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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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Meet Princess Katrina...a new Ready To Go (RTG) doll

My daughter and I love the story "Part-time Princess: Girl by Day. Princess by Night." by Deborah Underwood and Cambria Evans so much that I decided to create a decidedly alternative and untraditional princess in honor of the book. Princess Katrina has long luxurious hair and loves pink, but she also saves the kingdom (as usual), sword fights, has tea parties with dragons, plays leapfrog in the mud, and dances with trolls. (Katrina comes with everything pictured in this photo--crown, sword, treasure chest, keys, and children's book.) She saved a prince once, and she might marry him when she grows up...but right now she's too busy.

 Katrina even has a tiny little black sword tattooed on her bum!

Katrina's parents, the King and Queen, understand that every princess defines her own life--and so she comes with two very precious gifts given to her by her royal parents. Her mother the Queen gave her a jeweled pink treasure chest, full of myriad little keys that open all of the wondrous possiblities to choose from in her life, and her father the King gave her the large key that is only her own to choose--the key to her own destiny.

Princess Katrina's hair is a spectacular mix of hand spun wool art yarns, by Yarn Rescue, Rainbow Twist Handspun, and a local yarn artist I discovered not too long ago. Katrina also carries a very special handmade wooden sword (made especially for her by Friendly Fairies Etsy shop) that she carries with her in a ribbon sword belt. The perfect broad sword for her, or play dagger for a child. Her crown is plastic with jewels that match her green eyes and pink mouth and can be worn a variety of ways in her long luxurious hair.

She sits and stands quite easily..and her sweet outfit is pink and covered with princesses and castles and other princess delights in limited edition Alexander Henry fabric and lace made especially for her by Molly's Playground. She comes with white bloomers and handmade 100% wool felt shoes with contrasting stitching. She often awakes in the morning with sparkles in her hair from her nighttime princessing adventures...Katrina has the best of both worlds, anything-but-normal ittle girl by day and princess by night!

Princess Katrina is a RTG (ready to go) doll: she and all her goodies will be uploaded into my Once Upon A Doll Etsy Shop tomorrow night (Wed, July 9th) at 6pm pacific time.
Good luck bringing her home!

Warmly,AmyOnce Upon A Doll

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