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Once Upon A Doll began with my own love of dolls, especially hand made. My kids and I collect, play with, and love our dolls, and eventually I began to make dolls of my own. Although my dolls are based upon the principles of Waldorf doll making--natural and sustainably harvested materials (like wool stuffing and cotton interlock), hand spun and dyed wool yarns for hair, hand made doll clothes, 100% wool felt for shoes--my dolls cannot be called strictly Waldorf (more Waldorf-esque), as they have definite personalities, larger & more expressive eyes, and playful mouths. Once Upon A Doll features enchanted dolls made in the Waldorf tradition with a storybook theme for that special child in your life or the discriminating collector of handmade dolls.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Meet Bella...a custom doll

After making Renesmee (from Breaking Dawn and Twilight fame), a friend approached me about making a custom Bella doll. I was SO excited!
I began with a Bella bracelet with the crystal heart (for Edward) and the wolf (for Jacob).
Since this Bella would be post Breaking Dawn, she needed vampire red eyes and itty bitty vampire fangs, too!
I added a custom upcycled outfit by Nanerjoy--with Edward on the front (of course) and a very special skirt and cap sleeves featuring fabric by Smoking Lily. Also, I needed to create a new type of shoe for this doll...Bella would never willingly wear bows on her shoes :)...

Bella needed her "classic" brown hoodie from the movies, and so Maddie Bean agreed to make this!

 Bella's hair is her classic chocolate brown, but I added a touch of vermillion to match her vampire eyes and a bit of the curly boucle I used in Renesmee's hair...

 Bella was BORN to be a vampire, don't you think?


Voila! Hello, Isabella Cullen (Swan) !

What a beauty!
Thanks so much for meeting Bella with me,
Once Upon A Doll

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