How to Make a Baby

I’ve had some questions about making reborn dolls by many who would like to start to learn a new art form. I’ve been making dolls for many years and I love sharing some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

I have a few dolls I’m working on so I will try to share as many basic tips as I can. I hope you do start a new art form or hobby. It’s nice to let it some creative steam.

You’ll find my finished dolls on my Instagram page under @punkiepiebabies

Creases & Wrinkles
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I will be hand making dresses and will be adding some details for some special babies. I’m pouring all my creative skills into the next few dolls. I’ll record as much as I can to share with you.

My site has always been a mixed bag of my interests from trying new recipes, gardening, painting, sculpting, sewing.. I felt it is time to just show everything I can do and share when creating my special dolls of 2020. If you’re new to this, I create realistic looking baby dolls for medical, mental therapy and collecting purposes. All my dolls take weeks to months to complete and I only use top quality products and supplies. All hair is rooted into the dolls head and lashes one hair at a time. I also do something called micro directional hair rooting. This means I root the hair in a pattern of a swirl into the crown of the doll head one hair at a time. I practice and try different techniques all the time. I think that’s why I enjoy making these dolls so much. There is no one way to make these dolls. I urge anyone who is interested to try it. I’ll share more soon

The Truth about the Reborn Community

I’ve decided to finally talk about my experience with the reborn community. I will be addressing 3 individuals who have been the worst people disguised as friendly in social media. You can read about the cyberbullying and threats many in the community have done in my posts in May and June 2019.

I will systematically address every individual who has defamed and slandered my company, my team and myself. This will be a kind of cleansing for me and a warning to others who are as naive as I was about the women involved in the community.

I have not only held the first Canadian Doll Show of this caliber, I was asked to judge the international dolls of the Doll magazine. However the amount of disrespect, immaturity and mental instability of some in the community unfortunately ruin it for others. I’ve received raving reviews about the show both in person and through emails and messages. They were afraid to voice their true opinions for fear of “backlash” or being ganged up on. This is NOT what I expected from people who claim to love the dolls and their artwork. Let’s start:

Brenda the owner of MacPherson Arts & Crafts is not only a conniving saboteur but a racist. I know this because I’ve known her for 2 years and have had first hand experience with her. What I thought was a family oriented woman turned out to be someone I decided to personally stay away from. Professionally, she is like a child worried about being called out for her gossip and poor business practices. She is incapable of separating personal from business and a character flaw I cannot work with.

Working tirelessly selling dolls and accessories isn’t easy especially online. There have been chargebacks of all kinds from credit cards, PayPal, eBay, etc that artists have had difficulty getting paid for their work. My vision was to have a place where doll makers and enthusiasts can come and see the art first hand. The show was also proof of goods sold so if there were any shady dealings there would be proof and witnesses to ensure the sale was legitimate.

I worked for 2 years on this show and Brenda would have all kinds of excuses and dragging her feet at promoting and spreading the word because she wanted to have full control, as most narcissistic brats do. When you have an artist trying to do good for her community and an ogre with money hungry fingers it is nearly impossible to get out from under their thumb. She would ask me to buy products under my name so she could analyze them and possibly duplicate under her store name. I agreed to do it and in hindsight I shouldn’t have and I regret it full heartedly.

I didn’t know any history yet my mind would always spin with her constant chatter about other people. She was banking on me to lose and 6 months before the show she said she was pulling out her store name. She then rounded up her artist friends making herself the victim manipulating people knowing they didn’t know me from mud. She didn’t come to the show because she is unprofessional. Period. I will never give my money to a racist and I’m not the only one who has had issues with her racism. I will make sure the new artists know what she is truly about and they can make up their own decisions. Buyer beware!

Krystle, Life with Krystle YouTube, I met her at a Doll show a couple years ago and I really liked how she was with her channel and saw her fans surrounding her and I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place where she could have her own meet n greet. I befriended this woman and yes she was extremely difficult to deal with. She emailed me constantly with the same questions which I had no time to keep answering. I paid for her room AND gave tickets to her for her fans and guess what my thanks was. A video demanding answers of why she didn’t get a better meal. Her friends were even annoyed with her. In real life she is nice to your face because she isn’t mature enough to figure out anything as simple as someone supporting her and giving a space. What a waste of money on that! Instead of voicing her opinions to me she took it to YouTube. In real life she’s a taker and a scam artist. She obviously wasn’t raised to be grateful. What comes around goes around.

Let’s talk about Shanine, The Twisted Beanstalk YouTube. I talked to her on the phone explained my show and she seemed to be on board. Of course when the witch Brenda worked her evil mouth confused her then she called us scammers. The woman’s booth was the ugliest no sign, no product booth I have ever seen at any trade show. She was too busy smoking and getting high that she never tended her booth she hid in her room, went to Niagara Falls disappointed her fans even making a little girl cry. We paid for her flight for her and her daughter. She made a pathetic video calling us scammers. Hmm how can I scam myself when she stole all my paints! She has been banned from a US show and now I know why! Geez

This all being said I may continue with a part 2 of the other vendors who have slandered and defamed me as well.

