It is a lovely day in June when Mia and I take a walk along the river IJssel, Mia is holding her friend Mr. Teddy, it would be unthinkable not to bring him along. Mia loves the river landscape, the grassland with the wild flowers and the vastness of the landscape. The sky above us is blue with white clouds that look as if they came straight from one of Ruysdael’s paintings. Down the waterfront we hear some very loud frogs who try to impress with their croaking voices. A Heron balances on one leg ready to catch one of the loud creatures, but as soon as we come in sight he spreads his wings and sails into the safety of the trees.
Mia is full of energy and runs ahead, but the sun is hot and soon we have to stop and remove some of our layers of clothes. Mia takes of her cardigan and we take a sip of water. In her Yellow pinnofore dress she blends in with all the lovely flowers around us.
We find clover en buttercup and different types of beautifull long grasses. There are a lot of buzzing insects around us and Mia spots a Dragonfly who flies of as soon as we get closer. Mia picks a few flowers to put on her bedside table later on.
We take a rest and lay down on our backs with the grass tickling between our toes. White clouds sail over us and we spot a Swan and later the head of a Dog. Mia yawns and only minutes later I see her drifting of into a deep sleep with Mr. Bear firmly in her arms.
This little girl loves her little baby, she cuddles and plays with her all the time. I experimented with a new pattern that I designed It enables her to sit on her own quite well. Her body is partially needle felted for extra endurance but she still feels nice to hold. Her dress is reversible so she has actually two outfits in one. Her hair is in a ponytail at the moment but can be worn in different ways too.
With the summer holidays in sight for some children it is a time to say goodbye to their kindergarten teacher. After the the summer they will go to the big school and the real work begins. At our school it is tradition that the children give their teacher a gift. This year I was asked by the parents to make a doll for one of the teachers. She should look a bit like the teacher as she might have looked as a little girl. I got to work, dark hair and green eyes and a sweet summer dress. This is what she looks like, she will be presented at the last day of school.
Please meet Suze, at least that is what I named her for now, she is a fun loving little girl. She loves her little teddy and never goes anywhere without him. For playing outside she has a warm wintercoat in her favorite color: red. She is the first Steiner doll I made with Wensleydale locks I made my first weft with it and then crocheted them into a wig. Very experienced doll makers told me the Wensleydale locks keep their shape and can even be washed and brushed. Little Suze has found a new home.
The best compliment for me is when a child falls in love with my dolls. Only recently I made a doll for Femke, it was love at first sight but also her sister Kirsten liked her very much. So now as a St. Nicolas gift I made a doll just for Kirsten. I wished I could see her face when she unwraps her gift on december 5th, just hope she will love her….