Pepper from Pickle Crow, Ontario.

I am greatly inspired by many artists who create from their own home studios.  Many of them being creators of Waldorf inspired dolls.  I myself am a collector of these beautiful beings, made from all natural materials.  Over time I have found myself wanting to create simple looking dolls that remind me of the look of the dolls I collect and love so much.

I first created Hally:  hallycutest  She was the first of my doll creations.  I am quite taken with small wool knits and tiny detailed footware.  I love short hair and curls.  This is how Hally was born.  Hally stands 8″ tall and she has wire in her legs and arms.  She is also fully jointed.  Hally has moved to her new home now.

Onto introducing Pepper:  pepper1 pepper2When she was all ready… she told me her name and said she is from Pickle Crow, Ontario.  It’s a real town!  I looked it up!  It sounds like a whimsical place, just like Pepper.

She is an all wool doll, created entirely by needle felting.  She stands 9.5″.  Her arms and legs have wire inside and she’s fully jointed.  She has skinny limbs and a chubby belly 🙂  pepper3pepper4She has beautiful auburn teeswater curls.  pepper6pepper7Pepper can be posed.  Her clothes and boots come off.  pepper8Tied in her hair is a sweet piece of gauze cotton material that has hearts as a design.  pepper9I find myself to be a bit of a detail junkie.  pepper10The pink cowl was crocheted by Turtlekeeper Designs.  I have sewn a wooden button on to keep it closed around her.  The wool romper is knitted and I am uncertain who made it!  I purchased this romper from a friend who no longer needed it for her dolls.  Pepper is complete with brown leather lace up boots.  Wearing them ensures she can stand on her own. pepper11Pepper has a pink smile and rosey cheeks.  Her eyes are glass beads and she is complete with some freckles too!

There’s no telling how many dolls I will be creating.  I tend to do what my heart tells me.  Soon Pepper will be looking for a home 🙂  She will be found in my Etsy shop:  Click here to go to my Etsy shop

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Some Spring Newbies! It’s all about balls. AND discount codes!

I’ve been busy as usual!  Something I’ve been trying to do is create more listings for my Etsy shop.  I’ve been having fun with balls lately!  (why, OH WHY does that always have to sound awkward).

Fun Fact:  Did you know that my Solar System is one of the most popular listings in my shop?!  sunearthedit2It’s a set of 9.  I carefully designed each piece to loosely replicate it’s true planet. I then firmly felt each set, and try to do each planet to scale in relation to the sun, which of course, is the biggest.  Such a neat learning tool, toy set… classroom aide.  I think these would look so cool made into a mobile as well.  I’ve never attempted it…but I wish somebody would!  solarsystem9 003  The Solar System sets are a made-to-order listing in my Etsy shop.  If you are seeing this and want to order one…I’ve decided to offer a coupon code for you to use, just for reading my blog here!  Use CODE:  SOLARSYSTEM10 at check out!  You will get 10% off.  click here to find the Solar System in my Etsy shop

One of the new listings is a Flower Jingle Ball.  flowerball4 Perfect for spring!  This is a toy and has also been wet felted for more durability.  The flower has 6 petals, all being different bright colours.  The flower also has a stem and leaf.  flowerball3 flowerball1The sizing is about the same as a tennis ball.  I’ve created this with all wool and put jingle bells inside.  If you would like to order one, use coupon CODE: FLOWERBALL10 and you will receive 10% off when you buy the listing!  click here to find the Flower Ball Listing in my Etsy shop  (it’s a made-to-order)

Another brand new listing is the Jewel Gnome!  rainbowgnome5He’s fun… I think that’s because I create him using art yarn.  If you know me, you know that I have an unreasonable addiction to art yarn.  I can’t quit it.  I’ve tried.  So instead of fighting my demons…I have embraced it by creating things USING said art yarns 😉  SO meet Jewel Gnome.  Another made-to-order listing.  This gnome is a rainbow gnome(troll person), and the colours are jewel tones.  I also wet felt this character and that includes his beard!  This makes him quite suitable as a toy.  He’s a detailed piece of work as I sculpt him entirely and then wet felt to perfection.   I want to create a listing for other gnomes too… such as a primary rainbow colour gnome, maybe some solid options too.  These guys are neat story props, pretend toys, nature table display. You know…they ARE neat for decor too!  The beards are made using a luxurious ivory teeswater lock.  rainbowgnome2Certain gnomes that I have met along my journey do prefer to be called ‘troll people’… so you might see me refer to them as that now and then.  These are each one of a kind, but look similar each time.  They are a made-to-order listing in my Etsy shop.  If you would like to order one, use coupon CODE:  JEWELGNOME10 and you will receive 10% off.  click here to find the Jewel Gnome listing in my Etsy shop

If you happen to click my shop and see that a listing is missing…don’t panic!  Leave that to MEEEE!!! Just kidding … it just means that I’m currently working on that listing for someone else and I renew each sold listing as soon as I’m done and able to start a new order!  This is how I properly keep track of my work schedule and keep myself from getting overwhelmed.  It helps keep me in check… keep my brain sorted… keep my list in shape… leave my brain unscrambled…well you get the point.  I’m just a one woman show working hard in my corner of dining room zoned into netflix and a glass of ice tea 😀

If you happen to have any neat ideas that you would love to see me try for the shop, please by all means share!  leave me a comment… email… visit me on FB… whatever you prefer … I’m game to try!  Bye for now… I need to grocery shop dang it.

