Wholesome Materials Go Into Creating Hillcountry Dollmaker Waldorf Dolls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACotton Plantangora2 I started making dolls for my own children because I loved handmade items and because I wanted to use the products from my garden and sheep and goats.  Doesn’t the beauty of the source of the materials making up a product also add to it’s beauty?  When so many of our products are made in far away factories from questionable materials, and the income derived from this production is not supporting a beautiful lifestyle, I wonder if such items are worth having as treasured childhood belongings.

Doll shown above is a 21″ custom order available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/40791827/waldorf-doll-21-inch-custom?ref=shop_home_active_11

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Spring is in the air at Hillcountry Dollmaker!

I hope you are all enjoying the fresh air and warmer weather as flowers start to emerge and vegetable plants go into gardens, and trees leaf out in that marvelous new green.  Just wanted to share my new magical gardener friend, Florence, a rabbit fairy who is 23″ tall, has button jointed limbs and was hand painted for interesting markings on his soft cotton velour “fur”.  There is now a custom listing available here for this sweet gardener dude:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/227189695/florence-pumpkin-tale-the-ultimate-23?ref=shop_home_active_23

Happy Spring!!!

 

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Fall Is On The Way

The light seems to change this time of year, indicating that Fall is on the way soon.  Here at Hillcountry Dollmaker, we are looking forward to a busy season making new friends for children all over the world.

Most of our dolls and animals are custom creations, created using favorite colors and styles that are among the many options for a handmade toy that is lovingly created to go through the very important childhood of a loved wee one.  So the cutting and sewing and stuffing has already begun in anticipation and in the hopes that none will have to be turned away for lack of time available.

Plans are underway for unique creations that will have new fibers for hair, including Alpaca  and Teaswater and Angora goat locks.  Yarn is being spun and plied for sweet little sweaters and maybe a baby cocoon or two.  Dragons are being sewn and made ready to be dyed lovely hues.

It is not too soon to place your Christmas Waldorf doll and animal orders.  Please visit my Etsy shop to see all the possibilities!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/HillcountryDollmaker

We hope you are enjoying the last of summer and looking forward to the next season, as well!

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Children Love Babies

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This style Baby in a Moses Basket was one of the first dolls I made to sell.  I noticed that small children love small toys – at least my children did!  And they loved having something to carry their babies around in!

These little 6″ babies have a lot of tiny details worked into them.  They have jointed limbs and needle sculpted details like knees and elbows.  They have a small felt diaper tied on with ribbon under the soft cotton velour outfit.  The sweet faces are embroidered using half a separated strand of embroidery floss for very fine features.  Real mohair wigs give these precious babies a beautiful, realistic look.

I love using different prints together for the basket, which comes with a pillow and blankie. I make these Moses baskets, as well as my boats, in large sizes as well as these tiny ones.  I remember my younger daughter carrying her boat everywhere, with the straps slung over her shoulder, and the boat packed with all her favorite doll friends!

You may order one of these, or another of my creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HillcountryDollmaker

 

Waldorf Dolls Make Wonderful Christmas Gifts

I have been making Waldorf dolls for Christmas for 18 years.  At first I made them for my own children and then for the last 8 years I have made them for other families.

Waldorf dolls are beautiful because of the natural materials they are made of.  They are also unique when created by dollmakers.  The manufactured one are lovely but there is something special about knowing the person who makes your child’s new beloved friend.  Of course,  if bought online, you don’t really know the dollmaker, but I like to converse with my customers and really enjoy getting to know, even briefly, the family who will love my next creation.

Often the family will send a picture of the child who will be the doll’s new friend.  I get to discuss skin tone, eye colors and clothing choices.  Sometimes I hear stories about the child’s personality.  And often after Christmas I receive an email with a picture of the doll and child.  I love my profession!

To order your own Waldorf doll for Christmas, please visit my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HillcountryDollmaker