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I love red hair and freckles!

I'm working on a new 'old' pattern called the Kindergarten Cuties. One of the dolls has red hair and freckles. She makes me smile. Coincidentally, one of our doll maker, Laurie Entze, recently started sewing dolls from my Mary Jane pattern. Here are a few of them.

Aren't they sweet?  (scroll down for more pictures.) 

 

 This is my catalog photo, Mary Jane, and Boy Bear.

New Babies Are Here!

We have four new babies for you to love! These patterns have been hidden in my files for years. I'm excited to say that I have had many requests for them and decided to offer them again. They are all 22" and can wear each other's clothes. You can order your favorite baby if you wish, and the clothes from the other three. You asked to be able to order the clothes separately, and I listened. 

Shown in the top photo are Cora, on the left and Summer on the right.

Below are Mia and Melody

You can find them on our website under life-size babies, or search by the name of the doll. 

More new patterns are coming! Happy doll making, Carolee

 

Cloth Doll May Brightens Nursing Home

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I am lucky to still have mine, but I know many are enjoying sweet memories of Mothers who have passed on.

It was my Mother that taught me to sew and to love crafts. (My Grandmother, too, but this is about my mother.) My Mom will turn 98 in a few weeks. She still lives on her own, cooks some, and crochets baby blankets for all the new ones in her life. Being born in 1920, my Mom has lived from the horse-and-buggy age to space travel. Isn’t that amazing when you think about it? And, she still tries to take care of me, her baby girl.

My Aunt, my mother’s sister, also liked to sew and make dolls. I guess growing up in the depression brings out the creativity in a person. Aunt Grace’s favorite dolls to make were May, and Kirsten and Kurt. The later, because of our German heritage. One story she loved to tell, was of bringing May as a gift to her friend in a nursing home. Her friend loved the doll. So, did other residents in the home. It was quite a challenge to keep May where she belonged. Other residents would slip in and ‘borrow’ her when they could. The elderly women were very comforted by cuddling the ‘baby’ and never missed an opportunity.

Most of the time, we think of making cloth dolls for little girls. From all the sweet stories I have heard, I know that ‘big girls’ still love cloth dolls gifts, too.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Celebrate all the special women in your life.

Is there a Little Leaguer in your life?

Did someone say it's baseball season? I want to share this memory with all of you. My little brother, Chip, has always loved baseball. Me, not so much ... though many of my friends are die-hard Cubs fans. 

We grew up just west of Wrigleyville. I don't have a picture of Chip in his Little League uniform, but I do have one taken in front of our home, shortly before we moved to the 'burbs.

Years ago Chip and my other friends inspired me to make a 'little leaguer'. Do you have a child that loves baseball and would love this doll? Little girls love to play baseball, too!

  

 

A new picture of Chip. I think he still likes the Cubs.  

 

 

newspaper story summer 1975

This turned up while I was sorting through some packed boxes. I thought you might enjoy seeing it. The story ran in the Trib in the summer of 1975. At that time I was working in my basement with a few friend employees, Diane Dunnington HillViolet Zigman Cermak, Shortly after, we decided to add on to our home to make room for Carolee Creations, SewSweet Dolls business. We rented space in Elmhurst at 333 W First, then 787 & 781 Industrial Dr, and 120 N York, before moving to the 'new' addition in 2015. Now I love the commute! You might recognize some of the dolls in the picture. www.sewsweetdolls.com

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