InvitingPlay

Waldorf Dolls and Hand Made Children's Treasures

103 Sales

InvitingPlay

Waldorf Dolls and Hand Made Children's Treasures

103 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Minnesota made Waldorf Dolls and Children's Treasures that are always one of a kind, lovingly hand and home made with love. I design, develop and bring life to all of my Waldorf Dolls one at a time. Waldorf Dolls from Inviting Play are truly small batch. Each doll is unique, special, and represents hours of thought and work. I strive to use the highest quality materials; sourcing locally and family owned when possible. Ready to ship dolls will return in January. Feel free to convo me with questions or suggestions or browse my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/InvitingPlay

Announcement

Minnesota made Waldorf Dolls and Children's Treasures that are always one of a kind, lovingly hand and home made with love. I design, develop and bring life to all of my Waldorf Dolls one at a time. Waldorf Dolls from Inviting Play are truly small batch. Each doll is unique, special, and represents hours of thought and work. I strive to use the highest quality materials; sourcing locally and family owned when possible. Ready to ship dolls will return in January. Feel free to convo me with questions or suggestions or browse my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/InvitingPlay

Julie Colby

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Julie Colby

About

Dolls that honor childhood and provide an invitation to PLAY!

History:
My mother and grandmother taught me to sew and appreciate handmade things as a young child. Through them, I also learned the love of dolls. Both my mother and grandmother had dolls they loved and they made sure I received a doll each Christmas that had been picked out especially for me until I was in high school.
So when I made my first doll for my children, it was a natural fit.

I find little more satisfying than seeing a doll come to life in my studio of my hands and heart. I plan and draw and dream about the doll before I make it. Sometimes they turn out just like I imagined they would, other times they take turns that I never anticipated. Either way, it is a great honor to get to make a doll that turns out to be a child's friend, companion, confident.

Motivation:
I am easily discouraged by the trash and sleaze and marketing of big box stores and the effect that has on our children and world. The simplicity and wholesomeness of Waldorf dolls are my personal antidote for that. I try my best to use natural, renewable and/or upcycled materials that honor the earth, and the nature of childhood.

As a mother, seeing my children play and giving them the mental and physical space to play and express themselves is my biggest joy.

I have a great desire and dream to make dolls that will Invite you to Play!

Work Style:
I do most of my thinking and serious design and construction work in the evening after my kiddos have finally nodded off - but I squeeze in quite a bit of pattern tracing, crocheting, fabric cutting, and shipping during the day while my children are busy on the floor with their toys and dolls. I like to put the finishing touches on dolls on the weekends when my husband is around to take the kids for an outing and I have a more leisurely spot of daytime to linger over the final details.

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  • Julie Colby

    Owner, Designer, Maker, With Love

    I'm 37 and have been making things all my life. I share life with my husband and my three beloved children ages 7, 5, and 2 in Minneapolis, MN. Making dolls is filling the nooks and crannies of my life between the stories and snuggles of motherhood

  • Suzi

    Model, Doll Enthusiast, And Sweetness In Mom's Life

    I am 5 years old and I love helping my mom by holding dolls while she is taking pictures. I always say "mom, if she doesn't sell, can I have her?"

Shop policies

Last updated on October 3, 2012
Inviting Play wants to contribute to your families own play space. Inviting Play offers hand made dolls and toys to enhance your physical play space and invite your children to play. I offer you knowledge that the dolls are made with natural materials to the highest standards of quality and beauty.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal or direct purchase using credit cards from Etsy.
I will accept cash or personal checks from local buyers who pick up items from me in Minneapolis.
It is my policy to make every customer happy so please contact me if you have any questions about your purchase!
Shipping
My goal is to provide excellent customer service and fast shipping so I will ship out ready to go items within two business days of purchase (usually on the same day of purchase). After custom items are ordered and specifics are mutually agreed upon, I will tell you the estimated completion and ship date.

Packaging: In the past I didn't want to put my natural, handmade dolls in plastic to ship so I wrapped them in cloth and packed them carefully in a box. I have discovered that some customers prefer the peace of mind that plastic offers so I have begun to ship my dolls in plastic as a default. If you would like me to use cloth instead of plastic, please let me know.
I do recycle solid boxes and clean tissue paper for re-use in packaging when I can. I do this because I want to minimize the impact my handmade business has on the environment.

If you need expedited shipping, please let me know and we can arrange that for an additional shipping charge.
If you need international shipping and would like insurance or tracking, please convo me. There will be an extra charge for those things.
Refunds and Exchanges
If the item you purchase isn't what you agreed to purchase or hasn't held up as expected under normal usage, I will happily take it back, replacing or refunding it. If it is a mistake I've made I will pay return shipping. I will also consider all other requests for returns. However, generally speaking, please consider sales final and only purchase if you are very certain you will like the item. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions before you buy things. I love to answer questions via convo.
Additional policies and FAQs
All dolls come with care instructions.
All sewn items are double stitched for durability. I put time, thought, and care into each item as if I were making it for my own children.
I would never be happy mass producing the same item over and over. And so, each item is unique and no two are exactly the same.