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I will now introduce you to the Pippa’s.

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” Pippa? Little Roo?” we all asked.” But Joy named her doll Pippa, must we have two dolls with the same name, Little Roo?”

Waldorf doll

Well, for yesterday and today it’s Pippa, she may meet someone else who makes her happy and re-name her but for now she will copy her sister.

I am thrilled with this doll and so glad that she’s  finished!!! She may develop  freckles one day, but for now she is as she is. Her inspiration came from  a child hood friend  whom I thought and still think is the most beautiful girl I have met to date.  I would’ve named her Pauline if it was my doll.

She is actually the third doll I’ve made. The second one is Joy’s and has has no hair yet. I am considering taking that dolls head off and redoing it entirely because I don’t like the nose…. I have not decided if I should or what’s the easiest way to fix her without  adding more wool, re-stringing her facial features and adding new “skin”.

Part of me thinks  we all have our blemished.  So,  so what that this doll has a small bump between her eyes, she’s still lovable and being loved regardless….. But I know  I can do better, and it’s for Joy.  This is her what do you think? Does she need surgery?

Waldorf Doll

These dolls have put my skills to the test, and my confidence to the brink. I have cried, laughed, hugged them, squealed with delight, bled a bit on each doll from pin pricks and it seems I have carpel tunnel( which I’m not blaming on the dolls but the dolls are certainly not helping matters) .  I have one more doll to make from scratch and Joy’s to finish.  They are made with a lot of love and time, but it’s worth it to see the girls excited about their new friend.

When Little Roo took  Pippa into her arms and said,  ” My dolly” the work was all worth it.

The next one is Sunshine’s.  She is much more particular so I left her’s to last so I had a better chance of getting it right for her.  She wants a dark skin doll and I don’t have the fabric for that yet so I have to decide if i will order some or if it will be the first of her disappointments.

My first Waldorf doll

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This is my practice doll I made before Christmas.  I got tired of thinking about it all the time so  I had to try with what I had on hand, besides I didn’t want to practice with my good supplies.

She is 10 inches and made out of an old t-shirt I dyed in black tea with a dollop of vinegar to hold fast her complection. She is stuffed with miss-matched children’s socks, and one of Jason’s for her head.

She was so much  fun to make.  She is real to life too because under her cloths she is  blemished like the rest of us and the socks in her make her a little lumpy:)

My sock Waldorf doll

She needs some shoes, the poor thing.

“Mine’s Molly”

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A few weeks ago little Roo had her second birthday, and I was at a loss of what to get her.   She’s the third girl and we have so many toy’s  from her older sisters  and  I didn’t want to go  shopping.

So I began to think about what I can make.  A few day’s before her birthday I decided to make her this  molly monkey.

Molly Monkey

Oh, isn’t she a darling? I just love her.  I had the pattern for a few months but the project looked too big every time I thought about it . I was right it was a big project, with all the hand stitching and having  to relearn how to embroiderer, but it was so worth it. Making Molly has been one of the best projects I have ever made. Hearing Roo looking for her ” mine’s Molly”  to tote with her on her travels has brought me delight over and over again. And like any project the hardest part is starting, once I started I could not stop.

The older girls were excited to see the progress each morning and gave some suggestions,” Molly needs real feet mom not these blobs. I’m just trying to get Ruthie  a good birthday”.

The pattern was incredible and I kept commenting to Jason how amazing it was   that this woman designed the monkey and then made it available on her blog. She’s  the one with the real talent I can only credited for the ability to read ( thanks mom). I added a buttoned pocket on the  skirt and a zipper, but no pocket behind the zipper,  it was my first zipper thanks to u tube.  I have wanted to get her a activity doll for a while so I added it to Molly’s skirt ,cool Ah?

My mom made my sisters and I a doll when we were kids and I have had the project in mind for my kids.

I want them to bring a piece of their childhood into their lives and remember the stories they made up with their sisters as I do.  And I hope that they would hold their dolls when I can’t hold them and remember I love them even if they are mad at me.    I’ve seen Waldorf dolls like the talented Miranda makes,  from time to time and wondered about making them for the girls.  I considered buying them but they are worth their price and I want to hand make them.     So this project has become a stepping stone for me. Since  I have recently bought the  doll fabric  from here I’m now committed.  That project will be in the new year.

Do you still have your childhood doll?

Make your own baby hammock

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I am very pleased with the result of my baby hammock!! It was so much fun to make and not at all difficult, once I figured it out that is. I hope that my tips that I am including will help save you time and be helpful.

 Sewing the baby hammock gave me an opportunity to think about my third baby and spend some time with him/her in my mind.   I am more excited then ever  to have my baby hanging from the ceiling beside my bed while I sleep the whole night through!!! Well, maybe not the whole night, but most of it?   The baby hammock is supposed to help them sleep because when they move they bounce and sway a  bit while the narrow base cradles their little bodies as though they are being held. This is supposed to help with colic as well. Not that I mind holding my babies but I prefer to sleep during the night and cuddle during the day!!

Of course I will not be hanging my baby from the cloths line but it was the best place I could come up with to take it’s picture.

