November 11 marked the day that I finally sold my first doll in my Etsy shop. The next day I sold two more. Two weeks later, I sold another two more. Then another two weeks later, I sold another. Then a week and a half before Christmas, another. At one point a few weeks ago, I looked around my bedroom with doll parts waiting to be put together laying all across my bed; I couldn't help but laugh at how ridiculous that probably looked to anyone who had no idea what I was doing.
I love these dolls. It's a labor of love to make them, but for about a week in the middle of December, it became a very stressful labor of love. Three of the dolls had to be sent quickly for a deadline, and I had severely underestimated how long it would take me to put them all together. I'm so nitpicky when it comes to details and I need everything to be perfect. (Ha, just realized the potential pun in that sentence!) I figure that if people are willing to spend anywhere from $40-70 on a doll, they deserve to receive one that's made as well as I know I'm capable of making it. My general thoughts are that I'll never sell and ship a knitted item that I'm not 100% happy with and that I wouldn't display proudly for everyone to see. Making sure of that takes a good deal of time and effort, and it can get stressful when you're on a deadline.
But then you're sent this photo from one of the women who bought two of your dolls for her three-year-old daughter:
And suddenly, it's all worth it.
Currently next in my lineup are Merida (which I've been "nearly done" with for way too long), Aurora in her pink dress, and Tiana. I'm, looking forward to having them available. Check out my shop here!
Comment question of the day: What's your favorite Disney character? My favorite princess is Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, and my favorite of the Fab Five is Donald Duck!
Leave a comment with your favorites! I'd love to hear them. :)