It was one of those things that you see and just know they will love.
And I was right.
I completed the little houses using craft glue and some gorgeous rainbow coloured wool felt that I bought from Shelley as well as various bits and pieces from my ribbon box for some of the details.
Mine are in no way as lovely as the one made by Trixi, with her tiny button flowers, but my girls don't seem to mind.
I was a little heavy-handed with the glue - but using craft glue meant I had to be to get the felt to stick together. I think Trixi uses a hot glue gun - which I may have to invest in if I am to make more of these.
Once the houses were complete, with Shelley's help I made up little pipe cleaner/bead people to go into them and stitched on their tiny felt clothes.
The girls then had to wait a week til I was at handwork circle the following Thursday for their dolls to get hair.
By that time I had been given very strict instructions about what they both needed.
The person in the purple jumpsuit with a pink heart on front was (apparently) a boy, called Joshua. He was to have orange short hair.
The person wearing the yellow shift with the purple heart on the front was a girl called Madi who needed long pink hair (which is tied in a ponytail down her back)
Coincidentally they have cousins with these same names. (who would have guessed!).
So I dutifully put the requested hair on and left them by their beds ready for play.
No amount of cajoling would convince the girls the dolls looked lovely without faces, they could then be happy or sad and who would know except the person playing with them.
So I reluctantly added a smiley mouth and eyes.
I should let it go I know.
They are, after all , not really mine!
I can't tell you the adventures these two little people have had already in osteopath waiting rooms, across the loungeroom at Grandma's house and in the back yard at home.
They hang around the girls' necks on their ribbon and are always there ready for play.
Thanks Trixi - for this great tutorial.
If you haven't checked out Trixi's blog then do yourself a favour. As a long-time craft/sewing teacher to kids she has an adundance of great ideas for keeping kids entertained or things you can make for them.