Monday, June 27, 2011

Survival Doll

Survival doll sheltering in place

when all else fails
Whether earthquake, tornado, terrorist attack, the rapture, or an alien invasion from outer space, you have only to grab your survival doll and run.
Concealed within this innocent-looking, seemingly worthless doll is everything you will need to survive just about anything that could possibly happen. 



Other survivors you encounter may attack and try to steal your food, money and other supplies, but it’s unlikely they will bother with a doll.


arms
One contains a cup of white rice,
the other a cup of brown rice.


legs
Filled with soup makings, one leg contains dried lentils, the other split peas.


head
The core of the head is a plastic bottle filled with nails, fish hooks, and safety pins, wrapped with ten yards of twine and fifteen yards of fishing line. The core is then padded with cotton batting and encased in linen. 




Facial features are hand-embroidered to depict a fearful expression as a reminder that fear is a useful survival tool, keeping you adrenaline-pumped and alert.





torso front
Felt heart conceals a cache of silver dimes. Minted prior to 1964, these dimes are comprised of 90% pure silver and can be used for negotiable currency after the global economy collapses.



torso back
The back unzips to create a storage space for a hidden cache of survival gear.

Matches and magnifying glass for starting fires

Whistle, jackknife, two small flashlights

Ace bandages, alcohol wipes, antibiotic cream, alcohol pads, bandaids, dental floss

CD used as reflective surface to signal planes, 8 GB jumpstick for data storage

Gaffer tape and a sewing kit with needles, thread, collapsible scissors

survival gear
All objects shown here fit into the survival doll torso. The doll may be customized for individual needs, and torso contents may be modified. Optional items include a spare pair of glasses, specific medications, a small handgun, or whatever you feel you’ll need to stay alive and thrive when disaster strikes. Specially tailored kits are available for seniors.


petticoat
A two-layer petticoat concealed beneath the dress contains a complete survival manual. Contents range from first aid, constructing a raft, and building shelter, to crafting primitive weapons and purifying water.

First aid and building a raft from a poncho

Underslip: How to make primitive weapons

Back slip layers: how to start a fire, purify water, build shelter


Survival doll setting up camp in the woods


43 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I love it! I can't believe the work you've put into this doll.

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  2. I love it! Kind of reminds me of "girl's survival kit" Ellie

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  3. This doll is amazing. I LOL'ed at the handgun idea. It would be great to tailor to a child, so that it has all the stuff a kid might need and could serve as a kind of lovely in a time of crisis.

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  4. I have to say, this is the most original and creative thing I have ever seen, just love it.

    Debbie

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  5. This doll is amazing and brilliant. The creator deserves many kudos! Awesome!

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  6. Utterly amazing and wonderful. What a super idea! And she's adorable too.... Good job!

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  7. This is wonderful. I love your blog!

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  8. OMG this is utterly brilliant. It's scary and practical, schizophrenic, yet clear. I will be carrying this doll in my own nightmares and know that I will survive.

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  9. OMG! This is wonderful! Where can I buy one?

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  10. You can't buy one - thus the blog title, "Stuff You Can't Have." But I'm not opposed to you making your own rendition.

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    1. You are my January hero!! I'm showing my husband; we are so going to make some dolls. Thank you a million times!! And I smiled through the whole post!!!

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  11. Especially like the petticoat idea - reminds me of the Boy Scout First Aid and survival neckerchiefs available at a lot of National Parks. Very clever and creative package!

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  12. Are you making and selling these precious dolls? (without the supplies?) I would love to have one. Not sure I could make one myself since I have minimal sewing skills. Maybe if you don't sell, you could make a how to! Thank you, Buffie

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  13. Sorry Buffie - this was done as a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.

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    1. Ok. Thank you. It is indeed a piece of art! Buffie

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  14. Great idea! Though the torso compartment will need waterproofing.

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    1. put the things in a ziploc baggie before putting it the torso

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  15. Love this! Just linked up to it on facebook!

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  16. Very cool! I've made some secret pocket dolls but none so survival friendly as this gal.

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  17. would you ever consider selling this? Brilliant :)

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  19. This was created as a conceptual art piece, so if it was sold it would be sold as art at a ridiculously high price. Meanwhile, I'm happy to share it via the web and am glad you like it.

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  20. I L-O-V-E it! It inspires me to make one for my daughter.

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  21. I want to do this for my grandson. A male doll tho. I think it will be a challenge but it could sure payoff in the long run.

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  22. Do you have a picture of the artwork on the dress and petticoat? What kinds of pictures do you have on those? This is a really cool idea! I've got to make one for our granddaughter!

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    1. Lloyd - the artwork on the 2 layers of the petticoat are scanned pictures from several different first aid and survival manuals. I printed them onto iron-on transfer paper. I'm not posting those original pictures because a) they're copyrighted and b) my version of the doll is an original piece of artwork that incorporates those images in an artful way. But I'm sure you could do something similar, finding, scanning, and printing your own images onto iron-on paper and then ironing onto cloth.

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  23. OK. Thanks, Catherine! You've got a really cool gift idea there!

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  24. This is a great idea! I love it! As for the survival manual on the petticoat, you could also just print a very small one on paper, laminate it and create a pocket in the dress to put the manual in....just an idea. There are so many possibilities to personalize these dolls...love the idea of having them for kids with things to help keep them calm and comforted during a scary event...thank you for sharing!

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  25. Thank you for this post. I now know to attack anyone carrying a doll when the SHTF!

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  26. You can also buy material that you can print directly onto with an ink jet printer. That might work for the petticoat. You can also buy water proof material used for making diaper covers that you could use to make the doll out of. It might help keep the contents fresher.

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  27. Do you have a pattern for this doll you can share?

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    1. No pattern - I just sort of winged it. If you would like to try making a doll of your own, look for a cloth doll template on the Web and insert a zipper in the back.

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  28. I just found this and am wondering how tall your doll is? Leg length? I am going to try to make at least one of these. I may try to create a pattern in the process.

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  29. Again, this was a one-of-a-kind art piece. I am gratified that people want to copy it, but I would encourage you not to duplicate what I have done but create something unique of your own. If you want to make a doll, decide the size you want it to be and what you want it to look like instead of trying to duplicate this one. Use your creativity. And if you create a pattern, it will be for your doll, not this doll.

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