Everyone should have an obsession. Everyone needs that "something" that makes them feel something. For many it's likely their morning coffee. It took me a few years to realize that no matter what- my interest was less about what I was creating- and more about the process of creating. That process, and the end result, is sort of my caffeine.
My shop is just an extension of that feeling. I do love creating for the dolls. Creative people are often times misunderstood. That goes double for people who surround themselves with dolls. I realized two things from early on: don't give credit to those who sit in judgement and secondly, play to your strengths. I feel I have fully embraced both tenets.
So how did I get from there to here? I feel very fortunate that I am able to work at home, taking care of my two school aged girls. When my youngest was very small I received an American Girl catalog in the mail. When American Girl debuted back in 1986, I was 16. I had a very different obsession back then. So when I received that catalog a few years back (was likely 2003), I was oblivious.... but I poured over that catalog like I was 10 again. I wanted to be 10 again. I wanted to order one of everything, but reality hit me, and I succumbed to being an adult. I realized quickly that being an adult had it's privileges. Why couldn't I order one of everything? In the end, no I did not order one of everything, but I did turn that corner- from being an observer, to being a collector.
Naturally, somewhere along the line I realized that my dolls could be my muse. When I was 10, I had my fashion dolls as my outlet. I would draw dresses for them and set up scenes. So, in some ways I suppose I am 10 again.
In truth, I did not pick up a bar of polymer clay until about 8 years ago. My focus had always been on designing, sewing and creating scenes for the dolls. My girls and I noted that American Girl's food was a little lackluster in almost every way possible: texture, color, size, composition. Our dolls were very hungry for something more palatable. So I started tinkering. And it quickly became an obsession. My first attempts were honestly not that great. The perfectionist in me took over, knowing there was a whole lotta room for improvement. When my girls were both finally in school, and I had the day to myself, I came to realize that I could utilize those strengths of mine- combining my love of creating, my love of writing, and my love of dolls and turn it into that something for me.