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Handmade doll and book giveaway

I do enjoy dabbling in crafts from time to time and last week I made a decoupage Mother’s Day card for my mum. I sometimes dream about the possibility of setting up my own crafting business, but that is all it is, just wishful thinking. However today I would like to introduce you to a talented lady who does have her own crafting business.

Sue Kim makes gorgeous ragdolls and she has now written her first children’s book “Grandma’s Special Birthday Party” featuring her dolls. Along with her daughter Veronica , Sue made all of the dolls, clothes, and even some of the furniture used in the book.

Grandmas special birthday party by Sue Kim

The story is about two twins Abby and Ally, their lovely dogs, and their family. In this story Abby and Ally prepare a special birthday party for their Grandmother! And it celebrates international day and teaches children about many cultures and traditions around the world!

And the dolls aren’t Sue’s first foray into crafting. She is already an established author with 5 sewing / quilting books on Amazon to her name.

You may find out more about Sue on her website Second Avenue. You will also be able to see plenty of her beautiful dolls either there, or on Etsy or Instagram.

Or if sewing is your thing, then there are plenty of downloadable patterns to browse on Sue’s other website ithinksew.

Handmade ragdoll and book giveaway

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway one of Sue’s beautiful handmade dolls (value £87), along with a copy of her children’s book and 6 postcards to one lucky winner. What a lovely prize from Sue.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear what crafts you enjoy?

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Disclosure.  Although I am hosting this giveaway, I have not received any products.  All opinions are my own.


From a drawing to a custom doll review and giveaway – open worldwide

Would you like to turn your child’s drawing into a real doll they can hug & love? Then read on.

When Yaela of Dolls ‘n’ All contacted me to ask if I would like to do a review for her, I wondered how I was going to get the boys to sign on to the idea. The word “doll” is a big no no to them. So I cunningly showed them some of the photos on the Dolls ‘n’ All website which as well as girly dolls included boys with monsters, superheros and even a sheriff doll. And I explained that they would draw pictures and Yaela would make them. Reminding them how it would be like when they did the design for Daddy’s cushion.

They were sold on the idea. Son2 immediately told me he was going to draw a penguin. So one wet day during the Easter holiday, I gave them some paper and pencils, so they could do their designs. And here are the results.

Rockhopper by son1

Rockhopper by son1

Penguin by son2

Penguin by son2

I then emailed their pictures to Yaela to work her magic. Yaela was great at communicating progress on the project and the boys were very excited when I told them that the toys were on the way. And even more excited when the parcel arrived. We opened it to find a personalised letter along with their two special toys, which were very well packed.

Parcel from Dolls 'n' All

Handmade toys from Dolls 'n' All

Handmade toys from Dolls 'n' All

The boys absolutely loved their gorgeous toys giving them loads of cuddles. But son1 was not satisfied with the letter though. He was about to cross out the word HER, pointing to Rockhopper’s beard, as proof that Rockhopper is male. So I would suggest that the experience for the children may be enhanced with the ability to also choose the letter from several templates instead, with wording appropriate to girl or boy dolls. Also our letter referred to singular drawing and singular doll, whilst addressed to both son1 and son2. So either a separate letter for each child or a template with plural wording would have resolved this.

DollsnAll personalised letter

Also son2 mentioned that the beak and feet of his penguin should be orange, but on looking at my scan of his original drawing, I can see that it already looked beige at that point, so this was my fault. I showed this to son2 which satisfied him, so I would suggest you always compare the scan to the original before submitting an order, because you can easily add a note regarding colour variations.

A lovely touch was that the toys were labelled on the back with the year, child’s name and age.

Prices currently start at £32, depending on level of detail in the design, plus shipping and you can choose between a regular or extra large toy. The boys’ toys would both have cost about £40 each. You would receive an exact pricing quote after you submit the child’s drawing. Alternatively you can order a gift certificate.

Look at these two happy boys with their toys. I thoroughly recommend Dolls ‘n’ All for coming up with such a great business idea. Such a lovely keepsake. Son2 has already told me that he is going to do two more drawings, so I told him he had better start saving his pocket money.

Son1 with  his own designed toy from Dolls 'n' All

Son2 with  his own designed toy from Dolls 'n' AllI even sneaked some photos when they were both asleep.

Son1 asleep with his Rockhopper Penguin

Son2 asleep with his Penguin

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a doll of your child’s design courtesy of Dolls ‘n’ All to one lucky winner. What a fab prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

Plus I have a special offer to share with my readers of 10% discount off your order. Please quote the code CLAIRE15 when you place your order.

I’d love to hear what toy you or your child would choose to have made?

ps. Don’t tell my boys that their toys are dolls!

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.