Saturday, 3 August 2013

Latest Events-Craft and Gift Fair August 2013

Welcome back bloggers, I hope you are keeping well ^_^ xx

I just thought i would give you all the heads up on my latest event, the Craft and Gift Fair which is happening this month on 24th August at the Commemoration Hall, huntingdon UK. There is going to be lots of fabulously arty crafty people selling a whole host of beautiful hand crafted items including soft home furnishings, jewellery, food, fashion and home accessories and much much more! Why not come along and join in the fun, you know you want to ^_^

Please check out the poster below for further details, if you click on it you will be transferred over to my website ^_^

Thanks again for dropping by, I hope you can make it! xXx

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Recipe-Apple, Pear and Raspberry Bakewell Pie

Hello and welcome back everyone, I hope you are well and having an awesome week so far! 

As many of you may know I am quite partial to a bit of baking and although admittedly it's been a while since I last posted up any tantalising recipes, I am now back with a real treat that will knock your tastebuds off! 

Now-I love a good old british pudd, fruit crumbles, sweet pies and sponges doused in lashing of piping hot custard but one of my favourites has got to be the Bakewell Tart. Originating in the town of Bakewell Derbyshire in 1870 rumour has it that this scrumptious dessert was created by accident at the White Horse Inn by landlady and cook Mrs Greaves.

Traditionally the Bakewell tart is constructed by a sweet short crust pastry case with a layer of Strawberry jam and a final layer of Almond sponge and topped with toasted flaked almonds.

I like to play around with recipes and put my own spin on them and so I have taken the idea of the Bakewell tart to create my Apple, Pear and Raspberry Pie which I want to share with you, so without further ado pop on your pinnes and lets get baking!

Oh yes- I almost forgot... I have popped a 'nutrition rating' which I have highlighted in the following...

Happy Medium
Naughty (but nice!)

Apple, Pear and Raspberry Bakewell Pie Ingredients:

Serves 8 people

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees celsius.

For the shortcrust pastry-I don't use the traditional sweet shortcrust, I use a savoury version as the sweetness from the fruit and sponge compliments the pastry really well without, but you can always add in a little icing sugar if you have a sweet tooth!

10oz plain flour
5oz cold butter cubed (alternatively you can use Stork)
A dash of cold water or milk


Sift your flour into a large bowl and then add in your cold butter and rub together with your fingers to resemble fine breadcrumbs, then ad a little water pr milk and mix with a pallet or standard knife to form a soft and slightly sticky dough, kneed ever so slightly and then wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge to settle for 15 minutes (this will make it easier to work with).

In the mean time, we are now going to make our fillings.


For the fruit

1 large Bramley Apple
2 dessert apples
1 large Pear
Handful fresh Raspberries
1 tbsp Caster or Half Spoon sugar
1 tsp sugar
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp Cinnamon

For the Sponge
6oz butter or Stork baking spread                         
6oz caster sugar or 3oz half spoon sugar
6oz self raising flour
3 medium free range eggs
1 tsp Almond extract (use extract as this is a natural flavouring, Essence is a chemical!)


1. Finely slice your Bramley Apple and Pear, and arrange in the bottom of your pastry case and sprinkle your raspberries in the top.
2. Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and sprinkle over your sugar and Cinnamon and pop in the fridge.

1. Pop your butter and sugar into a large bowl and mix until fluffy and pale in colour. 
2. Sift in your flour,  add your eggs and almond extract and mix well to form a lovely light and silky mixture.
3. Carefully spoon your sponge mixture over the fruit and then finely slice up your eating apples and arrange on top of the raw sponge mixture.
4. Sprinkle over some flaked almonds and a little sugar and bake for 1 hour or until golden.

Top Tip!

To check your cake is cooked through, stick a cake tester or sharp knife through the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean your pie is cooked!

Serving Suggestions:

I like to serve my pie piping hot with lashings of custard, however this dessert also works really well cold with a couple of scoops of Raspberry or vanilla (or both) frozen yogurt.

This dessert is ideal for freezing!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Latest News-Ogl Doll Summer Deals

Hello everyone and thank you for dropping by ^_^

What with Mr Sunshine beaming his mystical rays and making the world a magical and happy place, and of course not forgetting to mention your continued support is massivly appreciated- as a GREAT BIIIIIG thank you if you spend £20 or more in one transaction you will receive an A5 artwork print of your choice HALF PRICE-that's just £2.50!!

Thank you so so much again for supporting Ogl Doll

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ogl Doll Latest News-Whimsical Weddings!

Summer is finally here and guess what?...It's the most popular and beautiful time of year to say 'I do'.

Have you, a friend or family member got a wedding planned and want to impress your guests with something that extra bit special and of course different? Well look no further as Ogl Doll is delighted to introduce the all new 'Mr and Mrs' custom doll range. 

