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Monday, 8 July 2013
We have recently begun selling handmade Waldorf Doll clothing.

{I enjoy knitting and crochet in small doses,
and these projects are perfect for taking to the beach on long summer afternoons!}
*shakes out the sand*
(You can find our growing collection of dolly wearables in our ETSY SHOP.  
They fit a range of dolls from 12" up to 18", Waldorf, American Girl, Maplelea and others)

A thoughtful customer wondered why I don't make dolls.
And for once, I really do know my limits.
I leave the dollmaking to the experts, I just want to dress 'em up!

But it did get me thinking.
Waldorf dolls are spendy.
Natural materials are not cheap.
Gosh, the cost of all that wool stuffing alone makes me a little woozy.
A well and artistically created Waldorf Doll is worth it.
I have mad respect for the doll makers with their mad skills!

{Wait, what *is* a Waldorf Doll, anyway? Check it out HERE}

Back to the thinking...
what are some alternatives to purchasing a completed, fully dressed dolly?
Making your own, of course.
Except for the sticky bit about the price of natural materials.
Oh, and the mad skills.

Thankfully the dollmakers out there have made many possibilities available
when it comes to creating your own doll with your very own hands!
{These suggestions are unsolicited and untested by me~ but they will get you started...}
If you are the intrepid type, who is not daunted by making choices
{which hair? which skin? which size? which eyes?, button jointed?} *brain boggles*
and finding your own supplies,
you can strike out on your own with just a pattern.
Joy's Waldorf Doll Pattern at This Child Dolls
Adirondack Patterns Waldorf Doll Pattern

Or try a kit, with everything included.
Doll Kit by Little Miss W
If you are a little less bold,

and a little more intimidated by making your own doll from scratch
you can opt for one of the pre-made options
which range from a head to a head and unstuffed body to a finished doll
lacking only face and hair.
Pre-made doll head by Bungalow Bear

Ready to Stuff Body Kit by Honeydotz
pre-made body by the Waldorf Doll Shop
{{Receiving a head in the mail does seem a little macabre, but hey!}}

Finally, for those who like to have someone to hold their hand
{holding hands is always a good idea, right?!}

there are artisans offering classes in dollmaking.
Skype Classes by Peglee
You will also find tutorials and aids for specific parts of the process.
Tutorial for Wefted Doll Wig by Lali Dolls
You can snag great supplies for creating your dolly
both on and off of Etsy.
I am a fan of Bear Dance Crafts in BC for these sorts of supplies!

If you are contemplating creating your own Waldorf Doll, I hope that these resources get you started by knowing what sorts of resources are available to you. 
Starting with the experienced doll makers will give you a leg up,
and it supports their ongoing work, too!

Our own dolls, Sunny and Sarah, are both made by Joyce, The Hillcountry Dollmaker,
who also provides heads, clothing and other dollmaking resources in her shop.
I am going to stick to dressing them up! ♥♥

Have you made your own doll?
Do you have a favourite dollmaker?
Shout it out in the comments~ we'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Who doesn't love a craft that is simple, relatively tidy and takes a while to complete?!
These fun little mosaic pictures fit the bill!

I have a bunch of Paint Chip crafts pinned on Pinterest.
I even gave them their own board.

For the longest time I have been pinning these crafts but baffled about one thing.
Where do all the paint chips come from?
Some of these crafts must use 100s!

I asked on Facebook and on Etsy, to see if anyone would reveal the secret source of the paint chips.
So my best guess is that people just waltz into the nearest paint store and load up.
Or maybe they swathe themselves in black and tumble in ninja-style?

I went with a little from column A and a little from column B.
In a paint store out of town.
And I still feel like I pulled off a major heist.
And a little bit guilty, too.

Rowan and I had a big craft day after the heist,
but the computer ate the pictures of our horse mobile and cityscapes.
So on a rainy day last week, we snagged:
• Glue Stick (or craft glue)
• Scissors
• Construction paper  and
• paint chips
• pencil & eraser
and headed over to craft with Rowan's buddy Blake.
Both kids chose a 1/2 sheet of paper in the colour of their choice.
Using a pencil they sketched a simple shape (a fish and a snake).
And then, with my cutting help, they began to create their mosaics.
We used larger pieces for Blake (just turned 6) to keep him engaged with a do-able task,
and Rowan (nearly 8) used much smaller pieces and completed her mosaic over three sessions.
Both kids insisted on pasting each piece, but I would suggest simply covering a small area with glue and applying pieces. It is tidier and enables them to move pieces about for a best fit more easily, and ensures the corners stick down.

Begin with the central motif/ shape and decide on its colours.
These should contrast with the colours that will be used to complete the background area.
{{Blake choose water colours for the background and golds and oranges for his fish.
Rowan made her snake all one colour and the background a rainbow of other colours.}}

Cut simple straight edged pieces in the desired size range.
Stick 'em on.
Great review of shapes and nice work for their spatial skills!
Thanks to the Happy Hooligans blog for the inspiration and the shared guilty feelings
{she does reveal how she gets her samples!}
Enjoy ♥♥

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