Roots & Wings Studio

Jen Staples

Encouraging imagination. Inviting play.

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Sweet Meadow was so much fun for me to create. She is now with her new family, getting lots of hugs and love! She is made with my baby pattern and is 15" long, created with high quality cotton jersey interlock and stuffed firmly with wool. Her facial features have been needle felted of wool over many hours and then covered with fabric, and then her features were accented with some carefully placed stitches. She also has some adorable knee and elbow dimples, as well as some dimples above her chubby bum. Her eyes are embroidered with cotton embroidery thread, and her face and body have been blushed with beeswax crayon. Meadow's soft dark hair is made of a brushable mohair yarn that has been knitted into a cap and carefully brushed out, then sewn securely to her head. Meadow has a really lovely outfit. Her romper was made with cotton woven fabric with a delightful floral pattern. The pattern for her romper is from Shaka Laka Bum, which I downsized to fit Meadow. It was really a lovely pattern and tutorial to work with. Her diaper is made of floral patterned cotton and a layer of wool from my own pattern and closes with metal snaps. Her wee socks are made of cotton jersey and trimmed with lace, and her boots were wet felted over several hours by me with layers of wool and fitted specifically to Meadows feet. To complete her sweet boots I added eyelets and leather lacing. Her wool shawl was knitted by me using a pattern from Miss Molly’s Dolls, and closes with a single wooden button. Her sweet wool bonnet is knitted using a preemie pattern from Ester Kate Designs; I added the bear ears to the bonnet (because how cute are bear ears?!). Many, many hours of love and work were poured into the creation of Meadow.

I had a hard time picking just a few photos, so this is a photograph heavy post for your enjoyment 😉


A blanket or a shawl? Meadow prefers to use it as a snuggly blanket...

Springtime mornings can be a bit chilly though, so let’s put that shawl back on… and peak at how lovely the back of this bonnet looks!

That’s better! All cozy and warm!

"Oh, look who came out to visit you this morning!"

Special booties made just for Meadow 😃

“Oh, Meadow little feet that want to stay warm must stay in their shoes!"

I’m not going to win this one….I guess laces are pretty intriguing and fun to pull on...

As the sun began to rise in the sky and spread it’s warmth, I gave up trying to keep her dressed

She finally got those socks off...

And well, what baby doesn’t enjoy being totally naked and free?

I hope you are enjoying the last of spring as summer is on it’s way!

Thank you for reading!
Love, Jen

Spring Tomte

As I wait for dolly supplies to come in, this little guy was created today. 😍 He has at least one friend on the way, and he claims to know where spring is...though I cannot seem to coax it out of him.

A spring tomte (aka gnome or nisse)

Positive progress

After much trial and error….her arms are just right. We are progressing, now just the waiting on more supplies!

Thanks for coming!
❤️ Jen

A basket of cute...

This bundle of babies…I’m so lucky to have a moment to snuggle them all at once. Soon three of these bunnies are leaving, and the other three are awaiting adoption. They really have my heart. This is going to be a photo heavy post, mostly so I can come back and look at them once they have ventured out into the world.

It is so hard to say no to a face like this. This one is a charmer; she is endearing, innocent, and honest:

Petite, yet powerful. She is quiet at first, but not for long. She is sweet, and confidently (and unapologetically), herself:

This guy loves the wilderness, and he loves a good laugh. He is really very good at moving around silently, so watch your carrots:

This one is a surprise, her mom doesn’t know she is coming yet. She is an observer, only jumping in once she has had plenty of time to assess:

This one is bold and loves to talk, mostly about all the wonders of the world around us. She will have you answering a string of endless questions:

The adventurer; he will be on his way home soon to hang out with his brother and cause all kinds of mischeif:

The three that are available in my Etsy shop are below:

Thank you for reading and enjoying these photos of my dolls. I really love creating them.

❤️ Jen

They are ready!

The sweet bunnies are ready to find their forever homes! They will be in my Etsy shop tomorrow at 7pm. These three will be available:

All that’s left to do is a photo shoot in the morning! They are so excited! See you tomorrow!

❤️ Jen

Almost ready...

These adorable wee bunnies are so close to being ready! They just needs their wee arms (and a proper photo shoot) and they will be ready to hop off to their new homes!

A New Baby...

This little girl has been patiently waiting for my attention. Now that the wee foxes aren’t making a mess everywhere underfoot, she has been able to soak up a few hours of TLC. She is waiting for her hair to be done 😃. I thought I would give you a quick peek at her, since she is just so sweet.

This little peanut will be in process alongside another project for spring 😃 Stay tuned, I have a few more exciting things coming (think bunnies!).

Thank you for reading

Lots of Love,

Fantastic Fall Foxes

I’m slowly working on a batch of super adorable foxes in celebration of autumn, my favorite season! I am planning to adorn them in various autumn colored scarves.

I just love the changing leaves and the sunny days with crisp breezes…and all things cranberry orange.

Anyway, here is this cute little one in progress. There is still some sewing and knitting to do. Stay tuned for the rest of the bunch, which will be available in my etsy shop when they are finished.

Thanks for reading!
Love, Jen

Let's go back in time a bit...

So in the busyness of summer, this little guy didn’t get the attention he deserves. I didn’t write a post about him when he was done; I was just so excited to get him off to his new home with a super excited little boy that I did a photo shoot and sent him on his way.

I mentioned in the last post about him here that I was going to let his new caretaker name him, and so he is called “Baby Ari"

As requested, he has a spunky colorful tie dyed jumper and some matching knitted booties! There have been some additions to his outfit since he went home, including a cape ;)

He loves to roll around free in the grass whenever he gets a chance, especially in the sun warmed clover. He is so mellow and content to just observe his surroundings; the way the leaves move in the wind, the honey bees drinking nectar from the blossom, the birds flying high in the sky above his head…so quietly he watches. I wish I had a picture to share of the next time I saw Ari; lovingly tied on with a colorful scarf and being carried by his sweet boy, who absolutely would not have Ari untied from his back. I am just so happy that he has a home where he is loved and played with, and so grateful for the smiles and joy he brings. Dolls are so wonderful for children.

Thank you for reading 😃

Lots of Love,


Willow is the name she picked. For a while I thought she was going to leave for her forever home without a name, but on the day she was to leave she finally told me.

It’s a fitting name for her for several reasons...her love of the outdoors; and her long, slender, yet strong limbs. She reaches for the sky, just as the tree will stretch towards the warmth of the sun, and still remain grounded with roots deep in the ground.

Good luck pulling her inside, because she is a free-spirited child with ideas of her own. She can often be found climbing to the top of the tallest object nearby, rolling around in the soft grass and smelling the flowers, or playing hide and seek.

She believes that she can be invisible, especially when in the nude! If she does decide to wear clothes, they must be bright and have flowers, of course!

She did give me a bit of trouble, but I’m going to chalk that up to her strong will and desire to have more of my attention. My summer was a bit of a whirlwind, and she gave me quite a challenge in the middle of it. We persevered through and came out stronger with a fresh perspective :)

I am always so excited to see who emerges from the bits of wool I start with. When it is time to add the fabric and the face, that’s when the magic happens. Suddenly this doll has a personality and a story.

Willow is now happily watching the sunsets from her new home with her new family that loves her. I’m am grateful for the gift of another creation from my hands; this work that feeds my soul.

Thank you for reading!

Lots of love,