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, April 29, 2013

Meet Jack...a little boy who loves Nightmare Before Christmas

Meet Jack. 

He’s a happy little boy with a sparkling personality who loves Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and his little hand painted wooden Skellington friend most of all.  

 He is a handmade doll, crafted lovingly in the Waldorf-esque tradition. 13 inches from the top of his head to the bottom of his shoes, he wears QUITE the debonair ensemble: a colorful upcycled Jack Skellington themed t-shirt and embroidered jeans (by Nanerjoy), and a dapper black and white striped jacket with matching black bowtie(by Mollys Playground). 

His lush iridescent hair is hand spun black merino wool with curly glistening rainbow yarn highlights! He is stuffed with clean carded local wool and his “skin” fabric is cotton interlock imported from Europe. His eyes and mouth are hand embroidered—notice that mischievous twinkle—and his black and white sneakers have Jack Skellington beads on them. 

Jack is intended for adult collectors or children ages five and up, who do not put things in their mouths. His hair, shoes, and Skellington beads pose choking hazards.
I am busily making one more little boy for my upload in my Etsy shop this upcoming weekend…Jack’s friend who will join him in the upload is a boy doll named Charlie, and he LOVES to fish.
More to come soon,
Once Upon A Doll

Monday, April 8, 2013

...and the winner is...

Grand Prize goes to Susan Bianchini!
Second Prize goes to Tracy Doll Love!

Thanks so much everyone for entering...more dolls to come SOON!
This was FUN,
Once Upon A Doll

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Time for a Giveaway!

Meet Lux, a 13 inch Waldorf-esque doll who loves the spa, handmade especially for this contest by Once Upon A Doll. Winner only pays $1.00 (per Facebook rules) plus shipping: $15.00 in the US; $22.00 to Canada; $35.00 elsewhere. (Retail price for this prize is $175.00 plus shipping.)
Lux comes with a fabric bathtub, ducky, baby shampoo bottle, and candle. (Please note that Lux and her little candle friend are handmade, but I purchased the bathtub, duck and baby shampoo set from the Baby Stella line...one of the things I wouldn't do for a doll I made to sell, but am happy to include as a fun extra in a GIVEAWAY!)

Lux's hair is entirely made of LUXURIOUS hand spun art yarn by Yarn Rescue.
 Lux both sits and stands, and she comes with a pair of white bloomers as well as a gorgeous candle and spa themed upcycled outfit, handmade by Nanerjoy just for her!

 2ND PRIZE: A plethora of handmade clay treats for your dolls to “eat”—for picnics, tea parties, and other adventures. Winner only pays $1.00 (per Facebook rules) plus shipping: $4.00 in the US; $8.00 to Canada; $13.00 elsewhere. (Retail price for this prize is $75.00 plus shipping.)

HOW TO ENTER the Once Upon A Doll Giveaway:

First Entry: “Like” the Once Upon A Doll Facebook page and comment under the post accompanying these instructions: https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponADoll

Second Entry: “Share” the post on Facebook (comment below the post “shared”)

Third Entry: Become a follower of this blog and Comment on this Giveaway Blog Post

Fourth Entry: “Favorite” the Once Upon A Doll Etsy Shop (comment below either  this or the FB post “favorited”): http://www.etsy.com/shop/OnceUponADoll

PLEASE remember to comment below the Facebook post every time you enter so that it is counted!!!

**Please Note: both prizes are intended for children five and over, who do not put toys in their mouths. The soft wool of the doll’s hair could pose a choking hazard, as could the eyes on the candle—and most of the food is a choking hazard. Please take this into account as you enter.**
Giveaway ends at midnight PDT on Sunday, April 7th.  My daughter will choose the winners names out of a bowl, and I will announce the winners on Monday April 8th. Thanks so much for your support of Once Upon A Doll!

Good luck to everyone who enters--and thanks so much for your support of Once Upon A Doll!
Until Sunday,
Once Upon A Doll