Monday, May 3, 2010

My First Doll Giveaway and Truth in Advertising

Well first off Truth in Advertising. I have been making 14" and 16" dolls for a long time. Right? Uh...no. Apparently I have really been making 15" and 17" dolls. While making the wee 12" doll for the Big Doll Giveaway, I discovered she is really 13". This prompted me to measure the other dolls on my work table. They are each an inch longer/taller than I have been stating. I am going to change the descriptions in my Etsy shop and on this blog. I do hope that this hasn't caused any confusion to any of my customers.

Now for my very first Hey Look...a Big Doll Giveaway. As many of you know, I am getting married in less than 2 weeks. I am over the Moon happy. One of the myriad of wonderful qualities that Mr. Hamby possesses (<-----look at how many s's that word has!) is his complete support of my little doll making business. He loves that I get to stay home and do what makes my heart sing. His encouragement to look at this as more than a hobby and make it a real business has inspired me to 'up my game' and work smarter and harder.

I have amazing customers and blog readers. You keep me inspired and enthused. I am so grateful for each of you. One way to show my appreciation is to have this Big Doll Giveaway.


Here is Adelaide. She is a 13" (that's right, not 12") Moonchild doll. Adelaide has on a Kimono style dress and red and white polka dot knit leggings. She is wearing hair ties in her hair as well. Adelaide also comes with her own Forest Friends Quilt.

This is a 'no strings attached' giveaway. I will pay postage worldwide.

To enter the giveaway just leave comment on this post. For 2 chances at winning add your best advise for a newly married couple. This giveaway will end in 1 week. 12pm on May 10th.
Good Luck and THANK YOU!!!!

191 comments:

CupCakeCutie said...

SOOOO excited!!!! I love your dolls. You are one of the reasons I was motivated to start sewing more. Thanks so much. I guess my best advice would be something my husband said on our honey moon. "Make the honey moon feel a week of date nights, and every date night after feel like a mini honey moon." Don't stop pursuing one another. That's why you fell in love in the first place. So glad you found some one who supports you. That's an amazing feeling.

slralston74 said...

Oh my! She is GORGEOUS!!!!! I lover her, her outfit and the quilt. Beautiful work as always. As far as marriage advice goes, communication is key. My husband and I never argue but that is because we always talk to each other about EVERYTHING. I can't wait to see pictures of your special day.

vhuberts said...

Wow! Really? Our daughter is Adelaide!! We ordered a boy doll for our son Reece and we all love him so much! I hope there are girl dolls in our future; maybe this one!
And my marriage advice: No matter how strong and independent (and right!) you are, giving in is sometimes well worth avoiding a useless fight.
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and thank you for your beautiful work!

Carey said...

What stunning work you do :D

Best advice is don't sweat the small stuff...,an oldie but a goodie.

Fabiola Perez-Sitko said...

dear lord...my fingers are hurting there is so much i want to write! but as my most important "advice" is: make a note to do romantic things for each other every day and to "voice" the love!!

Kigwit said...

I love your dolls-but you must have very strong hands to be able to make all of those doll heads turn out so nicely!

My advice, respect one another at all times. I drive my DH crazy but he respects me and I respect him. We're great friends!

Jill said...

Berrie - I love her! Our dog's name is Adelaide too! How perfect! You sarted mine (and my kids') love for Waldorf dolls. She would be a much loved addition to our Moonchild Doll family!

Jill said...

My best advice - Breathe Right Strips! LOL! It's the only way my husband can keep me in the bed with him at night. His snoring is too bad otherwise.

Anne said...

Adorable little doll and the quilt is gorgeous! We'd love to add both to our family!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! My advice for a newly married couple... Always say "I love you" every day. Even on those days when you just feel annoyed or cranky. I have found it really helps me to get past that feeling and remember that I do, really really love my hubby, and what a great person he is!

Danielle said...

Hi Berrie! Just saw your post of this doll on Flickr and of course just HAD to enter! She's Gorgeous as always, and oh how Zia would love a little friend for the other dollie you made for her! Her birthday is May 27th so it would be perfect! ;-)

My best advice for a newly married couple is to never go to bed angry and to make the last words you say before you go to sleep "I love you". :-) Congrats btw!

Aimee B. said...

Your dolls are pure delight! Would love to win this wonderful little cutie!
My advice is to always remember that you are so very blessed to have found somebody to share your life with. It is a gift that not everyone has. Remember that it is special so you don't take it for granted! Congratulations!

stilettopeel said...

Very exciting!! You are very talented! My best advice would be to not forget to be polite -- even at your worse moments (when polite is the furthest thing from your mind!). And, the minute you realize you haven't been out together in a while, set a standing date night each month! (Reconnecting just 1 on 1 is key).

Cheers to you on your lovely day! I think one of your dolls may need a flower girl outfit? ;)

Stacy said...

Love this doll! Thanks for doing the give away!

My marriage advice is to never go to bed angry. If you have an argument, resolve it before you do to sleep. That way, you don't let things linger...! Congratulations on your wedding!

christie said...

Oh, so cute--what a wonderful giveaway! I just ordered my first doll kit and am going to attempt to make a doll. Everyone has already given you such good advice and I agree with it all!

Yvonne said...

Of course I will give this a shot!!! Ella would love to have her own Berrie doll :)

My best advise is two fold. Always try to compromise with your husband and number two, do not go to bed angry with him :)

Jen said...

This doll is so cute! I've been admiring your work for a bit now - I know how time consuming it is and how much love you must put into each one, since my mother makes teddy bears. Each one has a name, just the way yours do.

The best 'just married' advice I ever gave a couple is that marriage isn't always a 50-50 split. Sometimes it's 30-70 and you might feel like the 70. The best way to make it work is to always revisit your goals and dreams in order to make sure you're both on the same page. My husband and I do this every year, in order to make sure that we aren't expecting too much of each other and it's helped a lot during our 14 years (today!) of marriage.

