Designer of the Week - Blita (+ giveaway)

Hello, it’s time for a review + giveaway! If you love fairy tales, cuddles, and friendly felt faces,  then this one is just for you! Please give a big, warm welcome to Anabela Félix from handmade label, Blita. Ana lives in Tavira, Portugal and creates some of the loveliest handmade fabric dolls and toys on Etsy!

Blita Handmade Dolls, Toys, Red Riding Hood

The Product Review

If you’re a regular reader of {KID} independent, you’ll know that a surefire way to make me smile is to send a handmade doll my way! This Little Red Riding Doll by Blita is made from 100% cotton and cotton/linen blend quilting fabrics. Each sweet little face is made from felt, with hand embroidered eyes, nose, and smile.

There’s much to love about Little Red, but I’ve decided to narrow my review down to my top three: 1. She is exceptionally well made, with a professional finish and quality materials; 2. Her smiley expression is so cute that I want to squeeze her until she pops (which is where that quality workmanship comes in to save the day); and 3. She makes the perfect bedtime story companion… big bad wolf? He has no chance against this sweet little lady!

The verdict… A quality creation with a thousands tales to tell.

Blita Handmade Dolls, Toys, Raccoon

The Indie Label

Ana (nicknamed Blita by her family) started making handmade dolls when her youngest niece was born, almost 3 years ago. Instantly falling in love with her new found creative abilities, Ana first launched her business as a hobby, but has recently began taking it to a more professional level.

Blita Handmade Dolls, Toys, Princess

The Creative Mind

Ana is an aunt to three nieces and three nephews, with whom she loves to play! She draws her inspiration from a number of sources, including illustrations (especially children’s illustrations), children’s books, fairy tales, prints and patterns.

Ana prefers to work with cotton, wool, and linen and she likes bright and happy colours. Ana explains, “Cotton may not be the easiest material to work with, when making dolls, but it’s my favourite. There are so many colours and prints available to choose from! Most often, it’s the fabric itself that inspires me. I often think: I love this fabric, what can I do with it…?”

Blita Handmade Dolls, Toys, Woodland Critters

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Ana, in her own words:

  1. I like to work well into the nights. It’s during those quiet moments that I get more focused and creative. I do everything myself and I love to work alone but I never feel lonely.

  2. When I’m out of inspiration or something troubles me, I go outside and just run. After running time, everything seems clear and falls into place.

  3. I also love to snuggle with a good book and a nice cup of tea!

The Handmade Collection

Ana creates a whimsical range of handmade soft toys for kids and the young at heart. You can find her on Etsy, Pinterest, or Flickr.

Blita Handmade Dolls, Toys, Goldilocks

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win a handmade Little Red Riding Hood doll by Blita? To enter, simply visit Blita and tell us your favourite item. Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Entries open worldwide. Winner announced on 3 April, 2014.

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68 comments to Designer of the Week – Blita (+ giveaway)

  • jody buhagiar

    Instead of a toy, I had my fav ♥ blankey. It went everywhere with me, I miss it 🙂

  • Alicia L

    I had a very much loved Alvin doll because I was in love with the Alvin & The Chipmunks show. It is still with us, been handed down to the kids!

  • nicole larsen

    My Barbie Dolls

  • elisha

    my cabbage patch doll i named emma

  • Lyn Laws

    I think these dolls are gorgeous something that my great granddaughter would not have so I will look at getting one for her 1 st birthday

  • Benjamin T

    My favourite toy was a creepy looking clown creature which had lost his stuffing.

  • Virginia Mason

    I had one doll that I named Catherine. I remember dressing her in our baby clothes and cutting her hair – I seriously thought it would grow back! She was a lovely doll who was bathed, cuddled and very loved, just a shame about her very short hair!

  • Tamara Lamb

    I remember sitting in front of the open fire in our lounge room playing with my matchbox cars on the slate in front of the fire. Highly dangerous looking back but the cars went so smoothly!

  • kristy t

    Thank you for making boy appropriate dolls! My 18 month old boy looks funny holding his sisters dolls because he has none 🙂

  • kristy t

    And my favourite doll as a kid was Serena the cabbage patch doll….i sadly still have it!

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    I had a pink teddy that went EVERYWHERE with me. It was definitely well worn by the time I put it somewhere safe.

  • mellie jane

    I had a beautiful doll that could walk and sing me happy birthday everyday of the year.

  • Laura S

    I had a rabbit bear,
    I even learnt how to mend a tear!
    He was my favourite toy,
    Cuddling was what I did enjoy!

  • Christine

    I loved my doll with brown hair which I named ‘brown dolly’ (I was a very literal child!)

  • Jessie Hay

    I had a rag doll that used to go everywhere with me 🙂

  • Kristina Snowden

    Do you remember the dolls that looked and smelled like a cupcake, loved mine, you turned it inside out and the top became her hat and the bottom was her dress… Wish I still had her

  • Kylie D

    My darling blue teddy, still owned, now missing eyes, and most of his mouth but still very cuddly.

  • Jo Miller

    My doll named Velvet in her purple Velvet A Line mini and her retractable/lengthening blonde pony tail and blunt cut fringe! She was divine!

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