Saturday, December 20, 2008

36th dozen dolls sent to Alaska

What a difference a day makes. A couple days ago I was sending out the 33rd,34th,and 35th dozen dolls and on Monday I will ship out dozen #36 thanks to the generous donation of one dozen dolls from Judith McCarthy of AU. Another dozen to be received before Christmas to warm the hearts of many women who could use an extra comfort this time of year.
This group will be sent to the Kodiak Woman's Resource and Crisis Center in Kodiak Alaska on Monday.

Thank you Judith, and all of you donors for supporting this project. I wish I could thank each of you in person. You sure make the world a brighter place. Happy Holidays and blessings to each of you.

One Dozen Comfort Dolls from Judith McCarthy of AU

Yesterday I received 12 beautiful Comfort Dolls from Judith McCarthy of Australia. Judith hand painted each doll face and created such a variety. These are brooches for the recipient to wear close to her heart. Can you imagine a woman pinning on one of these knowing she was being thought of?

There are full dolls.....................
Dragonfly and seahorse dolls................
Heart face dolls Each unique doll is embellished with beading ,charms, and hair. Amazing!
Thank you so much Judith. This dozen has such variety that it will be shipped to a shelter together as I would hate to separate them since they traveled so far from home already,LOL. :-)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dozen # 35 will be received by Wyoming

Our 35th dozen Comfort Dolls will go to Central Wyoming Rescue Mission. I am excited to send off the last three dozen Comfort Dolls of 2008 to three states for Christmas.

I know you all have worked hard and made time to create your beautiful dolls. Please know they will be warmly received with open arms for Christmas.

The donors of the 35th dozen dolls are~~Patti Koosed of Oregon, Wendy Shu of Singapore, Freda Butler of Il, Jan Bartlett of Nevada, Debra Newton of CA, Beverly Sams of Virginia, and Sherri Pruitt of Florida.

This shipment was sponsored by Jan Bartlett of NV. Thank you for sponsoring several shipments and for donating many special dolls.

Dozen #34 will go to Tennessee

The Avalon Center in TN will receive the 34th dozen Comfort Dolls. The donors of these dolls are~ Sherri Pruitt of Florida, Beverly Sams of Virginia, Nora Goodman of Oregon, Jan Bartlett of Nevada, Debra Newton of CA, Freda Butler of IL, Patti Koosed of Oregon, and Wendy Shu of Singapore.

A special Thank you to Lynn Palazzo for sponsoring this shipment of Comfort Dolls.

A group hug to you all and Happy Holidays!!!! May you be blessed with the joys you deserve.

Dozen # 33 will go to Vermont

The Vermont Network will receive our 33rd dozen of Comfort Dolls. I will send these out tomorrow in hopes they will be ready to give out on Christmas.This shipment was sponsored by Lynn Palazzo of Canada. Thank you Lynn for sponsoring several shipments. The donors of the 33rd dozen are~
Lyn Palazzo of Canada,Wendy Shu of Singapore, Nancy Collins of Florida, Patti Koosed of Oregon, Freda Butler of IL, Jan Bartlett of NV, and Beverly Sams of Virginia.

THANK YOU LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blessings and Happy Holidays!!!!

Six bright and beautiful dolls from Beverly Sams of VA

Beverly Sams sent 6 bright and beautiful Comfort Dolls this week. Beverly's dolls are made of soft fleece and embellished with embroidered flowers, meaningful words, beads, charms,and delightful hair with each wearing a beaded necklace. Thank you for creating these lovely dolls to comfort women in need of a hug. Warm hug and Blessings to you.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Comfort Dolls from Sherri Pruitt

Sherri Pruitt of The Vintage Rabbit in Florida, donated three sweet lavender filled Comfort Dolls. Each doll has an angel pin on them. Sherri learned of the project through the Etsy Cottage Style Team. I enjoyed the label on the box. It made me smile.Thank you Sherri for donating your beautiful dolls. They will be be warmly welcomed by their recipients I am sure.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Arrivals from Jan Bartlett

These Holiday Comfort Dolls arrived from Jan Bartlett. They are just in time to spend the holidays with their new recipients.They are adorable!

Jan, thank you for your continued support, it is appreciated. I also want to thank you for sponsoring some doll shipments, it is much appreciated. The bookmark and postcard you made me will be treasured. Blessings.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Comfort Doll from Nora Goodman of OR

This sweet doll arrived yesterday from Nora Goodman of OR. Her hand painted face is so sweet and she has lovely hair with natural highlights (like many of us). Nora used a pretty satin and metallic fabric for her body and the word JOY around her collar to inspire her new owner.
Thank you very much Nora. Your doll is much appreciated.

Comfort Dolls from Deb Newton

Deb Newton is an Etsy Cottage Style member who joined several other members to contribute to the Comfort Doll Project. These two lovelies arrived last week from Deb of CA.They are delicate little dolls with beading,charms,and floral accents just waiting to brighten someone's day. Thank you Deb and your etsy team. You gals rock!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Comfort doll from Nancy Collins of FL

A sweet little doll with flip flops arrived from Nancy Collins of Florida. She has a cheerful little face, heart and butterfly bead embellishments, and the word, "Dream" to inspire her new owner.
Thank you so much Nancy. Your first Comfort Doll is wonderful and much appreciated.

