Adara

My daughter helped me name this little custom doll, and it means ‘beauty’ or ‘illustrious’.This little doll has had quite the attention around here with her soft and silky red hair, and her kind and endearing brown eyes.

Adara came with us to explore some new areas today with my daughters. What a special day it was, the warm sun shining down on an awakening earth, tree buds and grass heads emerging and crocuses blooming, and tundra swans flying overhead on their way up north. It was a magical day and Adara simply loved her first visit outside. I think this little one will have a connection with swans, it seems fitting with all the creams her new owner requested in her clothing…Adara-14 Adara-10Adara-8 Adara-11 Adara-12 Adara-13 Adara-15This little park was special, we were among the grasses at the foot of ancient maple trees in the Cowichan Valley, all draped in waving green mosses, with tundra swans flying overhead, and a calliope hummingbird in a nearby branch singing alluringly to its mate. What a glimpse we had, and the sights we saw! And below we stopped at a nearby beach for a few moments to throw some rocks in the sparkling water. Adara-1Adara-7 Adara-6 Adara-5 Adara-4 Adara-3 Adara-2Just a little side note, Adara is a 16″ custom waldorf doll, stuffed with wool and made in the waldorf tradition. She is wearing a linen dress with lace under skirt and glass buttons on the back, and an eyelet pinafore with ribbon closure. Her booties are cashmere with glass buttons for adornment and linen soles, and her knitted alpaca cardigan is of the softest variety, with a natural wood branch button. Much care and detail goes into each doll that I make, and I choose only the highest quality materials picked for their texture and composition (all natural). You can feel the difference high quality materials make, each doll a tactile journey of the senses. Your fingers can’t help but feel and linger on each article of clothing.Adara-22 Adara-21 Adara-20Adara’s hair is made from wefted mohair, and something about the colour as well as the feel, has prompted several dolls to be made using this same source. I crochet each weft into a cap, and this style can be played with and brushed endlessly, it is very durable, and feels almost as though it is human hair.

Adara has a mom eagerly awaiting her, who helped my envision all her details and make her come to life. She is soon to be headed across the Atlantic, my first doll to travel so far east to a land I have read about endlessly and studied its history. James Herriot is one of my favourite authors and as I just put down one of his books last night, I picture her heading to some green pastures touched in the same golden rays that touched us here today. I wish you ado and much joy in your new adventures!

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The Warren

Well spring is definitely upon us here on the warm and rainy west coast of Canada. The snowdrops have come and gone, crocuses are bursting forth in various shades of purple and golden yellow. Daffodils are about to pop and rose leaves are budding. And today on my morning walk I saw my first rhododendrons! I love spring, it is so fresh and bright. It took me by surprise this year, especially when I saw that Easter is the end of March rather than in April! Yikes! So in the midst of a couple of custom orders I pulled out my stock of cashmere and made a handful of bunnies, attempting to get the little critters out into the spring air in time to make their long destinations to new homes before Easter weekend..

These little guys are the pocket sized Wild Ginger Buds I made last year for my market, which also come as bears, puppies, frogs and foxes… I won’t be selling many in my Etsy shop. For now just bunnies emerged, with plans for a few new varieties later into the spring and summer as I prepare for next fall’s markets, which I try to reserve these little guys for.EasterPocketBudsBunnies2016-3 EasterPocketBudsBunnies2016-6 EasterPocketBudsBunnies2016-8 EasterPocketBudsBunnies2016-13 EasterPocketBudsBunnies2016-14

I also tried something new with some weighted babies, about twice the size and much heavier due to the glass beads in their middles. These too I will be making in a variety of forms later in the year: skunks, foxes, owls, bats… the list could be endless!But first many more dolls are in order…EasterBunnies2016-8 EasterBunnies2016-2 EasterBunnies2016-1

And lets not forget their little friends, the carrot family… These guys are really overshadowed every Easter. Lets not forget the importance of the CARROT in our spring revelry! Since rabbits must SOLELY survive on carrots alone, as anybody knows (well perhaps chocolate too right?), what would Easter be like without the carrots around to fuel our famished little furry friends??EasterBunnies2016-30EasterBunnies2016-27 EasterBunnies2016-31EasterBunnies2016-28 Head on over to my Etsy shop to have a look at whats available!

