After she was in one piece, stuffed with her muscular skeletal system…, she came with me to my family’s cabin in the north woods. She is not the first doll to come along but her temperament fits right in with the ones who do.
There in the cabin she and I set up a cosey sewing nook in front of wonderful windows. Allowing us to make her clothing while looking at dear and pileated wood peckers and children hunting forest treasures while we worked.
Ashlynn did get to go out into the beauty of the forest – but only for a short controlled time. She made the time count tho and I was able to snap lots of gorgeous photos of her.
And just like that! she sized up her box – jumped in and was gone to the other side of the world. Fare thee well Ashlynn!Follow
I just adore her. From the get go she didn’t have much of a back story or pages of plans or sketches. On the advice of a fellow doll maker, I simply followed my gut on her and didn’t agonize over specific color and style decisions. I made her and for her just what pleased me at the moment.
She is easy; she has the braids I coveted as a child. She has the complexion I covet now and the colors that make me feel happy.
Fancy? nah. but who needs fancy all the time? I hope images of Nina bring you pleasure like she did me.
Here’s a little shot of her body in all its glory. ha. As you can see, she has one of the rounder bellies I’ve made. She doesn’t seem to be mind being naked any more than a toddler. I’m still working on bringing in some ability to hold poses in my dolls. I just really like how they can bend and hold their legs and arms in bent positions. I think the thing I like about the armature testing the most is that the dolls still look and feel like my dolls. I haven’t had to alter my pattern and they are still mostly wool.
The last piece I made for Nina is this whimsical flouncy jacket. I had it in my head the whole time I was working on her but wasn’t able to finish designing it till just now right before I send her off. I think it adds a bit of romance as well as practicality for the cooler seasons
Nina was sold at Dollectable on Hyena Cart on June 1, 2015.
Another thing I’ve been working on is writing down my current thoughts on doll making and the doll making journey. Doll making affords a lot of solitude and time to listen to my inner thoughts. In the past I haven’t bothered to document any of them but lately they seem to want to come out.Follow
Its hard to know exactly what to write about this duo;
this pair separated by a generation and connected by love, eyes, memories, and scraps of fabric.
He so strong and steady
his love was accessible
Hold me close
Tell me your stories
your arms calling us to you – well perhaps you were motioning the dog to come for your secret ice-cream rendezvous – but your arms were open to us anyhow
now I try to walk in your footsteps
of course with the rainbow pants
just a little girl….Made strong by your being
You gave me your heart
now I have my memories and your heart
In memory of Harold Hubert
It felt so good to run away from Lady Davenport. I kind of wanted to just keep running and running and running. I would just keep imagining that I was back home in the grasses.
Running and running with no cares. However, we were getting hungry and our hunger brought us back to reality. We needed food and we needed to find our parents – or at least figure out how to contact them. We had a little money so we decided to find the train depot.
Right outside the station, as I was scanning headlines on newspapers. I saw something I really can not speak about. All I had to do was point it out to Thekla and Noortje. My world came crashing down. It was something unspeakably awful that the newspapers were showing. And it seemed we were right in the center of it. Our train ride idea vanished and we were running again.
running running running. later the running was walking. Sometimes we’d walk alone and sometimes in pairs and sometimes all together. we had to be very careful as the authorities had been alerted and were on the watch for us. We needed to hide in plain sight.
Noortje and Thekla were very worried about me – it seems I stopped talking. I let them make all the plans. I withdrew to my imagination.
We ate what we could.
Eventually, we realized our goal was to find permanent homes and families. We all took turns questing alone. I enjoyed my time alone. I really did ok for myself. I know I’m too trusting, too naive. But, people like me and they want to help me. Thekla and Noortje were much more proactive about their wanderings. They looked at maps. They planned. They adventured in an organized way. They had fun together. They found temporary homes in Europe with dollmakers and … I found one too – back home. I managed to fall under the gaze of the right wealthy family at a playground, and they helped me find my doll maker.
Once in my home I began to open up a bit about the tragic death of my parents. I wrote and received lots of postcards to and from Thekla and Noortje. It seems they share my strong desire to find a new permanent home.
In just 1 day, tomorrow, on Friday. September 26, 2014. At 8:30pm EASTERN and 7:30pm Central time – I will begin looking for my new home. Here is the link to my auction: http://hyenacart.com/amitegirls/st/7694/91693/Merry-Amit-22-Inviting-Play-doll- I have so many questions about what will happen and who will love me. I know for certain that wherever I go, I will keep a very strong connection with my friends Thekla and Noortje. We were born as soul sisters in separate lands but lived some significant days together.
