My Women’s Tennis Inspired Crochet Doll

I have known for a while that I wanted to make a tennis-inspired doll. At first I was sure that it was going to be a Serena Williams doll I mean when you think women’s tennis she is probably the first name that comes to mind; however as I was watching this year’s US Open a rising star stole my heart and I immediately knew she would be my inspiration for my first tennis doll. I will certainly do a Serena inspired one but Sloan Stephens gave me all the black girl magic vibes for this one.

If you are saying to your self who is Sloan Stephens… I know, I know she is not a household name yet but anytime you can enter the US Open as the lowest ranked player she was ranked No. 83 when the US Open started and then beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals and then go on to win your first Grand Slam title in approximately 61 minutes yeah I think a doll to commensurate that moment is in order.

Picture via Sports Illustrated

Doll Details

I used my favorite yarn Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in my Chocolate Brown colorway for the skin tone and Caron Simply Soft in Black for her hair. I did a braid ponytail hairstyle which Sloan Stephens wore during the entire US Open. The doll has 15mm eyes and faux doll lashes.

I did a modified version of a doll pattern from Tammy B Creations. I used an 18″ doll tennis dress (modified slightly)and visor outfit it also came with bag and tennis racquet and a tennis ball. I purchased the white 18″ inch doll shoes separately. I absolutely love the way she turned out if I were to change anything I would probably do a different hand arm shape so that she could realistically hold the racquet.

She is doll number 2 in the My Pretty Brown Doll Holiday Doll Countdown as I am trying to see how many dolls I will complete from October 1, 2017, to December 25, 2017. I will share doll number 1 in a different post. This beauty is available and will be a great addition to any doll collectors collection. She is one of a kind and will not be duplicated she would be a beautiful gift for any tennis lover and or anyone who just loves beautiful dolls. Click the “Buy Now” button below to add her to your collection.

**Please note doll cannot stand on her own. You will need a doll stand for display. Doll is not a toy it is meant as art doll/collectors doll**

See additional photos on Here.




Stay Calm & Put Your Crown Own

As I am settling into this whole entrepreneurial thing and working my crochet business full-time this quote “Stay Calm and Put Your Crown Own” is repeated daily sometimes multiple times per day. And because I am a doll maker I, of course, had to channel that energy into a doll.

Faux fur pom pom purse charm

Actually it started with the purse charm I found the cutest crown keyring and knew it would be perfect on an afro puff keychain but decided to take it up a notch and make it as one of the luxe editions with faux fur puffs and black rhinestone eyes after swooning over her for a couple of days inspiration struck again and keeping with the faux fur/crown inspiration I decided to add faux fur pom poms to her sandals and of course the crown.

Curvy crochet doll

The doll stands approximately 16″ tall from bottom of feet to the top of her head, her skirt and crown are removable, her shoes and top are not removable to ensure no wardrobe malfunctions. She has embroidered lashes and nonremovable gold stud earrings. This is an art doll and is meant to be displayed as such I do not recommend this doll for play she is meant as a constant reminder to stay in #Queenmode! She is a one of a kind work of art hand crocheted by me using my curvy girl doll structure and golden brown skin tone.

This set and will not be duplicated. You will receive the doll as well as the purse charm. Don’t miss this chance to own your very own My Pretty Brown Doll and Luxe Edition Purse Charm. It is rare that I have ready to ship dolls, if you are ready to add her to your collection just click the buy now button below. The set is $205.95 includes shipping within the US. I do ship worldwide if you need her shipped outside of the US please contact me so I can get the accurate shipping cost.

Crochet doll crown




The Making of A Unicorn Inspired Doll

I made a doll.

Inspired by a Unicorn.

She is the prettiest unicorn doll I have ever seen!

Unicorn inspired doll

This beauty was a custom doll request that I was super excited to receive,  although getting her finished would prove to be a little more difficult than I would have thought. Just a few of the road blocks included starting her in the wrong skin tone, not finding the right yarn for her hair and trying to make the perfect unicorn horn! But in the end she turned out better than I could have ever imagined and the customer who happens to be a repeat customer was very pleased so that is all that really matters.

The request was for a curvy girl with soft pastel colors with a focus on pink. I had so many ideas go through my head and even had one of my best doll maker friends hand paint eyes because regular black eyes was not going to do her justice. So with yarn and hook in hand I got started but I honestly was not feeling inspired so I put her to the side and started working on other orders.

