Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Today I'm a Dollmaker

I have been asked quite a few times over the years if I would sell the dolls that I make. And my answer has always been no, I'm a seamstress, not a doll maker. But I have finally given in. I am working on two red-headed dolls for two sweet red-headed sisters. I could not resist! The most interesting thing about working on these dolls is that since they are not gifts for my girls I can work on them during normal daylight hours. Quite a change from secretly stitching away only while the girls are in bed, which although that is special and fun too, it can get a little stressful, especially when a birthday is just one week away and I have barely gotten started. So this morning I had a lovely time drinking tea, cutting, sewing, stuffing, while the girls played happily nearby. (The picture above is from one of my favorite books, The Children's Year. Really has nothing to do with the dolls I'm making, I just love the picture!)


And it seems yesterday the girls took the camera and had a little photo session.

When Chessa was really little she always squeezed her eyes shut when smiling for the camera. I guess she still does sometimes.

Chloe got to borrow this sunbonnet from a friend the other day. The idea was to use it to make a pattern so we could make our own. But after much debate in my own head I went ahead and ordered Amy Karol's bonnet pattern last night. Cause we all know that one is super cute, right?

Now, would you like to see where Jason was last week?

9 comments:

gardenmama said...

It is so beautiful that you make waldorf dolls, and what a gift for your girls to see the work of your hands and heart. Our Waldorf dolls are so close to our hearts! Your girls are so sweet, I love bonnets too : ) What incredible beauty in your last photos! Nature is certainly amazing!

sarah haliwell said...

what a lovely soft calming weblog you have :-)

Tahara said...

Wow, lucky Jason to be in such a beautiful place!...Can't wait to see the finished dolls...My son's best friends are two red-head sisters :-)

kenan and tree said...

Those photos are so gorgeous...where is that? i love making dolls and have just gotten into making waldorf style. They intimidated me for a long time, until i finally just decided to make one. Now i enjoy making them, more than rag dolls...although those are fun too.
Beautiful bonnet! i made my daughter one using the pattern from Mother Earth news. i had to adjust it to make it smaller, but it was quite easy to follow.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

He was on a backpacking trip in the Weminuche Wilderness. It is pretty much in our backyard, trailhead about 15 minutes away, nearly 500,000 of wilderness!

Yes, I love making the dolls. I used to dread doing the hair, but now it is actually one of my favorite parts. It takes a long time, but I don't find it difficult at all anymore. I will definitely post pictures when I am done (which might be a while) but until then I think will spare you all the pics of doll body parts...

sara farmama said...

Oh that makes me want to start a doll! And the mountain pictures.....soooo pretty!

Marina said...

How wonderful that you make Waldorf dolls! My boys love their dolls and I wish that I could make them myself.

I love the bonnet! Can't wait to see the ones you make!

Angela said...

Thanks for bookmarking me! And thanks for the link to your friend's blog - I'm going to go there next!

My son always squeezes his eyes shut for pictures to - if he sees me take out the camera he automatically does the "close my eyes from the flash" face!

I love that bonnet in a cheery yellow - what color are you going to make your daughter's?

Can't wait to the doll and bonnet when finished!

Heather said...

Gorgeous photos! I would love to know what you think of the sun bonnet pattern, I have been thinking I would love to make one as well.