31 January 2011

free to a great home.

internet friends, meet phoebe.

phoebes3

she is squishy soft and crafted from european wool felt and the cheeriest cotton prints. phoebes would love nothing more than to be traipsed about the house in small arms, or to perch quiet-like on a dresser top and enjoy the thoughtful company of you.

[bonus points if you live in a stone tudor with secret passageways, or a sea-bright cottage, or anywhere within shouting distance of london. she has a soft spot for such things.]

phoebes5

if you'd like phoebe to come live at your place (or be gifted to someone dear to you), please tell me in the comments below the name of your best friend from childhood. [if you'd like an extra shot at winning, tweet or facebook this post, and leave me a second comment saying you did so.]

entries will close on thursday, february 3rd at 11:59pm est. a winner will be drawn at random and will likely be announced sometime friday.

bonne chance, and happy monday, friends!

:)

update 2/4
we have a winner: christa, who wrote, In my early elementary years Cori and Tami were my best friends...and nearly 30 years and 10 kids among us later and with the whole country currently dividing us, they're still my closest friends.

congratulations, christa!

a warm and hearty thank you to all who dropped your names in. i can't tell you how lovely it was to hear about your childhood besties. we're a blessed bunch to have grown up alongside such good and zany folk.

99 comments:

Jennifer Shults said...

Oh she's just lovely Nic! I just adore her. :D Seeing as I've already won one of your lovely little dolls I won't throw my name in but I have to tell you, Evey just adores her's still. It's often found stuffed up next her to her head as she sleeps at night. :)

Brianna said...

She's darling! We just found out we're having another baby and she'd be a perfect 1st gift. My best friend from childhood was Sarah.

Bri

P.S. After this baby comes, I'm going to have to send back my necklace and have you add another name. Yay! :)

Jessica said...

Oh Nic, I LOVE her!!! Phoebe reminds me of the first doll I picked out for myself, a little softie from a street fair, back in Old San Juan, where we lived when I was little. My best friend's name growing up was Joemyr. We were inseparable!

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

oh so beautiful!!!
mary margaret would love to have her.
my best friend's name? sandee.

Jessica said...

Just facebooked about it too! :)

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

i tweeted this: http://twitter.com/ouroldgahouse

Michele said...

She's darling! My best friend was Tina. We'd had the best childhood being inseparable. Lots of laughs.

Jen Bontrager said...

What a sweet doll! Looks like my 1/2 Filipino niece! My friend's name was Emily. Lived two doors down. We'd spy on people and make up dances with our little sisters.

Farmgirl Paints said...

well she's just adorable. my best friend when i was a little girl was christy campion. she was adopted from korea. her daddy was a doctor and she had three older brothers. we spent many hours playing at her house growing up. thanks for making me think back that far. i have no idea where she is now. makes me sad.

MP said...

She's wonderfully lovely (as usual!) If Phoebe needed us to move to a london cottage or a stone tudor (with MOSS!) well, then I could be persuaded :)

My best friend from childhood was Stephani (no E!). We still talk and get together as life warrants.

Anonymous said...

Saw her on Flickr and think that she is such a beautiful doll.

Abby and Pete said...

love her! we are a holt family, too. my childhood best friend was and still is my natalie. through thick and thin...we'll always be there for each other.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

AHHHHHHH! She's so cute!!
My best friend from childhood was Jessica.

oh. My. GOSH! She's amazing (the doll)(Oh, and Jessica)

Kim said...

Oh she is so darling and would be pretty for the little girl we are expecting in March. My best friend from childhood was named Stefanie.

Casey said...

She's adorable! My best friend was Sam, my mom babysat her & her twin sister, so we were best buds before we started school. She moved away right before we hit high school but we still talk a little bit sometimes.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

My best girl was Angie, and she happens to be the older sister of Katie (Pencil Box). My memories of their home and their family stretch out a mile wide. It is still one of the happiest places in my mind.

Your doll is a Beaut!!

Bonnie said...