Three more beaded dolls from Freda

A package of three beaded Comfort Dolls arrived from Freda Butler. Freda Made Spirit dolls from a class she took from Robin Atkins. They fit in the palm of your hand very nicely and makes me want to make a few in this style for women to hold them securely and dream of better days while feeling the love from someone who cares.
Thank you again Freda for your wonderful doll contributions. Much appreciated.

Comfort Dolls from Etsy group

Patti Koosed of Oregon, collected these dolls from various Etsy members and sent them to the Comfort Doll Project. Each of them are hand painted and have a sweet message that reads, "Made with love and blessed with a prayer", "and Jesus loves you".

I thought I would share a cute detail of this doll. She has a head of beautiful hair with a scarf. That is so clever. I will post the names of donors when I receive them. I think one of the donors is Brenda Salzano of OR.Thank you Patti ,Brenda, and all of each of your participants for donating to the Comfort Doll Project. It is much appreciate.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fragrant beauty from Lynn Palazzo Of Canada

Lynn Palazzo from Ontario Canada created this wonderfully smelling Comfort Doll. The face on her is such a gentle and sweet expression. Lynn filled her with Lavender buds to calm and comfort it's recipient. Beautiful soft fabrics, hand embroidery, a silver heart charm , and what seems to be a vintage rhinestone button makes this doll. Thank you Lynn for supporting the Comfort Doll Project and for sponsoring a few shipments. That was very generous and thoughtful of you. Blessings.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Message for Bennie Harman

Bennie Harman, Could you please email me at Thank you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

32nd dz Comfort Dolls sent to Arkansas

Advocates for Battered Women in Little Rock Arkansas will receive the 32nd dozen Comfort dolls.The donors of these special dolls are: Annie Bernstein of MD,Jan Bartlett of NV, Charleen Pawlik of WY, Cindy Read of NY,Sharon Chapman of WA, and Pat Winter of IN.
Thanks so much for your beautiful donations.

31st dz to NEWS shelter in CA

Napa Emergency Womens Shelter in California has accepted our 31st dozen Comfort Dolls.
The donors for this shipment are: Marja Visser of The Netherlands, Jan Bartlett of CO, Annie Bernstein of MD, Cindy Read of NY, Sharon Chapman of WA, and Charleen Pawlik of WY.
Big hugs and many thanks for your continued support.

30th dz goes to Maryland Family Crisis Center

The Family Crisis Center in Maryland will receive our 30th dozen Comfort Dolls. This shipment is sponsored by Annie Bernstein. Again, thank you for your support Annie.

Donors of 30th dozen dolls are: Jan Bartlett of NV, Cindy Read of NY, Sharon Chapman of WA, Annie Bernstein of MD, and Charleen Pawlik of WY. Thank you all for donating these beautiful dolls and keeping the Comfort Doll Project alive.

29th dozen sent to Iowa

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF) in Iowa has accepted our 29th dozen Comfort Dolls. This shipment was sponsored by Annie Bernstein, thank you Annie.

The donors of this shipment are: Christina Crawford, Charleen Pawlik, Linda Boudreau, Becky Bunn, Jan Bartlett, and Anne Sadler.
Thank you ladies for your beautiful doll donations. I know they will bring much comfort to their recipients.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

ONE DOZEN Comfort Dolls from Charleen Pawlik

Charleen Pawlik of WY has sent another box of Comfort Dolls. I had to laugh at the funny sayings on the inner wrapper. Too cute!

This wonderful group includes 12 assorted dolls which Sharon says she enjoys working on while sitting with her DH and watching TV.She says it keeps her awake, LOL. I hear you Sharon! What a lovely way to keep busy, thinking of others while creating. Thank you for this generous delivery. I have inspected each one several times and still find something new.

Four more Comfort Dolls from Sharon Chapman

Sharon Chapman sent four lively Comfort Dolls last week. You can read about their arrival on my other blog here. Ms Daffodil,Ms Bluebonnet,Ms Lavender,and Ms Nellie are all packed again ready for their journey next week. They just love spreading joy to others, and I was very privileged to meet them. Thank you Sharon for yet another group of beauties for the Comfort Doll Project.

Five Comfort Dolls from Cindy Read of New York

Cindy Read joined the Comfort Doll Project and sent these five beautiful Comfort Dolls last week.

Cindy detailed each just beautifully don't you think?

Adding special messages... and pretty accents.
Cindy is a doll maker and fabric artist and when she gets a blog, I will link to it. Cindy,thank you so very much for joining us in spreading love to those who need to know we are here.

Four more Comfort Dolls from Jan Bartlett

Four sweet Comfort Dolls arrived in October from Jan Bartlett. These sweet little ladies are sure to warm hearts.
Jan from NV embellished these cuties with pretty buttons.

