Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet William - a Christmas Elf

I don't think this Waldorf doll needs too many words to describe it. I am really happy with the way he turned out. I named this little dude William.

Sweet William is pretty perfect. I know it may be a little early to be thinking of Christmas but it's my favorite holiday. Hope you enjoy my sweet Elf as much as I do.


He is ready for some serious hugging...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Penelope

This is Penelope. She is only my second doll made with Tibetan lambskin. For the longest time I was scared to use this material. It is so expensive and hard to come by...One wrong snip with the scissors and you will have to go bald, little one.

Luckily I did okay, and Penny ended up with this gorgeous dark brown - almost black - head of hair. I really adore how it can be styled in many different ways. Whether you tie it into one pony, or make two smaller ones, or just leave it open - it always looks fabulous.


Penelope is now available in my etsyshop!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Waldorf Doctor Doll

I have been thinking a lot about doctors and medical workers last week. Seems like every day there is a new story about a medical professional who has been infected with Ebola while doing their job of helping folks in Africa.

I have great admiration for this profession, the people who risk their life to help others. So I wanted to create a doll outfit honoring them and the dangerous work they do.

Here is little Bella in her doctor outfit. She told me that she wants to be doctor when she grows up...



Little Bella is now up for auction in my Indieshop now. 10% of the proceeds from her sale will go to Doctors without Boarders.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sophie's Audition...

Poor Sophie! She had worked so hard on her dance moves all year. Never missed a class. 

Then she went to Nutcracker auditions and didn't get the part she tried out for... 

Why mommy? Are the other kids really that much better than me? 
At first, all Sophie wanted to do was cry. The disappointment was just more than her little heart could stand.

 Since the moment she started walking all she had ever wanted to do was dance...


But you can't stay sad forever. So this little fighter picked herself up and went back to dance class. I'll show them! See you at auditions next year!

this story is, of course,  based on totally fictional events and characters...



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cantaloupe Muffins

Did you know it was possible to make muffins with cantaloupes? Well, I didn't until we came home from our community garden patch with yet another batch of fruit that was really sweet but a wee bit on the soft side.

Our son was determined to find a recipe to make use of the fruit other then turning them into smoothies which has been my strategy lately.


Little Willow was at first very dubious about the recipe. She turned her back and would hear none of it.

I hope you get to try this recipe if you should run into a mushy but still edible melon...

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch allspice or nutmeg
  • 1 cup cantaloup puree

butter or oil for greasing the muffin pan


Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
Mix together all the dry ingredients: flour, oats, brown sugar etc.... making sure you break up all the brown sugar clumps. I didn't do this. So there were some holes in my muffins because the brown sugar melted and left strange holes behind - like in Swiss cheese...


Scoop out the flesh of a cantaloupe and turn into soft pulp/ puree.
Add cantaloupe pulp to dry ingredients and mix together well.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.


Here is Willow enjoying a delicious vegan cantaloupe muffin. Her comment was that the muffins are not as fluffy as regular old muffins and definitely more chewy. But overall the flavor reminded her of a super tasty oatmeal cookie. And that's not a bad thing to have first thing in the morning. I am sure it will give Willow and the rest of the family lots of energy for the rest of the day...



Monday, August 25, 2014

Tart Apples

I am not sure if you remember the post I wrote about foraging for food a couple of years ago. This has been a great year for apples. We are very happy that the pantry is slowly but surely filling up with jams and jellies for the Winter. I just finished making another batch of apple butter with crab apples from the "secret tree" in our neighborhood.

We actually planted our own Dolgo Crab Apple tree this year. Just in case... The fruit of this type of crab apple is a bit larger than the regular ornamental crab apples. The little apples measure about 1- 1.5 inches in diameter. When they turn dark red color they are ready to eat.


I wish the dolls could help make the apple butter. After all the apples are doll size. If only I could teach the dolls how to handle sharp knives. Their hands are the perfect size for these mini apples. My hands are very tired and sore from processing pounds of tiny crab apples. But they are so oh so tasty! Hope you find one of those wonderful trees and give this forgotten fruit a try. They are definitely worth the trouble. And your friends and neighbors will be astounded when you share such a wonderful treat.



I am planning on making some Apfeltaschen later this week - once my hands recover...


Friday, August 22, 2014

What children want

When I was little I only owned dolls with light skin that resembled my own coloring. When people ask for custom made dolls I have noticed that folks mostly ask for dolls that look like the child they are buying for.
In understand that desire. After all, the first doll I made for my daughter was blond and blue-eyed like her.

But now I remember that what I always wanted as a child was a doll that was different from me. I wanted to own a darling little black baby. In raising my own child, I noticed that she always seemed to prefer the dolls that were different from her. Maybe it's because as children we are not prejudiced. We have this wonderful curiosity about things that are different from us.

So now that I make waldorf dolls I love that  I can make up for the years of missing out on ethnic dolls. My favorite kind of dolls to make are dolls that have darker skin colors or are a different ethnic background from my own.

This is Elizabethmy sweet dark gal, in her two-pocket jumper dress.  She comes with two of my tiny little bonbon babies. They are so sweet! This set is listed in my Indieshop now!