a little bit of happy!

I saw this today on Facebook, what a sweet surprise!

Thanks Milagros!

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Now for the embarrassing story… I was so excited about this that I immediately grabbed the laptop and headed for the workspace to show Mark.  I completely forgot the baby gate was up in the doorway to corral the dogs and walked right into it. As my Dad would say, I went “ass over tea kettle”, dropping the laptop and landing on my face/hand.  Meaning, my hand caught my face but I did end up with a little rug burn on my forehead, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a heck of a bruise on my upper thigh where it collided with the gate.  Oh well, it could’ve been worse.  Nothing broken, baby on board was not affected, laptop is still functioning, it’s all good.  I should’ve been paying more attention.

We are getting new windows installed in our house today!  So exciting, and the best part – Enzo just took a two hour nap despite all the noise!

Happy Monday to you!

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Giveaway!

My friend Kira who blogs over at Rain or Shine is doing a giveaway this week for one of my dolls!  You can enter to win her, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Do you have a little someone special who would love to wrap her arms (or chew on them) around this little sweetie?

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Then you better hurry!  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight!

Good luck!

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In stores now!

I am so pleased to share that I have now met with four store owners who all loved my dolls and are selling them in their beautiful boutiques!

In North Portland, you can find them at Queens Mab near the Kenton Library.  This adorable consignment shop offers items for babies and children that are gently used, plus maternity and womens fashions.  And they also have new merchandise as well.  The shop owner is super sweet and her four year old daughter *helps* her out!  I think that would be really fun!

In Northeast Portland, the beautiful shop called Milagros Boutique offers new merchandise for all your parenting needs!  They also offer entertainment most days that includes local musicians who cater to younger audiences and educational classes ranging from cloth diapering to babywearing!  And you can also rent their family room space for birthday parties or business meetings.

In Northwest Portland, check out Stella’s on 21st where my dolls are proudly displayed to the left of the front door.  It’s a delightful Valentine’s spread and I am thrilled that they are front and center!  Stella’s has the most gorgeous offerings for every occasion, with jewelry, hats, paintings and much more.  Their children’s section is steadily growing and now my dolls are a part of it!  Yay!

And in Northeast Portland, Butterscotch will soon be sporting their own collection of Dollface girl dolls!  The owner is full of knowledge and expertise in the fine craft business and I am excited to do business with her!  She has a great selection of gifts and clothing for every occasion and I think  my dolls are going to fit in nicely!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some sewing to do!

Happy Friday!

xoxo

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Dolls

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New dolls in my Etsy shop

I love the hearts on their cheeks, I initially did that for Valentine’s Day but I like it so much I think I’ll start doing that on all of them!

What do you think?

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Kade & Kallyn

Here are my cousin’s adorable children with the dolls I made for them for Christmas!  Pretty stinking cute if I do say so myself!

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Do you want to see more of my dolls?  Go here!

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A nasty cold, an Open House and Etsy!

Hello friends, I must apologize for my absence on here.   Last week I was battling a cold that sort of snuck up on me and then pinned me to the ground, stole my voice and made my head pound.  Okay, that’s a bit dramatic.  But it’s true, it really did make me sound funny and my head hurt for about three days straight.  So when I wasn’t entertaining the little guy, I was trying to make myself feel better by laying low.

I couldn’t lay that low though, because as things tend to go (you only get sick when you have something really fun and exciting coming up!) I had some serious work to do!  My good friend Elena was having an Open House where she was selling her beautiful handmade jewelry, and she invited me to join her and sell my plush dolls!  I know, how incredibly sweet of her!!  So I was busy making dolls over the last several weeks.  I kind of do it like a one-woman assembly line.  I find that if I tackle one step at a time and do a bunch, then go back and do the second step on all of them, and so forth – it helps me to be the most efficient with my time.  LUCKILY, I have a wonderful Mother who is also incredibly handy with the sewing machine, so she came over not one, but TWO nights this week to help me out with the final assembly.  I had about 15 already made, but I got a wild hair on Sunday and decided to cut out about 20 more combinations of fabric.  Yes, I am crazy, so what.

(Thanks again for your help Mom!  I totally wouldn’t have finished them without you!)

The night before the event, I put the girls to work as well.  I wanted the dolls to have cute shoes, so I put them on task to pick out shoe colors and decide which ones would get lace detail.  I didn’t end up finishing all the shoes up, but I did quite a few.  I also made mini cream puffs to take for snacking.

The Open House was a lot of fun and I got to see a bunch of friends from Columbia (Elena and I used to work together, she is still there).  Claire and Enzo went with me and she was such a great help!  Not only did she help with Enzo (who was an angel, of course!) she also was a great little salesgirl.  I overheard her letting some ladies know that I would also do custom if they wanted different hair color or to add bows or something.  And because of that, a woman custom ordered two dolls!  Dang, I am lucky!

My product testing monkey!

 

Table of dolls

 

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I sold about a dozen dolls, but most importantly was the feedback I received!  I learned that people really like the ribbon pigtails and one woman thanked me for making “brown skin babies”.  Interestingly enough, nobody showed any interest in the boy dolls so I know to not spend a lot of time on them for now.  Next, I have the task of putting these dolls up on Etsy!   I will also eventually have my website going at www.dollfacegirl.com.  But for now, you can order from my store here.

I am finally starting to feel better but I’m still not 100%.  I wish I was because we were totally supposed to go meet some newborn twin boys today and I was so bummed we had to reschedule.  Next weekend, hopefully!

One more thing, my beautiful friend Sascha is in the hospital recovering from emergency surgery to remove her ruptured appendix.  Please send her good healing vibes and hope she makes a full recovery!  I love that girl, she’s a very special part of this world.

Xoxo

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