I finally have one, and she is all mine! An Eszterda doll!
I don't remember anymore when was it that I first saw her. It was probably one of those nights when I, after the house finally goes quiet, get lost in the infinity of the www. But I do know that I fell in love instantly. So much in fact, that I had to write to the creator immediately to find out who she was. And now, I will tell you too.
Eszter Dobó, the lady behind Eszterda dolls is a poetic soul. You can see that the moment you enter her blog. There is a little or no text there, only photography...but photography so beautiful it speaks to you right away.
Even though she was always a creative being, Eszter's major ended up to be in economy. She did make toys and accessories for her daughters, but only after the third one was born she decided it is 'now or never' point in her life and started stitching for real.
These dolls are hand embroidered and if you do let your kids play with
one of those they can gain so much. First, and foremost, they will not
choke on a plastic eye that got detached after 10 minutes of play.
Seriously, the richness of colour, texture and the uniqueness of such a
doll can only do good for them. Their beauty aside, a doll should be a doll, says Eszter. You need to be able to squeeze them, caress them, even dress them up or take to bed with you.
Their charming naivety and tastefully primitive simpleness is what makes them so special and universal. Embroidery, as somewhat old fashioned form of decoration becomes modern and exquisitely attractive in her interpretation.
I first learned about Ada Ada via Paul & Paula and I was instantly in love. Designed by three Israeli sisters, the brand for babies offers beautiful, sophisticated, yet cool outfits for your little ones. They use only natural fibers, chosen for their comfort, and follow fair trade principles in their making. Label's classic, recognizable color line, and unique, but always comfortable design will make you want to go back for more, more, more...and you can get sooo much more now, only by liking their facebook page. When they hit 1000 fans, they will choose one, who will receive a gift of 1000 Eur worth of their clothes!!!! Go get it mums!
We don't really do seasonal decoration. I don't know anyone who changes their decoration for any seasonal holidays other than Christmas. Including us. But, since I have kids, I have found this to be a good excuse and inspiration to do projects with them. These are still very simple projects, with some cool possibilities and results nonetheless.
This weekend I cut out a number of hearts (considering the HEART holiday coming up) with a plan for P to colour and decorate them in some bright and happy colours. If you would like, you can find the template for our asymmetric heart here. A little did I know that his choice of colour will be brown and his interest in coloring would last for about 5 minutes, or exactly 4 hearts.
So I put away the colours and the fruit of my hard work, cut out hearts and decided to wait till after his nap to do something else, like maybe decorate his room with hearts, but he wouldn't have it. Completely desperate at the thought my hearts will go to waste, I then decided to decorate my living room wall, bring some Valentines spirit in there.
He had a problem with that too. He didn't like my concept and at that point he decided to take things in his own hands.
And this is how it is done. You have yourself a nice kids project, a wall art that makes your living room happy and a prop for taking photos of your children if they let you.
You can then use the photos to make quirky V-Day greeting cards to send to the family tomorrow:)