dolls.

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  34. thank you for this calming and inspiring blog- i read it daily, at least when my computer decides it will connect to the internet.
    good luck with all the lovely busy-ness of sewing and stitching! keep your peace!

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  35. Absolutely lovely, as always. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  36. Dearest Jenny,
    You are just so talented with your doll making. They are just beautiful. Please enter me into your wonderful giveaway. My little girl who is 3 would just love one!
    Take care & God bless
    Melissa

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  37. Beautiful wee woolies.....

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  38. How gorgeous. I would love to have one of your woolly babies - what a wonderful way to re-use items. All the best with the Niche market - we are hoping to get to the next one. Regards, Daffodil Angel

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  39. i would love a new friend almost as much as i enjoy reading your blog, jenny. : ) be well and enjoy your cooler weather ... we're done with our share here in kentucky!

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  40. Oh Please Jenny, I would love to own one of your wonderful creations (Big Smile here). Count me in on your give away please!!!
    Sincerely
    Pamela Watts

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  41. Hello Jenny. As always your dolls are lovely. I would love to be entered in your very generous give away.

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  42. What a wonderful doll for my beautiful granddaughter Miss Maggie who turns one in May!
    We also use the rules of no heater/fire until Anzac Day! Thought it was "he who stacks wood" being stingy!!!!
    hugz,

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  43. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one of your beautiful creations! I can think of no better gift for our latest baby, due in July!
    Liz

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  44. Oh thank goodness your back I always lookout for your postings. We would so much like to go into your giveaway draw. Your last little paragraph really got to me as I can just imagine my autisic son holding it in the palm of his hand but small enough to hide. Now he is 12 he doesn't like to be seen holding & feeling things but it is so calming for him to do so. Leather felt & wool are his favs.

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  45. Just wanted to say how beatiful your dolls are. The peace and calmness in which they are made is radiated by the doll. Reading your blog always makes me feel capable - I just need to take a deep breath, slow down and approach whatever my project happens to be deliberately and slowly. Thankyou
    lavendersmiler

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  46. Jenny I would love to enter the giveaway, I love the anticpation of a giveaway. Will I be the one, etc? Its a delicious feeling, just like finding a treasure at my local oppie.
    Have a wonderful day, from a wet Northern Tas
    Rachel R

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  47. Your dolls remind me that I am never too old for a little doll in my hand!

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  48. oh, what a precious little baby! The spotted red and white cap suit the green perfectly. Wishing I was closer, Niche looks like an inspiring place to be...hope it goes well for you.

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  49. Ill pop in to say Hi, but I was lucky enough to win last time, so that wouldnt be fair, would it?
    Much love
    Tania

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  50. Oh please please pick me! I have made some similar little root babies for my own babies but none so soft and lovely. It is a real joy to come across these little dollies in unexpected places in the house (tucked to bed in my pantry or riding in the back of a tonka truck LOL) There is something special in the feel of these little dolls and the way they mold to fit in your hand. Happy creating. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

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  51. Oh dear, for some reason my computer is being mean and not letting me leave a comment so please excuse me if it leaves two?
    Please enter me in your give away. I have made some little root babies like this for my own babies but none so soft and lovely. There is something so nice about finding these little dolls in unexpected places about the house - tucked up for bed in my pantry or riding in the back of a tonka truck! I also like the way they mold to the shape of your hand. Thank you for the continued inspiration. Happy creating,
    Nell

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  52. I love your little baby, she's very sweeeeeet, oops, that was my little baby pressing my hand down on the keyboard ;)

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  53. Your felted cashmere looks delicious! So do your dollies.

    Rain

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  54. Your work is beautiful! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win one of your lovely creations.

    ~~Anne
    www.backyardtreasures.wordpress.com

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  55. I've been lurking on your blog for, let's see, about one month now. Reading it has inspired me to teach myself how to knit (at the ripe old age of 35). Since my grandmother took her knitting know-how up to heaven with her before I realised what a great skill she had to share (if only I'd been interested), I've had to rely on youtube tutorials to show me the way. It's not ideal, but it's a start!

    By the way, my husband (born and bred in England) has fallen in love with Tasmania after we holidayed there 3 years ago. It's a beautiful part of the world. I think it reminded him very much of home - yes, not surprisingly, we were there in the middle of Winter. We'd love to go there again only this time I'd like to leave the Winter woolies at home.

    I'd love to be in the running for your giveaway. Thanks again for your delightful blog.

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  56. What beautiful little dolls you make. I would love to have one!

    Anne Michelle

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  57. Oh, Jenny, another beautiful doll and you are going to bless someone, you are so sweet! I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Blessings to you! Gail

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  58. Please enter me in your drawing. You know I just love your dolls and would love a house full of them ;o)

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  59. The sweetest little baby so snug in his felty pouch, what a fab idea, I love him.

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  60. Oh Jenny how adorable!! Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks so much.
    Kimberly

    kimmmttATyahooDOTcom

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  61. They are sooo cute. Even though I am grown up (yeah right) I still love my dolls. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Clarissa

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  62. Hi Jenny,
    I love this little baby. It would be a special treat for our oldest and his lovely wife who just found out that they are expecting their first wee one.
    Ann

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  63. Jenny I'd love to win one of your beautiful little dolls. Best wishes getting ready for the show!

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  64. Thank you for offering such a sweet little baby as a giveaway.

    Please enter me, hope I win!

    jlestes1ATyahooDOTcom

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  65. Jenny, what a lovely little secret handful. I'd love to win your prize.

    Our fire has been on at night now for 2 weeks. But this morning I bit the bullet and stacked it to last the day. At the Anzac Parade today we all wondered if it might snow! Glad to have the woody warmth.

