This post is very hard for me to write. I have received a lot of e-mails from friends of Apple Tree House asking about another doll maker...wanting to know if I had hired someone to help me, had I seen the dolls that seemed to look a lot like Apple Tree House dolls. Honestly, I didn't think too much of it at first, Waldorf dolls are all mostly made from the same, simple pattern. Then I saw a picture. Something didn't sit quite right with me. I saw the shop name and something was familiar, but still a bit different. I didn't think about it again until I got some more e-mails, then I decided to dig a bit. I am very sad to say that this doll maker bought one of my doll making kits in August, and in September started selling her own 10-11 inch Waldorf dolls. The doll making kits were always intended for one special purpose: to give a mama a chance to make a special doll for her little one using the same high quality supplies that I do, using some of my secrets to make it easier for her, so she would enjoy the process and love the results and be able to bring joy. Seeing this happen, after all of the time and work and effort I put in to putting together the "perfect" kit, completely breaks my heart. Theft of intellectual property is a big deal. If you have recently purchased a kit, please remember that this kit is for personal use only. Please also remember that all Apple Tree House Dolls will have an apple birthmark, that is how I sign them so you know it is real.
There are a lot of other lovely doll makers out there, I would never want to discourage anyone from buying any particular brand of doll. I love seeing what each doll maker brings to the table. Please support the true artists that have taken the time to develop their own patterns, looks, and methods, use the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and have the highest ethical standards.
Individuality is Healthy.