Domilee said...

Oh she is adorable. I want to learn how to make these but for now will settle on trying to win one for my daughters birthday. Thank you for offering her.

Marriage Advice: Don't go to sleep on an argument, always resolve it first. Oh and I am adding a second. Always make time for the two of you. Whether it be dinner, a movie, a night away.

Crystal said...

Oh she is a lovely little lady. So precious! I would love to have one for my Belles.

My best advice for newlyweds is to try to always keep the spirit of being an engaged couple alive. Do nice things for each other, stay excited about your relationship, go on dates. It gets so hard once you have kids, you really need to work on it.

My advice for your wedding day (because I used to plan weddings) is to at some point during the day try to take a step away from it all with your new husband and take it all in. Revel in the fact that you are now married, spy on your guests, take in their excitement for you, look at your setup... the day goes by so fast I'm so happy that my husband and I took a moment to step back and take it all in.

kathy said...

i <3 her! my fingers are crossed that i can win her=)

Rachel said...

I love her name...Adelaide! Beautiful quilt too!

Advice for the new couple - Always take time for each other no matter what.

Congratulations to you both!

kathy said...

her is my marriage advice to you:
1- never go to bed angry. you will still feel crappy in the morning!
2- fight fairly.....NEVER bring up stuff that made you mad weeks or months ago. get that out in the open when it bothers you!
3- take a few minutes when something bothers you to collect your thoughts. mean words cannot be taken back!
4- keep things spicy!!!

good luck & congrats=)

NeeNee said...

My best advice for a newly married couple is don't expect perfection from each other. Talk often, fight fair, and forgive unconditionally.

Be blessed in your union and walk in the Fruit of the Spirit and you will be prosperous and have a long marriage. Galatians 5:22-26

angelina said...

you are so wonderful: these dolls take so long to make. i love her quilt! i am making my first dolls right now....and it is so much fun.
thanks for this opportunity to win
angelina

Kelly said...

My advice is "always listen to what your spouse is saying...not just the words, but the meaning behind those words!"

angelina said...

my advice on making relationships successful is to laugh at each other, ALOT. john and i just crack up sometimes when we look at each other. i make fun of his hair and he tells me i am a terrible housewife/cleaner and we both go to bed smiling!
xxx

Lea said...

She is so pretty!!! I love looking at your great creations and I also am happy to hear that Mr. Hamby is very supportive in your doll making :)

The best marital advice I have to give is to not go to bed angry at each other and also to always think before you say something (if you are arguing). I think it's much better to not say something in the heat of the moment than to say it and then wish you could take it back.

I wish you lots and lots of luck on your new marriage and I can't wait to see pictures of the wedding :)

Hippy Goodwife said...

Oh she is beautiful! My advice ( form an old friend when I got married) is to take lots of naps together. A little afternoon snooze. ( and yes, I do mean sleep!) Very nice.

Jan said...

What a great give away, I heard about if from Yvonne of Color Your Life.

My best advise, is what's worked for us for 46 years, stay independent.

Patty said...

She is so cute I would love to win her.

Patty said...

My advice is that you both do things as a couple, and do things as individuals. Don't get into a rut thinking you are a couple only, and not 2 separate people. And Congratulations to you both.

Lisa said...

I can't wait to see what your shop morphs into. Your dolls are the best out there! The workman ship is perfect.

Advice for the newly weds? Make time for each other and let that time be about you as a couple.

Want some fun? Try yoga together.

camtaysmom said...

Sweet dolls, Berrie! When my hubby Eric and I got married, someone said, "I wish for you that this day is the worst day of your married life." I was taken aback until I realized that as glorious as our wedding day was, the rest of our lives together could be even more so. It was a heartfelt wish.

Hillary said...

Hi Berrie what a wonderful doll and a GREAT giveaway :-) IF I were married I could give marriage advice for my 2nd chance at the giveaway but instead I will guess and say... kiss him a lot... he'll like that :-)

Lindi said...

She is beautiful, Berrie! One can feel the love you put into making her.
About marriage: Never criticize..always say and think the best of each other and never go to bed angry with each other. I wish so many blessings for two "Hamby's!"

CaseyA said...

Our advice for a newly married couple is to cherish the little things your partner does for you. It could be something as simple as pouring a cup of coffee for you on a busy morning, making the bed the way they like it ( my husband likes his sheets tucked in, I do not), cutting flowers and leaving them on your pillow, packing his lunch, mowing the... See More lawn. It is simple things like these that allows the other person to realize how much you are loved and how well they know you. When I think about all the little things my husband does for me/with me on a daily basis it makes me feel so lucky to be in love.

My husbands advice for a good marriage is to always have dinner on the table. His favorite quote is " If I don't smell the cooking, I know I ain't eating" =) Of course this is all in jest. =P

Nicole said...

I had a whole lovely post written out and got an error message when I tried to post.

Love lots!(write love letters and leave them in surprise places, like the microwave, shirt pocket, coffee filter, even a sticky on a bathroom mirror)
Live well! (do fun things, be spontaneous!)
Forgive often!

mini said...

Adelaide is beautiful! We would love her (who wouldn't).

My advice: Don't take one another for granted and try to recognize that there will always be ups and downs but that you can usually overcome them.
AnaDC

Kathy said...

She is a darling doll. I love the strawberry kimono.

My advice is to always make time, at least once a week, for a date just the two of you. Even if it is only in your living room.

Shannon said...

My sons would love this cutie so much! They've enjoyed so many of your creations - what talent you have!

As for marriage advice, never go to bed angry. I know it's cliche, but it works! Best wishes on your upcoming wedding, Berrie!

Grace said...

