Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer is over here...almost!

It is so very, very hot here, but summer must be almost over.  School started here yesterday...can you believe it?  I have mixed feelings about this.  It is nice to have time to sew (and take care of my other "real" job) without interruptions, but I have to admit that I miss my girls!  I am so very proud of them, they are growing up so very fast and are such nice young ladies, so kind and confident.  Now I am tearing up again!

The last few weeks have been full of neat things.  I have to say that my favorite was a collaboration with Stephanie Corfee.  I heard about Stephanie first on Li'l Blue Boo's fan page.  I loved the whole idea of Stephanie's "When I Grow Up" print, the idea that kids can be encouraged to imagine.  I contacted Stephanie and asked her about a custom print.  I wanted a picture of a doll with my new trademark "Individuality is Healthy".  Stephanie looked thru my album at pics of the dolls I have made and this is what she came up with:

Stephanie did such a fantastic job!  It came out better than I could have imagined.  I was very surprised when Stephanie asked about a doll for herself...she wanted one that evoked her personality without being a total lookalike.  We decided to use her fabulous "Baby Bohemia" print as the inspiration for her doll's hair.  I contacted Syrendell on Etsy about having a custom yarn done in the correct colors, and this is what happened:

Don't you just love her outfit?  Li'l Blue Boo was so very kind to send a super special OOAK dress with Stephanie's artwork on it for the doll to wear.  We thought it would be nice for Stephanie to have something as she doesn't have a little girl to dress (yet!).  When you get a second, stop by Stephanie's Etsy shop
and look at her wonderful artwork...I have several things hanging around my house now :)

I have gotten a lot of enquiries about custom doll orders lately...I am still working on the last batch, so as soon as I have an idea of when they will be finishing up I will re-open custom orders for fall.  I am thinking of opening a bigger number and promising delivery by the end of November, but it will all depend on my sewing help and the loads these mamas  are able to handle.

Also, there will be a giveaway soon!  I am hammering out the final details....

XOXO Debra


  1. Very exciting and so thrilled I could read a new post. I always love hearing what is happening in AppleTreeHouse world!
    So in love with your new trademark! It is so positive on so many levels!
    Cassie A.

  2. Can't wait, Katy wants a doll so bad! Thanks for the update.
    A Preview of my torture!

    Katy: Please Mama, can I please have a dollie?
    Me: Honey,I am trying!
    Katy: Well do you think maybe you can...hurry it up!
    Me: Good things come to those who wait!
    Katy" I am Good, real good!
    Me: Can't stop laughing!

  3. Kristina - Tell her wishes come true and good things come to those who wait :o)