Sunday, March 22, 2009

Alkelda on Etsy and a Preamble to a Contest

On May 1, I will officially open my cottage industry on Etsy.com. The shop is called Alkelda because I started out as a buyer, not a seller, and that was the username I chose. My shop will contain dolls for storytelling and for nature or seasonal tables. I plan to have root children both large and small, elementals like wind and snow children, storytelling characters who are adaptable for any number of tales you think up, saints, and perhaps even a humorous line of "goth Waldorf" dolls (although Waldorf education founder Rudolph Steiner might roll over in his grave).

I would like to solicit ideas from the readers of Saints and Spinners. What sorts of flowers, trees and elementals would you like to see in the shop? Please leave your answers in the comments. I promise not to delete the flippant suggestions as long as they are ones that I would feel comfortable showing to my parents. Ahem.

Over the next few days, you will read about a contest that Minh Le of Bottom Shelf Books and I will co-host. A hint: it has something to do with Children's Books That Never Were. We're waiting until Fuse #8's Picture Book Poll is over before the contest officially starts on April 1. No fooling!

3 comments:

adrienne said...

Oh, I think that's going to be a successful venture! Your dolls are just precious.

I'm not sure I have any suggestions out of the obvious--I do love flowers, any kind. I'll just be looking forward to seeing what you post when you open the store!

Lone Star Ma said...

You know what sort of flower children interest me! I am a big fan of the goth Waldorf idea also.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Congratulations on your Etsy venture, Farida! I can't wait to see more of your work and wish you great success . Making things is so satisfying, isn't it? Especially when they turn out so beautifully. And I like every sort of flower and tree (helpful, I know). Maybe a pine cone person would be nice?