do you think this is creepy?

limbs

My sister does. She gets totally freaked out when she comes over and sees all the dollies in their various stages. There’s always a few heads hanging around – bodies with no hair and even better bodies with hair but no faces. Sometimes instead of faces I’ve marked the eyes and mouth out with pins. I do wonder if this will give my children some kind of complex later on in life. In Waldorf dollmaking books the author’s always stress not showing the children dolls in progress – it’s impossible with what I do. I rarely have completed dolls around for very long. Once they are made they are shipped home ASAP.. the dolls get very excited to go home!

On other news, I am working on a FAQ for the site right now. I think I have most things covered. I’m so laid back about things that I never thought I’d need policies but I think it’s best to put some things in place and have information out there, you know? All professional and stuff. I still work in the way that I’m making my friend a doll for her little one – that’s how I treat all my orders. I’ll still treat all my orders this way – but at least  you’ll know which way I ship, how to clean the dolls and that freckles can be added to any doll! Any suggestions would be fantastic!

Talk soon!
Christina

PS I’m totally Twilight ‘jonesing’. I went through all the audiobooks in 2 weeks. I need another obsession and Outlander (as was suggested) isn’t available on the iTunes audio. Can anyone suggest something else? I do read adult books – not just teen fiction.

Sandi - August 9, 2009 - 8:20 pm

Hee hee- that basket ‘o’ limbs is part creepy and part funny. Me likes :)

CanCan - August 9, 2009 - 9:13 pm

Yes, a wee bit creepy. But I love that basket, we have a big one and a little one similar to it. :)

Sue - August 9, 2009 - 10:57 pm

Heheheh…. I have that at times too. Lots of heads and parts.
My sister always gets a kick out of it when I say “I’m making body parts” It does sound a bit creepy!
:0)
Have a wonderful day!

Michelle - August 10, 2009 - 4:29 am

I went through serious ‘Twilight’ withdrawal after finishing all the books, too. The next thing that really caught my attention and got me excited about something other than teenage vampires was Sandra Gulland’s series about Josephine Bonaparte. After that I read another of her books, Mistress of the Sun was the title, I think. For audiobooks, I really love to listen to James Herriot’s books. I love the voice of the actor who reads them. Also, have you listened to Ruth Reichl’s ‘Garlic and Sapphires’? She reads it, herself, and she has such a lovely voice. It’s a very intersting book, too. It’s about her job as a restaurant critic and how she used to disguise herself so she would go unnoticed.

Kim - August 10, 2009 - 5:34 am

Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host: A Novel’ is really good. Not vampires but aliens invading our bodies, I have not heard the audio so don’t know the how well that is done.

Lindsay - August 10, 2009 - 7:54 am

I know im suggesting another ‘teen’ series, but try the golden compass books :) theyre really good…. btw- while outlander isn on itunes they are on CD and if you can get them, you can put them on the ipod! try swap tree!

cheryl - August 10, 2009 - 9:15 am

Most of what I read is childrens books and I’ve enjoyed the Percy Jackson series (lots of greek gods ) and also the Gregor the Overlander (boy and bugs underground world). My dream is to be surrounded by finished Bambolettas. They make me smile.

Amber - August 10, 2009 - 9:33 am

I think the heads would be creepier than the limbs, myself. But there is a certain weirdness to a half-completed doll. I can see where your sister is coming from.

As for not letting children see the dolls in progress, I would think even Rudolf Steiner would make an exception for the children of a professional dollmaker. As you said, there’s only so much you can do. Plus involving children in our work also part of the Waldorf tradition, and letting them see you engage in your handcrafts. I think you’re totally in the clear. đŸ˜‰

sharilyn - August 10, 2009 - 12:27 pm

SO funny! What really weirds me out is my mom’s golden retriever’s stuffed animal collection. Often when we visit thrift shops we will get him stuffed animal. He LOVES them, but he ALWAYS just eats the faces off – eyes, noses. My mom keeps all his “friends” in a basket by in the hall (right but the front door) so each time you walk in, you’re greeted with a large collection of faceless animals. UGH! but so funny at the same time.

Naomi - August 10, 2009 - 3:28 pm

mildly creepy but I love the multi-racial limbs… ha!

Aubrey - August 10, 2009 - 6:44 pm

Let’s see – books – Someone suggested the Golden Compass books – I would second those. Another kid/teen series that I really enjoyed was the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke (um, just don’t see the movie – why did they have to choose Brendan Frasier??) Outlander really is a good, not-too-serious read, or listen?, in your case. Anything by Jodi Picoult is entertaining, although I have read all of hers and she does like to follow a certain pattern. I like that she uses some of the same characters and they unexpectedly pop up in other books. Anita Shreve – another very good read and she is prolific – it would take you awhile to get through all of her books. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is another cute teen series – pretty light stuff. Now, none of these were quite as engrossing as Twilight – why is that???? How about any classics? One of my all time favorites is An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I have read that book at least thirty times – dork, I know. Okay, my last suggestion just popped into my head, but I loved these two books – Love Walked In and Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. I was so happy when I read the second book and realized I could hang out with the same characters that I liked so much in Love Walked In. Just a lovely little story – nothing too complicated… Oh, and The Time Traveler’s Wife – LOVED that book – the movie looks okay…but the book was great…

