"The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women, the mothers, than in the possessors of power, or those of innovators who for the most part do not understand themselves. We must cultivate women, who are the educators of the human race, else the new generation cannot accomplish its task."

~ Friedrich Froebel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Olivia & Bella, Together At Last!


Before I start with the introductions, I want to thank each and everyone of you who took the time to reach out to me during this very difficult time while I adjust to life without my dear dad. As I anticipated I have good days and bad days and it's just going to take time. The one thing that has been my saving grace is my sewing. I have been sewing like crazy over the past few weeks to keep my mind off things and also to fill several custom orders which needed to be completed. Thankfully, for me there is no better therapy than many many hours spent creating pretty little things. Currently my mom is here and we are spending a lot of quality time together and she has been helping me rearrange some of the things in my studio to make it even more organized if that's even possible. But keeping her busy has also been a "good thing"!

Now, without further ado, I want to introduce you to Miss Bella! She actually arrived from Australia while I was in Florida and has been patiently waiting to be introduced to all of you but because I was so  upset I decided to wait a bit until the dust settled a bit before I shared her with you. She is truly spectacular with that amazing and crazy curly red hair and those big brown eyes! She and Olivia are perfect together and I really love having both of them here now to model my dolly creations. Thank you so very much to Reena at Bumbabeena Dolls who made both of these beautiful girls for me. She is an amazing doll artist and I feel so fortunate to have not only one, but two of her dolls!

I've also been sewing up a bunch of clothing for my Etsy shop and I will be listing new items all day today! So if you have a chance go take a peek. This is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas and putting a few things away for that special little girl, or big girl in your life!


Thank you all again for all of your heartfelt wishes and support. It means the world to me!

Dawn

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Broken Hearted


Dear Friends,

I'm so sorry that I have been so very quiet for the past few weeks. It's been a very difficult time as I adjust to devastating loss of my dad. Two weeks ago today I received that phone call that we all dread. My mom was on the phone crying hysterically from the hospital saying that my dad had stopped breathing and he was in the ICU on life support and to please call her. "What????" I had just been on the phone with them 45 minutes earlier and I was chatting with my dad and everything was perfectly fine. This just couldn't be happening!!! I called my mom at the hospital and she shared the most unbelievable story with me and she said "you need to come asap!" Still in utter disbelief I got off the phone with her call Ole at work and told him what happened and he said "I am on my way home!" The next few hours are honestly a complete blur as I continued to get more and more information from my mom and it was not good. We tried to get me on a flight out of here but there was nothing available so I packed my bags and hopped in the car and headed south to Florida to be with my parents. You have no idea what a difficult drive that was. 12 hours of not knowing what was waiting for me and being scared to death of thinking that I was too late. I knew my mom wasn't telling me everything. . . I arrived in Florida at my parents house and within minutes we were on our way to the hospital. Seeing my dad like that was heartbreaking. Hooked up to so many machines and lifeless. I held his hand and gently spoke to him begging him to wake up and there was nothing. I knew in my heart if he could hear me he would have let me know and there was nothing...from there we spoke to his doctors and they gave us the report which no one ever wants to hear. He was gone and the machines were the only thing keeping him going but after all the tests they determined there was nothing to be done except turn off the machines. I was numb. I asked my mom if I could have time alone with my dad to say goodbye and she said I could do whatever I wanted. That was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. I went to the hospital alone and sat with my dad, held his hand, kissed him gently on the forehead and told him how very much I loved him. Before I left, I asked him if he could give me a sign to let me know that he was okay and within minutes he was talking to me and I was listening. I left the hospital soaked in tears and arrived at my car and sitting on the hood of the car was a butterfly. Then on the way back to my parents house I had another very strange and otherwise unexplainable experience, but I knew it was my dad talking to me. The next few days are pretty much a complete blur as we made the final arrangements for my dad and carried out his wishes.

I'm back home now and kind of in a fog...I have moments where I am okay and then something will trigger a memory and I will fall apart. I so miss hearing his voice each and every morning at 7am when I used to call him to give him the morning report, a funny little thing that we started years ago because he loved hearing about all the activity and goings on at our house with his four grandkids which he loved dearly. Thankfully, I have an amazing family and they have been very patient and understanding while I continue to process and get used to my "new normal". Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Dawn

Sunday, September 28, 2014

An Introduction and a Great Story!





Introducing Little Miss Pollyanna. . .  the newest member of our little family here in the studio. She is just as precious as can be and totally adorable. Now for the wonderful story, and it's a bit long so you might want to grab a tea before you sit down to read this one....

Remember a few years ago when I held the sewing contests here on my blog? Well, if you remember I had two of them one was using my "Olivia" pattern and the other was a Halloween Costume contest and both were so much fun. I received dozens of entries for both of them and had so much fun. It was during both of these contests when I discovered an amazingly talented lady named Debbie who's sewing truly left me speechless. It was beyond beautiful! I discovered that she owned her own business sewing up custom couture clothing for little girls and I knew she was extremely special and very talented.

