Well Being

Wooden Valentine Doll from vintage photo

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Hmmm…. what to make for my mom for Valentines Day?

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

What would she get a kick out of?

Why not a portrait dolly of her as a child?

I don't have many photos of my

mom from when she was

a little girl.

One of my most

favorites is of her

posing after

a dance concert,

wearing a silk

costume and pink

dancing shoes.

I  scanned the photo

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

and then

set to work

with photoshop.

I flipped the image

180 degrees, and

then used my clone

tool to paint

a back view of her

over the flipped

front view.

Then I printed them both.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Next, I cut out

the photos out.

I drew a pair of

interlocking stands

and cut them out, too.

I glued the front view

to a piece of plywood,

with one of the stand

sections glued under

her feet.

Then, I drilled holes

so I could cut out the

spaces under her arms

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

and legs and cut her out.

The printer had kacked

some, and the print isn't

perfect, so I tried playing with

paint and pencil crayons and

they didn't help much. Ah well.

I painted the edges black –

my least favorite part of the process.

And then, I glued the back photo

to the back of the doll.

I needed to trim the edges

of the back of the doll with

a blade of a craft knife,

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

because they didn't quite line


Then, I touched the

edges up with a black

felt tip pen.

I varnished her, which

helped to even out

some of the printer's


I made her a  top

with a pretty little ribbon,

and a lace tutu from

gathered lace.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I looped a little paper

parasol over her hand,

and glued hearts on the

stand, her chest, and in her hair.

This was not a quick project,

but I just love her,

and I hope that my mom

will be delighted with her

little portrait dolly, too!

Oh yes… I trimmed her skirt with

a Crocheted Love Heart.

All in all, I think that she's a fine little

Valentines Day gift!

I decided that I needed to make the Valentine's Day doll a cozy shawl- with hearts, of course. Here's the link: Shawl