Handmade Dollmaking


I hope you can still remember my first handmade doll Laura. I made her in February 2014. I've been contemplating on selling handmade dolls since 2012, but my mom duties as a new mom had to be prioritized. And now with my 2nd child, I find myself handling everything easier. Even with the two of them. I do my housework and take care of my children by myself, so the only time I spend on doll making is when the baby is on his 2 naps. My daughter watches me when sewing and I sometimes find her pretending to sew on my sewing machine (don't worry it's a treadle)

handmade doll gingermelon

It was my goal to open my online shop when my 2nd child turns 6 months old. And I hit it! The doll doesn't look appealing to moms who are advocates of Waldorf education though. I am often asked if I can make some alterations to the doll's face to accomodate their preference. I'm very new to the handmade industry in the Philippines and I don't have a big network, so I'm super newbie. Good luck to me. Find littlemeridolls on instagram and facebook ;))

Old People

If you really want to change your environment, you have to change yourself. As they say, the irony of life is when you see too much unhappiness around you, even when doing things are becoming fast and easy. I saw one video clip of why people are still unhappy when they have more time to indulge themselves in things they want to do compared to people before the industrial revolution. They say man is insatiable. I say that man doesn't understand his purpose.
I see people at church who are old and still struggling to make ends meet, but their eyes are happier than those who are browsing the web through their smartphones and posting "happy" pictures on Instagram. Those humble people treat others cheerfully. They are kind. They are pure. They are like trees which are old but have spread their branches wide, embracing the sunset. They don't even understand much English, but they still listen intently to those who are talking.

Those old people have peace. They understand their purpose. They are happy with what they have. They have little. But they are still willing to extend whatever service they think they can give. They don't come late to church even when they have to walk down the hills and take a 20 to 30-minute ride.

They are my example. I love being with them. They make this place a better one.


My 3-month-old baby is asleep. I brought him downstairs to his crib at 5.16AM. My husband is going on a business trip again for days. Glad my younger sister stays with us till late May.
Earlier at 4AM, our daughter woke up and she wanted to go downstairs to play. She asked her daddy to accompany her. She probably must be thinking she should wake up early to send him off.
Our growing family has changed me and my husband's sleeping schedule. And that is, we now have a flexible schedule. When one child needs attention in the middle of the night, it's a normal thing for us to get up and go back to sleep again once done.
I feel happy and grateful that we don't find ourselves getting lazy or frustrated with this kind of arrangement. We are parents after all. We should be more giving and more patient. Hopefully our children can emulate those for them to refine their generation.