Wednesday, February 20, 2013

frida diy kit: a giveaway!

 I'm always excited to hear from my friend Erika, of Mikodesign. She knows just how much I love her distinct style and the way she infuses her daughters' lives with outrageous creativity. You might remember all of the fun we had with her Parisian doll kit a few years ago, blogged here. When she recently asked if we wanted to try our hand at her Frida doll kit, I was thrilled. I know from experience, that every Mikodesign kit is beautifully packaged, thoughtfully crafted and super easy to put together. What a perfect project to share with my little girl.
The big bonus was how organically it lent itself to a lesson in Mexican art history and culture. I've been a Frida Kahlo fan since I was in high school and have been lucky enough to visit her home (now a museum) in Coyoacán. What a fascinating conversation my daughter and I had as we looked at images of Frida and her art! And now she has another handmade doll to add to her collection- one who brings to life an inspiring and powerful woman. Thank you Erika! 
 Mikodesign originates from Holland, so along with all of the very traditional Mexican details (like a rebozo!), this Frida has a little taste of the Nederlands that I love.

There are a few fun little accessories that come with the kit that we haven't even gotten to, yet. Here's the complete list of the set:

 a piece of fabric to make your own Frida doll, skirt, scarf, big Frida heart, two birds, 1 big Frida Medaillion and one small Frida medailion and two birds.
 In addition, Erika has come up with some wonderful additional kits, like this craft panel in the background, which has everything from a needle case to a lovely banner.
 So, I know that you're excited to make your own Frida doll! Stitch one for yourself (she's fit for a grown up, no doubt!) or for a little person in your life!


Erika is generously offering a Frida diy doll kit to one of you and will ship anywhere. Please leave your name and contact info in this post between now and Sunday at 5pm EST. A randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday morning. Buena suerte (good luck)!
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122 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I've managed to work Kahlo's art into my last few projects at school, but nothing as lovely as this doll.

    Libby
    libbyetc (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

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  2. I love this so much. Frida is amazing, and the graphic style of this doll is beautiful. I think my cousin Clara will be a fan too!

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  3. I must have this! Such a great project for my daughter and I. We are awaiting a Frida exhibit at our art gallery this spring and have been taking the opportunity to learn even more about her. Wonderful giveaway! ~ Bernadette kbernadette@gmail.com

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  4. Kudos to Mikodesign, this is an absolutely lovely Frida doll! entsipes(at)yahoo.com

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  5. Oh how gorgeous! Please enter me. :o) silvershoesandrabbitholes at gmail dot com.

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  6. I love this doll. There is really good Frida & Diego exhibit in Atlanta right now. Can't wait to see it. Fingers crossed.

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  7. Wow! what a lovely kit, so cool! My daughter would love to make her own Frida.

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  8. oh!!! mememe! this is so beautiful. ive never made a doll. it would be fun for this to be a first.

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  9. Oh man, I would LOVE to make this. I named my cat "Frida" because I love Kahlo's work so much. Please enter me in the contest, would love to make this with my mum! roxxierae at gmail dot com.

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  10. how gorgeous!
    coles.kristina@gmail.com

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  11. This looks so wonderful- Frida and stitching, what could be better?

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  12. Oh my goodness. This is amazing. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  13. That is just awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us. (:

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  14. That is so lovely. There's a new book out about Frida and Diego Rivera that I have on my wish list http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1894243714/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1361384882&sr=8-1&pi=SL75 , she had such a fascinating/hard life, yet was so full of life, an amazing woman.

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  15. How beautifully made. I love Frida Kahlo too!Please count me in!AriadnefromGreece!

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  16. Sheila Heichel : magicmoondancer@gmail.com ~ I love making dolls like this with my granddaughter. Frida would be an amazing addition to our special times together. Thank you for this offering.

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  17. Love it! What a brilliant project! Thank you for sharing all the images/details. My cat was named Frida! She was tiny, but feisty like her namesake ... didn't have the unibrow but I'm sure would have rocked a mexican skirt.

    I never win anything ... but will toss my name in and keep fingers crossed! Been on a sewing streak ...

    xo Lis

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  18. partecipiamo molto volentieri! labprogettincorso@gmail.com

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  19. Yay! So sweet!

    Amy Cole Farrell
    Berlin, Germany
    amycolefarrell@gmail.com

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  20. Wow! Love this!!! I have loved Frida Kahlo since I discovered her at an exhibition when I was 14. This doll is wonderful!!!

    -Amy Malaise
    bibanon1@gmail.com

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  21. What fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. Lovely. She wants to come to Denmark -- I can see it in her eyes...
    jessiegee75(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. That is so awesome!

    sewsimplelife{at}gmail{dot}com

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  24. OMG! I have been lusting over this kit for a while now on etsy! love it! thanks for the chance to win! fingers crossed!!
    blazingstarclinic@gmail.com

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  25. I love Erika's designs. My daughter would have so much fun putting this doll together and playing with her. A Dutch designed Frida living in Kenya with a German/Dutch family: a nice multicultural mix.

