Sunday, 1 January 2017

Welcome to the World of Polkadots & Rainbows ~

We travelled a great deal when I was a child, toys were few and most gradually disappeared along with each move. The sole survivors were an old lambs wool teddy bear, a vintage doll which had been handed down, an English Patsy doll and a well loved vinyl doll which all remained at my mother's home until I was well into my senior years.

My mother had kept them for visiting children to play with, so by the time they were in my possession once again, they were somewhat worse for wear. Nevertheless they settled in nicely and made themselves at home amongst my collection of handmade teddy bears.

Dolls had never been a big part of my childhood, nor my adult life, until I was introduced to a Blythe doll back in 2011. I collected them for a short while until I discovered BJD's. The Blythe's were sold off to help fund my new acquisitions and all that remains is one special Blythe I purchased from Kate Hardin, AKA Chantilly Lace (customs by Moofers).

I purchased eighty BJD's over the next few years, ranging in size from 9.7cm to 56.5cm. It took me a little while to find the size of doll that felt right in my hand and one which I enjoyed sewing and knitting for. I like dolls around 32 to 35cm and so I begun searching for others aside from BJD's.

2016 saw me purchase my first Dianna Effner Little Darling painted by Pat Green, and hubby has purchased two Paola Reina dolls to give me on Christmas day. All three are in that size bracket, and I've been busily making clothes for them.

I enjoy the process of creating doll clothing, almost as much as the dolls themselves. Sitting in my studio amongst my fabrics and yarns can be so inspirational, and selecting pretty patterned fabrics and coordinating yarn colours together to make a special outfit, really is so much fun.

I'm a dreamer at heart and often I imagine myself in another time, when life was tranquil and without worry . . . a time where I am once again a little girl dressing her dollies.

"We don't stop playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop playing."
~ George Bernard Shaw ~