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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Growing


As dollmakers, we all grow on our own in our craft.  It's interesting because we all choose to grow and learn in different ways.  I remember a few months back seeing Maureen Broeder posting pictures of the feet she was prototyping.  I've seen Maria Asenova's faces evolve ever so beautifully.  It's just a natural progression...this growing and changing.  We all feel it in our work, I'm sure.  So when the trend towards sculpting took off, of course, I wanted to learn more.  Now, I love my dolls.  I often sigh when I finish one.  It's like this magical thing you hold in your hands...this soul that you have created.  

Somehow, though...whenever I've tried to sculpt a face, it doesn't quite work the way I want it to.  I've gotten good at needlefelting cheeks and chins, but those lips, they've ever evaded me!  It's been frustrating for sure.  I get this image in my head, a little face, that still holds much of the traditional lines, but with a more defined mouth.  I'd try my hand at it, and fail!  Some of them looked great before I pulled the skins on, and then the skin just changes everything!

But I kept at it.  I tried a variety of things.  I'd have these strings sticking out the backs of their heads, thinking about anatomy and physiology.  Where do the smile muscles pull?  What happens when you tighten this one? No no...that's more frowny... and of course, the ever frustrating strings that break!  It just wasn't right, and I'd succumb and defer to a more traditional smile.  

With this girl, that wasn't to be.  I actually sewed her head to her body, decided I didn't it, beheaded her, and took her whole head skin off.  Something was off, and I was going to fix it!  I took out more wool and my felting needles, and sat, for hours, to make her the doll I set out to make.  Then, she was born.

I look at her and sigh.  She is the girl I set out to make.  She's coming to life just as I imagined her.  And I feel successful in my efforts.  I only hope I can do it again!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hide and Seek...

One....Two...Three...


Keep counting, mama!  She told me...

So I did.  Evette leaned up against the tree.  She was convinced I couldn't see her, but there she was!  Her little curls peaking out from the sides of the tree!  Silly girl!
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Four.... Five... Six...

I heard her giggle.  She was convinced she found the best spot in the yard!

Ready or not, here I come!

I pretended not to know where she was...for her sake...she was so confident...I couldn't break her little spirit.

Are you behind the chair?

*giggles from the tree*

Are you hiding near the picket fence?

*more giggles*

I continued to "look" for her, and each time, I was met with giggles.  Finally, she couldn't hold it in anymore, and she burst out!

Here I am!  Here I am, Mama!


And there she was, Sweet Little Evette, with all of her curls.  Smiling at me in the sunshine...






Evette, along with her friend Lisette, will be available at The Enchanted Toybox on Friday evening at 7:00 pm EST. I do hope you'll stop on by!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Best of Friends


Have you ever wished for the best friend a friend could have?  These two little ones wished for each other, and that's just what they got.  



Now don't be fooled by their sweet little faces.  I swear, they think the same, and before I know it, they are turning things upside down and making a big old mess.  


In fact, the little guy climbed up the tree the other day, and I couldn't even get him to come down!  I finally asked his sister to go get him for me, and she was helpful...to an extent...but oh, then they were both up the tree!  Silly ones!

Regardless of their silly antics, these two are a lovable pair.  They share secrets, almost as if they don't have to say them aloud.  They snuggle like they were meant to fit together, because they were cut from the same cloth and stuffed with the same wool - quite literally!  They are headed home tomorrow!  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Off to School! (and back to dollmaking!)

I'd like to blog a little more often here now that Autumn is coming, which also means I'd like to share a little more of my life.  I had a blog long before, but after Maura's seizures calmed down, I felt like I lost my place there...and found my place here!  So I hope you don't mind, but I'll be blogging here now instead!


Yesterday,  I sent my littles off to school...both of them.  This is the first time in her life that someone other than a grandparent or one close friend has ever taken the reigns of Maura.  It's not as scary as I envisioned it to be three years ago, but I still worry about her.  Those seizures still lurk in the back of my mind like a monster under the bed!

She's taking some getting used to it, as am I, but we are doing alright!  She came out with a smile on her face yesterday!

