My love of dolls
has inspired this little business. A few years ago -- during a long winter
in Northern Michigan -- I decided to make a new outfit for my vintage 8"
Betsy McCall doll that I had as a girl. I liked the way it turned out, so
I decided to put it on eBay and see what happened. Much to my delight,
someone bid on it within a matter of hours. Hmmm. Maybe I should
make another one and see what happens. Imagine my surprise as collectors
eagerly bid on my beginning creations.
The more I made,
the more tired my little Betsy became. When her head fell off, my husband
comforted my tears and promptly offered tender care to repair her.
That is when I decided it was time for a new Tonner Tiny Betsy McCall.
When she arrived, it was love at first sight - and I wanted more. So much
more, that I contacted Tonner Doll Company and began the steps to become a
began to discover me, they started requesting costuming for other dolls.
That is when Helen Kish's Riley found her way to my design studio. Who
could resist such an adorable little toddler?
2007, I participated at the IDEX in Orlando, Florida for the first
time. That is where I met Heather Maciak - and where her Jenny & Lexie
dolls captured my heart. With all these little ones wanting new things to
wear, I stay very busy.
But I had more in mind -- I had visions of creating my own doll company.
So in early 2008, I approached Dianna Effner for a second time -- hoping she would create a special sculpt for
me. She agreed and Heartstring
Dolls was born - with 3 delightful little 8" vinyl girls - Mari, Jackie
& Grace. They made their debut at the 2009 Orlando IDEX and are finding their way into collectors hearts.
The 2010 line featured the "American Frontier Collection". In
February 2010 with the arrival our granddaughter, a new doll was added in her
honor - Eva. The 2011 collection is the beginning of the "Once
Upon a Time" series.
Ron & I have sold our resort in Northern Michigan - which is allowing us
more flexibility for travel. We have a motorhome and like to head out for parts unknown. The doll
shoppe, design studio, and ALL the girls go too. (I have a very tolerant
husband.) The wandering has allowed me to search out those special fabrics
from quilt shops from every corner of our country. With the internet and
my cell phone - I remain in constant touch - creating, designing, sewing and
shipping from all across the country.
The more of you I meet
(either in person - or via email) - the more I am impressed with the
warmth and compassion of the collectors in the "dolly world". I
feel blessed to have found so many new friends.