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Mini Monday – Fairies' Nest

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Meet Cynthia of Fairies’ Nest:

My name is Cynthia Toy (really!) and I have been a doll maker for about…hmm…ever… but seriously and professionally for about 20 years.

I think my dollmaking developed from an acute fiber addiction that I inherited from my mom; plus an overactive imagination, reading lots of fantasy, 3 sons, and I just love to play with dolls! I’ve always been interested in needle crafts of all kinds and have spent many years experimenting and learning how to manipulate cloth and fibers; sewing, spinning, knitting… you name it, I wanted to learn it!

I love to make dolls, it never gets boring because so many different techniques are involved… tired of sewing? You can glue for awhile, or knit, or play clay, or stuff, cut, weave… there’s are all kinds of fun to be had and new techniques to learn all the time. I’m also a huge believer in all things fairy and making dolls lets all those fairies that have been living in my head find their way into the world. (Whew! It gets crowded in there!)The hardest part for me is letting my babies go off to new owners…but that’s what pays the bills, so off they go!

Each of my dolls requires many hours to make as I design and create each doll completely from my own imagination. Many of the dolls are made from the inside out without patterns and each face is carefully drawn and painted by hand using no patterns or stencils. Because of this, no two dolls are EVER exactly alike, they are all one of a kind; like people, each has its own distinct personality.

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Mini Monday – Fairies’ Nest

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
fairiesnest.etsy.com

Meet Cynthia of Fairies’ Nest:

My name is Cynthia Toy (really!) and I have been a doll maker for about…hmm…ever… but seriously and professionally for about 20 years.

I think my dollmaking developed from an acute fiber addiction that I inherited from my mom; plus an overactive imagination, reading lots of fantasy, 3 sons, and I just love to play with dolls! I’ve always been interested in needle crafts of all kinds and have spent many years experimenting and learning how to manipulate cloth and fibers; sewing, spinning, knitting… you name it, I wanted to learn it!

I love to make dolls, it never gets boring because so many different techniques are involved… tired of sewing? You can glue for awhile, or knit, or play clay, or stuff, cut, weave… there’s are all kinds of fun to be had and new techniques to learn all the time. I’m also a huge believer in all things fairy and making dolls lets all those fairies that have been living in my head find their way into the world. (Whew! It gets crowded in there!)The hardest part for me is letting my babies go off to new owners…but that’s what pays the bills, so off they go!

Each of my dolls requires many hours to make as I design and create each doll completely from my own imagination. Many of the dolls are made from the inside out without patterns and each face is carefully drawn and painted by hand using no patterns or stencils. Because of this, no two dolls are EVER exactly alike, they are all one of a kind; like people, each has its own distinct personality.

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Mini Monday – Merrydale Dolls

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merrydaledolls.etsy.com

Meet Chris of Merrydale Dolls:

My name is Chris and I am Merrydale’s one and only designer and maker of dolls. I am originally from Yorkshire, England, and have also lived in Moravia, Czech Republic. In both places there is a strong tradition of folk lore and arts and crafts. I now live in Toronto, which is a city enriched by the cultural diversity of its inhabitants.

I love making dolls and sending them out into the world to become good companions for the children they meet.

The simple dolls I make are inspired by the ancient tradition of dollmaking from many cultures around the world, as well as the Waldorf/Steiner Schools tradition. I am grateful to the parents at the Waldorf school (where my sons, now grown-up, attended kindergarten and early grades) for passing on to me techniques of dollmaking.

I believe that the toys we give to our children should nourish their imaginations. I want children to create by themselves in their play, so my dolls’ features have only a suggestion of character. The facial expressions will change in the imagination of the child.

My favourite book about a dollmaker is “Goldie the Dollmaker” by M.B. Goffstein.

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Mini Monday – Wood Toy Shop

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Meet Mark of Wood Toy Shop:

I have been a toymaker for ten years. Wooden toys are a great alternative to mass marketed plastic toys. My toys are built to last from hard woods and are finished with non-toxic mineral oil. Most of the wood I use are mill ends and scrap from cabinet shops.

Educated in Finance and Economics, I have worked in Finance, as a Software Engineer and a Flight Instructor. I am currently a stay at home dad/toymaker and have found that to be the most fun and rewarding.

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Mini Monday – Wren Willow

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Meet Marla of Wren Willow:

My name is Marla and I’m a first time mom who has always been artistic and creative. I went to art school in NYC and stayed there for about ten years before moving upstate.

Wren Willow is the name of my daughter and I began this online venture with her in mind. While pregnant I had trouble finding things which fit the aesthetic I was looking for, so like many on Etsy I began making my own onesies for her to wear.

All work from sketching the design, dyeing the garment and hand screening the art and logo is done by me. I use water based inks and no harsh chemicals. There are many steps I take in each shirt I make.

I hand dye the shirt with Procion dyes. They bond to the fabric on a molecular level and will not bleed or fade in the wash. I screen the front as well as the back logo, heat set the ink and then sew in a care label. I put a lot of care into my work and welcome any questions or comments.

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Mini Monday – Softearthart

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Meet Softeartart

Hi! My needle felting creations are all made with 100% pure New Zealand Wool, dyed in beautiful rainbow colors. My wish is to warm peoples hearts.

I live on a 25 year old organic homestead, surrounded by gardens and beautiful trees. My life is very calm and peaceful and this just suits me fine.