Full Figured Crochet Doll

I had chosen several different yarns as possibilities for hair and after sending a few suggestions over to the person who would be the new owner of this beauty we finally agreed on a beautiful soft plush yarn from Premiere Yarns called Gelato in the color way Strawberry, I thought that would be the inspiration I needed to get her done and so started working on her again, I finished her head and most of her body but I still was not feeling the magical unicorn vibe that I was expecting and time was winding down for me to get this beauty finished and sent to her forever home.

The customer was also getting anxious and had sent me a few messages about the progress of the doll it wasn’t until her last message explaining the importance of the doll that I felt the inspiration I needed to get her finished. Instead of setting her to the side, I picked up my hook and yarn and this time I said a prayer. I asked God to guide my hands and create exactly what the new owner would need; what was created in a matter of hours is more than a unicorn this beauty represents life and I am so honored that He chose me to create this awesome gift not just for someone I consider a customer but for someone who is truly my friend.

We both cried tears over this beauty and I will never be able to express in words what really went into creating her but I am happy to report that the doll arrived on a very important date for my friend and was exactly what she needed on that day!

Crochet unicorn

So here is how she was made:

Skin Tone: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton – Antique Gold (Golden Brown)

Doll Style: Curvy Girl (no written pattern yet, I promise it is coming)

Eyes: 15mm safety eyes custom design by Aniqua of My Kinda Thing

Hairstyle: Loose Locs (Premiere Yarns Gelato – Strawberry)

Outfit Details: Crocheted top Caron Simply Soft Party – White, Tulle Skirt, Faux pearl gems around waist as well as around feet to create barefoot sandals

Unicorn Horn: Horn created using felt, embroidery thread and pink glitter. Attached to lace headband with faux flowers on each side of the horn.

Doll without horn stands about 15″ tall. Unicorn horn is removable as well as her skirt and top. If you have any questions about this beauty feel free to ask, if you are interested in your own custom doll you can get more information here.

DIY Unicorn Horn

 

 

May Scope A Day Challenge

So who’s ready for a challenge!

You are probably like what are you talking about Yolonda? If you are asking this question then you must not follow me on Periscope? And you should follow me on Periscope you can follow me at http://periscope.tv/yolondajordan

What is Periscope you ask, Periscope is a live streaming app that allows you to stream live video from your tablet or smartphone. Why should you be using Periscope? Well it’s fun but if you are an entrepreneur or have a business you would like to promote it is a great way to build the know like and trust factor pretty much instantly. Even if you are not using it for business it is still a great tool to use to share things with friends and family as well as hone in on your speaking skills.

The number one reason I hear why people don’t “go live” is because they don’t know what to talk about which is where this challenge comes in, I have created fun and easy daily prompts that you can use to scope everyday in May that’s right for the next 31 days you can go live!

So if you are interested in joining the challenge and receiving the prompts all you have to do is enter your information below and I will get it sent right over to you!

May Scope A Day Challenge

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Pattern Review Friday ~ Bedtime Bella Lovey Blanket

So if you follow me on any of my social media like Instagram or Facebook then you have already seen what I am calling the most precious thing I have ever crocheted. But since it’s Friday I figured why not come do a full review of this pattern. I am taking a limited number of orders for the finished lovey blanket if interested you can order here.


Cost: $5.00 Pattern is by Whitney of Café Mocha Creations and you can find the pattern on Etsy.

Difficulty: I would consider this an advance beginner to intermediate. The stitches are not difficult you basically just need to know how to single crochet and double crochet, however you do have to understand a pattern repeat. Also because the head is done in the continuous round make sure you have your stitch markers available.

Why you will hook it: Ummm it’s the most precious thing ever! Seriously the color combinations for the lovey part are pretty much endless and you can change up the hairstyle on the doll head to give the lovey a whole new look.

Why you will frog it: If you are not good with the pattern repeat you may find it a little tricky to work up I had to frog back a couple of rows because I was crocheting in the wrong stitch, but once I got a hang of it, it worked up really fast and before I knew it, she was done.

How many hooks: 5 out of 5. It works up great, pattern is well written and the end result AMAZING!

I used Caron Cakes in Rainbow Sprinkles for the blanket part and Big Twist Premium in the color Gingerbread for the head and arms.