Congratulations! My advice to you is to enjoy eachother's company, take time out for eachother, and always laugh! Beautiful give away!

Theresa said...

Hi Berrie!

Adelaide is adorable and so is the quilt :) Your work is amazing!

My newly-wed advice? Communication is key. Don't expect eachother to read eachothers minds; if you want something or need something from your hubby don't be afraid to say so!

I am sure you and Mr Hamby will have a long and fantastic life together. Congratulations to you both!

Bum said...

Hi Berrie,
Early congrats to you and Mr. Hamby.

Advice from Mary:
-never be embarrassed to let your inner self shine truly to your mate.
-always listen to one another, even when not interested. Always actively listen, not just hear.

Advice from Bum:
-Mr. Hamby, massage Mrs. Hamby's feet if and when she asks for it... And if she doesn't mind it, just out of the blue, for no reason. Lotion might be preferred as well.
-there will be good times. There will be rough times. There will be joyous and happy times. There will be trying times. But from day one as Mr. and Mrs. Hamby, always remember that these will be the best times of your lives.


Best wishes from Mary, Bum, and Emma!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful baby! And the quilt is divine too. My advise for a newly married couple - Don't be afraid to go to therapy when you need it. Seriously. Good luck!

jhenzel said...

It is so wonderful that your future hubby is so supportive of your career. I have always felt that friendship was the key ingredient to a lasting marriage. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

Anonymous said...

I love her and would love a chance to win.I have never been married but am a mumma to a lovely little girl.I guess my advice would be to always just be you not someone elses version of you.I did hear a great quote about marriage which was something to the effect of your spose always sees you as a better version of you than you can see for yourself.Congratulations

Polar Bear Creations said...

Dear Berrie, I LOVE your dolls and you are are a huge inspiration to me! :0)

My advice:
Relationships are like gardens. If you don't tend to them the weeds take over until you do not recognize it anymore. Relationships are sometimes a lot of work and they never stay the same, but you love and enjoy them never the less.
Showing each other your appreciation goes a long way too.
I wish you both the very , very best, lots of love and happiness!

gina said...

Oh I love her!! So cute, and love that sweet little dress! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Hugs,
Gina

Cathy said...

Your dolls are beautiful and this new one just as much so.
My advice from a 33 year marriage is to really listen to each other and to make your spouse feel important and be interested in what he is doing. Also, to let them know that you appreciates the things that he does for you. Laugh often even if the joke isn't that funny.

Linda said...

Just found your blog. What a great doll and I love her little quilt. It would be super to win so I could give my little grandaughter a surprise gift!

Paula L. said...

Adelaide is adorable and so is her quilt. I would love to win! Thanks!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Keltie said...

Hello Berrie,
Our (ahem,my daughter's) doll arrived today. she is magnificent. thank you!

congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

My advice for newlyweds...well it's not exactly advice but I've always thought Saint-Exupery's words ring true "love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction".

Nazalie said...

We are spoiled! She is so beautiful! My advice ... Just don't let the routine take place into your daily life. Lots of love.

Suzy said...

Adelaide is so beautiful! And I love her quilt.

My best advice for any couple is to never go to bed on an argument - stay awake and talk it through.

SNubile said...

Love Adelaide! She is so beautiful. She would be a perfect friend for my niece Adelyn.

As for advice - Make sure to kiss each other every day. Not just a peck on the cheek, a real kiss.

Alina said...

I have admired your dolls for a while now and I am very happy when I find a new post on your blog or new pictures on flickr.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us!

So great you found someone who support what you love to do. Enjoy each other as much as you can!!!

Goddess of Madness said...

I'd love a chance to have one of your girls. And my piece of advice? Never lose yourself at the for the sake of the relationship, if you find that happening drive the two of you to the couples therapist and hammer it out.

The Ferrys said...

Oh, I do hope I win her. I may even share he with my daughter!

My best advice for a newly married couple (I'm celebrating 10 years at the end of the month) is simple: TALK. All the time. Talk about everything and anything. Weddings are about champagne and roses, and passion in your fancy clothes. But marriages are about long conversations over milk and cookies at the kitchen table wearing your PJs.

nocton4 said...

oh so gorgeous, am crossing just about everything for this one xx

A piece of advice, remember always, that you love each other, really and truly love each other.
That love is what will get you through, all the times ahead, the good and the bad ( may they be very few )
congratulations
xxx

waldorfmama said...

oh my goodness, berrie...what a wonderful giveaway! my daughter and i would both adore this BEAUTIFUL doll. :-) so for 2 chances to win, here is my marriage advice (which my parents gave to me long ago): never go to bed angry! wishing you a joyfully long and happy marriage. :-)

Jennifer said...

set up several checking accounts...I have one for daycare, one for the mortgage and one for my own fun money. From our paychecks, we have direct deposite the right amount into each account to cover our bills etc.

i get 40$ every 2 weeks for my "fun money" that goes directly into my personal checking account :)

This has saved us a lot of troubles and fights.

kindredmamma said...

She is sooooo sweet. Congrats on you upcoming wedding. My daughter would simply be in heaven with that doll.

Let's see... wedding advice. Always.. Always date your spouse. Make special time with him on a regular basis. It is something that got neglected when children came and over the last few months it has been a huge rejuvenator for our marriage. Not only are we continuously falling in love again, but it is a great example for our children.

Maggi said...

I love your dolls, they are so sweet and beautiful!

Love unconditionally. Don't go to bed angry at each other. Always do more giving to one another that you *have* to give. Remember why you love each other. Say I'm sorry. be vulnerable and make being with you your spouse's safe place.

These are the things that have made my marriage incredible. Many blessings on you! <3

sandra said...

We've been admirers of your dolls for so long, they are just lovely.

