Sunday, 16 April 2017

Dot

I am not going to say a lot about Dot. I think the pictures say a lot already ;)

Because Dot is very special to me we discussed for a long time how to find the new home. And we came up with something we think is fun. We hope so do you ;)

So.. Dot is still missing the boots to go for long walks. As soon as they are made time for travel is near.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY IF YOU ARE THINKING OF OFFERING DOT A HOME (OR IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP THEM):

- as soon as the boots are done I will post a pic of Dot with the boots on my facebook page

- I will by then have secretly chosen my favourite pic of Dot (one since the body is finished, so not the very first sneak peeks from way back ;))

- The person who comments "wait... what... when...?" under my secret favourite picture on my facebook page first, will be given the time and day of Dot's secret upload to my indiecart shop.
So feel free to comment under more than one picture ;)

- The time and date will remain as secret as the person who I pm it to chooses. So if you have picked the right picture and been the first and have been given the details you can share this info with anyone you choose, in private or in a group. Or you can just keep it a secret of course ;)

- Dot will be uploaded to my indiecart for the FIRST time within 3 days of the picture with the boots being posted, whether someone got the detail or not - so basically it might be a very secret upload ;)

- First upload will be an auction type listing open for three hours. So if you watch my facebook page and the shop you might still catch it even if you have no added clue as to the definite time and date.

- If nobody bids on Dot the listing will expire and I will choose to let Dot pop up in my indiecart or etsy shop from time to time until the new home is found. These listings will then be RTG so being first will matter more ;)

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions ;) I know it sounds complicated and maybe it is. But we do hope it will also be fun <3

Greetings 

Monika and Dot



Friday, 17 February 2017

Lotta

Lotta is not one to hide her opinions. or her socks. So here are two lists with what she likes / does not like. it might help you to decide if she could fit into your home ;)

Lotta likes:

fairies
science
old cities
star wars (though secretly more star trek - she has quite a bit of a crush on Tom Paris)
modern medicine
green
pink and orange, preferably together
yellow
pride & prejudice
anything by murakami or neil gaiman
raspberries
apples
12
crazy socks


Lotta dislikes:

made up non facts / when people pretend facts aren't important
ignorance
lying
war
injustice
brown
Moby Dick
Forrest Gump
frilly dresses
oranges
strawberries
7 and 17 (she sympathizes with the other numbers as 7 and 17 seem to be chosen the most whenever people are asked what their fav number is)
45
shoes


Lotta is one of my little dolls, made with my own pattern. she measures around 11 inches, has brown eyes, a smile (yes, yes, a smiling vergissmeinnichtKuss doll ;)), her skin is tan (oekotex cotton from switzerland), she is stuffed with clearn carded wool, her hair is handdyed, handspun yarn i bought from luxfish and have saved for a long time (it broke my heart when she closed shop). she is wearing a handknit tunic (handdyed wool yarn from the lemonadeshop), a handknit merino wool cowl, heart undies, jeans capri trousers and her favourite crazy socks. and NO shoes because she really doesn't like them.

Lotta costs 210 CHF plus 30 CHF shipping, so that is 240 CHF altogether. CHF stands for swiss francs ;) she will ship from switzerland.
if you think Lotta will be a good match for your home and you would like to invite her to live with you, please send me a message on facebook. if more than one person offers Lotta a home i will draw a name this weekend...

thank you very much!

oh, I almost forgot: here are pictures of her:







Thursday, 1 December 2016

Del

Everyone who knows Del knows she lives in her own world... which also shows in her choice of clothes. She is still missing her boots, she said she wants colourful comfy ones. I showed her pics of Livia's and that's exactly what Del wants. To wear with her dress up clothes and her knits. With everything. Like her socks.

It doesn't show clearly in the pics but she has one blue and one green eye - helping her to see the world in her own way...

Her beautiful black dress was made by Alex of Angelique Angels and many of my dolls have worn it. But as the little sister of Didi I just had to give in when she claimed it as the dress was inspired by her big sister. Who she has a special bond to <3

She was inspired by my favourite storyline/ graphic novel and is very dear to me. If you are looking for "one of my dolls" please pass on Del and only buy her if you really lover HER for who she is :)

I could tell you a lot about her but I think many things about her speak for themselves...









Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Little

First things first: Yes, i am little and so I felt this was a very accurate name for me. Why hide what I am?
I am also fierce, and a free spirit, and funny and stubborn. But that will need a second glance.

Monika wanted to make me some sturdy shoes and she told me to tell you all that it was my decision to not get them. She said I need sturdy shoes for my adventures in the woods, when it's cold or I walk over sticks and stones so I will not have holes in my socks. But who can move stealthily and visit the foxes and deer with sturdy shoes? They would hear me come from miles away and I do not want to confuse them by wearing leather. Now all they smell is a little bit of sheep through the wool. And they like sheep, sheep are never a threat.
I told Monika that really, my feet barely touch the ground anyway so I could go barefoot. But the wind can become chilly so socks are in order and we found a compromise in the sock-boots i am now wearing. The best is that they are big enough so I can take them off easily and use them as a satchel on my adventures. But pssst, don't tell Monika, I promised to keep them on :)

Now the technicalities:
I am a bit over 10 inches little, my skin is made with Swiss cotton, I am stuffed with clean sheep wool, my hair is made from loose locks (I think they are called Cotswold or something, I am not really sure tbh) sewed into a weft and attached straight on my head (that tickled!), my dress is handknit with merino wool yarn in the colorway Woodland Friends with Pink by Mosaic Moon, my socks and sock-boots are cotton. I am also wearing undies (well, not yet but I will be when I travel)...




I am not suitable for children - due to my construction and character :)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Rosie - FINALLY

For the longest time I wanted to make a chubbier doll. It never worked out as i had imagined it. Until now!

So here is Rosie, hopefully the first of many. I hope you love her as much as I do! She is everything I love about doll making. Reduced to the max ;)

So here she is!!!! (can you tell, I am a bit excited ;))




Rosie, what have you got there?

Nothing!

See, nothing behind my back...

But now I must concentrate.

Do you need help?

Never!

I am a big girl!

Me, needing help?

Ridiculous

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Triplets

They are slowly getting together, Clare, Lettuce and Marcie. 
But they were not born triplets. The oldest just got fed up being "the oldest", people thinking she should be more grown up than her sisters. The youngest being fed up that everyone assumed she is the spoiled one. Which she is NOT!
People of course still try to figure out who is the oldest. But the girls will not tell. Many think Marcie is the oldest. Mainly because she sticks out as her hair is very different. And people seem to think the child that sticks out must be the oldest. Which is silly. And completely wrong in Marcie's case. Others think Lettuce must be the youngest. Because she looks like the youngest. A bit more delicate, a bit more crazy. They might be right. Or not at all. 
What I do know is that Clare is the most serious of the three, when she's not being very silly. Lettuce is the bounciest one, when she's not lying on her bed reading for hours and hours. Marcie is the best secret keeper - when she is not out gossiping and telling everything anyone confided in her to her sisters ;) Lettuce is the gossiper, Clare the reader and Marcie the silly one. Marcie loves books, Lettuce laughs a lot, Clare tells her the gossip to laugh about...
They are all very different, in and out. They fight a lot and make up a lot. Each prefers to be on her own, they hug constantly. Make fun of each other and confide in each other...
They are very excited, especially the youngest one. And the middle one. But most of all the oldest one ;)

Please not that they are at an early stage so there is no blush applied yet, the hair is not attached yet, etc... So changes in appearance are always possible ;)



Friday, 21 August 2015

How I became a "doll maker" - Part 1

First things first: I put doll maker in "" because honestly, I don't view doll making as my profession. Most people in my private life don't know I make dolls, I don't go around and tell people. If I do tell, then it's more like "oh, I sometimes make a doll" which tends to surprise people (who does that? how? why?). I feel to understand these dolls you need to see them, touch them. To understand "doll world" you need time and experience. For an outsider it can be a weird place (my husband keeps telling me ;)).

So how did I get here? 

I could tell you a poetic story of an inner calling but people who know me would smile a huge cheeky smile at that and I would get lots of funny e-mails.

