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A Giveaway! Margaret Bloom’s book: Making Peg Dolls.

A Giveaway! Margaret Bloom’s book: Making Peg Dolls.







“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

And because I want you to stay forever young, today I’m giving away a copy of  Margaret Bloom‘s book: Making Peg Dolls. The more peg dolls you make the younger you become. I was 41 before I got this book, now I am 7 years younger (1 year per peg doll I made). This fun book (192 pages) has over 60 different doll designs with step by step tutorials and patterns for you to play with. The peg dolls in the pictures above are not in the book, but they were inspired by it.  Margaret’s animation also inspired me to create the GIF animation above.

For a chance to win this book, simply  leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, February 25, 2013.

BONUS: With the book I will include one of the peg dolls that I made.  Just let me know your choice from the picture where I numbered the 7 characters.


Learn more about this book on Margaret Bloom’s blog.

Here she listed some good places for buying peg doll blanks.


This post is part of a blog tour organized by Margaret, which is a brilliant  idea that you could use to promote your own book. I love seeing the members of our community connecting with each other in such a creative way. Visit all the participating blogs below:

February 4th:  The Crafty Crow

February 5th:  The Magic Onions

February 6th:  The Toymaker

February 7th:  Clean

February 8th:  Anna Branford

February 11th:  Red Bird Crafts

February 12th:  Art is a Way

February 13th:  Softearth’s World

February 14th:  Chocolate Eyes

February 15th:  Rhythm and Rhyme

February 18th:  Wild Faerie Caps

February 19th:  Sacred Dirt


  1. Oh Elsita! You know I want this book! My kids are just about grown off into the world and do not care so much about these. But I do! And plus! my California nieces are coming for two weeks this summer. I even have 4 pegs! We can make clay hats for them and clay chairs. Lettuce all make clay peg dolls!
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  2. I would love to receive this and give it to my daughter, Loli. She would cherish it! Love your creativity….Thank you..Lisa

  3. I love this book. I can’t wait to see it in person.

  4. Love this book! I’m going to have to buy it if I don’t win it, we make peg dolls and would love some new ideas!

  5. This is the first I’ve heard of these, I am in love! I adore the grin on #1–my choice, for sure.

  6. You cease to amaze me! These dolls are fantastic – they are bursting with personality! I can’t wait to share this post with my daughter Hannah. She loves all things small and wee – it would be so much fun to make these with her. And to top it off, she has been begging my husband to help her make an animation, so this is right up her alley! She will be thrilled to see this post. Thank you so much for sharing – you just never know who you will touch and inspire with your creations.

    PS: Would be fun to use your dolls as a children’s story prompt – Doll #3 looks as if she has something to share!! =)

  7. Thank you so much for this opportunity to take a few years off of my life! There is something about peg doll #6 that I love the most. I love her little hat and have decided that if she were mine I would call her, “Mabel.” 🙂

  8. My 82 year old mother says that she will never live long enough to get all of the creative thoughts out of her head. I would love this book for my very creative daughter and her 3 year old son. These would be something they could make together. Since he LOVES yellow dump trucks, I think he would love #5.

  9. Elsa i love youre art! You have a beutiful soul, thank you for sharing youre inspiration… Saludos desde México!!!!

    I know im in another country but it would be great to have that book!!! My kids an i would really enjoy it.

    My favorite pegdoll is number 6!!!!

  10. I love to make things like this! #7 is my favorite because of the mouse ears.

  11. I would love to make my own dolls inspired by this book, so excited just thinging of it. And thanks always for sharing!

  12. Those would be so much fun to make with my son. Great companions to the little stories we make up. Thank you for including that quote. Love it.

  13. This is an adorable book. I recently started painting wooden mushrooms and bought several peg dolls too. So fun. I love #1 with that grin. They are all wonderful. Thank you!

    • I have a whole box full of blank wooden figures, many of them are peg dolls. This book was perfect. It inspired us to open that box and start creating some fun characters.