We are ready to pursue legal action and thankfully for their videos and comments saved on Facebook, which they have assured me they have copies of, it will be easy breezy.

To new artists I know you are afraid of all this drama but I assure you they are nothing compared to your talent. I was cyberbullied by grown women who have zero facts and I KNOW I’m not the only one but I still make my dolls and sell them easily.

Don’t let these women manipulate and lie to you. You are talented with or without them. Many women in this community are in cliques, they gang up on newcomers, bash and lie. Pay them no mind, some are paranoid, some are scared some are mean spirited, some are evil.. all anger comes from fear and that is all this shit is. Unfortunately, this community aired out it’s dirty laundry, its mistrust of others, it’s two-faced nature and their true colours all over an awesome doll show. I have also met the most amazing people through this tornado of a community. They believe in me what the show stands for and a vision just waiting to explode. It’s not all doom and gloom the majority of people enjoyed it and the hotel owner was so impressed he brought his entire staff out to see what we did. I don’t regret it one bit. I take these awful people for their face value…they’re plastic. Shiny cold hard plastic.

P.S. I have included an email I sent to these individuals. Others will get an email and a possible summons 🥰

Mass email:

Despite the sabotage and the lies about the IAC Doll Show I am proud to say that Dina, Travis, Lisa and my family didn’t give up despite the drama and we are proud that we created the very first International Doll Show in Canada. Because I don’t feel like writing separate emails to everyone I’ll just write this mass email, so let’s start:

Brenda:

You were most likely worried, like the immature child that you are, that, I would meet artists and that you talked about. Give it up Brenda, just stop talking about people’s personal lives, stop gossiping and whining to everyone because you didn’t get your way. You do this everywhere you go and to every person you are in contact with it’s rather toxic hence why you are unable to keep any friends. We/they invited you into our lives and told you intimate things, but like a cheap rusty sieve to you just can’t help but inflict your agenda and to spill your tea on everyone. You don’t spare anyone your own family, me, your staff’s, Laura Lee, Natalie, Bonnie B., Bonnie S, Kristie C., Suzette.. it’s sick! I’m literally new to the doll world I don’t know anyone but damn did you ever volunteer Canadian and American artists’ personal details. I was so uncomfortable because I only wanted to talk about their artwork not their personal life. It was pretty gross and super tacky, Brenda. “Oh Ester from Irresistibles, I hate her she’s my nemesis. Every time I post something she’s right there behind me ”. Geezus Brenda, do you even know how Google Ads works?? Duh clearly not so let me simplify.. she paid for ad space like everyone else online.🙄 Running, whining and pestering artists so you can get your answer when you want it. Have you ever thought of respecting people’s space? “I don’t know why they aren’t calling me back?!” Hmmm maybe they don’t want to talk to you and are tired of you pestering them. People don’t need to answer you on YOUR time you seriously have no boundaries. Calling me or anyone else 15 times a day because you’re backtracking every ugly thing you said and silence me is freaking annoying. Oh as soon as I told you Bean signed on to be a teacher you couldn’t wait to call her and talk shit confusing her, working that good ol’ sloppy witch agenda because you also are slow to understand what IAC was doing for our teachers. “Why are you doing it that way? Doll shows always work this way?” It’s simple it wasn’t like other doll shows but obviously too hard for you to get because you can’t control it.

Btw Here’s the thing, you talked about a “brown girl with a white abusive boyfriend, they scammed people in London, at the same hotel” I really can’t remember their names but you sure do. I’d like to interview them and put their story out there too. Or is that your narrative when it comes to mixed couples that don’t involve you in their business (I’ll come back to this)

*Side note: the hotel owner LOVES what we did because it was awesome*

You told me that Suzette experienced “reverse racism, you know when black people attack white people” what?! when you said that I just about died in my chair, guess you didn’t pick up on that when I wanted to go home. Most racists wouldn’t get it so let me school you, racism is racism in all cultures, colours etc. Us brown people aren’t the only ones. Period.

I knew you were going to put YOUR NARRATIVE about me and my husband out there (obviously because I’m brown and my husband is white and I didn’t want to deal with your racist ass anymore) because that’s your go-to sabotage plan whenever it comes to someone who doesn’t agree with you. You went right to racism especially when they’re “tanned”, also I’m not tanned it’s called melanin, it didn’t come from the sun, I was born this way.

