Embracing the Changes in Life

The evolution of life is a remarkable thing! Each and every day experiences shape and mold us into the person we are today. While each experience may or may not be monumental, they all add up to impact and change us in ways we never imagined. The most spectacular and simultaneously the most difficult may be that of parenthood...perhaps, even more specifically, that of motherhood.

Although I don't remember very clearly, as I was recuperating from the intensity of labor during our first child's birth, but, I was told that the first words to come from holding my baby for the first time was, "I never knew this kind of love existed." Those words stand true to this day. There is nothing to compare to the love that we have for our children. And until we have children, we never really know this kind of love...the kind that takes your breathe away each time you hold and hug and kiss the little ones that you love most, the kind that makes you know what it feels like to have your heart walking outside of your body, the kind that makes you marvel at the beauty and magnificence of life as you watch them learn and grow, fumble and fly. Each stage of development brings within us both joy and sadness...joy because they have mastered a skill, an ability, a piece of knowledge that will add to their life long repertoire of tools to becoming a fully independent and functional part of society and sadness because one step forward means one step further away from us they move.

Perhaps what most beautifully encapsulates human growth and development is that which is the butterfly...a life species that starts off slow moving, relatively sedentary, so completely dependent and vulnerable suddenly transforms into one of the most graceful, beautiful, independent and amazing creations on earth. The butterfly, not so unlike us, must be set free so that it can fly and BE beautiful. These creations of nature are very sensitive to changes and will be the first to perish from an imbalanced ecosystem. For what good is a butterfly who is sad and held back from fluttering freely in the wind and the air that breathes into them life.

And so, it is the same with our children. We must, at some point, allow them to fly and be free so that they may shine with all their brightness and beauty. And in turn, they will leave a mark on us that would never have formed if they did not come into our lives. This is called the love of life. So, tell me, do you know of this kind of love? And if you do, you know that embracing the changes in life can mean heartbreak, heartache and everything sorrowful at the same time that it means beautiful, magical and remarkable. These are the sentiments that encapsulate the inspiration for my next custom creation.


Hello there! Whatever it is you are doing this weekend, my hope is that you are having a fantastic time. I'm sorry to have come back here so late. But, our day was full with music, play and friends. The weather was perfect as perfect gets...sunny and mild, clear skies, cool breeze, the scent of Spring fills the air as the flowers blossom and the bees and the birds were out singing. On this weekend, Spring is in full swing and it inspired the awakening of this young lady....


Her name came to me for a reason that was not quite clear initially. For me, naming a creation or a doll comes in one of three ways...1.) for a doll, very intentionally and with a lot of thought and consideration, 2.) for a critter, not always, but often times, whimsically, playfully and sometimes without too much logic or deep connection to any particular idea, and 3.) with strong inexplicable intuition. In past creations, Willow Mae, Aoife and Mochta, Serendipity (Seren), and Peigi fell in the last category. And each of them turned out to have an uncanny connection to something that was meaningful to the persons for whom I created those dolls.

Category 3 is how Elise received her name. Her name came to me out of the blues, very suddenly and with inexplicable certainty. When this happens, I take a momentary pause to ponder just a bit why the name came to mind and always I am not able to answer my own question, but rather shrug and say to myself, "Ok...it sounds wonderful." And always, each time unexpectedly, the answer unveils itself at a later time.

Today, as I was preparing to write this blog, I looked up the meaning and history of the name Elise. Turns out Elise means "oath of God" or "pledged to God." I take this as an uncanny coincidence to Easter weekend. She was to be presented today as the 5th gift of the week. So, I think she chose her name well, with full knowledge and intention. 

Elise, the final gift of the week, sums up everything that is the essence of this past week and this weekend....a celebration of Easter, a celebration of Spring, a celebration of new beginnings and hence the reason that Scarlet Elfcup was introduced to the world at this time two years past.

The colors on Elise, her shoes and the hand embroidered flowers on her dress were inspired by colors and florals in my garden. Everything is so green, fragrant, fresh and beautiful. 

Elise is created from Scarlet Elfcup's 8" Le Petite Elfcup doll pattern. She stands 8" (20 cm) tall. She is made with all natural materials. Her doll skin is made with 100% cotton jersey made in the USA. She is firmly stuffed with bio-wool also made in the USA.  Her seams are sewn twice for reinforcement.  She has embroidered facial features. Her facial structure is sculpted giving her a sweet little face with an itty-bitty chin, round chubby cheeks, and deeper set eyes. Her nose, cheeks and various body parts are blushed with red beeswax.  Elise's full mane is made of 100% suri alpaca crocheted onto a mohair wig cap. She is a sitting doll.  She also has a belly button and a bum.

Elise comes wearing a simple 100% cotton dress. The dress is detailed with a beautiful hand embroidered floral motif that I sketched and embroidered. In tiny stitches, the motif was inspired by things that grow in my garden at this time of year...dandelions, tiny mushrooms and one of my favorites, the forget-me-nots.

