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About AppleTreeHouse

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A Little Story

I didn’t really play with dolls much as a child. Sure, I had dolls, plenty of them. I found the most joy making things for my sister’s dolls. I remember sitting with my Nana, going through a special box of clothing she had made for my mother and aunt’s dolls when they were children. I loved the different fabrics, colors, and textures. I used to spend hours making “clothing” for my sister and cousin’s dolls from scraps of beautiful fabric in Nana’s basement as the other girls played nearby. First, I sewed them by hand, and as I got a little older, Nana taught me how to use her giant, avocado green dinosaur of a sewing machine. My first efforts were a sight to behold….all “original” and could only be worn once, as I frequently had to sew them onto the dolls to get them to fit right!

When my first daughter was little, I did what most parents do, I got her a doll. The doll was cute to look at, but the plastic smell just about overpowered me, and I worried about what it might do to my precious little girl. So, I started looking for something less toxic for her to play with. I had no idea how little there was out there to choose from. My husband shared my frustration, and suggested that I try making something myself. The little light bulb went on over my head. Where to start? Then I found out I was pregnant with our second daughter, so everything else went on to the back burner while I enjoyed the trials of pregnancy and life at home with a small child.

When it was time for our oldest to start school, I knew I wanted to start her out with something different. I found a Waldorf School in Georgia; however, it was not practical for our family as it was too far for me to drive two times a day with a new baby (we happily wound up at a Montessori School that we will be forever grateful for). However, I was very intrigued with their philosophies about letting the child learn naturally, and surrounding the child with natural materials to learn and play with. The first time I saw a Waldorf doll, I was hooked. I knew this is what I wanted to make for my girls.

“What is a Waldorf style doll?” That is a question I get a lot these days. To put it quite simply, a Waldorf doll is a simple doll. They help put the imagination back in to playtime. A Waldorf style doll is a breath of fresh air. I only use natural materials for my dolls. I like organic, pill resistant cotton tricot for the skin, it is soft to touch. I use pure, carded eco-wool for the stuffing. The sheep are treated kindly; they live on fields where pesticides are not used. The dolls have a wonderful natural smell and will warm up as they are held, loved, and played with. The best ones have the simplest faces. A child can look at the doll and decide for themselves if the doll is feeling happy or sad, grumpy or silly, and so on. This encourages a child to bond with the doll, and it will become a special friend that is played with and treasured.

I am working on a new hybrid style doll that I have nicknamed the "Ragdorf" (trademark pending)... it encompasses all of the attributes that I love about each genre of doll and I look forward to making many more in the future.

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  • Debra

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I started ATH so that I could offer environmentally friendly, unique and special dolls. I put a lot of love, thought and time into each one. Individuality is healthy : ))

Shop policies

Last updated on May 11, 2011
At Apple Tree House, we use only the finest, high quality natural materials. I use pure eco wool that is animal, earth, and people friendly. I also use organic cotton for the doll skin whenever available. All items are made in my smoke free, little bichon dog friendly home. All of our items are heirloom quality and meant to be enjoyed: Dolls are triple stitched in high stress areas so they can stand up to play, hair is securely attached (and repairable!), and clothing is zig zag stitched or serged for durability.

I do try to keep at least one doll in the shop and one on my worktable at all times, so if the shop is empty, please be assured that something will be coming soon! For a sneak peek and news about who is new, please see my blog:

Please convo with your questions, ideas and requests, I will try to reply promptly.

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Returns and exchanges
All items are in new condition. Apple Tree House takes great care describing items in detail. Dolls are non-refundable unless damaged in shipping. If a doll is damaged in shipping, it can be replaced with a similarly priced item from the shop. The new item will be furnished upon our receipt of the damaged item and verification from the shipper that damages were incurred during shipping.

Doll clothing may be returned if it does not fit properly (I understand that all dolls and clothes are handmade and there are differences in size and proportion) must be in new, sale-able condition and you must contact me within 48 hours of receipt to arrange a refund, minus original shipping charges and a 15% restocking fee.

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Please note that you may also pay by credit card using the PayPal payment page.

Please pay for your purchase promptly, otherwise the sale will be voided and the item will be relisted to keep it fair.


Reserved Custom Doll orders will be a 2 part listing: A deposit to hold your spot and start collecting the special items for your doll, and a final payment due upon completion. If for any reason you decide to cancel your custom order before the second payment is made, you will not be entitled to a refund of the deposit as it is likely I had to turn other customers away to accommodate your custom order.

All items will be shipped to your Paypal address, no exceptions. If you are buying something as a gift, please take a moment to make sure that you have the recipient's address on file in your Paypal account.

All domestic and international doll orders will be shipped by USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation & Insurance within 3 business days of cleared payment. Clothing not shipped with a doll will be sent USPS 1st Class unless other arrangements are made. If you would like an alternative shipping method. please contact me.

If the item is being shipped outside the U.S., The buyer will be responsible for any customs charges.

I am not responsible for the package once I hand it off for delivery.
Additional policies and FAQs
On Etsy, Feedback is not required, but is greatly appreciated. If at any time you have a question or concern. please contact me and I will reply quickly.


Sometimes accidents happen, if your doll needs "medical" attention, please contact me to assist you in repairs.

All dolls are "signed" with an apple birthmark and come with a personalized care card.

As with all toys and items that have small parts, these items may not be suitable for children, especially those that put things in their mouths. Please check all items for signs of wear that may cause a choking hazard.

Effective 6/1/1011, there will be a limit of 4 dolls per household per calendar year in an effort to spread the love Ѽ