Etsy Made In Canada

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!!

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Beatrice, Silvia, Miranda, and Rosalind, Wild Ginger Blossoms

Introducing four new bright and cheerful Wild Ginger Blossoms.  This is Beatrice, the beautiful and smart blonde with her baby in her sling! She is wearing a romper and has a crochet alpaca cowl and wool flower hair band.  This is Silva, the redhead with the green eyes and fox eared wool cape, carrying her little friend Valentine in her crochet satchel.This cheerful one is named Miranda. She has chestnut hair and has a soft bunny eared hat, and wool satchel.And last but not least is the brunette of the bunch, Rosalind, who is wearing a bear eared green bonnet, and crochet blue and orange cowl.   Please visit my Big Cartel Shop if you would like to make any of them a home!

Instagram Giveaway

In case you haven’t been on Instagram lately, or didn’t see my Facebook notice, I am letting you all know here too!! I have teamed up with 7 other BC shops to provide a very large and adorable giveaway on Instagram right now! $450 dollars worth of wonderful handmade items for your little girl! Its ends on April 20th, draw is on April 21st, so have a look soon to enter! This doll is named after Perdita, the Shakespearean character who loved flowers. She is an 18″ Foxy Wild Ginger Blossom. She has felted wool flower hair clips, a crochet wool cape, woollen boots and a cotton dress. And lets not forget her cashmere ears and tail!! The Jar Girl has given this lovely Little Bear drinking jar and Bento jar set in hot pink! Moi.&.Co is giving away this beautiful silicone floral necklace. Rocks & Roots Apparel is giving away these handmade leather slippers. Honey Bee Handmade has provided this size 3/4 girls cotton floral dress!Blink Kids is giving this adorable purple and teal skirt, as well as elastic hair bands to match.OMDL Coastal is giving away this screen printed ‘Native Flowers of BC’ shirt.And The Cake Creative is giving away a dozen of these candy dipped shortbread cookies! SO delicious!! So that is our prizes, given away to ONE lucky winner!

Ophelia, Violenta, and Hermione, Wild Ginger Blossoms

Introducing my NEW Wild Ginger Blossoms! This first set are all foxy gals, complete with repurposed ears and tail. My daughter and I decided they need to be named after female Shakespearean characters, hence their lovely names! You will be seeing many more of these rag dolls. All will be made from natural materials like my waldorf dolls, since using natural earth friendly fibres is a passion and a mission in my life. So all Blossoms are to be made of linen/cotton blend, stuffed with locally sourced Canadian wool, and natural wool blend yarn hair and cotton dresses. I am endeavouring to make each one unique, so your little ones will enjoy picking out their favourites. I also plan on making second outfits available, as well as simple patterns for you to download and make your own clothes! But I am getting ahead of myself, FIRST, the dolls!

These three are available in my Big Cartel shop. Have a look and keep watching for regular uploads. The best place to be informed of upcoming releases is through Instagram.

Enola, A West Coast Girl

 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!

More Capes and Bonnets

I felt like sharing a little preview of some of the capes and bonnets I will be releasing to my shop in several weeks. These are all made with wool, and either lined with cotton or linen. They fit 16-20″ waldorf dolls. I will also be releasing these as a sewing pattern for all you crafty kind, so you make them for your own dolls at home. Enjoy!

EASTER SALE!!

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!