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Saturday, January 14, 2017

My First AA Reborn Baby

I finally completed my first African American reborn baby. I have to say this caused me quite a bit of stress - only because I am so hard on myself and I wanted her to be perfect. I didn't realize how much harder it was going to be to try to get a nice skin tone. I still am not sure how well I pulled it off. I just hope the adopter feels I did. I still have another to finish and it is of the same sculpt. I think she is going to come out a little bit lighter skin tone, tho.


I learned a lot and I think there are a few things I would try differently next time. 



Here she is next to Paisley - so you can see the difference in skin tones.


I don't have a really good camera and she really looks better in person. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reborns for Assisted Living Therapy

I am working on several reborns that are going to be going to several different areas to be used in a program for Dementia patients as therapy dolls. My first baby (Blaze) went to New Jersey and they also chose Shyann and Olive - all 3 as boys. I am also working on my very first African American reborns and these will both be girls. They are from the Avery sculpt (which makes 5 Avery sculpts I have done). These four will be going to Florida and Virginia. Pretty exciting!

It is an Assisted Living facility that is already in 6 different states and they are adding more through out this year - so I know that I will have several more to do in a few months. I don't know the total as of yet - but I think I will be doing at least 2 - 3 at a time for them. I am very OK with that! 

The director contacted me via e-mail over the Christmas holidays asking if she could talk to me over the phone - at first I thought it was a scam - but I looked up the facility, checked out their website and I soon realized this was on the up and up. I e-mailed her back and told her I would be happy to talk to her once the holidays were over. In the meantime she ordered one of my reborns to check out the quality and she liked what she saw. 

Our first phone conversation went wonderfully, I liked her right away (her name is Rachel) and I believe she will be a lot of fun to work with. She told me a little about the facilities, how they would be using the reborns in therapy with dementia patients and I just love the fact that my reborns will be used in such a way to bring peace and joy to elderly folks. 

I already had Shyann up for adoption, so she chose her and Olive was almost completed so she chose her, as well. At this writing they are packed and ready to go. 

I started on the 2 AA reborns yesterday . I have to say they are much harder than I realized they would be. One is pretty dark and the other is a lighter shade but both are really bi-racial. I am glad they want to have some diversity for the homes. 

Here are a few photos of the babes that will be traveling to the facilities soon. I think the patients will be happy with them.







Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Craft Fair Goal

I am hoping to start in with some craft shows and fairs in the upcoming year. That is one of my 2017 goals. I now have my 2.5 x 6  banner, which I love, my business cards, thank you cards, magnets, tee shirts for me to wear at the shows, a denim apron with my name, 2 bouncers, Moses basket and a couple of baby quilts for tables. I have a photo album full of babies I have made to date - and will have a few babies to show off. I plan to have a blank kit to show what they look like before anything is done to them. I think people will appreciate the work and detail when they see the blank kit.


My banner


My card
My apron

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Babies

Adoption sales have been tremendous this past month. I have been crazy busy making baby after baby after baby and I love it! Each baby I sent out in the months of November and December went home with a Christmas sleeper, onesie or outfit. Since I do a lot of thrift store shopping - that is the first thing I looked at each time I went and I bought just loads of Christmas clothing. I have a huge bag full all set for the next year.

Here are some of my Christmas babies - most have already gone to their new homes. I sure hope that some happy new mommies woke up on Christmas morning!









Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Making of A (Reborn) Baby - Part I

Veining - giving them the life like look of a newborn with subtle veins.





Shading inside the head - this give an even more realistic look adding dimension to the face


 Layers of "skin" - depending on the shade you are looking to achieve - adding layers of paint and baking in between to cure the paint.

 All over  "blushing" - gives warmth to the skin tone



Stay tuned for Part II