Customs …


Some customs dolls we made back in 2006 came back for a visit on a recent vending stint on Granville Island.

Customs have been something we’ve been going back and forth on for YEARS! When I started making dolls 10 years ago customs were a great source of joy for me. I loved talking to the customer and then creating a special doll especially for their child. When I was at Granville Island a few months ago, Pammy Sue brought in her twin girls with twin custom dolls I made for them back in 2006. My heart just filled with joy – so sweet! Well, as the business grew I took customs in bulk form – so 100 orders at a time and done within 2 months – it was INTENSE and I really missed that one on one that came with doing them the ‘old’ way but with the incredible demand at the time, this seemed to be the only way to do it. The way I am I would stress over details to make sure the doll was just right – which is fine if you are dealing with a few, but 100 at once was just too much for me.  So, to keep the joy in my dollmaking and not feel any pressure, I made the decision a few years ago to not do any custom dolls and solely focus on our Ready to Go dolls which we could create as we like.

About a week ago I’ve had somewhat of an epiphany with my business. It can be whatever I want. Sounds weird, I know, but for the past few years I’ve felt this intense pressure to create more dolls yet still keep the magic and love intact. So, decisions like to not do customs where made to keep the ‘magic’ alive. I felt this pressure from the super intense fast uploads, from the numerous emails of people so desperate to get a doll, all the dolls being bought and then resold for profit – lately all that seems to have subsided and this sense of ease has come. So, I’m cutting back the amount of dolls we are making  so that we can work at a thoughtful and slower pace without any pressure of ‘more’. My markets that I’m doing are going incredibly well and connecting me with children again and the magic of a child/doll relationship. So, this brings me to custom dolls …

I want to try doing them again. I personally don’t have the time for the emailing back and forth like I used to (all those faces to sew on!)  BUT Brooke, dear Brooke, who has been doing our customer service and upload listings for a long time now, does have the time. I also trust Brooke explicitly as she is organized and knows the ins and outs of doll specifics like hair colors,  eye colors, etc.  So, Brooke will act as a go between myself and Brandi handling the emailing portion of the custom dolls (and there is quite a bit). I’m going to try 3 a week and they will be put on the site as listings during an upload. Three a week seems managable 🙂 We will sort of take it as it comes, you know?

So, tomorrow, 3 listings (customs can be either a 15″ or a Sitting Doll), priced at $275. They cost a bit more then the normal dolls on the site because of all the time with organizing and emailing and stuff like that. I’m attaching Brooke’s guidelines for the custom dolls – you can peruse it if you are interested in getting one. Let’s see how this goes 🙂


Custom Doll(1) Upload Specs!


Angie S - May 30, 2013 - 4:38 pm

So excited for you guys and the next chapter! xo

sharon - May 30, 2013 - 4:40 pm

It appears the document is still in ‘edit’ mode.

Amanda G - May 30, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Hope you do LB customs too. My 3 year old prefers small dolls right now 🙂

Celeste JW - May 30, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Super exciting news!!!

April Martin - May 30, 2013 - 5:08 pm

OH My Goodness I could not be more excited!! Hope I can snag a custom soon 🙂 thank u so much for bringing them back!!!

Laurie - May 30, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Wow! All I can say is… Wow!!! I think there is some juju goin’ on over there because just last week I was lovingly admiring the RTG dolls and had a crazy thought, “I’d love to order another custom, alas…” And don’t get me wrong! The RTGs were FAB, as always. And don’t misunderstand me for greedy… I feel beyond honored to have a beautiful custom– Parker says “Hi!” But there is something wonderfully “special” about connecting to the tradition of making your dream doll. Thanks for taking on the project, C and Brandi and all you beautiful doll creators.

Laurie - May 30, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Oh excuse me, my attempt to type Brooke resulted in typing Brandi, lets just call that a momentary lapse in Dollie heart palpitations.

Karen W. - May 30, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Very exciting! We <3 our little custom Kaylee. While the doll is amazing, i really love her because my daughter helped pick out her characteristics and your mamas brought her to life. Teaching her the value of handmade with a toy she treasures is priceless.

Love your epiphany too — and watching your business evolve. (Let me know if you ever retire your sandy, curly bobbed model. She's perfect) xoxo!

pammysue - May 30, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Yay!!!!!!!!! Excuse me, my heart is full of love right now! ❤

Katherine - May 30, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Very exciting! I am so happy to hear you are bringing customs back!!! I am holding out for a Cuddle doll 😉

Cassandra - May 30, 2013 - 8:49 pm

How exciting!
I am excited on many levels and I am hoping I will be able to see custom dolls when they are done! Just too cool and please share pictures! It will be so lovely for all involved and yippee for the beauty that will be created for the kiddos and the young at heart!
Always love the photos that are shared!

cheryl - May 31, 2013 - 6:16 am

Our first Bamboletta was a custom and she is still my daughters all time favorite because she looks just like her, even now. I know lots of children will be very happy! 🙂

Aubrey Wyszynski - June 1, 2013 - 6:12 pm

SO EXCITING! Don’t even know how i’d begin to choose, the possibilities are endless!! <3

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