Custom Dolls for Christmas

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Hey guys! I have some good new and bad news regarding getting yourself a Boolah Baguette doll before Christmas. The bad news first – unlike other years, I will not have a table at the upcoming Flock and Gather Winter Wonders sale (you should definitely come out to this sale – see the amazing vendor line-up here). But the good news is that there is still time to get a custom doll made if you were hoping to have it before Christmas! If you are curious about what a custom doll is all about and pricing, see the link up at the top of the blog that reads ‘Custom Dolls.’ Please email me at boolahb@gmail.com if you have any further questions or would like to set up a custom order.

For in-person buying, the dolls are available at:

The Better Good – Saskatoon :: Anthology – Saskatoon :: Riva’s Eco Store – Calgary :: Plant – Calgary

*The pre-Christmas season is always a busy one, you may want to call ahead about availability.

Thanks for all your support!

xo – Erin

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Inspiring People: Evie Barrow

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I first learned of Evie through her very beautiful and detailed dolls and plush creations – these folk-inspired one of a kind dolls that embrace their material flaws (and just look at all the tiny hand embroidered stitches!). But then I followed her a little further and it turns out that Evie is so talented in so many areas, the kind of illustrator-designer-maker that makes me immediately feel jealous and want to be friends all at once. Her blog is where she shares her new work, her drawings, doodles, inspirations, personal tid bits, free crafts and designs, and stunning photography. I may have read the whole thing all at once, and it is completely inspiring me to get back to drawing and finally learn some computer skills that are sorely missing from my life. To say the least, the little world Evie has created is really really lovely.

Have a look at her blog, facebook page, instagram, and etsy shop. Thank you so much Evie!

Handmade Scandanavian Christmas, A Wreath Project

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So, it’s no secret that I love winter, and Christmas, and everything that goes along with the season. So when Stitch Craft Create asked me once again to be part of their Handmade Christmas Decoration Blog Hop, I was a definite yes please! I chose to do a project from the book above, since I am really drawn to the idea of Christmas being less gaudy and more natural…simpler. Full disclosure, the lovely SCC folks gave me a copy of this book, but I truly do not agree to these projects because I am looking for free stuff – I just really love being inspired to make things…pretty much anything. I am a good student – so when offered up a project that shakes me out of my normal making (sewing!) routine, I am all about it. It always leads to something good.

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{Inspired by the book, we spent an afternoon this weekend in our yard, gathering up natural materials like branches and pine cones}

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book – the photography is beautiful, and the projects are simple and humble. Most of all, the whole thing really makes you feel like you could just step outside, cut some pine branches and make it all. Also, there are a lot of projects – food related, things for kids to make, home decorations, gift wrapping ideas, and winter flowers. For more photos from the book, check out the review from Chickpea Sewing Studio

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I wasn’t sure at first which project to make, I was really tempted to default to a garland (my go to), but once all the materials were collected, it became obvious that I should try a wreath. I always have a wreath on our front door and hadn’t changed it out for winter yet – so I broke the branches into smaller pieces and got out the hot glue gun. There are no pictures of the process…you know how hot glue with kids around can be kind of all consuming? Well, I just kept layering the sticks making sure the base branches were secure. I filled it in with pinecones, a few beads for color, and hung in the middle a cut out (hey husband – thanks for workin’ the saw!) from a wooden sign that I painted for our winter market years ago (I chose the W for our last name), and it was all tied up and hung with a bit of hemp rope…

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This project was completely free and such a good one-afternoon make. I love seeing it on our front door, and I never would have made something like this without this little nudge!

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The Stitch Craft Create site has loads of craft books and downloads, and you can get Handmade Scandanavian Christmas over there too.

If you want to be a part of the Christmas crafting too – here’s some incentive! You can enter your own handmade decoration in their contest to win up to $100 (pounds actually, so you do the math) in prizes to spend at SCC. Um, sounds good to me! Check out all the details here…

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Week (or two, or three) in Photos

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These last weeks have been full of little fingers and toes, leaves, the last of Grandma’s carrots, and dress up (an old one that I found of me and my big brother). I once again had the pleasure of taking photos for a few lovely families. We had the perfect yellow light afternoons and I remembered just what it is that I love about people + photos. Really simple moments, really beautiful faces (always). If I could keep fall all year…

Inspiring People: Marathon 1981

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A few years ago, Kami (the lovely lady behind Marathon 1981) and I both had dolls in the same Plush You show in Seattle. While scrolling through the list of artists involved in the show, I came across her work, discovered she was from the prairies (Shock! There are so few plush makers out here that I know about), and immediately contacted her. We made the best kind of trade – I sent one of my horses her way, and I received one of her ‘furmaids’ who still watches over my studio. There are so many reasons why I think these creatures are amazing – I find that I tend to take my dolls to the cute cute side, so I love it when others are able to take the plush form and give it an edge (especially these two in the last photo from her solo show Cute and Awful). The use of vintage fabrics, visible hand stitches, and slight wonkiness (in the best possible way), make sure you know that these have been handmade and are one of a kind. I love ’em.

You can find Kami and her creatures in her shop, on her blog, and facebook page. Thanks so much Kami! (plus, we need to have tea someday…)

Podcast Favorites

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I started listening to podcasts a lot earlier this year. I know, I’m very late to the game on this, but music just wasn’t enough for my otherwise silent workdays. And once I got into them I definitely felt like I had been missing out – now there’s one podcast or another on all day while I work, and I just feel like I am being entertained or learning something new the whole time. I can’t quite think of a better arrangement. These are a few of my favorites at the moment, I skip back and forth between them (and others not on this list which I am hesitant to recommend just yet!)

The Good Life Project – This had become my go-to when I’m not quite sure what I’m in the mood for. The guests are really diverse, but always interesting. Plus, there are hundreds of episodes and they all have an amazing audio quality.

The Heatley Cliff – This one was my first real love. Hosted by Amy Foster and Sheryl Zentner, they talk of their favorite things and life at the pretend English manor house…sometimes. There is a lot of British-loving content, knitting, and lady stuff. I just realized that I definitely can’t articulate why I love it so much. If you are interested in this one, I would start from the beginning. If you’re already a fan, they started a new season today…whoop!

After The Jump – Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney hosts this podcast, interviewing artists, makers, and designers. If you are already a fan of Design Sponge, you’ll love this too.

The Lively Show – Jess Lively’s podcast is all about living with intention, with interviews in areas such as blogging, wellness, food, and simplifying. This is one of those shows that has a great variety and keeps me jotting down notes as I listen.

While She Naps – I have mentioned this one on here before, this is Abby Glassenberg’s podcast which is a big draw for any maker, but especially those in textiles, and espeeecially those into soft toy making. Another one that has me writing down suggestions of new things to check out.

The Dinner Party Download – Another of my go-to’s because there are loads of episodes. This one took me a while to get into, but once I got comfortable with the format I could listen to it all day. Good entertainment with a smattering of celebrity…

The Vinyl Cafe – Last but not least, our Canadian favorite (some of us?) is the Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean. Music and stories with his ongoing cast of characters. I love this because it’s been on our radio for so many years.

**If you have any podcast suggestions I would love to hear them. Happy LIstening!**