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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 20, 2014

Halloween RTG Zombies...just for YOU!

 Meet Cemetaria, a handmade Waldorf-esque doll by Once Upon A Doll. 13" tall, she stands and sits quite easily. Her adorable upcycled outfit was made especially for her by Nanerjoy, and features her little zombie friend Blimp floating under an undead balloon (Blimp was lovingly needlefelted for her by 13Chesnuts).
 Cemetaria's macabre hair is a rich array made entirely of hand spun art yarns in cemetary gray, ectoplasm green, blood red, and grave dirt brown. Her unusual eyes are handmade buttons made especially for her by an undead artisan in Canada (Etsy shop is called "onthedarkerside"). Cemetaria is not appropriate for small children, as her eyes (although very securely attached) pose a choking hazard for children who might put things in their mouths.
 Cemetaria's small handmade needlefelted zombie friend, named Blimp, floated on a balloon to her out of a game...he is the same character featured on her dres
 Zombie friends are LITERALLY friends FOREVER! Her best friend in the world is "...", a ZOM zombie mime who, true to his craft, has never spoken, so no one knows what his name is. "..." is a handmade zombie mime plush purchased at San Diego Comic Con 2014 especially for Cemetaria. "..." is the alpha prototype for a line of handmade zombie plushies. Here is the LINK to ZOMs website to learn more about he and his zombie brethren!
 Cemetaria's favorite thing to do is go to graveyards late at night and wait with her friends for zombies to rise from their graves...so she can rescue them. Sometimes she has to wait a long time, but she is quite patient and fearless. Cemetaria has an unsusual face, with an eerie mouth and the occasional stitch here and there, but her zombie friends think she is beautiful. Cemetaria's little bottom has adorable stiches as well, but she hides these from the common rabble.
 She is stuffed with clean carded local wool and her “skin” fabric is cotton interlock imported from Europe. Her eyes are handmade buttons, and each seam has been double-stitched to last years of play. Cemetaria's simple expression allows your child to imagine whatever emotion he or she wishes. The wool stuffing warms to your child’s body temperature, making it  feel like a real companion to befriend. The outfit is removable. Her hair is long and may be styled a variety of ways for creative play.

Cemetaria and her friends are listed at a very low price in celebration of her favorite holiday, Halloween. She can't wait to join you!

Cemeteria will be uploaded for SALE in my Etsy shop tonight at 6pm pacific time: here's the LINK to Cemeteria's listing

Happy Hauntings,
Once Upon A Doll