  14. These are wonderful. Would love to check out this book. I love to work with wood. Lately I have been painting wooden mushrooms and bought several peg dolls too. So cute. I love #1 with the grin. Thank you!

    • Sorry about posting twice. It didn’t look like the first one went through until I tried again. Sorry about that. 🙂

      • Don’t worry, Jessie! I got your comment well!

  15. This book looks like it would be such fun to read and to try the projects.

    • You’re right, Sabrina. Besides the book for the giveaway I have my own. The kids love it as well, it’s lots of fun. I will post my kids’s peg dolls in the future.

  16. what a lovely give-away! I need to grow younger as I have a birthday coming up, so I would put this magic book to good use. I love all the peg dolls you made, but the smile on #1 captured me totally.
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    • Me too Eileen! My favorite age is 23 so I still need to keep making peg dolls. But I will be there soon! My birthday is in May, I still have time 🙂

  17. Thank you for this giveaway, Elsita–such a fabulous and inspiring book! I think I like No. 5 the best–but really I love them all.

    • Yes Anamaria, this books is lots of fun. Perfect for spending a weekend relaxing and making little characters by yourself or with your kids 🙂

  18. I love your better-than-fisher-price little people! I’d really like to get my hands on this inspiring book. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Love the book! my 5 year old daughter recently discovered some peg dolls that i made when i was a girl, that my mother had kept. they are so fun. if i won i would love figure #1- that wacky grin is fantastic!

  20. What a beautiful book. Thank you for showing it to us. I would loooove to have it. My fav of your peg dogs is number 7.

  21. I was so excited to see Making Peg Dolls on your blog! I’ve been reading Margaret Bloom’s sweet blog for several years now, and am quite happy for her to have come out with such a cute book! My children and I love crafting with wood, and peg dolls seem to be a perennial favorite around here. (I like little #4! just in case, you know…)
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  22. I LOVE your site. I happily stumbled upon it while searching for artist book binding ideas. What a happy place to be!

  23. Hola Elsita.

    Me apunto al sorteo, el libro me parece una joyita y tus muñequitos ni te cuento

    Aunque he tenido dudas…elijo el 7.


  24. Your peg dolls look so fun and cute! I love the expressions in their eyes! My favorite is the last one, number 7.. such a sweet and cheeky and clever look at the same time:D
    The book looks great and it would be a wonderful gift to get. I offer a (free) workshop on creating your own handmade dolls from scratch on a community center and this book could be a great addition to that. Just looking at the peg dolls my brain already started working and thinking about other materials (specially the recicling ones)that could give the same base to build a doll like that.
    Also, O.W. Holmes quote is just perfect and I put it on my skecthbook just as a good reminder when things look a bit grey.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  25. Those are so cute! All the dolls are cute, but maybe #3 is my favorite 🙂
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  26. what a lovely book 😀 thanks for sharing.

  27. What a wonderful giveaway! I love all the lovely dolls and would like to learn how to make them. I agree that every adult has a child still living within, you just have to look deep :)) I’d like a doll #7, it’s so quirky!

  28. I really had a hard time choosing but I think number #2. I love them all. 🙂
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  29. I love these dolls. No 3 or no 6 would be my choice if I were the winner. The book looks fabulous. Just waiting to see them all in the book 🙂 Thanks

  30. What a delightful looking book.I would love to make little dolls that would fit in your pocket to play with anywhere.I like the eyes on number 5, the way he’s looking up

  31. I made many of these peg dolls when my daughter was little. Now she makes all kinds of stuff herself 🙂 I think she would love # 6 the best and would craft a large family to go with her (this sentence makes me think of the book “Red is Best”, lol).

  32. Hola Elsita, que libro bello, ya quiero saber todo todo acerca de Peg Dolls asi que me apunto al sorteo…el 2, el 2 el 2!!!!! 😀 Besitos. Magaly

  33. Wow, what an amazing giveaway! 🙂 The book looks fantastic and super fun and the dolls… they are so cute, #1 is my favorite, because of those big ears, I think!:D I love your work, you are really one talented, inspiring lady! Love this blog, too!

