Fun Give Away from Ravenhill

July 29th, 2010 § 48 comments

This Give Away is closed.

Emily Moss of Ravenhill has graciously offered to give away one of her handmade (with love) Scandinavian Matryoshka Art Dolls. Here are a few photos of the sweet fabric doll that could be yours.

Here is some info on Fru Marseth (the doll’s official name) in Emily’s own words:

She loves to be on a desk, mantel or on a bedside table.
She is approximately 6″x4″ (14x10cm).
The new 100% cotton fabrics were machine and hand sewn. Pretty French knots embellish the hand embroidered flowers. Her little behind is decorated with a hand appliquรฉd heart and her face is made with my own fabric design.
Materials: fabric, embroidery floss, poly-fil, ribbon, and thread

To enter this give away, please leave a comment on this post sharing what your go-to comfort toy/object was when you were a child and its name (if it had one).
I’ll randomly draw a winner Monday, August 2nd at 6am PST and contact the winner via email.


§ 48 Responses to Fun Give Away from Ravenhill"

  • Sarah B says:

    These are just beautiful! My favourite toy was my pink bear called “Pinky”. We were inseperable. Mum even had to get a bank to open after hours so we could retrieve Pinky who I had accidentally left in there. I still have her ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie L says:

    Mine was the Raggedy Anne that my maternal grandmother bought me when I was 5

  • Linda says:

    My favorite toy was my doll, Janie.

  • Rachael says:

    Mine was (still is) a stuffed elephant named Ellie. My “aunt” gave her to me when I was born, and she’s gone everywhere with me ever since.

  • Rebecca says:

    A grey rabbit puppet was my pal. My uncle brought it back from England for me and my cousins got one too. I was a very creative child so I named him Rabbit. Recently I found out he’s some sort of fancy expensive stuffy (can’t remember the brand) because he has a little metal button thingy on his ear. I don’t imagine Rabbit’s actually worth anything now though since he’s been loved too much.

  • Shirley L says:

    My favorite was a teddy bear named Jelly Bean. Don’t tell anyone but I still sleep with him (and yes I am married and 38 years old!) ๐Ÿ™‚ The dolls are beautiful.

  • Elaine says:

    They are so beautiful! Mine was the quilt for my bed that my Mom made for me. I didn’t have just one favorite toy – I slept with ALL my dolls and stuffed animals to keep me company.

  • Carrie M. says:

    I had a floppy red dog. I don’t remember his name, because I lost him when I was very little, but I remember him vividly. I never had a favorite after that.

  • erinkathleen says:

    I had a teddy bear that lived at my grandmother’s house. As if the candy drawer wasn’t treat enough, I always got to play with the aptly named Mr. Bear. At one point, his lovely pink nose *boop* fell right off, as is common with well-loved animals of the plush persuasion. In all of my 10ish year-old wisdom, I glued a blue marble on as a nose, and painted it blush pink. As you can well imagine, I used no sealer on the paint and it peeled off after about a week. So Mr. Bear still has a beautifully bright blue nose, that I now can’t bear to cover up. At some point, probably around the day I left for college, my grandmother decided that I was responsible enough to be sole caretaker for Mr. Bear, and he was allowed to come with me. Now, two dorm rooms, one college house, and two apartments later, Mr. Bear is ready to move into my first real grown-up home with the man that I love. But Mr. Bear will just have to stick around to keep my future children company…blue nose and all.

    Thanks for this trip down memory lane. What a wonderful way to start off my Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Heidi S. says:

    What beautiful dolls. They are works of art! I have a bear that my mom made. I even took Lucky with me when I went to college. He and my other handmade friends still sit in special places here and there in our house.

  • Jennie says:

    I had a million different stuffed animals. My “go-to”s were my blanket, which I named Fred and bear named Woody. I still have them. They live my closet and are there for emergency hugs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Merryl K. says:

    I had (and still have) a Pattie Play Pal doll. She was my comfort and joy. Despite having moved from state to state and later abroad, she still exists and I hope to someday pass her on to my grandchildren.

  • Crystal F. says:

    My baby blanket. I called “him” Blinky. Up until about 2 or 3 years ago I still slept with him. I only “retired” him because I didn’t want him to come to pieces in the wash!

  • andrea says:

    my childhood toy was frosty- a stuffed polar bear- frosty “dissappeared” (was thrown out by my mom) when i was about 7 : ( he was replaced by “snowflake” but it was never the same

  • Cathy B says:

    Actually I have only one special handmade “lovey” from when I was a child. One year that was a very hard year for my parents, they told me the night before my birthday they were sorry there would be no presents that year. The next morning I went down to the kitchen and there was a small present on the table. It was a hand made braided octopus, in chocolate brown color, wrapped in plain brown paper with a string around it. I remember it meant so much to me that I went to sleep with it.. and always cherished it!
    My granddaughters birthday is next Saturday.. this would be such a precious little doll for her nightstand!
    cathy b
    projecthope7 at gmail dot com

  • Paige says:

    I had a cabbage patch doll I named Lisa. I still have her 25 years later. You can scratch her face and dirt comes off in layers. What can I say? She survived many a summer spent at the family farm hiding in the barn from my sister!

  • Carly says:

    I’m with Crystal, though I was far less imaginative. Mine was/is/always will be known as Blankie. Though I should probably change it to Mess O’Threads.

  • monique says:

    I had this bear that use to repeat what you say. After the mechanics didn’t work any longer I cut it open removed all the hard metal parts and sewed him back up. I still have him and my son keeps trying to steal him from me. my bear is hove 20 years old.