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  26. How sweet is that! Lovely Frieda.
    Thanks for this chance.
    akoziol(at)webone(dot)com(dot)au

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  27. How exciting, what a beautiful doll..Fingers crossed.
    flamingnora@ymail.com

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  28. Oh wow. This is gorgeous. Please enter me. I need to go check out her items.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    themissiah@gmail.com

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  29. Oh what a cute idea! nvenzke(at)gmail.com

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  30. Oh what a sweet doll! I would love to win one to stitch up for my own Frieda fan. :D It is indeed fit for a grown up.

    lpitts06 at gmail.

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  31. Such a lovely doll. Please enter me in the draw.I can't wait to go check out the collection.
    Imra
    imra_nazeer@yahoo.com

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  32. COOLEST. THING. EVER!!!
    princess12_30@hotmail.com

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  33. Lovely! We own 2 dolls and a rabbit from Mikodesign. They are so original.

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  34. oooo she is so adorable
    cheryl
    cheruss8@netscape.net

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  35. I love Frida. My little girl would love this doll too. We would have to share her! :)

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  36. What an original and beauty of a doll! I'd love to make her for one of my older girls. Throw my name in the hat please. :)

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  37. Oh, I live Frida Kahlo and her art - and that doll is so beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance, keeping my fingers crossed!

    Fine

    keejah (at) gmx (dot) de

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  38. We love Frida! What a fantastic thing for us to do together- Mama and daughters.
    Beautifully done!
    ~Michelle
    falafelandthebee(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. so sweet! i have also visited her home in coyocan, what a memorable experience!

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  40. what a lovely project kit. viva frida!
    ~Anna
    maxmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. We are Frida fans here. I would love to make this doll for my little grandson to add to his wonderful cast of characters.
    Thank you for the opportunity
    cheers
    Jeannie

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  42. Oh yes please, she is just divine!! Thanks so much for the chance to win her! She will love Australia......!
    beetles at westnet dot com dot au

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  43. Frida looks great! Thank you so much for the chance of winning a kit.

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  44. Love Frida and love this doll! Thanks for the giveaway!

    julee @ diylouisville @ gmail

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  45. Frida really favors the famous frida kahlo. She would make a great addition to my Spanish classroom

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  46. Awesome!!! : )
    espmax(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you

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  47. lots of sweetness! jennifersedna at gmail dot come

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  48. That is the most beautiful doll I have ever seen. I would love to make it with my daughter. kathrynharrison7 at gmail dot com

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  49. how lovely! my best friend would adore it. ashleehubbard(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. This is great! I love her face--love dolls and am inspired in my own work by Frida

    Anna Lentz lentzanna@yahoo.com

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  51. Lovely Frida! Thank you, Erika and Maya.

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  52. cool givaway!!!!! marysather at gmail.com

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  53. What a fabulous giveaway! ¡Gracias!
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  54. I'm in love. kerstinthornton [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  55. so darling and so generous of you to share and Erika to give one away! <3

    Sorry to hear you lost two of your girls. my friend who has chickens just lost 2 of hers, too. it's always sad news.
    xo
    misty mawn

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  56. Oh my gosh, I just love this!!
    Amber
    aldiel@comcast.net

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  57. I find Frida fascinating and would love to be entered into this wonderful giveaway!

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  58. woot woot! I would love to stitch a Frida dolly!

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  59. love it .... you can contact me at deefna at gmail dot com

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  60. FUN!!!
    Thanks for the chance and what a sweet kit!
    elliejeanne AT hotmail dot com

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  61. oh how wonderful!
    thank you for the chance to win!!

    mlmartense at yahoo dot com

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  62. this is so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    mireyacgarcia at gmail dot com

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  63. Hi Maya,

    How ace. She looks lovely. I would like to add that our surname is Vermeer who was also a famous painter so i believe this doll would right at home at our place! Thanks.
    Cheers, Karen.

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  64. This is something I would love to win and make. I have dolls for my 3 great granddaughters to play with. Hoping to be lucky. Thanks!!!

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  65. I love this! We are a home learning family & my daughter would love this on so many levels ! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  66. ooooh love this new work from her!! it's lovely.

    xoxo

    susaninfrance at gmail

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  67. This is beautiful, my son really would love this doll, we are big fans of Frida Kahlo's art, and Mexicans living away our country.

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  68. lovely!
    pm.betweenthelines.blogspot@gmail.com

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  69. Amazing! I love her face, so original and unlike the cutey cutey dolls out there :) tara.reeves@hotmail.co.uk

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  70. Oh that's lovely!
    borsoo(dot)post(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. oh, I would be so delighted with this lovely doll!
    mbwilkes at gmail dot com

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  72. I would love to give this to my daughter - what a great way to learn about history.

