Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Apple Themes, Doll Kits,& Other Stuff

Apples...love them apples!  "K" came up with a great, fun idea to have everybody name their favorite apple, then design a special doll inspired by that apple and have her come with some cool extras.  I knew there were a lot of varieties of apples, but I was surprised at the diversity of those mentioned!  The top three favorite apples were:  Gala, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious.  I wasn't too sure about naming a doll Granny Smith, so I made an "executive decision" to substitute Pink Sparkle... the overwhelming top choice became Pink Sparkle...you can never go wrong with something that is pink and sparkles!  I am working on making her this week.  I also got some interesting suggestions from all the ladies who love their Granny Smith.  I love the idea of making an  "Anny Smith" so she will make an appearance sometime soon as well :)

I recently finished a special doll for Ashley of Li'l Blue Boo http://www.lilblueboo.com/ that she decided to name "Laurina" after a little Hatian girl that they are fostering thru Three Angels Children's Relief
I can't wait to see pics of her modeling with Li'l Sally and can't help but wonder if Ashley will be creating a dress to name after her....

I have had many, many requests for more customized doll making kits, and I finally have enough materials in stock (and on the way) to accommodate a few more.  If you are interested in getting a kit, please send me an e-mail at appletreehouse@att.net on Thursday, November 18, 2010 between 10-11 am EST if you are in the US or Canada and 10-11 pm EST if you are an International Customer.  I will randomly select some the morning of Friday, November 18 and post a reserved listing on BigCartel that will need to be purchased and paid for within 24 hours, or I will have to offer the kit to someone else to keep things fair.  In order to expedite this whole process and get the kits out as soon as possible, please include the following info in your e-mail:

*  light, medium, or dark skin
*  eye color
*  blond, light brown, dark brown, black, or red hair
*  any favorite colors for fun yarns for the hair, as well as any colors you don't like (a lot of my art yarns are
    multi colored)

As a reminder, customized doll kits are $78 come with the following supplies:  ♥ a pre-made head with a cute little nose, ♥ a pre-sewn body in your choice of light, medium, or dark tan, ♥ eco-wool for stuffing, ♥ a crochet cap to get your doll wig started and yarn for hair in your choice of color, ♥ some art yarns in colors you love to make her hair fun, ♥ high quality threads for assembling the doll, ♥ embroidery threads in your choice of colors for eyes and lips, ♥ easy to follow instructions, ♥ a simple doll tunic and underpants pattern .  I send am ample amount of yarns and wool stuffing so you have the choice to use as much (or as little) as you would like to truly customize your doll.  You will need some sewing needles and a few other basic items easily obtained at most craft style stores.

Have a great week!  xoxox Debra

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Time for a Giveaway!

It's time for the Giveaway!  I wanted to do something special to commemorate some milestones... 1,000 + fans on Facebook, 1 year on Etsy, 100 dolls made.... it's unbelievable that all three milestones happened within weeks of each other.  It seemed like a special doll was in order:

Here's Autumn...the fan designed, named, and dressed doll :)

Autumn has very long, soft Apple Tree House style red hair with 4 different types of yarn, ivy green eyes, and is wearing an original Li'l Blue Boo dress (don't forget, you can order custom dresses at http://www.lilblueboo.bigcartel.com/ and I think there is an option for a matching doll dress) and of course her little apple undies.  Autumn will come with a super cool African Bead bracelet, and she will  also have some more goodies... I will update the pic when they arrive.  Like all Apple Tree House dolls, she is OOAK, an individual, not to be repeated. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here below her picture telling me how you found Apple Tree House: a friend, Facebook, Etsy Search, etc... For an extra entry, refer a friend to "like" Apple Tree House on Facebook, then comment here who you have referred, and have them leave your name in their comment as well.  The giveaway starts now, and will run thru November 10, 2010 at 7pm EST.  Don't forget to leave me contact info in case you win! 

Thank you to all of the friends and fans of Apple Tree House... it has been a pleasure creating dolls this last year.  I look forward to the dolls that are still waiting to be made :)

xoxo Debra