You didn’t think I’d pick up on your manipulation and what you were trying to do?! You conveniently brought it up when I refused to do things your way how predictable. Yuck. I continued to make the first Canadian Doll Show even after you sabotaged it, luckily I now know that racist trash takes themselves out. Happy to report it was better without you and what your little minions have reported. I’m sure you talked a lot of shit about me and told all your artist friends so much bullshit bc they don’t know me. Luckily, the artists, the vendors, etc have their own minds and see passed your whiny simpleton actions and guess what, real adult women don’t have time for your crap. I’ve talked to quite a few artists and shockingly not so shocking they really don’t care for you at all. Now I know why smh

You are conniving, manipulative and two-faced even your own family warned me about you and the back stabbing that happens in the doll world, I remember that. Sabotaging the IAC Doll show and using it to promote your own store like the evil witch you are. Now you know you can’t control me, artists, family and my friends I know you don’t sleep well. Probably need more crystals for that. I told you I had to go for an infusion for my MS and what did you say? “OMG what will happen to us and the show if you died? We’d all be screwed!” That was the icing on the cake. My short answer. I’d be dead and you’d go on doing more of your evil shit.

These are all the reasons I chose to distance myself from you personally.

Professionally, you’re pathetic. Your books are a mess hence why you wouldn’t give me my dolls back. You have a problem paying any artist that puts their dolls in your store. Dina bought my dolls back for me for $900 bc she was my best friend, you idiot! She felt sorry for me because of all the things you were doing. Quit trying to form stupid alliances with people you’ve claim to dislike it’s just dumb. You told me to be careful of Dina. Why? Oh wait because Suzette doesn’t like her because Dina has her doll in a museum.. wasn’t that the word vomit you told me? Your staff doesn’t even like you and probably for the same reasons. Geezus Brenda you are a hot mess. Luckily for me, my children love me AND enjoy being with me. Getting your son to call my husband with threats? Really? It’s laughable bc it was a friggin doll show that YOU tried to control and sabotaged. But hey, he even knows the truth about you doesn’t he lol

Suzette stole money 10 years ago, she also cyberbullied Kat Majestry and you funded her and still fund her to this day! How can you be so cold and have no boundaries?! You only serve yourself and when the dust clears my fellow artists will still have talent without help from you. Poor form, Brenda.

You hate muslims bc they’re violent? I’ve met many all over Canada and they’re lovely people, you didn’t even want to hear anything good about Muslims. You can’t stand Paula bc she’s Jewish wtf is wrong with you?! Negatively talking about people’s skin, race, religion, culture is highly offensive!!! You will not get a pass from me with an “I’m sorry” you’ve said and done too many racist things in my presence and after 60 years you still don’t have a clue, or you just don’t care. Nope you are not the kind of person I want my children to be exposed to anymore.

Where are those flyers you said you distributed? Why didn’t you just give the flyers back so we could distribute them ourselves? Why are you so shady? Your distribution you said you had is a farce. And you’re a liar for saying you distributed them! You lie as soon as you open your damn eyes! We all know you pitched them because you didn’t want to see the success of the show without your store name and your money hungry hands involved. Btw boasting about your business’s $2 million annual income is your gross not your net. You also have non-liquid inventory in a morgue and employee expenses to consider and subtract from said income. But ok. I know what your modus operandi is. CONTROL you said it yourself to my husband “I know I have a problem with control” well no shit Sherlock, you try to control everyone but you sure as shit won’t control me nor IAC. Get over yourself. When you started telling me all these artists’ personal life details didn’t you think it was inappropriate?! These women trusted you to keep things private who are you to expose them like that?! They don’t know me and I don’t know them!! It’s demeaning and cruel! I knew you were building your “case to destroy” me, too. All your poison came out when I posted a huge thank you on my PERSONAL Facebook to Dina, why so jealous?! It had nothing to do with you! Dina and I are artists you wouldn’t understand but you ran and ASSumed that it was a slight to your store! It’s not all about you, you narcissistic sociopath! You freaked out!! You asked Dina to remove her name when I tagged her! Who do you think you are? The goddess of the doll world?! Maybe you should focus and spend more time on developing your supplies than on Facebook lurking everyone’s posts thinking it’s about you, it will serve you better.

Brenda, you’ve lost so much not only friendships but this “integrity” that you keep trying to convince yourself that you have. Do you even know the definition? You have none of the attributes, you need to start practicing what you preach. God doesn’t like ugly and you know it. Pray on that. It’s not enough to just attend church you actually have to absorb the teachings and apply them to real life. I’m optimistic for you because someone’s got to be. Your ethics are way off the mark. Very eeew!

As far as Dina, you can stfu when it comes to her. You and your group did a lot of horrible things to her years ago trying to prevent her doll from getting into the museum because of jealousy or God knows why! You have no business spitting your evil venom about her, to her nor about any artist. That’s just awful and sickening. Telling us to “be careful with Dina don’t trust her” what the heck was that all about?! She is a great person, caring and loving. No one knows our discussions outside of social media because that’s how true friendship works OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA something I know you are lacking. Your life is your punishment and it shows. I hope the many years of betrayal and deceit you’ve done to artists in this doll industry catches up with you. Your many years of racism may have been excused in your past but it will never be excused in your present. That is simply who you are. I’ve seen it in your personal and professional life. You can’t “unracist” yourself it is part of your being. I will file you away like I’ve had to with other discriminators, right with the garbage human beings where you belong.

