Dahlia’s First Doll
When I was little, the most tragic story I ever heard was that of the Velveteen Rabbit. I grew up with a strong belief in the “secret lives” of stuffed animals and dolls… My bear, Ted, has such a great personality that he got to meet Martha and when I was re-united with my BFF of childhood dolls, Lolly, a few years ago after my parents moved, I cried for at least 20 minutes.
I was really touched when my friend Jacque, contacted me about making her daughter, Dahlia’s, first birthday doll who she nicknamed “Little D”. It turned out to be a wonderfully sweet collaboration.
Here’s the story of how we brought “Little D” to life…
I began by purchasing a doll body from a craft vendor on Etsy. Jacque had requested a bit of a vintage feel and we both loved the skinny arm and leg look of Lolly. Katiesdolls tea-stains each doll body to achieve the perfect vintage feel. Once Little D arrived, we took a trip to the craft store…
Jacque approved all the materials BUT the hair… in the time that had lapsed between us starting the Little D project, Dahlia’s hair had turned from dark to light! Luckily, it wasn’t a problem to switch out the brown yarn for “blonde”.
As the party neared, Jacque sent out invites that her husband designed using one of my original Little D sketches. She also requested matching cookie favors for the party.
This was one of my favorite projects ever… I so love the way this “party collection” turned out! Even though I knew it would be bittersweet to part with Little D, I could hardly wait for the big handoff…
… which turned out to be the very best part!
Here’s to many years of hugs, cuddles and love to both Little & Big D! Thanks to Jacque for thinking of me for this amazing project! All good things! Xo Dani