OK, first off, I feel like I need to apologize for taking so long to get this together. Life pulls you in many directions at once...mine has been no exception the past few months. Suffice to say, its been quite busy.
That said, it's time to get this thing going and let you know what we have been working towards these past few months.
Before I jump right into what we are going to do, I feel like I should give a wee bit of history on how we came to this decision...
Like many of you, I was once a mom with littles who stumbled on these super adorable, all natural, handmade dolls and I wanted one for my kiddos. This was many years ago.
Anyway, it was love at first sight for me.
Since we were young with littles and one income (I have been a stay at home mom since before my first kiddo was born) we were living on a tight budget. There was hardly any extra money, whatever extra cash we had, was needed elsewhere.
So, I found these adorable dolls, and then looked up the pricing and was instantly crushed...for a moment.
Now, don't get me wrong, I totally understood why they were so expensive. The all natural materials, the heirloom quality craftsmanship. The hours of time invested in making each one. Suffice to say, all the reasons I loved these toys were literally the same reasons they were expensive.
That didn't change the fact I could not afford one.
Looking more into these dolls, I found a vast array of info on how to make one of my own...bingo!
I went to work teaching myself. It was a labor of love...it had to be since the first dolls were absolutely horrifying. I feel like there are no words to describe how freakishly awful my first attempts were. The only word that comes to mind is...Beeker.
No joke. It was bad...so, so, very bad. We still have them tucked away in a bin somewhere (because they would not be welcome on the island of misfit toys...seriously). We don't pull them out and look at them...we don't talk about them.
Needless to say, I kept at it and was finally able to make two mermaid dolls for two of my kiddos for Christmas. They loved them.
I continued to work and honed my skills, notice I am not yet saying perfected...that actually took several more years. Yes years.
With each new doll, my skills improved, I figured out little work arounds that helped make them better. I ended up making dolls for friends and family. My kids had a ton of dolls...all demonstrating various skill levels.
Time passed, I got better at making dolls. I even put up a couple for sale on ebay. Just for the heck of it.
One day, while at the park with homeschool friends, one of them mentioned this new site called Etsy. I was actually working on a doll for her daughter. She was adamant I start a shop and list dolls. She got the entire group to prod me for the rest of the afternoon. I went home and looked up the site. It took me several days, and much thought before I took the plunge.
DFH was born.
I had no idea that this thing would blow up like this.
I didn't stop honing my skills, each new doll was a little better than the previous one. I found my own style and techniques. DFH grew. I ended up with a small army of mamas working to make these dolls. I taught each and every one of them. I had learned so much through my earlier adventures, they never had to go through that awful phase. With my instruction, it took no time at all for them to master the skills necessary to make what I deemed to be a perfect doll. Many happy customers would agree.
I will end this little history of DFH session here. Y'all pretty much know the rest.
So, here we are today. I am moving into a new phase for my creative life. My first full length novel is due out this year.
As far as doll and toy making, at this point in time, I honestly have no desire to make dolls or toys commercially. What I do have is this desire to pass on my knowledge of making these toys. I have all this skill and knowledge that I acquired over the years. It would be an absolute shame to let it go away and not help others.
Which brings us to today and the future of DFH...
Beginning April of this year, we will launch our new DFH instructional videos. These videso will include full detailed info on how to make these toys exactly how we at DFH have made them. You will learn...
* Head making
* Materials used and where to obtain the best quality
* Body sewing and assembly
* Hair (weft attachment and crocheting our yarn wigs..yes, attaching those too)
* Weft dying
* Yarn dying
* Face embroidery
* Critter making (for every critter we have made)
These videos will be available via subscription only through our website. The monthly fee of $10 USD will be auto billed through Paypal. You will be able to cancel the subscription at any time.
* Please note...the videos will only be available as long as you have your subscription. Once you cancel, you will no longer have access to them. If at any time you wish to access them again, you will need to renew your monthly subscription.
Full patterns for all our items will be available for purchase separately.
Many of you are exactly where I was many years ago. It is my hope that access to this knowledge will help you.
DFH helped me stay home with my kids...as it grew, we were able to hire mamas of littles who were able to work from home.
It is my hope that the skills and knowledge you will gain through these videos, will either help you save a ton of money by making your own, or help you to earn an income. Yep, want to make these and sell them? Go for it. You can even use my patterns to make them.
I would love nothing more than to see your creations come to life and help your families.
* While I am giving my permission for you to make dolls and critters for sale using our patterns, I am not giving permission to sell our patterns or instructions. The patterns and how to info is solely the property of DFH, LLC and may not be reproduced by anyone.
Some of you are not interested in making these to sell, that's fine too. Do you want to save literally hundreds of dollars on one of these amazing dolls? Do you want to have one exactly the way you want it? Then this is the way to do it. It is just gonna take a little elbow grease and effort on your part.
I have taught many folks over the years...trust me when I say, you got this. Is there a learning curve? Yes. Is it huge? No.
I will be launching a new FB group for DFH subscribers. In this group, I will answer your questions and hopefully y'all will share progress pics.
Welp, that is it for now. We have been filming the videos and prepping the website. Stick around on our FB page for updates on the launch. If you don't want to miss any news, subscribe to our newsletter.