10 Days to go……and counting

The 10 alabama Art Fair is 10 days away…more or less. Well if your making your products it feels less than that.

I do hope I will see you there!

Here’s the directions to ALABAMA!

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Getting featured

Got some of my products featured on the multiply home page and mailers. That warms the heart.

Fabric Tapes

I always over buy things. esp if you come from a country with so much trinkets. Anyways am unloading some of my supplies.

Fabric tapes

approx. 5 meters long

Check out my facebook page for more details…www.facebook.com/i.am.handmade

Where the Wild Things Are

Despite having NO time at all during the Day off from work, got to squeeze in this little project for the Trick Or Treat Afternoon today. Looking back yesterday afternoon felt longer than usual, thankfully.

I knew not everyone would figure out who we were not even my sister knew. However I was glad I got to make my own version of  Where the wild things are. So here we are,  the wild ones with their own little wild thing. My Son was suppose to be Max, it was unfortunate that he took the off his costume when we took the picture.

Here’s how his Head Piece would have looked like.

At least he wore the crown.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sneak Peak on the dollhouses

Aren’t you tired of the plastic dolls houses that all bright and filled with gadgets. Well I am, hence the concept my husband and I worked together on and with the help of an industrial designers friend, RJ, who made my design into its 3D form.

The thought behind it is the same as the dolls, simple playable doll houses made from recyclable materials. Using locally produced recycled board and paper prints brought from a recent trip my doll houses are finally here!

The great part of the doll houses is they can collapse for storing.

Since I only have 2 hands, I was only able to make enough for the online shop My Marquee.ph (a local Handmade only online store) Here’s a sneak peak of the doll house checkered collection I made for them.

Waldorf Inspired Dolls

I will be teaching the Waldorf Inspired dolls in Craft MNL on November 25th. Sign up at http://www.facebook.com/craftMNL

Why am I so into these dolls lately? Well I have always been interested with the classic looking dolls esp. those that look like the Raggidy Anne dolls. Recently I discovered that this dolls were called Waldorf Dolls. Who would have guess this is what these dollies were. I always thought they were just rag dolls.

Courtesy of Wiki

“A Waldorf doll (also called Steiner doll) is a form of doll used in Waldorf education. Made of wool and cotton, using techniques drawing on traditional European dollmaking, its appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow the child playing with it to improve or strengthen imagination and creativity. For instance, it has no facial expression. Its legs and arms are flexible, allowing natural postures.

Traditional Waldorf dolls are made from cotton interlock knit fabric and wool stuffing. They are often entirely natural. Typically the trademark long hair of a Waldorf doll is made of mohair or boucle. Some doll makers use alternative hair material such as wool, rayon, and cotton. The facial features of a Waldorf doll vary with the maker. Most Waldorf dolls have small suggestions of noses, their eye and mouth colors are generally varied with each doll.”

Since wool and interlock knit is hard to come by I have altered certain materials for my dolls but It still follows the form and technique of the traditional Waldorf doll. So Hence the name Waldorf Inspired Dolls. I still keep to the true nature of the Waldorf principal by making sure my materials are 100% cotton made from a smoke free environment and by hand.

I love making these type of dolls from molding the fiber fill and putting twine to make the head form to the cotton yarn hair. Its brings out the little girl inside me.

After 2 weeks of being sick and tending to my brother who recently got operated I only have heads and hairs in place. Hopefully I will have more by the time the art fair comes.

Here’s a sneak peak from my work table.

 

 

Unfinished

When you run-make-design-market your very own handmade craft shop everything stops when you get sick. And that’s exactly what happened to me this week. An entire week, bed ridden, head turning, chills from fever that my doll shop was literally abandoned. There were days that I tired to sit up and sew a doll head but after 30 mins. my head would spin an I was back to bed. My son loved the time we spend together and the TV watching he got, cause mom was too sick to play with him.

I took these pictures of my little workshop that had unfinished doll heads, body parts and bald dolls all waiting to be finished. If I add sepia to these pictures it would look like those 50’s abandoned doll houses in a horror movie.

In love with Yarn

Found my inspiration to forge on making my dolls with Yarns. Not the synthetic kind that the mall sells but quality yarns with spools as big as my son’s face yarns. My addiction is supplied by my favorite shop  Yarn Source Manila ( https://www.facebook.com/onlineyarnstore )

The problem is I can’t sew better yet, spool doll hair as fast as I shop for them.

Mongolian doll for a fellow crafter

I get quite nervous when I get custom orders esp. if the request comes from a fellow Crafter only because I am never too sure of they will like what I will make. I for one already gets insecure with pricing, thinking as the buyer and how much I will spend on dolls. However husband always reminds me of the work and time spent on my products and how much they have evolved. So thanks to him I have kept some cash flow into my little business.

 

Last week a fellow crafter Femi who is the founder and maker of products from Gawa Ni

Femi shop. (https://www.facebook.com/gawani.femi) requested for a very specific doll. The doll was for her photographer friend Karen who was going to open her photo exhibit on Nomads. The request was to make a doll similar to the picture on the invite. The picture was of a Mongol child wrapped in lush oriental jacket, creamy yellow bonnet, blue thick scarf and cow hide boots. A very specific custom order indeed.

After breaking in my dusty crochet skills, sewing up a patch work and wrapping yarns I finally made a Mongol doll.

I am happy to report both Femi and the photographer friend Karen loved the doll. Thank god for little elves, multiple cups of brewed coffee and a baby who slept with daddy.