Yes that's right, if you want to add a cute whimsical touch to the theme of your wedding you will be spoilt for choice with the beautiful selection of fabrics on offer! What's more is you can have your doll(s) customised in any way you please with what ever accessory you desire, whether it be an adorable top hat, ribbon rose bouquet, bow or hand tie. 

What fabrics do you stock?

From pretty floral print 100% cotton fabrics to luxury faux fur and fleeces, I stock many a high quality fabric. Also if you require a particular print or fabric type I can source this for you but please note that this may alter the cost a little.

To your left are three of my latest cotton fabrics available, I stock many many more so please do get in touch with your ideas.

How Do I Order an Ogl Doll?

Ordering an Ogl Doll couldn't be easier; all you have to do is email me direct with your design requirements, preferred materials and fine details; alternatively you can send me a direct message via my Facebook Page or through Twitter (you can find links to my website and social media networking sites at the bottom of this newsletter). The rest is a doddle, I will reply to you to confirm your order with payment details; payment MUST be made in full before I commence your order. You can find further details in the FAQ's section located on every page at the bottom of my website.

All of my dolls are entirely hand stitched using only the highest quality fabrics and materials; Ogl Dolls are a gift to love and to cherish just like the memories of your big day so make it extra special with a Mr and Mrs Ogl Doll xXx

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Ogl Doll: Why Hand Made?

Hello my lovelies and welcome back to another informative episode of the Ogl Doll blog, I hope you are well.

Ok-yes yes I know it's been a while since I last graced you all with my presence but it has (as always) been incredibly hectic for ones self over the last few weeks or so (lets make that a month). Not only have I been wallowing in reams upon reams of fabric generating custom orders, but also exhibiting at craft fairs around Offord Cluny and St Neots near Camridge UK but to name a couple-and a jolly lot of fun it was too! I have met so many people and made many a new craft loving friend from them, which brings me on to the subject of 'why handmade?'.

Let me begin by explaining the term 'handmade craft'; craft is a term used to define an item or object of which is approximately 75% (preferably more) made by the human hand using nothing more than their personal skills of expertise and knowledge with a few tools to help them along the way i.e. a sewing machine. Needle craft, wood turning, cake making and design; whatever the skill a limitless amount of time and dedication (as well as education for many) has gone into the development and production on an individual final product.

"Craft is part of the artists soul"

So why handmade you ask? Well in my opinion the answer is simple! When you purchase a product crafted by hand you are not only investing in a quality piece of art, but a fragment of the artists soul; you see there there is a reason behind why one chooses to create a particular product, it may be a skill that we learnt as a young child and it has been stuck close to our hearts ever since, or it may be a craft that has been handed down generations of our family, in other words this product (whatever it may be) has deep meaningful roots to it therefore it is this attribute that becomes part of the price.

"You're buying quality not Quantity"

As I explained in my previous post the pricing of your handmade creations is somewhat a tricky and delicate subject to a degree; us creatives price our work not only on the cost of materials, but also what we feel our work is worth, after all a lot of care and attention to detail has bee put into one individual item making its quality far more superior to something made in a factory the other side of the planet.

You are contributing your support to the artist; being creative myself I know how stressful it can be trying to get my own work not only noticed, but accepted by the general public and as much as I adore making my needlecraft creations I like to know that you lovely people actually enjoy and value my work, for me that is what matters the most; knowing that my dolls spread a little happiness.

"You are supporting the maker and keeping tradition alive"

Crafts are most certainly an act of tradition and it's true-craft fairs are very much coming back into fashion, the larger events make for a great day out and an opportunity to speak to the person who has hand-stitched that teddy, who has dyed that silk or turned that wood, it's an experience you just don't get at a high-street store plus it's great fun too!

" You are Contributing to enjoyment, not suffering!"

You are contributing to ones enjoyment as opposed to enhancing the suffering of a young child in a sweat shop or production factory over-seas; it's nothing new,-everyone knows that almost every product bought in a high-street shop whether it be an item of clothing or a simple toy or ornament has been manufactured abroad and in many cases in poor conditions; a lot of this has been banned however unfortunately it is still a very common situation in third world countries where families have no other option of earning a living.
Although this continuous attribute to product manufacture will not necessarily cease, by purchasing a handmade piece of art it is one less item being made by machinery controlled by suffering unhappy hands.

So there you have it, my views on what I believe is handmade and why I think it is a good thing, what are your views? I would love to hear them!

In the mean time, thank you for reading and I shall see you back here soon.

xx ^_^ xx

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Ogl Doll: Show and Tell (My Latest Dolls and Custom Orders)

Hello my lovelies, how are you all doing?