 

 I will place a Kushies change pad over the futon as my sheet. I just love Kushies change pads as they are easily folded up with one hand, they take little space in my diaper bag, they are long, and they have a “water” proof backing and it will make for an excellent futon protector!

This is what you need:

*3 meters of unbleached muslin

*One 6 inch sturdy spring I found at, “Canadian Tire” in the section with ropes, chains and hooks.( Make sure the spring has a closed clasp at the top and bottom.)

*one steel ring 

*one to three carabiners  

*one or  two  quick links ( Jason just said it is used to attach two pieces of chain together)  (Note, the quick links did not leave a large enough opening to attach the ceiling hook so I ended up using carabiners instead) Quick links are cheeper so if you had the right size I am sure you could make them work.

*a pine board  1″X 3″X 4feet  Jason cut it in half so I have two boards for two hammocks. I sanded the edges and filed it to make it feel nice.  –  Jason drilled a 1″ hole at both ends then he cut out a piece to open the end up which allows the fabric to be pushed into the hole. ( Ties hold the board in place) If you look closely at one of the pictures above you will see how it was done and you will notice that there are also two holes drilled at each end as well. This is because I was/am thinking of threading the ties through the holes to hold it better in place. Right now the holes are not big enough to allow my bias tape to go through.  (Note  with very little effort I did thread the bias tape into my holes, amazing what can happen when I try.)

(One more thing to add  about the wooden board  is the actual measurement of the board is 2.3/4 wide, 3/4 thick and 2 feet long but the measurement at the store was 1x3x4. For some reason they don’t label wood with it’s actual true measurement.)

* A hook( I think it was close to two inches going into the stud ) to be installed into the joist of the ceiling by someone who knows what they are doing, like Jason!!

* and a length of chain so you can adjust the height of the hammock

 

 O.K this is what I did.

 I used 3 meters  of unbleached muslin because according to my friend who is American and lived in New Zealand where my inspiration came from Natures Sway Baby Hammock but is in Canada now, calico is the same thing as muslin in Canada. It is strong and has great ventilation. It was 44 inches wide and I did not hem it.

I put a steel ring on the fabric then made sure the fabric was not twisted and sewed the ends together with a french seam.  ( First I put the ring on then thought, “No I will use a carabiner instead of a ring that way I can take it off to wash and won’t have a steel ring banging in the washer”  So i took it off. I then  discovered that I could not thread the fabric through the  carabiner and had to  rip out my seams. This took me at least an  hour because I was careful not to cut the fabric and muslin is not fun to seam rip.  So while I took the seams out I decided to  use  coloured thread so any more seam ripping  would be easier to do and I was more cautious about sewing  to avoid the tedious task.

Then I folded it in half and measured 14 inches from the bottom, marked and pinned a line, and sewed two seams side be side ( a double needle would have been nice right around then),  then I folded the 14 inch flap over and sewed that seam down twice.( basically I sewed a 14 inch french seam) This way there are three layers of fabric at the base of the hammock.   It took me three day’s to figure out  the easiest way to do that. I wanted all the seams at the bottom so the seams would not interfere with the ring at the top and I did not want to do any more seam ripping if I made another mistake. So It took me some thinking.  I  also wanted it to look as close as I could to the Natures Sway baby hammock. 

After I had the bottom in, I measured again from the top 13 inches down each side marked and sewed a tie on the  outside center of the fabric. My tie is made from bias tape. I wish i had a nice colour tie to match my thread but all I had was white so… This is where the wood will sit and be tied onto.

Now for the futon.

It is made with cotton sheeting( sales woman at the store said it was factory cotton) It doesn’t matter what you use just make a 14 “x 34 ” casing and fill it with 1 inch foam. I used an old pillow that was not being used which worked perfect!!. Then I tied three rows of knots down the center so the edges of the futon will be higher than the center, cradling the baby better and making it more difficult for him/her to roll over.  Pretty smart, ah? ( It should be a quilters knot so the knots will not loosen or come out. I would love to tell you how to do that but I don’t think mine are right so you will have to find this somewhere else)

After I had everything in place I added two snaps to the head and feet of the hammock and one snap to hold the ring in place at the top to steady it. I am thinking seriously about adding  a button up there instead of the snap or adding another snap.

There you have it your very own baby hammock. And I think it looks very professional if I do say so myself.   What do you think? My moms reaction was,” So basically you have no space in your house so you’re going to hang you baby from the ceiling?”  

“Yup, that’s pretty much it”

I would love to hear about your own baby hammock that you make, especially if you use the method that I detailed. So leave a comment or add any sugestions to help others when making their own  hammock.

Maria Von trapp, has nothing on me!

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This is my cocktail, hostess apron!  Do you like it? It is not a Heavenly Hostess  apron but it is cute, I think.  I have been thinking about making an apron for a long time now. My dear Oma (grandma) even gave me a pattern for an apron but since I have never been any good at following rules nor do I understand the instructions I took some measurements from it and made my own pattern.  I then salvaged some fabric from my give-away pile; well, to be honest from a curtain set I was going to give away,  and came up with this.  So, do you like it? 

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The front

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And the back