Oh, she's so adorable! Love her! One of my best friends growing up was Jamie, who I don't see anymore...too bad because we had some good times :)

Hannah said...

oh how cute!! I'm sure my daughter would love to be her friend!!!

My best friend growing up was Amanda. We were besties all the way through high school. I was her maid of honor. We now live in different towns are both married and have kids. Sad how we have drifted a part.

Seriously though, Phoebe and my Lydia need to be friends!

Joy: said...

Oh she is lovely and we have the perfect spot for her in the corner of our Pie-girl's crib. My best friend was Lisa. I loved her so and we are still close friends though we live hours apart.

Stemple Family said...

I love her! My girls would adore her. My best friend from childhood was Jody.

Lisa said...

Adorable!

My bestest friend from childhood would be Shannon. A fiery red head who was the yin to my yang. LOVE!

Janie Fox said...

I adore her!

My best childhood friend was Melissa. She had wild red hair and freckles & hid from me on the school bus until I won her over. 22 years later we are still the best of friends.

Nicole said...

my best friend from childhood was jeannie... i miss her... we see each other only a few times a year in passing...
i do love Phoebe though, she's so pretty! and i have a sweet lil girl that i know who would adore her.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Pheobe is just adorable!!! I don't want to enter b/c I'm sure there are others more deserving out there that know a little girl who would love, love, love that baby. But I will say my childhood bestfriends: Kelly & Teresa. I still keep in touch with both and love them dearly. Even though I don't get to see them very often. :o)

Audre said...

My best friend growing up was my sister Nida. We each had other friends at different times, but there is no friendship that matched the one between us sisters.

Kimberly said...

Phoebe would be welcomed gladly into our chalet home, ensconced in a snowy wooded valley, and the arms of three little girls who know how to love. =)

And my best friend's name was Roselyn.

Audre said...

My best friend growing up was my sister Nida. We each had other friends of our own at different times, but there is no friendship that can match the one between sisters.

Lisa said...

My cabbage patch doll Becky, we lost her in a move when I was 8 and I think I am still heartbroken!
Lisaehanna@gmail.com

Erin said...

My best friend's name was Rhea. Such a sweet doll!

Rachel Parker said...

My best friend growing up was named Jenny. We did everything together... in fact, I still remember her PHONE NUMBER! Crazy.

xo,
Rachel
Grown Up Rachel

Carolyn said...

Nic-

Phoebe is charming. I would love to have her greet a foster child when she first enters our home (we are "expecting" also).

Phoebe and I have something in common as I have a soft spot for running up the snicket to share tea & biscuits with my Yorkshire friends (when in England, of course as it's rather difficult to find a snicket to run up in Arizona).

My English friends are Francis, and Joyce, and Jacey but my childhood friend was Becky.

Shalom

angela said...

Pheobe is adorable. I'd love to have her come live with me. I live near the Blue Ridge Mountains and promise to take her for rides to look for deer tame enough to hand feed or the occasional black bear. Although, we'd look at them from a distant. At home she could perch beside my sewing machine as a source of inspiration...though she'd more than likely be hugged, loved, and hidden away inside one of my little ones new bed tents for pretend campouts with glow in the dark stars to gaze at when really their eyes should be closed in slumber. Oh, and my best friend growing up, the most awesome of friends in such a tumultuous time, her name is Daphne. I know, awesome, right?

Courtney said...

My best friend from Childhood is Dawn. We meet in 4th grade & are still friends today 20 years later...wow..20 years!

Anonymous said...

Sarah was my BFF & I love Phoebe!! I would love to win it for my daughter Audrey.

Jen G.

Courtney said...

And I just posted this on Facebook! I would love to win this darling doll..she is beautiful...I might just keep her for myself :)

Anonymous said...

She's too cute! I want her!!! My very best friend as a kid was Donna. We lost touch as we got older but I'm left with wonderful memories!

Martha

Amy Whitt said...

Adorable! My best friend in school was Heather. We grew apart after high school graduation and recently just spoke to each other for the first time in over 12 years.

