Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Windfall Dolls :: A Doll Donation

It's been a bit since we shared in this space.  We've taken an bit of a sabbatical from doll making in favor of just plain lounging around and enjoying our boys.  It's been marvelous but we have missed the sharing here.

We did want to share with you a few of the creations from the weeks leading up to our break.
You see, there is a new indoor play place that opened recently in town.  It is a real treat for the kids in this small town who don't have many fun places to go when the weather is not cooperating.

As a donation to the kids who will be playing there, we stitched up a few dolls for the kids who visit the space to play with and to love.

We agreed to stitch up some smaller dolls of the swaddle and baby doll variety to share with the new play place.  Two of each.

It took a week or so to stitch them all up, and when we were done, we were so very happy with the results.  But then feeling extra generous, we decided that we would sew up two large dolls for sharing as well.
Our girl was the first to be made.  And the funny thing is that I had her name picked even before that I had begun making her.  Her name is "Lolly".  I love it when that happens.

Her creation began in March during a period of snow and cold here in this area.  Our goal was to make her bright and cheery.  Like sunshine.

Her hair is a glorious mix of yellows, pinks, and white wool.

Her clothing complements her hair in both colors and summery-ness.   We chose a happy little hippo to embellish the front of her shirt.  

For the colder months though (of which there are many here in the North Country) we decided on a pair of pants upcycled from a warm striped sweater.

Emelia and Kendall had a lot of fun visiting with Lolly.  They played with the other baby dolls that we had made and had little tea parties on the floor.  Once I finished the second doll  though(which was a baby boy)  they all stood over their baby brother and took turns cuddling him, reading him stories, and changing his diaper.  

After they had spent some time with the little babe, I asked for their advice on what to name their little baby brother.

They tossed names such as James, Sawyer, Jack around but none of them seemed to fit.

In the end, they asked Hayden to come over and help with the decision.  Hayden took one look at the little baby laying peacefully in the Moses basket and christened him "Beeboo".

And I agreed immediately.  Lolly and Beeboo were just the right whimsical names to go with two big dolls that were on their way to play with so many little ones.

We are going to the play place soon and we will be sharing some photos of the dolls in their new home.

XOXO, Jules and Laura

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Make Your Own Easy Waldorf Doll Sized Felt Book

The other day I made a little book for our newest Waldorf Lass. Here I share the super simple tutorial so you can make your own.

This would be a great craft for young hands to help with!

 Start with a high quality wool felt. I chose Feltworks 100% wool felt from Michaels. 

Cut out 3in. X 3in. squares of felt. Then cut out small letters, shapes, or any other design you wish in a contrasting colored felt.

I chose the following design. Simple

After you have laid out your design, warm up your glue gun and glue the back sides of the letters. 

Then place the letter on the felt as you would like it placed. 

Hold pressure over the letter with your palm for a minute or two.

Then inspect the letter for secure attachment, and add additional glue where needed.

 Do the same for all of the other pages.

Then stack the pages as you like and using a blanket stitch (found here) secure the pages as you would find a book binding.

It doesn't have to be perfect,  and the pages don't have to be perfectly lined up. Makes for easier page turning by those little fingers ;)

Handmade stitches show love!

Enjoy! Thanks for looking.

Monday, April 1, 2013

::Windfall Doll Giveaway:: Meet Max and Meredith

 Welcome to our First Windfall Doll giveaway of 2013!

There will be two winners for this giveaway!

Four times a year we will be holding a seasonal giveaway of our Waldorf Inspired Dolls.  

For our Spring Windfall Dolls giveaway, we would like to introduce you to Max and Meredith.

There will be two winners in this giveaway, one for each doll. 

::A bit about Max and Meredith::

Max:: Latin meaning Little Maximus.
Meredith:: Welsh meaning Great Lord.

Yesterday was Easter.  
As with every Easter, we held a little egg hunt in our yard for our kids. 
Both human and cloth kids alike.

Little Max was a bit more adventurous than the other kids.  He ventured high onto the wood pile in search of the best eggs...the ones that he thought would be filled with the yummiest of candy

 As he rose higher and higher onto the pile and peeked over the top of a log, he noticed the top of the most beautiful purple eggs!  But once her got closer he saw that it was not an egg after all.

There, tucked into the wood pile was a little girl with the roundest and prettiest face that he had ever seen.  

Intrigued, he decided to take a closer look.  

And when he got right up to her, she surprised him by jumping into his arms and giving him the biggest of hugs.

She had been waiting all day to be found.  The fact that she was found by someone her size made her squeal with glee.

She introduced herself as Meredith and they became fast friends.

As the day of Easter passed they spent their time getting to know each other better.  Telling each other stories of their creation and playing with toys that Max had found while hunting for eggs.

They sat on a dry rock and set up the toys to play with.

The other kids had gone inside to count their own eggs and Max and Meredith took a wee nap under the high afternoon sun.

They've been inseparable ever since.  

This morning when I awoke to take pictures of them (for their big entrance into the world), I found Max assisting Meredith with her buns and bows.

