Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Donating dolls ~ Lillipals ~ Tangerine and Rose


Last year, at this time of year, my father-in-law was in the hospital for surgery for his metastatic cancer.  The hospital that we chose for his treatment was a state away and I spent weeks there, roaming it's halls, meeting people.  While walking the halls I would wind my way towards the children's hospital.  I would feel the tears well up in my eyes as I passed little ones in wheelchairs, parents in tears, wilted flowers in need of fresh water.  They reminded me to be thankful.  How very thankful I should be for not only my own health, but that of my little boy and the rest of my family.


Fletcher Allen is a beautiful hospital in Vermont.  It is a teaching hospital and has a Children's Hospital on site where they treat not only premature babies, but children dealing with issues that no little one should have to go through, such as terminal cancer, cerebral palsy, kidney failure.

In an effort to further pass on the love of handmade that is Windfall Dolls, we have made a few new babes who are bound for Vermont.  To be hugged and loved by some little boys or girls who are spending Christmas surrounded by not only their loved ones, but the nurses and doctors who walk the halls of Fletcher Allen.


Tangerine and Rose are on their way...

Because giving feels so much better than receiving.

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Details:
These little babes are made from a new doll pattern that we have been working on.  A scaled down version of our big girls mixed with our baby Waldorf Dolls.  They are called Lillipals (as in Lilliputian).  The clothes are simple and sweet and understated.  Patterns and tutorials to come soon.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A coupon gift for you!



As a thank you to our customers, and followers, and in celebration of the holidays, we are offering 10% off of your total purchase in our store! Just enter the coupon code 10XMAS when prompted at checkout! 

Coupon valid till January 1st. 


Tell your friends and thanks for the love!
Julia and Laura

And the Winner is!



We are so excited to see Windfall Dolls grow.  Lots of new friends with sweet children who wish for a handmade doll to care for and love.  
Little Miss Viv is all dressed in her outerwear and ready for a chilly ride to meet her new family.


In other Windfall Dolls news, we will be sharing the bonnet tutorial this coming week!  The next piece in your babies layette to go with the cloth diaper we shared a few weeks ago.

So be sure to check back.

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Now for the winner by random number generation!
MaryAnne said...
 What a beautiful doll! And such gorgeous accessories, too!

We will be emailing you MaryAnne!

Thank you all so much.

Monday, December 12, 2011

::Windfall Doll Giveaway:: Meet Vivian


If you have found us via Sew Mama Sew.... Welcome.  
We are happy to have you here.


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For our second Windfalls Doll giveaway, we would like to introduce you to Vivian.



We are so happy to give her a new home..... full of all of lots of hugs and kisses and love.


A bit about Vivian.

While we were making Vivian, soon after the preview post, we were having a hard time deciding on a name for this little miss.  After a talk with my friend, we decided on one that fits.  And so, Vivian was named by her Auntie Heather.  We thought that it was absolutely perfect for her.  

Miss Vivian.

She is made using Adirondack Patterns. She's a tall one, as she stands 18 inches tall (after adding a bit of length to our templates ).  She is made of interlock, stuffing and wool.   

She has the prettiest little blue eyes and a quirky grin.  
Oh, and those mohair pigtails?  They're the only way she likes her hair styled.  She says that it keeps it out of her eyes.


Her wardrobe is entirely handmade.


She is a happy little girl and is just learning how to walk.  She likes to pad around the house in her bare feet and giggles when she bumps into things and takes a tumble.  


She is a very precocious little one and likes to egg her big sister Holly into getting into mischief.


Her pants are upcycled from shirt sleeves, and we left the serged detail of the shirt at the hems.


Her dress is hand embroidered with a vintage crocheted doily.


Vivian loves to play with her baby doll and could sit for hours fishing through her toy basket.


When it's time to go outside and play, Viv puts on her best crocheted boots.  


She also keeps warm with her reversible cape.


If you are interested in having Vivian join your family, please become a follower of this blog and leave a comment at the end of this post. The giveaway will be open for one week.  We will randomly choose a winner at night on December 16th and we will contact the winner via email.  

Be sure to leave your email in your comment so that we can contact you!

For an extra chance to win:

~Write about Windfall Dolls on your Blog (feel free to use a picture of Vivian) and leave another comment letting us know that you did so.

Each comment counts as one entry

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It saddens us to mention this, but we just want to be clear.  Please do not comment if you are planning on selling this doll.  She is meant to go to a family who will appreciate her.  It would break our hearts if she was given to someone with poor intentions.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A peek....

This new Windfalls Doll is coming along swimmingly.  She ended up being a bit of an experiment, as I wanted to make her taller than our normal template allows for.  Simply by increasing the height by an inch, We are now working on a beautiful AND taller girl.

And her hair, oh that glorious poof of hair.  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Angel and it literally feels like I imagine a cloud would feel... if I could touch it.
It's my first time working with such a fine yarn and it was fun to get to see how it worked out.  I found that in the future, I will need to use a smaller crochet hook.  After I filled the cap with strands of yarn, I decided on needle felting some roving to cover some bare spots.

After giving her the most darling pigtails, we decided that her hairstyle would be a permanent style. We just liked it so much!

And now, she is busy picking out her wardrobe and accessories.