{Amy} said...

oh, she is adorable. so, so cute.
my best friend from childhood was my next-door-neighbor, Marcie.We have been friends for about 30 years and now our kids are friends. : )

Carolyn said...

Phoebe is on my facebook :)

Rob said...

Best friend: Shane.

Paige would LOOOOOOOOVE that little gal.

PS: God would think it's OK for you to rig the contest so I win... ;)

Chanelle said...

My best friend's name was Shawnee. My girls would love Phoebe!

Laura said...

I adore her! As would my childhood bestie whose name is Sara. I would gift it to her cause I love her so much!

Laura said...

Tweeted, and facebooked!

Christa said...

In my early elementary years Cori and Tami were my best friends...and nearly 30 years and 10 kids among us later and with the whole country currently dividing us, they're still my closest friends.

Ashley said...

She's so beautiful!! I would love to be able to save this for our little Ethiopian princess to snuggle :)My closest childhood friend was Elaine!! Crossing my fingers that I'm the lucky one!!

Erin said...

Oh, so cute!! Here from the Holt board. :)

My bff was Farah.

Anonymous said...

When I saw these babies I was so inspired! I want one for my reading corner at school. I love Phobe!

Colie said...

My best friend was Kristal :-). Oh man, she is wonderful!

Shea said...

Wow she is super cute! My best friend from childhood was Joni.

Karly81 said...

So precious! My best friend from childhood is Mandy, and now after moving hundreds of miles away from our hometown, we are still living two blocks away from one another :)

Nicole P. said...

My best friend from childhood and I met when we were under a year old. We are now 38 and still friends. Her name is Stephanie.

Simply Mari said...

Saw her on FLickr... lovely doll. I think she wants to come to Brasil, near the sea. My best friend´s name is Larissa.

Becky Nakashima Brooke said...

She is beautiful! Love her. We are adopting from Ethiopia through Holt and this would be a perfect doll:) My best friend from childhood was Christa.

Becky

Julie said...

So beautiful! I had many friends...hard to choose a best. But it would have to be Melissa. Thanks for this chance.

Amber said...

I don't think I had a fun name for a friend when I was little. However, my daughter loves to come up with names and am sure she would love to give her another name :)

Whitney said...

So cute! I'd say my best friend growing up was Jenny - we had great times!

Laura said...

LOVE her!! My best friend from childhood was named Megan.

selphishgirl said...

Your talent amazes me! I read your blog regularly...your writing is beautiful and so creative and your crafts are to-die-for! My best friend growing up was Beth. Thank you for the chance to win, My girls would love Phoebe lots. :)

Marianne said...

Love your little doll. My best friend from childhood ~ my little sister, Lynnie.

abbey bernardi said...

oh that is darling!!!
love the fabric combos!!
i too wish i lived in a house like you described.....ahhhhhhh
one day
best friend Chara
: )

Joybird said...

A best friend in my childhood was a pretty elusive creature. I guess lookiing back I have to say I had the same best friend, for better or worse, most of my young years...my little brother, Micah.

BTW, I was totally loving your dolls when I saw them on the couch yesterday. They're splendid.

Jodie said...

She is so cute! My best friends name from childhood is Jennifer - and we are still BFF to this day!

Jodie said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
kendal said...

my best friend was beth. and i feel like i should buy one for my girl. the one i love. who has to go away for treatment and should have one of these dolls....can I? buy one?

Sami Jo said...