  • Fru Marseth could be mine? That would be unbelievable! I love all of Emily’s creations. My kids have had Pokey, Booboo Bear, Blanky, & Kitty. I left my home country when I was young, we left everything behind. I do not remember having a “go-to” toy, but I did have something else that provided hours of endless entertainment – my own scissors. Any left over scraps that fell from my mothers work table were mine. Carolina

  • Octavia says:

    I typically went for a monkey named Zip. His left arm squeaked and he wore red overalls. Poor thing is such a mess now.

  • Joan Brown says:

    I had a blanket. I even remember getting up in the middle of the night with it and then falling down the stairs. No, I did not get hurt. I guess the blanket saved me.

  • Rebekah says:

    I had my blankie and a doll named Alice. Actually I still have them and they still make me happy.

  • Rachel says:

    My favourite and comfort toy when I was little was a handmade rag doll called Molly. She was bigger than me and would always be resting on my pillows. I loved to plat her hair and change her clothes. And because she was so big, she was perfect for cuddles. When I was 10 my mother bought a chihuahua who was a horrid little thing. He snuck into my room one day and ripped Molly to pieces so she was no more.

  • natalie jo says:

    A sweet rabbit named “Fluffy” which was anything but by the end of his days!

  • Maureen says:

    My favorite comfort toy was my teddy bear, appropriately named Teddy. I never went anywhere without my Teddy. He was medium brown in color, with dark brown ears and dark brown paws. So soft and cuddly, and sweet memories of him are always with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve just popped over from Ravenhill and lo and behold I discover delicious twine that I’ve been trying to track down for yonks! What a bonus! My favourite childhood toy was a little brown teddy called Ming Ching! My brothers and sisters bought him for me when I was born and I treasured him. Please could I enter your give away? I’m a huge fan of Ravenhill’s work. And now I’m going to make myself a cuppa and sit down for a good browse through your archives and a bit more looking at that twine! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

  • Julia says:

    My cat was my comfort, but before her, or when she wasn’t nearby, I had a stuffed fox named Flippity.

  • Jenny says:

    I had a Mary Poppins doll that my mom made outfits for…she was, and still is, fabulous!

  • Julie says:

    Her dolls are just the sweetest. I didn’t have a toy that was special in particular. My own daughter, though, has a little plastic dolly given to her by her great grandmother that she she named Lily. She’s 5 now and has had it since she was 1.

  • Joy says:

    I had a couple of teddy bears that I adored. But my special toy was an 8 inch doll named Emily.

  • Sarah says:

    Emily is a very clever lady. I’d love to win one of her very pretty dolls. My special toy was given to me at my birth by my father – after returning a boys train set! It is clearly an elephant with a short nose but it was always considered a bear so given the name Mrs Bear. Very odd indeed. She has a holes in her toes and not much fur left, but I still have her. She happily sits with my husband’s special bear.

  • Tere says:

    O these dolls look like sweet little pieces of candy! Just adorable. My comfort toy when I was little was a sock monkey that my mom made out of a blue sock. I named him “Monkey” – isn’t that just clever? LOL I still have him 40 years later.

  • Teresa says:

    My favorite toy was a sweet panda bear. He heard all my good and bad news. He now sits on the bed of my 10 year old daughter. He is still a great listener!

  • Mary says:

    Am such a fan of Ravenhill and her creations! What a lovely post she posted about you on her blog! When I was little, I had a polar bear named Melinda, and she was always with me for everything. Still have her, here in my apartment!

  • My favorite was my Raggedy Ann doll. I liked her because, like me, she had a red hair so she could understand when the other kids teased.

  • Nathalie says:

    Mine was a little blanket, I had it a long time.

  • Nancy says:

    I had a whole stuffed animal zoo of various animals which I kept neatly lined up on my bed. Hard to pick just one favorite out of the lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  • glaucia says:

    My confort toy was a small cloth doll called Feijรฃozinho. She was pink and cosy, and i never left home without her ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Inna says:

    Ohhh, I would love to win one of those matreshkas – I am such a big fan of Emily’s work. I am Russian, so they are pretty close to my heart. My favorite toy was a black and white teddy bear, who was called “Mishka”.

  • Erin says:

    Raggedy Ann!!! I had a doll, bed linens and curtains…everything was Raggedy Ann, and I loooooved it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maria Julia says:

    My favourite toy was a rag bear I called him “Osias” the name of bear from a sweet sing: “Osias, el osito en mameluco” from Maria Elena Walsh.

  • Fiona says:

    Oh I hope I’m not too late please enter me in. My favourite toy was a stuffed rabbit called Babby.

  • Ramona says:

    Oh I love these dolls! Thank you for giving me the chance to get one!
    My pal was a dog called Tim! I still have him!
    I am very curious about who becomes the winner of that lovely doll!


  • Kristy James says:

    I LOVE these dolls! Thanks for the opportunity to win one. I had two toys. One was an old Ragedy Ann Doll and the other was a brown bean. I wasn’t very creative with names, the doll was Annie and the bear was named Brown Bear. I actually still have them both stowed away in a locker with other childhood memories.


  • I LOVE these dolls! Thanks for the opportunity to win one. I a panda play bear that I loved. I named it Panda. I thought she was a female.

  • Tamar says:

    You are so generous to share with us your dolls. I used to have a doll with green dress. Her name was Paulina.

  • jacqueline says:

    Such a lovely giveaway and i am a fan of emily’s dolls!! Cabbage patch kid was my go to comfort toy when i was a kid. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  • i require a Chihuahua.

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