As for you Shanine Bean whatever the hell you want to call yourself. Since I started making dolls I loved watching your videos I was so excited to know you were the first person that believed in a new show. I was completely wrong about you. Brenda didn’t even think you had any talent and that you wouldn’t attract any attention to the show. She didn’t even want me to invite you! IAC paid for you and your daughter’s room, flights, picked you up. How could you involve your daughter in THAT SCAM?! That’s a pretty bad parenting decision. Do you know the definition of scamming? Read on it and let me know how you’re not the definition of a scam artist. Your non-factual opinion bashing us was disappointing. I wouldn’t want you to foster anyone’s kids if you keep up with that garbage. It was simple:

IAC paid for everything you just had to teach and make an awesome booth so people in Canada could see your artwork and enjoy yourselves. Too hard to understand because change is hard for you. That’s fine. Why couldn’t you be honest with me? Not my husband. But Me. You went like a sheep to the shepherd in St Mary’s booo 👎🏼Lmfaoo. I remember when you told me Stephanie thought you were two faced well damn on me for defending you as an artist and as a person you had me really fooled. Stephanie may have been right!! Making videos bc you’re bullshit and scared to say it in person really? People who showed up to see you were so disappointed. You didn’t hurt me nor IAC YOU HURT THEM. You uploaded a petty video pretty quick with zero facts which I have in writing! Stop spreading your vinegar all over the place about a show you didn’t attend that was witnessed by every vendor and attendee. This is a bad look as a “foster parent”, defamation and slander is punishable in both Canada and the US. It’s illegal, but I’m sure you already knew that. Brenda didn’t even think you were talented and didn’t even like your dolls! I laughed my ass off at that irony so comical. Sadly, I was gullible, too, I believed that you were a good person and a decent human being, YouTube sure does make people look better than they are in person. But go on with your bad self, Shanine. You told me people in this area of Canada hate you, well maybe the common denominator is you? Hmmm ..You want to foster children? Well stop acting like a child for heaven’s sake and don’t be hateful when absolutely nothing bad happened to you! Oops sorry the NuWave oven was cracked, Princess, you can’t have it all. You’re old enough to know what you did was wrong to do to people who spent hard earned money to make sure you and your daughter were safe and that you had fun. You weren’t even present at the show with your empty booth all the vendors were pissed at you and Brenda as Canadians for your no shows. Your friend Stephanie that you said told you you were two faced, tell me how she is wrong. Making lame videos of slander and defamation, do you even know what you’re doing?! What are you 30 going on 13? The only one that was taking advantage of people was you! LOL I forgive you though, you’ve got issues. Smh good luck to you, you weirdo. Hope you learn something about yourself and your poor decisions. It’s not enough to post words of positivity and unicorns when you were unkind you should know that by now. If you can’t see your wrongs in all of this well then maybe karma will shed some light. Peace ✌🏼

Krystle, I wanted to give you a space to have your meet n greets. Unfortunately, with your thousand questions I really didn’t know why you kept asking so many. You had your fun in the hot tub with your friends and ate the food etc. So again wtf is your problem? You are so ungrateful and you don’t even make dolls anymore. But hey why not add you to the list? Maybe your friends should be more honest about what they really think of you. I forgive you too though bc I really should’ve spoke more directly and slowly to you about the plans. Maybe you wouldn’t have been so confused if I spoke slowly to you. Food for thought, you should be more grateful when people give you things, it’s not polite to act so supportive and like you’re having fun then make hate videos. I’m sure no one else offered you anything at any other shows. Actually I’m positive none before IAC lol! But I get it go on with your Llama drama haha you have to follow the Bean instead of having your own true train of thought as there are videos and pics of you having a hoot. Videos and pics of you having fun don’t lie, lady. I’m glad you put out your real happy true videos before your accusatory ones that were lies and puzzling. Anyway despite your fickleness, you did have a great Meet n Greet and your fans were happy, that matters more than your prima donna attitude.

