The road to dollmaking was not a straight one. In fact, I never seriously considered making dolls as a business venture until my granddaughters were born. I've enjoyed sewing since I was nine years old, and over the years, have stitched many gifts for others, but because they were often baby shower gifts, I rarely saw the joy on a child's face when playing with one of the toys I'd made.
It was different with our twinzies. As they grew, I brought them a variety of dolls and stuffed toys I'd made, and each time, I saw joy on their faces. It was addictive, to say the least.
But I wasn't entirely satisfied with the first dolls I made them. As I began to tweak the designs, I drew and digitized dozens of doll faces. They seemed to take on a personality. As I stitched each doll, they came to life with a unique flair that often reminded me of former students or neighbor's children. And I loved it.
I wanted to share these with others, but there were only so many kids I knew to gift them to. That was the beginning of my Etsy store. Sharing the many dolls I'd designed with the world. But one thing was still missing. Seeing the children's faces.
One friend gave me that gift yesterday. She shot a darling picture of her daughter hugging her new fairy doll from Frog Pond Toys. Isn't she adorable? (I mean my friend's darling daughter, but the fairy is sorta cute, too!)