Gosh, it seems to have been a busy couple of weeks, and I am very glad to have a little bit of time to sit down and have a cuppa and a catch up with you all. Hope you are all well, and have been enjoying the abundance of sunshine. The warm weather is a blessing in so many ways, but I have to admit, when the temperature finds me at the point of saying ‘too hot’, things start to slow down in Shedquarters.
It has been a bit of mad few weeks, here at Fuzzpot Lane. Once we got the GCSE’s out of the way, I thought it would calm down a little, bit I found myself really out of kilter. Used to having two girls at school, I suddenly found myself in a one in, one out situation. Which through my routine right out of sync. I couldn’t really justify being in the Shed, if one was lurking around the place !
Once the GCSE’s were behind us, the next big event on the calendar, was of course the Prom. I can’t remember a Prom back in my day…..I vaguely remember popping on my best gear for a school disco, but nothing quite as formal as a Prom. None the less, despite a tricky year friendship wise, and some ups and downs beforehand, the Prom was, as it should be, a great night for Thing 1 and her friends.
The stress, the shopping and the preparation, really seemed worth it, when my little girl, whose confidence going into this event had hit a worrying low, blossomed right before our eyes.
With that milestone reached, I was finally able to settle back to normality, of a kind.
So I have managed to finish two little Waldorf inspired dolls in the last couple of weeks. The first was Ida…..
Ida, is a natural blonde. Her very soft and squishy head of hair, is created using wool locks from Teeswater Sheep. This fibre is fine, long-stapled with high lustre with each lock hanging free and with no tendency to felt. Teeswater locks are lovely, soft and can be hand dyed in a variety of colours making it an excellent choice for doll makers, like myself……it’s basically treasure!
I purchased my locks from Newmoor Barn where they only source sheeps fleece from local small farms that they have visited, to ensure the animals are treated with care and respect. All of their fibres are processed entirely by hand. from small flocks in Devon. I am very happy being a West Country girl myself, to keep it local.
So Ida was born….her super shiny, soft natural curls, make her truly unique.
And then….hot on her heels came Jolie…a fiery little redhead, who is full of impish cheek and charm.
All of my dolls are made with natural products (except for the little shoes…which I will be honest were just too cute to resist). Each of the dolls bodies, arms and legs are crocheted by hand, the heads are needle felted and sculpted in the traditional Waldorf style, and the clothes are hand knitted….there are days when I don’t know which type of needle to use first!
I am currently, working on some little friends for these girls, and will be considering any name suggestions starting with a ‘K’ and an ‘L’…..I love naming the girls. It always adds so much character.
I must dash….but I hope to catch up for a chat and a cuppa, in a few days time.
Have a great weekend