I recently made a pair of biracial dolls with natural hair for a beautiful set of siblings from Chicago. It was so fun to make the little costumes for the dolls too. And I really love how the curls framing the little girl's face turned out!
I also made a special customized art doll for a sweet little girl who was adopted from Ethiopia. Her mom told me she was so excited to have a doll to look like her!
A few others from this month:
I'm also working on some new designs of some little kitty dolls, so keep your eyes put for those!
This custom Little Red Riding Hood was a birthday present for a little girl and it was based on some really neat vintage illustrations that her mom sent me. The pictures were probably from the 40's, and I loved how the printed red fabric I picked for the dress captured that era's vibe.
The customer who purchased this sweet little fellow and his dog sent me a message recently to let me know he arrived safely at his new home in Istanbul!
This special group of dolls went to live at a terrific child care center in Virginia that specializes in being green and keeps Eco-friendly toys for the kids there.
This set of mermaid dolls was created for and will be available at a seaside gift shop in Rhode Island called Moby and Madge. Check it out if you are in the area!
This set of dolls was modeled to match the traditional costumes of the Sami people of Norway. This is one of three Norwegian costume styles I've been working on for a project with a Norwegian gallery owner. I'll tell you more about this project soon...
Making doll families is one of my favorite types of orders. This one was no exception! So much fun.
I'm hoping to make a big batch of ready-to-ship dolls soon, so keep an eye out here and on the shop!
When Yanique contacted me about making a custom doll family resembling her family, I was immediately excited. I was well acquainted with the family's stylishness and gorgeousness from being an Instagram follower of Yanique's (@yan_o_gram). I mean, look at this sweet family.
When I received a request to make a doll resembling a young man in graduation cap and gown for the customer's boyfriend as a graduation gift, I was surprised. Sure, it's unique and personalized, and a memento of the big day, but would a college/high school grad really want a doll that looked like himself/herself in graduation garb for a gift? But as I went thought the process of designing and making the doll, I began to get it. And by all accounts, the new grad was thrilled with his gift. What, exactly, makes this work?
1. It really hits the right note of sentimentality for such a big life event. People (the grads themselves as well as family and friends) already feel nostalgic and reminiscent over the hard work that went into this accomplishment. Since a doll is primarily a children's toy, it represents how far the grad has come.
2. For high school grads, it can be a friendly face sitting up on the university-issued bookshelf when the new college student gets back to the dorm after a grueling day of classes, and is just learning to navigate college life. It is a reminder of the person who gave it to them and the love that person feels for them. And it's a reminder that the student got through high school, and can do the same with college.
3. For college grads, it acts as a reminder of their accomplishments of university life. Sometimes the period of time just after college graduation is particularly daunting, now more than ever with the competition of the job search. It can be a calming act to look up at the self above the computer after sending the upteenth resume out, and see a smiling face, reminding you of the person who loves you that gave you the doll, and to remember how far you've come and how far you've yet to go.
4. It's definitely the most unique gift your grad will receive. How flattering to own a little model of oneself. And chances are pretty slim that someone else will have given them the same thing!
Contact me if you'd like to place an order for a grad doll. Remember, dolls generally take 2 weeks to complete, so order now to have it by graduation!
Need more gift ideas for other ages and occasions? Gift wrapping ideas? Follow my Gift Ideas board on Pinterest!
You can also order the graduation gown and cap for your Hen and Chick doll! It will also fit other 18 inch dolls.
What was the most memorable graduation gift you have ever given or received? What made it meaningful? Share in the comments below!
I love Pinterest. My favorite board to pin to is my "For the Home" board. I find myself more and more drawn to really bright, light, cozy rooms. Many of which are kid's rooms, or if not, could easily be mistaken for them! The 3 things that make these rooms are: the bright and bold colors, the eclectic accessories, and the not-to-tidy, lived-in aspect of them. Here are some favorites:
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