I love everything about waldorf dolls. I love their feel and the philosophy behind them. I love the use of natural materials. I love that each and every one is unique.
There are a couple of things that I have really enjoyed making dolls.
Firstly I love that I get the privilege of making someone their 'special'. For someone who holds snuggies and specials as very important I feel so honored that around the world (yes ,I have sent dolls to all corners of the world) there are wee small people who cuddle up with their dolls every night.
Secondly, I love the feedback I get. I have an album on my Under Rainbows facebook page with pictures of my dolls in real life being loved and played with by their little people (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.200636849971286.50602.171652652869706&type=3) . It just makes my heart burst! "Laura is very talented and really brings the dolls to life. Elijah loves the one she made for him and it is amazing how Finnian unlike other dolls we have has a personality all of his own :-)"
"Your dolls are beautiful and the doll you made for my daughter has become such a loved part of the family that she calls her, her baby sister!"
The third favourite thing I like is doing custom order dolls. I love to be able to make a special doll for someone, with them specifically in mind. Matching hair and eye colour to the little person, keeping in mind their likes, such as favourite colour or interest in dogs or cars. When I make a custom order I ask a million questions of the mama/papa requesting the doll and I have found I develop a really special wee bond with the person I am making the doll with. I feel like we are really doing something together, that I can translate the mama's love and caring for their child through stitches and fabric into a truly love and thought filled gift. It is a really special experience I didn't expect to experience. I have made quite a few friends this way and am still in touch with a lot of the lovely mama's a have made dolls with.
Now I will share with you the dolls that I have made in the last year. I have probably forgotten a few, and I didn't include all of the snuggle buddies I made, but here they are a wee gallery of all the dolls I made in the last year...
I want to thank all my customers from the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate all of the support and encouragement.
Don't forget that there is still time to enter my give away to win a waldorf doll (see side bar).
I wonder what the next year will bring for Under Rainbows?