Hi, welcome to primroses. Step into my studio/gallery, a sunny and high-ceilinged room in an old mill building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Huge artist's colored pencil portraits of children and teenagers ring the walls. A new portrait waits for my pencils on a big drawing board. There are drawing supplies, boxes of threads, buttons, ribbons, an iron, and a sewing machine. A hutch is filled with colorful cotton fabrics for doll clothes and six colors of cotton jersey doll skin. There are huge willow laundry baskets full of pure mohair in natural hair colors and a big box of fluffy, creamy-white sheep's wool for stuffing the dolls. Sitting on one of the comfy sofas is a beautiful new doll I have just created during a break from drawing. She has chocolate brown skin and a halo of curly black hair. I just cut out her clothes: a bright pink floral dress, a white apron with pink flowerbuds, and crisp white pantaloons. As I drive to work or to grocery shop, I am thinking about her and trying to pick the perfect name for her. I think I will call her Lucy. I kind of want to keep her for myself because she is so lovable, but I know there is a child out there who is going to belong to her and grow up with Lucy in her arms. Each of my dolls is the best kind of gift there is, stitched with love and care, a unique creation, already exuding a sense of personality, and ready for pretend, companionship, and bedtime snuggles. It takes me over 10 hours to create each doll, and I use the best pure, natural materials: cotton, wool, and mohair. I am a non-smoking mother and artist with a hypo-allergenic dog in the studio with me, (a poodle.) I love children, and love to create dolls in all the colors of people. I haven't forgotten the boys, either. I know boys love to play with dolls too, dolls which look like them and are as ready for adventure as they are. Most of the boy dolls come with a tool: a hammer, sword, or mountain climber's pick. Their flannel clothes are usually in the muted colors many contemporary boys tend to wear, and the softness of the flannel encourages some downtime snuggles and practice being like a daddy. The large bunting dolls are dressed in cotton velour. Both sizes of bunting dolls are appropriate for babies. The boy and girl dolls are for children over three because doll hair can get in babies' mouths, and the boy dolls' tools could be a choking hazard. Incidentally, the girl dolls' clothes are made of crisp cotton.
I have recently started a blog-magazine for children called Acorn Pies which features stories of some of my dolls, (Zibby and the Pirate,) stories about their stuffed animal friends, natural crafts, natural toymaking, recipe, seasonal celebrations, and more. Please visit:http://acornpies.blogspot.com/
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