March 23 Shop Update Preview

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Hello! My next shop update will be taking place this Thursday, March 23 at noon CST in my Etsy shop. I am so excited to say that I have 20 dolls (!!) to be listed – In my world, that’s a lot of dolls! There are lots of full sized (14″) dolls and 6 very wee elves (10″ and come with a sleeping bag) and a couple of sweet otters.

After my last shop update I had many people contact me because they weren’t able to snag the one they wanted – The thing about Etsy is that multiple people can have the same item in their cart and the first person to check out is the one who gets it. I know, crazy. And though I can’t guarantee anything, my advice is to already have an Etsy account, and be logged in to PayPal if you are paying that way. I am happy to refund any shipping overcharge if you place multiple separate orders. I list the dolls right at noon, so refreshing my shop page at that time should bring the listings up for you to view. If there is a doll you have your heart set on, please keep this all in mind.

I am so excited to see where these dolls will find their new homes – Happy Spring and enjoy your week!

-Erin

New Shapes, New Dolls

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Every once in a while I get the feeling that something needs to change (of course, in my everyday life, I get that feeling a lot – forever restless). The dolls needed to be revived, I needed to  stay interested. So I spent some time fooling around with shapes and made a few new patterns – I love these narrow, easy to hold bodies and thin limbs (even though they take considerably more time to turn and stuff!). There is a sweetness and elfishness about these dolls that intrigues me and makes me want to make one after the other, just to see what the next one will look like – it’s a surprise, even to me, until all the parts come together. Keep an eye out for more like this in the shop – I will be adding them as they are made. Here’s to the beginning of summer!

{ps, loved this episode}

Bon Voyage

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Earlier this week I was cleaning out my studio. I have a lot of supplies and a pretty small space to keep them, so it doesn’t take long before it feels tight. These four big animals had been keeping me company in there for the last year since I made them as part of the Imaginary Architects exhibit at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I am pretty fond of them, simply because of their size, but I knew it was time to make room, and perhaps someone else would like to adopt them. I put out a call on instagram for anyone wanting to give them a home, and within the day they were off – one locally, one to BC, one to New Hampshire, and One to the UK. I set them in our porch while they waited to be boxed up, and I kind of loved the sight of them there. Also, a shot of me looking like we are telling jokes, when really I am just trying to keep everyone upright after dashing into the photo (I’ll likely never relinquish the self timer…). Bon Voyage sweet animals, it was fun.

 

The Studio Comes Home

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Hello! It’s been months since I was here last – the biggest thing that happened between then and now was the moving of my studio back into my house. With my kids in school, it started to feel like it would be okay to work at home again. I was missing the convenience of having all my supplies on hand, and I felt like I needed a bit more (but not too much…) human contact. I worried a bit about whether I would be able to keep the work/life boundaries that had naturally been set up with an away-from-home studio, but it turns out that the habits of stopping at a certain time for the day and just closing the door on a project carried on with me to this space. I never feel frantic to rush in there and work just a bit more – funny how that has changed over the last few years since I’ve dedicated so much more time to this, and since I’m not working solely in the fringe hours.

This space in my house is a little extra room over our porch. Emphasis on little (about 10×10, or a very small bedroom). It forces me to keep things tidy and tucked away. It has windows on every side and a nice view. My mom says it’s like being in a turret.

I am so very thankful that I had the guts to take on a bigger studio last year and treat my work more seriously. It was the perfect space for that and I got a hell of a lot of work done. I am thankful too that I had the guts to also make this step, a forwards step back, because sometimes that’s the way. Thanks for letting me share this peek behind the scenes!

A collaboration with Bamboletta

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So of course, when Christina approached me about creating some sets for them, it was an immediate yes. The sets include a little spirit animal and a matching jacket. I used a range of fabrics for the critters and stuffed them with the same wool that is used in the dolls – the animals also received a little accessory or bit of clothing. Many of the jackets have hoods with animal ears peeking out, and others are collared…all have great buttons 🙂 It was so fun for me to think of animals, decide on fabrics, and see this project come together. I am honored to collaborate with a company with such integrity, and of course, one that loves dolls.

The sets will be available soon, and again in the near future – see the Bamboletta shop if you are interested. And don’t forget to read all about them and see all the dolls – your day will be immediately better.

Thanks Bamboletta!