do you think this is creepy?

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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 leastΒ  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.


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31 responses to “do you think this is creepy?”

  1. Sandi Avatar
    Sandi

    Hee hee- that basket ‘o’ limbs is part creepy and part funny. Me likes πŸ™‚

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      i think it’s funny too!

  2. CanCan Avatar

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

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      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.

  3. Sue Avatar

    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!

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

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

  4. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    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.

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      Thanks Michelle! I’ll look into those =)

  5. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    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.

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

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

  6. Lindsay Avatar
    Lindsay

    I know im suggesting another ‘teen’ series, but try the golden compass books πŸ™‚ 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!

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      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!

  7. cheryl Avatar
    cheryl

    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.

  8. Amber Avatar

    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. πŸ˜‰

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      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!

  9. sharilyn Avatar

    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.

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

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

  10. Naomi Avatar

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

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      all about the diversity Naomi!

      1. admin Avatar
        admin

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

  11. Aubrey Avatar
    Aubrey

    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. =)

  12. Aubrey Avatar
    Aubrey

    PS. Um, a wee bit creepy, yes…

  13. Alison Haworth Avatar
    Alison Haworth

    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 πŸ™‚ lol!)

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      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.

  14. Zara Avatar

    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!

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

      Thanks Zara!

  15. Roseanne Perkins Avatar
    Roseanne Perkins

    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!

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

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

  16. Kelly Avatar

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

    1. admin Avatar
      admin

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

  17. Catherine Avatar
    Catherine

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

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