Ciela, Girl of the Autumn Sky 23″ Handmade Doll by Inviting Play

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We’ve come round to fall again.  The weather is turning.  The skies this time of year are mesmerizing and inspiring.  I often feel a surge of hope and happiness and inspiration and wonder just by opening the door and gazing upward.  So, under the blue blue skies of September, Ciela was born.  20160930_083730Oh she took her sweet time.

She was supposed to be complete by last Dollectable Day but then time marches on and now she lives under October Skies.

20161013_144409Ciela has the Inviting Play armature system; Buried deep inside her woolly tissue is a muscular skeletal system that allows her legs and arms and neck to bend slightly and hold gentle poses.  Although floppy at the shoulders and hips, she is very firm and feels just like a wool doll without armature.

20161014_120046Ciela has long black hair made from commercially wefted yak fiber.  She wears it down, or in braids, or in messy buns.  It grows really fast.  I can’t tell you how many times Ive had to trim her bangs!

20161013_144108I took her to a place you can look down at the Mississippi river and see the leaves turning on the bluffs.  I said, “look you can see the leaves all different colors and the cold waters of the Mississippi”.  And she said, “look at the sky”

20161013_143940I will tell you a story now.  Ciela isn’t the first sky inspired doll I’ve made.  She has a brother made several years ago now… many years ago…Cielo.  He was a boy of the autumn skies.  I’m telling you:  “there is something about how the sky looks this time of year.”  But anyway I will show you wee Cielo.  He is living example of how my dolls used to look many years ago.   Can you tell Ciela and Cielo were both made by me?

Cielo, aptly named, is a watcher of the skies. You'll often find him cloud or star gazing.
Cielo, aptly named, is a watcher of the skies. You’ll often find him cloud or star gazing.
Cielo, watcher of the skies, is an 8 inch Inviting Play Forest child. He is a traditional waldorf boy
Cielo, watcher of the skies, is an 8 inch Inviting Play child.

Back to Ciela.  She is the largest doll I make.  Very tall, quite big. “The bigger the better”, she says.

20161013_144628Ciela wears a light blue long sleeved t-shirt,  and green linen pants.  She wears striped socks, cotton undies and wooley slippers.  Her dress is another linen.  I bought this particular piece of linen to make a top for myself – but I half knew I never would.  If I did, I would have made a top like Ciela’s, something comfortable and baggy, with some asymmetrical things and wooden buttons.  Ciela also has a cozy soft woolen hand knit cap.

20161013_144313 I usually make something else for my dolls before I ship them.  I’m not sure what it will be for Ciela.  Earlier she wanted blue jeans and a warmer layer (brrrrrr its getting cold!).20161014_115526

 

Ciela is not a children’s toy.  She was designed to be played with by adults.

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Thank you for supporting handmade dolls, doll artists, and Inviting Play.  It is only with your support, that I am able to bring these wool souls into the world.  Thank you.
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Purchase Ciela Here !  A Buy Now paypal button will be added in this box at approximately 7pm Saturday Oct. 15, 2016

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23″ Ciela, Girl of the Autumn Sky by Inviting Play. Ciela’s price is $850 plus shipping. Please select a shipping option (USA (adds $40) or international (adds$75)). Shipping overages exceeding $1 will be refunded.

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JennyB Enigmatic Soul

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inviting play weird closeup

Let me in!  Show me who you are?  are you shy?

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are you just lost in imagination?

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I can see there is confidence in there.  Be bold!

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you will have to reach out sometimes – be the one to offer your hand first

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Its ok to sit alone don’t let people tell you it isn’t

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inviting play standing side

I watch you struggle to process something for which there are not words and I think: “JennyB,  you are enigmatic.”

inviting play linen dress closeup

I started working on JennyB many weeks ago.  At first I was working under the assumption that she would be one thing.  Something, an idea, that was stuck in my head, running thru my idyl thoughts, a memory from school days and I couldn’t get the name or the person out of my head.  Well, and then the weeks pass and the stitches mount and it turns out the hair you thought would be perfect is all wrong.  And SO, she is who she is and nothing more and always hard to define.   And JennyB is she.  Enigmatic.

