Look! I Made Pete Postlethwaite!

Eldest and I have been working feverishly on the dollhouse for the past couple of days. It gives us something to do. We make the plans for it, discuss them, and then we execute them. I like it because she has smaller, more nimble hands, so I make her do things I don’t like to do, such as paint trim (this summer, I realized, as a 13-year-old, she can do pretty much any chore I can. Too bad for her).

We decided to make some dolls.

My first attempt didn’t come out so hot. In fact, as I was sculpting his face, I thought, “This guy’s kind of messed up,” and almost squished the Sculpey back together to start anew. But he looked familiar.


Then I had it.

Pete Postlethwaite!

I made a Pete Postlethwaite doll!

Postlethwaite, who passed away last year, was a British actor who was in pretty much everything. The Town, Inception, Clash of the Titans, and of course, The Usual Suspects.

Since then, I have found a doll tutorial on the doll artist Patricia Rose’s website, and hopefully I will someday be 1/25th as good as she is. Look at her Robin Hood doll on the page. It’s made out of Sculpey, and even has real chest hair.

But I do like my Pete doll. He’s sort of too big, but I made him some clothes, and he will have a special place in the dollhouse.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

2 thoughts on “Look! I Made Pete Postlethwaite!

  1. Any activity such as this with your children is time well spent. I like Pete too. He’s very unique and his own person.
    Good luck with the rest of the dolls/house. Sounds fun.

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