Want to come hang out with me at the mall? I'll be at the Land of Nod store in Oakbrook, IL on Tuesday November 13th from 11-1. They'll have books to buy there or bring your copy and I'll write you a note in it. I'd love to finallly, after 9 (?!) years of blogging, get a chance to meet some of you guys who read my blog. If you've made anything from the book you could bring it and we could have show and tell. Or if you have questions I could do my best to answer them. You can bring your doxie necklaces and curse me out for how hard they are to turn out, wink. And we can play with the new dolls. The Land of Nod is just a fun store to hang out in. They have the super cute kids rooms set ups and lots of great toys to play with. We could play air hockey! Ok, I'll see you there!
It's been dark and rainy these past few days so I've held off on taking pictures of the dolls to show, but these two off my phone aren't so bad. Look at how handsome Skip is. I just can't get over how well they did the hair on these dolls. All the dolls were made in India and many of the details were sewn by hand, like the hair and the faces.
Another thing about these dolls that I'm so excited about is how well they matched my original prototypes. They even reproduced or matched many of the vintage fabrics I used like this, Bertie's purple ditsy body fabric. I just love it! And her little floral accent turned out so cute. It's really fun for me to see these actualized.
We went to the Land of Nod store on Friday night to check out the dolls live and in person. They weren't out yet, but the Arctic Rocker I helped design was there. Phoebe took a spin. Mr Bear is so soft and fuzzy and fat. I'm a little sad I have no nursery to set up. Look at how giant my baby is on that thing!
Also in the store were Mimi's adorable baby dolls. They're really beautiful. So well made and the colors and fabrics are gorgeous. And they're asleep when you flip them over! So cute.
And lots of Heidi's cute creations tucked in here and there. Have you seen the catalog yet? Heidi's gingerbread man looks awesome on the cover!
It has been a long time in coming but I can finally say to people, "Yes!", when they ask if they can just buy a doll instead of make one. Last year I began a collaboration with one of my favorite stores, The Land of Nod. After years of carrying the cutest things around and working with so many amazing artists to design their bedding and artwork, the Land of Nod was planning to delve into more product development and making exactly what they wanted to offer in their stores. I was so excited and flattered that Wee Wonderfuls dolls caught their eye. They picked one of my favorite doll designs to start with, the Elise/Elsa Elf pattern. Oh man, I have so much more to say about all of this but today how about just introductions. Here are five little friends...Winx, Fern, Charlie, Bertie and Skip.
This year I finally got smart. Instead of messing with waxed paper or crayon rubbings, this year we're getting serious and waxing our Fall leaves. I bought a block of paraffin wax at the hobby store and keep it in an old saucepan on the stove. Every day we find new great specimens and we come home and dip them in melted wax and lay them on paper towels to dry. We now have 2 huge leaf garlands and the kids have their favorites taped up to the windows in their rooms. I can't get a really great photo (please ignore the dirty windows), one that fully shows how awesome these look. Such fun! Fall, you're swell.
Inspired by this puppy, I made this hat for Phoebe.
It's 6" of brioche stitch with some quick decreases at the top, knit in thick & quick yarn, with a big scraggly pom. It's cute but I wish that yarn was fuzzier and softer and in a great color. I've started the purlbee owl with this yarn but I might need to bite the bullet and buy something awesomer.