Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Little Flowers in the Snow


One of the GB's Christmas presents this year was a handmade wooden bed for Nora, her 18-inch doll. Nora is made in the style of American Girl dolls, but is simpler and easier to care for (and much less expensive), which is just right until the GB is a bit older. The GB received Nora for Christmas last year (she named the doll herself; she has a friend named Cora and she liked the idea of her doll's name rhyming with her friend's name). This year, a bit too close to the wire, the Bear decided to make a bed for Nora. I was asked to make the soft parts. I'm happy to do this, but there wasn't enough time before Christmas, so I promised the GB that we'd make them together after the holidays. She was agreeable; she likes helping me with crafty things and she will never say no to a chance to pick things out herself. The project will ultimately include a fabric-covered foam mattress, a pillow, a quilt and an afghan. The afghan is the first part I've been able to finish so far. I did a similar set of bedding pieces for a wooden doll cradle a few years ago. (That's baby doll Nellie's bed). Now the GB has dedicated beds for both of her special dolls.


Nora's blanket is a smaller version of the blanket I made for the GB in 2014, Ice Cream Flowers. Both blankets are made with the Flowers in the Snow pattern from Solstrikke, a lovely Norwegian blog featuring lots of crocheted goodness. The GB's blanket is bed-sized, with 196 flowery circles, while Nora's is quite tiny, with only 12. I wanted Nora's blanket to be a mini version of the GB's, to make it fun and special. The GB keeps Nora's bed at the foot of her own, tucking her in every night (and Nellie into her cradle on the other side of the room) before she herself goes to bed. She means business about her pretend play; both dolls are dressed in day clothes and night clothes daily, and are read to and tucked into bed at the same time every evening. She takes it very seriously, which is touching as well as entertaining for those of us observing her. She's a sweet little mama.


The blankets aren't exactly the same. For one thing, the GB's blanket has softer, more muted colors in the flowers. I wanted hers to be a blanket that could grow with her, looking a little more grown up for later on. Nora's blanket has bolder, more playful colors. She's a doll, so this seems fitting. Also, I don't have all the colors anymore that I used in the GB's blanket. I've finished them off over the last year and a half, and didn't replace all of them.


Another difference is the edging. Both blankets have one round of double-crochet in white, with a colored single-crochet round next (pink for Nora, blue for the GB), but the GB's also has an additional single-crochet round of white around the outer edge. I thought three rounds seemed a bit much for such a tiny blanket.


Nora's sleeping a little rough right now, with a piece of foam for a mattress and just her afghan, but there's still a lot more in store for her and her new bed. The GB has been helping me make Nora's quilt, which will be a bright patchwork one (stay tuned for more Nora-related makes!). Nora does have a few other small blankets that the GB puts on top of the mattress at night. It's not as bleak as it looks here, but I did want to give you an idea of the size of the blanket and the bed itself; making small items is challenging for me! This isn't so difficult, though; I feel that crocheting blankets with perle cotton for our dollhouse has prepared me for anything.

Little Flowers in the Snow
Hook: Clover Amour F/5 (3.75mm)
Yarns: Stylecraft Special DK, various colors, including White (joining and border) and Fondant (border)
Size: 12 flower squares, total measurement approximately 12 inches by 16 inches

45 comments:

  1. so sweet and so beautiful!!! that bed is really lovely too!!! and your daughter will always remember the time spent with you making this. It's like 2 gifts in one!

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  2. Happy new year Jennifer.what a beautiful bed and blanket. I can't wait to see the makes that you and GB will be doing together . These are special memories for you both, so precious .

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  3. This is charming and by making together you are also making wonderful memories. You are a very good mother to your GB.

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  4. It's so pretty, just right for Nora I think, and I particularly love the edging, it's a really nice finish. I love that GB dresses her dolls for day and night, that's so sweet. My littlest boy has a bear that he takes great care of, you've made me think I should knit him a little something. CJ xx

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  5. That is so pretty! Lucky Nora :)

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  6. Awww, it's lovely, Jennifer. :o)

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  7. Let's not forget to notice the bed Bear made...very cute...has kind of a "mission style" look to it.

    Love the colors in both blankets, and the edging makes for a very nice finish.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. He did a very nice job with the bed and I plan to say more about it another time. :)

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  8. Oh that was a lovely post Jennifer and that bed is fantastic, clever man ☺ Your crochet blanket is beautiful and sure will be loved for a very long long time xo
    Look forward to future posts ☺

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  9. How sweet, any child would be thrilled with this and that you and your daughter are working together on it is really special.

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  10. Both the bed and the blanket are so sweet! That's a special gift.

