Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Bailey for Ben

My friend, Sonja, over at the wonderful blog The Sweet Seattle Life contacted me awhile back and asked me to make a doll resembling her dog Bailey for her son's first birthday.

Here is a picture of the undeniably handsome Bailey which I stole from her blog - isn't he gorgeous? He's a giant, and I'm absolutely smitten with him. The first time I ever met Bailey I had my little dog Mobee with me. It was the funniest thing to see them standing together. Mobee could fit under Bailey completely - standing right in between his legs. He was like a Mini-Bailey. I still to this day credit Bailey for making Mobee kind of an ass. Bailey was the sweetest, kindest, goofiest dog - he let Mobee push him around all day long. He was just way to nice to remind Mobee that he outweighed him by 100lbs or give him the proper whooping that Mobee deserved. Ever since then, Mobee thinks he's hot stuff. :D

Here's the final product of what I was able to put together for her (please excuse my photos, they were taken in the evening)

I'd love to say that I whipped him up, but that'd be a downright lie. I'm not nearly as crafty as people give me credit for. I had initially pictured making something similar to what I had made my mom for her Micro Daisy Doodle and Buddy Dogs, but after sewing one up I realized it wasn't going to work for what I had in mind. Sonja takes these wonderful pictures of Bailey with costumes on for her blog - and I was hoping to capture a couple of these costumes with a few accessories that I could send along with the doll. I realized that I wasn't going to be able to get any hats to sit on his head the way he was though - so back to the drawing board. I redesigned his head with a gusset so that I could actually fit the accessories on his head.

Here he is with his little accessories

There are some things I wish had come out differently, but she seems really happy with him, and I can't tell you what an enormous relief that is. She's always been the kindest person to me (you know one of those people that you aspire to be like?) and I really, really wanted to make something she was happy with as a thank you for her friendship.

She was kind enough to send me some pictures of the adorable birthday-boy Benjamin with his birthday present

I can't get over how cute this kid is! Sonja has a post on her blog with more pictures, including the ones with the real Bailey dressed up. If you're interested in seeing them, or just stopping by and seeing more of her adorable baby boy (with his ridiculously long eyelashes), you can click through here.

'til next time...


  1. Oh my gosh - adorbz! What a lucky (and cute!) little boy!

  2. Aww, thank you Colleen, what sweet things you've said. I loved the day Bailey and Mobee hung out. I miss that little prairie dog! Plus watching Mobs boss Bailey around was hysterical.

    Guess who's sleeping with his new favorite toy tonight?! I almost didn't let him take it - I didn't want our Bailey doll to be covered with snot and slobber, come the morning... but I didn't have the heart to snatch it away. That would have been so mean! :)

  3. Wow Colleen! You did such a great job! I can't even fathom trying to tackle that project. It would've ended up looking like a pet rock. Really really amazing!

  4. It looks really awesome. I love the face!

  5. You did an awesome job, and I love that you even included costume pieces. You are amazing. :)


  6. You ladies rock so hard! Your kind words and encouragement mean the world to me! You have no idea - thank you :D

  7. COLLEEN!!! This is AMAZING. What a sweet and thoughtful gift, awwww. You should be mega proud!


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