As for any of you that make juvenile posts and videos of hate, what is wrong with you? Get off social media and hug your children and family members and pray that they will never be bullied online. It’s a terrible look for the doll community and for you. Some of you got so heated over IAC’s first show. Of course it wasn’t perfect, no show is but guess what? I did my main job, I provided a space for you to sell your dolls and accessories I spoke to each of you in person and you all said you sold items and not one of you told me that you were upset. I knew this Canadian Doll Show was inevitable we are amazing artists and the vendors I met were some of the most down-to-earth women I’ve ever met. The negativity and videos said and made are NOT the majority. The participants are happy and waiting for the next date as I’m sure it will be even better. Those who have offered to help and those who gave words of encouragement are the ones who I am thinking of for the future and you know who you. A guest at a wedding at the hotel said and I quote “I have never seen anything like this! This is amazing the artwork is incredible! I wish I knew about this sooner! Did you do this?! Thank you thank you so much for doing this!” She would’ve known about it if she got the flyer, thanks for nothing Brenda 🙄 anywhoosy…

Now that the back story is finally out there with 2 years of deceit, racism and sabotage with a manipulative narcissist some much needed light has been shed on the North American doll world, I believe we can all move on.

If our show is not for you so be it. For those who want another show I’m undecided on a date for now but I will contact you with details.

On to much better, have a great day. 😊

P.S. please feel free to share, make videos, chat about it over tea, tell your dog, tell your cat whatever it is that will make you feel relevant. For everyone else thank you for your support we’ll chat soon.

Dry Paint is a no-no for doll making!

I’ve been a reborn Doll Artist for 10 years and I want to share my experience for new artists who have asked me where the best quality of supplies are. I will demonstrate through videos and pictures below about what to look for and what is poor quality supplies.

When I started painting my first art dolls they were made of polymer clay and I purchased Genesis Heat Set Paint off of eBay. For making reborn dolls, I purchased my first set of GHSP from Bountiful Baby and I never had a problem and the paints and they baked beautifully. I actually still have them and they STILL work perfectly on my clay dolls.

Fast forward to 2-3 years ago and I started buying paints from MacPherson Arts and Crafts to paint my reborn dolls because I wanted to support a Canadian store. Little did I know that buying off brand paints through them would almost completely ruin my dolls. I purchased GHSP from MacPherson Arts & Crafts as they claimed the paint colours and mediums were mixed onsite and put into smaller jars. I never thought twice about buying from them because the staff was knowledgeable. The below video was filmed back in Feb-March 2019 showing how the paint was cracking and not sticking to the vinyl. I sent this to my best friend and fellow artist asking what I should do as I was creating dolls for the doll show. I didn’t understand why my doll was cracking and the paint wasn’t sticking to the vinyl. I’ve made MANY dolls over the years with a base paint of Flesh 08 and I never had this weird anomaly happen. After going through my painting steps backwards with my friend, like a couple of sleuths on FaceTime lol, she also had the same issue with one of her dolls. We both compared our dolls and couldn’t figure out what was going on. We deduced it down to our base colour of Flesh 08 off brand from MacPherson’s. See below:

I demonstrate here (with a much needed manicure so don’t come for me ✋🏼 lol ) that the paint is chunky and no matter how much I tried to mix it, it would not get to the consistency that I’m used to working with. FYI I used up all my on brand Genesis Heat Set Paint in Flesh 08 so I figured they would be the same ☹️ sadly not!

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Tobiah by Laura Lee Eagles that I couldn’t save for the show.

Since there is a warning that heating the vinyl is not recommended I figured I was simply out about $200CDN for my kit. I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page of the old paint and tagged my friend thanking her for spending hours with me trying different mediums and mixes to save it. I spent more time fixing the dolls that were fixable. I will make a video and post on how to save your reborn doll and do a comparison on what the consistency of Genesis Heat Set Paint should be.

To keep it real, I was offered a new Tobiah kit however I was to return the ruined kit first. I also received a private message saying it looked bad for the “MacP” store. I wasn’t sure if anyone else experienced a problem and had to return their ruined kits first before they got a replacement. I bit the bullet and chose to keep my kit and try to save it or use it as a booboo kit to try some techniques.

To explain, every artist has their own style of painting but the first base coat is the most important. It’s the “glue” that keeps all your details and layers in tact. GHSP is an oil paint so they should not dry out or be chunky at all. I have left my on brand GHSP paints out and with a quick stir with a brush they are the perfect consistency and I have never had a problem.

People can be nasty when they are faced with the truth about their products but as an artist of over 10 years it’s important that I give a factual no nonsense truth to new artists that I have introduced to reborn doll making to. Your tools and supplies should always be top quality because these dolls take many hours and days to make. When you are halfway through your painting and then notice paint cracking away from the vinyl, it is such a devastating and defeating moment because no matter how many layers you try to use it may not ever stick. I would never want any artist to go through this. It is also such a victorious feeling when your experience and techniques are applied and you can save your doll’s paint.

I also talked with a couple of very professional and seasoned artists and they suggested how I should store my kits. I now store them in air tight plastic bins to keep the oils in the vinyl. It makes sense that vinyl could change its composition over time in an overly dry place like a former morgue, yikes! 😳 I will do more research on this and see if this could’ve been a factor in my Tobiah kit.