Welcome back to the Ogl Doll blog, at last I have finally had the chance to breath and get back to writing another post (I bet you thought I had left the planet or something!).
I have been incredibly incredibly busy with numerous custom orders over the past few weeks and very exciting has all been too! 

From three legged pigs to extra special custom orders and online purchases I have been up to my eye-balls and of course have loved every single second of it all! I thought it would be great to show all you lovely people my latest dolls which I have been working on since my last post starting with:

Twinkle Trotters (The Three Legged Pig with a Tail Suit):

This has GOT to be one of my favourite custom orders to date! When I first received the request I actually thought that the person was joking, but after a couple of emails later it turned out that they were in fact a ballroom dancer and that their order was in-fact a present and a mascot for their dance partner; they were at a dance competition and joked between them 'I bet a three legged pig couldn't even beat us!'-so that is where the three legs came in and also that saying we all know 'If pigs might fly!'. 

Like all of my custom orders, I create a new template which of course is based upon the famous Ogl Doll shape (If need to that is) and then built up the doll from there.
Twinkle Trotters is made from a lovely powder pink faux fur fabric which I then teamed with
100% cotton fabric for his inner arms and ears; I used a pale pink fleece fabric for his little face. 

The suit I designed was a challenge and a half! Ogl Dolls were never really designed for clothes, however I am always up for new challenges and am a very open minded artist so I had a good old bash at it; I had to adapt it to Winkle Trotter's unusual rounded body, shaping the collar around his oval face-I even tested 
it out with a spare piece of curtain fabric I had lurking about and it worked first time! The fabric I used was 
the finest quality charcoal jersey which I lined with a peachy pink cotton fabric (being a pig i thought it fitted in perfectly with the overall look).

Now-Twinkle Trotters (The Three Legged Pig with a 
Tail Suit) wouldn't be complete without his little bow 
tie which I made from plain and pink and white polka dot 100% cotton fabric.

Below are a couple more photographs of the finished doll, I have to say that I am so so chuffed with the end result, in-fact the suit has given me lot of other ideas for new dolls which I cannot WAIT to start making!

I hope you like Twinkle Totters (The Three Legged pig with a Tail Suit) as much as I enjoyed creating him ^_^

The Ugly kitten (Extra Special One-off Custom)

Right-Now I would like to tell you about my next custom order; this was an extra special customer request. 

A lovely lady contacted me, enquiring as to if I would be able to transform her friends Ugly Kitten illustration into a physical doll which was to be for her 40th birthday, her friend had always wanted it made into an actual character-'no problem' I said and of course it was an honour, the fact that someone had come to me to make their friends dream a reality!

The doll was very simple to make, however it was the attention to detail that was key to Ugly Kittens physique.

The main doll is made from camel brown fleece fabric with deep chocolate brown stripes (also made from fleece); his facial features I cut out of thick felt fabric and hand sewn on.

Ugly Kitten was illustrated to look well loved and so with a fabric paint pen I went around the eyes and long the edge of the stripes to add a sift muddy effect. To finish I simply created some little claws out out of thick white felt and edges with Frey Stoppa (which is a special formula used to stiffen the edges of fabrics to prevent wear and tear).

Below is a further collection of photographs of the Ugly Kitten ^_^

Don't forget to check back when I shall have some new dolls to show you, I have so many ideas I must get cracking (after I have completed my Boo-boo the Bat order I am currently working on to go all the way to the USA!).

As I have explained in this post, I am always up for new challenges and open to any ideas you may have so If you are interested in having a custom made doll as either a gift for a loved one, relative or even a cheeky treat for yourself, please do get in touch and I will be delighted to help you transform your ideas into reality.

Thank you for reading my lovelies

 <3<3 ^_^ <3<3

Monday, 11 March 2013

Ogl Doll: So What's Been Happening?

Hello and welcome back my lovelies ^_^

As usual, my hands have been busy creating lots of dolls and so I thought It would be nice to show you some of my latest latest additions to the ever-expanding Ogl Doll collection. Seeing as Easter is around the corner I thought to myself 'why not create some bunnies' and so that's exactly what I did! My bunnies are not just any old bunnies though oh no-My bunnies come with their very own Easter egg which is removable too! I think they add another dimension as well as looking pretty adorable (even if I do say so myself!). Ogl Doll Easter bunnies make great gifts for friends, family or even a little treat for oneself, after all you deserve one once in a while! So without further ado, here are some photos of the Ogl Doll Easter bunnies ^_^

                                                              Below: Fluffybuns 2013:


Below: Snufflepuff Bunny 2013:

Peaches Bunny 2013:

Both Fluffybuns and Snufflepuff Bunny are available to purchase on my website
and my Etsy store ^_^

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you back here soon ^_^

<3 <3 Bye bye and take care <3 <3