Too cute! Such a sweet little face! Bright colors and so inviting to snuggle with :) You have such a gift, Nic! My best friend from childhood - Well her name is Shila - and she comes with a bit of a backstory - got time? Good. Once upon a time Shila, Sami and a few other girls were playing basketball - All the Sudden Shila collapsed! Come to find out she had to have a surgery to have a pacemaker put in at the age of... I believe it was 15. Anyhow, Basketball was O.V.E.R. OVER for Miss Shi - So not wanting to make her friend feel terrible Sami Jo quit too! Sami went on to graduate early and Shila went on to be Student Body President - Long story short Shila (my best friend to this day) is not able to work because of excruciating pain & although blessed with 2 beautiful children, she is not able to have any more because of huge coplications with her pacemaker she lives every day in this pain and the doctor who put it in will not see her or fix it. They have no money for lawyers and live pay check to pay check. I wanted to share her with you because she is truly my hero. She is the most kind, thoughtful and caring person I know. She never complains and I've never seen an ounce of bitterness in her. Daily she presses on to be a good mama for her kids...I love her to pieces! She's Amazing! & well... you asked :) Lol! As you know, I have 2 boys so if I win I would give her to Kyla, Shila's daughter. You have to share your childhood best friend story with us! Hugs, SJ

Kirsten Smith said...

How adorably cute! My best friend was Kelly Bennett. Ahh...we had the most grand adventures together. Thanks for initiating a fun trip down memory lane! :)

Justine said...

Oh she is sooo cute, can you enter if you live overseas? My best friends from childhood were Georgina and Danielle. :)

sarah said...

my best friend from childhood was jessica. i love the mix of pink and orange. bright and cheery just what i need in this blizzardy world.

Darcee said...

OMIGOOOOOOODNESSSSS I'm SO in LOVE with Phoebe! She is SO SO SO CUTE! ♥
We are in the process of adopting and I'm pretty sure Phoebe would be our daughters very BEST buddy! ♥

Wellllll... I wish I could say I had a VERY BEST friend growing up but I just really didn't. :( ...for some reason the friend thing was a little tricky for me when I was little. So, I did play with dollies and barbies quite a bit. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have lots of comments, but I thought I'd try anyway. We just had our first girl 5 months ago and I think she would come to love that beautiful doll! My best friend's name from childhood was Tammy. We lost touch in high school and college, but just reunited and her heart is so on fire for Jesus now and we have really enjoyed catching up and being reunited again! - Andrea

Jorth! said...

Her name was Sally. I thought she was my best friend, but she actually turned out to be a dastardly fiend. See, she got all of her hair chopped off into a bob. "Spiffy!" my young admiring mind thought, and so I pestered and pestered until my mother allowed me to do the same. Goodbye, golden waist-length hair. Hello, rather sad and regretful face, framed by dull fringed nothingness.

Lesson learnt: no matter how much I wanted it, I simply couldn't carry off a bob like Sally.

Sarah said...

best friends's name was Courtney. and I just might send it to her :)

Ruth said...

Hi Nicole
I'm Ruth from New Zealand
mom of 6

My best friend's name was Emma.

Phoebe is welcome to come and live with us. She could keep my 2 little boys (4 and 2) company as they skip/throw flat stones into Lake Wakatipu, or go on bike rides along the Arrow river, or play touch rugby in the back garden with Dad and older brothers. Or I'm sure my 2 daughters would love her to sit on their dresser :o)

Phoebe looks like she could be Maori. She's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

BFF: Tawni...and I mean 4-Ever....both almost 5-0...:) I've never actually known a time when she wasn't part of my life...our mom's were BFF's in their childhood!

I can think of three adorable little girls who would love on Phoebes like crazy.

But most importantly, thank you for sharing your words.

stkoehn@comcast.net

Sarah said...

Oh, Phoebe, come and live with me!!! Chloe, though nowhere near London, has a secret closet in her room...sweet and cozy for snuggles and reads and slumbers. You would be wholeheartedly welcomed and dearly loved.

Brett was my childhood friend. We did gymnastics together and roller skated in her basement for hours and hours rocking out to the Police.

rahel said...

I am not sure- maybe I am too late.
What a adorable doll! In case I would winn, she could go to live with my sisters small baby-girl and join her on her way though life in a green and lovely place in Switzerland, with lots of snow-covered mountains, streams and forest. In case she would want- Lucerne is not far away and she could enjoy shopping and a coffee on the shore of the lake.

My best childhoodfriend's name- (and after almost 31 years of knowing her- she still is my friend):
Isabelle

DollieDimples Boutique said...