Hugs and Kisses

I just wanted to take a moment to wish those of you who look at Wild Ginger Dolls’ blog a VERY HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY! May your hearts be filled with love and grace for those people who have been placed in your life! Every moment is fleeting, and I hope you not only tell them you love them today, but show them you love them everyday you have together.heartbuds-8

Julie

Julie-20Julie-5 Julie-12Julie-4 Julie-1Julie of the Wolves is a series of books my daughter was introduced to in our homeschooling adventures, and we read this out loud to our kids at night. Words cannot adequately express how wonderful these books are. They speak to me, and create such a sense of peace, sort of like how I describe how alive I feel in the quietly falling snow of winter.  Julie-2

Julie is my favourite book character of all time: she is courageous, steadfast, intelligent, kind, thoughtful, patient, determined, self-sufficient, and she listens rather than speaks, and never reacts in anger, always controlled and thoughtful and humble. She allows those she loves to have their own view and waits quietly as they make their own decisions, or sometimes adapting uncomplainingly for the sake of peace. So many ways the opposite of who I am, so I can admire her many of those qualities. However I do see a glimmer of myself in her as she seeks solitude and quiet in nature, feeling strongest when she stands alone, and she is fiercely independent.  Julie-14Julie-3

While I thought about making Julie, and how she would be represented and dressed, I realized that I did not desire to create an Inuit doll per se, since I know so very little about the culture. So instead of making her Miyax, her given Inuit name, the one she calls herself while living with her wolf family, I decided to dress her more as Julie, the name she goes by when living with her biological father in the community. So I created a dress for her that was simple but beautiful and delicate. But living in the northern hemisphere’s reach means she still needs warm boots and a wool coat and mittens.Julie-15 Julie-16Julie-17Julie-23 You might wonder who this little feller is cuddling up to Julie. Well this is Amaroq, her wolf spiritual father who adopted Julie into his pack when she was alone and hungry and in desperate need of a father. Of course Julie needed to bring him along to complete her story as she found her own path.Julie-22 Julie-19 Julie-18Julie-24Julie-13Julie-11Julie-10Julie-7

Well Julie was lovingly made as all my dolls are in the waldorf tradition, a meticulous and time consuming process of rolling wool and shaping it using string and needle felting, covering it in cotton, and embroidering the features using cotton thread. All my dolls are stuffed with locally sourced and processed wool and made from natural materials only, including every article of clothing. Julie is a little over 16″ high. Her hair is made from suri alpaca fibbers which I sewed into a weft and then crocheted into a cap, and as a result this hair style is for adult collectors only since the fibers are so fine and tend to end up all over one’s clothes and home.

She is wearing a chambray dress, and has a purple-grey silk shawl and cashmere socks. Her boots are hand stitched and made from rabbit fur. I crocheted her mittens using alpaca yarn, and her jacket is made from wool and lined with linen, with antler buttons on the front. Amaroq is crocheted from merino wool and stuffed with wool as is Julie.Julie-30 Julie-29 Julie-28 Julie-27 Julie-26Julie-6

At the moment Julie is not for sale, I merely wanted to share her with you. Too many attachments exist for me to sell her at this point, my heart longs to keep on to this one, at least for a while… Her shawl I crocheted over a summer in turmoil in the midst of a move and change. The books we read with our children and hold many memories of nights cuddled up close to the fire, their little faces glowing and raptured awaiting with bated breath what would befall her wolf pack, imagining what a life of eternal snow and long nights would be like. Little crocheted Amaroq my youngest loves and has been toting him around the house for several weeks now, stuffing him into little boxes and blankets and making houses for him… How can I possibly share Julie when so many memories are attached to her for me? And her character which I not only feel connected with but also look up to as an example… So I am sorry to say this one will be staying with me and my family for awhile. If Julie and her story somehow connected to you as well please contact me.

I will part with you with one last image, a surprisingly hidden but beautiful carving into the rock at the base of an apple tree at our favourite oyster beach near the Stz-uminus community near our home.Julie-25Well okay, and another image of the little creatures in my life that mean the world to me and with whom this dolls inspires so many memories over the past 2 years (my better half is not here of course as we are frolicking about the beach, but wishes he was!)KidsFebruary-6 KidsFebruary-3