Skulls and Band-aids


This is one of my most favorite dolls. She is a custom doll for a customer in Toronto – who wanted a doll to reflect her rock and roll-ness. The requests for a black sweater and skull and crossbones made me smile – this is a doll I’d make for my daughter. Then I’d have another dress in pink fairy fabric, lol, cause I’m kind of like that. When I sent Nonna the wool to knit this sweater up, my mother called me concerned, ‘a black sweater.. are you sure?’ I love that the dolls can be whatever you want them to be. I’ve had loads of fun customs lately – brunettes with blue streaks.. blondes with sparkly bits in them and two dolls with multicoloured dreds. Although I’m streamlining my custom work with fabric choices, etc – I’ll still have room for people to make requests.

What I want to ‘simplify’ though is some of the choices. Although I’m still open and more than happy to accommodate customers requests, I think it’s easier for everyone if the choices are somewhat limited – I’m talking specifically about fabric used in clothing here. My friend summed it up well for me when talking to her about this the other day. She told me that she needed bandaids and went to a local pharmacy to get some. She stood there looking at all the different types of bandaids getting more confused with each box she read. Finally, she just left – fed up with the whole thing – laughing at the absurdity of it all.  If there were, lets say, five bandaids to choose from then the decision would be easier. Of course if someone else wants a black sweater and skulls, I’d be more then happy to oblige! (or anything else that is near to their heart!)  From an artistic standpoint,I feel as though my best work is when I know what people want but I am left with ‘creative license’ – if that makes sense. Those are always the dolls that I get letters back from the parents telling me that the doll I made for their little one somehow captures their essence. The dolls kind of have a life of their own, they turn out how they do.. I just put them together. I feel like Geppetto in Pinocchio!






14 responses to “Skulls and Band-aids”

  1. Naomi Avatar

    She is so cool! I’d totally hang out with her… but I agree about the fairy dress for special occasions!

  2. Monica Avatar

    The personality is why I love our dolls. Even though I was on your Christmas custom list…I knew that Gracon was our boy the second I saw him. I could not have described him better to you. *He* was the baby for my Bear.

    I am excited to see this years dolls…and to either order mine via custom or see her in your shop and just know she’s mine! 🙂

  3. Amber Avatar

    I can relate to being overwhelmed in the band-aid aisle. Too much choice can be confusing!

    And that really is a rockin’ doll. 🙂

  4. kiko Avatar

    The doll with skull reminds me of my friend. In fact, I just made her a little canvas bag and on her bag was a leopard print accent and I embroidered a skull and crossbones as well! I completely agree about what you said…”my best work is when I know what people want but I am left with ‘creative license” This bag I made for my friend was exactly that….

  5. admin Avatar

    I sent this doll out yesterday and was a little sad –
    Thanks everyone for the compliments 🙂 Hope you all have a good weekend!

  6. Cate Avatar

    Christina I think you are right she rocks!
    I agree with the making things more simplified, I have found myself in the same position so many times lately having moved from a small country town, where choices were limited and far easier, to the ‘big smoke’ and constantly being overwhelmed with too many options.
    It’s just about making things more organic, simply put, you have beautiful taste in all that you do, so your options come from the heart, it’s going to be an easy choice from now on.

  7. admin Avatar

    Thanks Cate. One of my favorite things about being pregnant was the clothing. Seriously. I liked that there were only a few shops to buy from. I ended up with clothing that I’d never buy normally, but looked great.SOmetimes there are just too many choices 🙂

  8. Julie Avatar

    This is the COOLEST doll ever…… Your work is so wonderful and inspiring, i love your blog too!! X

  9. cheryl Avatar

    She is so rockin. I just love the hair though. Great work as always. Keeps the creative juices flowin when someone requests something and you pull it off without a hitch. Thats amazing!

  10. Christine Avatar

    She’s so cool! I bet the girl receiving her will be thrilled. I think it’s a good idea to offer limited choices. The people who want something special (like this rockchick!) done for them will approach you directly anyway.


  11. CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) Avatar

    I love it! It gives me ideas for a future companion for my little guys.

  12. Cheryl A Avatar

    That is wicked hair! I promise to give you tonnes of creative license when I order my first doll.

  13. Camille Fargo Avatar
    Camille Fargo

    Oh Wow! I love her! I can’t wait to see the doll you make for Julia. I am so excited. Hee! Hee! It’s like Christmas. You know, I think it really IS for me, but I promise – I’ll give it to her. 🙂

  14. dottyspots Avatar

    Ah, she’d definetely be a doll I’d choose for me too 🙂 Mind you, it seems I’d want most of the dolls you make 😉

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