Tansy Doll's Story
Well, hello! Nice to meet you.
Let us introduce ourselves,
We're friends. We're mamas. We're artists and craftsters. We're Cady, Lesley, and Robin!
We met each other when our younguns were about a year old. We bonded over motherhood and coffee, playdates and artwork. We starting helping each other find some time when our little ones need so much of us. We began building, building, building a strong mama-driven community.
A little less than a year ago we became VERY excited about combining our talents to work together to produce handcrafted lovelies for children to snuggle with and adore.
And that SPARK of excitement, of creativity, of holding onto the joy of building beauty with our hands & minds is what brings us (and you!) here today.
LESLEY creates all of the amazing hair pieces and lovingly embroiders their faces so our dolls come alive and look just right. She also sends out Tansy Dolls with a hug and a kiss on their journey to loving homes.
CADY is our phenomenal knitter and wool expert. She cards and spins a huge portion of our wool. See our blog if you're interested in reading some really cool posts about her process and projects!
ROBIN is our amazing seamstress. She created our unique Tansy Doll pattern and designs and sews all of the dolls super adorable clothing with a thoughtful attention to detail and durability.
Please read through our FAQs and you may find the answer to your question here. If not, you can always CONTACT US at hello@tansyDOLLS dot com (please be patient with our response time though, we try to keep our fingers busy making dolls)
- What goes into our dolls?
We use the finest quality all-natural materials and create each doll with love and tons of attention to detail. Our dolls are made from imported European cotton interlock, and they are stuffed with over a pound of very clean wool. Their wigs are by far the most expensive part on them, and if you've seen one in person you know that they have tons of beautiful hair to play with! Each dolls takes about 10 hours to create - and don't forget about their adorable outfits.
- What do your dolls come with?
Each Tansy Doll comes with a special outfit, undies, shoes, a birth certificate, and washing instructions.
- How do I wash a Tansy Doll?
Washing and Care instructions are included with your doll when you receive them.
- Are the dolls durable?
YES!! Our dolls are made with the utmost care, with attention to detail and longevity. It is our sincere wish that the doll you purchase becomes a family heirloom to hand down to your children's children.
However, in traditional fashion Tansy Dolls are handmade with cotton and wool - therefore they do need to be treated a tad more gently. Included in your washing instructions are also tips on how to care for your Tansy Dolls so they may continue to look great in years to come.
If ever you need to send your doll to the 'Hospital' for fixing, you can contact us and we will give you further instructions.
- Why wool?
So many reasons!
WARMTH. Wool is a natural insulator and absorbs a wonderfully warm feeling within our dolls.
NATURALLY ABSORBENT Wool fiber not only pulls excess heat, but also drwas in smells. It is very comforting for little ones to have a dollie that smells just like home.
NATURALLY MILDEW AND MOLD RESISTANT Wool repels moisture, and mildew and mold require moisture to grow. Wool is also water repellent and resists lint, dust, and dirt.
NATURALLY NON-ALLERGENIC Although some people do have a rare natural allergy to lanolin, wool is almost entirely non-allergenic. (most people who think they are allergic to wool, are actually allergic to the harsh chemicals some companies use to clean it)
RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE Wool (shorn from sheep annually) is a renewable resource!
"Wool from free-grazing sheep, treated ethically throughout their long lives, represents a traditional small-scale industry that once thrived in America. Today, many small organic farmers are returning to this sustainable industry to create clean and healthy wool that is produced without stress to the animals or the environment." from http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/11/wool_facts_behi.html
- Can you add freckles to my dollor birthmarks to match my child?
Most definitely! Please add it in a note when you purchase your Tansy doll.This is always free. :)
- HELP!!! We've had a dollie accident, can you fix my doll?
Yes, we sure can. Please email us the full details so that we can come up with a plan. We take great care in making our dolls and will do everything in our power to repair her!
- Do you ship Internationally?
We are not responsible for the rare occurrence an item gets lost in the mail. Rest assured, we will always do our best to track your item if this ever does happen!
- Do you offer custom dolls?
YES! We offer the chance to win the opportunity to purchase a custom doll approx every 2 weeks. Please "like" our FB fan page to keep up-to-date on when these are offered. www.facebook.com/TansyDollsPage
- Where are you located?
In beautiful Portlandia - erm, we mean Portland, OR.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards