Guest Blog: Simply Melissy Brings Her Favorite Characters to Life

Is New York Fashion Week causing you to want to try your hand at making and designing clothes? Melissa from Simply Melissy is a writer and sewing teacher who creates beautiful gingermelon dolls and clothes for her favorite characters! Read on to learn about her work and how she can help you create your very own designs for dolls and other characters you love!
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We all have a favorite character from our childhood. With so many old favorites being brought back to life in the 21st-century Age of the Media, it’s harder than ever to fight the nostalgia that comes with seeing characters we grew to love being on the silver screen.

Whether you’ve been a Potterhead since Hagrid said that ‘yer a wizard, or you lived in an old house in Paris covered in vines, Simply Melissy can create the doll from within the pages of old and new classics.

I’m Melissa, the founder of Simply Melissy, and I’ve been making dolls for years now. I love to make sure that all the little details that book (and movie!) lovers want to see are there. If you peek under Madeline’s dress, you’ll see the stitches from where her appendix was removed. Dobby isn’t just a doll—he comes with a whole set of clothes, from a Weasley Sweater, a hat knit by Hermione, and socks purchased the correct way—without matches!

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Some of my dolls are based off of Gingermelon patterns, but some I make myself. When I made (my personal favorite) Dobby, I spent hours studying the book text as well as the movie interpretation to craft his nose and ears just so. I decided to embroider wrinkles on his face, and even add eyelids to those big green orbs. His pillowcase tunic was hand dyed by me to get the perfect coloring.

Contact me to start the process. You can order something you already see in shop, or work with me to bring your favorite storybook, movie, or even made-up character to life. All of my dolls are handmade from felt that is made from recycled bottles. They have safety eyes, and even moveable arms!

Simply Melissy felt dolls are good for the gentle child, and even better for the nostalgic adult and avid collector!

Start now in the Simply Melissy Etsy shop. Use coupon code STORYBOOK to receive 10% off of your doll!

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Emma Watson: “They didn’t think I should act…”

Imagine a world without actress Emma Watson.

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I don’t think anyone would like that world very much.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson discusses how some of the people in her life lead her to believe she shouldn’t continue acting after the Harry Potter franchise was over.

“For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while,” she said in the interview. “And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know…it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened.”

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, 2001-2011

After ten years in the Harry Potter film series, it became difficult for many to picture her playing any other role but Hermione Granger.

“I wanted to make a conscious adult decision that [acting] was what I wanted to pursue, because that decision was made for me as a nine-year-old. I had no idea what I wanted. I had no idea who I was really. So I wanted to step away and make sure this is what I wanted to pour my life and my energy and my blood, sweat, and tears into,” Watson said in the interview.

Emma Watson got back to acting in 2012. “I was really unsure, but then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.”

Although I’m not much of a Harry Potter fan, I really enjoyed seeing Emma Watson play Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I cried at the end of that movie. That’s how amazing the actors performed for that film.

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Emma Watson as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012

I can’t fathom any other actress filling the role of Sam in that film. It wouldn’t have been the same if Sam were to be played by anyone other than Emma Watson.

Since then, Emma Watson has gone on to play Nicki Moore in The Bling Ring (2013) and a fictional version of herself in the film This is the End (2013).

Don’t ever stop doing what you do, Emma. You’re an amazing actress. Never let anyone let you believe otherwise.