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Jennifer Reichert on Mar 2, 2016
Such a darling doll, so well made, such a good price, such a wonderful artist to work with! Very responsive and helpful. The very best kind of Etsy experience! My friend, the chef, loved this doll!!!
Roo1958 on Jan 5, 2016
Fantastic needle felt Nosferatu art doll. Looks just like Max Schreck who played Nosferatu in the 1922 silent film. Beautifully handcrafted. The fingernails, face, and ears are truly fabulous! The long coat is great! Thanks for the red tinge of color in the eyes! He is standing right next to the two Nosferatu peg dolls you painted for me! This is my fifth item from Cherie! She is fabulous to work with. Great communication, fast shipping, packaged securely! A+++
From a box of rocks to playing with wool…my playful heart and joyful hands are grateful for your big, warm, generous hearts...
Since childhood, I've been crafting, creating and sharing my handmade work. At ten years old, I painted pet rocks and rock paper weights, and walked hours, carrying a cardboard box filled with these rocks door to door, along a very long rural country road, visiting neighbors in my valley, and selling my handmade creations. Our neighbors were so warm and kind and lovely, often sharing fresh lemonade or iced tea, home baked cookies, and sometimes even offered casseroles and breads to take home with me for my family! These people made that little girl proud of her creativity and her hard work. That rural farm and dairy community shaped the spark of entrepreneurial and hand crafting spirit in that little girl, and fanned it into a full independent and passionate fire that's lasted all through my adult life.
I owned a brick and mortar mending, tailoring and dressmaking shop in the mid 1980s, in a small town. It was glorious having a place for everything, and lots of space to work. I was always ready to work for myself. Eventually time and life led me to transition from a sewing shop into writing online from home. For most of my adult years I was making a living from this more cerebral creative skill.
The years passed, and though I continued arts and various crafts for my own enjoyment and gift giving, focusing on my creativity with my hands was put on the back burner while I made my "bread and butter" by writing for customers.
Early 2013, I realized that I was spending 10+ hours a day, day after day at my computer, and not doing anything creative or artistic with my hands…and hadn't really crafted anything tangible for 15 years! I realized how deeply I missed being creative with my hands, making something that could be held, loved, that I could put my mind and heart into and pass on to someone who could use and love it for years, even generations.
A friend I had at the time had a daughter-in-law who opened an Etsy shop the year before, and her beautiful work inspired me in a way that I never would have foreseen. I absolutely fell in love with the concept of Etsy.
So, I decided, time waits for no man...or woman...and I dove in with both feet, both hands, and whole heart! And, once again, I have my own little shop for doing what I love to do. And I have been smiling even bigger every day since!
I still write and work online for a living (my day job), but I now run my Etsy shop, too, and create, design, imagine, and needle felt every evening and weekend possible. I wake up looking forward to the next stab and wool fluff, the next creative and unique detail, and the next finishing touch. I am always thinking about what's next and have several items in different stages so there is always something moving forward. And I can't tell you how much I love having this therapeutic, relaxing, and yes, exciting, outlet!
I am a perfectionist and my harshest critic, so when an item is listed on my Etsy shop, it's because it's something I am satisfied with, and proud to share. I work on the littlest details until they are perfect to me, and a delightful surprise to my customers. I am always seeking to put an original twist or touch to anything I create; that's part of the fun! Like writing, you start at one point, but where it ends is often a discovery all its own! As long as I can add a touch that surprises and delights my customers, I will continue to adore what I do!
My desire is to make sure you love what I make, even more than I do! So your 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. As the shop grows, I can put more time into it and who knows...with your help, I may end up writing on weekends and creating for my day job. :-) (That's my goal!)
Oh, and for those wondering about the name, Darlin' Girl Creations, it's a loving nod to my mother, who named me Cherie' Colleen, which she always told me translated to, darling girl or loved girl. So, I thought Darlin Girl was an appropriate name to adopt for my Etsy shop and business... the birth of something new born out of a long time love! So, Mom, thank you for passing your creativity, joy, spiritual faith, and love of life to me...this name is for you! And my joyfully created items are for ALL of you, my highly valued customers, who become real friends!
Thank you all, past, present and future customers, so very much, for contributing to the dream of a little girl with a box full of rocks, and to the woman typing this message with a giant smile on her face and overflowing gratitude in her heart!
Owner, Designer, Photographer, Shipper, And Janitor :-)
I grew up creating. By 10, I was painting pet rocks and rock paper weights, and selling them door-to-door; by 14, I was sewing/tailoring custom clothing for people, and making and selling custom Christmas ornaments. That's how it all began...
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Taxes will be added automatically by Etsy, if applicable for you. Since I am based in Washington State, taxes will be applied for anyone ordering from Washington (according to state and local laws).
I generally ship on Fridays, but whenever possible, I like to try to mail things out within a couple days of payment -- but for non-custom, ready to ship items, you can always count on the Friday following your paid order, at the latest.
