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.  


  1. What types and brands of clay do you recommend?
    - American Girl Doll Artist

  2. I use FIMO mostly, as I find it easiest to work with and bakes consistently.