I've been married going on 15 years now. Good advice has already been posted. It can't be stressed enough to make time to be with your husband. It's easy to drift apart, especially when busy raising a family. It helps me in all my relationships (and life in general), to practice mindfulness! Then my responses to people and situations can be a little more wise, less emotionally charged.

Best,
Sandy

reggie said...

I'm going to say it again "Don't sweat the small stuff" It's not worth it. Best wishes Berrie. I really want that doll!!!! oxox

allsewnup said...

She's absolutely lovely! I'd love to have her come live with our family. ;o)
My thoughts,
-Never go to sleep without telling each other "I love you"


Carolyn

Andyleti said...

Congratulations on your talent! I love your work! Hope I´m the lucky one and your doll will play in Argentina with my boys (who love dolls, by the way). As for marriage, I think patience and understanding are key issues. Oh, and it's always worth remembering why you chose each other to begin with...
All the best on your special day!

crystal_crtr2 said...

Your dolls are too precious!!

crystal_crtr2 said...

My best advice for a newly married couple is compromise and don't start a new day with yesterday's hurt or anger! My husband and I argue, but we always wake up to a new day. When we leave arguing in the previous day we are able to work our issues out a lot easier. Good Luck!!

R W said...

Adelaide is beautiful and what a wonderful way to commemorate the new phase of your life.

My best advice is: Never let the sun go down on your anger. Always talk it out. When we really need to listen closely, we even take turns talking -- letting one person speak and the other person repeats back what they heard the first person say. When the first person has said their piece, it's the second person's turn. Very simple, yet powerful and eye-opening about how well you are truly listening! It's a very loving thing to do.

Congratulations and wishing you both the best!
Rebecca Wolf AT gmail DOT com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your dolls are adorable!

My advice: Always treat your spouse the way you want to be treated.

deserae said...

I would love to win! Your dolls are so adorable!

deserae said...

My best advice is to make sure you get your own "me" time or time with the girls. A little seperation goes a long way in a relationship.

Amber H. said...

She's so adorable! And I love that she comes with her own quilt.

Amber H. said...

My personal advice to a newly wed couple.. is that most arguments can be solved with makeup... well it involves the bed and nudity.

Seriously! It's not sad often, but those who openly admit it works for them usually have better relationships than those who don't try to resolve their arguments in any way and they just let it fester. I'm sure there's other ways to resolve arguments, but this is the best!

Jill said...

She's great! What a great giveaway. Best advice for newlyweds: Always focus more on each other than yourselves. If both of you are doing that, you will have a lot of happiness with each other, you will know you marriage is a priority for both of you and your needs will be fulfilled.

holistic_earthmama said...

Your dolls and doll clothing are so gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!
My best advice for a newly married couple would be to remember to always keep the vision of each other as the "beloved" even when life starts to become more ordinary again. Remember to love and appreciate the other person on a daily basis. And keep the fun in your everyday life as well!

Regi said...

What a lovely lovely give-a-way.

Congratulations on the upcoming wedding... and in regards to married advice... hold hands even when no one is looking... say i love you each night before falling to sleep and keep the lines of communication open.

vk8674 said...

Your dolls are wonderful! I really like their detailing and their outfits are really cute. I first found your dolls on Etsy, and then I recently joined the Waldorf Craft yahoo group and saw your post telling us to enter your drawing. So, that's how I got here... as for advice, keep in contact even about the small 'unimportant' things, and never give up!

Victoria

Natalie said...

I love your style, panache, and blog! The doll posted is super sweet!
While I'm at it here's my marriage advise: it can be a rollercoaster hang on tight it's worth every thrill :o) Natalie
PS I don't really need a doll (as you probably know!)

megan said...

Congratulations on your marriage! As a somewhat newlywed myself, I'd say pick your battles wisely and let all the small stuff go.
Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful doll!

Lisabee said...

She's so cute! And I love the fabric in her kimono.

My best piece of advice is to shower together sometimes. It saves water (and is fun!). :)

Whitney said...

Thanks for the GORGEOUS give away opportunity. Your dolls are so charming, and we would love to give Adelaide a home in NY.

Whitney said...

My marriage/newlywed advice would be to never underestimate the importance and value of spending quality time together. These are the moments that really matter. Best Wishes!!

Nalie said...

She is so cute.... Always laugh laugh laugh... It does
help to make life easier.

Duff said...

I would appreciate a chance to win a crazy cute dolly with her own quilt! thanks!
Wa-hoo!!!!
Come on Mr. Random number picker! pick me! pick me!♥

Angela said...

She's very sweet! :)
My advice would be to enjoy your time with each other as much as possible. Don't let a busy life drift you apart.

MeganZ said...

She's so cute!

Honeybunny's Mom said...

She's beautiful! As for advice, never stop communicating. Always make time for each other. Your marriage must take priority over everything else.

WoolCreator said...

Your dolls are always beautiful and Adelaide is no exception. She will make one child very very happy.

Berrie, you have gotten a lot of great advise already and here is mine!

Stay weird with each other! ;)

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."

I wish you both the best and a lifetime of weirdness together!
— Dr. Seuss

Katie E said...

Wow, so generous!! Both are absolutely beautiful! Best marriage advice: Laugh with each other everyday! fingers crossed :) Thanks for the chance.

Nancy said...

Wow, love the name Adelaide... beautiful doll and gorgeous quilt!!

As for marriage advice, this'll seem a bit oddball, but go read the book "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen...". Yeah, it's a parenting book, but their advice on communication and listening skills could definitely apply to a marriage, a job, etc etc. Easy read (a lot of it is in comic strip format). Then, when you have kiddies later on, you'll be all set too!

Susan Seeley said...

love the dolls! Just remember we ALL make mistakes and to be encouraging as well as forgiving. :)

cboo said...

My girls love Waldorf school and think your dolls are "the coolest dolls ever!"

