Welcome! Sit down, peruse these pages, and indulge in the stories my dolls arouse within your imagination...

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, December 17, 2012

Meet Malcom and Kaylee....... Custom browncoat dolls

"Take my love. Take my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me.
Take me out to the black.
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back.
Burn the land And boil the sea.
You can't take the sky from me
Have no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me."

--Theme song from the T.V. Series Firefly

These two little custom dolls are made especially for siblings who LOVE the movie Serenity and the T.V. series Firefly...

With handmade weather suede browncoats by Maddie Bean...
 ...and brown shirts with khaki pants by Blissality...
 ...and OF COURSE the famous Jayne Cobb hats...
They sit and stand unassisted...
 ..and have the sweetest smiles (don't let it fool you, though, they are spitfires ready for adventure)!
Malcom and Kaylee even have special "browncoat" buttons and zip-up suede boots.

They are off to their new homes for Christmas morning.

May your own holidays be a grand adventure as well,
Once Upon A Doll

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Meet Miss Pepper Mint and her little holiday minion

Just in time for Christmas shopping, please meet Miss Pepper Mint!

Pepper Mint loves Christmas, and she has the hardest time WAITING for all the festivities! Perhaps that is why she loves her little needle felted, candy striped holiday minion named "Ooga Booga" so very much: he loves to get into trouble! Ooga Booga is like a big soft marshmallow, and therefore a bit more delicate than some fellows--probably better for children five and over who are more gentle with their toys.

13 inches from the top of her head to the tip of her toes, she wears adorable handmade pajamas featuring red and green ooga booga monsters made especially for her by Mollys Playground. Her lush, long hair is hand spun merino wool yarn in candy cane, Christmas green and ivory boucle for that sassy curl! 

 Pepper Mint is a sassy little gal cannot WAIT to meet the special child who will love her on Christmas morning...what adventures they will have together!

Hope your holiday preparations are full of joy and unexpected blessings!
Once Upon A Doll