Vida, a mushroom baby gnome!

There is always something worth noticing.


Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

I have been pretty busy lately working on custom orders and making decisions about fabrics and clothes for them. What I am enjoying the most about making custom orders this time is that for some reason, I am coming up with new ideas. I had planned a bigger baby doll to end the month with but then I went to bed and dreamed about this mushroom baby girl and what do you know? She materialized in a couple of days.

We just started to work in our garden. Pulling out weeds (most of the yard is filled with them) and planting new trees and plants. As we were pulling this massive clump of weeds we noticed this big deep red toadstool. I thought to myself, -oh I really don’t want to pull that out, it’s so pretty, when suddenly it moved. What??? Yes, it moved and curled up into a little ball trying to hide from us. When I looked closer I found this little mushroom had arms and legs and the cutest little face. I found out the mushroom was just her hat, otherwise she was completely naked. I held her in my hand and she hugged my thumb. I fell in love immediately so we took her inside. She seemed a little cold and well, she’s a baby, I needed to keep her warm. So, I started making clothes for her. Let me say that making tiny clothes is not easy or fast. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of time since there is a lot of hand sewing involved. Of course I got a little excited and made her an extra hat for sleeping, a diaper, a lace collar, leg warmers, tights, a bed, a blanket, and a cute little plushie, which she is now so attached to. You can say she has been a little bit spoiled these days. She also needed a name and once I learned her story, I felt the name Vida was a perfect fit for her.

Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

Baby Vida is not an ordinary baby. She has a very important job which she is now starting to learn. You see, Vida is a mushroom gnome. Mushroom or Fungi gnomes, I guess they can be called either or, help keep the soil healthy by turning dead leaves and animals into soil. They also help some plants grow by aiding them to get more water and minerals. They are also in charge of making fungi grow and these fungi will help accelerate all these processes we just talked about. Mushroom gnomes use big mushroom hats to camouflage themselves, so that is the main reason we don’t see them everyday. It’s so interesting right? The thing is that because Vida is just a baby, she is still a little rusty and we need to be careful. Whatever she touches grows fungus right away. She still needs to learn how to control it but I love that she is literally bringing some life into everything she touches. That is the reason I named her Vida (Life in Spanish).

Why don’t I keep Vida here? you may ask. Well, I got a very territorial cat that is not very happy with her presence. I’m scared he’s going to hurt her… and outside there are even more feral cats that scare me a little. Did you know 4 out of 6 Mushroom gnomes don’t survive their first year? This is because they are born from the soil and have no one to watch over them. They learn by instinct and when they are babies their instincts are not the bests. I know she needs to be outside more often but I don’t have the time to look after her while she learns how to be a mushroom gnome. I’m hoping to find someone that can take her out every day and watch that other animals don’t hurt her… at least until she’s a little older and can look after herself. Maybe that someone is you.

Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll
Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

Vida is a natural fibers art doll just a tad taller than 6 inches. Her skin is DWE in a light brown color. Her body has been stuffed with clean carded wool. Her head has been made in the classic Waldorf style with some needle felting to make it firmer. The head is not as floppy as my other dolls mostly because of her size. The head is wobbly though and can be pose most ways. Her legs and torso are one piece but the legs can bend to help her sit and pose. Her arms have been hand sewn to her torso three times for extra strength. . Her eyes have been hand embroidered with DMC cotton embroidery floss. Vida’s hair is a black wild brushable mohair crocheted wig cap that has been hand sewn to her head. This style of hair can be gently brushed. She has a sculpted belly button and a cute little tushie.

Vida is a play doll for children 7 and up that do not mouth their toys anymore and can play with her clothes gently. Her clothes have snaps and buttons that can become choking hazards to small children.

Vida is made to be as sturdy as possible but some of her clothes and accessories are more delicate. That is the main reason she is considered an art doll.

Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

Vida will go home with all the clothes and accessories you see in her photos made by me.

  • Cloth diaper with ribbon
  • White fully lined romper with hand embroidered flowers and snap closure
  • White and green striped cotton leggings
  • Hand crocheted leg warmers
  • Hand crocheted mushroom hat with needle felted spots
  • Hand made lace collar with snap closure
  • Handmade wool blend felt pixie hat
  • Hand crocheted basket
  • Mushroom plushie
  • Leaf blanket

If you would like to see more photos of Vida you can check her album.

Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll
Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

Vida’s adoption fee is 275 USDollars plus shipping. Shipping inside Mexico is free, and 18 USDollars for the rest of the world. This baby doll will ship through standard certified mail with tracking. If you would like priority shipping or for her to be shipped by a private courier, let me know so I can give you a quote. Shipping days are Mondays.

If you wish to adopt this magical baby and make sure she survives to do her very important job in this world, make a comment below stating so. Comments will only be visible to me. I will take entries for Vida until tomorrow Wednesday, July 30, 2021 at 3pm CDT. If more than one person is interested I will draw a name later on. Once a family has been chosen I will send a PayPal invoice that is due upon receipt.

As always by commenting you agree that you are 18 years or older. Please do not comment for someone else.

Vida has found a loving home. Thank you so much!

Vida, 6 inch natural fibers doll

Thank you so much for passing by to learn more about this magical baby. I hope you love her and can bring her home with you.

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