slice of heaven

Myself and the boys took a few days off to stay with some good friends who were renting a house in Tofino. We’ve been to Tofino many times but it’s a place that always shows you more. I went without John, driving the 5 hour stretch alone with B and J. I tell you after doing that drive I know that I can do anything! It was a nice little holiday. Tofino is a place that is so wild and beautiful it’s really quite magical.

When we came back however Jasper and I caught a nasty case of the flu. We’ve both been out of it for a few days now. We are both on the mend now, but taking it really easy. No dolls to post this week on Natural Pod I’m afraid!


Berrie - January 25, 2008 - 8:43 am

Hi Christina, Hope you and little J are feeling better!

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little tips

Every so often I get an email from someone asking how I do a certain ‘thing’ on my doll. Whether it be attaching hair or putting a doll together. I always try to answer these questions because I remember when I was starting out many years ago wondering about the very questions I get asked now. Anyhow, if you ever have a question go ahead and email me and I’ll try my best to help you out. That being said, I’m going to post a little dollmaking ‘tip’ once in a while. Little things that I’ve learned to make dollmaking that much more pleasurable.

So my first tip is to sew your doll body with a Schmetz Jersey Ball Point Needle size 70/10. This is the best needle for this job as you don’t get those little holes in your fabric that the Universal sometimes can leave you with. I’ve mentioned before that the Lightning stitch is where it’s at, but a small zigzag will work as well.

It has been an exciting day at our house I got 40 pounds of wool today! Ohh the dolls to be made. Is this weird that this excites me so much? Do I need to get out more?


Berrie - January 19, 2008 - 6:20 pm

My mouth waters just looking at it. I totally understand!
xo, Berrie

emilykristin - March 17, 2008 - 2:34 pm

I just made my first Waldorf style doll yesterday and I’m thrilled! The sewing is not phenomenal, and it’s only a simple blanket doll, but it was wonderful. If you post another tip, I’d love to know a good way to sew the head to the blanket (or to the doll body in the case of the big kids). It is absolutely my wonkiest area. Beautiful work, I so enjoy this peek into your life!

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new ideas


I’m working on a few new ideas for clothing right now. One of which is this cute little top. I work with a friend of mine Constance who pattern drafts them up for me. I love the cute look and versitility of this piece. This gal is going to Toronto to a photo shoot. More details to follow. I hate to talk about something and then if it doesn’t end up working out I’m embarrassed.

I bought a new sewing machine for Julie to use and I am so impressed with it. I have a BabyLock, which I love and adore but this time I bought a Brother CS-5000H. Great machine for under $200! It has a zig zag stretch stitch or ‘lightning stitch’ which I think is essential for sewing doll bodies. The stitch stretches when you are stuffing the doll eliminating broken seam and stress points. This is just something to keep in mind if you like to make dolls and are looking for a new machine.


New gals up on Natural Pod for sale today. Except for the dark haired bob.

Ingrid - January 19, 2008 - 10:35 am

Hi Christina,
Just checked out naturalpod today and LOVE the new fabrics you’re using on the new dolls’ clothes.


kelly - May 14, 2008 - 10:51 pm

is that Opehlia on the right? if it is, I bought her for my daughter… and unless she has a twin, I think it is Ophelia!! she is gorgeous..

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Looking Forward


Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everyone had a lovely evening last night. New Year’s has always been an exciting time for me, like a present waiting to be opened..who know where life will lead us in the next year? John, Jasper, Ben and I spent a lovely evening at home in front of the fire. I worked on some dolls and John made heads. It sounds a bit boring, but it’s fun. We had the newest Radiohead to listen to and enjoyed a glass of red wine (well, not the kids).

I found a bunch of new wool from my favorite store ‘the Loom’ that I can’t wait to work with. It’s neat when I go into wool shops and see new things, I know exactly what I’m going to make. Berrocco has come out with an alpaca blend called ‘Jasper’ that is pretty dreamy. I hope to have a copper haired gal made up for this Friday using it.

I’m thinking about some things I’d like to work on for the new year.. they include

1. getting Ben’s nature table set up, silks and all

2. become involved more in Ben’s Waldorf school

3. get to Vancouver at least once a month. We went into Victoria a few days ago and it was sensory overload! The traffic, the people, the shopping! Lol, see what I few months in the sticks will do to a gal.

4. do farmer’s markets this year

5. do Circle Craft

6. camp
7. take on more customs

8. John and I out on a date..sans children!

What a crazy list. It’s good for me to write this down. Hope all is well with everyone!

Jackie - January 2, 2008 - 11:14 am

What is Circle Craft? Is sounds interesting!

Berrie - January 2, 2008 - 12:31 pm

Happy New Year Christina! You list for the new year is fill with fun and enjoyable “tasks”. I commend you for writing it down. I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.

admin - January 3, 2008 - 10:13 am

Jackie – Circle Craft is a huge craft show in November in Vancouver. It’s six days of intense crafting and crowds. You have to be able to have the stock to handle that kind of crowd, so that’s what I’m working towards.
Berrie- thanks lady! I can’t wait to see what you come up with too! I look forward to a year of working with you 🙂 I’m thinking that the 10 number is a good number, up from the 5 that I originally thought. I think if I let it go altogether I’d miss it. I think you know what I mean with the number…

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little break

I’ve taken a little break from the dollmaking this past 2 weeks and I apologize for not posting any new dolls for sale on Natural Pod the past 2 Fridays.  Rest assured I have quite a few dolls in the works that I will post next Friday January 4th for sale. Including 2 new babies, a large blonde bamboletta and a  few 14″ dolls. I’m sending out all my new Japanese cute fabric to my ‘dress making lady’ soon for some new cute doll dud’s.

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