Patrick, on the other hand, didn't even need me to walk him into school yesterday.  He was such a trooper.  I know that we followed a very attachment parenting stance, without reading books on it..it just came naturally, and then I'd read things, and be like Hey! I do that!  And I think it works.  He's independent and confident and loves school very much!  It's the best I can hope for, yes?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Meet Betsy - Coming to The Enchanted Toybox on Monday, July 7th at 7 PM.


POW! 


I watch her face light up as the fireworks go off in the distance.  She smiles and covers her ears.  I know she’s not so fond of the





sound, but oh how she loves the sparkles! 


More! More! Mama!  Please?

I can’t promise her more…we only watch…she runs around, and I light a sparkler.  I watch her ooh over it.  She wants to touch it, but she’s afraid of it.  The sparks! The light! So powerful!  She giggles as she pulls back her hands and tells me to do it!

Oh Betsy…You are more than ready for summer and all that it brings.  You are an all American girl!  No matter where you end up, you take some of that goodness with you…summer corn on the cob, fireworks, catching fireflies at night, swimming in the ocean, all of it! 

Betsy is an 18 inch Finn and Fern.  She is triple stitched for durability and stuffed with clean carded wool.  Her hair is wefted mohair.  She has dimpled knees, a belly button, and a bum as well! 


She wears a blue eyelet halter dress and blue striped seersucker striped bloomers.  She asked for a headband to complete her stars and stripes so I knitted one for her, with a felted star upon it.  She comes to you wearing red maryjane shoes with blue flower details.   What sweet girl wouldn’t be complete without ribbons in her hair? 


More pictures of Betsy can be found on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/finnandfern

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek!  Betsy will be available Monday night at The Enchanted Toybox.  She will be up for sale at 7 pm.  Don't be late!

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Word About Customs




As many of you know, when my daughter was born, I quit my job to stay home and care for my little ones.  This was never my original intention, but God had other plans for me.  Life comes at you, and you just do it.  It’s not a bad thing.  I feel very blessed to be able to be there for my littles in ways that I never imagined.  On the flipside, it was also quite a shock to permanently jump from two decent salaries to one.  My husband and I teetered along for a while, and things were ok.  We were using some of our savings and after all, that’s what you have it for, isn’t it?  Life! 

When I officially gave up my teaching position for good, we knew we couldn’t keep using our savings to help ends meet.  I would have to do something.  I could work part time at some retail job or a restaurant, I could tutor, or I could do something I really love.  I could make dolls. 

In the past, I’ve used sewing to help makes ends meet, so the transition just seemed to come naturally.  I could use nap time to sew, and work late into the night after the littles went to bed.  It’s worked quite well for us.  It’s a job, none the less.  It’s a job that I love.

As a dollmaker, we are ever evolving.  I learn new skills, I apply them to my dolls.  My constant goal is to always make them better – for you! 

The custom game is an interesting one.  There is no set guidelines for how other makers do it.  Some people don’t do customs at all.  Some have “wish lists”.  Some only offer a few customs a year.  I feel like customs afford me the ability to grow exponentially.  They are challenging.  It’s good for a maker! 

We make our own rules – how we’d like to do them.  Some people take deposits.  I’ve never been comfortable taking a deposit.  I’ve never had any issues.  Another maker recently said that she also does not take deposits, because sometimes the time frame takes longer than you originally plan, and in the end, the buyer always has the option to opt out.  I felt content in my decision not to take a deposit. As I said, there are no set rules.

That said, as we work cooperatively, I will do everything in my power to make you happy in your custom.  If you aren’t happy, I hope that you will be professional enough to express your discontent somewhere along the way so that we can make things right.  The last thing I want is for the wrong doll to end up in your hands, and then you feel as if you made a mistake.  No good can come out of that. 


I’ve been here in this little space making dolls for two years.  My dolls have changed along with me as I’ve grown.  I can also tell you that many of the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with have come back again and again.  It’s a sign that I’m doing something right, even if I’m not the best advertiser.  I hope that as I continue to make dolls and offer customs, however I decide to do it, that you’ll bend and grow with me as well.