Friday, December 4, 2015

this year's dolls...













Actually these are only the dolls that I made since September and I am now finished for this year.
Oh I am so lucky to have found something that I love doing so much; something that I can work around the kids and our family life and something that brings so much joy to little people all over the world.
I have had some wonderful projects again this year.
What is most marked about this years dolls is that so many of them are dolls for boys, an upshot of having written 4 published articles about boys and dolls and also recently having done a radio talk show too.
I realise that I write very little about my dolls (and indeed everything) here and I will try and change that in the coming weeks.
 I am also delighted that several of these dolls are sibling dolls, made for the little brothers and sisters of people who already have one of my dolls. That is amazing feedback in itself!
But it has been a busy few months, I have worked mostly with Ena napping in the sling on my back and I know that in the coming year this will change, not only as I feel the muscles in my shoulders burning under her weight, but she is growing up, needing fewer naps, needing more time doing things and exploring the world and we can't do that from my work room.
Also when there has been time I have been sewing rather than doing anything else, so the housework has been terribly neglected, I haven't baked as much, or walked as much and I feel the need for more balance. So in 2016, although I currently have 17 dolls on my waiting list, I will pace myself slowly, allow time for other things, other crafting and above all time to show Ena the world.
But as always I am grateful for this skill that I have found, for the people who support me and the wonderful feedback that I get.

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