Ewa and her magical sleigh.

I realized not too long ago that I had never entered these photos of Ewa in her finished clothes and marvellous sleigh. Although she stayed with me for quite some time, waiting until her family came back home after a short trip, she has already left the nest. Oh, the pains of sending the dolls away. I have done it for quite some time and I still get sad and lonely. My work table looks empty, their storing nook seems too empty. There is life missing.

Usually I am always working on several things at the same time, because my creativity seems to thrive with a communion of projects on the go. I am never actually "lonely" or lacking in dolls to keep me busy, but sending the finished dolls away is always a bittersweet thing for me. They have been so mine while here, and I bid them good bye knowing that I may never, ever, see them again. But knowing that a pair of hands will open a box, and a pair of eyes will come to rest on their lovely faces, that makes it all worth it. I wish I could always see people's reactions to opening the boxes that I carefully pack. I have witnessed this "opening time" in a few occasions and it has always been interesting, crazy and emotional. Good times. 

Ewa and her sleigh, by fig and me

Ewa and her sleigh, by fig and me

Ewa and her sleigh, by fig and me

I have to say that I am already working on another doll in this style. I usually take things a little bit slower when it comes to making dolls in newer styles to me, but with this petite fig I can't hold back. As soon as one is finished the need (ehem, obsession) of making another one is irresistible, I can't stop thinking about it, I find myself doodling faces and dreaming of possible clothing scenarios, etc. Luckily for me, my family not only welcomes this obsession, they encourage it by giving me plenty of uninterrupted time to work like a crazy person and produce another doll. This time though, the storytelling is on the shoulders of my husband. The stories he is concocting for these dolls are beyond anything I could possibly tell you. I am so excited, all the way to the moon and back again, to introduce you to the way he thinks and writes. I have always been privy to this talent of his (big part of why I fell in love with him) and I am so happy that he has finally agreed to not only create toys with me, but to share his storytelling with all of you. You are in for quite a treat my friends. 

Ewa and her sleigh, by fig and me

Ewa by fig and me

Ewa and her sleigh by fig and me

Ewa and her sleigh by fig and me

So without saying more, I will leave you waiting to hear of this magical story he is creating. With a bit of luck and a lot of work we might perhaps be able to show you glimpses of this collaboration towards the end of the month. As for now, I will give you the heads up that as you can see on the photo bar to the right, or bottom if you read this on your phone (my Instagram feed), I am working on a small family of little lambs. We are working on their wee overalls and then they will be popped in the shop. More details as soon as they are ready but it won't be long. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are starting to feel the invigorating energy that a change in season brings. See you soon. 

Posted on March 15, 2015 and filed under dollmaking, petite fig, wooden artistry.