Elise's dress has tiny capped sleeves and opens fully on the back with two nickel-plated snap buttons. Underneath she wears a matching cotton bloomer.

Elise's shoes are hand knit with 100% alpaca, the color of brilliant forest green...one of my favorite shades of green and a green that can be seen all in our garden at this time of year, especially this year, after we've had a decently wet and luscious rainy winter. Elise also comes wearing a fanciful beret slouch hat made from pre-washed, clean, repurposed 100% cashmere.

Here she be...the last gift of the week...from Scarlet Elfcup. Thank you for being here to celebrate two years of dreams and adventures with us!

Elise is being given away as this week's 5th and last gift. To enter your name for the drawing, please join Scarlet Elfcup on Facebook...simply be a fan of the page, like the photo and link of Elise and share the post. Entry deadline is being extended because I was late in getting back here today. Entries will close on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST). Announcement of winners will occur sometime Sunday evening.

Thank you for stopping in to say 'hello.' And good luck to you in the drawing!


Hello there! It's been quiet around Scarlet Elfcup for some days now. But, don't mistake the silence for lack of activity. There is one little girl who has been on travel with me for the past week or so and she has been celebrating day after day. Here on an island she's been busy rock climbing, snorkeling, swimming in the ocean, laying in the sun, hiking, attending many big family gatherings in preparation for a big family wedding. And now, she awaits the finale...a July 4th weekend celebration for the United States and a July 1st weekend celebration for Canada Day!

Meet Liberty!

The name Liberty was chosen for this little girl because she represents just that...a doll created in honor and in celebration of Independence Day (July 4) and Canada Day (July 1).

Liberty is Scarlet Elfcup's very first jointed doll. She is a Le Petite Elfcup doll. She stands less than 8" (20 cm) tall. She is made with all natural materials. Her doll skin is made with premium quality cotton interlock made in the USA. She is firmly stuffed with bio-wool also made in the USA.  Her seams are sewn twice for reinforcement.  She has embroidered facial features. Her facial structure is sculpted giving her a sweet little face with an itty-bitty chin, round chubby cheeks, and deeper set eyes. Her cheeks are decorated with tiny freckles and blushed with red beeswax. Her nose and various body parts are also blushed with red beeswax.  Liberty's hair is made of mohair yarn and tied into two sweet pigtails. She is a sitting jointed doll.  Her knees, legs and elbows are sewn joints and her shoulders are string jointed. She also has a belly button and a bum.

Liberty's jointed knees, legs, elbows and shoulders allow her to be very playful. She can be set and posed in a number of ways that are not possible with an unjointed doll. The imagination is left up to you. Be precautioned that although her shoulders are string jointed, they are not to be bent beyond 90 degrees or twisted and turned beyond a 90 degree angle for this will put stress and strain on the string and it will eventually break. She, like us, does not like to withstand the pain of having her shoulders bent beyond a reasonable point. So, withhold from rough play with little Liberty.

Liberty comes wearing a white 100% cotton summer dress. Her dress is lined with a 100% cotton fabric and opens fully on the back with two nickel-plated snap buttons. Underneath she wears white cotton bloomers decorated with pink elastic lace. She brings along with her an extra change of clothes...a grey summer dress made of 100% cotton and Liberty of London fabric printed with Su Blackwell's floral art design. The dress is decorated with a hand knit capped sleeve made with 100% alpaca and a hemline adorned with soft grey tulle. The dress opens fully on the back with two nickel-plated snap buttons. Liberty's shoes are hand knit with 100% alpaca and embellished with two red buttons. Liberty also comes prepared with a button down, hand knit mustard cardigan made with a 75% merino wool/25% nylon blended yarn.

To top it all off (no pun intended), Liberty comes wearing a celebratory top hat made of the colors red and white to represent colors present in both the Canadian and the American flag and to honor the celebration of freedom for both countries. Her top hat is made of 100% cotton and linen and lined with a firm stabilizer.

Liberty is recommended for ages 8+ due to the nature of her delicate design (her shoulder joints are string jointed and very moveable, but they will not withstand rough play) and the many buttons and fasteners on her clothing that pose as choking hazards for young children.

Liberty will be available for 24 hours via The Northern Collective upload in Hyena Cart on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 2100 hours (9:00 PM EST). This is a good opportunity to bring Liberty home for a discounted price. If she is still available after July 7, she will be placed in Scarlet Elfcup's Etsy shop at retail value....a good opportunity for those who are interested but don't have an account with Hyena Cart.

The Northern Collective is a Canadian handmade market place specializing in a diverse array of goods including dolls, clothing, hand spun yarn, knitted and crocheted goods, stuffed toys, felted arts and crafts and quilted items. Please visit The Northern Collective's blog and Facebook page to learn more about them and to preview the upcoming July 7th collection of beautiful hand made items by this talented group of makers.

I would like to send many thanks to Jaime Lynda and everyone at The Northern Collective for inviting Scarlet Elfcup to join as a guest in this week's grand celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to be a part of such a talented and fun group. I can't wait to see all the beautiful hand made items that will be available on July 7th.