Roots & Wings Studio

Jen Staples

Encouraging imagination. Inviting play.

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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,

There once were six wee fox kits...

They are finally ready to emerge from the den! Six little fox kits, or pups, are ready to be loved and squeezed (did you know that fox babies can be called kits or pups?). I adore them. I really enjoyed creating these little loves; I poured my heart into them. If you choose to adopt one of these kits into your home, be forewarned that they are as quick-witted as they are sweet. It is totally up to you whether you choose to let them charm you into giving them what they want or not, just know I warned you. By the way, it’s not just cats that like yarn balls. I have a wad of yarn that you would shake your head at….Im not sure I'll ever get it untangled. They totally talked me out of the scarves and gloves that I wanted to make for them. No gloves! And no to those autumn colored scarves that I was dreaming of. Once one wanted a white scarf, they all wanted a white scarf. Oh well. It reminds me of the white chest and belly of the red fox, so maybe it is better this way.

This was a project that I worked on reeeeallly slowly; in fact I started back in October, doing little bits here and there when I could sneak away from my kids. I dream of the day I will have a little separate studio space that I can get whole uninterrupted days to work with lots of chai tea to sip. Sounds lovely, right? Maybe then it won’t take me 4 months to finish a project amidst the beautiful chaos of life.

Right in the middle of trying to finish up these sweet kits, another girl poked her head out and told me she was more than ready for my attention as well. I’m sure she will be pleased that I will no longer have the distraction of six energetic foxes underfoot. I didn’t tell her that one will be staying here to play, indefinitely. He was just to sweet and and adorable to let go. Four of these wee woolly babes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Each baby is about 10" tall, and comes with a pair of black socks as well as a natural colored scarf knitted by me. Their limbs are firmly stuffed with clean, carded wool and their belly is stuffed a little less firm - for hugging and squeezing. Their heads are made of wool and cotton interlock fabric in the traditional Waldorf style, with cheeks blushed with beeswax crayon. Their bodies are crafted from a repurposed shirt (that I purchased because I loved the pattern and saw fox dolls instead of a garment!), and their socks are upcycled from a sweater. Every seam is sewn twice with attention and care, including the hand stitched seams.

Though these dolls are crafted with great care and are durable for play, they are not recommended for young children due to the small buttons.

I really want to share all the pictures with you, but I will spare you...this time! Choosing is so hard.😉 I only took 130 of them. You can see more photos in their listings. Find them in my shop here: RootsWingsStudio

*** Edit 2/12/18: All of the sweet fox pups have been adopted and are on their way to their forever homes 😃 ***

Thank you for reading,

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,