Friday, March 28, 2014

Helena - a sweet ballerina doll

Gladly I present to you little Helena, my sweet ballerina doll. She will be up for auction tonight.

Helena measures 12 inches. I made her from my own germandolls pattern. Her body is made from high quality Dutch cotton interlock and stuffed firmly with wool. Her blond tresses are made of soft mohair.
Helena loves to dance. She was so happy when her mom signed her up for her first ballet class. After all, she has been standing on her toes since she started to walk...
Helena comes with the following clothing items:
pink skirt
pink tights (not shown)
pink leotard
ballet slippers
warm-up jacket

She enjoys classical music and chocolate eclairs are her favorite!

 And if you have a moment don't forget to visit Natural Suburbia for Creative Friday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Willow can't wait for spring to arrive for reals. So she told me...

The weather is so unpredictable these days. Snow, rain, wind and then the sun comes out again.
As we all know - or have been told since we were little - it's crucial to keep our heads warm. So a nice warm wooly hat seemed in order.

Willow likes to wear her pink hat indoors and outdoors all day long. Hope you like it, too.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Karin - a long lost friend

This is Karin.

When I was growing up I had a childhood friend named Karin. She lived up the street from us. I spent a lot of time at her house since things a my house weren't always so peachy - to say the least.
Unfortunately I lost touch with this friend over the years. I have googled her name and searched and searched. But since she has this very common last name (Schmitt = the equivalent to being named Smith in this country) it has been like looking for a needle in the haystack.


 I made this doll as a tribute to my lost friend. Maybe one of you readers has lost touch with a friend too? Karin's  hair was just as red this doll's. She had lots of freckles/ angel kisses. Maybe, by chance, she will see this post? What are the odds?
 If you see this, Karin, please write to me!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Baby turning 13

My real life baby doll is turning 13 today. Oh no! I miss those baby days. Got to make dolls to keep the memories alive. It's tough how time is going by faster and faster...

Yet I enjoy watching my kids grow into beautiful adults. Every day is precious and filled with wonder. Can't imagine what life without them would be like...


You can find the recipe for this delicous German cake I made yesterday here.

Sophie - a sweet March-baby

                        Happy Birthday to all March babies born during snow storms!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Breaking the Rules...

So I did it. I broke the rules and made a doll with ears. Plus she has a nose.

Looks like I am growing into a different direction.

I am still a traditionalist. You know the whole Fiddler On Roof thingy - Tradition.

But now that I have done it I am feeling good. Kind of liberated.

Or in the words of one of my favorite painter:

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

I know the rules. Now I shall move on and make whatever doll strikes my imagination.
But no worries. To those of you who prefer a more traditional type doll. I will always keep one of them around...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Little DeeDee...

Here is little DeeDee. We have been talking and she says she is really hoping to find a new home this weekend.

What doll mama wouldn't want to hug this sweet baby?

She loves going to the zoo and snuggling.


She will be available in my Indieshop tonight...

Swept Away...

We drove up to the mountains last weekend. I had not been on the road to Estes Park since before the BIG FLOOD last year. It made me so sad.

So many houses and familiar places wiped away - just gone! Matresses and piles of debris strewn along the highway. I wonder where the folks who used to live in the houses are. So many of the houses were marked with an X, signifying that they have been condemned.

Hopefully this was not the only home of somebody that got washed away. Hopefully this house hanging by a thread there was "just" a weekend vacation cabin. Oh the deep irony in that name of the house in the photo above: "rough'n it wright". 

The good news is that they have rebuilt the road. The bad news: it appears that all the dams are gone. Makes you wonder what will happen once the snow melts in the spring? Will it happen all over again? Poor Colorado.

All that is left of the former Indian Village is the sign!

If you should visit Colorado, please go to Estes Park and support the little businesses up there. It is so beautiful. Whenever I visit I want to stay. I totally understand why people want to rebuild and live there, despite what happened...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Winner of the Bunny Giveaway

The winner of the Facebook Bunny Giveaway has been picked! Her name is Stephanie Garcia Cowan. Congratulations! Please, contact me via Facebook or email so we can talk about the details of claiming your price. Thanks to all who participated!