There! She’s done! During our mini-holiday this past week, I finished the doll I made during Fröken Skicklig‘s dollmaking course a few weeks ago. Please meet Stella!
I am extremely pleased with the way she’s turned out, as is my daughter Nynke. She’s usually a cars kind of girl, but she took to Stella immediately. Maybe there’s a girly girl in there somewhere after all?
Yeah! Look what we just got! It’s the IKEA mini kitchen. Extremely hard to come by around these parts, since they’re always sold out within a few days, but we got lucky this time! I know, it’s not Saint Nick just yet, but a girl’s got to start planning gifts early, right? Now at least I can finally throw in all these little cooking utensils I’ve been collecting over the years!
We were originally going to build our own kitchen, but I just couldn’t resist this one. Besides, Pieter’s still recovering from all the renovating we had to do in our new home. And hey – this one has cooking rings that light up red.
Ah, to be a child again!
I’ve got a new obsession. It all started in my favourite toy store – the one where they sell the quality toys, not the cheap plastic junk. Nynke got some money for her second birthday, and I thought: why not buy her a small cloth baby doll in a basket. Nynke’s a reall doll person, she’s always talking to them, making them comfy in her doll cradle. Unfortunately, my store didn’t have what I was looking for, so I went home sans doll and started a search with my fave online stores. Nothing came up. I had this vague idea in my mind of what her doll should look like – not the standard Waldorf baby doll.
And then suddenly, I found this:
A pattern for a Dinky baby. And it is just exactly what I was looking for! Plus I’ll hopefully learn some new techniques – always on the lookout for new things to learn! Needless to say, my order’s been placed. All I need now is a pattern for a carrying basket, suitable for an 8 inch doll. Anyone?
I move between two addictions (and no, we’re not getting into my Grey’s Anatomy & Private Practice addiction here! ). On one side, there’s my dollmaking, on the other, my bunnies. They’re forever battling it out. Currently, the bunnies are on the winning hand. I’ve got a custom order for two small bunnies, one of them similar to Hugo here, but with embroidered eyes and dark ears, and needles are sticking every which way! I have recently started making the bunnies on double pointed needles, so I won’t have as much finishing to do in the end. Better, much better!
I’m also looking into new yarn for my white bunnies, as those seem to be the most popular, and I ran out of the yarn I used to knit them from. What do you know, of course it’s a discontinued yarn! I have high hopes though I’ll be able to find a replacement from Textere Yarns, a UK company. They’ve got the best collection of pure dyeable yarn I have ever seen! So many different textures… quite unbelievable. I’m quite into UK yarns anyhow – the yarn for my smaller bunnies comes from New Lanark, an historic yarn mill based in Scotland.
I know it’s not very practical, ordering more yarn a few months before moving into our new house, but I just couldn’t stop myself.
Getting there! I may actually finish this before 10 PM on December 29 (that’s when I finished Olivier’s birthday gift last year, the infamous knitted owl)! All that’s left are some booties (which I’ll probably make out of wool felt to save time) and a sweater. Easy peasy, right?
Of course, I also still have to make Olivier a birthday crown, and then there’s a party to plan… What do you DO with 5 little boys?? I was thinking a dress up pirate party with a scavenger hunt, but what would they scavenge for? Help!
I have a new obsession. Felt fruit and vegetables. I NEED to make them. I can’t stop thinking about them. We Saint Nicholas recently got Nynke and Olivier a small box of the wooden-and-velcro variety, but wouldn’t handmade felt fruits and vegetables and cakes and bread and pizza and… need I go on… be so much better? I like to think so.
So. I bought this book: Create Felt Fruits and Vegetables (a Japanese Crafts book). I just can’t wait until it gets here! That’s why I’ve also been scouring the internet for tutorials. I’ll compile I nice little list later today – right now I’ve got a stinky nappy to take care of.
Didn’t succeed, but I don’t think the recipient (Nynke) will mind all that much, since she has no idea what or who St. Nicholas is anyhow!! Besides, when I just gave them to her, she just threw them halfway across the room. *sigh* Kids, ever ungrateful of what Mommy makes them…
I’m much too busy right now to take on anything new for a while, but once I’m done, this is what’s on my wish list. My to-make wish list, that is!
When I was in Amsterdam yesterday evening I saw this doll in the window of a renowned department store:
She’s made by Danish company Sebra, and I’d love to make something like that! I seem to remember having a crochet instruction book somewhere, maybe I should dig it up. Don’t like the eyes though, they’ll have to go. And the hair will be quite different. Also, I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to do the thumbs, seeing as my crochet skills are virtually non-existent… Perhaps I should just stick to my Waldorf dolls. (But if anyone knows of a similar pattern, please let me know! )
Then, there’s this sweetie:
(Pattern and picture courtesy of Atelier Sweet Moonies)
Isn’t she lovely? I’ve already ordered the pattern, all I have to do now is get the materials.
Aaaaaand of course there’s the Winter nature table to be prepared! King Winter, some ice elves, snowy mountain backdrop, crystals…
Yup, lots to do!
I’m getting ready for my children’s birthdays. Olivier’s is on December 30, Nynke’s on February 27, but I thought I’d better start early! I’m making them a birthday ring. I still have to buy the ring itself, but I’ve started on the dolls. It’s so much fun!! I’m not the best at painting straight lines, but practice makes perfect, right?
There’s Olivier in the picture, to the left, and Nynke, and next to her, that’s me (I’ve got a funny eye, need to have some surgery done, ha!), then Pieter. The girl in the lilac dress next to Pieter is, erm, just a girl. I made her just for the fun of it. Now all I need to to is add details!