Okay, I will stop. =)

Aubrey - August 10, 2009 - 6:45 pm

PS. Um, a wee bit creepy, yes…

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:45 pm

Thanks Michelle! I’ll look into those =)

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:46 pm

ha! you totally understand! hope you are well sue!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:48 pm

I can’t get enough of the Bolga baskets. Where I live, in amongst the hippies – a bolga basket and hemp pants are kind of the ‘thing’ to wear. i don’t think anyone actually thinks that way – it’s just everyone seems to have them and the hemp pants. I have about 5 of them now – I give one to each of my sewers to carry their dolls around in.

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:48 pm

i think it’s funny too!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:49 pm

can’t go wrong with aliens! thanks kim, I was wondering about that!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:51 pm

I have read all the GC books – that was the last series I was obsessing on. Didn’t care for the movie though – it just didn’t do it for me. Now the Twilight movie – it wasn’t so great BUT they did nail Edward IMO. I’ve watched it 4 times now – just can’t get enough of it… television is all mine right now because the english soccer season starts up in a few weeks – then it’s all soccer all the time!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:53 pm

Thanks Cheryl and Amber. I’ve told this story before but when Ben was about 2 he would take my stuffing ‘sticks’ and push them up and down his leg .. like he was stuffing himself. Lol – I can almost hear the conversation he’ll be having with a therapist 15 years from now..lol!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:55 pm

That is pretty funny Sharilyn! Animals are so crazy with what they do … and moms! I

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:56 pm

all about the diversity Naomi!

admin - August 10, 2009 - 7:57 pm

whoo – didn’t realize that all my replies would be in one spot! Thanks for the suggestions Aubrey!

Alison Haworth - August 11, 2009 - 1:54 am

Hi, my eldest daughter absolutely loved her twilight books and was at a complete loss when she’d read and re-read them all. I gave her a book I’d enjoyed, The Island by Victoria Hislop – she absolutely loved this book and devoured it from cover to cover. She didn’t want it to end. She’s read another one by the same author since and liked that too.
Maybe you should try Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte. Isn’t it mentioned in the Twilight books – I know that the recent release has been given a Twilight inspired cover with monochromatic black and white with red flourishes. I’ve bought it for Abby to read, but she’s ploughing her way through Pride and Prejudice for school at the moment (not enjoying it so it is very slow going … I think I’ll have to buy her the DVD :-) lol!)

Zara - August 11, 2009 - 5:56 am

Let me just say that I’m addicted to your blog! I have a baby girl who would absolutely adore one of your creations – you are seriously talented!

Roseanne Perkins - August 11, 2009 - 6:31 am

See, I am a librarian and you have awoken the reader’s advisor in me:

Other good teen reads and all are either the start of a series or have companion titles:
“Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
“The Uglies” by Scott Westerfield
“Tithe” by Holly Black
“Sabriel” by Garth Nix
“Crown Duel” and “Court Duel” by Sherwood Smith (originally published separately, but now they are sometimes packaged togther.)

“Blood and Chocolate” by Annette Curtis Klaus is a good standalone teen book that predates Twilight by several years and is dealing with similar themes only it is a female werewolf who wants to have a relationship with a male human.

If you haven’t read them (or haven’t read them in a while) the Harry Potter audiobooks are really well done.

Neil Gaiman writes really interesting stuff for kids and adults. His latest “The Graveyard Book” is supposedly REALLY good and I’ve heard the audiobook is excellent too. I haven’t had a chance to read/hear it because both are always checked out of our library.

For adults:
Kelley Armstrong’s “Bitten” is really good…some of the later books in the series aren’t as good, but still entertaining.
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs just keeps getting better
If you want to know what the fuss about “True Blood” is all about pick up “Dead until Dark” by Charlaine Harris.

Happy reading/listening!

Kelly - August 11, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Not a series, but if you haven’t read The Time Travelers Wife it’s excellent. Not sure if it’s an audiobook…

admin - August 12, 2009 - 9:06 am

Hi Alison! Yes – the classics are my favorites! I especially love Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night is in my top ten. Thanks for the recommendation of the Hislop book – I’ll give that a try.

admin - August 12, 2009 - 9:07 am

Thanks Zara!

admin - August 12, 2009 - 9:07 am

Ohh – so many books to read! Thanks so much Roseanne!!

admin - August 12, 2009 - 9:07 am

Yes – I have read it and I loved it! It was such a magical book!

Catherine - August 29, 2009 - 3:25 am

I second the suggestion of Garth Nix’s Sabriel, and would add in the follow up books Lirael and Abhorsen.. So good!

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*

Facebook sharing is caring!
R e c e n t   p o s t s
A r c h i v e s