Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I Have Always Loved Making Baby Dolls........

I have always loved making baby dolls, My name is Joann Bevan and having 3 daughters was the perfect excuse..They had to have baby dolls of their own to hug and cuddle. My son even liked them..
I lost my job of 9 years, the catalog company I was working for sold the business, relocated to South Dakota. I was living in Bluffton, SC and no way was I going to move that far away to keep my job..
Then I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was home bound. I did a lot of searching on the internet for something to keep me busy, when I found soft sculpture dolls, I wanted to start my own online business of handmade crafts and when I came across Vicki's DinkyBaby Ebay site, I fell in love with those fatty cheeks. I emailed Vicki with my interests, I was really excited when she emailed me back with the Distributor first pattern arrived I had to stop everything and make her that same day, boy was I in love and  hooked on them, I wanted to have every pattern she had to offer..Then I made Danny G, what a adorable monkey, Everytime I make a Dinky Baby Doll or one of her Dinky animals, My grandchildren grab them and find some reason why they should be able to keep them for themselves.
I do like to donate them to unfortuneate children, It is so rewarding to know that a handmade DinkyBaby doll that I have made makes a special little person put a smile on their face and very happy. I have donated babies to the SC HUGS program with Nora and the March of Dimes Preemie organizations with Lynne.
Happy Sewing
Joann Bevan

How I got Started.......

How I got started in making Dinky Babies….. Well one day I went to Hancock Fabrics in Greenwood, SC. I saw a sign there with the cutest little babies offering a class on how to make them. I don’t like taking classes like that but I fell in love with the babies so I had to learn more. I got home and looked them up. I found Vicki’s web site and I ordered my first doll pattern. It wasn’t long before I was hooked on them. It wasn’t until this year that I started selling them and now I am really in love with them all.  By the way, that sign was posted by Nora Stockman and we have become good friends.

Twila Creech
South Carolina

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Daphne's Room

My love for Dinky Baby all started after I had my daughter in 2006.  Daphne is my first and only girl after having two boys.  And while I love my boys, I couldn't share my love of dolls with them.  I don't think I ever truly outgrew dolls!  When Daphne was born, I remembered the fantastic dolls my mom and aunt made for me when I was young and couldn't wait to make something like that for her.  I decided to tackle sewing and started searching for patterns.  I happened upon Dinky Baby's website and fell in love.  The dolls I saw there were so cute, cuter than I could imagine.  I decided on a pattern and some fabric and clicked in my order.  I couldn't wait for it to arrive!  It did and I've been a hopeless Dinky Baby addict ever since.  My first dolls were something short of perfect ;) but I thought they were wonderful and making them gave me something to be passionate about.  And Daphne loves them too.  She thinks they are all for her and has adopted many of them simply because she can't/won't let them go.  Sometimes they just disappear from my sewing alcove.  I'll find them in her room, tucked into her dolly beds, taking their naps.  I decided to call my business Daphne's Room

I've made Dinky Babies for gifts and to sell and to swap, but I make them mostly because I love the process of seeing that little face appear in what was just a piece of fabric.  
Rhonda Wiederstein
Texas, USA