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Thursday, July 3, 2014

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


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. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sometimes Life Gives You Peaches!

This month was a busy one for me!   It started out with me making a big skin fabric purchase.  It takes about 2 weeks to arrive from Canada to my doorstep, so when it finally arrived, I was quite excited...that is...until I opened the package.  My heart sank.  What was this color?  Did they send the wrong one?  Where was the other color?

Quickly I rummaged through my inbox.  I looked up all my skin orders.  I had somehow made a mistake.  What had I done!?  This wasn't my go to color!  It was nearly peach!  And there was no tan at all!  sigh...what to do....well, after a few days of panic, I placed another order for my go to color, and sold off a few yards of the new peachy stuff, keeping some of it to play.  My fellow dollmakers had told me that it lightens up with stuffing.  I sure hoped so!  I figured I'd give it a try on a few little fiddles.  It was a good enough time to play around with my pattern that I wasn't fully in love with, and since I wasn't about to take on any new customs knowing I didn't have my usual colors, I had some time to play.

These three little ladies - The Ladies of Liberty - were the result.  Each one of them the perfect warm peachy skin tone I never imagined could happen.  They all don cute little brushed mohair wigs, and they are the most playful little bunch I think I've ever made.  Dare I say it, I'm in love with this color!  Sure, I still appreciate my go to color, and this will just add to my choices in dollmaking.  It was certainly a surprise in the making...but it seems to all have worked out in the end.

I also splurged on some dreamy Liberty of London fabrics this month, and it only seems fitting that they should each get a Liberty dress.  And since I had some time, I shrunk down my favorite knitted bootie pattern, and look what should happen!  Cute little buns, and tootsies, and oh my!  I can't get over them!

They will be for sale this month at The Enchanted Toybox, along with a few larger dolls that I made with the last of my skin.  In the meantime, I'm still waiting on backordered skin fabric.  Sometimes, we grow in the least expected ways...this month, my patterning improved on one of my less used patterns and I was pleasantly surprised by something new.  It sure does feel very spring like with all this newness around here now, doesn't it?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soleil - Girl of The Sun!

Soleil, what are you doing?

I'm climbing Mama!  I'm climbing high!

Oh Soleil, it's not even Spring yet!  You still have a few weeks to go!  I don't think it's a good idea for you to climb trees!

But mama, if I climb, I'll get closer to the sun!

The sun?  Now why in the world do you want to get closer to the sun?

Oh mama, you are so silly.  You didn't think you could name me after the sun and I wouldn't want to get closer to it, did you?  The sun is warm!  I feel it on my face.  It warms my heart!  If I get closer, it will be even warmer!

I'm watching you, Soleil.  You shouldn't climb so high!

I'm ok mama!

I'm stuck....

Soleil will be for sale this coming Friday at The Waldorf Dollhouse.  She is 17 inches tall.  Her skin is tan Dewitt Engle cotton interlock.  She is stuffed with clean carded wool.  Her knees are dimpled and she has a bum so that she can sit properly.  She also has a belly button.

Soleil's hair is hand-wefted suri alpaca locks.  She has a LOT of hair.  I used 6 ounces of locks on her head alone!  Her weft is crocheted into a cap.

Soleil has hand knitted wool mary janes with pearl closures.

She wears a wool roving knit headband with a wooden heart button.

Her dress is cotton and closes with snaps in the back.  It has a decorative button on the front of it.  Her tshirt is organic cotton and also closes with snaps.  She also wears cotton panties.

When Soleil and I sat down to make some jewelry, she went a bit overboard and decided that she needed not one, but two bracelets - one for each wrist.  They are both very different so you can accessorize them with different outfits.

Soleil is carefully sewn to last, but she may not be the best option for a small child as Suri Alpaca can shed a bit.  She is better suited to be a mama doll.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Camille and her lucky bead

Have you ever had a lucky charm?  Something that you take with you wherever you go, knowing it will bring you good luck?

