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.

 

Summer Love Sale

BLOGSALEHello!! I’m celebrating the beginning of summer here at Boolah Baguette with a sale over in my shop! Everything is 25 – 50% off, and I have made my new cards and prints available online too – I’m so excited about this! The prices have already been reduced and are as listed in the shop – this sale will run until July 5. Enjoy, and happy happy summer!

{Please note that all items included in the sale are ready to ship. The sale prices do not extend to custom orders. Thanks!}

Guinea Pig Adoption

Screen shot 2015-06-05 at 12.26.17 PMguinea pig (2)I’m not great at pets. I like to think about having a pet, but then I quickly talk myself out of it (I’m actually not sure that I would be capable of taking care of another being at this point…I like to tell my kids, I have plants instead). I’ve thought several times about getting a guinea pig, but really, I just want to look at guinea pigs. So here was my solution, and theeen, they multiplied. I made their little noses and gave them beady little eyes (because actual beads were used…), and I am sort of in love with each one. I am taking all these little guys to my neighborhood festival, Art in the Park, here in Saskatoon this Sunday (along with dolls and all my other goods), so perhaps you should come and adopt one!

Have the best weekend!

Animal Dress-Up Dolls!

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You can see them all here in my shop…

Wishing you a lovely day!

The Wee Elves, New for Spring!

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It all started with those ears…

And then I really couldn’t stop. I just couldn’t. Actually, let’s back up – it really started when a lovely customer requested a custom elf for their baby born on Christmas. The doll I made for them had a pink pixie hair style and a certain look, and I knew I would have to make more. And then when I went to make a few little people dolls recently, well, I remembered about those ears.

I am entirely smitten with every one of these dolls. Their frizzy hair and freckles, their little pouches, that corduroy bunny jacket(!), their rosy little cheeks. Oh there is something so good about the tiny little changes that happen in making, the ones that make you fall in love with it all over again.

You can find these Wee Elves in my shop – and to be sure, there will be more…

Have a wonderful weekend, xo

The Progression of a Doll

Hello fine friends. Recently I undertook the process of sorting through my digital photos (this here computer said, enough!), which turned out to be no small task. Along with tossing thousands of photos, I came across all of my product shots too. Looking back at these, the early ones especially, is a little hilarious, a little embarrassing, and a lot humbling.

I have always been a big proponent of photographing your work – for record keeping, and to show how it has evolved. I am finally at the point where I can look back and see the changes – it’s so obvious to me now where the little differences in making happened along the way, and how the dolls changed shape, and in my eyes, got better. And it’s crazy embarrassing to see those first dolls (the very very first, well, there are no proper photos of them, the weirdest of them all!), with arms akimbo and barely any faces, skinny little bodies, and strange fabric choices. I can’t help but feel like they look sloppy now, but they were truly one of a kind, and it’s likely that part that people were interested in. And yes, to every one of you who has been with me from the beginning, who bought one of my creations along the way, thank you. Though I was creating because I loved it, I doubt I would have spent the same kind of time and energy without the sales that came along. Creating more product allowed me to keep trying, to keep figuring out what Boolah Baguette was.

I think it’s great to look back on your work over years and cringe a little. It means you’ve grown and changed, and are likely making something closer to ideal. I hope that never stops happening (and of course, reminds me of this now very famous quote from Ira Glass). And with that, Boolah Baguette over the years…

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Here’s to more making, and continuous growth!

-Erin

Shop Is Open!

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Hello! I feel like I’ve been waiting (and working) for ages to be able to say this, but my shop has re-opened! I want to spend more time this year making sure that the dolls are consistently available online, so I am happy to have reached my January goal of getting all these little beasties out there. I am in love with so many of the new fabrics and can’t wait for you to hold them in person!

Here’s how it’s going to work…most of the dolls available in the shop are made to order in limited numbers. I want to be able to provide a great product that I have worked hard to design and create, but I also want to be able to change up the variety of animals if I can no longer access that fabric, or if my creative curiosity nudges me to move on to a different design or animal. So there will likely be animals ‘retiring’ and new versions that pop up throughout the year.

Another thing that’s different is the clothing, which will now be purchased separately from the dolls. Even though I know that the clothes are charming, I also know that when gifting to a baby, or even just to a kid who loves to take the clothes off and they are never seen again, well, I wanted the dolls to stand alone too. So the choice is yours! If you don’t see the kind of outfit you are looking for in the shop – just send me a message through etsy or by email (boolahb@gmail.com), and we’ll work it out.

So a big yay for all this! You can head over to the shop by clicking on the link over on the right, or with this link here.

As always, thank you so so much for your support!

Merry Christmas, love Boolah Baguette

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It’s that time, when I start thinking of the year gone by and the year ahead. And 2014 was wonderful. I made loads of dolls, and therefore bettered my skills and my eye for detail. I moved my little operation to a new location, and felt the new-to-me freedom of creative time – and oh how I’ve used it (sometimes I even forget about lunch). The dolls went on an Alberta road trip for the first time! And, I was lucky enough to participate in two group shows, allowing me to explore the soft sculpture side of plush making, and I’ve loved it.

I’ve got big plans for next year, probably way too big, but better too big than too small (it’s like kid’s clothes, right? you can always grow into them…). I am taking a break over the holidays to see family and lounge about, or well, as much as I am capable of that last part – but I’m sure I will eagerly be back in January.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me this year, whether through the purchase of a doll, a kind email about my work, or by sharing something of mine that you are fond of. As always, I am so thankful to be able to do creative work – and it is largely because of the support of all of you! Thank you so very much, and Merry Christmas!

xo,

Erin

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A Waldorf Doll for Christmas

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Creating a Waldorf-inspired doll is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, most certainly this entire year. But I knew that this was the kind of project that required time – to source materials (almost nothing I needed to make this doll was available to me locally, how sad!), to learn several new skills, and to be able to focus for a few days. And so I promised myself that I could work on this over Christmas holidays, but I couldn’t wait.

There are certain things that I love about these dolls, especially that they are made with natural materials like cotton and wool. The materials are wonderful to work with, and the process of forming the head and body is one that can maybe be best described as ‘slow craft.’ Admittedly this one took a long time because I was making up the pattern (I am very interested in the proportions of dolls, and wanted to get what I thought was the right look), learning how to make jointed limbs, learning more about face sculpting, and learning how to make hair. So that by the time I was done, I was feeling quite attached ~ but if I had given in to this feeling every time I’ve experienced it, I would have a room full of dolls. Um, no. I made this one as a Christmas gift to my son’s Montessori school, and because I thought it might be used as a kind of teaching doll I wanted to make it a ‘real baby’ size, with a diaper and clothes.

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There are still most definitely skills I need to work on and ways to improve, as always, but I loved this process. I was always a little curious about the kind of obsession and prices that surround modern day Waldorf dolls, but I get it now. The hours spent are many and in the end you can totally feel it. Man, dolls totally pull at my heart, and I am part of that crazy club. Count me in.

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