With JennyB, I am once again experimenting with some mild pose-ability.  Buried deep in her muscular skeleton structure she has armature that allows her arms, legs, and neck to bend and hold their position.  The armature does not extend through her shoulders and hips so she can not hold her arms up or out but she can bend them around something.  The armature is not a 100% natural material.  However, by weight, JennyB is still mostly made of wool and cotton, and she feels just like my other dolls to the touch.  JennyB can stand against a wall and sit on her own.  and she is large (23″ tall) and hug-able.

It is no secret that blue and grey are the colors I gravitate toward and always want to use for my dolls.  So JennyB has comfortable cotton jeans and a blue cotton t-shirt and a snuggly warm wool vest in really yummy Madelinetosh yarn that I crocheted with a raised diamond stitch. (Its red wooden buttons made JennyB very happy! ) Of course she has cotton undies and socks.  Her dress is an organic Japanese linen that I just love and her boots are leather, lined with linen, and fastened with  etched metal buttons.

JennyB will be auctioned in the Dollectable shop on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7pm Eastern and 6pm here in Minnesota.  Her auction is SHORT – just 15 minutes.  The link for her auction is here:  http://hyenacart.com/dollectable/st/6830/13240/JennyB-an-enigmatic-Inviting-Play-girl-23-tall

 

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A Fair Hair Pair; Silka and Saully

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They go home tomorrow this pair.

inviting play whispers

Silly and sweet too

Inviting Play Sauly and Silka

His undies make me smile

inviting play saully legs

And how sugary sweet she looks in her best dress

inviting play Silka in her best

I wonder what they’ll do in their next life

inviting play saully legs 2

Where will they go?

inviting play boots and knees

What will they play?

inviting play silka head shot2

inviting play sually

Fare thee well Silka and Saully

Inviting Play Sauly and Silka

 

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Harriet the birthday sister

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Harriet’s little brother is having a birthday.

inviting play Harriet

Harriet’s mama made her a new dress for the occasion

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Birthday parties are not mama’s strong suit.

inviting play harriet back of hair

Tension is a little high.

inviting play harriet hands crossed

The house is busy with lists and chores.

inviting play harriet lounging

Harriet is bored. Mama said “go be bored up in your room Harriet”.

inviting play harriet undies
Harriet watches for the guests

inviting play harriet window

“oooh, I think they’re coming”

inviting play harriet shoes

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.colby@gmail.com Thank you very much for your support of my handwork.

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Jax and Her Baby

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Jax
Jax

I first met the real Jax before I had kids. She was a neighbor kid. Her real name was Jacqueline, but no one called her that. She was just a kid with curls – nothing really out of the ordinary. She liked my dog and would ask for a dog treat to feed her. Once, I caught her eating the dog treat.
She could play with great joy
She could play with great joy

She was appealing because she would play with great joy and vivacity without any awareness that I was watching; envious of her ability to suspend reality.
inviting play jax taking care of her baby
I always wanted another little girl I could name Jacqueline and call Jax.
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So this girl is a Jax.
So, this girl is Jax
So, this girl is Jax

She lives inside her head a lot, lost in imagination. She plays with baby dolls.
inviting play jax with baby hugging
Her favorite is a little handmade baby-doll fashioned from scraps in a sort of primitive style. The baby doll’s name is pink baby. So called because of her pink cheeks.
inviting play baby and jaxe's hand
She doesn’t just play with her really. She pretends Pink baby is real.
inviting play jax with baby 3
She takes care of her and asks for help with the swaddling.
inviting play cuddling with baby
Jax is 14″ but is made from my size small pattern. My size small pattern results in dolls ranging in size from 12 – 14″.
inviting play baby in the pocket 3
So Jax is a little wisp of a thing. She comes with crocheted shoes from soft grey alpaca yarn, cotton undies with pink trim, muted spring green cotton trousers with little dots.
just the slip side
A cotton slip dress with little embroidered details and ruffles, and a tunic with a large pocket.
inviting play pocket close up
She’ll also come with her Pink Baby wrapped in a swaddler. Jax has mohair locks that I purchased directly from a goat keeper here in the United States. Then, I wefted, washed and crocheted the locks into a wig. This is a first for me and I was expecting it to be painstakingly difficult – but it wasn’t really. It was time consuming – but not difficult. I’m excited for this new path in my journey – making my own wefts. I really like the idea that they are locks from a small farmer not too far from home.