My advice would be TRULY love each other for who you are, and understand that everyone does the best that they can in their own mind. If your needs and/or desires are not being met in even the smallest way talk about it early on so that you're always on the same page and communication lines are always open!

Congratulations!

Celine said...

LOVE the dolls; best advice? don't sweat the small stuff :))) celinemarie8@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

Adorable dolls.

As for advice: Always try to go to bed at the same time each night. Going to bed separately (whether due to work or what-have-you) can really make you feel disconnected after a while. :)

Congratulations and good luck with those final preparations!
Michelle K

loveshandwork said...

Adelaid is lovely. Such attention to detail!

After 25 years: I would say "don't sweat the small stuff" and always show appreciation for the 'little things', which turn out to be the most important in the long run.

bbell said...

She is a cutie! The best advice I can give is to not sweat the small stuff! Don't fight about small things because sometimes they aren't that important! Congrats and hope the day is a wonderful one for you and your family!

loveshandwork said...

Adelaid is lovely. Such attention to detail!

After 25 years: I would say "don't sweat the small stuff" and always appreciate the 'little things' which end up being the most important in the long run...

Erika said...

Adorable doll!

Here's my advice: be true to both of your selves, as well as your new partnership.

Best wishes for the happiest of wedding days!

Willa said...

Love the doll, quilt and all. Really cute.

Best advice?
Learn to laugh together.

Understand "this too shall pass."

Dandelion Quilts said...

First of all, congrats on your upcoming wedding. This doll is so sweet....I'd just love to win her for a little girl I know would welcome her home. AND, I really love her name. It is so sweet. Advice my mother gave me before my marriage and it has always worked well: do a job once and it is yours for life, if you have to get on the lawn mower...pick your target and hit it and that will be the end of that. LOL. Best wishes.

Gale, Ky quilter said...

My best advice is to be thankful for each other every day and remember the wonderful things that made you fall in love to begin with and never take each other for granted. Life is hard and having a best friend, spouse and someone that has your back all in one is the best. Good luck!

galew417@comcast.net

momma rae said...

love this sweet doll and her strawberry outfit!

my advice: always make time for each other....even after children.

jennifer said...

So Cute! I love what personality you put into your dolls. I have made Waldorf toys for my boys, but know a little girl named Adelaide (she goes by "Addy") that would love her! My hubby and I have been married for almost 10 years now and our "secrets" are: talk about everything, never go to bed angry,
always say "goodbye, I love you" and LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. Blessings to you both.

Allison said...

Your dolls are beautiful!

My advice is to have "family dinners" together.It is like a minni date every night. (until you have kids, then it is not a date, cut continues to strengthen family relationships.)

eblythebrown@yahoo.com said...

Yeah for Berrie and finding true love with an old flame. I love your story. It warms my heart!!!! Advise....Dont stop doing teh small things for eachother like flowers and surprises and love letters.

Julie in WA said...

Adelaide is so adorable! Thanks for the oppotunity to win her!

As for advice? Eat supper together every night, without the tv on! I really believe that the couple that eats together, stays together!

Janet said...

Congratulations on your wedding! and thanks for a chance to win your beautiful doll. Advise - well I've been married more than 30 years and the best I can say is that when you get older you'll realize that most things don't matter that much. Compromise, give in, live in peace.

Susana said...

Congratulations! And thanks for a great giveaway. I can't decide if I am more excited about the doll or the quilt.
My best advice (my only advice really) is to treat every day as the first: *choose* one another each day. Work to be chosen. And enjoy it, don't forget to enjoy it.

Jerri said...

So beautiful! Your dolls and your work is amazing. The giveaway is awesome, the quilt, dress, the actual doll...So special for anyone who wins.
My marriage advice- humor. Laugh every day with each other. Enjoy your new hubby, you've got a long way to go together. Congratulations!

helen said...

What an adorable doll! My best advice is to tell eachother every single day that you love eachother. Yup, that simple!

eidolons said...

What a great giveaway! I found you through a Yahoo Waldorf group - though I've admired your Etsy shop. I know a little boy (who is currently a little jealous of his five-day-old brother) who would adore having a little friend!

Advice? Let's see.. take it easy? Don't let the little things become too big? Enjoy every second of it? I don't know. My husband and I came together so naturally that I've never thought of advice to offer any one else.

Here's my advice: Always remember why you fell in love with him. But be sure to leave room for all the ways you'll love him more every day.

Susan Anne Barnes in AK said...

Oh boy! Congratulations to you! Well the best advise I have is to accept the person the way they are because they aren't going to change, so let go of the little annoyances, otherwise they will mushroom. I've been married 21 yrs and that has been key, you will both grow and change, and it is best if you try to do this together, work on shared dreams and encourage your spouse to have their own hobbies too, it's good to have together and alone time! Good Luck! I love you dolls!
Susan in Alaska

saskia said...

best advice, keep your mouth shut, there are just some things you don't say to your spouse!

PatriciaH said...

I love the dolls you make, so beautifull! Thank you for giving all of us chance to win one!
My best advice for you is to always try to look at the big picture of your life. Dont waist energy and time with arguments over little things, but take a breath (or two) and think about how much you love your husband and choose to let it rest!

momto2wasd said...

Those dolls are beautiful!! How generous of you to be giving one away.
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Lisa said...

Wow what a generous giveaway! I hope to make my own Waldorf dolls someday and your work is so inspiring. Your love for husband-to-be (and his for you ) is evident in your writing so I am not sure you need much advice. Just speak well of your husband around others - he will love it & you will reap the rewards!

tizi said...

Dear Berrie,
CONGRATULATIONS!
My husband and I were told to leave one rose in a special location every time we had an issue with one another that we wanted to talk about but was difficult. The rose was a reminder to be kind to each other even when we were mad...
Lots of love,
tizi
My son went to sleep with Hedgie last night...yes your hedgie...