  34. Ooh how lovely and sweet.
    I really like #1, and
    thank you for a chance to win the book!

  35. The book looks like so much fun! I love all your little dolls, but especially #6!

  36. Love the animation. Your peg dolls are delightful and I particularly like No 5 with those lovely blushing cheeks.

  37. This looks really cute and delicate! They all look lovely, but number 7 is my favorite =) Congrats for the fine work!

  38. This web site just cheered me up, thank you.

  39. I am so glad I found your site… so much fun! And I love your peg dolls… all of them!!! (hard to pick… maybe I’d pick #6?) We’ve made some, but I love how different we can all make them be. New inspiration would be fun for my family. Thanks for sharing.

  40. How cute…that book looks like fun. I’ve had some wooden blanks in my drawer for a while now waiting for some attention.

    I like your doll number 3 the best. Thanks
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  41. ha ha,funny dolls 🙂

  42. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I really want that book!
    Your presentation was soooo cute! Love it!
    I would love to get #4. It reminds me of Charlie Chaplin, and we are his huge fans.

  43. Oh my gosh I love your peg dolls and the blog post how fun! We would love to win a copy of Margaret’s book, thank you so much for the chance to win! I think #7 would enjoy living with us! Good luck to everyone, what a fun giveaway!
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  44. Looks like so much fun! Would love to win – my kids would really enjoy this! My favorite of yours is #6.

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  45. I LOVE peg dolls! I hope I win this book so I can learn to make my very own. Peg Doll #1 speaks go me. 🙂


  46. Another lovely blog discovered thanks to the blog tour. Fabulous!
    I like doll #1 best. 🙂

  47. I would love Peg Doll #3. There’s something so whimsical about that hat. And I would LOVE the book, of course. Perhaps I’d begin to make peg dolls representing my characters before I write new books!

  48. Just started making peg dolls a few months ago and I wondered if there was a book out somewhere. Would love this book and my little girl would love any of the dolls! (Though I think #5 looks like fun!)

  49. I LOVE these dolls! So very cute!

  50. What a fun little project! I’d love to make these tiny peg dolls! Don’t you think those bumblebees on the cover are so sweet? Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway, Elsa. I’d choose doll #1 because her hair-do with bangs is terrific!
    All the best,
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  51. These little dolls are so sweet & I can just see my young son having many adventures with the little clown peg doll you made (#3). We have the peg doll blanks, now we just need the creative inspiration.

  52. I am an elementary school art teacher. Every year we have a themed Christmas tree. Peg Dolls would be a great theme! If I win, I will send you pictures of our K-8 dolls! Thank you for offering this.

    • Sorry, I forgot to say that I LOVE Doll #2….!

  53. I like #6 the best! Would love to win this beautiful book.
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  54. I am a children’s librarian, and we would do a special craft afternoon during our summer program, making peg dolls. It would be great!

  55. I am a children’s Art Specialist…Can you imagine how much fun children would have making these?….I love the book and have a grand niece and nephew that would love to have some of these to play with. Thanks so much for the chance to win the book!


  56. I’d love to win! And my favorite is #2!

  57. The best giveaway announcement ever! haha

  58. Hi, Elsita! I love any thing to do with dolls! I would certainly put my creative ideas to the test with this lovely book.
    I would love number 3′ such a happy clown.

  59. I would love to learn how to make peg dolls! I have 2 at home, which I got as presents when I was little but they are not half as cute as yours! #7 is my favourite!
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  60. What a lovely website and I’m desperate to start making these now! I’d like #6 if lucky please! x

  61. I love #7 and I love this blog. ;0)


  63. These are wonderful! W are just going to start a peg people project! I love all of your peg people. Thank you for the giveaway!

  64. These are wonderful! We are just going to start a peg people project! I love all of your peg people. Thank you for the giveaway!

  65. really great book – and your blog is wonderful too! will have to buy this one if i don’t win for sure (:

  66. I would love to win this book. My favorite doll would be #5. Thanks for the chance to win this.

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