Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fellow Doll Maker Spotlight :: LaFiabaRussa


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.
Many of these doll makers have inspired us in our own doll creating.

We realized that not all mamas are able to sew for their little ones, and we only have so many dolls to give away here at Windfall Dolls.  Many mamas are looking for a high quality, handmade doll to gift their loved ones with.

That is where the Doll Maker Spotlight comes into play.

Recently, we were thinking of ways to support our fellow doll makers. We thought that it might be fun to invite other doll makers to introduce their shops and goods to those families who visit our site.


So, if you are are looking to buy a beautifully handmade doll we welcome you to stop by over the next few months while we spotlight several of these talented independent artists as they share their stories and their love of doll making.

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First up is Oksana of LaFiabaRussa or "RussianFairytaleStory". Oksana's shop is full of beautiful Waldorf Dolls in a variety of types. Doll outfits, Toys for baby, Felted accessories, Mini toys, Doll supplies and Wooden goods.


We are happy to share Oksana's story with you today:


I made my first toy when I was 8 years old. It was a teddy bear (My mom bought me a pre-cut set of templates for it). I liked it so much! I can't even tell you how many of these kits my mother bought for me since then... Later were the kittens, penguins and puppies. I just loved to sew! I also love kids that's why I went to school to become a kindergarten teacher. One of my favorite subjects besides psychology and pedagogy while at school was art class where we were making toys and dresses for dolls.



My first waldorf's doll was born, then the second. I was making dolls for my students, for my daughter, for my friend's son... Once started I could't stop. I love making my dolls!



It takes about 10 to 20 hours for each doll to create. There is a lot of hand work involved. The head has to be in correct shape, body proportions should be watched, and then stuffing... The materials have to be clean so if I am using industrially made wool I always wash it. The wool becomes soft and smells nice after washing.



The most difficult part in a doll making is hair. It's made with yarn and has to be attached to the head in a certain way. The eyes and nose are embroidered, the face of the doll has a neutral expression.

These dolls are little miracle, you should see how much kids love them! Since waldorf's style dolls are made for kids of different ages and needs I think that the doll making is a very responsible craft.



My world was filled with bright colors of childhood when my son was born. Together with Alessandro I am learning the world again. On August 26, 2013 he will be 3 years old!



And my daughter Katya helps a lot me with my dolls.



I am full of ideas but I don't have that much time as I would like to. I am glad to share my thoughts with you!

Thank you for your interest in my creations!

I would like to offer the readers of Windfall Dolls a 10 percent discount in the amount of not less than 30 euros in my shop .

Use the coupon code MyFriends at checkout.

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Thank you so much Oksana for sharing your story with us here today as well as your generous discount..

If you'd like to see more of Oksana's creations please visit her web site and you can buy her stunning dolls and good in her shop or on Etsy.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Emelia's Warmer Wear

A few weeks ago I walked in on Miss Emelia sitting at my sewing machine.  She had convinced our kitty Whitie to press the foot pedal and she was busy feeding some brown fabric through the machine.

She jumped when she heard me open the door and asked me to please step back out of the room.  
"No no Mama!  I'm making something, it's a surprise!"


And so I stepped back out of the room until she called for me later that day.  She shyly asked for some help in pulling on her stockings.



Stockings?!?!?!  

My girl made some stockings!

And that was just the tip of the iceberg.


In addition to the tights that she made, Emelia made herself an entire outwear ensemble that she upcycled from an old sweater that she found in a basket.  Complete with a warm little vest and a cute cat hat with pointy ears.  She said that after Whitie helped her so much with the sewing machine pedal, she wanted to honor him with a hat to remind her of his help in making her clothes.

Yep, that's my girl.


I asked her why she wanted warmer clothes and asked her if the woodstove was not making our house warm enough for her.

"Oh no Mama, it's really warm inside...but I wanted to go outdoors with you like Sienna did.  Can we go for a walk by the river too?"

But of course my girl.


And so I helped her get bundle up in the rest of her yummy wool and off we went.



She was pretty psyched to climb the boulders and to walk on the path.


Sitting there for a while, watching and listening to the river that Sienna had told her all about during their visit.




It was a lovely walk and I have to say... I think I may have found my new seamstresses.  Whitie and Emelia seem to have a good racket going here and I welcome them to keep up the work with any future dolls wardrobes.

XOXO.