CUSTOM ORDERS: Custom orders of $100 or more include a built in 50% deposit.
CUSTOM ORDER CANCELLATIONS & REFUND POLICY: If you choose to cancel the order within 24 hours of purchase (before I have started production), you will receive a full refund of the purchase price (generally credited back to your account through Etsy payment within 48 hours, except for holidays or non-banking days).
For cancellation after 24 hours, and I have started your order, I will refund 1/2 your purchase price only (the 50% deposit is non-refundable after 24 hours after purchase); however, the deposit can be credited toward a purchase in my shop if used within 30 days.
A fully completed and ready-to-send custom order that is cancelled after completion will be refunded half the purchase amount, with no refund of the deposit amount, and no sales credit given. This is to help recover used materials and lost labor.
IMPORTANT: Please note: If you must cancel a custom order at any time in the process, please let me know and we can work out an arrangement depending on your circumstances. I want you to feel secure when ordering custom work from me!
COMPLETION TIMES FOR CUSTOM ORDERS: Demand for my work is increasing, and due to the nature of customized sculptures, please allow 4-6 weeks for the completion of custom dolls from the time it is scheduled to begin. Smaller pieces usually can be completed in 2-4 weeks, depending on how many are in my work queue at the time you order. Because I also hand make the gift box for each item, it will be very much worth the wait! However, I am very good at keeping clients updated on the progress of their pieces, and will not only keep you updated on your creation's progress, but I also love sharing progress photos with you, anytime, and as often as you'd like. Please write with any questions you may have!
NOTE: I am very willing to expedite shipping if you need it overnight or by a gift-giving deadline. If you wish any custom delivery arrangements other than the options available at checkout, please email me before making payment.
SHIPPING DATES: Currently, ready-to-ship orders are mailed out every Friday.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I am now very happy to ship most items internationally. For the rare items that do not show an International option, please ask for a postage price quote for your location outside the U.S., and I'll let you know what the cost would be before you place your order.
Please write before payment of your order if you have any questions or would like alternate shipping options. Thank you!
Refunds and Exchanges
So, please contact me immediately if you receive your item and it is damaged or you are dissatisfied with the product in any way, so I can make it right according to the situation. If you must return an item, upon my receipt of it, I will issue you a full refund (less shipping...but if it's my error, I will also refund your shipping!).
There are additional refund policies for Custom Orders. (Please read the Custom Orders section for specific details.)
My goal is to make every transaction 100% satisfactory! All I ask is that you write me personally with any problem or issues so that I can take care of it right away for you!
Additional policies and FAQs
TEXTILE, FABRIC & FIBER TREATMENTS: All fabrics are prewashed before assembly. I only use a natural, organic, non-scented soap (coconut oil-based soap from Tropical Traditions), and I color set dark and bright colors naturally with vinegar when needed, to set colors to help prevent them from running or bleeding when washed at home.
Wool and all animal fibers are generally washed by the people I purchase them from. However, I only source wool and fibers that are cleaned naturally, without chemicals or acids, from humane handlers. Any exceptions, if any, will be noted in individual item descriptions. UPDATE (Spring 2016): I have begun sourcing my own natural raw wools, and washing them myself. These are generally off-white or naturally colored wool used for core wool (not dyed or seen in the finished piece), and I am washing the raw fleece with natural, plant-based and completely planet-friendly washing "soap" to further control my goal of a completely clean, eco-friendly and "old world" aesthetic in my handmade creations.
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: I invite you to write me anytime with your comments and feedback, thoughts or requests. I greatly appreciate feedback for my work and your experience, and, as stated in my refund policy, I will do everything possible to be sure you are happy with your purchase!
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
Every piece comes wrapped in tissue paper, nestled inside a gift box, ready for giving as-is, or you can wrap it easily and quickly for the occasion! The gift boxed item will be mailed in a sturdy cardboard shipping box to help ensure against damage in transit. Inside each shipping box will be a hand signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity and Care Instructions sheet.
GIFT BOXES: Smaller items under $50 will be wrapped inside a kraft (natural brownish-colored) gift box. It looks very nice, suitable for gift giving. Larger items, and those over $50, will be wrapped inside one of my exclusive, handmade, custom, fabric-covered gift boxes.
Additional gift wrapping can be arranged. Contact me for price and availability/time lines.
I've found there are two schools on this. Some prefer vacuuming, and others prefer blowing off the dust.
To vacuum, put a thin sock, nylon or something similar over the vacuum hose (use a drapery setting if you have one, if not, just keep the hose from making direct contact). This works well without disturbing the fibers much. Some collectors prefer using those little keyboard vacuums because they are less powerful, and safer for your collectible.
To blow dust off, many like canned air (like the ones used for cleaning computers). My favorite choice is a manual air blower for cleaning camera lenses. I use a Rocket Air Blaster, a manual "puffer" that easily shoots out quick bursts of air. I use mine all the time.