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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. 

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.