This Christmas, I made my daughter a doll. I would never have attempted it, if it weren't for my friend, who was making several herself. If she wouldn't have led me through it step by step, I think I would have never been able to do it. I do not have a lot of experience with crafts, and I am not very patient through the process. I want to do it quickly and easily and as those of you who do crafts will know, there is often a lot of doing, undoing, and redoing involved in the process.
Although there was quite a bit of frustration involved in the process, I am glad that I made her a doll. I like the idea of making something instead of buying it. Of course there is more work involved in a homemade gift, but that is precisely what makes it so special. I like that this doll doesn't look commercial. There is no plastic or other synthetic materials, just wool, fabric and millet. This specific doll is a Waldorf heavy baby(a small version). The millet gives it weight and substance, as well as absorbs body heat, so that if a child sleeps with this baby, he/she will feel like they have a warm companion laying by their side. We also put a bit of lavender essential oil in it, so it smells great and promotes relaxation.
The picture above is the finished product. What do you think?
Advocate of natural, healthy and sustainable living. I am a teacher by trade, who is currently staying home to raise my daughters. We are a culturally mixed, bilingual family. We speak Spanish at home, and English when we are out and about.