My name is Lynne.....for as long as I can remember, I've been crafty in one way or another. It all started when I was eight years old and my Mum taught me to knit. I remember dropping a lot of stitches in the making of that simple scarf lol but I also remember being determined to master this new challenge. Things sort of developed from there. At the age of eleven Mum taught me to sew....there was no stopping me now....sewing became my passion for many, many years. I still did some knitting...and a school friend taught me to crochet in my teens, so I dabbled in that too....but sewing was my main obsession. I had a go at all types of sewing....different types of embroidery and needlework, patchwork, smocking, appliqué, etc. And dressmaking of course! I've made a lot of clothes over the years including a few debutante and wedding dresses. When my son married I made the bride's dress, the three bridesmaids dresses, flower girl's dress and the boy's cravats and waistcoats.....not to mention my daughter's and my own outfits!! I don't know that I'd be up to all that these days!!
My favourite sewing was always baby and children's wear......dolls are just a miniature version of these, which I think is why I enjoy making dolls clothes so much. Dolls make great mannequins too......they don't complain or squeal when I inadvertently stick a pin in them! lol
When my daughter was four I bought her a beautiful vinyl baby doll, called Sally-Anne. I made that baby a whole wardrobe of clothes. I'd always loved dolls....my dolls were my best friends when I was little. I put them away reluctantly in my early teens so I didn't get teased by the other kids. So when my daughter showed signs of being a "dolly" girl, I totally encouraged her. When she turned five I bought her a Skipper doll (I didn't like Barbie much!) and proceeded to make a whole wardrobe of clothes for her too. I'd get the sewing machine out at night after my daughter had gone to bed and sew madly, then pack it all up again so she didn't see any of it in the morning. My hubby told me I was going through another childhood lol If he only knew....I'd never really grown up, I was still a kid at heart. My daughter and I shared some lovely times with her dolls until she also "outgrew" them.
Fast forward to granddaughters. When my daughter's two girls were turning 8 & 9 I decided to get them a good quality girl doll each. They were "dolly" girls too and I knew they'd love a special doll each. My searching led me to the Australian Girl dolls....they are beautiful, sturdy, well designed and made dolls. I also like that they've been created with our Aussie culture in mind....they have a gap between their big toe and second toe so they can wear thongs (flip flops) and each doll comes with a pair in the box.....sooooo cute :)
I bought Emily for my blonde granddaughter and Jasmine for my brunette granddaughter. I made a whole plastic roller tub full of clothes for them both before the respective birthdays. The look on the girls' faces when they received them was priceless! They've had many hours of fun playing with them since then.......at the time of writing, 3 years ago now.
While searching the web for dolly things I stumbled across an amazing site authored by Martha Boers.....Antique Lilac. Martha's work is stunning! While browsing her site I saw BJDs for the first time and fell in love with her Kaye Wiggs girls. Kaye is a well known Australian doll artist who has won many awards for her work. Eventually I tracked down how to buy one of her dolls and the rest is history lol
These dolls fascinated me with their posability and being able to change their whole look with a change of eyes and wigs!! And for the brave, with a new face-up. I am very lucky to have since added to my little resin family and love to make clothes for them...and when I have time, to create stories for them. They all have their own personality and little quirks.
So....I've started this blog to record and share my reintroduction to dolls. This time I won't be giving them up or putting them away. I'm old enough now to not care what anyone else thinks! These days I don't mind being the strange doll lady down the street lol
From time to time I'll share my other crafty pursuits too.........when the mood takes me to do something other than doll's clothes.
If you've found this blog and have waded through all my waffle, you deserve a medal. I hope you enjoy your visit here and find some inspiration for letting your inner child play.