March is the last month I will accepting portrait custom orders. Ever. After March I will no longer be buying doll kits and so I will no longer be able to do portrait customs. I am keeping the orders open during March so that all the customers who have been discussing possible customs with me will have a chance to finish getting them in, especially those who have paid their deposit but haven’t finished payments for the supplies. But after March I will accept custom orders only on the kits that I have left (next post lists those) and will be reborning those, but then I will not be buying any more doll kits. I will be switching to air dry paints when my kits are gone and only making babies with play dolls found at thrift stores and garage sales and such. Reborning the original definition lol.
This is a personal decision, based on my beliefs and some life changes I am making. I have recently discovered that much of our “stuff” is made by people who do not get paid enough to live on, and by children. Also I have been becoming more and more aware of how blessed we are in all that we have and how many people do not have good shelter, food, clean water, or clothing to wear. And so I have been trying to, little by little, improve my footprint on the world by buying less products made by these fellow people and also to give more to them. It is only by God’s grace (some people would say luck, but I don’t believe in luck) that my children weren’t born into such situations and I would desperately want someone to help them if they were.
So, when my current kits are gone, I will be buying used play dolls and whatever other used products I can (the clothing and toys and such) and be creating babies from those. I will, of course, be sure that everything is clean and no stains, but instead of it going to the dump and polluting the world I will use it and the skills I have been blessed with to create cute reborn babies. And the price will be much lower also, as the supplies will cost much less. Win-Win-Win!
The bodies I will have to either learn how to make or find a seamstress who will make them for me with Fair Trade fabric. Cotton is something that uses child labor a lot and so I won’t be buying it new anymore, but all my babies will need new bodies – thankfully there are places that sell Fair Trade fabric where they do not use child labor and they pay their workers a fair price. And I will have to figure out stuffing and such, but I’ve got a while to figure it out since I still have quite a few kits left.
I’ll keep you updated as the time gets closer.
Usually I use a regular postal service box and decorate with some stickers, but I wanted to try something dressier. So my last box I wrapped, but am worried it might get messed up in the machines on the way to take the baby home (I just taped, like a present).
Tonight I tried gluing the paper to the box:
but it kept wrinkling and also slightly warped the box.
Then I used some material to make a plush-like box from a shoe box:
And, though you can see a bit of the box on the corners, it turned out really well. But this will be the only one as it was a LOT of work.
I have been hemming and hawing over which kit to work on next. I have the twin fairy/elf sculpts, which I would love to do but they don’t usually sell very well and I need to sell one for supplies. I have the parts for a pup, which I would also love to do, but I don’t have the hair. I also have a few kits that would be cheaper babies but I really was hoping for an inspiring one. And I have another that would be really cute but will need a custom body. So I was looking at my kits, trying to find one that “spoke” to me, and not finding any to start on.
Then I saw one of the bags were marked “”Eliza.” Well, I’m looking at the face of the kit inside and I know that this is not Eliza. So I looked at the back of the neck and it was marked N Blick. So I started looking at Blick kits and presto… She’s Alexa! I totally forgot I had this kit! I pulled out her parts and Oh, I just love the details and have already given her (might turn out boy, but I’ll say her for now) a bath. She will dry until tonight when I will wipe her down and start painting her.
Nikki is just not going well, the vinyl will not cooperate and I’m just tired of trying with it. It’s been quite a while and about 20+ washes and nothing is going right. And so I am putting her up and starting a new baby in the morning.
On the other hand, the custom baby boy is done and ready to go home in the morning
What a messy room this is! It’s my nursery/art studio/photo area/box tops&L4E coordinator corner/bedroom and it is MESSY at the moment. But today and tomorrow I have off work, so I will be cleaning like crazy in here. I have boxes that need put in recycling, papers that need filed, birthday presents that need wrapped, and just little things here and there (about a hundred of them) that needs put away in their drawer and not left laying around. Right now I have about a foot of uncovered desktop space – and I have 20 feet of desktop! Going to need a fruit smoothie for an energy boost before tackling this!
I entered the above picture into a Martin Luther Kind Jr contest under the art category. Had a lot of fun taking pictures and posing the baby’s hands. So cute! I wish I had more babies in the nursery, to take pictures of all their hands together – I love the complimenting contrasts between every baby’s skin tones Beautiful!
I live in Ohio and, as you most likely guessed by now, it’s been cold here. REALLY cold, and tomorrow will be the coldest one yet (-15 degrees tomorrow night). Usually I’m ok with winter, it’s part of the year and a nice break from the summer, rests the earth for the farmers and makes sure we don’t have too many bugs. But now I am just counting the weeks until Spring. Not the days, because there’s too many, but the weeks.
In the nursery, I have my custom baby about 1/2 rooted. No pictures yet, he needs a haircut and brushed and has glue drying right now, but I will post some when he’s ready (after his mama gets to see them, of course).
After this cutie, I have my other wip to finish painting (he/she will either be bald or wigged, the head is too hard for me to root) and then…
I believe I will be making twins! These twins will have pointy ears and be preemies, I’ll show pictures when I get started. Unless I get distracted by other baby LOL it’s been known to happen. But this is my current plan
My current custom baby is a wip and a real cutie His painting isn’t totally completed, but I wanted to share:
And he will have a heartbeat in his body, which I took some pictures of. I wanted to share how that works, so here are some pictures of the custom body with the heart pocket. Keep in mind that it may look a little funny, since the body is not weighted or stuffed:
Paris is my only baby still in the nursery, waiting to be adopted. I’ll have more coming, but not for a while as I’m working on a custom order and also will not be having any days off for several weeks. Anyways, her original price was $325, but she has recently had an accident and lost a tear duct. This is my first time trying to do tear ducts and I must not have let it set long enough being dressing with her and such, so she only has one tear duct now and so is on a major discount and is now $200 as a boo-boo baby.
Here you can see the spot where the tear duct is missing in the inside corner of the eye. It’s tiny, but I’ve pulled out the eye and replaced it once and it didn’t stay, so I think I need to work on this with my test head (and also I think I need to buy some liquid sculpty instead of the regular) and get it right before doing it to anymore of my babies.
She painted eyelashes, rooted real human hair, wears 3-6 month clothing, 25 inches long and weighs 7 lbs (this baby will be $30 to ship in the usa, considering her much bigger size).