Honestly it all came from two FB acquaintances who kept liking these Bamboletta dolls. The more I saw the more intrigued I was. Back in that day I only saw Bambolettas, DFH and Tumbleberries, Pookidolls shortly after. I started to research. I like to know things - some people might call me a know it all - I call it curiosity ;)

I have always been working with my brain, priding in my good memory and good and easy grades at school, never having to work for good grades. But I felt hey, with brains and the internet I am sure I can make a doll like that. Not as cute, but I just want to see how hard it is.
So I looked for tutorials. And I found a head tutorial so I tied my first head. Just made a body from scratch, how I thought I might like it. Not like my own body (I have never been thin except in my teens, I was a very well nourished baby and toddler and my current body shows my relaxed lifestyle I guess ;)), but more like my kids' body, who are both very very slender and more delicate looking. Very first one was chubbier though, with ghost neck, completely understuffed though i felt i had stuffed and stuffed forever... 
I showed a friend (the one who kept sharing the pics of Bambolettas etc.) and she brought me a Bamboletta to show me what she meant by "stuffing more". Back then Bambolettas were the holy grail. Really all of the aboved mentioned dolls were almost impossible to get for a normal mortal person with slowish internet due to living in a little village in the countryside.
So I made the second. Who had feet, but not in a way that I could make neatly. And who had a ghost neck ;)

So more research, drawing a pattern in case my next doll was "it" and I wanted to make a second one. By that time I was already hooked of course. And I knew what I wanted. So grudgingly I asked my mum how I could possibly achieve this and that. Because she is a seamstress and taught textile works at school back in the days.
Grudgingly because I had always told myself that I will never become like my mum for some reason. I was always a stubborn child who would figure out stuff herself. I had a theory but I wanted her ideas. 
She smiled and said she never thought I'd ever follow in her footsteps. So I told her that clearly making and selling doll clothes wasn't the same as making cloth dolls! But what I had forgotten, she reminded me, was that she had started out making cloth dolls!!!! Thankfully I had forgotten because I doubt I would ever have started had I remembered. When I was a child, just before the "plastic dolls" got really big everyone had one of these cloth dolls made with a plastic mould for the face, where the fabric would be glued to and the face painted on. All stuffed with wool of course. She made and sold these dolls before people ran to the plastic dolls who openend and closed their eyes etc...

So she gave me tips and was very, very proud to be able to help and to see that all her preaching about how to sew and knit in my childhood seemed to have stuck in my brain even though I always pretended not to listen...

I always knew I would work with the Swiss Laib Yala fabric as it was close to my childhood dolls, the ones my mum had made. Though back in my beginnings I got a few messages asking me why on earth I would choose a lesser fabric with such a strong structure that took focus away from the feature when there was de Witte Engel readily available that was so much more smooth! (Glad this opinion seems to not be there anymore and most agree that both fabrics are of very good quality and it's really personal preference what you use)...

Of course I needed more dolls to figure out quality issues, etc. Looking back I guess I should have made more before buying but I guess most of us feel like that in hindsight. I sold my first few dolls (after giving the first 5 away) for almost double material cost, which back then was quite a price for a new maker!

Over time and with many influences my dolls have changed, grown, and become more me. Though I still love some of my first few dolls very dearly and still like a mum do feel they are perfect and surprisingly very much me already. I guess I was lucky there were not too many makers around then so that forced me to find my own style. Looking around I felt none of the existing were "me" enough that I would want to make them or look-a-likes. I also had no idea there were makers outside of FB!
I got to know more makers, followed some doll groups on FB and it all went from there.

To this day I feel my dolls are myself even though they have changed and I have been influenced by much and many in different ways (more details later), but I think they do have my weak chin, smallish eyes, long cheeks ;) they have my androgyn face I guess (my mum thinks with every head I make: oh, wonderful another boy ;)) and of course my stubborn self. BUT: I am not very slender, I have small feet just to name two obvious differences....

I have decided not to include pictures this time. So you can imagine more, and it takes more motivation to read, discouraging a few people as I am not sure I should share everything I did here (point one, everyone would love the maker to be gorgeous, having grown up the perfect daughter who willingly learned from their loving mum and not someone maybe average looking who was always the spoiled, stubborn brat ;))