After last December, when Lucia's Snowdrop Little One (from the Little One Meadow) came home for the holidays, I searched online for "snowdrop doll" and found this Winter Snowdrop Doll from Buttercup Corner on Etsy.com, a website for artisans to buy and sell their hand-made items. I contacted the seller to tell her how much I admired the doll I imagined had been snapped up instantly. She told me that if I ever wanted her to make me a snowdrop doll as a custom order, she would be glad to do so.
In June, I contacted her again, and by request, she not only made a snowdrop doll in a slightly different style from the one before, but a crocus doll as well. I explained that in my stories about Lucia's Snowdrop, the best friend was always Crocus. The stories I told were variations on a theme: Snowdrop and Crocus were so impatient for Spring to arrive that they popped up before everyone else and played in the snow. Then, their friends Daffodil and Tulip would show up later, after the snows had melted. (Yes, I kind of want a Daffodil doll too, but now I'm getting greedy.)
The morning after we came back to Seattle from Santa Fe, Lady Snowdrop and Lady Crocus were waiting for us on the mantlepiece. Here they are in Buttercup Corner:
And here they are, hanging out with Ivy and Holly (holding baby Wintergreen), two dollies we brought home from the school Sugar Plum Faire:
In addition to the Etsy.com site, you may also find the creator of these dolls at the Buttercup Corner blog, where she writes as Celandine, a "mother, avid reader, seamstress and crafter" who happens to be a homeschool teacher in the Waldorf tradition. (She even has chickens! Of course she has chickens.) It's been a pleasure to communicate with her, and I suspect that I will be returning to Buttercup Corner again in the future when I can justify asking for more friends for Lady Snowdrop and Lady Crocus.