Carnaval/Carnival is celebrated in many countries of the world as a sort of “last hurrah” before Lent. Traditions range from dressing up in costumes and eating fried food (Europe) to parades and “King Cake”. In the US, it is usually short, and centers on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Pączki Day in Chicago). Apparently, in Quebec City, it’s a looong festival that ends this weekend. Unlike many other areas of the world, where this time of year is warm and pleasant, the Quebec version is all about snow…the mascot is even a snowman! (see more here: http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/)
So to participate in the festivities, I made my doll a toasty new hat. This style is sometimes called lumberjack or trapper hat. It’s most traditional made in plaid flannel with furry lining, but also looks good made to match your doll’s other winter gear. (Yes, in the pic she’s really on a mountain in CO, not at Carnaval, but I couldn’t find any public domain images to photoshop her into, so use your imagination!) 🙂
Pictured above is my new Maplelea, KMF10 renamed Mina. Several of you emailed/commented and said you had ordered a new Maplelea after my blog post about them being on Amazon and you’ll be happy to know more projects are coming for them! If you’re wavering, and need some “enabling”, their quality is the same, or maybe even a little better than AG, but the price is less! Also, their boxes are very robust and perfect for storage of a doll and many outfits, and instead of the AG access to a boring website you get with their modern dolls, with Maplelea you get a cute little journal in English and French that your child (or you) can fill out to help define the doll’s personality. You can see some pages from my doll’s journal here.
I also wanted to share this gorgeous Maru outfit made by Katy
(see the full post here: http://1960sgirl.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/fine-feathers-make-fine-maru/)
If you explore her blog, you’ll find she puts a lot of thought into choosing fabrics that match each doll’s coloring, meaning outfit and doll complement each other perfectly!