:: The details::

Max and Meredith are a mere 11 inches tall and are made using our Lillipals Pattern... out of interlock, stuffing and wool. 

Each of their wardrobes are entirely handmade by us using both, new cotton and upcycled fabric.

  This was initially going to be a pair of lasses,  two little girlies with the brightest of hair and eyes to match.

But then I stared into those sweet little blue eyes of the slighter of the two dolls.... and I just got a feeling that there was a wild-hearted little boy under that mischievous little grin.  

My crochet hook and yarn ( mohair boucle and a worsted white ) began making a little hairdo and soon the scissors began working their magic.  Snipping here and there until a little toe-headed boy was revealed.
(Our tutorial for hair has now been updated with instructions for boy hair .)

Our first boy.

With the wildest/whitest of hair and the bluest of eyes.

His shirt is printed in his favorite animal and his pants have jagged hems from all of his outdoor adventures.

Miss Meredith is a real sweet with her lavender eyes and pouty pink lips.

Her pants are embellished with a little ladybug from the upcycled baby dress that we made them from.  
(it's her favorite part of her outfit )

 Her hair is pure wool and is styled in the biggest of buns that I could muster.  Each one tucked in tightly with a piece of ribbon in a big bow.

Her hair will fall nearly to her feet if it is taken out of her buns.  
Max says that it's as long as Rapunzel's!

As mentioned above, there will be two winners in this giveaway, one for each doll. 

If you are interested in having either Max or Meredith join your family, please let us know what it is that you love about either of them and how you will make either of them a part of your family.

Also, please like our Facebook page and leave a comment at the end of this post. The giveaway will be open for one week.  We will randomly choose TWO winners on April 7th and we will contact the winners via email.

Be sure to leave your email address 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 Max and Meredith) and leave another comment letting us know that you did so.

Each comment counts as one entry
As always, it saddens us to mention this, but we just want to be clear.  Please do not comment if you are planning on selling these dolls.  They are meant to go to a family who will appreciate them.  It would break our hearts if they were given to someone with poor intentions.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Sneak Peek at Our Spring Windfall Doll(s) yes...TWO OF THEM!!!!!

Here we will leave you with a sneak peek at our Spring Windfall Doll(s). 

As promised, there is a boy in the works for this next Windfalls Giveaway.  A wee little lad of the Lillipal variety.

BUT ( and here is the exciting part! )... there is also a girl to give away as well!

This season there will be TWO winners!  One for each of these little ones.

(A bit of an apology to you all for my selfishness that was Kendall.)

We will be sharing more about their story in a few days with the giveaway, but here is a sneak peek to tide you over.

We will be holding the giveaway for them on April 1st.  Stop back then and we will share these little ones with you in full.

And we promise...they WILL be making their way into the world to two new homes!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Adirondack Patterns:The Growth of A Handmade Business

This week we reached 2 HUGE milestones as business owners.  We celebrated our Third Year in Business, and passed our 2000 sales mark! So exciting. 

It is amazing how far we have come, and how much our business has grown.  

Here are the sales for our first month in business March-April 2010 a whopping 12!

Slowly but surely we sold 198 orders for that year, and added a few more patterns to the shop. In total we had approximately 30 patterns in the shop by our first year anniversary.

Exciting right?

2011 was a landmark year! I had a new baby, and therefore we had a new muse! We inundated our fledgling shop with new patterns, inspired by that babe.
 Julia's Waldorf doll patterns became more coveted and perfected, and we started advertising a bit with various blogs who emulated what we liked, or thought we would be a good fit with them. 

Here are some of the patterns born that year!

The advertising worked, and the views of our shop for 2011-2012 year were over 57,000! Sales totaled 652 for that year alone~and business was as they say...booming!

More exciting, right?

Well, little did we know, 2012-2013 would be the biggest year yet!

Our traffic increased to over 90,000 hits, and our sales were over 800 orders!

Advertising continued to be our major source of traffic for 2012-2013 with a majority of the traffic coming from buttons we had on lovely blogs like Rhythm of The Home, Small Things, French Press Knits, and Smashed Peas and Carrots. Julia's Waldorf Doll Patterns seemed to be the "it" pattern for simple Waldorf Dolls, and word of mouth spread in the Waldorf World! Ravelry turned out to be a huge traffic source for our crochet patterns as well. We were selling internationally, with one of our biggest countries of sales being Australia!

We started a Facebook Page to help obtain more fans, and spread the word of mouth in the social media forum.  

Now we have over 600 fans!!!

The feedback we received over the years was crucial to the success of our shop, we love to hear what people have to say about our patterns! 

After much research, and soul searching we decided to put handmade swaddle and baby dolls in the shop this year! 

Here are a few of the newest additions!

A custom order

We are very excited for what this year has to bring! More creativity, a little more love, and many more little babies to craft, and of course meeting more new customers!

Thanks for liking us, and for reading this. Your support is so encouraging!

As a thank you, please use our 20% discount coupon code on any orders from our shop through the weekend! 

Enter code THREE20 at checkout.

Sincerly, Laura and Julia