My new find in the doll world!

After a series of unfortunate events occurring over the past few weeks, I decided to do some retail therapy to help cheer myself up! 🙂 And so began again my never ending quest into the world of dolls. Ever searching, ever longing for that perfect doll baby that reminds me of my own real baby at various ages and stages of her life. This time, my path veered off from my beloved cloth Waldorf dolls as I stumbled upon unknown territory that can only be described as Wood dolls! To my excitement I found one that captured my heart as it reminded me of my sleeping newborn, Sara Rose, during her first photoshoot with my talented friend Solveig Boergen of Star Photography.

Pongratz Wood doll baby Newborn Sara Rose

“How can something so simple in form be so complex in depth?

Elisabeth hails from a time and culture where children weren’t showered with new dolls every year: they had one doll – one precious friend – to play with throughout their childhood and beyond. Guided by this philosophy, Elizabeth creates her dolls to stand the test of time. Pongratz dolls are meant to be held, played with and cherished for a lifetime. 

When an artist creates with wood, the results are phenomenal. We love the way wood feels, the beauty of its grain, the rich finishes and the unique and telling manner in which it ages. Over the years the wood matures and takes on a distinct look as it reveals your gentle, loving touch.

But wood is a demanding medium. In today’s world, it is rare to find a fine doll artist working in wood and thus their dolls are held in high esteem. Elisabeth Pongratz has brought us her fine dolls from wood for over thirty years. Her design is so perfect that they are fundamentally unchanged since their inception.

Dolls That Speak From The Heart

Inspired by the Munich Art Doll movement of the early 20th century, Elisabeth’s dolls are delicately handcarved and hand-painted in a simplistic fashion – very similar to dolls by Sasha Morgenthaler and Kathe Kruse – with a sweetness that tugs at your heart. The all-wood dolls are fully jointed using a unique spring mechanism specially designed by Elisabeth and her husband, Wolf. Her soft-bodied babies are filled with sand for a sturdy yet cuddly feel. Because of their handcrafted nature, a very small number of dolls are created each year. Elisabeth Pongratz dolls speak from the heart.”

~The Toy Shoppe

I couldn’t have said it better myself! ((LOVE)) I am so excited about my (I mean Sara’s) new doll arriving! hehe It is the perfect way to brighten my day as my delightful hobby of doll collecting continues. Yay!

Mother’s Day doll for my doll

Another special occasion calls for another special Waldorf doll. Or so it goes in our household ever since Sara Rose was born. 🙂 Mother’s Day on May 12, 2013 was no exception and a new doll all the way from Germany arrived just on time!

We spent a lovely, sunny afternoon at a local park here in Japan. Sara Rose eventually got tired of running around and having her picture taken and took a nap in her stroller with her brand, new doll for comfort. It was oh so sweet!

I really adore this more traditional type of Waldorf doll made by Maria of Mariengold in Berlin, Germany. It is more flexible, bendable and lightweight than our other dolls. Her hair is super soft and well attached too. I just love how this doll feels in my hands! It’s a bit hard to describe so you’ll just have to see for yourself by either visiting us or purchasing one of your own! hehe

“Another day another!)” as the saying goes…

You can see more photos of this incredible doll named “Pekka” by scrolling through Mariengold’s flickr page here.

I am in awe of all the beautiful, handmade outfits she came with! I chose this particular doll because she really reminded me of how my baby Sara Rose looked like as a newborn with her full head of messy hair and slightly reddish (akachan) skin tone! 😉

Doll collecting is just so much fun! xoxo

Sara Rose’s Christmas doll

December 25, 2012 was Sara Rose’s very first Christmas! She truly is a little angel and I wanted her to have a matching angel doll for her 1st Christmas gift and keepsake of this momentous occasion! Again, I called upon Jenn of Lali Doll Nursery to turn my vision into a reality as only she could do so brilliantly!

Well, see for yourself in this picture that is worth a thousands words! 🙂Image

And if a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine how powerful and inspiring this video(!) featuring two different pictures of Sara Rose and her Lali dolls:

Peace, joy and love always from me and mine to you and yours. xoxo