Only 4 more days until the giveaway!  
Please stop by on Monday to see her completed!

Monday, December 5, 2011

And the winner is!


We are so touched by the response to Windfall Dolls.  It is exactly what we were hoping for. Lots of happy homes with sweet children who wish for a handmade doll to care for and love.  
We truly wish that we had enough Hollys for you all.

Holly is a bit sad to be leaving her friends here in the Adirondacks, but she is oh, SO excited to meet her new family.


In other Windfall Doll news, we have decided to have one more giveaway this month!

In celebration of Windfall Dolls, we will be participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and will have another doll up for grabs starting on December 12th!   We have a few started, but we are unsure as to which one that we will be sharing.   (We're waiting for them to tell us. )

So be sure to stop by again.

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Now for the winner by random number generation!
SortaCrunchy Megan said...Oh my goodness. Holly is BREATHTAKING! What an incredible work of art. I have two little girls here who would love to give her a new home. She is STUNNING.

We will be emailing you Megan!

Thank you all so much.

Monday, November 28, 2011

::Windfall Doll Giveaway:: Meet Holly

Welcome to the FIRST Windfall Doll giveaway!


We are so excited to introduce Holly.


Holly is the girl that started Windfall Dolls.  

As we slowly brought her to life, stitching and crocheting.... she spoke to us.  And every night when I kissed her cheek and put her into the closet with the rest of the dolls that we have made, she would whisper into my ear.

How much she loves kisses.  
How much she loves to be held and snuggled.
How much she dreams of sleeping in a bed instead of a closet.  

She reminded us that there are some children who don't have a doll to kiss or snuggle and asked that we help in changing that.  She asked if we could help her find a happy home with sweet children who wished for a handmade doll to care for and love.  

And, so we are granting Holly's wish.  

We are giving her a new home..... full of all of those hugs and kisses and love.
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A bit about Holly.

Holly is entirely handmade by us using Adirondack Patterns. She stands 17 inches tall and is made of interlock, stuffing and wool. 


Her hair is Fisherman's wool mixed with handspun highlights.


Holly prefers her hair in two small braids, but we did leave her hair long and flowing in case that she changes her mind.  It can easily be cut to one length.


She has embroidered green tear drop eyes and pretty petal pink lips.


She is dressed in a simple floral dress embellished with vintage upcycled lace. 


Her boots are quite rustic in design and are made from a felted upcycled cashmere wool sweater with wool ties.


To keep warm in the chilly weather, we have crocheted her a beautiful wool vest.



Holly is very excited to meet a new friend. 

If you are interested in having Holly join your family, please become a follower of this blog and leave a comment at the end of this post. The giveaway will be open for one week.  We will randomly choose a winner on December 5th and we will contact the winner via email.

Each comment counts as one entry

For an extra chance to win:

~Write about Windfall Dolls on your Blog (feel free to use a picture of Holly) and leave another comment  letting us know that you did so.

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It saddens us to mention this, but we just want to be clear.  Please do not comment if you are planning on selling this doll.  She is meant to go to a family who will appreciate her.  It would break our hearts if she was given to someone with poor intentions.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Free doll diaper tutorial



We have had a few requests to share a sample of our tutorials.

What a great idea!

After looking through the store, we decided that our doll diaper tutorial was just the right one to share. We designed theses diapers as a much simpler variation on our real baby cloth diapers.  They are perfect for helping older siblings practice or pretend to change their own little baby.  It is an incredibly easy project, and just right for a beginner sewer.


Supplies

Flannel (or cotton if you want) fabric~ OUTER fabric
Fleece or flannel fabric~ INNER fabric
3/4 inch ( at least) wide sew-on velcro



Directions
Download and print the Doll Diaper Template.  It SHOULD print to fill a letter sized piece of paper.

Lay the template on top of your fabric with the long side on the fold, trace around the template with a magic marker,leaving ¼ inch of margin for stitching.


Cut out one piece of each fabric.  Notice that the back of the diaper is a tiny bit wider than the front to allow for the velcro wings and the reach needed to get around to the front of the diaper.


Place the two pieces on top of each other right sides facing and pin together.


Stitch all the way around the perimeter using a ¼ inch seam allowance and a tight stitch. Leave an opening on the top (back) of the diaper for turning right side out ( as shown with the dotted line in the photo below.)

Turn the diaper right side out and iron.

Close the opening by folding it over and stitching once again around the entire diaper perimeter using a ¼ inch seam allowance.


Adding Velcro.

Cut and position a piece of Velcro (approx 5-6 inches) on the front of the diaper as shown.  Pin it into place and stitch around the perimeter of the Velcro to secure it to the diaper.


Now flip the diaper over so that you are looking at the inner fabric layer.
Cut 2 pieces of the softer, more pliable velcro (approx 2-3 inches) to stitch to each of the back wings of the diaper.

Position, pin and stitch into place.


Now your diaper will look like this.



NOTE: Make sure that the space between the velcro and the top of the diaper is the same for both the front and the back of the diaper.

This will ensure that the Velcro lines up when you put the diaper on the doll.

In a few weeks we will be sharing the tutorial for a baby bonnet to add to your baby's layette.


Enjoy.