The first set of custom dolls was for my friend Jon, who asked if I would please make two dolls based on a childhood picture of him and his sister, as a Christmas gift for her. The picture was so cute - I couldn't wait to get started!
The second custom doll was a surprise Christmas gift for my brother Jeremy. A few months ago, he had requested either a mad scientist or a rockstar...I couldn't decide which idea I liked better, so I decided he had to have both:
The custom work has left me wondering what direction Blue Whimsy will take in the future. I found myself surprised at the enjoyment I got out of knowing to whom the dolls were going, and sharing a vision for the result with the person who requested each doll. The reality is that the custom dolls require more time in a few areas: creating a design for the doll, searching for the right materials and embellishments to use, and creating many more pieces of clothing than any of my other dolls so far. I'm hoping it can continue to be a part of Blue Whimsy, along with a couple of other new ideas I'm developing.
With the Christmas rush over and a little more time on my hands, I'm excited to see what the new year will bring. Guaranteed, 2014 will include many learning experiences, a few challenges, and hopefully a lot of fun as I continue on this adventure. Happy New Year!