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I Am Nearly Caught Up!

I have had so many orders this year, via my etsy store and also just through email/facebook notes.  Its been crazy! Then in July we moved and that wiped out our cash flow, so I had a big push in August to sell dolls- I even did a few “buy one get a mini doll free” sales….  And promptly found myself pregnant and so sick I could barely function throughout September.  For weeks I couldn’t do anything but curl on my bed in a ball.  My doll orders piled up, unfinished.  I felt terrible, but I couldn’t work.  I was too ill.

Now I am nearly caught up!

 

Three more dolls were mailed out today (I sent you shipping notifications and also a tracking number for those in the USA. One went to Belgium.). Now I’m finishing up the orders for Holli, Tricia, and Maureen to be mailed Thursday. By Tuesday or Wednesday I should have the orders for Jasmine, Heather, Bethany, Brianna and Carlene. And then I will be working on Gigi’s huge order. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.  I’ve gotten such nice notes to let me know you are OK  with the time it is taking me to complete your orders.  I really appreciate that!

I was sitting here thinking, as I stuffed herbs into a doll, that while I was so ill in the first weeks of pregnancy I could barely function and that of course is why I had to set them aside until I felt well again. But I also don’t like to make dolls while I am feeling unwell because I put a bit of myself into each doll. I think intent is so important, and when I am making a doll I try to think of good things, happy things, and imagine my customers happy with their dolls. If the customer has asked for a specific thing, like fertility or healing, I visualize and focus on that aspect while I make the doll. So working while I feel terrible or resentful is just not OK to me. It seems to work, because my customers often tell me that the dolls “just feel good” or “comforting” …..so I’m going to continue to sit here and finish out these orders and think happy things.

After that… I will have an empty queue for the first time in…… seven months! O.O

Sale: All Cut Out and Nowhere to Go

I recently found a little cache of already cut/sewn goddess doll bodies cut from an older pattern I no longer use. They are about 9″ when my current pattern is smaller at roughly 7″ tall.

Since this pattern is no longer in circulation I’m having a little sale!  If you see a doll body in a fabric pleasing to you I will happily make a doll for you (with all the usual fun- pockets, babywearing, themes, etc) for $25.00 and free shipping in the US/$6.00 international shipping.  So let me know if you see one you like!  Email me at JLRaeWrites@gmail.com and let me know the number of the one you liked and what you think you’d like me to do for your doll and I’ll send you an invoice!

 

 

Choose one of these and I will make you a doll for $25!

 

 

 

I Opened My Etsy Store!

Goddess Doll!

Six years ago I decided I needed to learn how to sew.  I was pregnant with Willow at the time and I wanted to learn how to make slings and mei tais because I couldn’t afford to buy them.  My Vovo (grandmother) is an uber seamstress, having sewn all her life, so I figured I could pick it up -no sweat.

And being the idiot I am, I decided that the most PERFECT starting project would be fairy dolls for my eldest daughter, Hannah.  (This is the part where I cried and cursed and swore and taught my children all sorts of words they shouldn’t be uttering until they reach voting age.) My fairies had bodies made out muslin.  They had looonnnggg skinny arms and legs -which were awful to try and turn right side out.  No matter what I did they would shred into bits.

A few days later I was reading through our copy of Circle Round and saw a sketch of the goddess symbol- you know the one, arms raised up, rounded pointy bottom- its everywhere!  Then I got the idea for dolls without legs to stuff…..  Goddess dolls!

I thought they’d make cool dolls for pagan people.  They’ve actually turned into adult collectibles.  Most people buy them for themselves, to decorate their home and altars.  I’ve sold them in Artemisia Botanicals in Salem, Massachusetts and several stores in Rhode Island.

Pretty good for self-taught!

I really love making them.  And because I strive to make each doll as perfect as possible- by hand- I’ve learned all sorts of great things!  Bead work, embroidery,  pattern making, etc.  They are continuously evolving into more and more beautiful dolls.

I closed my etsy shop about a year ago after burning out on all things sewing.  I’m happy to say that this week I feel crafty and inspired enough to open my shop again!  I have been slowly dipping my toes back in over the past few months.  Every once in a while I’ll announce on my facebook page that I’d like to make a few dolls and the resulting sales keep me busy for a few weeks!

Last month I did a “free shipping” sale to celebrate my birthday and I ended up with over twenty doll orders.  I wasn’t able to get started until last week because just a few days later I became terribly, horribly ill- I was sick for twenty days….  And I’m still recovering now. But I’m having a fantastic time with these dolls and I decided that I’m ready to make them more often.  I am nearly done with the ones I have now- I just need to spend the next few days attaching heads and hair and double checking which dolls are supposed to be babywearing and then I’ll be ready to start on the next batch of orders!

I only have three listings right now, for my “custom dolls”  but I found a cache of doll bodies I had sewn at some point, so I’m hoping to stock my shop with a bunch of already made dolls soon!

And if I’m brave enough, I’d like to start selling some artwork too.  Gulp.