Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just One Small Girl

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A new adventure for me…one I didn’t know if I’d ever take.

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But doing it for someone else—well, that’s another thing entirely…

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To share some of the work of my beautiful and talented mother, Karen O. Smith, I’ve opened a new Etsy shop featuring her adorably whimsical creations.

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Since she was a child in the 1940s, she has been making dolls and articulated toys.  When her parents told her they couldn’t afford to buy the wonderfully articulated and detailed dolls she admired, she would simply figure out how to make them herself.

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If it is flexible, has joints or will stand by itself, it intrigues and inspires her, and she will never create {or buy!} a doll unless it can do just that.

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Her own designs, and made of the finest of materials {100% German Schulte mohair and German wool felt—the same used in the classic Steiff toys}, handmade with skill and care…

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…sweet, scalloped felt clothing, faces and clothes embroidered with a loving hand…

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Both hedgehogs and “regular” folks, each has a unique character & personality all it’s own…

Shown at Toy Fair in New York City and featured in a European toy catalog {they even asked her to create something special for their cover!} ,her work is now available through my little shop.  No longer wishing to work to promote her creations, she has left it up to me…

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…and I am more than happy to do so!

I hope you’ll stop by and visit the shop sometime—we’ll be there!

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See you soon with something new…

Julie