Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
-Kay Redfil Jamison
Hope you are prepared for Halloween and starting to get prepared for Christmas!!! I love this time of the year when festivities start. In our house, we first celebrate Halloween, then Día de Muertos. During November we set up the house for Christmas, then we have Christmas, New Years. January brings Three Kings Day and my husband and daughter’s birthday. So we really don’t stop celebrating until February, but wait, then it’s Valentines. I guess we keep going, LOL!
Today my new baby boy is ready to find a home. His name is Bernardo and don’t let that sweet face fool you. He’s a handful. First of all let me tell you that Bernardo is the first of his kind. His body is made in a different way. His torso is completely needle felted in two pieces that are joined together by strong strings, then covered with skin fabric. This allows his torso to bend front and back and a little to the sides too. Giving him more movement and making him even easier to pose. His limbs have also been drafted a little different to accommodate his fingers and toes and his ankle can bend so the feet can be posed too. Oh and he also has some little boy parts between his legs. hehe!
Bernardo took me a little over a month to finish. Not because he was super hard to make, but because I made his limbs too small and I didn’t have enough fabric to remake them. I had to order more fabric from The Olive Sparrow (highly recommend this shop), and when the fabric arrived I was able to finally work on him. I made a new pattern for his limbs and they turned out really cute.
Now let me tell you about Bernardo. He lives to play, I guess all children do, but no, really this boy wants to play all day and he wants to play with all sorts of dangerous things. He sees a hammer, there he goes to get it and hammer the wall. He sees a pencil, crayons, pens, he goes and scribbles all over the wall and himself. He sees scissors, he will go and cut all the leaves from a plant. So, you have to make sure he always has something to play with, if he has something interesting enough, he won’t go to your plants and use all the dirt to cook in his play kitchen. I can’t stress this enough, keep him busy and watch him at all times and if everything fails, gingerbread cookies will keep him busy, he loooves those.
I must say he’s also very loving and loves to cuddle. He’s scared of thunder, so he’ll want you to hold him if there is a storm. He likes to make sure his caregiver is sleeping next to him every night. He’s definitely a co sleeper and that is when I enjoy him the most. I like to watch him sleep and bask in all the calmness and sweetness of this baby boy.
Bernardo is a 13 inch natural fibers baby boy. His skin is Heavy Weight Laib Yala in dark brown. His black eyes have been hand embroidered with DMC cotton thread. His hair is a hand crocheted brushable mohair wig cap in a reddish brown color. His blushing was made with a red beeswax crayon and is not permanent. He is a natural fibers doll, filled with clean wool. His head and torso has been firmly needle felted. His mouth has been soft sculpted. His clothes have been made with cotton and upholstery fabrics and wool blend yarns. His arms and legs are floppy and so is his head. He’s very fun to pose.
Bernardo will go home with the following clothes and accessories:
- Handmade comfy shirt with snap closures
- Handmade diaper with snap closures.
- Handmade cotton pinafore pants with buttons on the interior back.
- Upcycled, repurposed, baby socks.
- Handmade comfy boots (Pattern by Down Under Waldorfs)
- Hand crocheted pixie bonnet
- Handmade sleeping overalls
- Hand crocheted gingerbread man traveling friend. (hope this keeps him busy while traveling)
This is an art doll and it is not made for children. This doll was made for gentle play by an adult collector or an older caring child 10 years and up.
You can see more photos of Bernardo in his album.
You can also watch a video of how I change his clothes right here:
If you would like to adopt this sweet but energetic baby boy, make sure you comment on this post stating so. If there is more than one person interested in him, I will draw a name later on. I will take entries for Bernardo until tomorrow Thursday October 28 at 3pm CDT. Remember comments are only visible to me. Once a family has been chosen I will send a PayPal invoice that is due upon receipt. If he’s adopted and paid in full he will be shipped next Tuesday. Otherwise, shipping days are Mondays.
Bernardo has found a loving home.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Bernardo. I hope you like this new style of baby doll. I would like to make more in the future but that will depend on how you all like him.
Hope your having a great week.
Read you soon.