Kari said...

Your dollies are so sweet! Would love to win one and maybe buy a couple too!!!

My best advice: (happily married 17 years this month!)
1. Never go to bed angry- even if you are up half the night, talk it out until you both feel better about everything.
2. Respect each other FIRST--no matter whether it is an argument or an outing, or a discussion, or just being together, RESPECT is crucial. Give it--to get it. You will be a happier couple if you do.
3. Understand that you will always have differences, you will not always agree, you will have ups and downs, and that is all okay. You fell in love for a reason and those reasons are important. Cherish the good times and remember them during the bad times, it will get you through.

Congratulations and best wishes for a happy life together! May weddings and Anniversaries are wonderful!

Sherry O said...

Dear Berrie,
As you know, in this house, we love, love, love Moonchild babies (and gnomes)! Don't fret, size really doesn't matter. Adelaide is adorable.

I read this advice for couples long ago and it seems to hold true for us. I know it sounds a little crazy but, if you need to "discuss" a difficult topic, do it naked! When in the buff, both of you will be on equal terms regarding vulnerability which naturally results in more tenderness, as well as, carefully chosen words when speaking to eachother. Another perk: it hastens "making up"! ;o)
Blessings to you both,
Sherry

Kim D. said...

My best advice is to train them early girl.. It's those little things that count doing things for each other. Love your beautiful dolls and thanks for the giveaway.

MamaC said...

Oh, I've been stalking your blog for a while now and am sooo excited about the giveaway. She is gorgeous and I love your doll quilts, too!
Also, congrats on getting married soon. My advice would be to let go of the little stuff and always remember why you fell in love with this wonderful person. :D

Pablo said...

It´s so cute!!!!! I´d like have this doll.

Congratulation for you engagement..
good luck!!!

mangosun7 said...

What a beautiful doll and quilt! I hope we are lucky enough to win. Your dolls are wonderful! :) As for marriage advice...remember why you got married in the first place. It helps to dwell on the good qualities of your partner,especially when they are bugging you. lol ;) And, ALWAYS make time for something fun together and lastly...great communication is a necessity! :) I did't read all of the other posts, but I'm sure I've probably repeated some.

Anonymous said...

Your doll is beautiful!!!

Heather C

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Michele said...

Both the doll and quilt are darling! Have a happy marriage!

softearthart said...

Oh how beautiful she is, may your love for each other warm you in the coming winter nights, cheers Marie

fisiwoman said...

Enter me please! I love the doll, it's so beautiful!

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman@hotmail.com
Spain

Anonymous said...

I'd like win this wonderful giveaway!

MÂȘCarmen, jnb_88@hotmail.com

Gwendie said...

My very best wishes for your happiness!!! I love this style doll and would be thrilled to win one.
Advice - listen to your hearts.

genia said...

She is so cute and love that quilt:-) As far as marriage advice Take it all in strides...and remember why you fell in love:-)....

Colleen said...

Your doll is really beautiful! My daughter would love her.

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Here's my advice. Whenever your husband leaves the house without you, go to the door and wave goodbye and tell him you love him.

Anonymous said...

advice for a newly married couple? laugh a lot and let go of the small stuff (minor annoyances). lots of folks say marriage is hard work, and it certainly can be -- but it's also often easy and fun. go with the flow and enjoy having a companion who loves you. (and we would make a very welcoming home for Adelaide. my littles would snug her right up!) happy wedding!!! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

Holly Days Closet said...

What a cute doll I'm loving her
Holly

Holly Days Closet said...

Best advice I can give is NEVER go to bed with anger in your heart. Don't know if someone has said this but it's good to hear again.
Holly

kendra said...

what a generous giveaway. she is, well, a doll! i love asking about newly-wed advice! we asked for some at our wedding, and one i loved was this: always cap your toothpaste - it is the number one reason for divorce. i don't know if it's true, but it lightened the mood considerably in the midst of some heavy advice and tears!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful doll and quilt. I'd love to see her in our playroom. Thanks for your generosity, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

denise@montanalooms.com

Anonymous said...

My advice for a newly married couple?
Sometimes being right isn't the most important thing - knowing when to hold your tongue can be. Congratulations and best wishes - we'll have 30 years together Sunday.

denise@montanalooms.com

AJ said...

Hi Berrie,

First of all, huge congratulations! The only piece of advice I have is this...

When you say "for better or for worse" and the "for worse" times roll around, remember how you felt the day you said your vows, and maintain a sense of humor. :)

After 6 kids, preemie twins, our daughter's funeral, job loss, home forclosure, a house fire, and a move across the country, my husband and I are still crazy in love, and have found out that being able to smile and laugh through the hard times makes them a little more endurable.

God bless you two!
Amy

Marcia said...

Thank you for such a generous giveaway. Lovely doll. As far as marriage advice: learn to have fun and laugh together. When the difficult or sad times come, and in life those times will appear, you have remembered happiness as a couple to get you through the difficulties together.

ktquilts said...

Great doll. I have been married 17 years now. My advice, keep no secrets, and don't let the sun set on your anger. It helps to marry your best friend too!!

Blessings,

KT

elephant said...

Congratulations on your wedding, I hope it will be an enjoyable party for you and you don't get too stressed over all the many details. I don't know if I am fit to leave marital advice because my marriage isn't very strong right now. 3 small kids and really takes a toll on a fragile relationship. You already have all that you need as far as advice here and now it is up to you to live the best you can with a new family member. Don't give up on yourself EVER. You are perfect the way you are you just need a little work.
Thank for the contest it was good for me to read all the comments.

roseanne said...

