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!