Before I tell you about myself, I would like to take this time to express my sincere appreciation to all of those individuals who support me and find the beauty and appeal in my craft. I have always had a fascination and love of art and the doll world. I began collecting dolls about 24 years ago after a chance encounter with two Little Miss Revlon's dolls at a roadside flea market. I was definitely hooked! My collection of now over 300 dolls consists of Vintage and Modern Barbie, Revlon's both large and small, Gene, Sydney, Tyler, Cissy and whoever else catches my eye! I have also been fortunate to acquire several beautiful repaints from some of the most talented repaint artists around. I must admit though I treasure all my dolls I am most addicted to Vintage Barbie & Gene; there is something so mystical and alluring about both of them! Vintage Barbie ties me to my childhood and Gene draws me to an era of time that I love, the 50's & 60's.
I started creating doll jewelry over 10 years ago when I began my own vintage doll restoration work. I also received my first Gene doll around the same time & fell in love! My first Gene was a Blue Goddess and when I opened her box she was just breathtaking! I knew instantly that the bond was made and there would be more, many more. That same Blue Goddess models for me to this day and I have a special place in my heart just for her! With Gene, came the wonderful discovery of fashion model jewelry! So it was only natural to bring both my vintage work and fashion designs to the public. It was then that DollyDelights was created. The most fascinating aspect of my craft is creating a miniature work of art that brings out the beauty & personality in each doll whether Vintage or Modern. Every suite I make, whether it is a Vintage Barbie set or something daring for Gene, is created with an extremely critical eye for detail. I use only the best beads, crystals, and findings from top bead houses as I believe quality, not quantity is the foundation of my success.
The inspiration for my work comes from the world around me. I may be looking at my garden, reading a magazine, conversing with a friend, or visiting a museum when an idea for something wonderful presents itself. I am never without pencil and paper!
I am so lucky to have the support of my wonderful husband of 30 years! Even though he is very busy operating our trucking company, he still finds time to go with me to doll and bead shows.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me! It is quite an honor to have so many of your dolls wearing a fashion statement by DollyDelights!
It is my pleasure to continue delighting you and your doll with a DollyDelights original!
Do feel free to email me if I can be of assistance to you.
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