When I took the girls to Decorator' Warehouse, Texas' largest Christmas store (http://www.decoratorswarehousearlington.com/), in November I fell in love with a Snow Queen doll they were selling for $200. I knew I could make my own.
I made my doll from a ceramic "umbrella doll" I found at the thrift store. She has no legs. Under her skirt, her torso is connected to a white umbrella . I love it as I can close her skirt up to put her away and she doesn't require a stand. She looked like this, only taller than 18":
I pulled off her old hair and painted her white. I tore apart a thrift store Santa beard and glued it on her head to make her hair.
I sewed her dress from a thrift store dress using the doll's old dress as a pattern. I sewed on the trim I had removed from the thrift store dress.
I cut a white miniature Christmas tree skirt in half and added that at her waste as an over-skirt on the back of her dress.
I made a crown from some silver wire and blue beads and added a dollar store snowflake decoration cut in half at the back.
I twirled some of her hair around some wire and glued it on to make the wild tendrils. Finally I painted her yes, lips, cheeks and drew a snowflake on her chest with sparkle nail polish.
I've been working on her for about 3 months; slowly, as the inspiration of what to do next came to me.
I love her much more than the one from Decorator Warehouse!