Stella & Joy ~ officially looking for homes :)

It’s time!   The two rascals are now ready for their homes and waiting to meet a new family.  outsideplaying  Both are in my Etsy shop now.  Sold separately.  Click here to find my Etsy shop

Today was a fun day!  Yesterday we experienced quite a snow storm, and it caught us off guard!  Stella & Joy didn’t know WHAT to think.  unexpectedblizzard I bundled them up in some beautiful woolens and out we went to introduce them to the snow.  As you can see, they were shivering little bears!  Today, they embraced this white stuff and we got bundled up again into some playful gear and the girls even made snow balls.  What a pair they are.

Have a great weekend woolly peeps!

Harvey – The Instagram Giveaway Bear!

Happy Monday!  I’m doing a giveaway over on my instagram page and Harvey is the sweet love who you can win!  It’s open to world wide and Wooly Topic pays the shipping.  harvey3Harvey is an all wool bear and stands 2.5″ tall.  He is 5-way jointed and his ears are sewn on.  His torso and head are strung securely together as well.  Harvey wears a golden bell around his neck.  Each person is allowed to enter 5 times.  This giveaway ends on Thursday Jan 20th at noon EST and the winner will be picked by a random generator.  All you have to do to enter over on IG, is tag a friend on the official giveaway post.  Have fun! Good Luck!  harvey1bears 049Click here to go to Wooly Topic on Instagram

Greta – not your average Panda (don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

A rather daring creation for me… but there is a back story to how miss Greta came to be.  greta1She might look like your average woolly panda, but indeed she isn’t.  True…she’s all wool.  True… she’s a nice handful at 6″ tall.   Adorable brown marble eyes she does have indeed.  greta2She has floppy legs that help her sit on her own and stand with assistance.  She’s a cuddle bug.  greta3It all started with me mentioning a certain toy to my 3 year old…maybe you have heard of them or seen them, they are called “Puppy Surprise” or “Kitty Surprise”.  Plush animals that have a hollow belly and they close shut using velcro.  Each animal comes with babies inside and you don’t know how many you get until after you’ve purchased the toy.  My little son LOVES plush dogs and cats.  I told him about this puppy surprise toy and he was wild with excitement at the concept of this toy.  I hadn’t expected this level of interest from him.  He started discussing this toy with his siblings even.  I personally am not a huge fan of the look of the toy, but that’s my own personal preference.  I admit, I did look for the toy… I knew my son would play with it for hours.  I wasn’t able to find it ANYWHERE in my area.  I started to become slightly obsessed trying to find this item and had to step back and give my head a wee shake 😉  It was decided that I would try to make my own version of this toy.  Panda it was. greta11There were a couple of things in mind when creating my own version 1)  I preferred to make a wild animal instead of a domestic animal just simply due to the fact that I don’t want to promote breeding (I am a rescue pet person) 2) I wanted the birthing part of this to be more anatomically correct  I chose Panda because I love them and also, they normally only have one cub at a time.

Ok, here we go.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I’ve been greeted with several reactions while introducing Greta to folks.  It’s completely understandable if birthing toys aren’t your thing. Greta makes me giggle. greta4Baby Panda is tucked up inside mommy, she has a completely hollow torso.  The bottom is closed by a draw string wool cord.  When closed, the cord tucks up inside  Greta.  greta5Push Greta! PUSH! greta6I see a baby!! greta7A wee Panda!  wow!  Good job Greta 😉  greta8Panda cubs are born pink with some very light fur only.  This cub of Greta’s has it’s eyes closed.  greta7greta9There you have it! What do you think?

When I showed my little boy my Greta, he was interested but said “Nah, I want puppy surprise”.  0.O  (oh dear me).

Well…then I guess miss Greta needs a home!

Greta is all wool, made using core wool, white roving and black roving.  Her arms are floppy and attached using cotton floss.  Her legs are attached using black wool yarn, are floppy in manner and jointed.  Her black wool ears are sewn on.  She has brown eyes that are marble.  Her bottom is a wool draw string and it opens and closes. Panda cub comes in and out(ouch, poor Greta!).  Panda cub is only 1″ long and made using light pink toned wool.  He is 5 way jointed.  His eyes are closed and his nose and mouth are grey.

Click here to go to my Etsy shop where you will find Greta