To my new artist friends, that asked for tips. I recommend that you only use on brand Genesis Heat Set Paint to prevent this from happening. I also recommend that you support your favourite sculptors and purchase kits directly from them. They do such an amazing job and you will be put on newsletters and such letting you know when their next new kits will be coming out. I have started doing this and it is so great because you get to deal with the sculptor on a more direct level.

I will be tossing these out 😩 and be replacing them all with on brand GHSP paints ONLY possibly from the great Bountiful Baby as they haven’t let me down. I’ve come full circle with my supplies too! Lol it’s always great to start fresh armed with knowledge and experience and I will NEVER go off the path for cheaper low quality supplies ever again!

As requested, I will do some demos and supply comparisons. Keep creating, stay strong and put that passion into those beautiful baby dolls!

Much love ❤️

SS

Let’s rewind…

We’re going to take this to about 6 months before the show. Deposits were made, supplies, decorations and final floor plan layout were being finalized. We were getting messages of excitement and figuring out details of the events. As far as I knew, the investor and my team were all on the same page. I was on the phone day and night trying to coordinate schedules and supplies. As I mentioned in previous blog entries, my plan was to pay for all the teachers’ travel and hotel expenses. I thought it would be nice for teachers to not have to worry about those types of details and just come and teach. The first teacher I admired and kept me smiling through my recovery was Bean from the Twisted Beanstalk. She was the first one to sign on and liked what we were doing. That was the absolute worst joke of an investment of the whole show. We spent thousands for her and a guest to join. After her class, she had the worst booth. No effort and she was absent for most of the show. Fans drove for hours to see her, but I guess that was superseded by her own agenda.

Shortly after she spoke with “B” she became different and turned out to be a horrible person. Basically, she took advantage of honest people, got a free ride and then decided to bash people who worked and saved to have her represent a Canadian born artist. Didn’t see that coming, I guess money talks and shiny rainbow plastic walks.

Not to worry, the gals and I kept going. “B” started sabotaging us by telling people we were just a local show, we gave her over 100 flyers that she said she would distribute well she failed at that too. People were waiting for those but nope! I started noticing that people started distancing from my show. You know when you get that feeling that someone is talking some shit? Yeah it was feeling that.

“B” and I were friends but my friendship had waned since we first met when she starting to talk about the drama from someone who stole from artists about 10 years ago, every artists’ love life, their home life.. like man, I just wanted to meet new people in the doll world! I didn’t need to know all those details! It was gross because she considered these artists her friends and such. I know that when someone talks about others so openly, they’re bound to talk about me so I quietly started distancing myself. Too late her mouth was already opened and flapping.

Last December 2018, after reflecting on some racist things she had said to me, some condescending words about the show and how she’d be “screwed” if I died, she said that right before a very scary infusion treatment, it was so mean. I knew the bond of friendship was severed. The trust and respect was gone. She called and messaged but I had to focus on my family and my recovery plus there really wasn’t much more to discuss. If you see in many of my videos, I supported and loved “B”, I loved her store, her family etc but when someone makes it their mission to destroy your name because they severed ties, that shows them in a whole new light with the lack of maturity that I require in all my adult relationships. It showed me someone who is desperately backtracking out of their own guilt. There was no need to try to destroy Canada’s first doll show/convention and disappoint fellow vendors, I simply didn’t want the focus on her booth alone. She didn’t like that and bailed on the whole show it was a huge disappointment to people at the show but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. As predictable as she is, she was hell bent on ruining my show and me as an artist she wanted to befriend artists and collectors to gang up on me. She failed at that too! To this day, 14 days after the show I’m sure videos will be made and people will still be upset.

My vision will remain unchanged I wanted to see Canada’s artists in the spotlight. I want to see everyone that won the contests succeed and go on to create more. I will do this to the best of my ability even if it means I stand alone. The last two years have been difficult and there’s no way I could’ve made it through without my small group of support who hide in the shadows. I know you’re there and I love you oh so much for having my back.

I can honestly report that 98% of the people who attended were happy. Many were waiting for a Canadian show, many thanked me for putting one together. It was our very first Canadian show and it was janky af! 🤣 It was also so freaking fun putting it together, standing on the stage and looking at all the smiling faces was the cherry on top of my flattened and undercooked cake.

I may be confusing, very misunderstood and full of crassness on one hand but on the other I’m just a regular Canadian gal who’s trying to do good things with her artwork.

Here we go!

It’s the early morning before the Grand Opening of the first IAC Doll Show in Canada!

After 2 years of planning and preparing with my whole team we have finally arrived at our much anticipated Day 1 of 3 in the world of dolls! So far, we’ve received positive and exciting feedback with the classes and I hope we will be able to add more classes next year!

It’s 4:57pm and I’ll have to be awake and ready to go by 6am to start with vendor setup. I’m pretty much running on fumes.. but it’s oh so much fun!!

More soon…

SS

5 Day Countdown…

It has been a very full year already! It has been an incredible rollercoaster ride but I figured I should take you with me.

