Why We Started Making Dolls & Stories
Ever since I was young, I've had a personal bias towards dolls constructed from fabric. Was it from the special charm from feeling the material? Even after starting sewing I had a keen interest in dolls yet there weren't many that held my interest to warrant a purchase.
I would wander my local markets and online keeping my eyes peeled for my daughter. But I always came back empty handed. A doll that gave comfort and warmth to the heart, a doll that got you chatting, a doll that might be lacking yet was still attractive.
So I and my daughter Veronica created our own creations. Originally we planned for only one body type but after repeated discussions plus trial and errors, we found several working designs.
After creating the dolls we created a story for it. We decided to put the story into a children's story book. I always had a hobby of reproducing furniture. Naturally, the full set for the dolls came into plan.
Since then I've written five books, worked on iThinkSew patterns, co-authored several books, and participated in magazines. With such a tight schedule, doll designs were on the sideline of my thoughts for the longest time.
Finally, I am ready to share my doll designs with the world!
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Mio is a little rabbit who lives in the Carmen a town nearby Wibberpeg. She live on Second Ave with her mom and father. Mio's grandparent's first came to Carmen, but now they live in Wibberpeg.
Mio's best friend is Betty, Betty's father has a cake shop. When Mio visit the shop, Betty's father always give some cupcakes. It is so delicious!
Streets Full of Wonders
The neighborhood I grew up in had many kinds of people, all different and special that became connected thanks to the street.
These street had its own culture, independent of the rural or the city. These streets where I grew up in is where I played, learned, and spent my entire childhood. It really was a street full of wonders.
Whenever I would open my doors friends would be out there playing. From this word got around quickly amongst the kids. We would hear stories about this his father or her mother. Through these experiences, we were connected. The whole neighborhood was close.
As I grew older, this sort of culture started to disappear at a rapid rate, and even faster as a memory for myself when I became an adult. Larger shopping marts, franchise restaurants, big chain stores all brought about a change to my "street". It was no longer a spot to connect with the community and the people.
Reconnecting with the Street
A few years ago I had the pleasure of living in Carman, Manitoba. Through this experience I was reminded once more of the street from my younger years. This new shock is where my story begins. A small town with only about 3000 people, the neighborhood felt alive and connected. Shops were no longer there just as functions. It was a friend's store or maybe someone's parents long run business. They were all something more. The street reminded me of the childhood I once had.
The Little rabbit
Mio Through the doll Mio I would like to share my experiences that I had with my "street". Yet I don't want to come out as "everything analog is the best". Rather, share my thoughts that the adapting to the fast changing technology of the modern world isn't the ultimate solution to our happiness.
Through Mio, her family, and other residents that live on Carman's Second Avenue I want to share a slower life that asks what we might have lost.
AUTHOR/SEWING PATTERN DESIGNER/DOLL DESIGNER
Bags - The Modern Classics” (C&T, 2011/NOV)- C&T Best Seller
Baby Boutique (C&T, 2013/FALL)
Boutique casual for little ones (C&T, 2014/Spring)
Boutique Bags (C&T, 2015/Spring)
The Perfect Quilt Bags (C&T, 2016/Spring)
· Misses’ Shoes and Baby Shoes (Simplicity, 2278)
· Taschen Moderne Klassiker nahen (Michael Fisher, 2012, The Modern Classics/ German)
· Taschen Noch mehr modern Klassiker nahen (EMF, 2015, Boutique Bags/ German)
The 2nd edition of One Yard Wonders (Storey, 2011/DEC) ? 8 patterns
The 3rd edition of One Yard Wonders (Storey, 2013/DEC) ? 9 patterns
Quilter’s World” and “Quilted Gifts from your Scraps & Stash (DRG, 2011/DEC)
Quilter’s World (2009/FEB)
Haute Handbag (Stampington, 2013/May)
Haute Handbag (Stampington, 2014 Spring)
All About Kids (FabShop News Issue 101 2015)
· Sewing Beautiful (Spring 2014, UK Magazine)
· Love Crafting (Spring 2014, UK Magazine)
· Love Sewing (Spring 2014, UK Magazine, Interview)
· Make It Today (Dec 2015/Jan 2016)
· Sewing World (March 2016)
· Workbox Magazine (2016)
· Blossom Magazine-Amy Butler (Issue #2, 2013 Spring
AUTHOR/ SEWING PATTERN DESIGNER / DOLL DESIGNER
The Perfect Quilt Bags (C&T, 2016/Spring)
Ithinksew.com Pattern Designer