Camille does.  She has a lucky lampwork bead.  She asked me to promise I don't send her on her way without it.  Of course I did.  How could I not send her off with things that remind her of her roots?  Afterall, I made this bead for her.  Of course, I didn't make it yesterday or even last week.  I made it long before I had children of my own, when I had time to make lampwork, and no fear of small hands and hot glass!  So each one is special to me, but when Camille found that bead and showed it to me, I knew it had to be hers.

Have you ever known someone so happy go lucky?  Look at that smile.  Camille wakes up smiling and greets me every morning.  I told her I hope she keeps that up when she finds her new home.  She'll please her new mama so.  She rubbed her lucky bead between her two hands and just smiled at me warmly.

Camille is a very special doll.  I don't make a lot of darker skinned dolls, but when I do, oh, they come to life unlike any other.  I bought this nice red brown skin months ago.  With dolls like these, you wait until they call to you....until all the pieces fit together perfectly.

Her hair is wefted Wensleydale locks that I wefted myself.  In fact, I got these locks raw and cleaned them and picked out any vegetation before I carefully laid them out to weft them in the first place.  It was quite a process, but every time I look at her head of locks, I smile, because it was so worth it!  They are the most perfect locks imaginable!

She wears a corduroy dress and pants that match, a colorful layout that is only fit for Camille.  She comes wearing cotton panties and felt handmade shoes as well.  Her star is sewn from two layers of wool felt and a black elastic band connected inside of it to go around her head.  It's completely removable so you can put it where you like!

Of course, you can't forget her lucky lampwork bead that I turned myself before carefully annealing the bead.  I've strung the bead on a pretty blue ribbon that Camille picked out herself.

Camille is made of high quality Dewitt Engle cotton interlock.  She is stuffed with clean carded wool and her seams are sewn to last.  Her face is sewn using the finest Italian embroidery floss.

Camille will be available via The Enchanted Toybox on Monday the 3rd at 7pm EST.  Don't be late though!  I'm putting Camille up as a first come!  She will not be an auction!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Virginia May

Will there be Easter where I am going?  You know how much I like little bunnies and eggs and chocolates wrapped in pretty foils!

Oh Virginia...I'm sure there will be, and I'm sure wherever it may be, it will be warmer than it is here!

Do you think there will be trees to climb?  I promise I won't wear my Sunday best!

I'm pretty sure your new mama will bring you places so that you can climb trees, Miss Virginia.

You know, I prefer to be called Ginny when I'm not all dressed in my Sunday best!

I know, Miss Virginia.  I know!  That is why I'm sending you off into the world with two outfits, didn't you know?

Oh? A second outfit?  Will it be dungarees? So that I don't scrape my knees?  You know my knees won't look so pretty in this dress with scrapes on them.

Why yes, Virginia!  A pair of dungarees and a pretty bohemian cotton top.

Bohemian?  Are you saying I'm a wild girl?

Well Miss Virginia...I know all about you fiery little redhead girls.  You like so much to look your best always, but you also like to play.  You are sassy and full of spunk, but you are also reserved and well behaved when you must be.

I guess you know me well, don't you?

I do...I do Miss Virginia.

Virginia May, who prefers to be called Ginny when she is out playing with the boys and getting dirty making mudpies and climbing trees, will be available via auction on Monday at The Enchanted Toybox.  She comes with many nice things for you to dress her up in.

She has a beautiful cotton dress adorned with lace around the empire waist and a bunny button.

Her coat is made of wool and pink satin taffeta.  She insisted it be pink inside.  She told me her hair looks best with pink.

She wears a tulle underskirt.

She has on cotton panties.

Her headband is handknit and is adorned with a bunny button as well.

Her shoes are handknit cotton and I've especially picked some pretty buttons from my grandmother's vintage button box.

Her second outfit is a cotton top adorned with a wooden button.

Her dungarees are repurposed denim, perfectly worn in for playing.

She asked for a bracelet of Jade and Rose Quartz.  It has silver embellishments and a silver clasp.

As always, Virginia May is made from the highest quality Dewitt Engle cotton and stuffed with clean carded wool.  Her eyes and mouth are sewn with fine embroidery floss.  Her seams are stitched for durability.

For more pictures of Miss Virginia, please visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/finnandfern.  Thank you as always for stopping by to visit with us!