Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
-Winnie the Pooh
Have you heard about Diminutos? Diminutos are little people that live among humans. They borrow things we don’t use to live. They think we don’t notice and sometimes we don’t, other times we just think we lost them. Almost every house has Diminutos living in it. They’re just really good at hiding and avoiding us. However, when they feel we have spotted them, they take everything they can with them and hurry out to find a new home.
If you’ve watched the movie Arrietty, you are probably familiar with this story. We watched it a couple of weeks ago and we loved it. It inspired me to make these little babies and of course to add on to the story.
You see these three babies where from three different families. One apparently lived in our home and the other two in the two houses on each side of ours. We found them because of the tiny little cries we were hearing. We thought they were kittens, to our surprise we found three babies, inside baby shoes, in different parts of these three houses. Our neighbors couldn’t really take care of these babies so we offered to take care of the three of them. Is very difficult to know what happened to their families because they are babies and can’t really say. Did their families forget them? Did they leave them on purpose? I think that is very unlikely. Are there family members alive? Did a cat or a snake get them? So many questions and not one clear answer. I must say we have waited and really watched to see if their families returned. I think it’s been enough time and we need to find them homes. We would keep them but we have a cat that is way too interested in them so we can’t even let them out of my studio without supervision.
Now let me introduce you to the babies. The first one we found was Syd. The little boy. He has orange hair and green eyes, and tiny little freckles. We found him in a hole behind a cabinet in our kitchen. He’s the tiniest one, only measures 3 inches. I love that he was inside a baby shoe that served as a crib. He was wearing only a crochet green hat and cocoon. I went and made him a diaper, a romper, a bonnet, and crochet shoes.
Little did we know all of them were inside baby shoes and inside cocoons with hats. I wonder if this is a common practice in the Diminutos community.
Later that day we found Dee. Dee was under a wood plank on our neighbor’s backyard. The house has been empty for a couple of months because it is really an AirB&B and due to the pandemic no one has been staying there. We only found her because we heard her cry and thought it was a kitten trapped under the floor, but no, it was Dee.
Dee is 3.5 inches tall, she has black curly hair and black eyes. She has the sweetest expression and personality. I also made her a romper, diaper, shoes, and a little bonnet.
Later that night I started to hear cries again and this time I knew it was a Diminuto baby. So I went to search for it. It was a little harder this time because it was already dark. Our neighbor was also up and helped us look for it. He was the one who found Pip in a hole under a loose tile on his entrance. He didn’t really know what to do with her, so he let us keep her.
Pip is also 3.5 inches tall, she has curly light brown hair hair and dark brown eyes. She’s very curious but seems afraid of the dark. She needs company during the night.
All these babies were named by us, we thought they needed short names because of their size. they all come with the clothes and accessories shown in the photos:
- Crochet shoes
- Matching crochet cocoon and hat
- Baby shoe (crib)
- Felt tiny teddy bear
Their skin is DWE in different shades. They are filled with clean carded wool. Their heads are made in the traditional Waldorf style. They all have hand embroidered eyes and eyebrows. Their hair are crocheted wild mohair caps sewn to their heads. The heads are attached with upholstery thread and can turn to the sides. They all have a belly button and a cute little tushie. Their blushing is made with beeswax crayon and is not permanent.
Theses dolls are not meant as toys. They are art dolls. They are not made for rough play or for children that still mouth their toys. They are for gentle play by an older child 7 and up or an adult collector.
You can see their complete album here
Diminutos are now up for adoption in my shop.
Thank you for taking a look at my tiny Diminuto babies. I hope you love them as much as I do.
I hope you are all well, safe, and healthy. I hope you are all looking forward to a better future that I know is coming our way. Even though it may take us to fight a little harder and do much work, the end results will be worth it, I’m sure.
Remember I still have a 50% sale on all my patterns. This sale will last for only one more month. You can check out my patterns here
Now I need to go pack, we are moving to a new city and there is so much to do. Wish me luck!
Read you soon.