    Lisa x

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  66. Ohh your felted pieces look just divine! so soft, warm and homely - just perfect for the wonderfully rainy day outside my home today!
    Id love to be entered into the draw for one of your gorgeous 'little babies' please.

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  67. Hi Jenny, I am fairly new to your blog and am enjoying trawling through your archives. I am only just learning to sew properly (and I'm a 1955 model), your lovely creations are very inspirational. Cheers, Rose from the Illawarra.

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  68. What a beautiful little baby, I do love such small hand-sized things. I would love to win one please.

    Thinking of these reminds me of the little stuffed fabric hearts we midwives give to families when they lose a baby (along with quilts, photos, handknits, teddies etc). They can be a touchstone, in a pocket or close-by, a reminder of the reality of their baby, that they didn't get to keep in their arms.

    Those felted sweaters are a perfect material to make our hearts with...I may try it out.

    I have also been thinking of sending a small gift to my cousin...12 years ago their eldest daughter was killed in a motorbike accident. This week I have found out that each of her remaining 3 children is expecting a baby by the end of the year. I am slightly heartsore at the thought that, as lovely and as lucky as they are to be expecting 3 grandchildren at once, they will never experience the pleasure of HER child, (and now I feel quite teary)

    So I would love to buy one of your beautiful tiny babies please, even if I don't win one...I'll keep an eye out for their availability.

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  69. I would love to win a teeny baby for my own slightly bigger baby, our 5 year old who is desperately in need of something to help him cope with the tricky moments of life - a little handful of love would be such a comfort to him.

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  70. I would love to be included in your giveaway Jenny, thank you. Best wishes Julie.C

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  71. What a wonderful blog site, i am nurtured every time i read and see what you create in your home and for others, what a treasure you are in our world of being too busy. Thankyou for reminding me to slow down and just be, and for inspiring me to be crafty again. Being with two little children at home, i think your little cashmere doll would be a comfort in my times of tiredness. Thankyou.
    Amanda

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  72. Hi Jenny

    Your little Baby Doll looks absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for next Thursday to see who the winner is. Wishing everyone good luck!

    Warm blessings from Linda in South Africa.

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  73. Hi Jenny,
    This is the first time I've ever entered a give-away. This little doll appeals to me and reminds me of similar ones that I coveted when I was a freshman at Marion College in Marion, Va. Each time I passed the department store where I had first seen them, I stopped, went in and admired them. That was a loooong time ago!

    I can assure you that this 68-year-old granny who lives in the mountains of Virginia will be very good to the "baby" and would see that he/she enjoys the spring as we go on our daily walks admiring the wildflowers, dogwood trees and lilacs that are in bloom now. The little critter might even plant some corn, beans and nasturtiums and zinnias.

    Enjoy your blog every day. Thanks, Jenny...

    Cat

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  74. This wintery weather and your beautiful dolls are inspiring great craftiness here in South Australia. I have to say I just love visiting your blog. Cheers Woodsprite.

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  75. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

    Coleen

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  76. Absolutely lovely...I always enjoy stopping by. My son (4 years old) is hoping we are the lucky winner; please count us in your generous give-away.

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  77. Thankyou Jenny, Please include me in your giveaway. I know my youngest son would love your little doll as he loves soft little things. Angela K

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  78. Your little Waldorf dolls are so very sweet. I have been looking at your blog for a little while now and have noted that you feature on one of my favourite blogs - Froken Skicklig. Juliane is such a lovely lady I consider a friend.

    I would love to make dolls for my girls as beautiful as both of you do. I have made an effort with the Ruby Doll as you'll see on my header pic.

    We'd love to add yours to our collection and participate in your little giveaway.

    Enjoy your week.

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  79. Fantastic! (Sorry about the sweaters, but you have made good out of your misfortune...)
    Yippee for the lucky winner of your giveaway...AND for the return of your computer. I'm looking forward to the end of the car saga, as well.
    Take Care, Jenny...

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  80. ooh, we would love a little jenny wren baby:o)
    what a sweet giveaway!

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  81. I love your dolls. I would love to win anything that you make.

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  82. Jenny Wren, I would love the chance to win one. My daughters and I love all of your dollies!
    Thanks, rixja

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  83. I would just love a little precious gem to have and to hold. I would tell it all my secrets. Just love your site, it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I've been on it.

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  84. as always, your dolls are so beautifully crafted. thanks for the giveaway! my girls and i enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovingly made dolls.

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  85. Hi Jenny, They are all so lovely, could I please be included in your giveaway.

    Thanks

    Tracie

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  86. What a darling little baby doll to cherish! Love reading your blog and imagining what life is like on the other side of the world.

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  87. What a lovely, calming sense of security feeling that little dolly in your pocket would bring! And, how kind of you to give it away. Yes, please count me in amongst those who would feel honored to have a bit of your beautiful doll family.

    Ann

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  88. Jenny-

    I just love coming to your blog; it makes me feel so calm just reading about your peaceful home and all the loveliness you create around you. As soon as the music starts when I come to visit your blog, my little 2-year-old Madeline recognizes it and runs over and says "I want to look at the dollies!" and we have a wonderful time ooh-ing and aah-ing over your beautiful handiwork.

    Maddie and I would love to be entered into your drawing. Thanks for sharing a peek into your world with us.

    Julie in Oklahoma City

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  89. Hi Jen, I would love one of your little babies....a very sweet give away,indeed....
    Enjoy your cool fall weather...it's getting hot here already....doesn't agree with me at all....
    Blessings,Shelley

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  90. Thank you for this generous opportunity to win some of your beautiful handwork.

    Joyce

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