Beetle · Peg Dolls

Spring is Coming! Spring is Coming!


Dear Fern,

FINALLY! I thought this winter would never end. And, if next week’s forecast is to be believed, perhaps it hasn’t. But I’m choosing to ignore that. It seems the warmer days are starting to outnumber the colder days and little green sprouts are starting to pop up in even the brownest of patches. Every year we start some seeds inside just to have something green and growing to gaze upon, but with the hustle and bustle this year, we simply forgot. So the other day I made this little sprout peg doll. He is so fun to pull out of his little pot of wooly “soil.” And plant again. And pluck, and plant!

Um, Fern? Your Cloudberry Babies are outrageously adorable! I just want to squeeze them all, but especially that green one in the shop. He’s extra-delicious. That face. . . So sweet! I can’t wait to see what you make next.




Fern · Waldorf Dolls

Cloudberry Babies

Dear Beetle,

Ever since those early days of planning our Beetle and Fern Etsy shop, I’ve wanted to make some cuddly, velour Waldorf dolls. I’ve made several in the past, but none of them were quite right. They were too big or too firm, oddly shaped or oddly proportioned. I wanted a doll that was the perfect size for the littlest ones to cuddle while still being a sweet elfin friend for an older child. After a few false starts and a still-not-quite-right prototype, Cloudberry Babies were born and I am thoroughly in love with these dolls!

Their chubby middles are stuffed with the perfect amount of wool for snuggling and their plump hands are free to dangle about on delightfully floppy arms. Can’t you imagine a sweet little toddler holding those hands? Of course, I added a jaunty gnome hat and simple embroidered features to nurture those growing imaginations.

It’s quite possible that I’m giving myself some sort of carpal tunnel syndrome hand-sewing these little guys, but I’m hooked. In fact, I never managed to change out of my pajamas today which is why this post is missing that dollmaker-in-action photo that I promised you. One of these days. I’ll probably make a few more little Cloudberries before moving on to that Waldorf baby doll that I started, oh I don’t know, two months ago.

Warmest wishes,

Your Craft-Twin, Fern


Giveaways · Peg Dolls



Dear Friends,

Spring is coming and the Lenten roses are blooming bashfully in the garden. What better way to celebrate the launch of our Etsy shop and our one-hundred-and-eleventieth Like on Facebook than with a giveaway! The lucky winner will receive this sweet little peg doll inspired by the Lenten Rose. Won’t she brighten up your mailbox? To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. One entry per person. To get a second entry, subscribe to our blog! Comments close Friday, March 7 at midnight EST and the winner will be announced Saturday morning. Good Luck!

Yours Truly,

Beetle & Fern


And the winner is… Maren! Thanks for playing, everybody!

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Fern · Peg Dolls

Daffodillies Waken Up, Catch a Sunbeam in Your Cup


Dear Beetle,

Your gnomes are gorgeous! I’m quite partial to their tall, woolie handknit hats. Those two look as if they are just about to bundle off on some woodland adventure. The Mister even has a little pouch for their snacks (because gnomes never leave home without a snack)!

Of course, you’ve inspired me to put down my current (and seeminly without end) knitting project to whip up these little garden sweeties. This Daffodil Girl and her Bulb Baby are my nod to the dozens of daffodils that are just beginning to bloom in the yard right now, with complete disregard to freezing temperatures and icy rains (which are enough to send me back to bed until April). Far from being a shy, dainty flower, this girl has a tall, dramatic cape and a smart little bob cut. Her Bulb Baby is wee and plump and ready to stretch up into the early Spring sun. I’ve listed them in our Etsy Shop, so hopefully they will brighten up someone’s nature table very soon. Mine is still under the grip of King Winter and will probably remain that way until May Day.

Warmest Wishes,

Your Craft-Twin, Fern


Beetle · Peg Dolls · Softies



Dear Fern,

After a much-too-long hiatus filled with daydreaming and the endless reorganization (erm, cleaning off) of my sewing table, I’ve finally been crafting again! A good friend is celebrating the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há this week and she asked me to create some small gifts for her three daughters. She handed me her copy of Gnomes by Wil Huygen and said, “Make some of your peg people.” Gnomey pegs? Yes, please! And here is how they turned out. I made three pairs. My favorite detail is the gray braids on the girl gnome with just a bit of a blond streak left. I hope they are happy in their new home. There are lots of animals to tend to and of course three girls to play with!

Kindest Regards,

Your Sister-In-Craft, Beetle.

P.S. I also made some little mouse friends to send along with the gnomes. Here is one of them.