"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

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

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Big Announcement!




Big news for Olabelhe! I am starting a new little venture and I couldn't be more excited! 

The story of how Olivia & Bella came to be is so sweet, I thought it should be shared. This past Summer had a bit of a rocky beginning with me finding myself in unfamiliar territory after recovering from a pretty serious spine injury. After weeks of recovery I found myself needing a creative outlet to take my mind off things and I turned back to my love of sewing. Just for fun, I decided to start making some miniature versions of my classic Olabelhe designs for dolls and the love affair with these tiny little creations began. For several years now I have received countless requests for coordinating doll patterns for 18” dolls, like American Girl and other similar dolls to match my designs. So that your daughters and grand-daughters, or even you, if you are a doll collector, could dress your dolls in my style. After a lot of thought, and sleepless nights, I decided to start a new little division of Olabelhe where I will be offering one-of-a-kind couture clothing for dolls. 

Now, it’s time for you to meet Olivia, my new little spokesmodel. I decided that I wanted to have a very beautiful Waldorf doll created for me by a doll artist to be my model. After a lot of research, I found an amazing doll artist in Australia named Reena Morris who owns “Bumbabeena”. Reena and I worked together and while she was creating Olivia to my specifications in Australia, I was here creating a mini wardrobe for her 3 year old daughter. After a few weeks of lots of sewing it was time for packages to be shipped around the world and for the wait to begin. For days I patiently, okay I admit it, I wasn’t very patient, and then Olivia finally arrived and I was speechless with the amazing gift I received. Olivia became our new adopted little girl and everyone at my house was completely enchanted by her. Then I went a little nutty and I have to admit I’ve become a bit of a “crazy doll lady”! Which is just so funny because as a child I never paid much attention to dolls, but rather I loved my plushies and the same is true with my daughter Abby. 



Olivia has been designed to be the same size as the popular 18” dolls like AG and others. However, her hands and feet are a bit larger but that does not affect the sizing of the doll clothing that I am creating. Each outfit is created one at a time, by hand and a lot of love, to create a totally unique piece. I will only be creating one-of-a-kind outfits and none will be reproduced. Many of my designs are miniature versions of my classic Olabelhe designs while others are based upon new inspirations. So, you ask . . if this is Olivia, where is Bella? Well, because Reena and I had such a wonderful experience working together we have decided to do it again and soon we will be starting a new collaboration and she will be creating a new doll for me and a best friend for Olivia. So, expect to meet Bella sometime this autumn. We can’t wait for her to arrive!

For several weeks now I have been preparing for my new little venture. My studio is alive again and I have a huge collection of tiny clothing just waiting to be shared. Because my schedule is quite hectic with homeschooling my four children my plan is to offer a few new outfits each week. Currently, I will only be offering completed outfits that I have lovingly created here in my studio. However if time allows, I may add a limited collection of sewing patterns for dolls in the future. I cannot tell you how much fun this has all been and how excited I am about this new little business of mine. And the great news is that my new little model will not grow up on me, she will forever stay a little girl and not outgrow her clothes faster than I can make them! 

We hope you love what we’ve put together for you!

Dawn & Olivia



Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Last Two Dresses Are Ready!




The final two dresses are being added to the box today and getting ready to head off on their big adventure to Australia. I cannot tell you how much fun I had creating this mini wardrobe for a very special little girl. Her mom can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive and for her to be able to wear all her new things. The "Annikka" that is shown in the top photo is a size larger so that she can wear it next season. I have a bit of a confession. I wasn't sure what it was going to feel like sewing for someone I don't know. Almost everything I have sewn over the past several years has been for Abby and Olabelhe, but this is the first time I have actually created specifically for someone else and much to my surprise I truly loved it. Once I saw a photo of my little client my heart was filled and my imagination went wild and I was up again at all hours sewing like a crazy woman and now it's over and I am honestly sad. When Abby went through her ginormous growth spurt and shot up like a weed, I knew the days of twirly skirts and puffed sleeves were ending and to be honest I talked myself out of my love of sewing and designing. I focused my attentions in other places which, was also a good thing although my kids might disagree because all of a sudden they had a lot more school work to do than before.

However, now the wheels are turning again and I have a few new ideas as to how I might be able continue to design and sewing, and keep up with all the kids school stuff and maybe even get in a few hours of sleep here and there...maybe.

Dawn

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Very Special Package Is Getting Ready To Head Off To Australia









Oh boy have I been busy in the sewing room over the past few days! I am busy putting together a custom order that is going to be heading off to Australia in just a few days and I have been having so much fun. My little client is a size 2 so these are all itty-bitty and so sweet. I have a few more dresses to add  to the box but everything else is ready to go. But I have to tell you a great story. The mom sent me a photo of her daughter as a baby in the sweetest little knot dress and in her email to me she told me how very much she loved that little dress and how sad she was when it didn't fit her daughter anymore. Well, you know me. I love a challenge. I studied the picture and I even had one of the exact fabrics in the original and many other prints which were very similar. So, I decided to surprise her with a re-creation of the original but in a bigger size so that she could enjoy it again, btw it's the green one in the pictures! Needless to say when she saw the pictures she was overwhelmed with emotion and in her words she was "speechless". I was so happy to do it for her knowing that it would most likely make her really happy and it did!

I can't tell you how good it feels to be sewing again. It's been too long since I had endless hours in my sewing room with the sound of my machine humming and piles of fabrics set out for me to dream about. I will be quite sad when this order is filled and I have no little one to sew for anymore. I told my husband that it almost made me want to have another one. . . . ALMOST!

Dawn

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Little Stitches




This summer has proven to be an interesting one, and not at all the way I had planned it or had hoped for.  I had so many grand plans for so many things and very few of them have actually happened. It all began at the end of April when I developed this crazy insane headache that just wouldn't go away. For weeks I suffered with it and I spent far too many hours in dr.'s offices trying to find out the reason for it and after lots of "fun" tests they couldn't find a thing. I just kept hearing "you are the picture of health" I thought???? "Okay then, why do I feel like I have an axe in my head?" The headache was joined by several other interesting symptoms and finally on Memorial Day weekend I couldn't take it any longer and found myself in the hospital for several days. . . most of which, I will add that I don't remember because they had me on some pretty intense drugs which rendered me unconscious for days. In the end they found nothing and sent me home with a plethora of drugs which btw I refused to take because they scared me to death. Finally, I diagnosed myself and started seeing my new best friend, my chiropractor!  Apparently, I zigged when I should have zagged without realizing it and completely threw my spine out of whack and that what's was causing the unbearable headache and the other symptoms as well. Needless to say it's been a very long couple of months and finally I am beginning to feel better. I cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to be almost pain free and human again, although, I will say that this entire experience has really taken it's toll on me and I am afraid it's going to be quite a while before I am completely back to myself. Blah, blah, blah...anyway the entire point of this post was to share some recent sewing I have done. I finally got back into my studio and decided to play around with a few ideas. This time my model is much smaller, but guaranteed not to grow up on me. I went up into Abby's bedroom and grabbed one of the Waldorf dolls I made for her a few years ago and had fun designing some new duds for her in full Olabelhe style. Little dresses, petticoats, pinafores and pantaloons and of course we can't forget the hat! I can't tell you how much fun I am having, and it feels so good to be making pretty things again.

Dawn

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