A doll story

February 19, 2010 | Comment5 comments - join the party! |

I set out to make dolls because I could never find a doll that looked like my nieces. When I began my journey into doll making, I had never sewn a doll before.

I decided that to make my doll originals, I wouldn’t look at other dolls, and I wouldn’t buy other doll makers patterns. I had to be completely original. Instead of studying dolls, I studied people faces. The face of my doll was going to be an important part. I didn’t want little half moon eyes, I wanted the details to be in the face. It may be more work, but it’s the look I wanted.

It took my a very long time to get a doll in my shop. The idea of the doll came in august, but the doll didn’t make it to my shop until February.

It was a long hard road, with many late nights, many shed tears, wasted materials, and what felt like wasted time. One night my husband even stayed up while I slept and he tried to sew a doll, he wanted to see if he could help me work out the kinks. I know right, I’m a lucky lady. He wasn’t successful. ha ha But, its the thought that counts right?

My doll journey turned into a full passion, and now I love making dolls, and I get new ideas all the time. I also love collecting dolls now. I don’t have very many…..yet…..and I do have some great old vintage doll sewing books .

Once my doll was out there I realized how many other doll makers there are. It was overwhelming. I had even contacted a few bloggers with a big following to be a paid sponsor to their site, to which I never heard back. I was trying to get my name out there. I also have people in my life who are always looking for someone who does it better than me. It’s very hard to keep going at times, when the people you know aren’t often very supportive.

My biggest fan, my 4 year old son, he never ceases to stop complimenting my work. “I love you new doll mom, “I love the crown you just made”. He is my heart. My husband is next, he keeps pushing me , and he helps me figure stuff out, and has stayed up late to help me many times.

After all the hard work, and after reading this post, you would think I have found fame. ha ha I haven’t and I don’t need it. I love making dolls, and its not about the sales, its about loving what you do.

If you are having a hard time, just keep at , as long as you love doing it.

I have also been lucky enough to be published in Jade Magazine, Kenziepoo, Asian Mommy, , Whip Up, and other places, to which I am grateful.

So after over a year of hard work, my doll just makes me happy, and hopefully she makes little and big doll loves happy too.


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you inspired me to make dolls too, even though mine are from other people's patterns… keep doing what you are doing! you have a fan in me…

by cArLa on February 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm. Reply #

i ♥ your dolls too! I own a rice baby and she sits close by to my sewing machine, inspiring my passion to sew! congratulations kellie on your one year! I love your new doll too! can you make one that looks like me 😉

by Little Trends on February 20, 2010 at 4:00 am. Reply #

Aww I love your story and I can't believe your husband tried to help sew 🙂 Keep it up, I think your dolls are adorable 🙂

by Fallon on February 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm. Reply #

I love your story as well. That's cool how you came to develop your own pattern. Sounds like a lot of work…but worth it. It seems like you have a natural talent and passion for this.

Sorry to hear that not everyone has been supportive. Sounds discouraging, but you've kept going (fortunately). You have your fans here!

And I am totally with you on the dolls faces. I love to draw as well…and hand-stitching the face can result in such unique expressions. That's my favorite part, and frankly, what attracted me to your dolls. I smiled when I first saw them. 🙂

by bido on February 21, 2010 at 1:02 am. Reply #

i absolutely love this doll! she has such a beautiful face and i think that's something that's so hard to do. i had to grow up without any asian-faced dolls and i'm so glad there are more choices for all the youngsters out there now, great job 🙂

by Jen Kim on March 10, 2010 at 9:31 pm. Reply #