I apologize in a truly Canadian fashion, that is not really meaning it overly much, that I have been MIA for a little while. The truth be told I am enjoying my summer holidays with my kids and with the company we have been having. I am soaking up every minute that I can with my kids, as they will be starting school next week and our lives will forever be changed. It is definitely a season of transition for our family, as we go from homeschooling to public school. I have been at home with my children working and teaching for over 13 years now, so entering the work force will be quite an adjustment!
But I DID manage to work within the doll making business of mine a wee bit over the last few weeks, putting together swag bag gifts for an upcoming market I have in Vancouver called Etsy Made In Canada Market, September 23 & 24. This market will be simply fantastic! Very large with many vendor, and loads of fun. And the first people in the door receive a swag bag filled with gifts from the vendors. My gift will be felted wool floral hair clips, along with a colouring page and a $5 off coupon. So if you are in the area, want to come and meet me, and want to have some fun shopping, join us!!
The name Enola means ‘solitary’, and I think this suits her to a T. This little one has such a thoughtful face. She seems strong and quiet, and very independent. Like one who likes to ponder things deeply as she strolls around nature, hands in her pockets, immersing herself in the natural world around her while thinking of meanings and connections. I believe outdoors is where her heart is, and so I designed her dress with west coast colours in mind – the tidal teal that reminds me of underwater photos of waving kelp forests backlit by sunlight, in a sea of vibrant blue-green. This is what Enola’s surroundings look like here on Vancouver Island. Rocky outcroppings jutting into a cold and wild ocean teeming with seaweed and life, the land covered in majestic cedar and douglas fir. This is a place where one can find complete seclusion, to be dwarfed by giant trees and the sheer diversity and majesty of God’s creation.This outfit is made from my favourite Nani Iro gauze, with abalone buttons, linen pantaloons, alpaca blend mary janes, and an exceptionally soft malabrigo knitted cowl. This yarn is my absolute favourite: very soft and pliable, with a very deep and vibrant colour to it.
And because she makes the Cowichan Valley around my home her own, and because Enola loves to walk and explore, it seemed she needed a second outfit, this one more functional and indicative of her passions. So I made her linen hiking pants with ‘cargo’ pockets, a simple white shirt, wool hiking boots complete with laces, and a sweater with a Cowichan feel to it. Sturdy and functional clothes are exactly what she needed in these giant and deep woods, numerous burbling streams lined in blackberry bushes, and oyster strewn rocky beaches.So Enola is a 18″ Wild Ginger Doll waldorf style doll, with a lightly sculpted face, cotton interlock body, wool stuffing, and all natural materials. I kept her facial features simple to encourage your imagination, for you to nurture your creativity to give her personality and expression. Her hair was something new to me, it is all natural mohair yarn. The fibres in the yarn are long and soft and have a lot of body, and love to be braided and styled. However the fibres do like to drop and she leaves little hairs on ALL her clothes. For this reason I recommend her to an adult collector: her hair is very durable and play worthy, but I think with too much play the little hairs all over the place might drive a little friend crazy. She goes to her home wearing 2 new outfits, made of all natural materials of the highest quality, with care and attention given to every detail. Each outfit has 4 pieces to it, including shoes. Please see photos for details. If you would like to make Enola a home, and allow her to bring a taste of the wild Pacific coastal air to you, please visit my Big Cartel shop. Thanks for viewing!
I am excited to announce an Easter SALE starting this Monday, March 13-17! 30% off all bunny eared pocket buds, pocket kids, sprouts, or pocket bud carrots, as well as all beds (large and small), backpack/papooses, and dresses! This sale is HUGE, so please visit my Etsy shop and make some little people extremely happy this Easter with a new friend, or accessories for their dolls! (sale does not apply to large dolls or NON-bunny eared buds or kids please).
So to get you in the Easter spirit I am showing you a beautiful wool and Nani Iro gauze lined cape, with cashmere ears that I designed. This cape will be available in a few weeks in my shop, and also a first ever SEWING PATTERN for you to make your very own animal eared capes at home! I am very happy to offer these capes as a pattern, and anticipate a plethora of wonderful items to be made by you in the future.
Thanks for viewing and have a wonderful weekend!