hello bye

Posted on december 29th, 2008 @ 9:42 pm in daily life by Meike

This is a fly-by post! The end of December is traditionally a very busy time of year for us. Not only is there Christmas, but it’s also Olivier’s birthday on December 30. And now that he’s attending school, the words “birthday party” suddenly take on a whole new meaning! We had great fun today though, and judging by the noise the 5 little boys made, they thought so too. πŸ™‚

And that’s it from me for now. Presents have been wrapped, the birthday ring is on the table – but you’ll have to forgive me for not posting pictures right now. Tomorrow, when it’s Olivier’s birthday proper, we’ll be on the road again, to my parents, where we’ll be celebrating New Year’s. I wish you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

Olivier’s doll

Posted on december 22nd, 2008 @ 9:27 am in daily life,knitting,toys,waldorf dolls by Meike

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! πŸ™‚

fruit & vegetables

Posted on december 19th, 2008 @ 10:58 am in etsy,found,toys by Meike

felt-vegetables-and-fruitI have a new obsession. Felt fruit and vegetables. I NEED to make them. I can’t stop thinking about them.Β  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 toΒ  think so. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Olivier’s doll and its jacket (in progress)

Posted on december 14th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm in knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

As promised: an update on Olivier’s doll. πŸ™‚ I gave it a cut-loop crochet wig, only decided not to cut the loops in the end, because I rather like them like this. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool, a very soft, slightly irregular bulky yarn very well suited for doll’s hair.

Next up: finishing the face (i.e. embroidering the mouth and adding the beeswax blush) and knitting some more clothing. The jacket just needs some buttons and then it’s done – or maybe I’ll just skip the buttons and leave it as is, not sure yet.

four little gnomes

Posted on december 10th, 2008 @ 8:56 am in toys by Meike

I was supposed to have finished these in time for St. Nicholas!

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… πŸ˜‰

still here!

Posted on december 8th, 2008 @ 11:40 am in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

I’m still here!! I’ve just been very busy recently, hence the slight blogging-gap. πŸ˜‰ I finished my Christmas custom order, as you can see on the picture to the left. These bunnies are currently on their way to their new owners. Poor little buns all alone in a box crossing the ocean! I hope they’ll get there safe and sound!

I’m also working on a doll for Olivier. He’ll be 5 on December 30, and he’s been asking for a doll for the longest time. “Will this one stay here, Mommy, or will you sent it to other people again?” is his most common question when I’m working on a doll these days. *blush* So. I think a doll is in order –Β  wouldn’t want to neglect my own child! πŸ˜‰ The body is all done, I’m now working on clothing. I think it’ll be a woodland elf or some such! I’m about three quarters done with the Tomten jacket I’m knitting, plus the doll needs underwear, of course, and trousers, and a sweater of some sort. Busy! Busy! But good busy. πŸ™‚

she’s done!

Posted on december 1st, 2008 @ 5:40 pm in etsy,waldorf dolls by Meike

Rosalina

I can hardly believe it myself, but… Rosalina is done! Finished! Ready! πŸ™‚ And if I do say so myself, I’m extremely pleased with the way she’s turned out. It is just such a miracle when things turn out exactly the way you envisioned them in your head! Makes me a very happy girl.

Now all I’ve got to do is upload her to Etsy… BUT I’ll have to decide on a price first. And that, in my opinion, is the hardest thing about this whole dollmaking business. I of course cannot expect to be paid in full for all the hours that went into creating her, but it should at least reflect my efforts to a certain extent. It’s handwork, after all. One of a kind. Unique, if you will. Can you tell I’m trying to convince myself that she’s worth whatever I’d like to ask for her, even if it does sound likeΒ  a lot? O, this is so difficult!