Handcrafted Art Dolls and Heirloom Fabric Gifts

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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Announcement    Original art dolls, hand stitched fabric accessories, cases and covers, baby gifts, finger puppets and stuffed dolls. Meticulously crafted to become new heirlooms for the young and the young at heart! Custom items are a specialty.

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HeartStrings Handmade is located in Mount Laurel, NJ, USA


Last updated on Oct 10, 2015

Original art dolls, hand stitched fabric accessories, cases and covers, baby gifts, finger puppets and stuffed dolls. Meticulously crafted to become new heirlooms for the young and the young at heart! Custom items are a specialty.

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HeartStrings Handmade is located in Mount Laurel, NJ, USA



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About HeartStringsHandmade

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It's all in the details...

Several years ago, I decided to expand my embroidery and hand sewing skills by stitching an embellished crazy quilt entirely by hand. I studied blogs and tutorials by some of the best known names in the crazy quilt world, including Sharon Boggon, Allison Aller, and Pat Winter. I was fascinated by the beauty and intricacy showcased in these quilts-- it was time to take the plunge.

I practiced many new techniques, and worked patiently for a full year, designing and embellishing block by block, until eighteen blocks were ready to be assembled.
Each ten-inch square themed block documents skills and techniques learned, and the last six blocks are dedicated to my family, representing important events in each member's life during that particular year. Once the blocks were assembled, the quilt top was backed, bound, and tied by hand. Entitled "Soliloquy - A Year in Pieces," it now hangs in our upstairs hall.

During the process, I amassed a room full of fabrics, trims, embellishments, and threads, and my passion for collecting these items had not waned, so I began to explore other uses for varied supplies in small quantities.

Dolls, fairies, and tiny puppets seemed the natural answer. I remember being mesmerized as a young girl by Mary Norton's "The Borrowers" series, and promptly set about making miniature household furnishings from spools, matchboxes, and discarded corks. Tiny inhabitants for these lilliputian vignettes followed, and doll-making quickly became a passion.

Along with art dolls (Pegtales) and dollhouse dolls, I began using pretty scraps of fabric to create one of a kind baby accessories, cell phone cases, finger puppets, coasters, and many other items which could be hand stitched while spending time with family. That condition has actually become a defining parameter…even with the best intentions, my studio remains my storage area; my work is done where my family is.

I am always adding new items, many born of custom requests, and often retiring others as my interests change, but my love of creating intricate, quirky, but skillfully constructed pieces is constant. It's all in the details.

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  • Denise Anne Costa

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Chief Cook And Bottle Washer.

    I need to put my hands to everything around me, and make my mark, because when I am gone, what I have created is what will remain as my legacy. My family, my home and my art give meaning and relevance to my existence, and satisfy my soul.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 11, 2015
Welcome to HeartStrings Handmade!

I am committed to creating one of a kind, original, and meticulously crafted items for my customers.
I thoroughly enjoy my work, and am constantly introducing new items.

Creating custom items for my clients is a specialty. Many of my dolls can be customized to your specifications, and professional dolls (doctors, nurses, teachers, fireman, etc.) are often requested. Dolls can be made into ornaments as well, with the addition of a hanging loop.

I design and create custom bridal couples and cake toppers to match the bride's and groom's wedding attire, and can add accessories unique to the individuals involved. These uniquely personal gifts become one of a kind keepsakes the couple will treasure for a lifetime!

Bottle toppers, needle books, business card cases, booties, phone and eyewear cases, finger puppets and other fabric gifts can also be custom ordered.
Convo me for more details!

I look forward to creating your newest heirlooms:)

Thank you again for visiting HeartStrings Handmade,
Denise A. Costa

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Returns and exchanges
Unless an item is custom designed or embroidered, returns are always accepted when requested within seven days of receipt.
Please convo me to request a return, and once I have received the item in its original condition, your refund will be issued.
If you have a problem with an item after this time, please convo me and we will work out a solution. Your satisfaction is my ultimate goal.
I accept PayPal and Direct Checkout (credit cards).

If you need to request another form of payment, please convo me BEFORE purchasing to determine if arrangements can be made.
Domestic Shipping:

I generally ship within 24 hours of receiving payment. Shipping is via First Class mail, with tracking on all domestic packages. Shipping notification and tracking numbers will be sent to you for your convenience as soon as your item ships.

If you require special shipping upgrades, please convo me BEFORE purchasing, and the listing will be adjusted to reflect your request.

International Shipping:

I am happy to ship internationally, however please be aware of any Customs Duties and Vat taxes specific to your country; these charges, when applicable, are the responsibility of the buyer. Customs forms numbers are my only source of international tracking and will be provided to the buyer with shipping notification.

If there is a problem with your order, please contact me immediately. Returns are graciously accepted and refunds issued if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
Items must be returned in the condition in which they were received, unless damaged in transit to you.

If any damage has occurred in shipping, please send me a photo of the damage, or return the damaged item for replacement when possible, or refund on one of a kind items.
Additional policies and FAQs
I enjoy the challenges of doing custom work, and it is a large part of my business.
If you'd like a custom item, please convo me and we'll discuss details. For most requests, I will send or post pictures of the completed item(s) before you are obligated to purchase; if you do not approve, the item will simply be added to my stock.
Let me know what I can create for you!