I want to thank Monika Aebischer who is a doll maker and fiber artist. The dolls she makes are The Olive Sparrow dolls. You can read about the Olive Sparrow here: Monika held my hand and helped me with sourcing these locks and some others that are in my future. She is like an encyclopedia of fibers and an awesome doll maker.
inviting play from the back
They are lovely and soft and curly but they are fragile. Most of the commercial wefts I’ve used shed and these are no different – little wispies will shed but I think her wig will hold up to gentle adult or very gentle older child play. The locks can be tamed by carefully taking them one by one on your finger and gently combing or brushing. The shouldn’t be roughly combed or brushed. Then they can be spritzed and scrunch. I prefer the wild child look for Jax but they can be tamed a little if that becomes desirable. Jax has tan cotton skin made by Laib Yala, brown eyes, and is stuffed with wool.
inviting play just the slip and baby
She sits very well unassisted but needs help to stand.
inviting play jax with baby again
inviting play peas porridge hot
Like all my dolls, Jax is not perfect. I don’t make perfect dolls – but I hope to make up for what they are missing in factory like perfection, by packing them with one-of-a-kindness, handmade loveliness and good feelings. I don’t intentionally try to make my dolls imperfect, but I do try to focus on each doll as an individual and bring out of each a unique personality. Jax has a wee wrinkle under her cheek at her neckline that doesn’t impact her soundness or playability and can only be seen when her head is tipped backward. She is beautiful in my eyes the way she is but if perfection is what appeals to you most – she may not be for you.
Though each of my dolls and their clothing, is double and triple stitched and can be manipulated into many positions and engage in lots of play, they are not appropriate for young children. This doll in particular, because of her delicate hair and small things like buttons and hook and eyes and snaps, Jax is not a play thing for a young child. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend her for children under 8. She would make a wonderful companion for an older child or adult. I hope there is someone out there who feels Invited to Play by Jax and will welcome her into their home.
Jax will be for sale at 2-hour auction on May 1st, 2014 from 6 – 8pm Est in the Dollectable Hyena-Cart shop; which is 5-7pm here in Minnesota and very very late at night in Europe. And sadly, I have no idea what time it will be in Australia – but I will consult my wall of clocks and report back. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Then link to Jax’s auction is here :

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Free Spirit Addie

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This is Addie.
This is Addie.

Addie is a 12″ girl with long curly hair dyed to a golden brown and borrowed from a yak. (wefted yak hair).

She has her own colorful style
She has her own colorful style

She is wearing a sea glass heart necklace her parents gave her for her 5th birthday.

Addie has always had her own style. She loves long and flouncy and colorful and vibrant.

Bohemian style maxi dress with straps that just simply tie in the back
Bohemian style maxi dress with straps that just simply tie in the back

Addie had been longing to have a long flowing free colorful dress so I made her a bohemian, hippie, maxi – dress that just simply ties in the back.

Addie shines in the sun
Addie shines in the sun

You will often find Addie outside soaking up rays. She shines in the sun. Here she is wearing a beautiful flouncy blouse made from “shot” cotton. Shot cotton is cotton woven with a thread of another color so it kind of shimmers; just like Addie’s spirit.

She also has some little pants to wear when she isn't wearing her dress
She also has some little pants to wear when she isn’t wearing her dress
She'd been asking for moccasins for some time
She’d been asking for moccasins for some time

When Addie goes outside, she always wants to wear her moccasins. She can feel the ground through the leather and she feels closer to the earth.

Addie stripped down to her essentials.
Addie stripped down to her essentials.

Here she is in her essentials. As you can see, she’s full of love and spirit and its catching when you spend time with her.

off to catch some more rays
off to catch some more rays

Can you catch her spirit?

