Happy Friday everyone! I hope to help make it an even happier day for all of you by introducing one of my kind sponsors Belambolo. Shop owner Heike Gielen is a doll artist that sews dolls according to Waldorf pedagogy - with a lot of passion, time and love. In her own words, "I feel that a doll is a soulful preciousness of a child. As a image of the human figure she teaches the child everything that is necessary for a child´s life. In a handcrafted doll incorporates dedication, love and the time of the doll maker, so that the doll is inspired treasure for the whole childhood companion, comforter, protector, secret guardian. A handmade doll is a different from the industrially produced commodity, also because it is - like any child - individual and unique."
I really couldn't agree more. That's why doll play (for both the girls and my boy) is so important in our home.
I'll let Heike continue, "As a doll artist I sew and I sell dolls. You can feel certain that every part of the doll has been made by me. I stuff each of my doll bodies, I crochet every wig. All the clothes are made by me with a lot of love and passion. Each doll is a unique piece of artistic value, I prepare for my ideas or the ideas and wishes of my clients. They are great for kids of all ages, small and large. You can play with them, cuddle them, carry them round, for dressing and undressing - they are companions of childhood and life, and can also be collected by large children."
Not only does she sell the sweet dolls she makes in her shop but she also carries hand dyed yarn, doll making supplies, doll clothes and more! Please go check Belambolo out and support this wonderful small business.
Heike is very generously offering one of you very lucky winners one of her beautiful handmade creations - Betty.
"Betty is a handcrafted doll according to Waldorf pedagogy.
She is 30 cm / 12 inches tall and made with a high quality cotton interlock tricot from the Netherlands, wearing a tunic (white and red stripped from jersey), white flowered pants, red crochet shoes with ties, a hand knitted cardigan in natural colours and a headscarf from green flowered fabrics. She has brown fluffy hair, her brown eyes and her mouth are embroidered.
Betty is completely stitched by hand, her clothes are made from natural materials such as mohair, cotton jersey, wool and her body is filled with sheep wool.
Please visit my shop at belambolo.etsy.com or my blog belambolo.blogspot.com"
Heike is offering this giveaway to readers worldwide! So yes, that means you! (Just not me *pout*)
If you would like additional chances to win:
-Visit Belambolo and tell us what your favorite item is in her shop
-Post this giveaway to Facebook, Twitter, or your blog
-Follow Heike's blog
-Let me know you are a dear follower of Frontier Dreams
and please make sure to come back and leave separate comments letting me know you've done so!
I will close comments Wednesday June 13th and announce the winner within this post that day. Please be sure to check back to see if you won!
The winner is:
treebee - love the kits to make dolls, I could never afford a completed one but wouldn't know where to start tracking down all the bits and pieces on my own.
Congrats! Please e-mailme at farmergopi (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Thank you Heike for your generosity. Best of luck everyone!