Mima!

Posted on januari 31st, 2010 @ 4:34 pm in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

At long last! I’ve finished a doll! Goodness gracious, I don’t even want to think about how long it took. It’s too embarrassing! Without further ado, may I present you…

Mima!

Held here by my son, who only agreed to do it after I bribed him. Ungrateful little creature. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow! Handmade by me from top to toe, and now available in my Etsy store. More pictures can be found on Flickr!

getting back…

Posted on december 7th, 2009 @ 2:06 pm in daily life,etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

DSC01057… into the swing of things, I hope!

In retrospect, I seem to have taken a little break from dollmaking. Not intentionally; it just happened.

Just now, as I was packing up Gwendolina, who’ll be off to her new home tomorrow, I felt a little flicker, though. A little spark. Something that said: there are many more dolls waiting to be made. Some of them are almost finished, even. Wouldn’t it be fun to… you know?

So… who knows! Now that my crafting for Saint Nicholas is done, I may pick up one of these half finished babies… Perhaps I can even get one into my shop in time for Christmas! Or would that be pushing it too far? Hm…

Anyhow. I need to answer some questions, too. Long overdue, I apologize!

Sophie: I never use the second vertical string like they do. They seem to have a different method, which I don’t completely understand either. I just use two strings: one horizontal, to make the eye line, and one vertical, to create the chin and cheeks. After stitching the two together at the ears, the horizontal one gets lowered to (almost) the neck, to create the back of the head.

Nan: I am sorry, but no, I don’t sell patterns. I usually make up my own or convert exisiting baby clothes pattern to doll size. Are you on Ravelry? I run a Waldorf Dolls group there, and we’ve managed to collect quite a few patterns. Which I still need to organize into a comprehensive list, but that’s another story. πŸ™‚

Mima’s cardi

Posted on oktober 10th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Mima's second cardi

Hurray, Mima’s cardi is done! It’s always the buttons that take me longest… πŸ˜‰

I’ve also been working on her undies (you can just see them above her tunic’s neckline), and I’m almost done with her pants; just need to knit the gusset closed. Then it’s on to the booties (probably in the same colour as her cardigan), and after that: off to the shop!

I’ll keep you posted.

off they go

Posted on mei 20th, 2009 @ 11:07 am in etsy,found,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

boxed!

I packed up two dolls this morning… Sniff!

Lavendula and Cuddly (no name for that one, cuddlies have to be named by their little owners!) are now on their way to the United States, where they’ll be reunited with my pink ballerina doll, Rosalina! πŸ™‚ I finished the cuddly yesterday evening, and for the first time ever, I am now confident about embroidering eyes! I’ve found that all I really need is one strand of embroidery floss, instead of the often recommended two or even three strands. That, and a good lamp plus a magnifying glass… Ugh. Whatever happened to my eyes? Must be middle age approaching… πŸ˜‰

face

Anyhow! Crafting can now resume as normal – back to Gwendolina! Although I also found this extremely sweet pattern – Wasabi the Gregarious Pug. O!

Available from Rebecca’s Etsy store here.

smell the summer

Posted on mei 18th, 2009 @ 9:42 am in etsy,waldorf dolls by Meike

Francesca's doll My whole house currently smells of lavender. πŸ™‚ I’ve been working on a custom cuddly doll for Francesca, a little girl turning one in June, and yesterday evening, it was lavender time! I often use dried lavender from my mother’s garden to scent my dolls, but there is one drawback to that – if the doll were to get so dirty that it needed a bath, soaking it completely would in all probability cause the lavender to mould… and that is just not something you’d want to happen!

I have therefore started to use lavender essential oil instead, especially on the cuddlies.Β When I see the kind of love Nynke’s cuddly doll gets, and the grubbiness of the poor thing after more than a year of cuddling, well… Essential oil it is! It is more fleeting in scent, but the upside is that it can be reapplied after washing! Just a few drops will do the trick.