Addie will be ready to purchase on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 7pm EST in the Dollectable Congo Hyenacart shop : http://hyenacart.com/stores/dollectable/

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Robin

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His mother named him Robin because she always wanted him.
His mother named him Robin because she always wanted him.

His mother named him Robin because she always wanted him.  To her, it conjures up little boy goodness; wholesome imaginative little boys.

Little boy goodness
Little boy goodness

The name held a strong association for her with Winnie The Pooh but also with a wild, scraggly, book-reading, life-loving boy of the same name that she met in college.  Her husband wanted a more traditional name.    But it was necessary for her to name him Robin.  And so he was Robin.  He always was.

And so he was Robin.  He always was
And so he was Robin. He always was

From the beginning they read him books beyond his years.  Old books.  First printings.  Real books of childhood.  Books bound in cloth.  Books about animals and nature.  Tiny Robin listened, with rapt attention, staring at the illustrations to try to gain a sense of the plot that had prose beyond his comprehension.  And he drank it up with great enjoyment.  He didn’t comprehend it, but he understood the relevance and the feelings of love he felt for his parents during the hours upon hours of reading time.

Tiny Robin listened, with rapt attention, staring at the illustrations to try to gain a sense of the plot that had prose beyond his comprehension.
Tiny Robin listened, with rapt attention, staring at the illustrations to try to gain a sense of the plot that had prose beyond his comprehension.

They read by candlelight and watched conspiratorially, the little mouse who only came out when he thought the child was already in bed.  Robin’s parents spent weekends walking with him along paths, rocky pebbled river beaches, and looking in the sky for the birds.

 Robin's parents spent weekends walking with him along paths, rocky pebbled river beaches
Robin’s parents spent weekends walking with him along paths, rocky pebbled river beaches

When he was three he announced he was “a bit of a bird expert”.  He always wanted pets:  Beetles, bunnies, squirrels, raccoons.  Rodents especially.  He liked that they were small and soft and so innocent looking.  He wanted to protect and cuddle them.

He always wanted pets:  Beetles, bunnies, squirrels, raccoons.  Rodents especially.
He always wanted pets: Beetles, bunnies, squirrels, raccoons. Rodents especially.

But his parents thought animals were to be enjoyed in their natural habitats – outside.  Now he is older and he’s old enough to explore in the woods around the house a little by himself.  And explore he does.  he wishes he could make all manner of animal friends like Christopher Robin but he only comes into contact with the common ones.  His mother gave him a real satchel for his birthday.  She called it his bag in which to collect treasures.

A real woolen satchel
A real woolen satchel

He feels so real and right when he’s out with his satchel.

He feels so right when he's out exploring
He feels so right when he’s out exploring

He finds amazing rocks that look like they should be made into jewelry.  He finds feathers, the tiny skulls of birds or mice, he finds dried seed pods that are delicate and precious.

He finds feathers, the tiny skulls of birds or mice, he finds dried seed pods that are delicate and precious
He finds feathers, the tiny skulls of birds or mice, he finds dried seed pods that are delicate and precious

I’m not sure when, but at one point, when Robin was out on an explore, he met a mouse.

He was sitting quietly and he clicked his tongue at it expecting it to scurry, but instead it stayed
He was sitting quietly and he clicked his tongue at it expecting it to scurry, but instead it stayed

He was sitting quietly and he clicked his tongue at it expecting it to scurry, but instead it stayed.  He wished he had crumbs to offer but he didn’t.  So he took off his thread of a necklace.  The one on which he strung some of the amber beads his baby necklace was made from.

The one on which he strung some of the amber beads his baby necklace was made from
The one on which he strung some of the amber beads his baby necklace was made from

He made the sunlight sparkle on the beads and it was attractive to the mouse.  Time passed slowly.  The mouse teased him by coming close enough to sniff his fingers.  Eventually, magically, as if in a story, the mouse climbed onto his hand and then, in one glorious moment, it let him pick it up and cuddle it.

it let him pick it up and cuddle it
it let him pick it up and cuddle it

The little mouse became Robin’s first pet.  I’m sure there will be many more Robin.  For Robin is gifted in the ways of nature.

 gifted in the ways of nature
gifted in the ways of nature
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