I have been working on an international doll show for that over 2 years. I’ve had my share of challenges through this journey but I didn’t give up and I am now 5 days away from a new piece of Canadian history! As a Doll Maker and craft doer I’ve been self taught in everything I have done in my million years of life. I’ve made quilts, stuffed animals, costumes for my kids… I have always been interested in how things are made and adding my flare when I give it a try. After my bout of health recovery and a note from my doctor stating I could never return to work, I felt like I needed some kind of purpose in life. My family was my motivation for my career but those few words and a disease telling me I could no longer have the lifestyle I lived was utterly devastating. My family members, as supportive as they are, were also going through their own kind of mourning and loss of who I used to be. It was a reality that was so hurtful and they struggle with it daily. Basically, I was given a lemon farm and I had to figure out what to do with myself.

After getting through my loss of normalcy as I had known it, I found myself alone in a quiet house and I had nothing to do. Aside from dishes, laundry and mopping I spent most of my time in bed with my laptop. It was 2010 and adjusting to my new world was going to take some time to get used to. Of course my depression was in full effect but YouTube opened my world of isolation. I didn’t have a lot of friends, by choice, I didn’t want anyone in my home and I just couldn’t cope. After watching videos of quilt making and clothes making I stumbled upon a video made by the Secrist company where they were demonstrating how to sculpt a baby head, lips and eyes. I continued on and binged watched everything from painting to rooting hair and I was absolutely hooked. I accepted that my days of having an actual baby were dwindling so I devoted all my time to creating these lifelike looking dolls.

I’ve been doing custom order work and practicing my craft paying attention to fine details for over 10 years and I finally found my “voice” through my artwork. I met the most amazingly talented fellow artists and have many customers/friends who appreciate what I do. After many years of creating, I want to give back to this loving industry and community.

After 2 years of planning my partners and I created the IAC Doll Show. The first one in Canada and the most anticipated in the reborn doll community. Many world renowned artists not only live in Canada but have supported my vision for the entire venture. I will give back to this community and the people who have supported me.

As my favourite Disney princess sings:

“…no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true”

I hope you all have a fabulous week and I will update you as the countdown continues 🥰

SS

5 Day Countdown… so I bought stuff

My Doll Artist World

It’s that time of the year where I slowly slip away into winter hibernation. Although I’m on a type of “retreat” I keep myself busy with sewing and craft projects to preserve my sanity.

I’ve always loved dolls, yes some have creeped me out, but dolls of all kinds have continued to intrigue me for many years. I would find fabric from my mother’s sewing scraps and create clothing for my Barbies and baby dolls. My dolls were my life then and was a small interlude to what I create today.

It wasn’t until many years, kids’ costumes and stuffed animals later that I discovered a different world of dolls. I found ball-jointed dolls… I followed artists on YouTube one of my favourites was Forgotten Hearts. This artist moved from intricate fairy sculptures to ball jointed dolls. I admired her transition to ball jointed porcelain dolls. Absolutely stunning work!

I did manage to sculpt some pieces and still enjoy sculpting to this day.

It wasn’t until out of necessity for my sanity did I found solace in the world of reborn dolls.

A reborn doll can come in many forms, from taking a premade doll and transforming into a new version to creating dolls from factory produced vinyl dolls. What amazes me about this 3D artwork is the realism many artists have created with paint. These dolls are hand sculpted by artists and turned into a replicated baby ( I purchase all my supplies from MacPherson Arts & Crafts ) Over the years there have been dolls created as dragons, elves, fairies, werewolves and monster dolls to be painted and reborn to the artists’ imagination.

Some dolls have been made to look so real they have been mistaken for real babies resulting in car windows being smashed in an effort to rescue an actual child! People suffering from Dementia, PTSD, emotional and mental suffering have all praised these dolls for helping them get through some very difficult times.

Forming strong bonds with my customers and knowing that I’ve helped them with my artwork in some way reinforces my passion to create the most realistic looking baby dolls I can create. I’ve met many friends during my journey and they have also joined in on the Doll Artist train! Learning to work with my hands has brought a primal yet much needed therapeutic value to my life and I can wait to share how I transform a piece of vinyl into a lifelike baby doll!

More soon!

SS

P.S. Below are some dolls I have created. Enjoy! ☺️

Punkie Pie Babies

Getting more creative

I’ve been sick lately which has forced me to slow down on a few time sensitive things such as poster and media, designs, target dates.. it was getting to be a bit much. I guess this cold is somewhat of a double edged sword.

I get a lot of questions about my dolls. I used to be really stand-off-ish with everyone because I really wasn’t confident in my work. Like most artists I know we are our own worst critic but it wasn’t until the last 3 years that I finally let go and embraced what I’ve learned and continue to learn about my craft.

For the next part of my journey I’ve decided to get a little more artsy fartsy. Now this won’t be just a road of making and selling dolls, I’ll be documenting more if my personal journey as an artist. So let’s begin tonight.