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  11. Jennifer, I smiled my way through reading this post. I love that the afghan matches the girl Bears afghan. The bed is lovely. Your husband is very, very talented. So many memories being made making things together. I still remember being seven years old and sitting at my grandmothers side while she taught me to crochet. The first thing I made was a ripple afghan for my dolls cradle. By the photo, I think that it was about the same size as the one you just finished. I love this. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings, Betsy

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  12. Beautiful blanket. Love the
    crochet stitch you've used.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  13. Oh How Sweet!!!! I'll be getting my doll cradle out from when I was a little girl in the next few years and this would be a perfect project for it. Thanks for the sweet inspiration!!!

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  14. What a wonderful gift, your husband has a talent with wood and the blanket is a real delight.

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  15. What an adorable little bed, you and GB are going to have such fun making things to go with it! I love the wee blanket its gorgeous.

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  16. This brings back so many memories! it is just adorable and I love how it fits in so well with her own bedding and even more special than a gift would have been as you are making the bedding together, I'm sure you will be creating many precious memories. Abi loved the Amercian girl dolls. I did manage to get a few books secondhand and a couple of the mini dolls imported but never a full sized doll. She even watched one of the movies recently, there is still a doll loving bit in her even at 18!

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  17. How sweet. I miss my daughter playing with her dolls. x

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  18. That is just so sweet... I so love making doll bedding : knits and little miniature quilts. Such fun little projects with huge impacts! The bed is beautiful BTW.

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  19. Such a cute little make & a lovely read to go with it x

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  20. Such a sweet little blanket and I loved reading about how the GB mothers her dollies. Just lovely.
    Marianne x

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  21. Lucky Nora to have such beautiful bedding. I love the home made bed too - I'm sure both will become family heirlooms, passed down through the generations of little bears to come. xx

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  22. The blanket's beautiful, I love how you've made it to coordinate with your daughter's own blanket. What a beautiful bed too, your husband has made such a good job of it, a piece of fine craftsmanship. I do love how your daughter takes such good care of Nora and Nellie, I don't think you'll have any worries when she's a mum herself.

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  23. Hey Jennifer.
    Sleeping rough??!! That bed is nicer than mine! Couture accessories too. Lucky Nora.
    Leanne xx

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  24. Nora is a very lucky doll to have you making her such sweet accessories, and GB to take such excellent care of her. :-)

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  25. So sweet! as the others has said Nora is very lucky. I can remember doing the same kind of thing for my daughters barbie doll many moons ago. :) xx

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  26. lucky Nora!!! To be so well tended to...by her mommy and granny!!!

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  27. I love the name Nora, what a cute little bed she has xx

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  28. Love the new bed and blanket.. I do hope you show us a photo of Nora tucked in under the blanket. I was especially touched that your daughter changes her into her jammies each night. How totally sweet. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  29. A few days ago our family friend, Grantie, brought over two doll beds for the girls to use with their dolls, so I especially love reading this post and learning how your Bear made the doll bed for GB's dolls and how GB is enjoying caring for her dolls. Precious. Both the blankets you made are beautiful, Jennifer. Thanks for posting :) xx

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  30. Beautiful Jennifer! I love how GB tucks her little babies in each night, so sweet, I love little girls to be little girls!
    V x

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  31. That is so adorable. One of these days I am going to figure out crochet. The colors are just perfect.

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  32. The colours here are so lovely ...

    All the best Jan

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  33. I have just discovered your delightful blog and love the doll bed and the afghan you have made for it - how lovely to have a little girl to make such things for. I have two boys now aged 30 and 28, I suppose I can hope for granddaughters one day but it is not looking likely at the moment! xx

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  34. It's lovely. Tell Nora I have bed envy. ;-) xx

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  35. Nora has a lovely little bed to snuggle in right next to GB. Well done by both you and your husband.
    Meredith

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  36. Oh this brought memories of when I was a child - my doll was called Ginette and I took her everywhere. I loved making furniture for her out of shoe boxes. How gorgeous is this! I keep reading blogs with lovely handmade items - I am a card maker really or anything paper related but maybes 2016 should be the year I learn to knit.

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  37. That is truly sweet! My daughter who is now 32 still has her American doll. Sadly we never played with that doll very much. This would have been a great idea. Beautiful crochet work!

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  38. Just popping in Jen, that is the sort of make my girls would be giddy about if I made one but I wouldn't hold much weight with it. Sometimes you just have to make for the person and I think it is fabulous. Jo x

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  39. What a sweet pretty afghan for Nora, a very special and lucky doll. It is so cute to have a daughter who loves dolls, and enjoys caring for them. Looking forward to what you make next!

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  40. A delightful post Jennifer. I loved hearing the story of Nora and her bed and blanket. Your little girl is nurturing her dolls beautifully, wonder who she learned that from?? X

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