She is sooo beautiful, she deserves lots of love hugs and cuddles!
and so do the newly weds, congratulations. My best advise is that marrige is not about 50/50 its about 100% each, if you put in 100% into your marriage without worring about how much he puts in then he will take your led. Also i often get ask how did i get my husband to be so hands on with our kids, easy.. never correct them when they are making an effort, sure they might not change nappies, bath the kids the same way as you, or fold the clothes or hang the washing the same but show how greatful you are for them doing it, then they will be happy to do it again. correct them and fuss because its not right and its the quickest way to make them hesitant about helping again. (also they might have discovered quicker more efficient way than you!) and ALWAYS kiss each other goodbye and hug each other hello when you are together again! same with goodnights and good mornings kisses .... you just never know where they will led

taimarie said...

She is so beautiful! Thanks so much for offering her up, and congrats on your upcoming wedding! My advice is to express your appreciation for each other for the small things each of you do everyday. This carries us through a lot!

SoozeM said...

What a gorgeous giveaway, she is just too cute with her own quilt and all!

I have been married 13 years and I think the most important thing is to stick together and support each other through the tough times, because the good times are so worth it!

Hope you have a lovely wedding day!

Jill C said...

beautiful! i have one of your quilts, they are so lovely. :)

best advice for newly married couple...take your honeymoon right away, don't postpone it!

Pam said...

Ohhh! Pippin nneds a friend to have tea parties with!
My best marriage advice~ laugh alot, find the silliness in the mundane...hold hands and follow the Golden Rule~

tulsileaf said...

ooooooooooooooo, so beautiful! I was just looking at your dolls the other day.

tulsileaf said...

Oh and my best advice for a new couple?
never ever think you can change something about someone. it will never happen.

Anonymous said...

Wow - wow - wow.

I'm in heaven. I just discovered your blog ! You have talent girl !

Adelaide is just absolutely gorgeous. All the best for your wedding. My secret to a successful marriage would be to not forget yourself or your partner's self in the relationship. Keep time for your own passions and interests and make sure he keeps time for his. This will make you both content and fulfilled and will give you more to give to your partner. The happier you both are the easier it will be to be happy together.

All the best,
Julie Folino
juliedodaro@yahoo.ca

free indeed said...

I've seen your dolls on posts before...and they are adorable. I really need to try and make a doll for my granddaughters some time; would love to win one...so much easier! hehe.

free indeed said...

congrats on your upcoming marriage! I wish you many long years of happyiness. Advice: Don't the sun go down on your wrath..bible wisdom...in other words, make up before bed time..don't go to bed angry. Issue might not be resolved, but if you both agree to disagree until a solution is found you'll be happier.

Amie said...

She is amazingly beautiful. Your happiness and delight with your work shines through and it is sooo sweet that your VERY soon to be husband (yea!) is so supportive. I see such happiness and love in your future. Thanks for sharing!!
Amie

Vesuviusmama said...

She comes with her own quilt!?! That is beyond fabulous! I have a niece who would got nuts for her (that is, if I didn't keep her for myself).

So, the big day approaches, huh? I have loved being married, not every little moment, but certainly the big picture made up of all the little moments, good and bad. As a scrap quilter, I have lots of ugly fabric that I use in my quilts along with favorite fabrics, and in the end, I love the final product, despite the uglies thrown in there. So, I guess I advise you to think of your marriage like a quilt, and when you come across the ugly moments, know that when you put them together with all the beauties, the end result will be a masterpiece.

Glenaeon Class 3,2010 said...

She is so beautiful, well done doing what makes your heart sing and being supported by that, well done. Warmest wishes for blissful days and wonderful challenges in your new life ahead with your loved one. My advice, don't like that word, is to love yourself, love all and just keep trusting that all will be sorted out and trust your heart to tell you what is true and always follow your truth and love. Much love to you Wendy
wendy@blossomingfamilies.com
PS you cannot have giveaways on Facebook unfortunately. You can inform your fans on facebook and have a link to your blog where you can post your giveaway, best of luck

angelina said...

i announced your website on my blog: hopefully will send some new followers over for you. love your site! congrats
xx

Deb said...

The accompanying quilt is really what drew me in. I love your giveaway!

Deb said...

Marriage advice for a 2nd entry:

Always respect your husband, be a good listener, give him your best always, and never go to bed angry.

Sara James said...

Such a beautiful doll and inspiring website!
Simple marriage advice; Laugh together, laugh often, it will get you through.
Best wishes on your special day, Sara James

Karyli said...

I love the doll and quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

Karyli said...

My mother-in-law gave me this great advice: "All those little things about him that bug you... just keep forgetting about them."
I have a wonderful marriage!

erin said...

Oh my loveliness! I would love love love to have that sweet dolly for my little one. It is beautiful! So yes, my best marriage advice is if ever in a conflict, seriously just step back for a few moments. This actually happened last night, and once I was over being offended, he realized what he had said wasn't loving. Stepping back instead of instantly saying something you'll regret later is so important. So please please enter me twice. :-)

Susan said...

The quilt is a prize in itself. The doll..oh how we'd love her as we do all your creations.

Marriage advice - for me I've had to rebuke the idea of never go to bed angry because sometimes saying the wrong thing in the heat of the moment is horrible. And sometimes you just need time to work out why you are angry and how best to express this. My new mantra is don't say the first, second or third thing that comes to mind. :)

Oh and the best thing we did on our wedding day was sneak out for five minutes and tell each other how much we were enjoying the celebrations. We continue to do this during big family events. It connects us as a pair.

Clare said...

Thank you for such a sweet giveaway! Your dolls are lovely! Best advice for a new married couple? Hmmm... just always expect to give far more than you will recieve and you won't be dissapointed! :)

carmel said...

i love that doll
so pretty!
for newly merried i can just say good luck' have fun. it takes years to learn each other, take that time and be patient.
and make good frendship!

ColleenaMareena said...

I love that little doll! And my little 16 month old Evaline would love her too! Thanks for doing such a beautiful giveaway!