They are just fabulous. Thank you Jan for your continued support.It is much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Comfort Doll from Marja Visser of Netherlands

Marja Visser of The Netherlands sent another of her beauties for a lucky and deserving recipient. Marja's doll has a red white and blue theme to represent "Home Sweet Home".
The adorable wooden shoes are a cute addition. Marja beaded around the sweet face and on the heart applique centered on the body which will certainly spread love. Thank you very much Marja. Your continued support is appreciated. I could not comment on your blg for some reason, so please know I appreciate your time and support. Hugs,Pat

Five more comfort dolls from Jan Bartlett od NV

A box filled with five Comfort Dolls arrived from Jan Bartlett . Jan used her favorite fabric,and I must say it is so adorable and perfect for doll making.
Dolls of every kind, even a cupie! Shaped as a goddess figure each doll has a heart banner across her body to show love and comfort to the one who receives it. Thank you Jan for your continued support and for putting a huge smile on my face when studying the doll fabric. I also want to thank you so much for the beautiful bookmark and for sponsoring two shipments of dolls. That was very sweet and generous of you.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

28th dozen Comfort Dolls sent to Arizona

Verde Valley Sanctuary in Cottonwood AZ has accepted the 28th dozen dolls which is ready to mail out today. The donors are---Becky Bunn, Linda Boudreau, Marjorie Holme, Charleen Pawlik, Maggie Robinson,Christina Crawford. Thank you ladies!!!!! Beautiful!

More cuties from Annie Bernstein

These sweet creatures arrived from Annie Bernstein. Annie gets creative with cross stitch and adds crochet,beads,sequins,and fabrics to create her unique comfort dolls. The sun face doll holds small cross stitched accessories.How fun!

Credits and info:
Tribute to sun-ready for tennis and the after party!
Baby Blossom
Sweet petite with her bouquet,heart purse and flip flops. Design by Vavi.
Marjannie the wild woman...shared style hair and hat were made by Marja Visser, and body and collar by Annie!

Thank you Annie and Marja! Annie you are so kind to sponsor the 30th dozen shipment of Comfort Dolls.Thanks so much!!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Updated website and something awesome to share

I am happy to announce my website now shows every doll donated to date. We are about to ship out dozen #28 and 29 next week. I need to confirm homes for them and off they go. Thank you all so much for giving so much of your heart, time and talent to this project. You are wonderful!

A few weeks ago I received a delightful email from a student from Maryland,and I asked her permission to post her email~
Dear Ms. Winter, My name is Laura, and I'm a senior at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. I found your page last night about comfort dolls while surfing art-e-zine, and I absolutely fell in love with the project. I took it to the head of our National Art Honor Society this morning, and she says that this is the perfect service project for us to do this year. I'm SO excited about the comfort dolls...I know that it's going to be a great success! I can't wait to let you know how it's going! ~Laura
You can imagine how thrilled I was that such a young woman would take this project to heart and get involved. My heart is fluttering with joy. This afternoon I received the following letter from Laura. I just had to share it with you. I am so proud of her and her class mates. Laura, you are one awesome young lady. Big hugs to you. Here is her wonderful letter. What an organizer!

Hi, I've just started the comfort doll project in my school this week and I thought I'd send you the emails so you can see how it's going...also, thanks for the charm!
Are you ready for the coolest service project weʼve ever done?
Comfort Dolls is a project that was started in July 2007 by Pat Winter. Each doll is about 6 inches or less in size and is made from fabric, string, sequins, and countless other materials. Theyʼre hard to explain, so go here and see them for yourself:
nce Ms. Winter has a dozen or so dolls, she packages them and sends them to womenʼs shelters across the US. If you go to you can see examples of hundreds of different dolls that have been sent to Ms. Winter by other women participating in the project.
As you can see, the possibilities are absolutely endless when it comes to comfort dolls. You can use organic shapes like Ms. Winter does, or create patterns for angels, hearts, and even animals. If you check out the links on the right side of Ms. Winterʼs blogspot page, youʼll see that sheʼs included sites that provide patterns and can give you more ideas.
Petrin and I are in the process of buying a variety of fabric and ordering some supplies. They wonʼt be in by Wednesdayʼs meeting, but Iʼd like to meet for about ten or fifteen minutes to start planning.
To make sure this really gets going, start thinking about how you want to make your dolls. Be creative! Think of different textures, designs, and faces. Some supplies to consider:
-thread and embroidery floss
-fabric pain and markers
-textured yarn and fibers
Plus anything else you can think of! If you can bring any of these items in to share, thatʼd be great. Ask your moms and grandmas for fabric scraps and thread. You might even find beads and sequins around your house.
So on Wednesday, donʼt come to the meeting empty-handed! Either bring in some supplies, or come with a design or pattern that we can photocopy and use for the dolls.
Also, there are a couple of other things that need to be done for the project. There are cards that are attached to each doll, and Ms. Winter has sent me a template. I need someone whoʼs good with computers that can create them. Also, I need someone whoʼs outgoing and wouldnʼt mind doing a bit of research to find womenʼs shelters in the area. We need to contact these shelters and get permission to send the dolls. E-mail me back if youʼre interested in either.
Alright, Iʼll see you guys at the meeting! Please bring some ideas to the table!