upcycled dolls


The next group of Tree Change Dolls will be available in my Etsy shopwww.etsy.com/au/shop/treechangedolls onThursday 12 November at 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight time. I will post photos of all the available dolls once they are ready, so stay tuned!

Here are photos of some of the dolls that will soon be available, hanging out in my tomato garden at home.

Another Fiendish Device or several

Behold my latest magnificent creation, which I have designed especially to achieve my devious plans. It may appear to be the underside of a record player turntable, but the ignorant masses clearly know nothing of such cutting-edge technology as mine. This is an audiovibratory physiomolecular transport device!

“You mean…he’s gonna send us to another planet?!”

“Planet schmanet, Janet!”


Sweater foxes who are almost done (I pinned their parts together to show in the pics, they still gotta be sewn), plus ponies and cowls and owls in progress.  Also not shown are 4 vintage style bunnies that have been in pieces for weeks, who will all be for sale first week of June!  I am gonna be hand sewing a bunch of stuff at a friend’s place next week. :)

ugh. i get uncomfortable when people use the word “upcycle” and the doll look perfectly fine beforehand. like customizing is fine if you want to change it to suit your tastes but dont act like giving a doll smaller eyes and less make-up makes it inherently better and more “appropriate”. there are dolls out there for that. “upcycling” is usually used to give your sexist views a positive spin, like no one would want the in tact doll until you got your hands on it?. i’ve seen too many people calling the dolls “whores” and “sluts” and other sexists remarks to ever let me be comfortable with the concept of “upcycling”.

i love seeing the cute, dewy eyed sweet dolls with lots of freckles people make as much as the dolls with extravagant makeup that look fierce and fabulous but the term “upcycle” just gives me a sour taste in my mouth.


I will have another group of Tree Change Dolls available in my Etsy shopwww.etsy.com/au/shop/treechangedolls on Wednesday 2nd December at 10pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Here are a few preview photos of some of the dolls enjoying a frolic outside now the days are getting warmer here in Tassie! That means holiday season is on the way!

I will post more photos soon, so stay tuned.


A huge thanks to producer Rani Chaleyer and camera operator Daniel Hartley-Allen and all the team at sbs2australia program The Feed for putting together such a lovely piece on our little story.


Another red-haired treechanger! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this doll before I repainted her. I have included another doll which was very similar (but with blonde hair). These dolls came from Evandale market. This little tree climber has had a haircut, new clothes and new shoes, as well as a face repaint. She will be available in my Etsy shop on 15 February 2015.

Also, check out my DIY video on how I remove the factory paint from my dolls, online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqiNDsTcknk



I took a lovely walk up the hill today to the local reserve to see if any wild flowers are out yet. Spring is on its way! Of course I took my latest Tree Change Dolls with me. I hope you enjoy these pictures of their adventures as much as I enjoyed taking them! Some of these dolls will be in my Etsy shop soon. I will be posting them randomly for a change, rather than at a set time. I hope you get lucky!


Look what these little Tree Change Dolls ® have made! I took them into the bush to take some photos for the cover of the cardigan pattern (coming soon). What do you think of their cubby? Here’s an old photo of me and my sisters making a cubby when we were kids. Such fun!

(Oh, and did you notice the ® symbol I added? I’ve registered Tree Change Dolls ® as my trade mark. Very exciting! Please remember to respect my intellectual property rights, those of you upcycling your own dolls.)


Here are all of the dolls I will post to Etsy tomorrow, with a selection of before and after pictures.

These dolls will become available on Sunday 10th May, at 10pm Australian eastern time (which is Sunday 8am in New York, 1pm in London, 4pm in Dubai). A direct link to the TreeChangeDolls etsy shop is www.etsy.com/au/shop/treechangedolls

These little Tree Change Dolls are eager to find new homes and looking forward to all kinds of adventures!


The next group of Tree Change Dolls (including some in these photos) will be available in my Etsy shop on Monday 26 October at 10pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

It is orchid season in Tasmania, so the dolls have gone for a walk in a local nature reserve to discover some of our unique and endangered orchid species - and even do some sketching! I remember as a child I used to love finding little green-hood orchids in the undergrowth. They can be hard to spot which always made them seem so special.

G'day everyone,

John here, Sonia’s partner.

The dolls are now sold out. We will be posting them out to there new homes over the next few days.

We did our best to post them at random times to spread the opportunity as much as possible under the circumstances and to stop someone buying them as a batch lot. It’s the first time for us at this and we think we did ok.

We are going to take a few days away from social media to gather our thoughts and go from here. We still do not plan to be doll manufacturers and we encourage you to find old and unused dolls and toys and to give them a new lease on life. The emails we have received from people who have done this and had a ball with their children have been the best part of this whole experience so far.

Sonia is planning on upcycling some more dolls to list on the etsy shop in March. We would also like to make another DIY video in the next couple of weeks.

If you would like to support Sonia’s work in the meantime please consider preordering a set of greeting cards from the Tree Change Dolls etsy shop.

Thanks so much for everything to date. We’re off to take the dog for a walk!

John and Sonia


Hi everyone,

We have finally found the time to film another DIY video. This time is about face repainting. It’s not a full tutorial or doll face painting course but we hope that it helps those unsure about how to get started on their own upcycled doll’s faces. Remember like all skills making art takes patience, it takes practice and you can learn from every mistake. Good luck!