The Giveaway Doll is done! Stop by the Facebook Fan Page (click on the icon on the right) and help choose her name. After she is named, it will be time to pick out her original Li'l Blue Boo Dress http://www.lilblueboo.com/ . Here is a couple of pics of the Giveaway Doll...
I left her super soft Apple Tree House style hair very long!
All Facebook Fans and Blog Followers will be eligible to enter to win her... more details on that later.
All 3 dolls were assembled by my friend Susan! I am so grateful to have had her help this last week. The first 2 she assembled, Sunny and Spike, are not quite perfect (NQP) so they will be offered at a reduced rate. They are still very sturdy and made from all the same wonderful natural materials, they are just a bit uneven in spots. Please be aware of this before you decide to purchase them!
I am sure you have also noticed Natalie's super stylish upcycled Lil Blue Boo dress... the sleeves are a cherry print and the top of the dress has an original LBB screen print. Please check out Ashley's shop on Bigcartel as well: http://www.lilblueboo.bigcartel.com/
For those of you who may be wondering, "Why Bigcartel?" the answer is quite simple... I wanted to try something new :) You don't have to have an account to buy, and I love the ability to preview what is coming up for sale. This will greatly help those of you who are not on Facebook. I would also like a separate place to offer doll making kits. My Etsy shop will remain open, and the extra clothing and accessories will remain there. I will be sure to post here and on Facebook when things come available, and there will always be a link. I apologize if there is any confusion!
This week has been busy as normal... but not my usual busy. My dear friend Susan has been spending some time in my studio, learning how to stuff and assemble dolls! This will help get more dolls made and in to new homes. I am thinking of offering the first couple of dolls that Susan has done at a reduced price. They were made with all of the same high quality materials, and I am still doing majority of the doll crafting, they are just stuffed and sewn a bit differently as Susan is still working on duplicating all of my methods. I think soon even I will have a tough time telling the difference between the ones she has done and my own!
I am also working on finalizing all of the details for the Vashti auction on Ebay. My dear customer and new friend Jenn in Australia is working on helping me get the auction listing together. The auction will include the doll, an original signed and dated "The Dot" book by Peter H. Reynolds, an original signed piece of artwork by the author, and an original Lil Blue Boo dress so she will have an extra outfit! This auction will be a once in a lifetime opportunity... I will never create another doll quite like this, and she will be tough to part with, but I am so excited at the opportunity to be able to raise money for the school library. I will post here and on Facebook when the auction is live.
OK, it's that time again! The next doll upload will be Thursday, 10/14/2010 at 9pm EST. There will be 2 dolls in the shop, (the one on the left and the one on the right), and the third (the gal in the middle) will go "Facebook Style"... I will post a pic of her on Facebook tomorrow 10/14 at noon EST and you will have until Friday, 10/15 noon EST to leave a comment under that picture to have a chance to have her reserved in your name for purchase on Etsy.
This week has been a fun one... I made my first dark skinned boy doll, Aidan. I have not seen one quite like him yet! He was so fun to make and so hard to part with, but he now lives in Canada.
I am also so happy to announce that Li'l Blue Boo will be dressing some of the Ready 2 Go Home (R2GH) dolls! You can see more of Ashley's creations at http://www.lilblueboo.com/ . Her model, Li'l Sally is a real crowd favorite. I was able to get some more of the specialty yarns that we all loved in Sally's hair, so there will be a few more with this amazing style.... although there will only be one Li'l Sally :)
The Giveaway Doll is in the works... she will have light tan skin, green eyes, and fun & funky red hair. I will post a pic when she is done and announce how the Giveaway will work. The Giveaway will be conducted here on the blog as Facebook has some rules and regulations as far as Giveaways go.
This coming week, there will be 3 dolls... Serena, a medium tan skinned doll with black hair with turquoise hi-lites and eyes to match; Sloane, a light tan skinned doll with the most amazing hair in browns and blues and eyes to match the blue, and Sadie, a fun loving blond... I will post a sneak peek soon!
As many of you are aware, Apple Tree House reached a big milestone this week... 1000 Facebook Fans! I am always humbled by the number of people who love dolls the way I do. As a thank you, I have decided to do a really special Giveaway... Facebook Fans can help design the doll and then enter here for a chance to win her. I can't take credit for this fabulous idea, I have had several suggest it to me and have been waiting for the perfect reason to do it.
So far, she has light tan skin and red hair, green eyes, and fun hair! You can see her pic here: