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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A disclaimer




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Disclaimer: Since we've already received a bit of flack from some anonymous people about sharing these dolls and the tutorials, we felt that we should explain our rationale below.

There are so many gorgeous Waldorf dolls out there. All that you have to do is do a search through Etsy for "Waldorf doll" and you are inundated with thousand and thousands of hits.  And they are all stunning and unique and precious.  SO many beautifully crafted dolls by some unbelievably gifted artists.



We can't run with those BIG DOGS and to be honest, we have no interest in doing so.

In truth, we love the thought of Mamas creating for their little ones.  That is why we spent hours creating our tutorials.  We have faith in handmade and in the hands that make them.  We have faith in mothers as crafters.  There truly is nothing quite so wonderful as seeing a doll that you have stitched and outfitted come to life before your own eyes.

It brings a feeling of old school, of care and love and time.  We happen to really like that.


Our dolls are inspired, of course. You can't make a Waldorf Inspired Doll without certain characteristics, but I assure you that our tutorials and patterns for our dolls and clothes are authentic to us.  They are ours and ours alone.

We share these dolls, clothing and our series of tutorials not to let some secret out of a bag or to step on any toes of those doll artists.  We just want to inspire and make it possible for other Mama's to make a doll for their little ones in case that they are unable to afford one of those beautiful dolls created by the many artists out there.

We offer our Windfall dolls as a giveaway ~ as a gift to this community.

Because every wee one deserves to have a beautiful doll to snuggle.
Right? 
Right.

Here is the link to the store... Adirondack Patterns on Etsy. And if you can't afford the prices, get in touch with me. I bet we could work something out. ;)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

~::About Windfall Dolls::~


Do you remember your first doll?  Do you remember cradling it in your arms, swaddling it in a blanket, singing it to sleep?  Do you remember the love that you felt for it.  

How it prepared you for the moment when you would hold your own babe in your arms and know just what you were doing?

We do.

And that is why we started Windfall Dolls.

You see, although we have been asked to do so.....we do not sell our dolls.  We DO create dolls during the year and while we love to save our creations, we have decided that these dolls need homes outside of our closets.   Happy homes with sweet children who wish to have a handmade doll to love...to be the recipients of a windfall.

We call these dolls our Windfall dolls. 



Windfall dolls are handcrafted Waldorf inspired dolls made with love and by hand using any one of our own patterns as seen below in our shop.


They are frequently made using recycled materials and are always made with care.

We have decided to offer our Windfall dolls for giveaway.  

Windfall dolls are offered via a raffle – Meaning that if you are interested in the doll, you will leave a comment at the end of the giveaway post. We will randomly choose a winner one week later and contact the winner via email.

See, how easy is that?!?!?!

One comment per household please.

We will hold a giveaway four times a year for our large dolls, as the seasons change (with giveaways for other items from our store mixed in through out the year).

Each doll will be inspired by the season in which they are being given away.

~Winter
~Spring
~Summer
~Autumn



::ALSO::

Each month leading up to our regular Seasonal Large Waldorf Doll giveaway as promised...we will be sewing up a few smaller dolls for giving away.  This includes not only our Lillipals variety of dolls, but our Baby Dolls, our Swaddle babies,newborn babies, our Wee Ones, and any other small dolls that we come up with.
A bit of a tide-me-over for all of our readers. 

THAT'S 12 DOLLS GIVEN AWAY EACH YEAR!

Ideally Windfall dolls will go to a family who is either unable to afford or unable to make a doll, but the giveaway is open to everyone.  All that is asked is that the winner pay shipping.

Thank you.
Julia and Laura
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PS.  We would love your input regarding this site and idea.  Please leave it in the comments or email us at jules@adirondack-mama.com