"The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women, the mothers, than in the possessors of power, or those of innovators who for the most part do not understand themselves. We must cultivate women, who are the educators of the human race, else the new generation cannot accomplish its task."

~ Friedrich Froebel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

An Introduction and a Great Story!

Introducing Little Miss Pollyanna. . .  the newest member of our little family here in the studio. She is just as precious as can be and totally adorable. Now for the wonderful story, and it's a bit long so you might want to grab a tea before you sit down to read this one....

Remember a few years ago when I held the sewing contests here on my blog? Well, if you remember I had two of them one was using my "Olivia" pattern and the other was a Halloween Costume contest and both were so much fun. I received dozens of entries for both of them and had so much fun. It was during both of these contests when I discovered an amazingly talented lady named Debbie who's sewing truly left me speechless. It was beyond beautiful! I discovered that she owned her own business sewing up custom couture clothing for little girls and I knew she was extremely special and very talented.

Well, a few weeks ago I received a lovely email from her to say "Hi" and say how funny it was that I had decided to start sewing doll clothing and I was using Waldorf dolls as my models because she too had left the world of sewing for little girls and was now a doll artist making the very type of doll that I love and was using for my model. Needless to say, from there things started happening very quickly. We both put on our thinking caps and came up with a wonderful idea, or at least we think it's pretty stinkin' great. Debbie had recently designed these adorable little baby dolls and she has been bombarded with requests for them and each time she puts them up for sale in her shop they sell out within minutes. She admitted to me that she was so in love with the process of making the dolls that she was finding it difficult to make time to sew up their little clothing. We came up with a plan that I would attempt to design a line of baby clothing for her dolls. Debbie specifically made little Miss Pollyanna for me to use as my model and she just arrived yesterday. I cannot tell you how much fun I have been having with this little one. I was up bright and early this morning and in my studio working on a few ideas.... here are the two new outfits I have come up with already today . . . both have matching diapers and bloomers as well. Expect to see a lot more of Miss Pollyanna.

Here's a link to Debbie's Facebook page if you would like to see more of her beautiful work!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lots Of Cute New Things Are Now In My Shop

4 cute new outfits were just listed in my Olivia & Bella Etsy shop! So pop over and take a look. You know. . . . it's not too soon to start thinking about Christmas! These would make wonderful gifts for very special doll lovers of all sizes from little girls to big girls. Remember, all of my doll clothing is designed to fit not only slim style Waldorf dolls like my beautiful model Olivia, but they also fit on most popular 18" dolls like AG and other brands.

Oh, I have more exciting news. I heard from my amazing doll designer Reena in Australia that "Bella" is on the way. I've seen photos of her and she is beyond beautiful! I also have another "Little" surprise that will be arriving within the next few days and I can't wait to share that with you as well. So keep checking back for more news. Things are certainly getting very busy in the studio and my sewing machine is humming round the clock again. Life is good!


Here's a link to my Etsy shop if you would like to take a peek at all the goodies!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Olivia & Bella Upload Today at 3pm EST!

6 pretty little dresses will be uploaded into my Etsy shop today at 3pm EST. Last week, I was amazed when they all sold out within hours. This week I have decided to add a few more items so that there will be more to choose from.

Happy Shopping!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Olivia & Bella Upload Today

All three of these charming little outfits will become available today in my Etsy shop at 3pm EST. Remember, these are all one of a kind outfits for 18" dolls and I will not be reproducing any of these. Thank you all so much for your amazing enthusiasm about my new little venture. I have received so many kind and heartfelt emails and I am deeply touched that you all love what I'm doing.

I will also be hosting a give-a-way on my Facebook page once I reach 100 likes so tell your friends and help spread the word.

Here's a link to my Facebook page

and here is a link to my Etsy Shop

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Olivia & Bella is Live!

Well, today is the Big Grand opening of Olivia & Bella! As you can see... I've been just a little busy stitching up dozens of little dresses. I've had to make a few little modifications in my studio to make room for all these new little additions. So, here's how it's going to work. My plan is to offer a few new outfits each week. I will do my best to give a sneak peek on Tuesday both here and on my "Olivia & Bella" Facebook page then on Thursday afternoon they will go live in my Etsy shop. Remember, each of these is a one-of-a-kind and I will not be mass producing any of these so if you are interested you shouldn't wait too long or it might get grabbed up by someone else. Everything is designed to fit 18" dolls like AG and other brands or if you have a slim style 18" Waldorf style doll like "Olivia". Please help spread the word by telling your friends who have little girls, or big girls who love to dress up their dolls in pretty things.

Here is a little sneak peek of one of the dresses that I will be offering in my Etsy shop on Thursday....

Olivia is wearing an adorable little apron dress made from a pretty blue gingham with a darling floral print apron that is attached to the dress. I've added sweet little buttons on the sash to add detail and charm and give it a bit of a vintage flair. Included is the straw hat which is trimmed out in a pretty bow made from the matching floral print that is on the apron.

Please note: The doll, shoes and props are not included in this set. 
You will receive the dress and the hat only.
This outfit is designed for 18" dolls including AG and other similar brands or 
it can be worn by 18" slim style Waldorf type dolls like Olivia.

Check back later today to see what else I will be offering....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Holy Fabric . . .Batman!

