Happy Mother’s Day and thank you to all the mamas, grandmas, aunts, and friends who’ve bought a WLL doll for a child they love! 💗
All I wanted for Mother’s Day were some photos with my baby. The older he gets the more rare it seems that we capture moments together. Yesterday my husband and son were kind enough to oblige. These iPhone photos may be a bit grainy and out of focus but they are so very precious to me
It took me seven years to become a mother, a journey which broke and rebuilt my heart many times over. Mother’s Day during those years was a day of immense grief and pain. And even now I can feel the ghost of that pain, remember the moments of gut wrenching despair. My heart aches for anyone that has gone through that or is currently walking that road. I see you, I love you.
Six years of motherhood has taught me some hard, deep truths. It’s not the fairytale society tries to make us believe. It’s raw. It’s heartbreaking. It’s character building. It’s pure exhaustion. It’s immense joy. It’s bittersweet. It’s anxious. It’s magic.
As a transracial adoptive mom raising a son of color in a racist world, I feel a strong pressure to raise my son right. To honor his black, indigenous, Mexican heritage. To raise him to know the realities of the world he’ll be living in. So that he can stay safe and grow and thrive and survive. I started WLL to honor my son. To make beautiful dolls of color in the hopes that the world will transfer the love of my dolls to the love of people of color. It’s one of the ways that I want to contribute to making the world a better and safer place for my son. Because that’s what all children deserve - a safe and inclusive world❤️
It's been a crazy few weeks and an even crazier 48hrs with over 1,300 new Instagram followers joining the league! I've been busy adding new items to the shop and changing things up a bit. A new doll has joined the Wildflower Liberty League! Her name is Stella and she has albinism. I've also added a bunch of custom doll options ranging from felt shoes, doll glasses, animal babies, mini wrap babies, 14" dolls, and now even 17" yarn-haired dolls (see the custom cuties below that I made for Elsie Larson's daughter, Nova)! This means you have 13 skin tones, 11 fleece hair shades, and 41 felt colors to choose from and to customize to your heart's content. And to top it all off, you now have the option to purchase a bare doll and put together your own outfit from the shop!
I've also been busy searching for seamstresses to help with the doll making and outfit sewing, and I'm happy to announce that I have found three amazing women that I think will be a wonderful addition to the WLL team. It's so exciting to be finally building a team because now we'll be able to expand the range of dolls and outfits offered while maintaining our high quality standards. I have so many ideas for the coming months and it's exciting to finally have the help to make them come to life!
I also want to say hello and thank you again to all the new followers and customers who found WLL through Elsie's post! I'm so happy you're here and I appreciate all your kind messages and comments about WLL and the message of inclusivity. Take a look around the WLL shop and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
And last but not least, in honor of the coming Mother's Day weekend, you can get 20% off all orders with the code "loveyourmother" till Sunday at midnight!
I'm Maria Confer. Transracial adoptive mama and founder of Wildflower Liberty League dolls.
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Sidebar photo by:
Rebecca Caridad, Manzanita