While most of our gifts this year were hand-made by ourselves, there was one that was not (well, not by us that is). A few weeks ago I started thinking seriously about getting Hadley a Waldorf doll. She's been spending more and more time interacting with stuffed animals and dolls, and since Finley was pretty attached to his 'big boy' doll, I wanted to get something special for Hadley. I started looking at kits, or directions to make a doll myself, but in the course of looking I came across this absolutely beautiful doll that looked just like Hadley, and fell in love. The doll is from the Etsy shop Linguadora and is lovely; complete with toes, a belly button, and the sweetest dress, sweater, and shoes (which my barefoot little girl insisted on taking off for now). At first glance these dolls seem pricey, but when you see how much time and care went into the details and the beautiful natural materials, it starts to seem like the doll is worth much more. I know it is something Hadley will have and care for for many years.
I did have a chance to make the doll a matching hat to go with Hadley's bucket hat and am hoping to make a few more clothes in the future (and Finley is requesting some more clothes for his big boy), so it looks like there are even more projects ahead.
Hadley has taken the doll everywhere and is showing her the same care I show Freja. She's been rocked to sleep, nursed, swaddled, shown the garden, watched Finley use his new scooter, read books, and played games. She's even got a name - Alice, or to be more specific - Alice Electra Caffine Beautiful. Leave it to Hadley to come up with a name like that!