So. I’ve been trying very hard to get started on my other (or should I say my ‘real’? Naaah…)Β job today, but this smell, it just keeps distracting me… poor little faceless dolls keep calling out to me… finish me, finish me… πŸ˜‰ No, no, no. Work first, play after!

But before I go – I also wanted to show you Gwendolina’s new ‘do!

Gwendolina's new 'do

See? Better, no?

sarah jane

Posted on mei 16th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm in etsy,found by Meike

sarah jane calendar printsI’ve been saving the money I’ve been making selling my dolls and bunnies on Etsy. I wanted to buy something special from what I’ve earned. What better way to spend it than to buy something from another Etsy-seller? I am sure you all know Sarah Jane Studios – and if you don’t, please go take a peek at her shop!

I’ve had my eyes on her calender prints for quite some time, and now that we’ll be moving into our new house soon (two weeks until we get the key! two and a half months until we move!), I thought we needed a housewarming gift. So I finally did it: I bought the full set of calendar prints. They will look so very lovely, framed in simple wooden frame, above our nature table! I just know it. And the best thing is: I’ll be able to put up a new one each month as the months go by! πŸ™‚

Image courtesy of Sarah Jane Studios.

Gwendolina

Posted on mei 7th, 2009 @ 1:43 pm in etsy,waldorf dolls by Meike

Gwendolina It’s funny, the way dolls have to grow on you. It’s almost always the same when I’m making one: in the beginning, I’m not so sure that it’s going to be what I’d planned, and then, somehow, halfway through the process, there is this magic turnaround point. My doubts start to disappear and the doll comes alive. That’s also usually the point that I’ll be able to come up with a name.

My gnome girl Gwendolina here is the exception to the rule. She’s starting to grow on me, but the name actually popped up much earlier. Not in my mind, but in my friend Stefanie’s. For which I’m forever grateful, of course! πŸ˜€ Anyway, she’s almost done. Finally something to add to my store! Okay, by almost done, I mean that I still have to finish her hooded cape, knit her some underwear and make her some booties. Plus I’ve got a couple ideas for accessories. So, er, yes, it’ll probably still take a month, but… We’re getting there!

Lavendula

Posted on april 17th, 2009 @ 9:14 pm in etsy,waldorf dolls by Meike

Waldorf fairy Lavendula Eek! My dear sweet Lula has been sold as well! To the same lady who bought Rosalina. This time, it’s a birthday present for her oldest daughter. I am so flattered! Here, let me show you what she wrote as feedback on Etsy:

Rosalina is absolutely the most beautiful doll I’ve ever held! Her clothing is as gorgeous as she is! I can’t get over how lovely her hair is – it is so full and so soft to the touch. My daughter will absolutely love her and care for her. Thank you so much for all the talent, time and detail you put into our doll!

πŸ™‚ This is what we all do it for, isn’t it?

Now excuse me while I go work on my gnome doll… Making good progress: the doll itself is finished, I’m now knitting her underwear. πŸ™‚ One doll down, about a hundred to go… πŸ˜‰

sold

Posted on april 5th, 2009 @ 11:32 am in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Rosalina Oh my. Rosalina has been sold! I was just beginning to think she’d be living here with me for the rest of my life, and I had just gotten used to that idea… πŸ˜‰ And then this morning, when I opened my email… wow.

She’s going to live with a little girl in the United States called Sophia. I am absolutely certain she’ll be loved – but it is still with a bit of a heavy heart that I’ll say goodbye to her tomorrow! Not to sound melodramatic or anything, but Rosalina will always hold a special place in my heart. The many, many hours it took me to knit her skirt are living proof of that! πŸ˜†

But seriously, I willΒ  miss her. There will be an empty spot in my living room, a Rosalina-shaped hole, if you will, that is desperately going to need filling up. I’d better get to work!

Safe journey, my sweet Rosalina, and do give Sophia a cuddle from me when you arrive at your destination!

treasury

Posted on maart 7th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm in etsy by Meike

Look! Look! I’ve been featured in a Treasury on Etsy!

jurga's treasury on etsy

Thank you, Jurga – aka Tangled Things on Etsy. πŸ™‚