Thursday, April 21, 2011
These hands make Moonchild Dolls. They are sore and tired hands. They are happy and content hands. They are not the most beautiful hands in the world but they do beautiful work. The hours these hands spend making dolls are hours very well spent. These hands are sneaking up on their 49th year.
As I see it, I will spend at least 10 more years making Moonchild dolls. Maybe more. I can comfortably see making 1800-2000 dolls during this time. A very finite amount. It is my desire that the majority of these dolls go to homes that embrace some Waldorf principles in child rearing. Homes that do not indulge the children with large quantities of dolls and toys. Homes that lean towards toys made with natural fiber, wood, metals and items straight from nature. That the children in the home are given toys that generate the desire to explore and create. Toys that help them to learn to be caring and compassionate.
I would like these dolls to stay in a family even when the child does not immediately warm to it. The child/doll relationship cannot be forced. A doll placed within reach and left alone will draw the child to it in time. A parent that takes a moment to wordlessly tuck the doll in under a small blanket, whether on a chair, in an open drawer or a in toy cradle will be gently encouraging the child to begin forming his own bond with the doll.
I understand that some of these dolls will live with people that have a true love for Waldorf style dolls and want to have a variety of them. People that collect dolls because they appreciate the skill an artistry that goes into them. I understand that some people will buy my dolls just because they are difficult to obtain and get romanced by the "gotta get it now before someone else does" bug. I understand that some people want their children to have an abundance to choose from and to possibly be collectors as well. It is okay that some of my dolls go to these homes.
Because I can only make a small amount of dolls per year and the customer base for Waldorf dolls has grown exponentially, I am placing a maximum of 2 dolls a year per family. I will make exceptions to families with more than 2 children. I know there are plenty of people that have no problem scooting around the rules and do what they can to get the dolls they want. I know I will be snookered. I will do my best to make sure this happens a little as possible so that new families will have the opportunity to own a Moonchild doll. If I need to cancel a sale and re-list a doll then that is what will happen.
I am happy to have the fortunate life that I do. I have a wonderful and supportive husband that loves me. My children are happy and healthy. The baby turns 19 tomorrow. I get to make what I want and people will buy it. This was my answer when I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up. That and be a forest ranger. I am grateful that people like what I create. I love to sew and I love to make dolls. Thank you all for being my patrons and appreciating Moonchild Dolls.
Posted by Barrie Hamby at 8:58 PM