Well, a few weeks ago I received a lovely email from her to say "Hi" and say how funny it was that I had decided to start sewing doll clothing and I was using Waldorf dolls as my models because she too had left the world of sewing for little girls and was now a doll artist making the very type of doll that I love and was using for my model. Needless to say, from there things started happening very quickly. We both put on our thinking caps and came up with a wonderful idea, or at least we think it's pretty stinkin' great. Debbie had recently designed these adorable little baby dolls and she has been bombarded with requests for them and each time she puts them up for sale in her shop they sell out within minutes. She admitted to me that she was so in love with the process of making the dolls that she was finding it difficult to make time to sew up their little clothing. We came up with a plan that I would attempt to design a line of baby clothing for her dolls. Debbie specifically made little Miss Pollyanna for me to use as my model and she just arrived yesterday. I cannot tell you how much fun I have been having with this little one. I was up bright and early this morning and in my studio working on a few ideas.... here are the two new outfits I have come up with already today . . . both have matching diapers and bloomers as well. Expect to see a lot more of Miss Pollyanna.





Here's a link to Debbie's Facebook page if you would like to see more of her beautiful work!


Dawn

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lots Of Cute New Things Are Now In My Shop





4 cute new outfits were just listed in my Olivia & Bella Etsy shop! So pop over and take a look. You know. . . . it's not too soon to start thinking about Christmas! These would make wonderful gifts for very special doll lovers of all sizes from little girls to big girls. Remember, all of my doll clothing is designed to fit not only slim style Waldorf dolls like my beautiful model Olivia, but they also fit on most popular 18" dolls like AG and other brands.

Oh, I have more exciting news. I heard from my amazing doll designer Reena in Australia that "Bella" is on the way. I've seen photos of her and she is beyond beautiful! I also have another "Little" surprise that will be arriving within the next few days and I can't wait to share that with you as well. So keep checking back for more news. Things are certainly getting very busy in the studio and my sewing machine is humming round the clock again. Life is good!

Dawn

Here's a link to my Etsy shop if you would like to take a peek at all the goodies!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Olivia & Bella Upload Today at 3pm EST!







6 pretty little dresses will be uploaded into my Etsy shop today at 3pm EST. Last week, I was amazed when they all sold out within hours. This week I have decided to add a few more items so that there will be more to choose from.

Happy Shopping!!!!




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Olivia & Bella Upload Today




All three of these charming little outfits will become available today in my Etsy shop at 3pm EST. Remember, these are all one of a kind outfits for 18" dolls and I will not be reproducing any of these. Thank you all so much for your amazing enthusiasm about my new little venture. I have received so many kind and heartfelt emails and I am deeply touched that you all love what I'm doing.

I will also be hosting a give-a-way on my Facebook page once I reach 100 likes so tell your friends and help spread the word.

Here's a link to my Facebook page

and here is a link to my Etsy Shop

Happy Shopping!

Dawn

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Olivia & Bella is Live!



Well, today is the Big Grand opening of Olivia & Bella! As you can see... I've been just a little busy stitching up dozens of little dresses. I've had to make a few little modifications in my studio to make room for all these new little additions. So, here's how it's going to work. My plan is to offer a few new outfits each week. I will do my best to give a sneak peek on Tuesday both here and on my "Olivia & Bella" Facebook page then on Thursday afternoon they will go live in my Etsy shop. Remember, each of these is a one-of-a-kind and I will not be mass producing any of these so if you are interested you shouldn't wait too long or it might get grabbed up by someone else. Everything is designed to fit 18" dolls like AG and other brands or if you have a slim style 18" Waldorf style doll like "Olivia". Please help spread the word by telling your friends who have little girls, or big girls who love to dress up their dolls in pretty things.






Here is a little sneak peek of one of the dresses that I will be offering in my Etsy shop on Thursday....


Olivia is wearing an adorable little apron dress made from a pretty blue gingham with a darling floral print apron that is attached to the dress. I've added sweet little buttons on the sash to add detail and charm and give it a bit of a vintage flair. Included is the straw hat which is trimmed out in a pretty bow made from the matching floral print that is on the apron.

Please note: The doll, shoes and props are not included in this set. 
You will receive the dress and the hat only.
This outfit is designed for 18" dolls including AG and other similar brands or 
it can be worn by 18" slim style Waldorf type dolls like Olivia.

Check back later today to see what else I will be offering....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Holy Fabric . . .Batman!



Okay, as if I don't have enough fabric already. Today my dear sweet husband went to our storage room to dig out all my quilting fabric that I packed away years ago when I stopped quilting and started sewing children's clothing. Well, now that I am in full swing of making doll clothing, these smaller pieces will be perfect. To be honest I had completely forgotten how much there was but when he came home with our minivan loaded down with 9 gigantic moving boxes filled to the rim with fabric it all started coming back pretty quickly as to how much I actually have. To give you an idea here is a picture of just some of the mountain. In total there are 22 garbage bags that are filled to capacity and I have no idea where I am going to put it all. My sewing room is already full and I have no more room for additional shelves and somehow I don't think my husband will go for the idea of adding an addition to the house to house all my fabric.

Needless to say, if you ever hear me talking about fabric shopping again please, please STOP me! Even if I sewed round the clock for the rest of my life I don't think I could ever use all this up. But it's going to be a heck of a lot of fun to go through all these bags and remember where and when I got most of it and remembering other things that I had made with it. Talk about Christmas in September!!!! I am like a kid in a candy shop....

Oh, I hope to launch "Olivia & Bella" later this week. Everything is in place and I am ready to roll.

Dawn

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