Pippi Flamingo Haute Couture

You guys, if you ever get into a Facebook discussion about making the Pippi Longstocking theme song your ringtone, make sure the person on the other end is an expert seamstress, because, if you are lucky, maybe one day she will send you a flamingo dressed as your favorite Swedish childhood folk hero, and then, if you play your cards right, you can get on your blog and boast about it, because, if there was ever something worth bragging about, a flamingo dressed as Pippi Longstocking is it.

Now, as if I needed to tell you, Pippi and flamingos are two of my favorite things (naturally) but when I opened the box this morning my head just about exploded. I mean seriously. LOOK AT THAT FACE.

I wish y’all could see Kelly’s work-–the stitching, the bloomers, the little handmade shoes, the apron, the two tone stockings….as someone who has read the Pippi Långstrump series, oh, about a hundred times, I know nearly every detail Astrid Lindgren wrote about her clothing and Kelly nailed it right down to the pinafore pockets. It’s amazing!

Seriously, her pigtails are wired and move around. MOVING PIGTAILS, I SAID. I’m going to be up all night fussing with those pigtails, I just know it. Lola is going to be so ticked.

And this isn’t just a lovely doo-dah, it’s a one of a kind work of art. The very idea that Kelly made it with me in mind makes my heart smile wider than you can imagine 🙂

Now, I should say, to be fair, this was part of a swap. I sent Kelly something too (more on that next week), but it wasn’t nearly as awesome as this and I am feeling mighty inferior at the moment. How was I to know she was going to send me something so cool!?!

Many, many thanks to Kelly for this beautiful creature who I will treasure forever and display prominently. I have a feeling she will be a conversation piece for many years to come.

PS: be sure to stop by Kelly’s blog Zerbert, to see more of her amazing creations!


  1. says

    I loved Pipi too. I need to go read her books again. This gift is sooo cute!

  2. says

    oh. em. gee. the freckles!!!
    i have a pair in the garage that were either going to become punk flamingos or lamps. but now….after seeing this……maybe anne of green gables needs a flamingo makeover!

  3. says

    That is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Bizarre, yet with a comfort factor to it.

  4. says

    you’re in heaven, aren’t ya Peaches. Well, darn it you should be! look at that bird! downright heavenly!

  5. says

    Well, you have interesting friends! And the heart stitch detail on the dress? or cape?? is a nice touch. What I don’t understand is how everyone compares Pippi with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A long time a ago I made a Florence Nighting Hippo for a friend of mine named Florence who loved hippos. It really was a kit that I bought at Bloomingdale’s, but Florence had the nurses cape and cap and other things. I have a feeling that SomeOne in your household is going to be very jealous of PinkPippi. Maybe you should find a bell jar or closet to put her in. Ann

  6. says

    I’m not gonna lie — I had the Pippi theme song in my head all day yesterday. I love what she came up with!

  7. says

    I love her eyelashes! and shoes! What a great surprise you had in THAT box!!! Don’t you just love your mailman!!!!!

  8. Leo says

    and the FRECKLES!! she has freckles!! awesome!

  9. PBandJ says

    I’m so honored to call Kelly my friend! She’s the one who introduced me to your blog & I’ve been a faithful reader for the last 4 months. If you two are collaborating, the results are going to be delightful!


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