To read part 4 of Noortje’s story:http://www.liefmonster.com/
My mom was a highly connected, thoughtful, intellectual and always had invitations and opportunities of one kind or another. Institutions, associations, organizations, and busy people asked her to join in projects, committees, boards and foundations. One day she came home with the exciting news that she was asked to go on a very big, long term adventure and we were to go too. She was asked to help start-up a big new company in a far away city in a very unknown part of the world. And I was essentially asked to start a new life.
Although I pleaded and begged to go along on the early reconnaissance trip that would set up our permanent stay, my parents decided against it because it would be too dangerous before everything was figured out and at the very least they needed to have a house rented before I could join them. Instead, I would be going to stay in the care of a lovely woman called Lady Davenport. And so, my parents arranged for Lady Davenport to take care of me for a few months until they could have everything ready in our new home, in our new place in our new life. Then, they would return to collect me. Don’t worry, they promised, they would mail many letters and make many phone calls. I would expand my horizons. I would leave the hollows of my childhood.
Finally the day came. My parents left, and as they were boarding their flight, I was meeting Lady Davenport. Just hours after that I also met two other girls, Thekla and Noortje. Thekla ‘s and Noortje’s parents were following the same business opportunity as mine and it seemed they were sent on the same horizon expanding adventure as me. We were all left in the care of Lady Davenport.
I was very relieved to get to know Thekla and Noortje. Each day I felt a sense of gratitude that I had them. Somehow, it lessened or at least dulled the pain I felt with my parents leaving. I would come to depend on them enormously as we all came to understand that Lady Davenport was not the nice trustworthy caretaker my parents promised she’d be……
To be continued.
To read whats going on with Thelka: http://vergissmeinnichtkuss.blogspot.com/
To read what’s going on with Noortje: http://www.liefmonster.com/
Harriet’s little brother is having a birthday.
Harriet’s mama made her a new dress for the occasion
Birthday parties are not mama’s strong suit.
Tension is a little high.
The house is busy with lists and chores.
Harriet is bored. Mama said “go be bored up in your room Harriet”.
“oooh, I think they’re coming”
Harriet’s mama will finish her new school outfit after the birthay.
Harriet is 19″ tall and will come with a lovely light cotton dress in blue flowers (blue is her favorite color) that closes in the back with a snap and a button. She has navy blue mary jane style shoes which close with a vintage German glass button and she wears cotton undies (of course). Harriet will also come with a casual outfit consisting of blue pants and a cozy top.
Harriet’s hair is made from domestic angora mohair locks which I purchased raw from a small goat keeper here in the United States. I first organized them and wefted them and then I washed them several times and dyed them and finally made them into a wig for Harriet. They are very soft and warm and natural and represent hours and hours of loving handwork. Harriet is made for the adult collector or older child (9 and up). Her hair can’t be brushed but each lock can be combed gently over a finger and spritzed and scrunched to restore curl. Some shedding will naturally occur but Harriet’s hair abounds with curls.
Harriet will be for sale on September 1, 2014 in the Dollectable shop. Please message me for more information Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much for your support of my handwork.Follow
Solana appeared right after the summer solstice and it was clear in every way that she is a child of summer.
I made this ex-small size doll again because of a customer request on my wishlist – and I had so much fun making that one – I knew I had to make one for July Dollectable (which is today if it is July 1st when you are reading this).
I wonder what Solana feels with the warm sun infiltrating her body through her skin.
no worries about sun screen or dehydration – just that good bright sun warming her wool. I’m a little envious.
not at all?
Solana’s hair is made from mohair fabric (teddy bear fabric). I love using it because it is soft, natural and totally safe and tested for use on toys. It is a bit unruly however. Solana doesn’t care. she loves feeling it beneath her hands. She often rubs and caresses it at night when she is trying to fall asleep.
All she wants to do is swing endless hours on the rope swing
– high through the trees – just like the birds.
Summer child is freedom
Solana will be for sale on a first come first serve basis here: http://hyenacart.com/dollectable/st/6830/39025/Solana-Summer-Child-9-Inviting-Play July 1st, 2014 7pm eastern (6 pm central).
Thank you for your support of handmade dolls and doll artists!Follow