It’s 1:43am and I’m waiting for the paint to dry while watching Netflix on my iPad. The house is nice and quiet and there’s only one light coming from my desk lamp. It actually reminds me of my childhood. When I was in either grade 1 or 2, I loved the Disney version of Pinocchio. There was a picture of Geppetto working in his workshop at night looking up at the sky wishing for Pinocchio. Haha I guess it’s eerily very similar. This took s very strange turn. Maybe it’s the paint fumes 🤷🏻‍♀️

More soon!SS

My Happy Place

I’ve been going to my “Happy Place” almost every weekend and I fall more and more in love with it. It’s one thing to support my art, but it’s another thing to receive the equal, if not more, support I have had lately.

My dolls are on display at MacPherson Arts & Crafts and I’m so excited!

I can’t explain how happy I’ve been too! My customers have given me amazing feedback and it’s such a gratuitous feeling to know that my art is helping people.

I’ve also seen many new artists’ work and children to adults are very intrigued by what I do. Yes, I am excited about the talent that has emerged from the love of baby dolls. As a Canadian woman, the joy of being able to go to a physical store that is the largest brick and mortar store in North America is something to be proud of. Every time I go to it I feel like a kid in a candy store!

I can look at any doll kit, supplies, clothes, etc all in one day. In this world of online shopping it’s such a relief that it is possible to shop and physically know what I’m buying. Since I’m very impatient it also makes getting the things I need instantly. I don’t have to wait for my order and stalk my tracking numbers.

It’s nice to know that my Happy Place is just around the corner.

I’ve made some vlogs lately so check them out on my YouTube channel so you can see the what the store looks like.

I love it so much!

Vlog #15 Doll Central

So much is happening

I couldn’t wait to update you on my new events and projects I’ve been working on.  As an entrepreneurial spirit, I have dabbling in all kinds of fabulous businesses.  It’s true what they say about business.  You have to find what you love and the rest will fall in place.  My life events have changed me so much, as simple as it may be, positivity breeds positivity and negativity breeds negativity.  After breaking free from negative influences I have received so much love and positivity.  I love my life so much that I can’t wait to share pieces of me and what I love.

I’ve been involved with many organizations and I feel the need to give back to my community who have helped me so much throughout all my trials.

I’ve been making reborn dolls for 7 years since I saw my first reborn doll.  As a huge doll enthusiast I loved how I could turn blank vinyl into a realistic looking doll.  Now, before you freak out, you have to understand.  These are art pieces, 3D art so to speak, just like people would display a porcelain doll or a limited edition Barbie doll.  I researched and practised different techniques and developed my own style as artists do in any medium.  Over the years there have been many people who love them, hate them.. but one thing in common with these opinions is that these dolls are intriguing.

These dolls look and feel like real dolls, most love them and some are fearful of them lol.  I’m proud of my work and the joy and smiles they give to people.  This community isn’t hurting anyone, these dolls are bringing joy to those that love them.  In that same respect, I have seen how much this helps people with Alzheimer’s and Autistic people.  I sent some dolls to a friend and her mother who live in the United States.  Her mother has Alzheimer’s and through FaceTime (gotta love technology) she saw the dolls I was making and her eyes lit up.  Before I sent the doll to her, she had already picked out a name.  When the doll finally arrived, my friend FaceTimed me to show the unboxing.  There are no words to describe how happy her mother was.  I had tears when I saw that kind of joy in her eyes.  Since her doll’s arrival, she changes the doll every day and her family even participates by taking pictures with the doll.  It was then that I saw the positivity of this artwork and how it can touch people and they are quite therapeutic.

These dolls help people with many ailments such as those who cannot have children, PTSD, bipolar, people with physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Autism as I stated above.  There’s just something about holding these baby dolls that changes their mindset even distract them from the difficulties of their illnesses.  Recently, they have been noted as an actual therapy for these conditions.  I am now dedicated to spreading the word and showing how positive this art can be for so many.  My hobby has now become my mission to share what they can do and how I can help.

I will be having small events throughout this year leading to a large scaled international event dedicated to Alzheimer’s and Autistic Awareness.  My goal is to hold the event in May 2018.  I have discussed this with many people from many different countries and they are all excited.  Many have asked me to start a funding page because they wanted to show their support.  I was a little hesitant at first, but in reflecting on my goal I felt that if my friends couldn’t attend the event this is how they  wanted to help and support.  To be clear, I will be holding this event using my own income because I am driven and motivated to make this happen.  As per request, I will make a FaceBook page to share the progress as this event unfolds.  This is very exciting and challenging but I love what I do and I love this cause.

I do have a link to my current FB page under Punkie Pie Babies which has all the information listed there until the event page is made.

This will be my major focus for 2017 and I can’t wait to share my progress.

Much love to all

SS

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