A Shared Journal

Therapy for healing

The first time I saw a reborn doll I instantly fell in love. As a doll lover I was so intrigued at how artists could express their own vision for each doll kit. Here’s my story:

In 2010, my whole world crashed, I went into the hospital expecting a quick fix instead, I was admitted immediately and fought for my life for 5 weeks away from all my family and friends. After those long weeks of not knowing, I was finally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That wasn’t the worst part, my neurologists, specialists and physicians informed me that I was no longer able to return to work, I had physical limitations, mental limitations and I would only get worse… oh, and that there’s no cure.

As a mother of 6 children, a wife, a sister and a daughter; giving up was not even a thought in my mind. However, I also knew I was going to go bananas if I didn’t have anything to do during the times when I would be bedridden. That’s when I thought about the reborn doll that my mother in law showed me. I, admittedly, became obsessive over every bit of the reborn doll process. I watched documentaries, read articles and spent hours self teaching, practicing painting and hair rooting. Working on reborn dolls became, and still is, my therapy.

I introduced the world of reborning dolls to my friend in New York. She loved my dolls so much and was so intrigued by them I decided to send her 2 of my reborn dolls, 1 for her and 1 for her mother who suffers from dementia. I knew about the therapy values of these dolls but nothing prepared me for the video chat from my friend showing me her mother’s reactions. Her eyes lit up and to this day, she holds and changes her babydoll every day. It was transforming for me.

A few months later, I was contacted by many who were curious about the dolls. One woman in particular reached out to me about her story and how she suffers from PTSD. We developed a bond and I put all me heart into a doll for her. Once her babydoll arrived, she sent me pictures of her family holding the doll and they were all crying with happiness, yes that included her husband. My husband and I were moved to tears. In that moment I knew the power of healing that these dolls have. My therapy can now help others and that is my goal for as long as I can create these works of art.

The first time I stepped into MacPherson’s I was speechless. It is an artist’s and doll collector’s dream! On my first visit I was lucky enough to have met Brenda. She is one of the most positive people I have ever met and her staff is equally friendly and sweet. As an artist, being able to physically look at and touch the different kits is invaluable to my reborning process.

I look forward to any chance I get to visit the store in St Marys which is only a 45 minutes away from my city.

Dear artists, this is a remarkable community and with the help and encouragement from the MacPherson’s staff, you can go through your own processes with ease. You will always be welcomed with open arms.

MacPherson’s always signs off with a “Have a beautiful day” and every time I visit, I do indeed have a beautiful day.

Thank you, Brenda and your wonderful staff for all your support for me and many other reborn artists, you are all beautiful inside and out.

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A Shared Journal

24 hour Artistry

I've been painting and creating some beautiful baby dolls lately. It takes me about 30 hours to complete one doll but the funny thing is my obsessive compulsive tendencies goes into overtime. I've been painting until the early morning sunrise. When I do take a break I keep staring at my projects thinking what my next move is. My insomnia friend visits me often and painting helps to keep my mind busy.

Last night, I painted for hours listening to some R&B and live streaming on Periscope. I finished the painting so now I have two dolls that need hair. I have a third doll that is ready to be painted. I'm trying to time how long it would take me to make multiple dolls at once. I love a good challenge so why now put myself through one 💁🏻.
After 6 years of practicing my painting skills, I still find myself learning more about the sculptors and doll kits. What started off as a hobby is now a huge part of my life and somewhat of a therapy. I like to think that these dolls that I create can actually help many other people and that's why I love what I do.

I'm going to meet with the societies for mental and emotional health. I will be donating some of my dolls to these causes that I feel so strongly about.

For now I'm gonna keep on painting 😊 🎨

Hope you're enjoying your summer nights, if you're having trouble sleeping feel free to join me and my friends on my late night live streams via Periscope.

Much love
SS

A Shared Journal

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