Okay, as if I don't have enough fabric already. Today my dear sweet husband went to our storage room to dig out all my quilting fabric that I packed away years ago when I stopped quilting and started sewing children's clothing. Well, now that I am in full swing of making doll clothing, these smaller pieces will be perfect. To be honest I had completely forgotten how much there was but when he came home with our minivan loaded down with 9 gigantic moving boxes filled to the rim with fabric it all started coming back pretty quickly as to how much I actually have. To give you an idea here is a picture of just some of the mountain. In total there are 22 garbage bags that are filled to capacity and I have no idea where I am going to put it all. My sewing room is already full and I have no more room for additional shelves and somehow I don't think my husband will go for the idea of adding an addition to the house to house all my fabric.

Needless to say, if you ever hear me talking about fabric shopping again please, please STOP me! Even if I sewed round the clock for the rest of my life I don't think I could ever use all this up. But it's going to be a heck of a lot of fun to go through all these bags and remember where and when I got most of it and remembering other things that I had made with it. Talk about Christmas in September!!!! I am like a kid in a candy shop....

Oh, I hope to launch "Olivia & Bella" later this week. Everything is in place and I am ready to roll.


Monday, September 1, 2014

A Big Announcement!

Big news for Olabelhe! I am starting a new little venture and I couldn't be more excited! 

The story of how Olivia & Bella came to be is so sweet, I thought it should be shared. This past Summer had a bit of a rocky beginning with me finding myself in unfamiliar territory after recovering from a pretty serious spine injury. After weeks of recovery I found myself needing a creative outlet to take my mind off things and I turned back to my love of sewing. Just for fun, I decided to start making some miniature versions of my classic Olabelhe designs for dolls and the love affair with these tiny little creations began. For several years now I have received countless requests for coordinating doll patterns for 18” dolls, like American Girl and other similar dolls to match my designs. So that your daughters and grand-daughters, or even you, if you are a doll collector, could dress your dolls in my style. After a lot of thought, and sleepless nights, I decided to start a new little division of Olabelhe where I will be offering one-of-a-kind couture clothing for dolls. 

Now, it’s time for you to meet Olivia, my new little spokesmodel. I decided that I wanted to have a very beautiful Waldorf doll created for me by a doll artist to be my model. After a lot of research, I found an amazing doll artist in Australia named Reena Morris who owns “Bumbabeena”. Reena and I worked together and while she was creating Olivia to my specifications in Australia, I was here creating a mini wardrobe for her 3 year old daughter. After a few weeks of lots of sewing it was time for packages to be shipped around the world and for the wait to begin. For days I patiently, okay I admit it, I wasn’t very patient, and then Olivia finally arrived and I was speechless with the amazing gift I received. Olivia became our new adopted little girl and everyone at my house was completely enchanted by her. Then I went a little nutty and I have to admit I’ve become a bit of a “crazy doll lady”! Which is just so funny because as a child I never paid much attention to dolls, but rather I loved my plushies and the same is true with my daughter Abby. 

Olivia has been designed to be the same size as the popular 18” dolls like AG and others. However, her hands and feet are a bit larger but that does not affect the sizing of the doll clothing that I am creating. Each outfit is created one at a time, by hand and a lot of love, to create a totally unique piece. I will only be creating one-of-a-kind outfits and none will be reproduced. Many of my designs are miniature versions of my classic Olabelhe designs while others are based upon new inspirations. So, you ask . . if this is Olivia, where is Bella? Well, because Reena and I had such a wonderful experience working together we have decided to do it again and soon we will be starting a new collaboration and she will be creating a new doll for me and a best friend for Olivia. So, expect to meet Bella sometime this autumn. We can’t wait for her to arrive!

For several weeks now I have been preparing for my new little venture. My studio is alive again and I have a huge collection of tiny clothing just waiting to be shared. Because my schedule is quite hectic with homeschooling my four children my plan is to offer a few new outfits each week. Currently, I will only be offering completed outfits that I have lovingly created here in my studio. However if time allows, I may add a limited collection of sewing patterns for dolls in the future. I cannot tell you how much fun this has all been and how excited I am about this new little business of mine. And the great news is that my new little model will not grow up on me, she will forever stay a little girl and not outgrow her clothes faster than I can make them! 

We hope you love what we’ve put together for you!

Dawn & Olivia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Last Two Dresses Are Ready!

The final two dresses are being added to the box today and getting ready to head off on their big adventure to Australia. I cannot tell you how much fun I had creating this mini wardrobe for a very special little girl. Her mom can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive and for her to be able to wear all her new things. The "Annikka" that is shown in the top photo is a size larger so that she can wear it next season. I have a bit of a confession. I wasn't sure what it was going to feel like sewing for someone I don't know. Almost everything I have sewn over the past several years has been for Abby and Olabelhe, but this is the first time I have actually created specifically for someone else and much to my surprise I truly loved it. Once I saw a photo of my little client my heart was filled and my imagination went wild and I was up again at all hours sewing like a crazy woman and now it's over and I am honestly sad. When Abby went through her ginormous growth spurt and shot up like a weed, I knew the days of twirly skirts and puffed sleeves were ending and to be honest I talked myself out of my love of sewing and designing. I focused my attentions in other places which, was also a good thing although my kids might disagree because all of a sudden they had a lot more school work to do than before.

However, now the wheels are turning again and I have a few new ideas as to how I might be able continue to design and sewing, and keep up with all the kids school stuff and maybe even get in a few hours of sleep here and there...maybe.



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