Monday, January 7, 2013

:: making it Happen ::

2009 at the Farmer's Market.

I know that I have shared this story with you before.  About how two years ago my twin and I decided to close up our handmade goods shop.  We got spooked after the CPSIA regulations came out.
We jumped the gun. 
We bailed.

We put our creativity into other avenues.  We started making and selling patterns and tutorials for our goods and were happy having others create our goods with their own two hands,
We repressed the sorrow deep down in our hearts that we wished to be the ones that were stitching, knitting, and crocheting.
We created Windfall Dolls and filled the void of stitching that was so aching.
We thought that we were ok.

We weren't.

After many a phone call and email to CPSIA officials by my unbelievably tenacious sister and many a conversations with each other that began with the words...Are we ready for this?

We came to the conclusion that we don't make anything harmful for anyone. There is no risk to little ones in a handmade doll or hat or other such thing, as long as there aren't any attached buttons, ties, small pieces.  We fit that category.  We would make utterly sure that we made quality goods and did it well.

We shook on it, giggled uncontrollably at the excitement of it all and made the leap.

We bought labels and wrote item numbers and date of manufacture on the backs of them.  We crocheted and sewed up baskets of goodies and began slowly listing them in our shops.

And slowly and happily they are selling in our shops!

In the future there will be a return to our beloved tent at the Farmer's Markets.  There may be more goods other than baby dolls, hats, and cozies.

We are getting our toes wet, tentatively returning to a place in our lives that brought us so much excitement and happiness.

How serendipitous that I read a post by Erin today about just this very thing. A year of challenge:: Make it happen.

We are making it happen. 
 2013 is going to be our year of rebirth for our handmades.

It feels unbelievable.

I encourage you all to go read Erin's post.  It says a lot for hopes and dreams and perseverance.  Just the ticket for beginning a new year on the right foot.  I'm joining in...are you?

XOXO, Jules and Laura

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

::Winter Windfall Dolls Giveaway :: Meet Kendall

 Welcome to our First large Windfall Doll giveaway of 2013!

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

For our Winter Windfall Doll giveaway, we would like to introduce you to Kendall

::Kendall:: Meaning valley of the river.

::A bit about Kendall::

Kendall is our little celebratory girl.  As our year One of Windfall Dolls came to a close we were inspired to begin year number two of giving away our dolls with a little lass full of happiness and celebration.  

Emelia was consulted for her opinion on how to go about making a doll that represented this exciting time.  The first thing she did was JUMP into our basket of yarn and pulled out the single skein of art yarn that we had. 

She clapped her hands and giggled at the thought of a new friend with hair that shimmered.   

And so began our venture in creating little miss Kendall.

As Kendall came to life over the weeks leading up to the New Year she was surrounded by the smells of baking for the Holidays.  Cakes, cookies, a gingerbread house.  With every new treat that was made, we added one new detail to our girl.

With every lick of the beaters, Kendall's smile grew bigger.

As the candles were lit to signify the beginning of a new year, Kendall's creation was complete and she lit her own candle in celebration of finding love in a new home.

:: The details::

Kendall is 17 inches tall and is made using our Standard Waldorf Inspired Pattern... out of interlock, stuffing and wool. 

Her long hair is made with gorgeous thick thin blonde wool yarn scattered throughout with a fancy art yarn that has a light shimmer to it.

We pulled it back into a set of shiny perfect pigtails.

Her wardrobe is handmade as always.

Her dress is made using our dress pattern and we added a tiny pocket applique to hold a special treasure.

She has a chubby little tummy from eating all of the holiday treats that she helped to make.  Emelia was worried that she wouldn't be comfortable with a pair of elastic pants and ended up taking over in the pant construction.
She stitched her up a pair of drawstring pants so that her new friend can eat even more yummy goodies at her new home.

As for her footwear, Kendall was smitten with the booties that she saw on Emelia's little feet and begged for a pair as well.  Only in a pretty shade of purple to match her highlights in her hair.

The shoe ties are even made with the same yarn as her pretty hair.

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

Also, 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 January 7th and we will contact the winner 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 Kendall) and leave another comment letting us know that you did so.

Each comment counts as one entry
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.