You can see my video review below.

The Making of Anika ~ Crochet Brown Doll

Meet Miss Anika.

Meet Miss Anika

Shout out to my Periscope tribe who helped name her. I think her name is perfect for her as it means “Grace and Favor”

Miss Anika is my second version of a “mini” doll. Anika stands approximately 13″ tall from top of head to bottom of her feet but with her head wrap she is about 15″ tall and only 6″ around her waist area.

Anika was created with a Nubian Queen in mind, and for my love of all things gold. I’m still working on my vision of a doll dipped in gold but for now this beauty will definitely slay.

Though she is little, she is fierce

Anika is wearing a beautiful gold metallic skirt and top as well as gold metallic shoes which are all removable. Her shades of black, brown and gold headwrap is perfectly secured around her one puff hairstyle and is not removable. Her gold hoop earrings and gold braid bracelet complete her look.

Anika is a one of a kind beauty that you can’t find anywhere else. She is hand crocheted with 100% cotton yarn in a chocolate brown skin tone, she has 12mm safety eyes and the most gorgeous faux lashes.

Although she is not meant for play she would be the perfect addition to any little girls room or for the doll collector who wants to show off this beauty!

What royalty looks like.

Anika is currently looking for a forever home if interested click HERE

I’m A Grown Woman… The Full Figure Crochet Doll

I’m a grown woman… I do whatever that I want. Not really since it basically has taken me what seems like forever to get this full figured doll done. But I am so excited with how she has turned out, after two pages of notes… frogging her more times than I would like to admit I finally have a full figured doll I am happy with. Do you see those curves? This one is not for the babies!

Full Figured Crochet Doll
In all her full figured glory

There are a few changes that I will make to the next one but overall I am happy with how she turned out. This one has already found her forever home but if you are interested in customizing your own crochet full figured doll you can find her here.

Well hello there gorgeous.
Well hello there gorgeous.

She was outfitted with a black tutu and a simple black top.

Isn't she lovely
Isn’t she lovely

One puff, a black, white, and gold head scarf and some open toe sandals completed her look.

 

 

Show Your Natural Hair Pride ~ Afro Puffs Doll Face Keychain

I love when a thought in your head turns into this wonderful thing that I now like to call the “cutest thing ever” The Afro Puffs keychain all started with this thought in my head that I could have all my favorite things with me all the time. I already have a set of crochet hooks on my key ring so why not some afro puffs.

My favorite things crochet hooks and afro puffs
My favorite things crochet hooks and afro puffs

I initially was not going to make these for sale however after several request I have decided to make them available in a very limited quantity for a limited time. You can now show your natural hair pride with this super cute keychain. The keychain comes in golden brown or chocolate brown.

Golden Brown Afro Puff Keychain
Golden Brown Afro Puff Keychain

Here is to rocking rough and stuff with your afro puffs! I’m currently no longer taking orders for the keychains but if you crochet or know someone who does you can find the pattern here.

Brown Doll Giveaway Update

March Giveaway Doll at her forever home!
March Giveaway Doll at her forever home!

Did you know I give away a doll every single month. YES every month you have a chance to win your very own brown doll hand crocheted by yours truly. All you have to do is visit bit.ly/browndollgiveaway and enter your name and email. I normally pick a winner the last day of each month. I did not pick a winner in April which means I will be picking two winners in May woot! woot! So make sure you visit the link and get entered for the drawing.

African American Crochet Doll Pattern

It’s here it’s here. I am so excited to finally be able to say the pattern for the “Mia” doll has finally been released! Mia was my most requested doll. I stopped making this particular doll around Christmas time last year for my own creative reasons, now if you crochet or know someone who does you can make your very own doll.

"Mia" African American Crochet Doll
“Mia” African American Crochet Doll

This pattern includes the doll pattern as well as the pattern for the scarf, cross body bag, as well as instructions on how I make her cute afro puffs.

Doll is made with one of my favorite yarns Hobby Lobby “I Love This Cotton” she is then filled with Poly-fil.  Finished doll is approximately 14″ tall.

Golden Brown Mia

You can get super creative by changing the color of her pants, top and scarf or even give her some bright color puffs like hot pink.  Whatever you decide the goal is to have fun! Pattern can be found on Raverly, Craftsy, as well as Etsy.

If you have any questions know that I am always available. Happy Crocheting!