Congrats on your upcoming marriage. One of my favorite quotes is: "Bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light. Whose burdens could be more important for us to bear than those of our spouse?" Having a relationship where your goal is to serve your spouse (and his is the same!) will give you a happy marriage!

bethany key said...

Forgivness is what makes the world go round.

Kerri said...

i LOVE your dolls!! they are the cutest!! thanks for the chance!!

Kerri said...

for my second chance, my advise would to always take time and do date nights, especially without kiddos!! you always need time to yourselves. :)

Michelle said...

Wow, slim chance for me. But it just takes one comment to win right! ;) Put me in! My best advice based on 10 years of marriage is to laugh a lot, I know that sounds really cliche but it helps. Many fight has been diffused with laughter. Also looking back at year 6 which was hard, I would say to give yourself and your hubby credit, when the going gets tough: step back and see where stress is coming from instead of getting stuck in blaming yourself or focusing on what the other person is doing wrong. I wish I had been able to do that during that hard year when it was my husband's job that was causing us to snip at each other and not us. Lastly, the advice I received when getting married: fight naked! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sudie said...

I love your dolls!! And this one is adorable!! And I wish you the best luck on your special day! It is amazing to find someone that special.

Cheryl said...

So creative and pretty, just love her! And as far as marriage advice goes, I have heard it said that when it comes to "discussions" you can be right or you can be happy. I hope you have a wonderful day!

CHERI said...

I would love, love, love to win your cute, cute, cute doll for my granddaughter whose birthday just happens to be the same day as the giveaway! Thanks so much for offering it to some lucky winner.

CHERI said...

Congrats on your upcoming marriage. I've been married to Mr. Wonderful for almost 40 years and there are MANY pieces of advice I could give...so narrowing it down to one is hard. However, one of the BEST things you can do is remember this: "Don't sweat the small stuff." Don't let the little, everyday irritants get to you. How someone holds their fork or whether they put the cap back on the toothpaste isn't nearly so important as how you show your love for each other in both big and small ways. Good luck and I wish you much, much happiness.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Such a gorgeous little girl doll. Advise....appreciate your partner..and let them know it.

The Wood Family... said...

Ah, I have admired your dolls for such a long time. Would love to own one...thanks for the opportunity!

The Wood Family... said...

And marriage advice...always count to five before giving back a response an argument. It will get resolved much more quickly! Blessings on your new life together!

Annelies Dease said...

Just found your blog....love your dolls. Please count me in!!!!

Annelies Dease said...

We are celebrating our 35th anniversary this week. Advice....just hang in there, even in the not so good times. There is nothing better than growing together in good and bad. And it doesn't hurt to have a good sense of humor!!!

Beth said...

What an exciting time for you!! My husband's advice is "if you're going to be late, call." Mine is to never call names. You can never take it back. Best wishes to you and Mr. Hamby.
Thank you for offering this darling giveaway.
beth.workman(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

seed said...

:~CONGRATULATIONS~:

There are no secrets to a happy marriage.

Just ingredients.

Love Respect and Honesty

Anonymous said...

Hi Berrie- I am like so many others and adore Adelaide. She is magnificent. I have been a Kindergarten teacher for 18 years and I love to incorporate Waldof wisdom into my classroom. Adelaide would have 25 little bodies to love her. Thank you.

Kay Klingler

Anonymous said...

Berrie- I wish you much joy and happiness in your marriage. I have been happily married for 34 years.
Here is my Top Ten Marriage Advise:
1. Have a ritual around leaving and coming home. 2. Acknowledge one another at the beginning and ending of each day. 3. During the day, connect with each other by email, text message or a phone call. 4. Take time to spend together. 5. Say I love you at least once a day. 6. Acknowledge your partner's accomplishments publicly to others. 7. Be supportive to your partner. 8. Be appreciative of what they do even if it is mundane.
9. Try new things together. Novelty helps to keep the relationship fresh. And when you share this adventure together, life is exciting. 10. Be affectionate. Touch is very important.
Good Luck.
Kay Klingler

Lisa & Samantha said...

I guess my advice would be to never speak ill of your spouse in public, it is something an older Pastor told me that I have always remembered especially since he had been married for 56 years, I figured they were doing something right, lol!
You and Mr Hamby have seemed to have such an amazing courtship, that I think both of you guys are truly blessed to be with each other. I believe (from experience myself) That sometimes you have to have some yucky things happen in your past to really appreciate when a wonderful person comes into your life. Just remember to never, ever take each other for granted.
Thats it, I will get off my soapbox now, lol. Have a wonderful and Amazing Honeymoon and new life together.
Lisa

erin said...

I'm so excited, I keep coming back and checking your blog. I offered my advice but I don't think I said congratulations! Sounds like you've got a wonderful guy. Its so great that he supports your doll making and what you love. :-)

Kathryn said...

In love! As usual!!
Marriage advise? Keep your mouth closed when you're mad! The battles worth the attention are not usually the ones we come across daily. It's far better to bite your tongue and decide in afterthoughts if those little tiffs warrant exhaustive dialogue! Actually, a priest gave me this advise 17 years ago! He said, "Never speak your mind when you are angry. The words that come out of your mouth may be forgiven but never forgotten." That has stayed with me all these years and I am blessed to say that I have a WONDERFUL marriage. Doesn't mean we always agree. We just choose not to argue over ANYTHING that could be deemed as petty. The happiness has endured and my hope for you, Berrie, is that you, too, will be richly blessed with your wonderful union. Congratulations!

Kathryn said...

What a cute doll. Something any child would want to cuddle. My marriage advice is to always remember your love for each other trumps life's little problems. Kathie L in Allentown

Paisley said...

Your dolls are just beautiful!

Adlerfam said...

Beautiful! I love her outfit!

Adlerfam said...

Beautiful! I love her outfit!