Nic she is ever so lovely. I had a bestest softie friend as a child that my mother made for me. She sewed everything hence my obsession. I named mine Millie as that is my mum's name. silly. yes. but loved very loved. Thank you for the inspiration to continue a lovely memory for my own 3 girls. ((HUGS))

Jenny said...

Your softies are the cutest!! My childhood bff's name?? Lindy

christina said...

oh me! pick me!

My very first best friend was a girl named Crystal who lived in our apartment complex. She was about a foot taller than me and I still remember her birthday was January 15. Shame, though. I can't remember her last name. :)



-c

sara farrar photography...christmas said...

Phoebe is beautiful!!! She reminds me so much of my best friend, Lindsay, growing up! What a sweet doll. Lindsay and I used to "hide-away" and pretend we were sisters who would never, ever leave one another. We would journey through our bedrooms, as though we were traveling the world. For hours we would play, with dolls, blankets, anything we could find....to this day- I think of her often as I play with my own kids. Phoebe would be a fun companion for my daughter to journey with (who has 2 brothers)... ha ha! These type of people and travels last a lifetime!

Padilla said...

she is beautiful!! my best friend from childhood was my younger sister. living in the middle of no where and on a farm, well family is about all you got =]

Karen said...

LOVE this! Looks like my girl! My best friend from childhood was Becky!

Our Family said...

Beth Ann Gendics
Melissacaitrin[at]gmail[dot]com

emily wierenga said...

oh i LOVE her cheeks :)

my best friend was annie dey. we would write plays together and we had our own little newsletter and we'd suntan and ride bikes and read poetry and try beer and spit it out and go to country dances and stare at all the boys. there was nothing like it.

Padilla said...

she is beautiful!! my best friend from childhood was my younger sister. living in the middle of no where and on a farm, well family is about all you got =]

DollieDimples Boutique said...

Nic she is ever so lovely. I had a bestest softie friend as a child that my mother made for me. She sewed everything hence my obsession. I named mine Millie as that is my mum's name. silly. yes. but loved very loved. Thank you for the inspiration to continue a lovely memory for my own 3 girls. ((HUGS))

Laura said...

LOVE her!! My best friend from childhood was named Megan.

Becky Nakashima Brooke said...

She is beautiful! Love her. We are adopting from Ethiopia through Holt and this would be a perfect doll:) My best friend from childhood was Christa.

Becky

Simply Mari said...

Saw her on FLickr... lovely doll. I think she wants to come to Brasil, near the sea. My best friend´s name is Larissa.

Karly81 said...

So precious! My best friend from childhood is Mandy, and now after moving hundreds of miles away from our hometown, we are still living two blocks away from one another :)

Shea said...

Wow she is super cute! My best friend from childhood was Joni.

Colie said...

My best friend was Kristal :-). Oh man, she is wonderful!

Ashley said...

She's so beautiful!! I would love to be able to save this for our little Ethiopian princess to snuggle :)My closest childhood friend was Elaine!! Crossing my fingers that I'm the lucky one!!

Anonymous said...

She's too cute! I want her!!! My very best friend as a kid was Donna. We lost touch as we got older but I'm left with wonderful memories!

Martha

Carolyn said...

Nic-

Phoebe is charming. I would love to have her greet a foster child when she first enters our home (we are "expecting" also).

Phoebe and I have something in common as I have a soft spot for running up the snicket to share tea & biscuits with my Yorkshire friends (when in England, of course as it's rather difficult to find a snicket to run up in Arizona).

My English friends are Francis, and Joyce, and Jacey but my childhood friend was Becky.

Shalom

Erin said...

My best friend's name was Rhea. Such a sweet doll!

Audre said...

My best friend growing up was my sister Nida. We each had other friends of our own at different times, but there is no friendship that can match the one between sisters.

Janie Fox said...

I adore her!

My best childhood friend was Melissa. She had wild red hair and freckles & hid from me on the school bus until I won her over. 22 years later we are still the best of friends.

Stemple Family said...

I love her! My girls would adore her. My best friend from childhood was Jody.