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  73. Oh, I love this so much! And so would my daughter! Thanks for the chance:)
    Su~ wissahicks@earthlink(dot)net

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  74. Happy memories of the world opened up to me in feminist art history classes. Would love to make this doll for the life-long friend found in that class.

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    1. oops - even though I signed in with my google account, it doesn't seem to give you contact info! I'm jemmajoelle (at) gmail.com

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  75. I love the little cameo that she's wearing.

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  76. I'm in love with this doll. It would be a perfect project to do with my niece aka my favorite little artist. Fingers crossed that we get her!

    jamisonheldrich (at) gmail.com

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  77. I am in love with her designs and have wanted to try one for so long. I would be honored to sew one of her designs. I am always in awe of her constant creativity and positive energy. I also love Frida.

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  78. I have a huge photograph of Frida that graces my bedroom wall and I have written a poem about her; I love the opportunity to lottery for this doll--Thank you!

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  79. My sister was Frida for Halloween. She'd love this kit!

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  80. Oh this is so lovely! I like Jesse's comment suggesting that Frida would like to visit Denmark. We are living in the Caribbean for a couple of years. Do you think when she is done in Denmark she would like to visit a Caribbean island to warm up???? :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. Muy bonita!


    Heather
    barrera.heather@gmail.com

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  82. How fun! Thanks to both of you for the chance. Gracias~

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  83. I have a little niece named Frida (named for the artist herself), who I would love to make this for! Thanks for the chance!

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  84. Please count me in for such a lovely giveaway. Thank you

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  85. I always enjoy reading your site..what a fun sewing project:)

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  86. What a fantastic doll! Thanks for the chance to make one of our very own.

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  87. how fun is that! what a creative idea and cool giveaway.

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  88. This is a beautiful present! Would love to win Frida!!!!! Love all your posts!
    Thanks Maya. Both of you are artist!

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  89. Just taught a Frida lesson to my 8th graders. This doll would be the icing on the cake.

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  90. What a wonderful project!! Please enter me LeeAnn Willging....leeannwillging@yahoo.com

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  91. My daughter just learned about Frida Kahlo and would LOVE this!!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  92. What fun! I love love all the little details!
    sewingschoolbook@gmail.com

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  93. clearly I was mis-informed when I thought I had out grown dolls.

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  94. Oh how fun! I loooooove Frida. My little girl ( and I ;) would love to win this kit. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  95. This is a fantastic kit! My son loves this picture book - Frida by Jonah Winter (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Frida-Jonah-Winter/9780439331180) - and a kit like this would tie it in beautifully for a home lesson. I have to say that my personal lack of art knowledge is slowly pervading my children's ignorance realm as well! cass @ qwertyphotography . com . au

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  96. Oh this doll is amazing - I know my little girl will totally walk around with it everywhere - very cute and beautifully done integrating some of the traditional elements

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  97. In college I enjoyed learning about Frida's life and artwork in an art history course. My girls would enjoy this doll!

    michelejudd@gmail.com

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  98. Oh, I am making a Frida bag right now with Frida Kahlo fabric. I love Frida and I would so love to make this beautiful doll. Thank you for the chance to win this, love it!!! Mikodesign is fabulous.
    sheri@backyardbluegrass.com

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  99. It reminds me, that I recently read, that they opened Frida's closet, 50 years after her death and restored her clothing :) I love the idea of this doll. -Thea

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  100. What a great mother daughter project. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  101. what a beautiful doll! I had fun learning and teaching about Frida last year to a group of budding artists. :) vintage.tea (at) gmail.com

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  102. Frida! My favorite artist. I would love to work on this!
    Sara, robison.sara@gmail.com

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  103. What a fantastic kit and doll! kaseymgm (at) gmail (dot) com

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  104. I'd have so much fun working on this gorgeous doll! kaseymgm (at) gmail (dot) com

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  105. My daughter may be in college, but I still want to make this doll!
    skyblu09@comcast.net

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  106. What perfect loveliness! I love Freida and her amazing art work. I would love to win this for myself, as I have just brought a kit for my twin sister. We could have twin Freidas. :)

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  107. Ah! I'm so excited! xspiritedxawayx(at)gmail.com

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  108. I visited an exhibit of Frida and Diego's works only a month ago and would LOVE to win this - it's beautiful and I love that it's DIY :) Perfect!

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  109. Oh fun! Another dollfriend for our handmade Emily would be great!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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  110. this would be a great project! clindz@yahoo.com

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  111. love this. I have been a fan since the mid-80's when we were in Mexico for my husband's phd research. There is a Diego and Frieda exhibit opening at the High Museum here in ATL

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  112. How sweet and lovely this doll is!

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  113. I just love her! Needledd at gmail dot com

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  114. She reminds me of the dolls I sewed as a child. They were pre-printed. I particularly love the flags. marleyo@aol.com

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  115. Looks life a fun activity.

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